Nablus protesters criticize PM Fayad

Updated 01 January 2013
0

Nablus protesters criticize PM Fayad

NABLUS: Nearly 300 Palestinians staged a demonstration in the northern West Bank town of Nablus yesterday, protesting against the economic situation and against Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayad.
An AFP correspondent said the protest came after Fayad on Sunday announced that the Palestinian Authority would as of 2013 enforce the payment of electricity bills by refugee camp residents, who have so far not had to pay them.
The demonstrators chanted slogans accusing Fayad of “starving” them, the correspondent said, and one protester tried to set himself on fire.
The government of the West Bank has been mired for months in financial crisis. Earlier this month Palestinian government employees across the West Bank went on strike over unpaid salaries.
The crisis has been aggravated by Israel’s decision to halt the transfer of tax and tariff revenues as punishment after the Palestinians gained upgraded status at the United Nations.
The Arab League has promised the Palestinians a fiscal “safety net” of $ 100 million, and Palestinians had hoped to receive it during a visit by League chief Nabil Elaraby to Ramallah on Saturday. Elaraby did not provide the money, but did discuss the issue in a meeting with president Mahmoud Abbas.


Douma safe for press visits, not safe for UN chemical inspectors

Updated 1 min 17 sec ago
0

Douma safe for press visits, not safe for UN chemical inspectors

LONDON: Journalists working in Syria’s capital Damascus were treated to an organized visit to the opposition enclave of Douma.
Members of the press toured and photographed deserted areas of Douma which has been held by opposition groups for the last seven years. The government invited international news agencies to tour the devastated neighborhood of Damascus that witnessed the birth of the revolution against Assad’s rule in 2011.
Chemical weapons inspectors meanwhile are still awaiting the green light to access areas where chemical attacks were carried out on the 7th April, and which led to the evacuation of fighters and their families to the north of the country as part of a deal to evacuate the enclave.