Palestinian journalists want curbs on Israel media

Updated 09 April 2013
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Palestinian journalists want curbs on Israel media

RAMALLAH: Palestinian journalists have demanded that authorities restrict the movement of Israeli reporters in the West Bank, a local media worker said Tuesday.
A media union urged president Mahmud Abbas in a letter to block Israeli reporters from accessing Palestinian-controlled West Bank territory, in response to Israel’s own restrictions on the movement of Palestinian reporters.
“We are for media freedom on both sides, but this can’t be one-way,” Palestinian journalist Nayla Khalil told AFP.
She said that the movements of Palestinian journalists were regularly restricted in West Bank areas controlled by the Israeli army.
The union’s letter to Abbas was “a threat to no one, but we demand equal treatment,” Khalil said.
An Israeli journalist was ejected last week from a Palestinian Authority news conference after Khalil demanded his removal.
Palestinian deputy information minister Mahmud Khalifa told AFP that the PA tried to “regulate the work of foreign media, including Israeli media, in accordance with Palestinian law.”
Only 50 out of 1,200 registered Palestinian journalists hold an Israeli government-issued card.


Tripoli neighborhoods ‘turning into battlefields’: Red Cross

Updated 25 April 2019
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Tripoli neighborhoods ‘turning into battlefields’: Red Cross

  • Hospitals are struggling from chronic shortages of medical supplies
  • There have also been power outages and weakened water pumping stations

GENEVA/TRIPOLI: The humanitarian situation has greatly deteriorated around the Libyan capital Tripoli, where “densely populated residential areas are gradually turning into battlefields,” the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.
Hospitals are struggling with chronic shortages of medical supplies amid power outages and weakened water pumping stations, the aid agency said in a statement after three weeks of clashes.
“It is crucial that hospitals, medical facilities, health staff and vehicles transporting the wounded are allowed to carry out their activities safely,” it said.
The World Health Organization said on Twitter that 278 people have been killed in the last three weeks, while 1,332 others have been wounded.
The Libyan National Army, which is allied to a rival government in eastern Libya, has mounted an offensive on Tripoli but has so far failed to breach the city’s southern defenses.
Southern suburbs and nearby villages have been heavily fought over and shelled, with territory regularly changing hands.