Suspected Daesh militants kill Christian man in northern Sinai

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Updated 07 May 2017
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Suspected Daesh militants kill Christian man in northern Sinai

EGYPT: Security officials say a Christian man has been shot dead by suspected Daesh militants while inside a barber’s shop in Egypt’s turbulent northern Sinai.
The late Saturday killing in the coastal city of Al-Arish came one day after the Daesh group’s local affiliate warned it would escalate attacks against Christians.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.
Ayoub is at least the seventh Christian in northern Sinai to be killed by suspected Daesh militants in recent months. The killings have forced hundreds of Christians to flee the region. At least 75 others have been killed in Daesh attacks targeting churches since December.
Daesh is currently spearheading an insurgency in northern Sinai, where security forces have been battling militants for years.


Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

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Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

  • Israel will encourage hosts in settlements to sue the company to make it ‘pay’ for its decision
  • Airbnb’s decision on Monday sparked outrage among Israeli officials and settler leaders

KFAR ADUMIM, West Bank: Israel is threatening vacation rental company Airbnb with high taxes and legal repercussions over its decision to remove listings from Jewish West Bank settlements.
The threats step up Israel’s fight against a global movement advocating for boycotts over the country’s treatment of the Palestinians.
Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said Tuesday that Israel will seek to impose “very high taxes” on the company in order to restrict its operations in the country. He also says Israel will encourage hosts in settlements to sue the company to make it “pay” for its decision.
Airbnb’s decision on Monday sparked outrage among Israeli officials and settler leaders, but was welcomed by Palestinian officials and human rights groups that had long pressured the company to end its contentious West Bank settlement listings.