Top official: US discussing sale of F-35s to partners

The first three F-35 fighter jets ordered by Norway's Air Force arrive in Oerland Main Air Station, near Trondheim, Norway, in this November 3, 2017 photo. (Reuters)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Top official: US discussing sale of F-35s to partners

DUBAI: The US is in talks to sell F-35 fighter jets to partner nations, a senior US military official said on Friday during a visit to the UAE, without giving details.
US Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Stephen Wilson was responding to a reporter’s question about the possibility of selling advanced jets to the UAE. “Specifically with the F-35s, we look at all of our partners and nations and allies and their requirements and here in the Gulf they share many of the same adversaries and challenges,” Wilson said.
“So we look to provide capabilities. So the discussion is ongoing now with the new administration on selling F-35s to partner nations that need them, that require them.”
He added, “They’ve started the process. Now with that, you need discussion bilaterally between nations ... so further things on that will have to come from the UAE.”
The F-35 is made by Lockheed Martin Corp, with companies including Northrop Grumman Corp, United Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney and BAE Systems Plc also involved.


Journalist shot at Gaza protest dies of wounds

Updated 26 April 2018
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Journalist shot at Gaza protest dies of wounds

  • Ahmed Abu Hussein worked for Radio Shaab, a well-known radio station, and as a photographer for a local news agency
  • Most of the Palestinians killed by Israel since the start of “March of Return” protests on March 30 were shot by snipers on the border

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian journalist shot two weeks ago by Israeli forces on the Gaza border has died, Israeli and Palestinian sources said on Wednesday. He is the second journalist killed in a month of unrest.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, 25, was shot on April 13 while covering protests along the Gaza border for Palestinian media. 

The Gaza Health Ministry announced he had died after receiving treatment inside Israel, which the Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv confirmed. His brother Diaa said they were preparing to transfer the body to Gaza for his funeral.

Abu Hussein worked for Radio Shaab, a well-known radio station seen as close to the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) party, as well as being a photographer for a local news agency.

The family said the body was expected to cross from Israel late Wednesday, with the funeral to be held on Thursday. Abu Hussein was shot in the stomach while covering protests near Jabalia in northern Gaza, the Health Ministry in Gaza said.

Images from the day appear to show him wearing a press helmet in the moments after he was shot. 

The Israeli Army did not immediately comment on the incident.

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate said it held the Israeli authorities “fully responsible for this crime” and called for prosecutions. 

Photographer Yasser Murtaja was killed on April 6 while covering the protests. Israel has since accused him of being an active member of Hamas, a claim denied by his family and colleagues.

Abu Hussein’s death brought the toll of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire since March 30 to 41.

Most of the Palestinians killed by Israel since the start of “March of Return” protests on March 30 were shot by snipers on the border, while a few others were killed by Israeli artillery or airstrikes. No Israelis have been injured.

The deaths have led to calls for investigation from the UN, EU and others but these have been rejected by Israel.

The Israeli Army says its troops only open fire in self-defense or to stop protesters attempting to breach the barrier separating the territory from Israel.

The return march protests are calling for millions of Palestinians to be allowed to return to their historic homes, that are now inside Israel

Israel says such a return would destroy its identity as a Jewish state and accuses Hamas of seeking to use the protests as a means of violence.