Israel strikes Hamas sites after Gaza rockets: army

Masked militants from the Izzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, ride vehicles as they commemorate the 30th anniversary of their group, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP/Adel Hana)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Israel strikes Hamas sites after Gaza rockets: army

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israel carried out a series of air strikes against Islamist group Hamas in Gaza early Thursday, the army said, hours after rockets were fired at the Jewish state from the Palestinian enclave.
In a statement the Israeli army said they had targeted three Hamas military facilities in different parts of the Gaza Strip, which Hamas controls.
“The military facilities were used as training and weapons storage compounds,” the statement said.
“This was in response to the projectiles fired at Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip earlier this evening.”
A Palestinian security source said there were more than 10 strikes on the targets, which included a Hamas naval site and a military base near the Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza.
The source said there had been significant damage to the sites, as well as more minor damage to nearby houses, causing minor injuries.
There was no initial confirmation of injuries from the ministry of health in Gaza.
The strikes came hours after Israel’s missile defense system intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza.
The rockets are often fired by small Islamist groups but Israel holds Gaza’s rulers Hamas responsible for any attacks from the territory.
The army also announced it would close off the main goods crossing between Gaza and Israel from Thursday “due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments.”
There has been an uptick in violence from Gaza since US President Donald Trump announced he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last Wednesday.
Four Gazans have been killed, two in clashes along the border and two Hamas militants in an Israeli airstrike.


Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

Updated 15 December 2018
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Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

  • The laureate was awarded the $1 million prize alongside Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege
  • She said she will use the money to “build a hospital in Sinjar to treat ill people, mainly widows and women”

SINJAR, Iraq: Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Daesh militants who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown.
The Yazidi survivor was speaking to a crowd of hundreds in Sinjar, her hometown in northern Iraq.
“With the money I got from the Nobel Peace prize, I will build a hospital in Sinjar to treat ill people, mainly widows and women who were exposed to sexual abuses by Daesh militants,” she told the crowd and gathered journalists.
She thanked the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments for agreeing to her plan and said she would be contacting humanitarian organizations “soon” to start construction.
Murad was awarded the $1 million prize alongside Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
She was one of about 7,000 women and girls captured in northwest Iraq in August 2014 and held by Daesh in Mosul, where she was tortured and raped.
She escaped after three months and reached Germany, from where she campaigned extensively to appeal for support for the Yazidi community.
The Yazidi area in Sinjar had previously been home to about 400,000 people, mostly Yazidis and Arab Sunnis.
In a matter of days, more than 3,000 Yazidis were killed and about 6,800 kidnapped, either sold into slavery or conscripted to fight for Daesh as the religious minority came under attack.