Arab interior ministers call for joint security action to confront terrorism

Arab Interior Ministers Council held its 35th session on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 07 March 2018

Arab interior ministers call for joint security action to confront terrorism

ALGIERS: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud called for intensified cooperation among the security agencies to confront terrorism when the Arab Interior Ministers Council held its 35th session on Wednesday

The Council met under the patronage of Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika and with the participation of the supreme security delegations in addition to representatives of a number of Arab and UN institutions.

Prince Abdul Aziz, Saudi Arabia's interior minister, said: “In light of successive events targeting the security, stability, and unity of our Arab homeland, we gather today to confront the consequences of these events with determination and common destiny. It is no secret that our council is one of the pillars of confronting all evils that target our societies.

“With regard to the Iranian blatant interferences in various countries in the world, particularly the Arab countries, and its support for terrorism to destabilize and tear apart societies through its terrorist and extremist arms which were founded and nurtured in a number of our Arab countries, we have to confront this danger, particularly that these terrorist organizations challenge legitimate governments and abduct the decision-making and sovereignty from these governments,” he added.

The prince called for intensifying cooperation among the security agencies in various fields and to push the Arab joint security action.

The session was attended by security delegations and representatives of the Arab League, the Arab Maghreb Union, Interpol, and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism.

Algerian Interior Minister Noureddine Badawi stressed the importance of coordinating and intensifying efforts among Arab interior ministers to preserve the Arab world’s safety. Badawi also stressed the need to join hands in order to fight the terrorism some Arab countries have suffered from.

Gaza teen dies of border protest wounds

Updated 21 min 5 sec ago

Gaza teen dies of border protest wounds

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian shot by Israeli forces last month during protests on the Gaza border died of his wounds Monday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said.
“Mohammed Ghassan Abu Daqqa died ... on Wednesday evening from his wounds, after he was shot by the Israeli occupation east of Khan Yunis on May 14,” it said in a statement, which did not give his age.
At least 33 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since mass protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30.
No Israelis have been killed.
The protests peaked on May 14 when at least 62 Palestinians were killed as thousands approached the heavily guarded border fence on the same day the United States moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations. It accuses Gaza’s rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.