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.

Israeli planes hit 25 targets in response to Gaza rocket fire

Updated 20 June 2018

Israeli planes hit 25 targets in response to Gaza rocket fire

JERUSALEM: Israeli jets struck 25 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Wednesday after militants launched rockets and mortar shells at Israeli territory, the military said.
Two Hamas security men were lightly hurt in one air strike in the southern Gaza Strip, residents said. No casualties were reported in Israel after one of the most intense recent barrages of militant rocket launches and Israeli air strikes.
Air raid sirens and Israeli phone warning applications sounded throughout the pre-dawn hours.
The military counted 30 rockets and mortar shells fired at Israeli territory and said its Iron Dome anti-missile shield intercepted seven rockets.
Since its last war with Gaza’s dominant Hamas in 2014, Israel has stepped up efforts to prevent cross-border attacks, improving rocket interceptors and investing in technologies for detecting and destroying guerrilla tunnels.
In recent weeks, Palestinians have sent kites dangling coal embers or burning rags across the Gaza border to set fire to arid farmland and forests, others have carried small explosive devices in a new tactic that has caused extensive damage.
At least 127 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops during mass demonstrations along the Gaza border since March 30 and the men sending the kites over the fence believe they have found an effective new weapon.
Israel’s deadly tactics in confronting the weekly Friday protests have drawn international condemnation.
Palestinians say the protests are an outpouring of rage by people demanding the right to return to homes their families fled or were driven from following the founding of Israel 70 years ago.
Israel says the demonstrations are organized by the Islamist group Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip and denies Israel’s right to exist. Israel says Hamas has intentionally provoked the violence, a charge Hamas denies.
Around two million people live in Gaza, most of them the stateless descendants of refugees from what is now Israel. The territory has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel.
Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade of the strip, citing security reasons, which has caused an economic crisis and collapse in living standards there over the past decade.