Egypt FM warn Ethiopia over Nile River dam

File photo showing boats sail on the river Nile near Cairo. (Reuters)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Egypt FM warn Ethiopia over Nile River dam

CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign minister has delivered a warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building on a Nile River tributary.
Sameh Shoukry says in TV comments aired Thursday that all parties “should know that Egypt will not accept the status quo ... and continues to defend the interests of its people regarding the Nile by several means.”
He did not elaborate.
Earlier in April, the foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia met in Khartoum but talks ended with no deal on the lingering dispute of access to the Nile’s waters. Egypt has called for another meeting in Cairo.
Egypt is alarmed the so-called Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia is completing will drastically impact its share of the Nile’s waters.
Ethiopia and Sudan are expected to benefit from the construction.


Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip: ministry

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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip: ministry

GAZA CITY: Israeli tank fire, at what is claimed to be a militant observation post, killed two Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, the enclave’s health ministry and sources from the militant movement said.
The ministry identified those killed as Hussein Al-Amour, 25, and Abdul Haleem Al-Naqa, 28. The incident happened east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, a ministry spokesman said.

Separately on Saturday night, Israeli aircraft struck two targets belonging to Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, but there were no reports of casualties.
The military said the operation was in response to a brief incursion across the border earlier in the day by Palestinians who immediately fled back into Gaza.
It added that the strike was also in retaliation for repeated Palestinian attempts to damage the border fence and "security infrastructure" during ongoing border protests.
At least 118 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass protests and clashes broke out on March 30, according to figures from the Gazan health ministry.
No Israelis have been killed during that time.
Low-level demonstrations along the border have continued since protests peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians died as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the US moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass incursions into its territory.
It accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.