Two Palestinian youths shot by Israeli troops

In this file photo, Israeli soldiers stand guard near the scene where two Palestinian men were shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank. (Reuters)
Updated 26 April 2018
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Two Palestinian youths shot by Israeli troops

  • Israeli forces opened fire on a Palestinian vehicle at the entrance to the town of Halhoul, and two Palestinian youths were injured as a result.
  • Both men were taken to hospital and received treatment.

GAZA: Two Palestinian youths were shot on Wednesday night by Israeli troops in the town of Halhoul, north of the West Bank city of Hebron, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.
WAFA quoted security sources as saying that Israeli forces opened fire on a Palestinian vehicle at the entrance to the town of Halhoul, and that two youths were injured as a result.
Ahmed ‘Issa’ Abd Al-Halim Zamara was shot in the back four times and Muhannad Khalid Shahda Al-Douda’s hand was shot at. They were both taken to hospital and received treatment.
WAFA also reported that five Palestinians from the West Bank were arrested on Thursday morning.


Masked attackers kill five Syria rescuers: White Helmets

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Masked attackers kill five Syria rescuers: White Helmets

  • The White Helmets said armed men stormed the Al-Hader center in a pre-dawn attack and fired on the first responders inside.
  • Four volunteers were killed on the spot and a fifth died later in hospital.

BEIRUT: Five Syrian rescue workers were killed in an attack by masked assailants Saturday on one of their centers in the northern province of Aleppo, the White Helmets said.
The White Helmets said armed men stormed the Al-Hader center in a pre-dawn attack and fired on the first responders inside.
Four volunteers were killed on the spot and a fifth died later in hospital, it wrote on Twitter.
Founded in 2013, the White Helmets are a network of first responders who rescue wounded in the aftermath of air strikes, shelling or blasts in rebel-held territory.
The Al-Hader center lies in a part of Aleppo province controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), an extremist organization whose main component was once Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.
“At around 2:00 am, an armed group stormed the Al-Hader center, blindfolded the staff members who were on the night shift, and killed five of them,” said Ahmad Al-Hamish, who heads the center.
“Two others were wounded and another two were able to flee. The attackers were masked and escaped after stealing some equipment and generators,” he said.
It was unclear whether the attack was a robbery-gone-wrong or if the center and its crew had been specifically targeted.
More than 200 White Helmets rescuers have been killed in Syria’s seven-year war, usually in bombing raids or shelling on their centers.
While attacks like the one on Saturday are rare, they have happened before.
In August, seven White Helmets members were killed in a similar attack in the town of Sarmin, in neighboring Idlib province.
Most of Idlib is held by HTS, as well as a part of Aleppo and the adjacent province of Hama.
Tensions are on the rise there, with a wave of intra-opposition assassinations and clashes leaving at least 20 rebels dead in 48 hours, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“You cannot separate the Al-Hader incident from the assassinations and other killings that have been happening more and more in recent weeks in areas under HTS control,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.
The population of Idlib province has swelled to more than two million people as a result of massive transfers of rebels and civilians from onetime opposition zones elsewhere in the country.
The killings come as the White Helmets are facing a “freeze” on funding from the United States, which is still reviewing over $200 million earmarked for stabilization in Syria.