Palestinian toddler defies death after falling under truck at refugee camp in Lebanon

Updated 12 July 2018
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Palestinian toddler defies death after falling under truck at refugee camp in Lebanon

DUBAI: The moment a Palestinian boy narrowly escaped death after falling under a truck has been captured on a video.

According to Lebanese daily An-Nahar, the incident took place in the Borj Al Barajneh refugee camp in south Lebanon, where the young boy lives.

The video shows a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) garbage truck turning a corner to where the unaccompanied toddler was walking.

It appears that the driver did not see one-year-old Yousef Jamal Ali.

The boy disappears from view and then the truck appears to rock from side to side, before coming to a halt, the toddler now lying face down.

Then a man can be seen running up to the child and picks him up.

According to security sources in the camp An-Nahar, Ali suffered a broken bone in his thigh in the incident.


Morocco Christians urge religious freedom before pope visit

Updated 27 min 7 sec ago
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Morocco Christians urge religious freedom before pope visit

  • Morocco is 99 percent Muslim
  • The pontiff is due to visit the North African country on March 30-31 at the invitation of King Mohammed VI

RABAT: Morocco’s Christian minority on Thursday called on authorities in the Muslim-majority country to guarantee religious freedoms, ahead of a visit by Pope Francis.
The Coordination of Moroccan Christians, a group representing converts to Christianity in a nation that is 99 percent Muslim, appealed for “basic freedoms of which we, Moroccan Christians, are still often deprived.”
These include freedom of public worship as well as the right to have church or civil weddings and Christian funeral rites and education, it said in a statement.
“We dream of a free Morocco” which embraces religious diversity, the group said, adding that it hopes Pope Francis’s visit this month will be a “historic occasion” for the country.
“We also call on the Moroccan authorities to no longer put pressure on the country’s official churches, including the Catholic church in Morocco, to dissuade them from accepting” converts to Christianity, the statement said.
The pontiff is due to visit the North African country on March 30-31 at the invitation of King Mohammed VI.
More than 40,000 Christians — mostly foreigners — are estimated to live in Morocco, whose king describes himself as the “commander of the faithful.”
Religious pluralism is enshrined in the constitution and freedom of worship is guaranteed, according to the Moroccan authorities.