Palestinian shot dead in Gaza clashes: Ministry

Relatives of 15-year-old Othman Hilles, mourn during his funeral in the family home in Gaza City, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (File Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP)
Updated 17 July 2018
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Palestinian shot dead in Gaza clashes: Ministry

  • Sari Al-Shobaki had been transferred to Jerusalem for treatment after being shot several days ago east of Gaza City
  • At least 144 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian has died days after being shot by Israeli forces in clashes along the Gaza border, the enclave’s health ministry said Tuesday.
Sari Al-Shobaki had been transferred to Jerusalem for treatment after being shot several days ago east of Gaza City, the ministry in the Hamas-run territory said.
A ministry spokesman said the 23-year-old died at the St. Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem.
There was no immediate confirmation from the hospital.
At least 144 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30.
No Israelis have been killed.
Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations.
Critics accuse it of disproportionate force against protesters.


US sanctions over Iran oil will ‘intensify Mideast turmoil’: China

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US sanctions over Iran oil will ‘intensify Mideast turmoil’: China

  • Foreign ministry spokesman: US operating outside its jurisdiction in unilaterally imposing the sanctions
  • China is one of Iran’s biggest oil markets

BEIJING: Beijing on Tuesday again lashed out at a US decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, calling it a violation of China’s interests that will intensify turmoil in the Middle East and international energy markets.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the US is operating outside its jurisdiction in unilaterally imposing the sanctions. He said normal interactions between Iran and other countries are “reasonable and lawful” and deserving of respect and protection.

“The relevant actions of the US will also intensify the turmoil in the Middle East and international energy market,” Geng said.

“We urge the US to play a constructive role in a responsible manner, instead of the other way around. In addition, we have already made complaints with the US on this matter,” he said.

Geng said China will work to safeguard its companies’ interests, reflecting its desire to secure foreign markets as it pursues its massive “Belt-and-Road” infrastructure initiative.

China is one of Iran’s biggest oil markets and was a strong backer of the agreement to lift sanctions in return for Iran curbing its nuclear weapons program that was scrapped by President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from US sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, stepping up pressure on Iran in a move that primarily affects the five remaining major importers.

Along with India and US treaty allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, China was one of the countries primarily affected by the announcement.

Oil prices soared to their highest level since October on Tuesday.

The sanctions could potentially remove up to 1.2 million barrels of oil per day from international markets, according to industry experts. However, that number will likely be lower, depending on how countries respond and just how much oil Iran continues to export.