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.


Turkey’s president says country will defy economic threats

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Turkey’s president says country will defy economic threats

  • The lira’s value dropped 38 percent against the dollar since the beginning of the year and sunk as low as 7.24 this week
  • Turkey is reeling from a massive sell-off of its currency as Washington imposed sanctions and threatened new ones

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s president has said his country will stand strong against an “attempted economic coup” amid heightened tensions with the US.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told thousands of supporters in Ankara that the country was being “threatened by the economy, sanctions, foreign currency, interest rates and inflation.”
He said: “we tell them that we see their game and we challenge them.”
Turkey is reeling from a massive sell-off of its currency as Washington imposed sanctions and threatened new ones if an American pastor under house arrest isn’t released.
The lira’s value dropped 38 percent against the dollar since the beginning of the year and sunk as low as 7.24 this week.
On Friday, ratings agencies Standard & Poor and Moody’s downgraded Turkey’s credit rating further to “junk” status.