Palestinian dies of wounds 2 months after US embassy demo

Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
Updated 24 July 2018
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Palestinian dies of wounds 2 months after US embassy demo

  • The protests were against the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem
  • Majid Aqeel, 26, succumbed to his wounds more than two months after being shot

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian wounded in May by Israeli fire during deadly clashes on the Gaza border has died of his injuries, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said on Tuesday.
Majid Aqeel, 26, succumbed to his wounds more than two months after being shot in northern Gaza during mass protests along the border on May 14.
The protests, which were against the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on the same day, were the peak of months of border demonstrations.
At least 63 Palestinians were killed on May 14, making it the most bloody day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war.
At least 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests broke out on March 30 against Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and calling for Gazans to be allowed to return to their historic homeland, now inside Israel.
One Israeli soldier was shot dead near the border on July 20, sparking fierce retaliatory strikes.


Iranian FM in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart as part of regional tour

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Iranian FM in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart as part of regional tour

  • During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister
  • Discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries

BAGHDAD: Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif landed in Baghdad on Saturday for talks with his Iraqi counterpart, an Arab News reporter confirmed.

During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister. On Sunday morning, Zarif will meet several senior politicians before he heads to Najaf to meet some clerics, sources told Arab News.

The discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries in addition to possible options to reinforce the attempts to start dialogues with the related sides to reach a compromise or solutions for the current standoff between Iran and US.

The Iranian official will leave Iraq on Monday. Zarif's tour will also include trips to Turkey, India and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi will begin a separate tour on Sunday which will see him visit Qatar, Oman and Kuwait, according to Iranian news sources.