Israel sends troops to West Bank after Palestinian kills settler

Israeli security forces at the Adam settlement in the occupied West Bank where a stabbing attack took place. (AFP)
Updated 27 July 2018
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Israel sends troops to West Bank after Palestinian kills settler

JERUSALEM: Israel’s military on Friday searched the West Bank village of a Palestinian attacker who broke into a settlement home and stabbed three Israelis, including one who later died from his wounds.
The military said it detained four Palestinians for questioning and set up security inspections at entrances to Kauber, the assailant’s village, north of Jerusalem. The attacker was shot and killed at the scene Thursday.
Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, issued a statement praising the attack but did not claim responsibility for it.
Forces measured the attacker’s house ahead of its demolition, the military said. Israel typically demolishes the homes of Palestinian attackers calling it a deterrent measure, but critics consider the policy collective punishment.
Israeli authorities say a Palestinian infiltrated the Adam settlement and stabbed three people in a house. One man later died of his wounds.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the attack “was a brave operation that responds to the daily ugly crimes the occupation commits against our people.”
Israelis have faced a wave of Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, on civilians and soldiers over the past two years but these types of assaults have declined recently.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Friday that Israel is to build hundreds of new homes in a settlement in the occupied West Bank where the Palestinian attacker stabbed three Israelis.
"The best answer to terrorism is the expansion of settlements," Lieberman wrote on Twitter, announcing 400 new housing units in the Adam settlement north of Jerusalem a day after the deadly stabbing.
 


Boat carrying Syrian refugees sinks off Lebanon, most rescued

Updated 22 September 2018
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Boat carrying Syrian refugees sinks off Lebanon, most rescued

  • The boat was ferrying the refugees illegally to Cyprus
  • Most were rescued by the Lebanese army but at least one child drowned

BEIRUT: A boat with around three dozen Syrian refugees on board sank off the coast of Lebanon on Saturday and most were rescued by the Lebanese army but at least one child drowned, security sources said.
The boat was ferrying the refugees illegally to Cyprus, some 180 km (110 miles) away, when it foundered off the coast of northern Lebanon, the sources said. Three more of the people on boat were in a serious condition in hospital.
Lebanon is hosting around 1 million registered refugees from Syria’s civil war, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The Lebanese government puts the figure at around 1.5 million.