Two Palestinians killed during Israeli attack on Gaza

A relative of Palestinians killed by Israel reacts in Gaza. (Reuters)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Two Palestinians killed during Israeli attack on Gaza

  • The army confirmed the death of Mohammed Khatib, 24, in custody but said he not resisted arrest
  • The military did not provide further details on the reasons for his arrest

GAZA CITY: Two men found dead near the site of an Israeli missile strike at the coastal strip’s border with Israel were identified as Palestinian cousins, family members said on Tuesday. The Israeli military said it had attacked a group suspected of tampering with the border fence.
Family members identified Najy Jamil Abu Assi, 18, and Ala Ziad Abu Assi, 21, after seeing their pictures on social media. They were residents of the village of Zanna east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Shortly before midnight on Monday the Israeli military said one of its aircraft had fired at a group of suspected militants who had “suspiciously approached” the border fence and placed an object next to it.
Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders. Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled for several years and Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, where the Palestinians hope to establish an independent state, have expanded.
Israeli forces say that in recent days, they have dismantled at least two bombs planted near the border fence, which has been the scene of weekly Palestinian demonstrations since March 30. At least 179 Palestinians have been killed in the protests, according to medical officials in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. The Israeli army says it is defending its border against rioting protesters who have sought to breach the fence and enter Israel. In a separate incident in Beit Rima village in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian family said one of its members died while being arrested by Israeli soldiers. The family of 24-year-old Mohammad Al-Khatib said they believed he was beaten by the soldiers during a raid on his home. The Israeli military said its initial inquiry showed the troops used no violence and that it had launched an investigation. Bashir Al-Khatib, the man’s brother, said soldiers entered the house early on Tuesday morning and went to Khatib’s room. The family told Reuters they heard shouting before seeing soldiers carrying an unconscious Khatib from the house.

 


Syrian businessman linked to Assad arrested in Kuwait

Mazen Al-Tarazi has been living in Kuwait for a long while. (AFP/File)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Syrian businessman linked to Assad arrested in Kuwait

  • The businessman has a publishing and advertising company in Kuwait
  • He is blacklisted in the EU

KUWAIT CITY: A prominent Syrian businessman with close ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad has been arrested in Kuwait, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Mazen Al-Tarazi was arrested late Monday at his offices, his lawyer Badr Al-Yacoub told AFP.
He said that he did not yet know the reasons behind his client’s arrest.
Local authorities did not immediately release the charges against Tarazi.
But Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, citing unnamed informed sources, reported that the businessman is accused of money laundering and printing texts without authorization.
A longtime resident of Kuwait, Tarazi owns a publishing and advertising firm in partnership with a high-profile local businessman, Ahmad Al-Jarallah.
Jarallah confirmed to AFP that police had raided his offices on Monday night and arrested Tarazi’s secretary and two Al-Hadaf magazine employees.
Tarazi is on an EU blacklist of Syrian nationals who have been banned from entry to European states and whose assets have been frozen over their role in the Syria war.