Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in new Gaza clashes: ministry

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Palestinian protesters gather during a demonstration along the Israeli border fence east of Gaza City on September 21, 2018. (AFP)
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Palestinian protesters stand by as tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces fall amidst them in clashes during a demonstration along the Israeli fence east of Gaza City on September 21, 2018. (AFP)
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Tihs picture taken on September 21, 2018 shows Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces following a demonstration along the Israeli barbed-wire border fence east of Gaza City. (AFP)
Updated 21 September 2018
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Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in new Gaza clashes: ministry

  • A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in new clashes along the Gaza border on Friday.
  • More than 100 other people were wounded, the spokesman said.

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in new clashes along the Gaza border on Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled territory said.
A spokesman for the ministry told AFP the man, whose identity was not yet known, was killed during protests east of Gaza City.
More than 100 other people were wounded, the spokesman said.
Palestinians have been demonstrating along the border for months in often violent protests that have seen at least 185 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since March 30.
One Israeli soldier has been killed by a Palestinian sniper.
AFP correspondents said Friday's clashes were more ferocious than in recent weeks.
The Israeli army said more than 10,000 people had gathered in several locations along the border on Friday evening.
"The rioters are hurling grenades and explosive devices, burning tires and hurling rocks at (Israeli) troops and the security fence," it said.
It added that its forces were responding with live fire "in accordance with standard operating procedures."

 

 


Ports deal is chance for Yemen peace talks, says UN envoy

Updated 21 February 2019
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Ports deal is chance for Yemen peace talks, says UN envoy

  • Forces will initially be withdrawn from the smaller ports of Salif and Ras Issa
  • The second phase a withdrawal of 18 to 30 kilometers, depending on the location and fighters

NEW YORK: The expected pullout of forces from three key ports in Yemen provides an opportunity to move to the major goal of ending the four-year conflict that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the UN envoy for the war-battered country said on Tuesday.

Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council that Yemen’s government and Houthi militias demonstrated that they are able to deliver on commitments they made in December in Stockholm by agreeing on the first phase of redeployment from the ports.

He said forces will initially be withdrawn from the smaller ports of Salif and Ras Issa, beginning “possibly” on Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be followed by a pullout from the major port of Hodeidah and critical parts of the city that will allow access to the Red Sea Mills, a major UN storage facility holding enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month, he said.

Griffiths called on the parties to fully implement the first phase and to agree on details of the second phase of the redeployment of forces, “which we hope will lead to the demilitarization” of Hodeidah, whose port handles about 70 percent of Yemen’s commercial and humanitarian imports.

A UN official said the first phase involves pulling back several kilometers, and the second phase a withdrawal of 18 to 30 kilometers, depending on the location and fighters. In some places in Hodeidah city, the opposing forces are facing each other about 100 meters apart, the official said.

The UN is appealing for more than $4 billion to assist 15 million Yemenis this year and UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock implored donors to pledge generously at a conference next week in Geneva.