Libyans protest against US air strike in southern Libya

“Africom attacked civilians,” and “Africom is killing our sons,” witnesses and participants told Reuters. (REUTERS)
Updated 05 December 2018
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Libyans protest against US air strike in southern Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya: Dozens of Libyans protested on Tuesday against a US air strike on suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the country’s southwestern desert, saying civilians had been targeted, witnesses said.
The US Africa Command (Africom) on Thursday said it had killed 11 Al-Qaeda militants near the town of al Uwaynat in its third strike since March on the militant group’s North African branch — Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
The strike close to the Algerian border, destroyed three vehicles, Africom had said in its statement last week, adding that at the time, they had assessed “no civilians were injured or killed.”
Members of the ethnic Tuareg tribe living in the area staged a protest on Tuesday, calling on the Tripoli-based government to launch an investigation into the strike.
The protesters, among them women and children, held up pamphlets saying “Africom attacked civilians,” and “Africom is killing our sons,” witnesses and participants told Reuters.
Militants linked to Al-Qaeda and Daesh have sought refuge in Libya’s vast southern desert as the country struggles to restore stability seven years after the uprising that toppled Muammar Qaddafi.


Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

Updated 20 February 2019
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Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM: Israeli police say they have arrested 19 Palestinians as clashes broke out at a contested Jerusalem holy site.
Police say dozens of Palestinians participated in a prayer protest Tuesday, attempting to breach a section of the compound that has been closed by Israeli court order for years.
Palestinian medics reported that several protesters were injured in the standoff.
The incident follows a similar scuffle on Monday in which Palestinians tried to break the gate that Israel placed on the closed area last week.
The compound, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is considered the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.
Any trace of Israeli security interference in the shrine, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, can ignite violence.