Gaza teen dies of wounds from Israeli fire during protest

Palestinians evacuate an injured protester during clashes with Israeli forces over the weekend along the Gaza border with Israel. (AFP)
Updated 14 January 2019
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Gaza teen dies of wounds from Israeli fire during protest

  • Abdelraouf Salhah was shot in the head during the protest last Friday
  • Hamas has been orchestrating weekly mass protests along the perimeter fence to protest an Israeli and Egyptian blockade imposed on Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The Gaza Health Ministry says a 14-year-old Palestinian who was shot by Israeli forces during mass protests along the perimeter fence over the weekend has died of his wounds.
The ministry’s statement says Abdelraouf Salhah was shot in the head during the protest last Friday. A 43-year-old female activist was also killed, and two dozen Palestinians were wounded.
Hamas has been orchestrating weekly mass protests along the perimeter fence since last March to protest an Israeli and Egyptian blockade imposed on Gaza when the militant group seized power in 2007. At least 187 Palestinians have been killed since the protests began, and thousands of Palestinians have been wounded. An Israeli soldier was also killed.
Israel says it’s protecting its border from infiltrators who could carry out attacks.


Arab anger over ‘theft of occupied Golan Heights’

Updated 26 March 2019
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Arab anger over ‘theft of occupied Golan Heights’

  • Israel seized part of the Golan during the 1967 Six-Day War, subsequently annexing it in 1981
  • US President Trump officially recognized Israel's sovereignty of the Golan Heights on March 25, 2019

JEDDAH: Arab states on Monday condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The decision “does not change the area’s status” as illegally occupied territory, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

Breaking decades of international consensus, Trump signed a proclamation at the White House on Monday recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the border area that Israel seized from Syria in 1967. 

Syria said the decision was a blatant attack on its sovereignty. 

“Trump does not have the right or the legal authority to legitimize the occupation,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Opposition chief Nasr Al-Hariri said Trump’s decision would “lead to more violence and instability, and it will have negative effects on efforts to engineer peace in the region.”

Lebanon said the move “violates all the rules of international law” and “undermines any effort to reach a just peace.”

“The Golan Heights are Syrian Arab land, no decision can change this, and no country can revisit history by transferring ownership of land from one country to another,” the Foreign Ministry said.