Suspected Palestinian thief shot dead by Israel police

Police had received information regarding a “suspicious car” and set up a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 March 2019
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Suspected Palestinian thief shot dead by Israel police

  • Two accomplices fled the car containing stolen goods
  • There have been sporadic Palestinian attacks

JERUSALEM: An Israeli officer shot dead a masked Palestinian motorist early Sunday as he tried to run down a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank set up to apprehend thieves, police said.
Two accomplices fled the car, which contained stolen goods and equipment used to carry out burglaries, a statement said.
Police had received information regarding a “suspicious car” and set up a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley.
While examining a vehicle there, another car overtook it and accelerated toward an officer who beckoned it to stop.
“When the car did not heed the officer’s orders to stop, the officer shot at the car,” police said in a statement.
“As a result of the gunfire, the car stopped and its Palestinian motorist, a resident of one of the villages nearby, was hit and pronounced dead.”
There have been sporadic nationalistically motivated Palestinian attacks, including car-ramming attacks, against Israeli civilians and security forces in the West Bank.
But in Sunday’s statement the police refrained from calling the Palestinian as a “terrorist,” identifying instead only as a motorist.


UN presents new plan for Yemen pullback from Hodeidah

Updated 19 March 2019
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UN presents new plan for Yemen pullback from Hodeidah

  • The redeployment of forces was agreed in December under a ceasefire deal reached in Sweden that offered the best hope in years of moving toward an end to the war
  • The UN envoy's statement did not give a date for the start of the pullback, which would mark the first step towards de-escalation

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations will present a new plan for the pullback of forces from Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeidah following talks with the government and the Houthis, a UN envoy said Tuesday.
The redeployment of forces was agreed in December under a ceasefire deal reached in Sweden that offered the best hope in years of moving toward an end to the war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.
"Following constructive discussions with both parties, there is significant progress towards an agreement to implement phase one of the redeployments of the Hodeida agreement," said a statement from Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy for Yemen.
"Operational details will be presented to the parties in the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) for endorsement shortly," he added.
The UN envoy's statement did not give a date for the start of the pullback, which would mark the first step towards de-escalation.
Griffiths said he "looks forward to the swift endorsement of the plan."
The United Nations announced a deal on the two-stage pullback from Hodeidah city and its ports on February 17, but the redeployment failed to materialize on the ground.
UN diplomats said the Houthis were refusing to pull away from the ports as part of the first stage. 
Griffiths and head of the RCC, Danish General Michael Lollesgaard, have been holding talks with all sides to overcome the final hurdles.
The Red Sea port of Hodeidah is the entry point for the bulk of imported goods and relief aid to Yemen.
The conflict in Yemen has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian conflict.