Second person dies of wounds from West Bank shooting attack

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Israeli forensic workers inspect a car at the site of an attack at the junction leading to the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AFP)
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Israeli security forces gather at the site of an attack near the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank, on March 17, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 20 March 2019
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Second person dies of wounds from West Bank shooting attack

  • The attacks were at the entrance to the Ariel settlement, southwest of the Palestinian city of Nablus

JERUSALEM: An Israeli hospital says a second Israeli has died from a West Bank shooting attack.

Beilinson Hospital says Ahiad Attinger, a 47-year-old father of 12, died on Monday of wounds he sustained in the shooting and stabbing attack near the settlement of Ariel the previous day. The attack also killed 19-year-old soldier Gal Keidan. A third Israeli was seriously wounded.

Israeli troops are still conducting a massive manhunt for the assailant, whom the military identified as a 19-year-old Palestinian.

The military says the attacker stabbed the soldier before stealing his assault rifle and opening fire at passing vehicles. He then carjacked another vehicle and sped away, firing toward more soldiers before escaping into a nearby Palestinian village. The military says it has surveyed his home for its future demolition.


New social deal signed in Morocco, salaries to rise

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New social deal signed in Morocco, salaries to rise

  • The minimum wage, currently 2,570 dirhams a month ($266), will be increased by 10 percent over two years from July
  • Last July King Mohammed VI urged the government to take “urgent action” to address social issues

RABAT: The Moroccan government on Thursday announced a “new social deal” with employers and the main labor unions, under which many workers will enjoy a pay rise.
The deal agreed by the General Confederation of Moroccan Businesses (CGEM) and the three main unions — the UMT, UGTM and UNMT — is the fruit of months of negotiations
The minimum wage, currently 2,570 dirhams a month ($266), will be increased by 10 percent over two years from July, except for the agricultural sector.
Government-paid family allowances will also rise.
Meanwhile public sector workers will be given a 300-500 dirham monthly pay increase over three years.
Of Morocco’s main trade unions only the Democratic Labour Confederation has not signed the social deal which, according to the government statement, is aimed at “improving spending power and the social climate.”
Last July King Mohammed VI urged the government to take “urgent action” to address social issues, in particular health and education in the north African country which has been hit by protests over employment and corruption.
Mohammed VI pointed to social support and social protection programs that “overlap each other, suffer from a lack of consistency and fail to effectively target eligible groups.”
After months of stalemate, the dossier was handed to the interior ministry at the beginning of the year and the final rounds of talks were held.
The social unrest began in October 2016 after the death of a fisherman and spiralled into a wave of protests demanding more development in the neglected Rif region and railing against corruption and unemployment.
Morocco is marked by glaring social and territorial inequalities, against a backdrop of high unemployment among young people. In 2018, it was ranked 123rd out of 189 countries and territories on the Human Development Index.