Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

A Palestinian uses a slingshot during a demonstration near the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 12, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 12 April 2019
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Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

  • At least 48 others were taken to hospital with a variety of injuries from clashes at several spots along the border
  • Palestinians in Gaza have for more than a year gathered at least weekly along the border for protests

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by the Israeli army Friday during renewed clashes on the Gaza border, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.
A ministry spokesman said Maysara Abu Shaloof, 15, was "shot in the stomach by the (Israeli) occupation east of Jabalia," referring to a demonstration site in northern Gaza.
At least 48 others were taken to hospital with a variety of injuries from clashes at several spots along the border, the ministry said without elaborating.
An Israeli army spokesman told AFP that around "approximately 4,700 rioters and demonstrators" took part in various incidents along the frontier.
"The rioters were hurling rocks and there were several attempts to breach the security fence," he said.
"Troops responded with riot dispersal means and fired in accordance with standard operating procedures."
He had no comment on any Palestinian casualties.
Palestinians in Gaza have for more than a year gathered at least weekly along the border for protests, calling on Israel to end its blockade of the enclave.
Israel says it is protecting its borders and accuses Hamas which runs Gaza of orchestrating the protests.
An AFP correspondent said Friday's protests were smaller than in the past.
At least 264 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began.
The majority were killed during clashes, though others were hit by tank fire or air strikes.
Two Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.


 


Turkey sends weapons to opposition fighters in Syria

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters get a major boost as Ankara backs them with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them hold their ground. (Reuters)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Turkey sends weapons to opposition fighters in Syria

  • Ankara signals readiness to preserve its influence in Syria’s Idlib province in northwestern region

AMMAN: Turkey has equipped an array of mainstream Syrian opposition fighters it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault, senior opposition officials and opposition sources said on Saturday.
Russia is backing the Syrian army’s large aerial and ground assault as it seeks to gain control of the last big stretch of opposition-held territory in the northwest of the country.
Syria’s Bashar Assad launched the assault last month, saying fighters had breached an existing cease-fire, triggering a civilian exodus by bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas. It has been the biggest escalation since last summer between Assad and the opposition fighters in Idlib province and a belt of territory around it.
Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey, two senior opposition figures said.

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Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey.

In doing so Turkey signaled its readiness to preserve its influence in northwestern Syria, where it has beefed up its troop presence in a dozen military bases that were set up under a de-escalation deal with Russia, a senior opposition commander said. Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment.
Overnight, a Turkish military convoy arrived in a base in northern Hama near opposition-held Jabal Al-Zawiya, where Russian and Syrian jets have been pounding for weeks, a fighter and a witness said.
The delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles helped roll back some army gains and retake the strategically located town of Kfar Nabouda.