Palestinian premier: Boycott Israeli goods

Updated 16 December 2012
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Palestinian premier: Boycott Israeli goods

RAMALLAH, West Bank: The Palestinian premier is calling on his people to boycott Israeli products.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad told reporters Sunday the boycott is to protest Israel’s withholding of funds to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority.
Israel is holding $100 million in taxes it normally transfers to the Palestinians. It cut off the funds after the Palestinians won upgraded recognition at the United Nations last month. Israel says the move undermines negotiations.
The Palestinian Authority uses the money to pay salaries to its tens of thousands of civil servants and security forces. Israel says it is using the money to pay down debts owed to Israel.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said the Palestinians should “concentrate efforts on how to build their own economy, not how to boycott someone else’s.”


Libya’s coast guard recovers five bodies from migrant boat

African migrants rescued from a ship off the coast of Zuwara, about 130 kilometres west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, sit alongside of bodies of others who died, at the dock in the capital's naval base on June 18, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Libya’s coast guard recovers five bodies from migrant boat

  • Since January, some 10,760 migrants have crossed from Libya to Italy, more than 80 percent less than during the same period last year
  • Since last summer, smuggling networks inside Libya have been disrupted under Italian pressure

TRIPOLI: Libyan coast guards said on Monday they had recovered the bodies of five migrants and picked 191 survivors off the coast west of the capital Tripoli.
Libya’s western coast is the main departure point for migrants trying to reach Europe by the sea, though the number of crossings has dropped sharply since last July.
The five dead migrants were brought back to port in Tripoli on Monday along with 115 survivors from various sub-Saharan African and Arab countries, coast guard officials said.
Their boat was intercepted off Mellitah on Sunday after being damaged by rough seas, according to Ayoub Qassem, a coast guard spokesman.
Another group of 76 migrants was intercepted on Sunday off Zawiya, just west of Tripoli.
Since last summer, smuggling networks inside Libya have been disrupted under Italian pressure and Libya’s EU-backed coast guard has stepped up interceptions, returning more than 7,000 migrants to Libya so far this year.
Since January, some 10,760 migrants have crossed from Libya to Italy, more than 80 percent less than during the same period last year, according to statistics from Italy’s interior ministry.
Last week, crossings in the central Mediterranean were thrown into further uncertainty when Italy’s new government closed its ports to a rescue ship operated by humanitarian organizations that was loaded with more than 600 migrants.
It eventually docked in Spain.