Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian at Gaza border: army

Palestinian women protesters stand waving with Palestinian flags by the barbed-wire fence past burning tires during clashes following a demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City in the central Gaza Strip on September 7, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2018
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Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian at Gaza border: army

JERUSALEM: The Israeli army said Sunday that it shot and fatally wounded a Palestinian man who sought to damage the fence on the flashpoint Israel-Gaza border.
“Troops recognized a suspect who approached the security fence and attempted to sabotage it,” an English-language army statement said, adding that they opened fire at the man.
He was given medical treatment but “later on, the suspect succumbed to his wounds,” it added.
Palestinian security officials said that the dead man was Atef Mohammed Saleh, 32, from Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, near the border with Israel.
They said they did not know the circumstances of the shooting.
There have been regular protests along the border since March 30 as Palestinians demand the right to return to homes their families fled or were expelled from during the war surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.
At least 176 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since then.
Over the same period, one Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.
Israel accuses Gaza’s Hamas rulers of manipulating the protests and of seeking to use them as cover to carry out attacks.
This week, Israel closed its only people crossing with Gaza after violent protests damaged the infrastructure.
Israel said it would reopen the passage next Thursday providing the situation is calm.
Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade for more than a decade.


Yemen’s President Hadi appoints new ministers in government reshuffle

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Yemen’s President Hadi appoints new ministers in government reshuffle

  • Hadi appointed Ahmed Obaid Al-Fadhli as governor of the Central Bank of Yemen
  • appointed former ambassador Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hadrami as Minister of Foreign Affairs

DUBAI: President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi issued a decree on Thursday evening appointing new foreign and finance ministers in a cabinet reshuffle to lead the key state institutions.

In a statement, the president's office, based in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh, said that Hadi appointed Ahmed Obaid Al-Fadhli as governor of the Central Bank of Yemen, succeeding Hafedh Meyyad and Salem bin Breik as Minister of Finance, succeeding Minister Al-Fadhli.

The Yemeni president also appointed former ambassador Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hadrami as Minister of Foreign Affairs, replacing Khalid Al-Yamani, who resigned last June.

Al-Fadhli becomes the fourth governor of the central bank since its relocation in Aden from the Houthi controlled capital, Sanaa.

The reshuffle comes amid escalating tension between the Hadi’s government and the pro-secession Southern Transitional Council (STC) that seized Aden and other neighboring provinces.