Gaza teen dies of wounds from Israeli fire during protest

Palestinians evacuate an injured protester during clashes with Israeli forces over the weekend along the Gaza border with Israel. (AFP)
Updated 14 January 2019

Gaza teen dies of wounds from Israeli fire during protest

  • Abdelraouf Salhah was shot in the head during the protest last Friday
  • Hamas has been orchestrating weekly mass protests along the perimeter fence to protest an Israeli and Egyptian blockade imposed on Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The Gaza Health Ministry says a 14-year-old Palestinian who was shot by Israeli forces during mass protests along the perimeter fence over the weekend has died of his wounds.
The ministry’s statement says Abdelraouf Salhah was shot in the head during the protest last Friday. A 43-year-old female activist was also killed, and two dozen Palestinians were wounded.
Hamas has been orchestrating weekly mass protests along the perimeter fence since last March to protest an Israeli and Egyptian blockade imposed on Gaza when the militant group seized power in 2007. At least 187 Palestinians have been killed since the protests began, and thousands of Palestinians have been wounded. An Israeli soldier was also killed.
Israel says it’s protecting its border from infiltrators who could carry out attacks.


Israel approves new settlement 2 days before polls: official

Updated 15 September 2019

Israel approves new settlement 2 days before polls: official

  • Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet agreed to turn the wildcat settlement of Mevoot Yericho in the Jordan Valley into an official settlement

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government approved a new settlement in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, his office said, just two days ahead of closely fought general elections.

Netanyahu’s cabinet agreed to turn the wildcat settlement of Mevoot Yericho in the Jordan Valley into an official settlement, the premier’s office said.

All settlements are viewed as illegal under international law, but Israel distinguishes between those it has approved and those it has not.

Sunday’s approval follows Netanyahu’s pledge last week to annex the Jordan Valley, which amounts to one-third of the West Bank, if he wins Tuesday’s elections.

“The government passed the PM’s motion to build Mevoot Yericho,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said as the weekly cabinet meeting was convened ceremoniously in the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu has also said he intends to annex settlements in the wider West Bank, but in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be released after the election.

The prime minister’s annexation plans could effectively destroy any remaining hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinians, the European Union and the United Nations condemned Netanyahu’s Jordan Valley announcement last week.

Netanyahu said the Jordan Valley annexation would not include Palestinian cities such as Jericho, but it would effectively be encircled by Israeli territory.

Netanyahu is locked in a tough re-election battle with ex-military chief Benny Gantz and his Blue and White centrist alliance, and right-wing nationalist votes are key for his Likud.