Iraqi novelist gunned down in Kerbala

Mashzoub wrote several novels and short story collections that won local and regional literary awards. (Courtesy/Facebook)
Updated 03 February 2019

Iraqi novelist gunned down in Kerbala

  • Alaa Mashzoub was on his way home when he was shot multiple times
  • Mashzoub wrote several novels that won literary awards

KERBALA: A motorcycle gunman shot dead an Iraqi novelist close to his house in the Shiite holy city of Kerbala on Saturday, police and eyewitnesses said.
Alaa Mashzoub, 50, was on his way home when he was shot multiple times, police said late on Saturday. It was unclear what the motive was and no group has claimed responsibility, they added.
“The cultural scene has lost one of its special authors and creators,” Iraq’s Culture and Tourism Minister Abdul Amir Al-Hamdani said in a statement on Sunday.
Mashzoub was active in local Kerbala civil society.
Iraq’s writers union condemned the shooting and blamed security forces for not doing enough to protect intellectuals.
“The union holds the central and local government fully responsible, for they have failed to maintain public safety,” it said in a statement.
Mashzoub wrote several novels and short story collections that won local and regional literary awards.


Israeli jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza: military

Updated 45 min 53 sec ago

Israeli jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza: military

  • Israeli fighter jets carried out strikes on Hamas facilities in Gaza

JERUSALEM: Israeli fighter jets carried out strikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip after a “rocket” was fired from the Hamas-controlled enclave toward the Jewish state, its military said Monday.
Israel said Sunday night a “projectile” fired from Gaza had been intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-rocket system.
It was the first to be fired from the Palestinian coastal enclave since the first week of July, and set off sirens, the Israeli army said.
In response, “our fighter jets and & aircraft just struck subterranean Hamas terror facilities in Gaza,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the regional council of Shaar Hanegev, the area where the sirens sounded, said the projectile launched from Gaza had not caused any damage or casualties.
Israel and Islamist movement Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.
Despite a truce in recent months, they have periodically exchanged fire, with militants in the strip lobbing rockets into Israel and the Jewish state responding with strikes against targets inside Gaza.