Palestinian shot dead by Israel police in Jerusalem

The man was shot dead in the Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 28 June 2019

Palestinian shot dead by Israel police in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man in occupied East Jerusalem Thursday.

The Palestinian health ministry said the man, identified as Mohammed Obeid, 20, died of his injuries.

Israeli police claimed Obeid had set off fireworks at officers during unspecified "police operations" in the Issawiya neighborhood.

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA said that Palestinians had clashed with the police who had entered Issawiya.
Four other Palestinians were injured, it said, adding that Obeid had served time in Israeli prison in the past.

"He was shot, injured critically as a result of firing fireworks directly at officers putting them in a life-threating situation," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Rosenfeld said that fireworks, lashed together in bundles and fired from a tube, were often fired at Israeli security forces.
"Within a certain range, they're life-threatening," he said.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA said that Palestinians had clashed with the police who had entered Issawiya.
Four other Palestinians were injured, it said, adding that Obeid had served time in Israeli prison in the past.

*With AFP


Macron slams Turkey’s aggression in Syria as ‘madness’, bewails NATO inaction

Updated 20 min 2 sec ago

Macron slams Turkey’s aggression in Syria as ‘madness’, bewails NATO inaction

  • EU Council President Donald Tusk said the halt of Turkish hostilities as demanded by the US is not a genuine cease-fire
  • He calls on Ankara to immediately stop military operations,

BRUSSELS/ANKARA: Macron critizes Turkey's aggression in Syria as "madness', bewails NATO inaction

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has bemoaned Turkey’s offensive into northern Syria as “madness” and decried NATO’s inability to react to the assault as a “serious mistake.”

“It weakens our credibility in finding partners on the ground who will be by our side and who think they will be protected in the long term. So that raises questions about how NATO functions.”

EU Council President Donald Tusk said the halt of Turkish hostilities is not a genuine cease-fire and called on Ankara to immediately stop military operations in Syria.

Dareen Khalifa, a senior Syria analyst at the International Crisis Group, said the cease-fire had unclear goals. 

There was no mention of the scope of the area that would be under Turkish control and, despite US Vice President Mike Pence referring to a 20-mile zone, the length of the zone remains ambiguous, she said.

Selim Sazak, a doctoral researcher at Brown University, believed the agreement would be implemented and the YPG would withdraw.

“The agency of the YPG is fairly limited. If the deal collapses because of the YPG, it’s actually all the better for Ankara,” he told Arab News. “What Ankara originally wanted was to take all of the belt into its control and eliminate as many of the YPG forces as possible. Instead, the YPG is withdrawing with a portion of its forces and its territory intact. Had the deal collapsed because of the YPG, Ankara would have reason to push forward, this time with much more legitimacy.”