Palestinian militant killed by Israeli fire near Gaza border: Hamas

Hamas said that Israel will have to handle the consequences of killing Mahmoud Al-Adham. (File/AFP)
Updated 11 July 2019

Palestinian militant killed by Israeli fire near Gaza border: Hamas

  • Hamas said the death of the militant will not go unpunished
  • Israeli army spokesman said they fired on two armed suspects near the fence

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian militant was killed by Israeli fire near the border fence in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the enclave’s Islamist rulers Hamas said.
Mahmoud Al-Adham, 28, was shot by Israeli forces in northern Gaza, a statement from Hamas’s armed wing said, claiming him as a member.
It said in a statement it would not let the death go “unpunished” and Israel “would bear the consequences of this criminal act.”
An Israeli army spokesman confirmed forces fired on two “armed suspects approaching the fence in the northern Gaza Strip.”
Hamas’s armed wing has observation points close to the border fence.
At least 295 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since major Hamas-backed protests began along the border fence in March 2018.
Most were killed during the protests but others were killed by air strikes or tank fire.
Six Israelis have been killed.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.


Turkish police arrest journalist Altan a week after his release

Updated 13 November 2019

Turkish police arrest journalist Altan a week after his release

  • Altan and the others deny the charges against them
  • On Tuesday a higher court overruled the decision to release Altan, ordering his arrest on grounds that there was a risk of him fleeing

ISTANBUL: Turkish police detained prominent journalist and author Ahmet Altan late on Tuesday, a week after he was released from prison in his retrial on coup-related charges, Istanbul police said.

Before his release last Monday, the 69-year-old had been in jail since his arrest in 2016, two months after an attempted coup which Ankara says was orchestrated by the network of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The journalist’s case has drawn criticism from human rights groups and Turkey’s Western allies. They are concerned by the scale of a post-coup crackdown against suspected Gulen supporters under President Tayyip Erdogan.

Altan smiled and waved as he was driven away by counter-terror squad police officers after being taken from his home in Istanbul, video and photos published by Turkish media showed.

He was taken to Istanbul police headquarters after a hospital check-up, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

Altan, his brother and other journalists were previously sentenced to life in jail for aiding Gulen’s network. Last week he was convicted again in a retrial, but released from jail given the time served.

Altan and the others deny the charges against them.

On Tuesday a higher court overruled the decision to release Altan, ordering his arrest on grounds that there was a risk of him fleeing, Anadolu reported.

Under last week’s verdict, Altan was sentenced to 10 years and six months in jail. Turkey’s high court had overruled the previous life sentences against him in July, sending the file back for re-trial.

Erdogan’s government has jailed more than 77,000 people pending trial since the failed putsch. Widespread arrests are still routine in a crackdown critics say demonstrates growing autocracy in Turkey.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers deny any involvement in the coup. Turkey has repeatedly called on the United States to extradite the cleric.