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
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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.


Jordan king says Israeli annexation would be a disaster

Updated 18 September 2019

Jordan king says Israeli annexation would be a disaster

  • Abdullah said “we’re looking on this with tremendous concern.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Tuesday that if Israel went ahead with the idea of annexing all the settlements in the West Bank it would be a “disaster” for attempts to find any two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Abdullah said he was “extremely concerned” about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex all the West Bank settlements.

He said it will “directly impact” the relationship between Israel and Jordan, and Israel and Egypt, and that “these types of statements are ... a disaster to any attempt to move forward to the two-state solution.”

Merkel agreed, calling Netanyahu’s vow “unhelpful.” The German government backs an internationally negotiated peace solution in the sense of a two state solution ... annexations are always detrimental to peace solutions. They do not help and therefore we do not agree, said Merkel

Abdullah said “we’re looking on this with tremendous concern.”

Opinion

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Netanyahu’s career was on the line on Tuesday as Israel held its second national election this year, with voters deciding whether to give him another term in office despite a likely indictment on corruption charges.

The longest serving leader in Israeli history was seeking a fourth consecutive term in office and fifth overall. 

But he faced a stiff challenge from retired military chief Benny Gantz, whose centrist Blue and White party is running even with Netanyahu’s Likud. 

Both parties could struggle to form a majority coalition with smaller allies, though, forcing them into a potential unity government.