Israel shoots grenade-throwing Gazan on border

The Palestinian was shot as they attempted to cross the border from Gaza after throwing a grenade (File/AFP)
Updated 23 August 2019

Israel shoots grenade-throwing Gazan on border

  • The army said the Palestinian attempted to cross the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely seen as wanting to avoid an escalation in Gaza ahead of next month’s election

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian threw grenades at Israeli soldiers while attempting to cross the Gaza border overnight and was shot by Israeli forces, the army and the Gaza health ministry said Friday.
The Palestinian was wounded and taken to hospital, the ministry said.
It was the latest in a series of violent incidents along the Gaza border in the run-up to a September 17 Israeli general election.
The army said the Palestinian attempted to cross the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip and distributed a video it said showed the man throwing grenades at soldiers.
“The troops charged toward the terrorist, crossing the security fence and striking him,” an army statement said, without providing further details.
The Gaza health ministry said he was shot by Israeli soldiers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely seen as wanting to avoid an escalation in Gaza ahead of next month’s election.
Speculation has grown that militants in the blockaded enclave are hoping to pressure him into further concessions under a truce deal.
Hamas leaders have warned Israel must fulfil commitments they say it made under an informal truce brokered by UN and Egyptian officials in November and then confirmed in May to ease its blockade of the Palestinian territory.
Gaza militants have launched six missiles at Israel in the past week, the most recent on Wednesday.
In retaliation, the army said it struck “a number of military targets in a Hamas naval facility in the northern Gaza Strip.”
Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.


French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

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French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

  • Jean-Yves Le Drian is the second top western diplomat to visit Sudan this month
  • SUNA says Le Drian will meet with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the newly appointed Sovereign Council

CAIRO: France’s foreign minister has arrived in Sudan to meet with the African country’s new leaders, weeks after the formation of the first civilian-led government since the military ousted former President Omar Al-Bashir in April.
Sudan’s state-run news agency said Jean-Yves Le Drian landed in the capital, Khartoum, on Monday. He’s the second top western diplomat to visit Sudan this month, following Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
SUNA says Le Drian will meet with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the newly appointed Sovereign Council, as well as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Foreign Minister Assma Abdalla.
The visit comes two weeks after the formation of a power-sharing government by the pro-democracy movement and the generals who overthrew of Al-Bashir after months of mass protests against his rule.