Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

Relatives of a Palestinian who was killed at the Israeli-Gaza border fence, react at the hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on Oct. 4, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 04 October 2019

Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

  • Alaa Hamdan, 28, was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers near Jabalia
  • The protests are demanding Israel end a crippling blockade of the strip

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian was killed on Friday by Israeli fire during clashes along the Gaza border, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.
Alaa Hamdan, 28, was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers near Jabalia in northern Gaza, the ministry’s spokesman announced, as protesters returned to the frontier for renewed demonstrations and clashes.
The Israeli army did not comment on the specific incident but said around 5,800 of Palestinian “rioters and demonstrators” had gathered in multiple locations along the border fence, with some throwing stones and explosive devices toward soldiers.
Palestinians have been gathering for weekly demonstrations at various points along the border since March 2018.
The protests are demanding Israel end a crippling blockade of the strip and allow Palestinians to return to lands they fled in the 1948 war that founded the Jewish state.
A further five Palestinians were shot and wounded in Friday’s demonstrations, the ministry said.
At least 310 Palestinian have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since the protests began, the majority during the demonstrations.
Eight Israelis have been killed in Gaza-related violence over the same period.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.


UN agency: Iran violating all restrictions of nuclear deal

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UN agency: Iran violating all restrictions of nuclear deal

  • Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia
  • Known as the JCPOA, it allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms

VIENNA: Iran has continued to increase its stockpiles of enriched uranium and remains in violation of its deal with world powers, the United Nations' atomic watchdog said Friday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency reported the finding in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press.
The agency said that as of May 20, Iran’s total stockpile of low-enriched uranium amounted to 1,571.6 kilograms (1.73 tons), up from 1,020.9 kilograms (1.1 tons) on Feb. 19.
Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia. Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, it allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms (447 pounds).
The US pulled out of the deal unilaterally in 2018.
The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of 4.5%, higher than the 3.67% allowed under the JCPOA. It is also above the pact's limitations on heavy water.
The nuclear deal promised Iran economic incentives in return for the curbs on its nuclear program. Since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal, Iran has been slowly violating the restrictions.
The ultimate goal of the JCPOA is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb — something that Tehran says it does not want to do. It has been open about the violations and continues to allow IAEA inspectors access to its facilities to monitor their operations.
It is now in violation of all restrictions outlined by the JCPOA, which Tehran says it hopes will pressure the other nations involved to increase economic incentives to make up for hard-hitting sanctions imposed by Washington after the US withdrawal.
Though Iran has been hard hit by the new coronavirus pandemic, the IAEA said it has maintained its verification and monitoring activities in the country, primarily by chartering aircraft to fly inspectors to and from Iran.
It cited “exceptional cooperation” from authorities in Austria, where it is based, and Iran in facilitating the operation.