Israeli forces kill Palestinian during West Bank raids

Update Israeli forces kill Palestinian during West Bank raids
Palestinian mourners attend the funeral of Ahmad Massad, 21, in the village of Burqin, west of Jenin, Apr. 27, 2022. (AFP)
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Updated 27 April 2022

Israeli forces kill Palestinian during West Bank raids

Israeli forces kill Palestinian during West Bank raids
  • Ahmed Massad, 21, was shot in the head during violent clashes in Jenin, hospital authorities said
  • Three people were wounded and 16 arrested during the Israeli operations, which took place at dawn

RAMALLAH: Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man, wounded three and arrested 16 in the flashpoint West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday.

A large number of Israeli troops carried out raids in the city and its refugee camp at dawn, with snipers deployed on rooftops. Violent clashes broke out between young men and the soldiers, who responded by firing live rounds, killing Ahmed Massad, 21.

Jani Abu Jokha, the director of Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin, said Massad died of a bullet wound to the head, and that three other people were moderately wounded.

More than a thousand people gathered for Massad’s funeral in Burqin. Masked gunmen fired shots into the air as his body was taken from his family home. Mourners chanted slogans, vowing to continue the struggle against Israeli atrocities and calling for national unity and an end to divisions so that the Palestinian people can confront the terrorism and crimes of the occupying forces. They also denounced the silence of the international community about the killing and arrest of Palestinians.

Tariq Salmi, a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad Movement, said: “The ‘Jenin Brigade’ valiantly responded to the attempt to storm the Jenin camp. The unity and steadfastness of our people is an impenetrable wall and a guarantee to keep our cause alive through jihad and resistance.

“The arrest campaigns will not break the resolve of our people. It will neither discourage the resistance nor will it besiege it.”

Palestinian security sources said the Israeli army arrested three civilians at the Jenin camp after raiding and searching their homes. At the same time, Israeli forces raided several homes in the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, where they reportedly arrested three civilians and damaged property.

The sources said they expect Israeli operations against the Jenin refugee camp to escalate after Ramadan ends. It comes as Palestinians in the West Bank prepare to celebrate Lailat Al-Qadr, or The Night of Power, a special evening of prayer toward the end of Ramadan at mosques across the West Bank, and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in particular.

Al-Aqsa was the scene of violent confrontations between Muslim worshipers and Israeli police during the Hebrew feast of Passover that left hundreds of people injured. Israeli incursions at the site during Ramadan were condemned by Arab and regional authorities.

There have been heightened tensions between Palestinian youths and the Israeli police during Ramadan elsewhere in East Jerusalem, especially in the Damascus Gate area.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Temple Organizations Headquarters Authority called on Wednesday for the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque on May 5, Israel’s independence day.


UAE’s foreign aid over past year totalled $3.5 billion

UAE’s foreign aid over past year totalled $3.5 billion
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UAE’s foreign aid over past year totalled $3.5 billion

UAE’s foreign aid over past year totalled $3.5 billion

DUBAI: The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), said on Thursday that the total value of foreign aid provided by the UAE from the start of 2021 to mid-August 2022 amounted to some $3.5 billion.
While Yemen accounted for most of the Emirati foreign aid with over $315 million, the list also included several Arab, Asian and Western countries, state news agency WAM reported.
A range of sectors and programmes received aid from the UAE, including public and health sectors, social services, and education.
Programmes aimed at supporting peace and security received over $74 million, and the water and public health services sectors received $72 million, government and civil society initiatives received nearly $60 million, and services that support the energy sector received some $57 million, and initiatives aimed at supporting the agriculture sector received over $50 million.


Iraq security forces thwart Daesh attack in Kirkuk

Iraq security forces thwart Daesh attack in Kirkuk
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Iraq security forces thwart Daesh attack in Kirkuk

Iraq security forces thwart Daesh attack in Kirkuk

DUBAI: Security forces have thwarted a Daesh attack in the northern Iraqi region of Kirkuk.

“A group of ISIS remnants attacked a security point in the village of Khabaza, affiliated to Hawija district, southwest of Kirkuk, before they were confronted by a force from the 61st Brigade of the Popular Mobilization,” the Popular Mobilization Forces said in a statement carried by state media Iraqi News Agency.

“One of the brigade’s fighters was shot during the attack, and the point was reinforced strongly from the brigade’s headquarters and from its third regiment,” the statement added.

Iraqi security forces have undertaken extensive operations against Daesh to prevent their resurgence since declaring their defeat in 2017.

Iraqi anti-terror resistance groups have repeatedly warned that remnants of Daesh active in Syria’s east may find unhindered access to the Iraqi border and infiltrate the country to conduct militant activities.


Kuwait and US officials discuss bilateral ties

Kuwait and US officials discuss bilateral ties
Updated 19 August 2022

Kuwait and US officials discuss bilateral ties

Kuwait and US officials discuss bilateral ties

Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Majid Al-Dhafiri, met with Charge d’Affairs of the US Embassy in Kuwait Jim Holtsnider, state news agency (KUNA) reported.

During the meeting, both officials discussed bilateral relations and reviewed the latest regional and global developments of common interest.


Saudi Arabia leads condolences to Algeria over forest fires victims

Saudi Arabia leads condolences to Algeria over forest fires victims
Updated 19 August 2022

Saudi Arabia leads condolences to Algeria over forest fires victims

Saudi Arabia leads condolences to Algeria over forest fires victims
  • The rest of the Gulf countries released statements of “sincere condolences and sympathy” with the poeple of Algeria

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia led messages of condolences to Algeria over the victims of the wildfires that ravaged forests across different provinces, claiming at least 38 lives and injuring scores more.

The fires, triggered by drought and a blistering heatwave, spread throughout El-Tarf region near Algeria’s eastern border with Tunisia, forcing hundreds to flee their homes.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a cable of condolences to the Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, state news agency (SPA) reported.

In their cable, the king and crown prince conveyed “profound sorrow and sincere sympathy” to the president and families of the deceased, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

The rest of the Gulf countries - UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar - released statements of “sincere condolences and sympathy” to the families of the victims and reaffirmed solidarity with the Algerian government over the raging wildfires.

Offering condolences, Nayef Al-Hajraf, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), affirmed the solidarity and support of the Gulf countries with Algeria. He also wished a speedy recovery for the injured.
In a phone call, Tunisian President Kais Saied extended “heartfelt condolences” to his Algerian counterpart.

According to a presidency statement, Saied drew parallels between both countries in their fight against wildfires and vowed to dedicate Tunisia’s resources to support the Algerian people.

Jordan, Libya and Palestine voiced full support and solidarity with Algeria, with Sudan affirming “full confidence” in the ability of the Algerian government to address and overcome these challenging times.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was also among the parties that expressed full solidarity with Algeria. Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha offered “sincere condolences” to the people and government of Algeria, reiterating support for the country and expressing “confidence in the ability of the Algerian leadership to overcome this crisis.”


Israel defies UN with raid on Palestine rights groups

Israel defies UN with raid on Palestine rights groups
Updated 19 August 2022

Israel defies UN with raid on Palestine rights groups

Israel defies UN with raid on Palestine rights groups
  • Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz repeats discredited claims of financing terror organizations
  • Nine EU countries have said they will continue working with the Palestinian groups because Israel has produced no evidence to support its accusations

RAMALLAH: Israel defied condemnation by the UN and the EU on Thursday by raiding and closing down seven Palestinian rights groups in the West Bank.

Security forces stormed the groups’ offices in Ramallah and seized files, computers and other equipment before sealing off entrances and declaring them permanently closed.

The seven groups are the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; Al-Haq; Bisan Center for Research and Development; Defense for Children International — Palestine; Health Work Committees; the Union of Agricultural Work Committees; and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

Israel has designated six of the groups as terrorist, and Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday repeated discredited claims that they had raised funds for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which it views as a terrorist organization.

A picture the premises of Palestinian NGO Women's Union building in the West Bank city of Ramallah after it was raided by Israel forces on August 18, 2022. (Abbas Momani / AFP) 

The UN called for the terrorist designations to be revoked. “Despite offers to do so, Israeli authorities have not presented to the UN any credible evidence to justify these declarations,” the UN Human Rights Office said. “As such, the closures appear totally arbitrary.”

Nine EU countries have said they will continue working with the Palestinian groups because Israel has produced no evidence to support its accusations. “Past allegations of misuse of EU funds in relation to certain Palestinian civil society organizations have not been substantiated,” EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell’s spokeswoman Nabila Massrali said on Thursday. “The EU will continue to stand by international law and support civil society organizations.”

After the raids, staff from Al-Haq removed the metal sheet covering their office door and vowed to get back to work. “We were established here not by Israel, not by their decision, and we will continue our work,” director Shawan Jabarin said.

Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh visited the group’s office and pledged his support. “This is not only an NGO, but this is also a state of Palestine institution — therefore as long as they work within the law, we will stand solid with them,” he said. 

Analysts speculated that Israel had attacked the groups because they were becoming increasingly effective at exposing Israel’s repression of Palestinian people. “I think Israel wants to restrict the activities of the Palestinian human rights institutions that worked to submit files to the International Criminal Court and were able to change world opinion of Palestinian human rights issues,” rights expert Majed Al-Arouri told Arab News.