15-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in West Bank

An member of the Israeli security forces mans a position during scuffles with Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank town of Hauwara, on May 27, 2022. (AFP)
An member of the Israeli security forces mans a position during scuffles with Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank town of Hauwara, on May 27, 2022. (AFP)
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Updated 29 May 2022

15-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in West Bank

A member of the Israeli security forces mans a position during scuffles with Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank
  • US secretary of state stresses importance of concluding Israeli probe into Abu Akleh’s killing

JERUSALEM, WASHINGTON: The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli forces shot and killed a teenager on Friday during an operation in a town near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
The ministry identified the slain teen as Zaid Ghunaim, 15. It said he was wounded by Israeli gunfire in the neck and back and that doctors failed to save his life.
The death raises to five the number of Palestinian teenagers killed during Israeli military operations in the West Bank in the past month.
Israeli-Palestinian violence has intensified in recent weeks with near-daily arrest raids in Palestinian-administered areas of the West Bank and tensions around a Jerusalem holy site sacred to both Muslims and Jews.
The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, cited witnesses as saying Ghunaim came upon the soldiers in Al-Khader and tried to run away but the troops fired at him.

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Israeli-Palestinian violence has intensified in recent weeks with near-daily arrest raids in Palestinian-administered areas of the West Bank and tensions around a Jerusalem holy site sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

Online videos purportedly of the shooting’s aftermath show bloodstains near a white car parked in a passageway.
The Israeli military, which has stepped up its operations in the West Bank in response to a series of deadly attacks inside Israel, said soldiers opened fire at Palestinians who threw rocks and Molotov cocktails, endangering the troops.
“The soldiers provided an injured suspect with initial treatment at the scene” before transferring him to Palestinian medics, the military said in a statement.
Palestinian Premier Mohammad Shtayyeh said Israeli forces “deliberately” shot at Ghunaim with the intention to kill him.
On Sunday, Israeli ultranationalists plan to march through the main Muslim thoroughfare of the Old City of Jerusalem. The compound houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. The hilltop site is also the holiest for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount.
Separately, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Friday to Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and stressed the importance of concluding Israel’s probes into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
“Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of concluding the investigations into the death of Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Akleh,” the US State Department said in a statement.
The Palestinian Authority said earlier that its investigation showed that Abu Akleh was shot by an Israeli soldier in a “deliberate murder.”
Israel denied the accusation and said it was continuing its own investigations.
Abu Akleh was shot dead on May 11 while she was covering an Israeli military raid in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
She had been wearing a helmet and a press vest that clearly marked her as a journalist.
Israeli police officers, on May 13, charged at Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of Abu Akleh, before thousands led her casket through Jerusalem’s Old City in an outpouring of grief and anger over her killing.
The Israeli Army had said previously that she might have been shot accidentally by one of its soldiers or by a Palestinian militant in an exchange of fire.
Palestinian Attorney General Akram Al-Khatib told reporters that its enquiry showed there had been no militants close to Abu Akleh when she died.
Abu Akleh had covered Palestinian affairs and the Middle East for more than two decades. Qatar’s Al Jazeera TV Network, which also says Israel had killed the reporter, said it would refer the killing to the International Criminal Court.


Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicks off with innovative designs 

Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicks off with innovative designs 
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Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicks off with innovative designs 

Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicks off with innovative designs 

DUBAI: Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicked off on Tuesday with five designers from around the world presenting their latest drops to fashion lovers in Dubai Design District.

Lebanese brand Maison du Mec, London-based label Permu, Filipino creative Rian Fernandez and Emirati streetwear label KA-1 showcased their Spring/Summer 2023 collections. 

The opening show, a collaboration between Swiss tech accessories brand Ferronato and Maison du Mec, was a mash up between fashion and technology.

Award-winning magicians and mentalists James Harrington and Marina Liani opened the show with a 10-minute mind-reading and magical-effects performance.

The collaboration featured soft leather backpacks, micro smartphone cases, multi-functional clutches and slouchy drawstring bags in shades of blue and burgundy. 

A life size robotic dog, representing Ferronato’s innovative accessories, closed the show.

For Maison du Mec’s solo show, Lebanon-based designer Joseph Achajian presented the traditional pillars of suiting – jackets, crisp white shirts and trousers – with a modern twist.

For Permu, designers Heyun Pan and Jing Qian presented daily ensembles and occasion wear that featured skin-tight tops, bucket hats, backwards-facing blazers and jackets with cut slits, puffed sleeves and exaggerated shoulder pads. 

Filipino designer Fernandez is known for his couture looks that are driven by his love for traditional artisanal craft. He constructed thae wardrobe full of crystals and elaborate beading made by local craftspeople. 

KA-1’s show featured streetwear with multifunctional pockets, quirky straps and elastic tapering on trousers in desert tones of ecru, khaki and olive green. 


Honeywell signs up with Anchorage Investments for $2bn petro complex in Egypt 

Honeywell signs up with Anchorage Investments for $2bn petro complex in Egypt 
Updated 7 min 32 sec ago

Honeywell signs up with Anchorage Investments for $2bn petro complex in Egypt 

Honeywell signs up with Anchorage Investments for $2bn petro complex in Egypt 

RIYADH: American multinational conglomerate Honeywell has signed an initial agreement with industrial company Anchorage Investment to construct the planned $2 billion Anchor Benitoite Petrochemicals Complex in Egypt’s Suez Canal Economic Zone.

As per the memorandum of understanding, the companies will enter preliminary discussions to appoint Honeywell Process Solutions as the Integrated Main Automation Contractor for the facility, MEED reported.

As part of the contract, HPS would also supply Anchorage Investments with a range of technologies designed to enhance operational safety, security, and efficiency at the complex.

Once completed, Anchor Benitoite production units are expected to produce 1.75 million tons a year of petrochemical products and intermediates, including propylene, polypropylene, crude acrylic acid, n-butanol and butyl acrylate. 

Honeywell has been operating in Egypt for over 60 years, with works with government-owned and private sector entities in many fields including oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals, automation and defense. 


Russian court lets opposition figure’s jail term stand

Russian court lets opposition figure’s jail term stand
Updated 5 min 17 sec ago

Russian court lets opposition figure’s jail term stand

Russian court lets opposition figure’s jail term stand
  • The decision by the Moscow City Court came one day after Ilya Yashin was sentenced

MOSCOW: A court in Moscow on Wednesday rejected a prominent Russian opposition figure’s appeal of the 15-day jail sentence he received on charges of failing to obey police.
The decision by the Moscow City Court, the capital’s highest municipal judicial body, came one day after Ilya Yashin was sentenced.
Yashin, who has publicly criticized Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, was detained late Monday in a Moscow park. Police said he grabbed an officer by his uniform and insulted police, which Yashin denied.
In May, Yashin was ordered to pay 90,000 rubles ($1700) on charges of discrediting the Russian military.
Russia has cracked down on critics of its “special military operation” in Ukraine, A well-known dissident, Vladimir Kara-Murza, was arrested in April and remains jailed while awaiting trial on charges of spreading false information about the military. The offense carries a potential sentence of up to 15 years.


Yamama Cement beats out negative market trend to register growth in output

Yamama Cement beats out negative market trend to register growth in output
Updated 9 min 23 sec ago

Yamama Cement beats out negative market trend to register growth in output

Yamama Cement beats out negative market trend to register growth in output

Saudi Arabia’s cement producers saw their output fall in May, with the exception of Yamama Cement, according to the latest figures.

In the first five months of 2022, the volume of cement output across all companies fell 12.0 percent from the same period of 2021.

April saw a 13.7 percent fall — the deepest since January 2019.

It was only Yamama that saw a rise, surging 53.5 percent year-on-year  — a cumulative increase of about 1 million tons of cement.

From January to May, Yamama managed to boost shipments by 1.1 millions tons, or 58.2 percent year-on-year.

It is also the only company that managed to achieve year-on-year increases in each of the first five months of 2022.

Responding to the figures, Mashael Alhuthaily, equity analyst at AlJazeera Capital told Arab News: “This can be attributed to the transfer plan to a new plant in Al Kharj Governorate in Riyadh, where the company provided a significant discount on its sale prices in Q1-22 of SR 106.9/ton ($28.49/ton) — a 19.4 percent decrease year-on-year — and to offload its inventory from the old plant, which in turn also helped the company gain greater market share.” 

Only two other companies achieved some improvement over the same period  – Tabuk and As-Safwa.

Tabuk increased sales by 88,000 tons, while As-Safwa saw a 25,000 tons rise.

Market Share

In the period from January to the end of May, Yamama’s share of the Saudi cement market has improved noticeably compared to the results for 2021.

Its share in the Kingdom’s total cement output increased by 3.5 percentage points to 13.4 percent, while in domestic cement sales it grew by 3.9 percentage points to 14 percent.

This has led to a reshuffle in the group of the three largest companies, as Yamama overtook both Southern and Saudi in terms of both output and domestic sales.

Saudi managed to retain second place in terms of cement output, while its market share slipped 0.1 percentage points to 11.6 percent.

Southern shifted down from first to third place as it saw its share fall 1.3 percentage points to 11.1 percent.

In terms of domestic cement sales, Southern ceded first place to Yamama and took second place with its share having declined 1.4 percentage point to 11.4 percent. Saudi took third place with 10.6 percent share.

Based on market data for May, Yamama's shares were the most expensive based on enterprise value per ton valuation in the group of three largest companies, according to a research note issued by AlJazeera Capital earlier this year. 

The multiple for Yamama was $307 per ton compared to $277 and $219 for Saudi and Southern, respectively.


Hong Kong bars some journalists from handover anniversary

Hong Kong bars some journalists from handover anniversary
Updated 13 min 31 sec ago

Hong Kong bars some journalists from handover anniversary

Hong Kong bars some journalists from handover anniversary
  • The journalists represent at least seven media outlets, including international news agencies Reuters and Agence France-Presse and several others
  • At least three other journalists from local news outlets were informed Wednesday that their applications to cover the July 1 events were rejected

HONG KONG: Hong Kong authorities, citing security reasons, have barred more than 13 journalists from covering events this week marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, according to the Hong Kong Journalists Association and media reports.
The journalists represent at least seven media outlets, including international news agencies Reuters and Agence France-Presse and several others from Hong Kong, the association said in a statement posted online late Tuesday.
“The authorities have made ad hoc and narrow interview arrangements at this important juncture and have put forth vague grounds for refusal, seriously undermining the freedom of the press in Hong Kong,” the statement said. It said at least 10 journalists have been barred.
The Hong Kong Economic Journal said at least three other journalists from local news outlets were informed Wednesday that their applications to cover the July 1 events were rejected.
Hong Kong police have confirmed that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the city for the anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997. Xi’s visit will be his first trip outside of mainland China since the coronavirus pandemic took hold about 2 1/2 years ago. Police in Hong Kong, a special semi-autonomous region of China, have announced a raft of security measures, including road closures and a no-fly zone.
Strict requirements have been set for those attending the events. Journalists must have daily COVID-19 nucleic acid tests starting last Sunday and stay in a quarantine hotel from Wednesday.
Despite receiving initial approvals that included instructions for checking in to the quarantine hotel, some journalists received rejection notices on Wednesday while on their way to the hotel, while others were informed that they were barred from the events upon arrival, the Hong Kong Economic Journal said.
Authorities had invited media outlets to submit up to 20 applications to cover the events — which include a flag-raising ceremony and the inauguration of the new Hong Kong government — but later specified that only one journalist from each outlet could be sent to cover each of the two events.
Reuters said in a news report it submitted the names of two journalists to cover the events, and that both were rejected.
A Reuters spokesperson said the company was seeking further information on the matter.
The affected Hong Kong media outlets include the English-language South China Morning Post, the Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao and online news outlet HK01, the journalists association said. The South China Morning Post said in a news report that one of its photographers had been rejected, with no reason given.
Ming Pao and HK01 did not immediately comment. Agence France-Presse declined to comment and a South China Morning Post spokesperson declined to comment beyond their news report.
The affected media organizations were invited to send other journalists to cover the events, but the replacements must also meet the quarantine and testing requirements, according to the journalists association.
The Information Services Department, which sent out the initial invitations to media outlets to register to cover the events, declined to provide information on how many journalists were given accreditation and would not comment on a South China Morning Post report that one of the department’s own photographers had been barred from the events.
“The government is striking a balance as far as possible between the need of media work and security requirements,” the department said in a statement. “We will not comment on the accreditation outcome of individual organizations and persons.”