Israeli forces kill three Palestinian militants in Jenin raid

Heavy exchanges of gunfire were heard in videos circulated on social media. (AFP/File)
Heavy exchanges of gunfire were heard in videos circulated on social media. (AFP/File)
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Updated 17 June 2022

Israeli forces kill three Palestinian militants in Jenin raid

Israeli forces kill three Palestinian militants in Jenin raid
  • National and Islamic factions in Jenin called for a commercial strike in protest at the killings

RAMALLAH: Three Palestinian militants were shot and killed and eight people wounded during a dawn security raid by Israeli forces in the eastern neighborhood of Jenin on Friday.

Troops opened fire on a vehicle carrying the three victims, eyewitnesses told Arab News.

Those killed were named as Baraa Lahluh, 24, a field commander with the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas; Youssef Salah, 23, from Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah movement; and Laith Salah Abu Sorour, 24, from the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement.

Mansour Al-Saadi, deputy governor of Jenin, told Arab News: “Reinforced Israeli forces stormed the area between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday on the pretext of searching homes for weapons. But they fired heavily at the three young men who were inside the vehicle, which led to the deaths of all of them and the injury of eight innocent civilians who happened to be in the area.”

National and Islamic factions in Jenin called for a commercial strike in protest at the killings. The bodies of the three men were buried in the city of Jenin and its refugee camp on Friday afternoon.

Al-Saadi described the situation in Jenin in the wake of the Israeli raid as “difficult, tense and subject to escalation,” blaming Israel for the violence, which comes less than a month before US President Joe Biden visits Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The US administration recently urged Israel to avoid violent confrontations with the Palestinians until the end of the president’s visit to the region.

“But the Israeli occupation ascends as it wants, and chooses the time and place as it wants,” Al-Saadi told Arab News.

Israeli troops so far this year have killed 26 Palestinians from Jenin city and nearby areas, arrested 116 citizens and injured dozens while demolishing 11 homes in the city and its camp.

Jenin Gov. Maj. Gen. Akram Rajoub told Arab News: “This is the fourth time that the Israeli occupation army has stormed Jenin and its camp during the past three weeks, under the pretext of heading toward the house of Ra’ad Hazem, the perpetrator of the Tel Aviv attack last April.

“It has become clear that the Israeli government wants to export its internal political crisis by letting Jenin pay the price through the continuation of escalation to prolong the life of (Israeli premier) Naftali Bennett’s fragile coalition government.”

Condemning the killings, the Palestinian presidency said the Israeli government “bears responsibility for this dangerous escalation.”

It added: “This crime committed by the Israeli occupation forces comes before US President Joe Biden visits the region in an attempt to evade any political entitlement, and is considered the Israeli response to the demand of the US de-escalation.”

The presidency called on the US administration to take serious and effective action against the Israeli government to stop its “crimes and continuous aggression against the Palestinians before things get out of control.”

The Islamic Jihad said: “This crime reveals the ugliness and criminality of this occupation against our people and our resistance. The forces of our people and their resistance will continue in response to this heinous and brutal crime.”

The Fatah movement said that the international community’s silence on the issue “is considered an encouragement to commit more crimes against our people.”

Hamas vowed to respond to the Israeli raid, saying in a statement: “The cowardly assassinations will not pass without reckoning.”

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called on the global community to stop the “policy of double standards and work to protect the Palestinian people.”

Five people were wounded by rubber bullets and 15 hit by tear gas during clashes in Burin, south of Nablus, on Friday.

Ahmed Jibril, director of the emergency center in the Red Crescent in Nablus, said that Israeli armed forces assaulted an ambulance worker while he was treating one of the injured.


Tunisia’s defense minister visits soldiers wounded in Mount Salloum clashes

Tunisia’s defense minister visits soldiers wounded in Mount Salloum clashes
Updated 16 August 2022

Tunisia’s defense minister visits soldiers wounded in Mount Salloum clashes

Tunisia’s defense minister visits soldiers wounded in Mount Salloum clashes
  • 2 soldiers were wounded in last Friday’s clashes between army units and terrorists

DUBAI: Tunisia’s minister of defense, Imed Memmiche, visited two soldiers who were wounded in last Friday’s clashes between army units and terrorists in Mount Salloum in Kasserine. 
 
Memmiche went to the Tunis military hospital on Monday to commend the men for their ‘patriotism and sense of duty’, according to the Ministry of Defense’s statement released on state news agency TAP.


UAE’s Dar Al Ber Society donates over $56m on global, local aid projects in 20222

UAE’s Dar Al Ber Society donates over $56m on global, local aid projects in 20222
Updated 16 August 2022

UAE’s Dar Al Ber Society donates over $56m on global, local aid projects in 20222

UAE’s Dar Al Ber Society donates over $56m on global, local aid projects in 20222
  • The non-profit organization has donated to 22,517 projects so far this year

Dar Al Ber Society has spent over $56 million during the first half of 2022 on charitable and sustainable development projects that have benefitted 2.9 million people worldwide and in the UAE, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Monday. 

The non-profit organization has donated to 22,517 projects so far this year, according to WAM. 

More than $13.6 million were donated to a total of 8,901 projects in the first quarter of this year, while $14,128,257 were directed to 13,616 projects in the second quarter, the CEO and Managing Director of Dar Al Ber SocietyMuhammad Suhail Al-Muhairi said. 

Some of these humanitarian projects have been completed while others are underway, he added. 

The Dar Al Ber Society helped build 2,144 mosques – 904 in the first quarter and 1,240 in the second quarter. 

A total of 8,121 water-saving projects were also built with the help of the donations, Al-Muhairi said.

The organization helped set up 4,929 projects for families, as well as launch 5,285 medical projects, according to WAM. 

Dar Al Ber also implemented its seasonal projects in 37 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, in cooperation with 32 of its partners in the respective countries.

Represented by the Department of Zakat in the Projects and Zakat Sector, Dar Al Ber Society donated more than $11.6 million in local aid to 346,541 beneficiaries.


Tunisia’s Foreign Minister meets chargée d'affaires at US Embassy in Tunis

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister meets chargée d'affaires at US Embassy in Tunis
Updated 16 August 2022

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister meets chargée d'affaires at US Embassy in Tunis

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister meets chargée d'affaires at US Embassy in Tunis
  • The meeting represented “positive and constructive dialogue that reflects the strength of bilateral relations”

DUBAI: Tunisia’s foreign minister discussed ways to rectify the democratic process in the country during a meeting with the chargée d'affaires at the US Embassy in Tunis on Monday. 
Othman Jerandi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, met with Natasha Franceschi, chargée d'affaires at the US Embassy, to step up consultations between the two countries, Tunisia’s state news agency TAP reported. 
The meeting represented “positive and constructive dialogue that reflects the strength of bilateral relations,” the Foreign Affairs Department said in a statement.
Upcoming bilateral events, such as the Joint Military Commission, were also discussed at the meeting, according to the same statement.
During the meeting, Jerandi welcomed the ties between the two countries, while Franceschi stressed the US’ keenness to develop partnerships with Tunisia in all sectors.
Franceschi also presented America’s initiative to host the US-Africa Leaders Summit scheduled for Dec. 13-15 in Washington.


Jordan police bust crystal meth lab in Amman, arrest three

Jordan police bust crystal meth lab in Amman, arrest three
Updated 16 August 2022

Jordan police bust crystal meth lab in Amman, arrest three

Jordan police bust crystal meth lab in Amman, arrest three
  • Similar police operations were also undertaken in Zarqa, northeast of Amman

DUBAI: Three people were arrested after Jordanian police on Monday raided a house in East Amman that was being used as a crystal meth laboratory.

The raid was carried out after agents of the anti-narcotics department received a tip off.

The officers did not find the suspect in his home, but discovered and subsequently seized chemicals used for manufacturing methamphetamine.

The man was arrested later during a follow-up operation, where he also said he had an accomplice who worked with him to produce and sell the narcotics.

In a similar effort in Jordan’s campaign to crack down on the illegal drug trade, police raided a chalet west of Al-Balqa and arrested a man found in possession of marijuana and as well as a firearm on suspicion after he tried to flee.

Similar police operations were also undertaken in Zarqa, northeast of Amman, where suspects have been arrested while in possession of illegal drugs and narcotics.


EU ‘studying’ Iran response on restarting nuclear deal

EU ‘studying’ Iran response on restarting nuclear deal
Updated 16 August 2022

EU ‘studying’ Iran response on restarting nuclear deal

EU ‘studying’ Iran response on restarting nuclear deal
  • No details offered on the substance of Iran’s response
  • But Tehran suggested it still would not take the EU-mediated proposal

BRUSSELS/DUBAI: The EU said Tuesday it was “studying” Iran’s reply to a proposed draft agreement aimed at reviving a 2015 accord designed to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

A spokesperson for EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell — who coordinated talks to bring Iran and the US back into the deal — said the Iranian response was received late Monday.

“We are studying it and are consulting with the other JCPOA participants and the US on the way ahead,” the spokesperson said, referring to the formal title of the nuclear pact.

Iran earlier said it submitted a “written response” to what has been described as a final roadmap to restore its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency offered no details on the substance of it response, but suggested that Tehran still wouldn’t take the European Union-mediated proposal, despite warnings there would be no more negotiations.

“The differences are on three issues, in which the United States has expressed its verbal flexibility in two cases, but it should be included in the text,” the IRNA report said. “The third issue is related to guaranteeing the continuation of (the deal), which depends on the realism of the United States.”

Tehran under hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi has repeatedly tried to blame Washington for the delay in reaching an accord. Monday was reported to have been a deadline for their response.

From Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US would share its own response to the EU.

“We do agree, however, with (the EU’s) fundamental point, and that is that what could be negotiated has been negotiated,” Price said.

He added that Iran had been making “unacceptable demands” going beyond the text of the 2015 nuclear deal, which saw Iran drastically limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

“If Iran wants these sanctions lifted, they will need to alter their underlying conduct,” Price said. “They will need to change the dangerous activities that gave rise to these sanctions in the first place.”