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Palestinian activist arrested over Facebook post released

NEWS DESK: The Palestinian Authority has released a prominent activist a week after he was arrested for writing a Facebook post criticising the government of President Mahmoud Abbas, reported The Independent. Issa Amro’s lawyer said Sunday that his client was released on $1,400 bail after being held under a recent edict that allows the government…

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Israel attacks military site in Syria’s Hama province

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM: Israel attacked a military site in Syria’s Hama province early on Thursday, the Syrian army said, reported Reuters. The air strike killed two soldiers and caused damage near the town of Masyaf, an army statement said. It warned of the ‘dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region’….

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Israel continues to sell arms to Myanmar’s military junta

According to a major UK newspaper, Israel is behind the sale of weapons to Myanmar’s military junta amid the ongoing bloody violence against Rohingya in Myanmar. As more than 150,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar via boats in the recent days after fresh incidences of violence spread against the Muslim community in Burma, it has come…

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UN chief seeks ‘dream’ of Israel-Palestinian peace in first visit

JERUSALEM: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held talks with Israeli leaders Monday on his first visit since taking office, making a forceful argument for a two-state solution with the Palestinians and speaking of his “dream” for peace. Guterres also spoke of what he called obstacles to peace when meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including…

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Turkey hosts OIC meeting over Jerusalem tensions

Turkey on Tuesday hosted a meeting of the main grouping of the world’s Muslim nations to discuss the crisis that erupted last month when Israel imposed security measures at a key holy site in Jerusalem. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu chaired the extraordinary meeting in Istanbul of his counterparts from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation…

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Arab League chief says Israel risks igniting ‘religious war’

The head of the Arab League warned Thursday that Israeli attempts to control highly sensitive religious sites in Jerusalem by force risk igniting a “religious war”. Israel’s actions are “playing with fire, and will only ignite a religious war and shift the core of the conflict from politics to religion,” Arab League chief Ahmed Abul…

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Palestinians to resume prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

NEWS DESK: Palestinians will return to pray at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Thursday after Israeli authorities removed controversial security measures there, potentially ending a nearly two-week crisis that sparked deadly unrest, reported AFP. Muslim authorities announced a boycott of the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, was to end Thursday…

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Netanyahu wants to expel Al-Jazeera for ‘inciting violence’

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Wednesday he wants to expel Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera from Israel amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

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Israel removes holy site metal detectors as Muslims continue boycott

JERUSALEM: Israel removed metal detectors from a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site Tuesday after their installation triggered deadly violence, but Muslim worshippers kept up a boycott, suspicious over what would come next.

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Erdogan urges all Muslims to visit and protect Al-Aqsa mosque

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday urged all Muslims to visit and protect Jerusalem after violence broke out over metal detectors that Israel installed and later removed from a sensitive holy site in the city. “From here I make a call to all Muslims. Anyone who has the opportunity should visit Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa…

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Israel removes metal detectors from sensitive holy site

JERUSALEM: Israel removed metal detectors from a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday and said they would no longer be used after the new security measures set off deadly violence.

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Jerusalem holy site crisis must be resolved by Friday: UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS: A crisis over new Israeli security measures at a Jerusalem holy site must be resolved by Friday to avoid an escalation of violence, the UN envoy to the Middle East warned Monday.

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Erdogan condemns Israel’s ‘excessive’ use of force in Jerusalem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday denounced as “excessive” the use of force by Israeli security forces in deadly clashes over sensitive Jerusalem holy site. “I condemn Israel’s insistence on its position despite all warnings… and the excessive use of force by Israeli forces against our brothers gathered for Friday prayers,” he said in…

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Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years

JERUSALEM: Six people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem’s holiest site. Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel’s installation of metal…

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Tear gas scene from Jerusalem’s ‘Day of Rage’

JERUSALEM: When Muslim elders called for a “Day of Rage” on Friday to protest at new Israeli security measures at Jerusalem’s holiest site, photographer Ammar Awad knew where he had to be. A native of Jerusalem who has covered the city for Reuters for 17 years, Awad headed to Ras al-Amud, directly across the valley…

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Israel bans Muslim men under 50 from praying at Al-Aqsa mosque

JERUSALEM: Israel barred access of Muslim men under 50 to Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday and deployed some 3,000 policemen near the site amidst expected protest over security measures. The move came after Israel’s security cabinet decided not to remove the metal detectors installed at the entrances to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews…

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Tensions mount as Al-Aqsa remains closed

RAMALLAH: Palestinian religious and political figures have denounced the ongoing closure of Al-Aqsa mosque compound, calling it a violation of their religious freedoms, reported Al Jazeera. Al-Aqsa remained closed on Saturday, a day after a deadly shooting attack outside an entrance to the holy site in occupied East Jerusalem. “There is no excuse for the…

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Israel’s closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque is ‘collective punishment’: Palestinian cleric

NEWS DESK: A senior Palestinian cleric denounced Israel’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque following a rare gun attack, calling the measures ‘collective punishment’ that affects thousands of worshippers, reported Al Jazeera. Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the former grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestinian territories, said on Saturday that Israeli authorities have barred clerics from entering the…

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Shooting incident at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, police kill all three attackers

JERUSALEM: Three attackers opened fire near Jerusalem’s holiest site on Friday, wounding three Israelis, two of them critically, before they were killed, said Israeli police. Army Radio said the shooting took place near the sacred site known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount. Police said the three attackers were killed…

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Over 100 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

UNITED NATIONS: A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favor with one country — NATO member The Netherlands voting against — while Singapore…

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Modi, Netanyahu seek to deepen ties on first visit by an Indian PM

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday on the first ever visit by an Indian premier to Israel as they sought to deepen ties beyond high-priced defence deals. The two leaders presented a series of agreements between India and Israel for cooperation on satellite technology, water and agriculture, as well as…

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