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Four Palestinians dead in Gaza blast

GAZA: The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group said four of its members were killed in an apparent accidental blast in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, reported Reuters. The group said in a statement that it was “mourning its fighters who were martyred during preparations”. It usually employs those terms to refer to casualties caused by…

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US blocks UN Security Council statement on Gaza violence

UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Saturday blocked a draft UN Security Council statement urging restraint and calling for an investigation of clashes on the Gaza-Israel border that left 16 dead, diplomats said. Clashes erupted as tens of thousands of Gazans protested near the border on Friday, with Israeli forces using tear gas and live…

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Clashes, 16 dead as thousands of Gazans march near Israel border

GAZA CITY: Clashes erupted as tens of thousands of Gazans marched near the Israeli border in a major protest on Friday, leaving 16 Palestinians dead and hundreds more wounded in the conflict’s worst single day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war. Late in the day, Israel’s military targeted three Hamas sites in the Gaza…

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White House slams Abbas ‘insults,’ says must choose hate or peace

WASHINGTON: The White House on Monday condemned Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, after he called the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman a “son of a dog.” “The time has come for President Abbas to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them…

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US to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel’s 70th anniversary

WASHINGTON: The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state’s 70th birthday — and enraging Palestinians, who called it a “blatant provocation.” Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel’s capital and say the embassy…

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Netanyahu accuses Abbas of ‘running away from peace’

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Mahmud Abbas of “running away from peace” Tuesday after the Palestinian leader called for an international conference in mid-2018 to launch a broader peace push. “Abbas said nothing new. He continues to run away from peace and continues to pay terrorists and their families,” Netanyahu said in a…

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Israel strikes Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

GAZA CITY: Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the Palestinian enclave. The explosion earlier Saturday, which left two of the Israeli soldiers severely injured, was one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled…

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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army during West Bank raid

NABLUS: A Palestinian man was shot dead in clashes with the Israeli army on Saturday during a raid in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said. The man was shot in the head after fighting broke out during an Israeli army incursion into the village of Burqin in the northern West Bank, it…

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Abbas to ask EU to recognise Palestinian state: minister

BRUSSELS: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will ask the EU to officially recognise the state of Palestine when he meets foreign ministers from the bloc on Monday, a senior official told AFP Sunday. Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said Abbas will tell the EU it should take the step “as a way to respond” to US…

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Palestinian president calls Trump peace offer ‘slap of the century’

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century” on Sunday after the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abbas also said Israel had “ended” the landmark Oslo peace accords of the 1990s with its actions, while branding the US ambassadors to the…

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Palestinians respond with outrage to ‘blackmail’ threat from Donald Trump and Nikki Haley

NEWS DESK: Palestinian authorities have reacted with outrage and accused Donald Trump of “blackmail” after the US suggested it would temporarily stop funding humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees, reported The Independent with additional input from agencies. In a tweet, Mr Trump accused the Palestinians of being “no longer willing to talk peace”. The Palestinians previously…

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Palestinian youth dies in Israeli gunfire in Gaza

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian died on Saturday after being wounded by Israeli fire during a protest on the Gaza border against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the health ministry said. Sharaf Shalash, 28, sustained bullet wounds last Sunday during a demonstration east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra…

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Jerusalem decision: Palestinians happy over UN vote

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian president welcomed Thursday a United Nations General Assembly resolution criticising the US government’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “This decision reaffirms once again that the just Palestinian cause enjoys the support of international law, and no decision by any party can change the reality,” a statement from Palestinian president Mahmud…

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Jerusalem decision: Donald Trump faces defeat at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS: Defying President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off funding, the United Nations overwhelmingly approved on Thursday a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 193-member General Assembly adopted the motion by 128 to nine with 35 abstentions, in what Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour called a “massive setback”…

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4 Palestinians killed in new wave of violence over US Jerusalem move

GAZA CITY: Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli forces as tens of thousands demonstrated against Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would break with decades of US policy and move the embassy to Jerusalem has stirred global condemnation, as well…

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EU leaders say Jerusalem stance ‘unchanged’ after Trump move

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying they stuck by their view that the city’s status should be settled by negotiation. Trump’s administration invited widespread criticism earlier this month when it officially recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on…

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Palestinians at UN push for resolution on Jerusalem

UNITED NATIONS: Palestinian diplomats want the UN Security Council to vote on a draft resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, even though the measure would almost certainly face a US veto, diplomats said Wednesday. Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour told AFP that the text would demand that the United States…

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Erdogan seeks to galvanise Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chairs an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be hoping to unite…

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Erdogan, Putin warn of further tension over US Jerusalem move

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region. Trump’s decision and his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem sparked violence in Jerusalem, with a fifth day of protests…

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International Human Rights Day being observed today

International Human Rights Day is being observed today, with the theme “Stand up for Human Rights”. This year, the day has assumed special significance as it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In his message on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain said the government is committed to…

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Israeli shelling, airstrikes kill four Palestinians

JERUSALEM: At least four Palestinians including two children were killed by Israeli shelling and aerial strikes in the areas of Bethlehem and Gaza. According to Arab media, Israeli forces fired tear gas shells, opened fire and carried out airstrikes due to which four people including two children lost their lives. At least 1200 Palestinians have…

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