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Israel to provide 1 million Covid vaccines to Palestinian Authority

Israel to provide 1 million Covid vaccines to Palestinian Authority

Asia, COVID-19, HEALTH, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, VACCINE
Israel will give about one million soon-to-expire doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinian Authority, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office said on Friday. In a joint statement with the health and defence ministries, Mr Bennett's office said the PA in exchange had agreed to give Israel a reciprocal number of Pfizer doses from one of its Covax shipments that is expected to arrive later this year. Covax is a World Health Organisation initiative to supply vaccines to countries without enough resources to vaccinate their populations. Palestine is among the beneficiaries of about six million doses the US has earmarked for Middle Eastern countries as part of the Covax programme. Israel's announcement came days after Mr Bennett took office as head of ...
Israel bombards Gaza for second night following incendiary balloon launches

Israel bombards Gaza for second night following incendiary balloon launches

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, WAR, WORLD
Israeli army says it retaliated after incendiary balloons launched from Gaza started fires in Israel General view of Gaza City, on 18 June 2021 (AFP) Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip overnight on Thursday after incendiary balloons were launched from the territory into Israel, according to the Israeli army and AFP journalists. Following a first wave of fire balloons which sparked blazes in Israel on Tuesday, the army launched a series of attack on the besieged enclave in the early hours of Wednesday. As Palestinians continued to launch balloons, a second round of air strikes hit the strip overnight Thursday to Friday. So far the number of casualties, if any, is unclear. The fighting threatens a fragile ceasefire established between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers that came ...
Tensions high after Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas sites in Gaza

Tensions high after Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas sites in Gaza

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, WORLD
Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza early Wednesday morning, with the military saying this was in response to incendiary balloons crossing over from Hamas-controlled territory into Israel. There have been no reports of any casualties. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the Hamas compounds were used by members planning attacks, and the militant group is "responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip, and will bear the consequences for its actions." Additionally, the Israeli military is "prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities." Last month, Israel and Hamas reached a cease-fire agreement after nearly two weeks of violence between both sides left more than 240 people in Gaza and 12 people in Israel dead. Tuesday's conflic...
11 fighters said killed in alleged Israeli strikes in Syria

11 fighters said killed in alleged Israeli strikes in Syria

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PALESTINE, POLITICS, WAR, WORLD
Reported strikes in Homs Province in central Syria are the first in the country attributed to Israel in more than a month At least 11 people were reportedly killed overnight Wednesday in Israeli airstrikes in Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — a pro-Syrian opposition organization of uncertain funding based in the UK — the government troops and militiamen were killed in Homs Province in central Syria. The monitor’s director, Rami Abdul Rahman, told AFP that “at least seven army soldiers and four National Defence Forces militiamen were killed” in the strikes shortly before midnight, adding that all of the dead were Syrian. May 1, 2020. (Syrian state media SANA) At least 11 people were reportedly killed overnight Wednesday in Israeli airstrikes i...
Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, Israel, JUDAISM, PALESTINE, POWER, Religion, WORLD
More than 100 buildings housing about 1,500 people in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem face demolition. Silwan, Occupied East Jerusalem – Nearly 120 Palestinian families face the destruction of their homes to make way for an Israeli religious theme park where the Israelis believe King David had a garden in biblical times. About 1,500 people living in more than 100 buildings in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem are under threat. On Monday, Jerusalem Municipality inspectors, accompanied by Israeli forces, delivered notices to demolish at least 13 of those homes and structures within 21 days, after an Israeli court ruled earlier they had been constructed without building permits. “Stating that the orders were delivered is somewhat ...

Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in West Bank raid

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PALESTINE, WORLD
The three men were killed early Thursday when Israeli special forces, dressed in civilian clothing, attempted to detain Palestinians outside the headquarters of the PA Military Intelligence unit in Jenin. Three Palestinians were killed early Thursday by Israeli special forces who were on an arrest mission in the northern West Bank, sources on both sides said. One of the Palestinians killed was suspected of having carried out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers, an Israeli security official said. The other two were members of the Palestinian Authority security forces who witnessed the initial shooting outside the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Military Intelligence unit in Jenin. All three were killed when Israeli special forces, dressed in civili...
Syria says Israeli air attacks targeted Damascus

Syria says Israeli air attacks targeted Damascus

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, Security
Syrian Air defences respond to Israeli missiles targeting south of the capital Damascus, on July 20, 2020. - Israeli strikes south of the Syrian capital wounded seven Syrian soldiers, state media reported, in an attack which a war monitor said hit several positions of regime forces and Iran-backed militias. (Photo by STR / AFP) State news agency reports ‘explosions in Damacus’; war monitor says at least eight pro-government fighters killed. Israeli air attacks struck central Syria late on Tuesday, with state news agency SANA reporting “explosions in Damascus” before adding that its air defences had been activated against the “Israeli aggression”. Israeli planes arrived from Lebanese air space, the news agency added. It did not mention any reports of casualties or damage but ...
Israel releases Sheikh Jarrah activists after hours-long arrests

Israel releases Sheikh Jarrah activists after hours-long arrests

ADVOCACY, Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, WORLD
Siblings Muna and Mohammed al-Kurd are activists behind a social media campaign against forced expulsions of Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Activists Muna al-Kurd and Mohammed al-Kurd, who have been at the forefront of a campaign to stop the expulsions of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, have been released from custody several hours after they were arrested by Israeli police. “No matter what they do to terrorise and frighten us, no number of arrests will scare us off,” Muna told reporters after her release on Sunday. “We will remain in our homes and we will continue to defend our land that we were born and raised on,” she said. Mohammed told reporters: “We are not afraid, we are not intimi...
Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

Asia, GAZA, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, Security, WORLD
The recent war in Gaza exposes the limits of a key pillar of the country’s defense strategy. In the recent war between Israel and Hamas, a cease-fire was achieved after 11 days of fighting. Both sides claimed victory, and both are expecting another round in the future. For Israel, a key to its success has been the Iron Dome air defense system, which uses radar and missiles to intercept rockets and other threats. This kept Israeli civilians relatively safe from the 4,340 rockets the Israel Defense Forces say were fired from Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is scheduled to meet U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin today to seek up to $1 billion in emergency military aid to help replenish Iron Dome interceptors used in the war. The recent conflict was different than p...
UN opens Gaza – Israeli war crimes probe following conflicts

UN opens Gaza – Israeli war crimes probe following conflicts

Arab League, Asia, BREAKING NEWS, GAZA, Israel, PALESTINE, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
Following Operation Guardian of the Walls against Gaza terrorist groups, for the first time ever the UNHRC has created a permanent fact-finding mission regarding a UN member state. The United Nations Human Rights Council voted 24-9 Thursday to launch an investigation against Israel for alleged war crimes, including during the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and called for an arms embargo against the Jewish state. An additional 14 countries out of the 47-member body abstained. None of the European Union countries supported the measure. Those countries which opposed the resolution were: Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Malawi, Marshall Islands, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Those countries that abstained were: Bahamas, Brazil, Denmark, Fij...