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53 attacks on mosques and churches in Israel produce seven convictions

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

More than 50 Christian and Muslim sites in Israel and the occupied West Bank have been attacked over the last eight years, but authorities have only filed nine indictments. According to official data reported by Haaretz, 53 mosques and churches have been vandalised since 2009 (the data goes up to July 2017). Yet only nine indictments have been filed, and only seven convictions handed down. 45 of the cases have been closed, with just eight still under investigation. The statistics from Israel’s Public Security Ministry shows that 11 investigations were opened in 2013, and five people convicted. 22 Christian and Muslim sites were vandalised in the period 2014-2016, while four such attacks were recorded in just the first half of […]

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Increased security in Tripoli after calls for demonstrations

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Security in the Libyan capital of Tripoli has been increased since Sunday morning after calls by activists on social networks for demonstrations to be held today, Anadolu has reported. Troops and police were deployed in Martyrs’ Square in the centre of Tripoli, where the demonstrations are expected to take place. Vehicles belonging to the Nawasi Brigade, one of the largest battalions loyal to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj, were positioned along the coastal highway that leads to Mitiga International Airport, east of the capital. The request for permission to stage the demonstration was rejected by the Tripoli Security Directorate. It was submitted by former prime ministerial candidate Basit Igtet, who has used recent speeches to […]

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Iraq executes 42 terrorists

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Iraqi Justice Ministry said on Sunday that it has executed 42 people convicted of terrorism. In a brief statement, the ministry added that it carried out the execution of 42 terrorists after the final court rulings were endorsed by the head of state. Most of those convicted of terrorism belonged to Daesh or work on its behalf, the official statement revealed. Read: Iraqi detainees tortured in prison

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Algerian midwives stage protest against ‘smears’

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Midwives’ Union in Algeria has called for protests today against the standard of healthcare institutions and, mainly, university hospital centres. All midwives are requested to take part. In a Facebook post, the union also denounced what describes as a “smear campaign” against its members on social networks and media outlets, which blames midwives for “all the failings” of Algeria’s health system. Wahiba Ouhaioune, the President of the union’s national office, confirmed that the protest will be held outside the Mustapha Pacha Hospital in Algiers. Protesters are being encouraged to wear black armbands or badges with the words, “Doctors angry”. Ouhaioune insisted that the protests are not a strike, and that the union will make sure that emergency department staff […]

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Lufthansa jet hijacked 40 years ago in Somalia returned to Germany

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A Lufthansa passenger plane hijacked in 1977 whilst flying from Mallorca to Frankfurt has been returned to Germany, Japan Times has reported. The plane was hijacked by The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who sought the release of its members within the Red Army Faction who they were working with, and landed in Somalia. German Special Forces rescued 86 passengers and killed three of the hijackers during the raid. The plane has since been at Brazil’s Fortaleza Airport. It will be taken to the Dornier Museum where it will be put on public display. Read more: 200 Somali refugees arrested in Yemen

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Russia sends Yemeni bank notes to south Yemen

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Russia is creating Yemeni bank notes, RT Arabic reported yesterday, to pay the salaries of officials in the country. The bank notes were printed in Moscow, dispatched yesterday and are heading for Aden International Airport. A source confirmed to RT that the “batch of printed paper will be transferred to the central bank in the city, and will be paid as salaries for the army and security forces in the provinces in Yemen”. A contract between the Yemeni government and a Russian printing company has ordered 400 billion Yemeni royals to be printed to push back liquidity in Yemen. The name of the Russian printing company is not currently known. Russia has a strong relationship with President Abd Rabbuh Mansur […]

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Egyptian court sentences 14 for football stadium stampede

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

An Egyptian court has sentenced 14 people over violence at a football stadium in Cairo in 2015. Two people were sentenced to life in prison and 12 were handed between two and 10 years in prison over the deadly football stadium stampede in which 19 people died when police fired tear gas at fans as they tried to make their way into the Cairo football stadium. Their sentences can be appealed. The match between Cairo teams Zamalek and ENPPI was one of the first football games that the public had been allowed to attend following a ban that was imposed after 70 people were killed and 1,000 were injured in the stadium riots in Port Said in 2012. The police […]

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Majority of Brits think UK should recognise Palestine as a state

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A majority of the British public believe the UK should recognise Palestine as a state, according to the results of a new YouGov poll published Monday. 53 percent of respondents said they agree with such a step, as opposed to just 14 percent who disagreed (33 percent said they were ‘neutral’). Responding to the poll, Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian ambassador to the UK, said public opinion has been shifting. “I have been here for 11 years and have noticed dramatic changes in the British public’s views on Palestine”, he said. “That only 14 percent say they wouldn’t want the Palestinian state to receive recognition is an indication of the Palestinian cause worldwide being accepted”, he added. Read: UK gives £150m to PA […]

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Israel set to advance plans for 2,000 settlement homes next week

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli authorities are expected to advance plans as soon as next week for up to 2,000 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. According to a report in Haaretz on Monday, citing an unnamed senior government official, most of the homes in question will be advancing to another stage in the planning process. However, some plans will be ready for immediate construction, reportedly including some 300 homes in Beit El, “which the government promised to settler leaders more than five years ago, following the demolition of illegally built homes in the settlement’s Ulpana neighbourhood”. The official said that “over the next two days, final talks will be held to decide whether to add or remove certain construction plans from […]

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Hamas has good intention on reconciliation, says senior Fatah official

September 25, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Secretary of Fatah’s Executive Committee said on Sunday that Hamas has a good intention towards reconciliation with his movement, Al-Quds has reported. Jebril Al-Rajoub noted that the committee discussed this issue during its latest meeting in Ramallah and that he is optimistic about ending the internal division. “We insist on opening a new page and to strengthen the internal Palestinian front,” he explained. The Fatah leadership is to hold a series of meetings to review the internal political track. Al-Rajoub stressed the importance of the Palestinian National Council and claimed that after the siege is ended, “between 300 and 500 national figures” would be able to go to Gaza where a PNC meeting could be held. At the moment, […]

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