IOA threatens confiscation of Palestinian mobile clinic in Yatta


The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) on Thursday threatened to confiscate a mobile clinic and solar devices in al-Khalil’s southern town of Yatta.

Coordinator for the national anti-settlement committee in Yatta, Rateb al-Jabour, said the Israeli civil administration threatened to seize a mobile caravan for treating sick civilians in Yatta.

The notification also targeted solar devices providing 60 Palestinians with power, along with a water tank and a private Palestinian van.

Three days ago, an Italian-funded mobile clinic was confiscated by the occupation forces in the town.

Observers said such moves make part of a preplanned Israeli scheme of forced deportation against the Palestinian natives of Yatta in favor of illegal settlement expansion.

(Source / 15.12.2016)

Militants In Aleppo ‘Make A Fortune’ Selling Humanitarian Aid To Locals

According to an embedded journalist, the UN and its human right agencies failed to maintain humanitarian aid supplies to Aleppo residents.

A Syrian boy displaced with his family from eastern Aleppo holds a sandwich and bread bag in the village of Jibreen south of Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A Syrian boy displaced with his family from eastern Aleppo holds a sandwich and bread bag in the village of Jibreen south of Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

Military correspondent Kamel Saker told Sputnik Arabic about the humanitarian situation in liberated Aleppo and efforts by the Syrian Army to help people.

“I’ve been in Aleppo for several days and I’ve seen how the military, political and humanitarian situation in the city evolved. Yesterday, I visited four districts freed of terrorists. The evacuation of people to tent camps is well organized. The Syrian military command managed to find personnel to help civilians. Everything necessary has been supplied, including transport, food and medicines,” Saker said.

The reporter also said that militants made money on selling humanitarian aid, particularly food, to locals.

“When Syrian soldiers entered apartments occupied by militants they saw that they had made a fortune selling food supplies. They were monopolists and banned other people from selling foods. They set prices 20 times higher than they should be,” he said.

According to Saker, the UN and its human right agencies failed to maintain humanitarian aid supplies to Aleppo residents.

The correspondent reminded that a similar situation took place in the Damascus suburbs when they were under militants’ control.

“I can confirm that international humanitarian organizations don’t help people in Aleppo. They talk a lot, they pass resolutions, but their actions have nothing to do with reality. The Syrian government, the Syrian Army and the Russians are those who are helping,” Saker said.

Syrian Parliament lawmaker from Aleppo Mohammed Jalal Darvish told Sputnik Arabic that now with the city freed of terrorists a lot of work needs to be done to restore Aleppo.

“The liberation of Aleppo did not take much time, but now we have problems of another kind. The main problem now is to restore building and infrastructure and to establish supplies of necessary materials. Our resources are limited and we’ll need public support,” the lawmaker said.

Darvish said that since the beginning of the Syrian Army’s operation in Aleppo, the local authorities have recruited maximum efforts to keep the situation under control, especially concerning the issue of refugees.

“Aleppo now needs all kinds of help. We’re entering the difficult period of rebuilding the city. We hope that the government, people, businessmen and Syrians living abroad will come to help. We also expect to receive assistance from our allies, first of all Russia and Iran,” he said.

Commenting on the security situation in Aleppo, Darvish said that the eastern part of the city if now safe, except for a small area where the army is fighting the rest of the militants.

(Source / 15.12.2016)

Israeli forces detain 31, including slain Palestinian’s widow, in overnight raids


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 31 Palestinians, including a widow and at least two minors, in raids between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestinian and Israeli sources told Ma’an.East JerusalemIn East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained 16 Palestinians.Thirteen of the detained were identified by PPS as Yahya Yasser al-Kamil, 15, Luay al-Rujbi, 21, Fadi Abassi, 18, Abd al-Karim Ubeid, 27, Samir Shaludi, 18, Tariq Abassi, 25, Naim Sharif, 17, Ahmad Juwilis, 22, Muslim Odeh, 16, Mahmoud Salim, 19, Bahaa Abu Taya, 19, Muhammad Abu al-Hamam, 19, and Majdi Abassi.Addameer lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud said that the 13 were detained in the Old City neighborhood of al-Tur.Mahmoud also said that Hanadi Sarhan, the widow of Samir Sarhan who was killed by Israeli forces in 2010, was detained in the neighborhood of Silwan.In the Issawiya neighborhood, PPS said Israeli forces detained Amir Khaldoun Mustafa and Mustafa Ibrahim Asila.Northern West BankIn the northern occupied West Bank, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Mahmoud Ahmad Qamim and Muhammad Salim Abu Mukh in the Jenin district. The group also stated that Islam Dabaya and Muhammad Wishahi were also briefly detained in Jenin and later released.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in the city of Jenin.In the Tulkarem district, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Muslih Barhush in the village of Kafr al-Labad.In the Nablus district, locals reported that former prisoners Muhammad Marshud and Abada al-Jamal were detained.The army spokesperson said one Palestinian was detained in the Balata refugee camp, while another was detained in the village of Asira al-Shamaliya. She made no mention of a detention in the Tulkarem district.Central and southern West BankIn the central West Bank, PPS reported that Ahmad Muhib Muri was detained in the Salfit governorate.The Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that one person was detained in the Salfit-area village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, while Israeli forces detained another in Deir Abu Mashaal in the Ramallah district.In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, PPS said five Palestinians were detained, identified as Jamal Ali Muhammad Tmiza, 65, Yazan Atif Rujbi, Nader Suleiman Masalma, Wajih Atta Hamid Rujbi, and his son Hamuda Wajih Rujbi.Locals said that Masalma was detained in the village of Beit Awwa, and that Tmiza was detained in Idhna.They added that Amir al-Titi was detained in al-Arrub refugee camp.The Israeli army listed three detentions in the city of Hebron, one in al-Arrub, one in Beit Awwa and one in Idhna.The army claimed that it found an M-16 rifle and a handgun in a workshop in Idhna.Locals, meanwhile, reported that the Israeli army seized two cars in the village of Dura.According to prisoners rights group Addameer, some 7,000 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of October, the majority of whom were detained during the near-daily overnight raids conducted by the Israeli army in the occupied Palestinian territory.


(Source / 15.12.2016)

Israeli soldiers recognise committing field executions

Such facts refute the Israeli narrative about claimed stabbing attempts

Israeli soldiers have recognised they committed field executions against Palestinian citizens in occupied West Bank, Jerusalem.

The Israeli TV cited 3 examples about executing Palestinians where the crime scenes and objects were altered to reflect a sense that the Palestinians had genuinely attempted to stab Israelis before being killed

Israeli soldiers have recognised they committed field executions against Palestinian citizens in occupied West Bank, Jerusalem.

The Israeli TV Channel 2 reported remarks by senior Israeli prosecutors saying that Israeli soldiers have recently acknowledged they internationally carried out field executions against unarmed Palestinians.

According to the report, the Israeli officials said that soldiers opened fire at Palestinians, killing them on the grounds that they were would-be assailants targeting Israeli soldiers or settlers.

Palestinian Authority statement said that this refute the Israeli narrative about the claimed reports of stabbing attempts.

“Such facts prove the involvement of the Israeli soldiers and their leadership in these crimes and in the covering up of these criminals through hiding the evidence or manipulating the scenes and the tools of the crimes,” the statement said.

The report of the Israeli TV cited three examples about the execution of Palestinian citizens where the crime scenes and objects were altered to reflect a sense that the Palestinians had genuinely attempted to stab Israelis before being killed.

In the statement, the PA blamed the Israeli government for these field executions, noting that there is a “full systematic occupational organisation which targets the Palestinians, covers up the killers, helps them escape and avoid legal liability.”

(Source / 15.12.2016)

Khalil: Assad’s Alleged Victory in Aleppo is War Crime & Total Disgrace

Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Hawass Khalil said that the Assad regime’s alleged victory in Aleppo is a total disgrace as those who captured the city’s besieged neighborhoods are Iranian-backed foreign militias and mercenaries fighting under Russian areal cover, not Assad’s troops.

This elusive victory came after residents of eastern Aleppo were forced to flee the city to escape death by brutal bombardment, field executions, starvation, and terrorization, Khalil said.

In an interview with Sobeida TV channel, Khalil pointed out that the battle for Aleppo has brought to the surface serious disputes and even conflicting interests between Russia and Iran, Assad’s staunchest allies, as to the control of the embattled city. He stressed that the invaders will eventually be forced to leave the city by the people of Aleppo.

Khalil criticized the silence of the international community over the tragedy unfolding in Syria, especially in Aleppo. “This total silence over the daily killings of innocent people has proved that the human rights the international community claims to advocate are mere empty slogans that are irrelevant when it comes to politics.”

Khalil stressed that all the crimes the Assad regime and its allied militias are committing in Syria will fail to destroy the revolution which is deeply-rooted in the hearts and minds of the Syrian people. He said that despite all the odds, the Syrian people will not give up their demands for freedom and dignity.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office / 15.12.2016)

Israeli officials: soldiers are disturbing evidence after shooting alleged assailants

Israeli police officers at Qalandia checkpoint on 22 November 2016, looking over the body of a Palestinian shot dead by soldiers [ Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli police officers at Qalandia checkpoint on 22 November 2016, looking over the body of a Palestinian shot dead by soldiers

Israeli officials have warned that soldiers are contaminating the crime scene after shooting alleged Palestinian assailants, often making it impossible to conduct an investigation.

According to a report in Haaretz, in light of efforts by Palestinians and others to hold Israel to account in legal proceedings abroad – including the International Criminal Court – the state began “examining various West Bank incidents that ended with a Palestinian being shot.”

This review, led by Shlomo Abramson of the prosecution’s special tasks department, concluded “that in many cases, discovering what really happened was impossible, because the evidence at the scene had been disturbed.”

In a memo sent by Abramson to the Israeli military, police and other agencies, he warned that soldiers were repeatedly interfering with evidence, a conclusion later supported by the police.

“In many cases”, the paper notes, “large numbers of soldiers, civilians, medical and security personnel flock to the scene and handle the evidence, so crime lab tests become impossible. They also trample over bloodstains and leave footprints all over.”

There have also been cases “where evidence disappeared, or where commanders on the scene sent witnesses away before police or Military Police investigators arrived.”

(Source / 15.12.2016)

Libya under Militias’ Control

Haftar supporter holds his picture in Benghazi [Reuters]

Haftar supporter holds his picture in Benghazi

Tripoli- No one can know whether the ongoing major military operations in Libya aim at eradicating hundreds of heavily-armed militias according to a proactive plan or whether the developments and repercussions of clashes have just changed the locations of these militias.

These questions arose while the Presidential Congress led by the internationally-supported Fayez el-Sarraj has been seeking to impose power to control the country and the capital drowned in chaos. Amid weak agreement opportunities between Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar, military commander of Libya’s eastern government, there are attempts to form a semi-national force to replace militias, which moved to Tripoli after the defeats they faced in the eastern and southern region against Haftar forces.

The two-government fact in the country foreshadows more clashes among militias, which prepares to fight each other after they allied in the past to fight Haftar.

Three major militias currently control the Libyan scene, with each of them having its own small intelligence body, prison, prisoners and commit horrible crimes. Acts of torture were also reported as part of the competition held to control the capital.

It is worth noting that the majority of Libyan cities have kept military councils, which were formed during the revolution against Muammar Gaddafi. Each one of these councils, mainly in the capital and its surrounding cities, makes all efforts to attract militias and strengthen its forces. The militia member’s salary starts with USD300 and may double if he is an excellent sniper. The biggest share of financial allocations are funded from the state’s treasury.

The second type of militias are sectarian groups which have their private allegations on applying the Islamic Shariaa and the establishment of a religious state, with some of them cooperating with ISIS like Al-Farouq Faction in Misrata. This type of militias receives funds from mysterious external sources.

The third type is known as mercenaries led by human and arms traffickers who bring militants and weapons from Asian and African countries to sell them as commodities for other militias that pay huge sums.

Since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011, the NATO-backed rebellions and militants inherited the camps and arms of the Libyan army. But, major figures like dissidents from the army, police, and intelligence were playing major roles in the cities’ military councils.

A report shows that the Libyans’ reluctance to join armed militias or participate in their wars led to the expansion of militant’s export from neighboring countries over the two past years to join all the militias existing in the Libyan scene, even those backed by ISIS.

According to Libyan Parliament Member Ismail al-Ghoul al-Sharif said that the Jafra region comprised the biggest weapon stores during Gaddafi’s rule. However, all these stores were completely evacuated after they were full of tanks, armors, missiles, and ammunitions. This armory was captured by the militias and thieves sold huge quantities of them to neighboring countries asking for arms mainly in Africa.

After controlling the state’s institutions, leaders of extremist militias imported thousands of tons of developed arms and spying systems; figures show that militias possess around 20 million pieces of arms.

Militias were also empowered by capturing the security and intelligence archive in Tripoli, sharing control on ports, airports, and army training camps, which expanded illegal migration activities, acts of killing, steeling, and kidnapping.

Analyst Rajab bin Ghazzi said that amid these circumstances, people have suffered from lack of services; however, following the withdrawal of the majority of these militias, the future of Tripoli became ambiguous and more complicated.

*Dispute on the reconstruction of the Tripoli International Airport

One of the major militia leaders has been putting pressures on the Presidential Congress to agree on a transaction he wants to make for one of his Turkish friends to reconstruct the airport.

On Saturday, another competing militia prevented investors from entering the airport, while another one attacked the central bank to prevent it from allocating the needed funds for the reconstruction.

*Cooperation, fighting, then re-cooperation

It is hard to maintain a stable status of cooperation or fighting among militias. Generally, during the wars launched against ISIS, some militia members refused to follow commands, which caused the death of many young men. Militias were suddenly withdrawing leaving their alliances without any support.

*Militias to steel oil

In November, one militia stole around five million liters of oil from the refinery located in a city near Tripoli. In another accident, militias used heavy arms to oblige around 100 truck loading around 50,000 of oil to direct toward the marine port where they completed a transaction with two oil merchants. Yet, security authorities intend to open an investigation in oil steeling accidents in the country.

(Source / 15.12.2016)

Omar Nazzal and Adib Al-Atrash: Palestinian journalists ordered to further imprisonment without charge or trial

Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal was ordered to three more months in administrative detention on Monday, 12 December. This marked the third renewal of his administrative detention order since he was seized by Israeli occupation forces on 23 April 2016 as he sought to cross the bridge to Jordan in order to travel to the European Federation of Journalists’ conference in Sarajevo. Nazzal is a member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and president of the Democratic Journalists’ Assembly.

At a previous hearing on 22 November, Nazzal’s administrative detention was limited to a one and a half month extension; he was told he would be released on 24 December. Instead, however, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reported that the extension of his detention was for a full three months.

On Wednesday, 15 December, fellow journalist Adib al-Atrash was also ordered to another three months in administrative detention without charge or trial. Arrested in June, this marks the third consecutive time al-Atrash has received an order for three months of imprisonment without charge or trial.

Tens of Palestinian journalists are imprisoned in Israeli jails, several in administrative detention without charge or trial, including Addameer media officer Hasan Safadi whose own detention was just extended for six months. Administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable by Israeli military order and Palestinians can spend years at a time imprisoned without charge or trial.

(Source / 15.12.2016)

Turkey arrests 23 on charges of ‘promoting terrorism’ on social media

Most were arrested for praising the PKK on social media sites. (Shutterstock)

A total of 23 suspects have been held across three Turkish provinces since Tuesday on charges of promoting terrorism on social media websites, according to police sources.

Seven suspects were arrested in southeastern Gaziantep province on Tuesday for sharing posts that allegedly praised the PKK terrorist organization. Another seven suspects were remanded in custody on Monday over similar charges, a police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.

Five other people were arrested over the same allegations in northwestern Bursa province Wednesday, another police source, who also spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.

Also, four more suspects were detained in southeastern Adiyaman province on Wednesday for promoting the PKK on social media sites, the source added.

Last month, 13 HDP lawmakers were arrested and 10 others, including Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, remain in custody awaiting trial on “terrorism-related” charges.

The lawmakers face prosecution under “anti-terrorism” legislation after their parliamentary immunity was lifted earlier this year.

The government has accused the HDP of being linked to the PKK, considered a “terrorist” organization by Turkey, the US, and EU.

(Source / 15.12.2016)

Press TV Debate: Israel, biggest force behind wars in Middle East


The regime in Tel Aviv is continuing its illegal settlement expansion in the occupied territories despite international calls to stop them. More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlement colonies built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. It seems that Israel is taking advantage of the occupation due to the world’s distraction from the issue because of other conflicts in the Middle East.

Press TV has spoken to Kevin Barrett, American scholar and editor of Veterans Today, as well as Ian Williams, senior analyst at Foreign Policy in Focus, to discuss the issue.

Barrett believes the Tel Aviv regime is the biggest force behind the wars in the Middle East, adding that they have been created “consciously” as part of the Oded Yinon Plan which calls for balkanization of Israel’s neighboring countries along ethnic and sectarian lines.

He also stated that the Zionists have created these wars using their massive disproportionate influence in the Western financial structure and in the mainstream media.

“So using these kinds of assets, the Zionists have essentially taken over the West and stirred the West into a civilizational war against Islam and into this war in the Middle East that has busted up all of these countries around Israel and distracted the world from the ongoing crimes of Zionism,” he said.

The analyst also noted the 9/11 incident was a public relations stunt by hardline Zionists in order to launch the war on Islam and the so-called war on terror on behalf of Israel.

Barrett further pointed out that the Israeli control of US political system is the reason why international calls for Israel’s withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders have never been implemented.

He went on to say the there is no more viable two-state solution as Israeli settlers are increasingly “squatting permanently” on Palestinian lands.

According to the analyst, silencing people through laws and conspiracy theories that outlaw criticism of Israel as supposedly being anti-Semitic is an indication that the arguments are probably correct.

Meanwhile, the other panelist on Press TV’s program, Ian Williams, said the Israelis have put a huge amount of effort and money into what they call Hasbara propaganda in order to persuade people that “they are the nice guys” and that Palestinians are terrorists.

The analyst further mentioned that Israel is continuing with its settlement expansions because there are no possible repercussions, arguing that there needs to be serious sanctions.

Williams further criticized the United States for giving military assistance to Israel, arguing the regime should not get aid at all because it has nuclear weapons.

“There is an act of Congress that says that nuclear weapon states that are not declared and are not signatory to the NPT should not get military aid,” he added.

The analyst further asserted that anti-Semitism has increasingly been used by the Israel lobby across Europe and the US as a tactic to pander to political donors.

(Source / 15.12.2016)