Jarrar’s arrest under growing international scrutiny

Jarrar's arrest under growing international scrutiny

Khalida Jarrar’s detention without trial has raised internatioanl protest

Analysis: Israel’s use of administrative detention in the spotlight as the arrest of Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian MP and activist, raises protests worldwide.

On 15 April, an Israeli military court convened a closed hearing on the case of Palestinian parliamentarian and activist, Khalida Jarrar, who was arrested on 2 April and given six months in administrative detention, with no recourse to justice, charge or trial.

One hour prior to the scheduled administrative detention confirmation hearing, the military prosecution presented an indictment containing a list of twelve potential charges against Jarrar. Israeli military court scheduled a hearing on 29 April on whether Jarrar would remain imprisoned until

Khalida is a prisoner of conscience.

– Ghassan Jarrar

the end of her trial on the presented charges. If the prosecution’s charges fail, the hearing will be followed by a hearing to confirm the administrative detention order scheduled for 6 May. Jarrar is the only Palestinian woman held under administrative detention and is one of 13 Palestinian parliamentarians imprisoned by Israel.

“We don’t know whether Israel’s detention of the Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar has anything to do with her passionate advocacy for prisoners’ rights. It could be her membership on a government-appointed committee mandated to follow up Palestine’s recent accession to the International Criminal Court. Israel is not saying. But one thing is quite clear: her case is rife with due process violations”, Bill Van Esveld wrote in a Human Rights Watch Dispatch on Jarrar’s arrest.

Despite the prosecution’s attempt to indict Jarrar, the military judge retained the administrative detention order to eliminate the possibility of releasing her on bail. Jarrar’s defence team expressed shock as the prosecution had previously stated that they do not intend to submit a list of charges due to the lack of supporting evidence.

According to an Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association press release, all charges against Jarrar “revolve around her role as a PLC member and political leader”, and her active participation in advocating for Palestinian political detainees.

“The charges include political activities and participations that any elected member of any parliament would naturally take part in. This indictment attempt is seen as an attack on Palestinian leaderships and Palestinian democracy”, added Sahar Francis, one of Jarrar’s defence lawyers and director of Addameer.

Jarrar’s lawyers also stated that it is still too early to predict how far the Israeli military prosecution intends to push Jarrar’s case. However, the one thing that is increasingly evident is that Jarrar’s arrest is groundless and an example of Israel’s continuous deployment of unwarranted legal actions designed to punish Palestinians who speak against Israel’s occupation. “She is being imprisoned for taking part in activities that define the concept of freedom of speech”, her daughter, Yafa Jarrar, told al-Araby al-Jadeed.

International outrage

The decision to indict Jarrar could be linked to a growing international awareness of Israel’s illegal use of administrative detention. With Jarrar being a well-known social justice advocate and a Palestinian representative on the Council of Europe, the decision to hold her under administrative detention has prompted worldwide international outrage. Her husband, Ghassan Jarrar, stated that “her indictment is a reflection of the occupier’s weak position. When they failed to collect sufficient evidence to convict her, they decided on administrative detention. When they were internationally condemned and shamed, their self-defence tool was to fabricate unjustified charges against her. Khalida is a prisoner of conscience.”

On 17 April 17, the National Assembly of the Republic of Portugal passed the first national parliamentary resolution calling for Jarrar’s release. Earlier this month, the European Union High Representative, Federica Mogherina, received a letter from 58 Members of the European Parliament, demanding immediate action to release Jarrar. On 8 April, Amnesty International issued an action alert urging supporters to take action against Jarrar’s unlawful detention. In addition, representatives from the European Union, the Knesset Joint List, Amnesty International, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands were present at Jarrar’s last military court hearing.

As the campaign to escalate the international pressure to release Jarrar continues to grow, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and the Free Khalida Jarrar Campaign provide regular updates on Jarrar’s case and the widespread action taking place around the world.

“The growing international support is critical to my mother’s case,” said Yafa Jarrar. “We need to keep this campaign sustainable because one of Israel’s tactics is to let issues die.”

(Source / 24.04.2015)

President Khoja Participates in Turkey’s Celebration of Canakkale Battle Centenary

The Ottoman victory at Gallipoli over the Allies 100 years ago was remembered in solemn ceremonies and huge military parades across Turkey where the fallen soldiers are remembered. Çanakkale in northwestern Turkey, where the battle took place, was the central point of the ceremonies remembering the 1915 battle in which thousands of Arab, especially Syrian, soldiers fought on the side of the Ottoman Empire.

President Khoja represented Syria in the parades and the ceremonies, which featured the flag of the Syrian revolution, also the independence flag, among flags of dozens of participating countries from all over the world.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 24.04.2015)

Palestinian Loses His Eye Due To Israeli Fire In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers used excessive force, on Friday, against the weekly protest against the Wall and Settlements in Kufur Qaddoum, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, causing a serious injury to a young man who lost his eye; one was shot by a live round, and five others were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, and many suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Soldiers Invading Kufur Qaddoum - Kufur Qaddoum FB Page
Soldiers Invading Kufur Qaddoum – Kufur Qaddoum FB Page

Medical sources said Rif’at Barham, 23 years of age, lost his right eye after the soldiers fired a rubber-coated metal bullet directly at him.

Resident Daoud ‘Aqel, 17, was shot by a live round to his leg, and five others were shot by rubber-coated metal bullets.

The sources added that dozens of residents received treatment for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Kufur Qaddoum Morad Shteiwy said Barham was moved to the Rafidia Governmental Hospital, in Nablus, due to the severity of his injury.

He added that resident Nasser Shteiwy, 44, was shot by three rubber-coated metal bullets in his legs, Anas Abdul-Razeq, 20, was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the back, Mohammad Nidal, 19, rubber-coated metal bullet in the shoulder, Mohammad Fathi, 45, rubber-coated metal bullet in the arm, and Mahmoud Nasser, 15, was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the thigh.

On Friday evening, Israeli soldiers invaded a Palestinian orchard in Zabbouba village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, kidnapped Ramah Jamil Atatra, 18, while in his family’s land, and took him to an unknown destination.

(Source / 24.04.2015)

Gaza on verge of humanitarian crisis over Israeli siege

Palestinian girls walk past rubble of a heavily damaged building on April 15, 2015 in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya which was destroyed during Israel’s 50-day war. ©AFP

Palestinian girls walk past rubble of a heavily damaged building on April 15, 2015 in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya which was destroyed during Israel’s 50-day war

The Palestinian Health Ministry has warned of a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip due to Israel’s crippling blockade on the impoverished coastal enclave.

The ministry says a shortage of drugs and medical supplies at hospitals and medical centers has been critically aggravated over Israel’s blockade on the coastal sliver for the past eight years.

According to Ashraf Abu Mahady, the director general of pharmacy in the ministry, Gaza now lacks 118 kinds of medicines and 334 types of medical disposals.

The official urged international bodies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Health Organization, to exert pressure on the Israeli regime to lift the blockade and open Gaza crossings.

The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007. The blockade, which has cut off the territory from the outside world, has led to an economic and humanitarian crisis in the densely-populated enclave.

In March, the UN expressed concern about the economic situation in the Palestinian territory, saying the lifting of the Israeli siege is the “prerequisite” for reviving its economy.

“We, in the UN, have always been in the forefront in calling for an end to the blockade as a prerequisite for a stable, functioning economy in Gaza,” said Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process.

The UN official further noted that the blockaded area suffered destruction during the latest Israeli onslaught in 2014, saying Gaza’s rehabilitation process would “take years.”

Last summer, Israel unleashed a war on the territory, which killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and left over 11,100 others injured. The 50-day war ended with an Egyptian-brokered truce

(Source / 24.04.2015)

Israeli Occupation Releases Fatah’s Secretary General And Brother Who Were Held Captive Without Charge

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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Prison Service released two Palestinian prisoners from Jerusalem on Wednesday after spending five months in administrative detention in the Negev jail.Head of the Jerusalem Prisoners Families Committee Amjad Abu Asab said that Israeli authorities released the secretary-general of Fatah in Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, and Islam al-Natsheh after they spent five months in administrative detention.Abu Asab added that Ghaith is a former prisoner who has been detained several times and has been banned from entering Jerusalem for a year.Ghaith was elected secretary-general of Fatah in Jerusalem six months ago.Ghaith’s brother Sadeq was detained on the same day.Islam al-Natsheh has also been detained several times, and was transferred to administrative detention for posting on Facebook that he wished to  “die a martyr in the al-Aqsa mosque.”

He was interrogated about alleged “terrorist intentions.”
(Source / 24.04.2015)

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian near Khan Younis

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was shot and injured when Israeli forces opened fire east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.Witnesses said that Israeli forces deployed along the border opened fire on Palestinian farmland, hitting one Palestinian man.He has been taken to a hospital for treatment.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was looking into the incident.

Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian civilians near the border since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.
In March alone, there were a total of 38 incidents of shootings, incursions into the Strip, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).
That was up from 26 incidents through February, and left seven Palestinians injured and one dead.
The attacks come despite Israeli promises at the end of the ceasefire to ease restrictions on Palestinian access to the border region near the “security buffer zone.”
According to PCHR, the “buffer zone,” which Palestinians are prohibited from entering, “is illegal under both Israeli and international law.”
The group said: “The precise area designated by Israel as a ‘buffer zone’ is not clear and this Israeli policy is typically enforced with live fire.”
(Source / 24.04.2015)

Migrant tragedy, a wake-up call for EU

Italian Coast Guard officers carry the body of a migrant who drowned in the latest boat tragedy in the Mediterranean.

Italian Coast Guard officers carry the body of a migrant who drowned in the latest boat tragedy in the Mediterranean

The recent refugee crisis off Europe’s coast is a wake-up call for the EU to re-evaluate its refugee policy, and more importantly, its engagement with other nation states.

Not far enough

The world has watched in shock as migrant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea have claimed more than 1,750 lives this year. The number is 30 times higher compared to the same period in 2014. The numbers are staggering and highlight the extent of desperation of those fleeing conflict, hunger, poverty and a bleak future.

The reactions of horror that are pouring out to the plight of some of the most vulnerable people in the world has spurred the EU to hold an emergency summit to tackle the influx of these refugees, the increasing number of human smugglers and their boats, and the development of search and rescue strategies.

Despite this scrambling of European leaders, criticism is rife that the ten-point plan up for discussion doesn’t go far enough. The EU’s approach focuses on broadening their dismal search and rescue operations, which have become an embarrassment for the bloc, to give emergency aid to host nations, and, speaking plainly, to stop the boats.

There is no denying the EU’s policy in dealing with the refugees arriving in their boatloads has been flawed: a handful of countries bear the burden of hosting the refugees, the processing camps where these refugees are kept are designed to encourage these people to return home, and the disappointing Triton program! has proven to be anything but effective in rescuing those stranded at sea.

Many migrants risk their lives each year to reach Europe by boat

The plight of these refugees underscores the urgency for a more comprehensive and all-encompassing plan of action. Those coming in looking for refuge should not be dealt with as an inconvenient problem. The responsibility must be recognized for all host nations to provide refugees with safety and a fighting chance for a new beginning.

The sooner the world, particularly the developed countries that make up the EU, starts viewing these refugees as human beings with the same right to security, well-being and the pursuit of happiness as anyone else, the easier it will be to start to map out a comprehensive plan of action that gives refugees, where ever they may land, these basic human rights.

The elephant in the room

But it all obviously goes back to the reasons why these refugees are coming in, in the first place. It is easy to dismiss these refugees as mere statistics of a war in the tumultuous Middle East, or a bout of famine in far-flung impoverished Africa. These people are not statistics though. And the horrors they leave behind should under no circumstances be accepted as the status-quo.

If our world leaders truly are appalled by the drownings of refugees, then their actions must go beyond just destroying human trafficking boats. The way economic power-houses of the West choose to engage with the developing and under-developed world needs to be re-evaluated and drastically changed. The West’s engagement in Africa and the Middle East has been the very recipe that has created the refugee crisis their governments are grappling with today.

Western engagement with countries in the Middle East and Africa has been under the pretext of economic development and security. Institutions like the World Bank and IMF have tied nation states into obligations that have only increased economic uncertainty, undermined national independence and sovereignty, and have failed to strengthen democratic processes.

The strategies adopted by the West have worked well in securing lucrative contracts for multinationals in the exploitation of indigenous resources. What is left behind is a nation that is unable to profit from its own riches, a corrupt bureaucratic government, and deepening cracks within society as tensions heighten under the strain of economic hardships and increased inequality.

These countries then easily fall into the traps of famine, civil strife and bad governance. These may manifest in different ways in different countries – be it in the form of insurgencies, coups, civil wars or even corrupt dictatorships. But as long as Western interests are secure, the aid money (for development of course) keeps coming tying the nations in greater obligations of market liberalization and the likes.

When things actually start getting worse, then the West swoops in militarily to save the day. Be it France’s ‘peacekeeping’ mission in Mali, or the NATO’s bombardment of Libya, these interventions lead to a further erosion of state institutions, pushing countries into further upheaval and insecurity.

Rescued migrants wait before disembarking off the Italian Guardia Costiera vessel Fiorillo at the Sicilian harbor of Catania on April 24, 2015

It is almost laughable when EU leaders express alarm over how Libya has become a hub for traffickers who smuggle in the refugees in their dingy boats. Did Europe really believe that its bombing campaign to ‘liberate’ Libya from the grips of Gaddafi would not create a humanitarian crisis? Did NATO member states seriously believe that by securing Libyan oil fields, but throwing the rest of the country into an abyss of a political vacuum, with no democratic and state institutions, would usher in stability? Did the West truly believe that Libyans falling victims to its irresponsible interventionist policies will simply sit it out, wondering whether it would be a NATO missile, rebel gunfire or a roadside bomb that would finish them off?

A different approach

If engagement is to take place in the name of development, it needs to go beyond the tried and tested methods of the IMF, World Bank and NATO. If the EU wants the boats to stop coming, it needs to stop being responsible for creating the conditions that would force people to leave all that they know and all that they have behind in the hope of an off-chance of a better life in a foreign land.

The West’s inability to look at Africa and the Middle East as anything other than lands of riches that need to be exploited allows it to continue adopting strategies and policies that undermine and endanger the people that live there. It is the blatant disregard of the people, their will and their well-being that created the refugee crisis the world is set to grapple with for a very long time.

The narrative needs to shift from the belief that the West knows what is best for the rest. Solutions have to come from within, with people being the driving force behind economic growth, strengthening of democracy, and stability.

Stability, prosperity and economic growth come through investing in people, communities and democratic processes that serve the people’s interests. As long as the West cannot do that, the boats will continue to come, more will overturn and a lot more will lose their lives.

(Source / 24.04.2015)

KOBANE/CIZIRE UPDATE 81: ISLAMIC STATE SEND SUICIDE MISSIONS ACROSS EUPHRATES IN VAIN ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT YPG/FSA FROM ATTACK ON SARRIN

By Peter Clifford             ©                  (www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-iraq-news-5/)

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A determined Islamic State this morning, Friday, crossed the Euphrates River and attacked the villages of Tel Ahmer, Zer Kotek and Tel Eber in the south-west of Kobane Canton.

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YPJ/YPG Fighters Resting in Kobane

Tel Ahmer lies on a promontory that sticks out into the Euphrates and Zer Kotek is just to the north of Tel Ahmer.

All the villages are around 35 kilometres from Kobane city.

Some reports say that a number of the Asayish (Kurdish security police) have been killed by the attackers in Tel Eber and Zer Kotek and other reports suggested that 10 members of the YPG/FSA combined force had been killed or captured, though this has not been confirmed.

Latest information received Friday lunchtime says that fighting is still ongoing in Tel Eber and Tel Ahmer and 8 YPG/FSA have been killed, though further clarification awaited.

However, what is clear is that this must be a suicidal mission to try and distract the YPG/FSA force from its attack to the south on Sarrin.

Latest information say that Kurdish units have moved swiftly to isolate the IS Jihadists, who have no back-up, and repel their advance.

This is not the first attempt by IS to cross the Euphrates this week. Earlier, the YPG and FSA repelled an IS boat attack near the broken Qara Qwazak bridge which was preceded by Islamic State shelling of the Kurdish positions on the eastern bank of the river, HERE:

Another attempt by the Islamic State to cross the Euphrates by boat also failed after 7 x IS Jihadists were killed and 2 captured.

Fighting around Sarrin continues to be very heavy with the Coalition making repeated attacks on IS positions and also striking IS on the west bank of the Euphrates at Jarablous.

At the Grain Silos just north of Sarrin, up to 50 foreign Jihadist snipers with plentiful ammunition are reported to holding out against combined YPG/FSA attacks. This video, published Wednesday, shows the YPG/FSA moving towards the silos, plus airstrikes and Kurdish attacks on IS positions, here:

https://youtu.be/xQh4M9y04DE

Coalition airstrikes yesterday, Thursday, are said to have targeted 10 sites in the centre of Sarrin but IS still seem to be receiving reinforcements and supplies from Manbij both by boat and across the Tishreen Dam.

Earlier in the week there were clashes on Tuesday night around the village of Dikan on the southern Kobane Canton front and 10 x IS Jihadists were killed at the cost of one member of the YPG.

Also on Tuesday night a YPG unit attacked an IS convoy near Sarrin, destroying an IS vehicles and a motorcycle and killing 2 members of the Islamic State.

In the early hours of Wednesday, IS attempted an attack on the liberated village of Mitras but after a series of heavy clashes IS retreated, leaving 3 of their number dead.

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More and More Children Return to School in Kobane Canton

On the eastern Kobane Canton Front it has also just been reported that the YPG have captured Agbash, just 25 kilometres west of the IS stronghold of Tel Abayd.

US Central Command (Centcom) reports 6 airstrikes in Kobane Canton on Tuesday through to Wednesday morning destroying no less than 14 x IS fighting positions and an IS vehicle, and hitting another 5 x IS tactical units.

During the same time span, the Coalition also destroyed a further 5 x IS fighting positions and an IS vehicle in Hasakah province and hit another tactical unit.

On Wednesday this week through to Thursday, there were 4 Coalition airstrikes in Kobane Canton, destroying 2 x IS fighting positions and hitting 4 more tactical units.

Another 3 x IS fighting positions were destroyed in Hasakah province and one more tactical unit hit.

Back in Kobane city, the Kurdish Peshmerga have announced that they have come to the end of their mission in the Canton to support the YPG and will return to Iraqi Kurdistan next week.

And signs that Kobane city is returning to some sort of normality can be seen in the video below. More and more children are beginning to enjoy school once again, which the teachers see as a very good way of keeping them away during the day from areas of the city still full of unexploded IS bombs and booby-traps, here:

https://youtu.be/yGe0I4rEJgM

It has also been announced that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has asked its members to support the reconstruction of Kobane. (EDITOR: We will see what happens!)

Recent maps from @ChuckPfarrer show the Islamic State’s attempts to get across the Euphrates, here:

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SW Kobane Canton Situation Map 23.04.15

In Cizire, the eastern Kurdish Canton in Syria, there has been continued heavy fighting in the southern sector near Tel Tamer in the villages of Tel Nasri and Tel Hafean. One IS fighter was killed at Tel Hafean.

There were also clashes around the town of Tel Barrek, with reports that some YPG fighters had been killed. A mine also exploded near Tel Tamer, killing 2 more people and an IED exploded in Al- Jawadiyyi injuring a member of the Kurdish security force, Asayish.

OPPOSITION FORCES AIM TO CUT LAST REMAINING ASSAD CORRIDOR INTO IDLIB PROVINCE

The huge Opposition attacks across Idlib and Hama provinces seem to be making progress.

With a force of between 10,000 and 13,000 men, the Opposition grouping, made up of the Al Nusra Front (ANF), various Islamic factions and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is successfully attacking the Assad regime along a front that stretches around 100 kilometres.

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Opposition Fighters Firing Mortars at Qarmeed Army Base

The regime territory now under extreme pressure stretches south of Ilib city from Ariha in the east westwards to Jisr Al-Shughur and then down to Hama province’s Al-Ghab plain that goes all the way to Assad’s supposed “stronghold” in Lattakia.

The Opposition fighters have been focussing their attention on the regime’s bases at Mastouma and Qarmeed and the Sunni town of Jisr Al-Shughur where they know they have a lot of sympathisers.

Latest reports today, Friday, suggest that the Opposition have taken control of Tel Hamakah, which if true, means they have almost cut the M4 highway west of Mastouma and the Qarmeed army base and brick factory, effectively isolating them both from Idlib and Ariha and both routes north and routes west and south to Latakia and Damascus.

A report of 30 + air attacks on the Hamakah area this morning alone indicates that the reports may well be true.

Friday evening, Assad regime sources were claiming that that they had retaken Hamakah hill after hitting it with 44 airstrikes and multiple rocket attacks – though this also is yet to be confirmed.

Ariha, was supposed to be the Assad regime’s jumping off point to “retake” Idlib city just 10 kilometres to the north.

According to reports on Thursday, Opposition fighters had captured 5 Government checkpoints near the Qarmeed base and killed pro-Assad fighters and destroyed a tank south of the Mastouma, where the Army houses at present it’s largest concentration of troops in Idlib province.

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Opposition Objective is to Severe Regime Corridor Here

Opposition fighters also entered the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughur yesterday, destroying a number of Assad checkpoints on the way and are said to be fighting at the central roundabout. In this footage ANF are hitting the town with a 57mm truck mounted gun, HERE:

The Opposition approached Jisr Al-Shughur from the north and quickly seized the Zelito, Saqiya, and Ain Al-Sabeel checkpoints outside the town, capturing three soldiers. Ain Al-Sabeel checkpoint was destroyed with a rigged BMP armoured vehicle, the “operative returning safely after the vehicle was parked”, according to an ANF statement.

An Opposition T-55 tank fires at a regime BMP armoured vehicle, HERE:

This incredible shot at an Assad barrier near Jisr Al-Shughur seems to eliminate 2 vehicles at once, HERE: while an Opposition tank pounds the “Sugar Company” army base south-east of Jisr, HERE:

This is footage from near Jisr Al-Shughur this morning, Friday, HERE:

Assad’s Air Force is hitting the whole front with dozens of missiles and bombs to try and stem the Opposition advance, but so far with no effect. 30 + blasts are said to have hit Opposition positions near Jisr Al-Shughur this morning alone.

The fighting on the Ghab Plain is mainly led by a coalition of Islamist and FSA groups. A vehicle bomb was detonated at Sarmaniyah and Assad’s checkpoints are under attack along the whole of a 63 kilometre stretch of plain against the coastal mountain range separating it from Lattakia province.

Heavy fighting can be seen and heard on the Ghab Plain yesterday, HERE:

Altogether 45 Opposition groups are said to be involved in the current 3-pronged assault on Assad’s military. The Syrian state media, SANA, is making no mention of any of this today, Friday, though did claim that its military had killed “scores of terrorists” in Idlib province yesterday.

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Assad Corridor Through Idlib Province Now Under Extreme Attack

At least 115 Yemeni children killed since launch of airstrikes: UNICEF

At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured since start of Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, says UNICEF.  140 children have been recruited as fighters.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured since start of Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, says UNICEF. 140 children have been recruited as fighters

At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured in the Yemeni conflict since the launch of the Saudi-led airstrikes in the country on March 26, said the UN children’s agency on Friday.

At least 64 of the children killed between March 26 and April 20 were victims of the Saudi-led airstrikes, UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told AFP.

Officials went on to say an additional 19 children had been killed by gunshots and 26 by unexploded ordnance.

Since March 26, at least 140 children have been recruited as fighters by militant groups, according to UNICEF.

A recent UNICEF estimate said around 30 percent of fighters in Yemen are minors.  “We are seeing children in battle, at checkpoints, and unfortunately among [those] killed and injured,” UNICEF’s representative in Yemen Julien Harneis told AFP.  The children’s agency also predict a rise in the country’s already devastatingly high malnutrition rate.

“All of the parties to the conflict are to blame,” Harneis stated.

(Source / 24.04.2015)

Tens wounded by occupation in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces crackdown on the Palestinian peaceful protests using live bullets

Israeli occupation forces wounded tens of Palestinian protesters during anti-settlement protests in occupied West Bank.

Along with many international activists, Izzat took part in the protest in An-Nabi Saleh Village, near Ramallah in the centre of the occupied West Bank

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli occupation forces wounded tens of Palestinian protesters during anti-settlement protests in occupied West Bank.

One of the wounded suffered serious injuries in the head, according to Palestinian medical sources, and all the others suffered either light wounds or breathing difficulties.

The Palestinian suffered serious wounds was identified as Rami Izzat, 18. The Israeli occupation troop shot him with a live bullet in the head.

Izzat took part in the protest in An-Nabi Saleh Village, near Ramallah in the centre of the occupied West Bank.

All the others were wounded during the protests in Bal’in and Na’lin, which witness weekly protests with tens of international activists taking part in.

(Source / 24.04.2015)