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Interesting (but as yet unconfirmed) reports that the US is preparing an air strip in north-west Syria in order to ferry supplies to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF).


US Black Hawk Helicopters in Syria?

The existing airfield in question is located south-east of the town of Rimelan, which is in the extreme north-east of Syria not far from the borders with both Turkey and Iraq.

Formerly an Assad agricultural airstrip used for crop-dusting, recent information from both Kurdish and Lebanese (Assad regime connected) sources suggests that US technicians have been working there for one and a half months increasing the runway length to 2500 metres and the width to 250 metres, enough for larger warplanes and cargo carriers.

The US experts are apparently supervising a Kurdish workforce who are doing the ground preparations and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been used to test the facility.

An earlier report in Rojava that unidentified helicopters (thought to have been Turkish at the time – scroll down and see the report of 27th November, Rojava Update 162) were overflying the area, is now said to have been US aircraft bringing in 8 x US military specialists and their equipment.

Rimelan is 70 kilometres east of Qamishli with a mixed Arab, Kurd and Assyrian population of around 11,500 and is known for nearby oil production facilities.

This is the same ethnic make-up as the SDF and therefore Rimelan would serve as an excellent base for their operations as they press on to take Shaddadi and Raqqah. It could also be a base for the 50 US special forces personnel that President Obama said recently would be sent to Syria, and in fact other US sources have now indicated may rise to around 100.

Unconfirmed reports from Rojava also say that some US special forces operatives arrived in the region yesterday, Thursday, evening.

The SDF are currently reported close to the IS-held town of Arishah and advancing on it from 2 directions. UK ITVhas an interesting video report on SDF “advance on the road to Raqqah”.

The Kurdish YPG, a significant part of the SDF force, also attempted yesterday to “open the path to Raqqah” by pounding an IS HQ near Ain Issa with artillery shells. 12 x IS Jihadists are reported killed with many more wounded and 1 taken prisoner.

13 AK-47s were captured, plus ammunition, 12 home-made mines and other equipment.

Meanwhile the Islamic State continues to attack YPG positions on the eastern bank on the Euphrates in Kobane Canton, all the way from the Turkish border down to Sarrin, hitting a number of Kurdish checkpoints on Wednesday near Qara Qozak village with heavy weapons and mortars.


YPG Kurdish Fighter on the Anti-IS Front South of Hasakah

However the YPG responded strongly, completely destroying a number of IS security buildings in the northern parts of Raqqah province.

Within the SDF is an all female unit, HERE: and the former Canadian model who fights with the YPJ says that the IS Jihadists are not all they are cracked up to be,HERE:

Interesting report too by a foreign journalist working for Al-Arabiya journeying from Kobane back to Erbil in Iraq via Qamishli – in a hurry!

US Central Command (Centcom) reports 20 airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, 6 near Deir Ez-Zour hitting an IS gas and oil separation plant and 2 near Abu Kamal hitting an IS well head.

4 strikes near Ain Issa hit 4 x IS tactical units and destroyed 2 x IS fighting positions, an IS vehicle, as well as injuring at least 1 x IS fighter.

Near Mar’a, 8 strikes hit 7 separate IS tactical units and destroyed an IS tactical vehicle, 4 x IS staging areas, an IS fighting position, an IS vehicle bomb and an IS compound as well as wounding 4 x IS fighters.

On the previous day, Tuesday, Centcom reported another 14 strikes with similar targets.

On Wednesday, the British Parliament debated for over 10 hours on whether to bomb the Islamic State in Syria. Within an hour of a clear majority decision to do so, 4 Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornados were in the air lifting off from the UK’s base at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus each fitted with 3 x 500lb Paveway IV laser guided bombs (designed for precision bombing of static targets).

They returned at 3.00am in the morning having apparently destroyed 6 well heads in the IS controlled Omar oil field south-east of Deir Ez Zour. 8 more jets, 2 more Tornados and 6 Typhoons, are also on their way to join the 8 existing existing Tornados at Acrotiri. A small but significant force. The BBC has more (and see map below).

Up until now, Britain has previously carried out 380 precision strikes on targets in Iraq without, it claims, any reports of civilian casualties.


The German Frigate Sachsen is Expected to Support the French Aircraft Carrier

Today Friday, the German Parliament also approved the sending of non-combat forces to join the Coalition fighting IS in Syria, consisting of Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate and 1,200 soldiers.

Both the UK and German moves are in solidarity with France which suffered its worst IS attack last month in Paris.

President Hollande also landed by helicopter today aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off the Syrian coast.

The Netherlands is apparently under pressure to act militarily in support of the Coalition as well.

Back in Aleppo province, some sort of common sense seems to have prevailed in the deadly dispute between opposing units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)and the Kurdish allies of at least some of them in the SDF (scroll down to read the full complicated story).

Apparently a written and signed truce has been agreed in the norther part of Aleppo province between the Kurdish YPG and the Islamist units fighting with the FSA, though the Jaish Al-Thuwar brigade, who regularly fight alongside the Kurds, have refused to sign.

Under the terms of agreement, a ceasefire will be in operation from Thursday, all sides will return to their previous positions and a committee with members on both sides will be set up to mediate outstanding disputes. EDITOR: How long the ceasefire will hold is anyone’s guess!

Lastly, to show how the Assad regime continues to live in la-la-land the Syrian Government is still promoting “happy-holidays in Syria” – and apparently getting some takers. The Telegraph has more detail.

Map courtesy of UK Ministry of Defence and the Institute for the Study of War, here:


UK Base in Akrotiri, Cyprus Sends RAF Jets to Attack IS-Held Omar Oil Fields

Leader of Egypt’s winning party outlines what’s next

People walk in front of an election poster for a parliamentary candidate of the Free Egyptians Party in the Warak district of Giza, Egypt, Oct. 13, 2015

CAIRO — The Free Egyptians Party (FEP), a liberal party established in the wake of the January 25 Revolution by Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, came in first place in the first stage of the parliamentary elections, held Oct. 17-28, after securing 41 seats. According to preliminary results from the second stage that took place between Nov. 21 and Dec. 2, the party also dominated this round, reportedly securing an additional 65 seats. Al-Monitor spoke with the FEP’s acting President Essam Khalil, who revealed the party’s agenda in the parliament, and discussed legislative priorities and the party’s stance toward calls for the amendment of the current constitution.

Khalil repudiated claims that the party is trying to take over the parliament in order to control the country, denying that the party resorted to the sectarian vote to win.

The text of the interview follows:

Al-Monitor:  How was the FEP able to secure a victory in the first round of parliamentary elections?

Khalil:  The FEP’s secret of success for winning the first round is that we have been preparing for the elections for over a year now. We have carefully selected the candidates who would represent the FEP in the elections. To this end, we collaborated with the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) to conduct a poll in all constituencies and find the most popular candidates who also met the party’s standards of popularity, good reputation and hard work in each constituency.

Al-Monitor:  Last year saw many crises and a series of resignations, notably including the FEP’s former President Ahmad Said (Sept. 19, 2014), after which Osama al-Ghazali Harb was appointed in his place. Did that affect the party’s plan in the elections?

Khalil:  Well a crisis is usually a problem that leads to failure. However, the party emerged victorious in the first round of elections, which means it was not affected and we shall forge ahead to achieve our goals.

Al-Monitor:  In the 2012 parliamentary elections, the party came in fourth following a coalition with the Egyptian Bloc, while the Freedom and Justice Party — the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood — came in first place. Has the absence of political Islam made room for the FEP to gain advantage?

Khalil:  The absence of political Islam from the elections was irrelevant to our success. Back in the 2012 elections, the party had been newly formed and was only three months old, which explains these results. But with time, we have gained much experience in politics and the party succeeded in reinforcing its presence in Egypt.

Al-Monitor:  Some claim that the FEP did not succeed thanks to its cadres and accuse the party of bribing non-members to stand as candidates after persuading them to run for the elections under the FEP banner.

Khalil:  There’s no such thing as bribing a candidate. This discourse serves no other goal than fighting our success in the elections. Many candidates refused to join the party and opted for running in the elections independently. We used to suggest that the candidates join two years prior to the elections so that they engage in party activities and get the opportunity to learn about the principles. The majority of candidates currently assume senior and executive positions in the party. As for relying completely on party cadres in the elections, the process takes years.

Al-Monitor:  How do you respond to allegations suggesting that the party is using the sectarian vote by relying on the votes of the Copts, especially after the emergence of a voice recording leaked in late October 2015 attributed to Bishop Boula, bishop of Tanta, calling on the people to vote for the FEP?

Khalil:  We did not totally rely on the sectarian vote, as our Muslim candidate faced an independent Coptic candidate in a run-off in one of the constituencies, and the result was in our favor. However, we refuse to categorize our candidates according to religion because we believe in citizenship. We also avoid categorizing voters in the same manner. A successful candidate is one who can garner the majority of votes in his or her respective constituency regardless of religious views.

As for Bishop Boula’s leaked voice recording and his call for voting for the FEP, further details concerning the context of the leak are needed to understand the reasons behind this call. In fact, the Coptic Church never interferes in the election process, let alone that it is very hard to influence Egyptian voters in the aftermath of the January 25 Revolution. Furthermore, the party’s popularity stems from its belief in separating religion from politics. Therefore, how can we abandon the main reason behind our popularity?

Al-Monitor:  What would be on top of your legislative agenda should the party win the majority in the second stage?

Khalil:  The party’s priorities in the parliament consist of approving the laws that were enacted during President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Counselor Adly Mansour’s terms following the June 30 Revolution. This will be to prevent further disruption in the country. We will also propose laws related to administrative structuring within the government as well as laws on investment and anti-corruption laws.

Al-Monitor:  What is your response to the accusations against the party, claiming the founder and funder, the famous businessman Naguib Sawiris, wants to control the parliament in order to be able to control the state and impose his agenda on the Egyptian government?

Khalil:  Mr. Sawiris is a patriotic businessman who supports the party financially and ideologically. He is not looking to control the parliament to control the state as some would like to suggest. He is an internationally renowned businessman who enjoys great economic clout in the world. He established the party because he felt the urgency to help the country stand on its feet again and protect the national economy to serve Egyptians and eradicate poverty.

Al-Monitor:  Will the party call for a government change?

Khalil:  We have not reached a final decision regarding the current government. But we will give it the chance to present its program in the parliament, and accordingly, the party will decide whether to give it trust or not.

Al-Monitor:  Is the party planning on forming a new Cabinet if it wins the majority?

Khalil:  The constitution dictates that we cannot form a Cabinet alone. But we would like to participate in any future government so that we could implement the party’s principles and national agenda.

Al-Monitor:  What is your position concerning calls to amend the present constitution?

Khalil:  I’m surprised by these calls, because the constitution has yet to fully come into effect. How can we demand an amendment in this case? But should there be any articles that require amendment, then we don’t mind as long as the goal serves the greater good of the country.

Al-Monitor:  Does the party plan on allying with any political power in the parliament?

Khalil:  The picture will be much clearer after the elections, but I think the future parliament will not see full coalitions, as existing ones are based on common political interests. In other words, if the FEP concurred with another party on a specific law, then there will certainly be room for alliance and coordination about it.

Al-Monitor:  The party participated in the For the Love of Egypt list to compete for the seats elected on the closed-list system. Will the party remain in the For the Love of Egypt coalition after the elections and within the parliament?

Khalil:  We participated in For the Love of Egypt list because it sought to represent marginalized groups such as women, Copts and the youth. However, the list does not have a clear agenda and it is only a coalition between parties and public figures. Therefore, it is hard to determine our stance toward [remaining in the list] now.

Al-Monitor:  What is the fate of the For the Love of Egypt list, which won the first stage of the elections?

Khalil:  According to the constitution, member parties should form an independent parliamentary committee, but nothing is clear yet.

(Source / 04.12.2015)

Slow, selective crossing process at Rafah crossing

GAZA, (PIC)– Thousands of angry Palestinians tried on Friday evening to break into Rafah border crossing gate in protest against Egypt’s tight restrictions at the crossing.

Earlier Thursday, Egyptian authorities exceptionally opened Rafah border crossing with Gaza for two days in both directions after a closure that lasted for over three months consecutively which is the longest period in its history.

Over the two days opening, only 389 passengers out of 25,000 residents, with humanitarian needs whose names are registered in the records of travel department, were allowed to pass through the crossing.

Since the early morning hours, thousands of Palestinian patients, students, and holders of foreign passports gathered outside the crossing gate waiting for their turn to travel.

However, only two buses were allowed to pass through the supposedly ‘open’ border terminal.

Spokesman for the Palestinian Interior Ministry strongly condemned the slow and selective crossing at the border.

The process is slow, unsatisfactory as some of the patients have been waiting for over 24 hours in order to cross the terminal, he said.

Rafah border crossing was closed for 318 days in 2015 including 105 days in a row. It was opened for just 19 days separately over the past 11 months. This too long closure caused a tragic humanitarian disaster in the besieged Gaza Strip.

(Source / 04.12.2015)

Jerusalemite marches call for the release of Palestinians’ bodies

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Two marches were organized in occupied Jerusalem on Friday afternoon in protest against Israel’s holding of slain Palestinians’ bodies.

Angry protesters marched in Qalandia refugee camp while chanting slogans calling for the release of the bodies of five Palestinians who were shot and killed by Israeli forces in the refugee camp.

Israeli forces opened fire at the demonstrators once they reached Qalandia military checkpoint. No injuries were reported during the attack.

A similar march was organized in Shufat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem in protest against the Israeli demolition policy and the refusal to return Palestinians’ bodies.

Following the march, violent clashes broke out at the entrance of the camp as IOF fired tear gas bombs at the protesters.

The participants responded by throwing stones and Molotov Cocktails at the soldiers.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinians participated in a march organized by Hamas Movement in Tulkarem in rejection to Israeli escalated crimes and violations.

The participants expressed their total support with the martyr Izz al-Din Faik Raddad’s family after Israeli forces brutally stormed their home on Friday morning.

Raddad was shot dead earlier on Thursday for allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack.

(Source / 04.12.2015)

Turkish ambassador: Palestinian blood is expensive and Israel must stop violating it

Palestinian women mourning as her child is killed by Israeli shellings

File photo of Palestinian women mourning as her child is killed by Israeli shellings

“Israel must know that the blood of the Palestinian people is expensive”, Mustafa Sarnic, the Turkish ambassador to the Palestinian Authority (PA), said, noting that Tel Aviv’s policies prompted Palestinians to rise up to “defend” Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Sarnic stressed the need to fully remove the blockade of the Gaza Strip and called on Islamic countries to stand alongside the Palestinians.

Also read, Sheikh Raed Salah: Arab states asked us to stop ongoing intifada.

In his statements to Felesteen newspaper, Sarnic added that the Israeli side must stop its violations against Palestinian people.

He added that Al-Aqsa Mosque “belongs to all Muslims and is holy land.”

“Palestine is the land from which the heavenly journey of Muhammed (pbuh) began and the first direction of prayer for Muslims, so everyone, not just Turkey but all Islamic countries, must stand alongside Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and the Palestinian people as we always do.”

With regards to the Israeli blockade, Sarnic said: “The blockade imposed on the Palestinian people must be completely lifted, especially in the Gaza Strip.”

(Source / 04.12.2015)

Gazans continue weekly visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two hundred Palestinians from the Gaza Strip headed on Friday to occupied East Jerusalem to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, an official at the Palestinian liaison office said.The official told Ma’an that buses carrying the worshipers traveled from districts across the besieged enclave towards Jerusalem via the Erez crossing early in the day.The group made the visit as part of an ongoing agreement made following the 2014 Israeli military offensive on Gaza allowing Palestinians over the age of 60 to worship at Al-Aqsa on Fridays.The site has been a flash-point in the most recent escalation in violence across the occupied Palestinian territory.
The Israeli leadership last month outlawed the Murabitun and Murabitat groups, who had frequently demonstrated at the site against increasing Israeli control over the holy compound.Israel’s security cabinet also outlawed the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, which reportedly established the groups.The third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.
Following Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has maintained an agreement with the Islamic trust that controls the Al-Aqsa compound not to allow non-Muslim prayer in the area.
(Source / 04.12.2015)

Army Injures 52 Palestinians In Gaza

Israeli soldiers attacked Friday, dozens of Palestinian protesters near various border areas, in the besieged and improvised Gaza Strip, wounding 47 with live rounds, and 5 with rubber-coated steel bullets, while dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

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The soldiers fired dozens of live rounds and gas bombs at scores of protesters, east of the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, especially close to the Nahal ‘Oz Israeli military base, across the border fence, wounding 15 Palestinians with live rounds.

Medical sources at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza said the wounded suffered moderate injuries.

In addition, 32 Palestinians were shot with live rounds; one of them suffered a serious injury, while five Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and many suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in clashes that took place with the soldiers, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

They inured Palestinians were moved to the Nasser Hospital, in Khan Younis, suffering moderate injuries.

The soldiers also fired many gas bombs targeting homes in the al-Farahin area, east of Khan Younis.

Border areas in the coastal region have been witnessing frequent clashes with the soldiers, since October 1, especially east of Gaza city, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, central Gaza, Khan Younis, and close to the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 04.12.2015)

Al-Qaeda takes control of southern Yemeni city of Batis

Aerial view of Sanaa, Yemen

Aerial view of Sanaa, Yemen

Local residents in the southern Yemeni city of Batis revealed that Ansar Al-Sharia militants took control of the city yesterday.

Witnesses said 10 armoured vehicles carrying scores of militants from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group entered the city.

Batis is the home city of Abdellatif Al-Sayed, the head of the tribal militias known as the Popular Committees in Abyan.

Eyewitnesses added that Ansar Al-Sharia militants told residents that they came only to defeat “the tyrants”.

On Wednesday, the group killed Popular Committees’ deputy leader Ali Al-Sayed and three of his companions and seized Jaar, the largest city in Abyan.

Abyan’s residents fear a resurgence of the 2011-2012 scenario when the province was the scene of fierce fighting between Al-Qaeda and units from the Yemeni army and local tribes. The fighting lasted a year, leaving hundreds dead and injured. It also resulted in the destruction of the province’s infrastructure and houses, in addition to the displacement of more than 240,000 residents.

Since 2012, tribal leaders – or Popular Forces – have been in charge of the province’s security due to the absence of the state’s security apparatus.

(Source /04.12.2015)

Israeli checkpoints: ‘We live under colonisation’

With nearly 100 Israeli-controlled permanent checkpoints in the West Bank, Al Jazeera asked Palestinians how they cope.

Some young children have stopped attending school because they are afraid of Israeli forces and the checkpoints, residents say

Occupied East Jerusalem – As the daily afternoon traffic spills out across occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli border police stop children with school bags who wait in long lines on pavements, while scores of cars edge bumper-to-bumper behind a concrete barrier.

Amid a wave of violence over the past two months, Israel has built more than a dozen new checkpoints in East Jerusalem, adding to the 96 Israeli-controlled permanent checkpoints throughout the West Bank. Although Israel says the new checkpoints are temporary, Palestinians have had to adjust to the extra searches, further delaying their trips to school, work and even to hospital.

After school finishes for the day, the East Jerusalem checkpoints sometimes become flashpoints for clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces. Al Jazeera spoke to residents about how the checkpoints are affecting their lives.

Ziad Shomali, 50, school principal
Ziad Shomali

As you can see here today, if someone wants to run an errand that should take 10 minutes, it could turn into an hour, and the reason for that is the existence of the checkpoints.

Every day we have difficult times. Today, just an hour ago, a student was arrested at his school. Every day, the Israeli police search the children.

A number of the younger children don’t go to school any more because they are scared of the police, the military, and the checkpoints.

All of this has created a state of depression for us.

There is no need for this checkpoint. It’s been here for nearly two months with the claim that it serves security, but this is not what brings security to Israel.

What would [bring security] is for the Israelis to be just with us, and let us live. They should stay away from our villages and we will live peacefully.

Mohammed Okkeh, 12, pupil
Mohammed Okkeh

It was a month ago that they put up the checkpoints. We are always late for school and there is always traffic.

Sometimes there are inspections and other times the Israeli forces attack us. Yesterday, the soldiers fired towards the Red Crescent hospital while we were here.

They even detain us on the way to school sometimes.

The worst thing is getting searched, but also when the Israelis shoot tear gas at us on the way to school – and it [tear gas] even goes into the hospital.

Before the checkpoints there were problems, but less than today. Sometimes they stop me and search me here. They make me take out all my stuff from my backpack when they search me.

In the future, I would like them to take this checkpoint away – that’s it. Let us go to school on time. Sometimes the school calls my father when I am late, because there is a lot of traffic.

Hakmat Jaber, 34, patient at the Red Crescent maternity hospital
Hakmat Jaber

When I came to the Suwwana checkpoint, when I got there – even though I was standing and in pain – I still had to show them my ID card.

Even if you’re a pregnant woman, you have to stop. They don’t care if you’re in pain or if you’re pregnant. They could see that I was pregnant. They knew that I was pregnant and they delayed me anyways.

We live under colonisation; of course we accept that this is the situation.

I’ve had many appointments at this hospital and I was scared to attend them. The wait could be from five minutes to half an hour.

Here in this neighbourhood, there are clashes, there is stone-throwing, and the Israeli forces shoot tear gas. I’ve suffocated many times, especially lately. There has been a lot of tear gas. God willing, I was OK. This is the situation…

I’m afraid of going and coming and the smell of tear gas. Especially while I was pregnant, the gas caused me problems breathing. In my lifetime, this has been the most difficult time period.

Mohammed Qtaish, 23, construction worker
Mohammed Qtaish

The checkpoints have made so many problems and delays. I am late to my work, my business. It’s a pain.

First I cross Qalandia, then the one through Wadi Joz, and now this checkpoint [in Suwwana], so that’s three I cross.

Today, Qalandia checkpoint alone was an hour. Wadi Joz was a quarter of an hour to 20 minutes; this one was the same. I need about two hours to get to work just because of the checkpoints.

I left at 6am. Other workers leave around 4am to get here. We arrive at work around 9am.

At the checkpoints, the soldiers searched my car … I showed them my ID. I can be stopped maybe half an hour, maybe an hour; the soldier could simply say: “Go back.”

He could simply say: “I don’t like your ID, go back.” You could be going to work and it’s extremely normal for the soldier to tell you to go home, and then what? You don’t go to work that day.

The Israelis have divided Jerusalem. We cannot conduct ourselves normally, because the soldiers are behaving like tough guys.

(Source / 04.12.2015)

EU expresses ‘deep concern’ over Israeli demolitions in Area C

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — European Union missions on Friday reiterated a call for Israel to meet its obligations to Palestinians living in Area C of the occupied West Bank, where several demolitions have taken place in recent weeks.The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah expressed “deep concern, once again” for the violations in the Israeli-controlled area, a statement said.On Thursday, Israeli authorities confiscated 10 tents donated to residents of al-Hadidiya village by the International Committee of the Red Cross.The tents had been donated after Israel’s civil administration and military forces demolished Palestinian structures in the in the northern Jordan Valley.Also in Jordan Valley, the village of Fasayil was issued demolition orders last month that would leave 46 Palestinians homeless, including 31 minors, whose homes have already been demolished several times over.The missions demanded that all Area C demolitions be halted, and that confiscated humanitarian materials — including shelter for both residents and livestock — be returned.The missions said that the confiscation of animal shelters by Israeli authorities comes at a particularly vulnerable time for residents as winter approaches, the majority of whom are herder communities whose livelihood depends on the well-being of their livestock.Israel frequently demolishes dwellings of Palestinian communities living in Area C, as well as the temporary structures often donated to the displaced residents by humanitarian groups following such demolitions.Nearly 600 Palestinian structures were destroyed in 2014, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), displacing over 1,000 Palestinians.Israel has historically ignored EU requests to halt violations against Palestinians as well as demands to stop settlement expansion.The behavior led the EU to decide last month to label goods produced in Israel’s illegal settlements.

(Source / 04.12.2015)