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Syrian Coalition: Assad’s War crimes in Aleppo Represent “State Terrorism”

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Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Hawass Khalil said that the Assad regime is pursuing a policy of state terrorism through the horrible massacres it is committing against the civilian population in Aleppo.

Khalil stressed that the regime’s bombing of civilian targets, particularly hospitals, constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity and is aimed at intimidating the civilian population and forcing them into submission.

“The deliberate targeting of hospitals by regime forces; the Assad regime’s hindering of the delivery of humanitarian aid into areas under siege; and refusal to release detainees do not only undermine the political process, but also provide further proof that the Assad regime is not a serious partner in negotiations,” Khalid added.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2286 which calls for the protection of health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.

Speaking to the 15-member body, Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon reiterated that denying people access to essential health care is a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

“All too often, attacks on health facilities and medical workers are not just isolated or incidental battlefield fallout, but rather the intended objective of the combatants. This is shameful and inexcusable,” Mr. Ki Moon told Council members.

Ki Moon noted that the Assad regime imposes “cumbersome procedures” that restrict access to aid and healthcare. “This is strangulation by red tape. It is violence by bureaucratic means rather than force of arms, but it is just as devastating,” he said.

Aleppo was recently hit by an air strike, which Ki-moon said was “by all accounts by the Government of Syria.” The strike destroyed a hospital and killed at least 20 people, including three children and the area’s one and only pediatrician, Dr. Mohammad Wassim Muaz.

“Yet this appalling act was only the latest wartime assault on health care in Syria,” the UN chief warned. “Since the beginning of the conflict, Physicians for Human Rights has documented more than 360 attacks on some 250 medical facilities. More than 730 medical personnel have been killed.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 04.05.2016)

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May 4, 2016 at 7:48 pm

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Israeli forces fire artillery shells on Gaza

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This is form of daily Israeli violations of truce placed in Gaza in August 2014

For the second time since Wednesday morning, Israeli occupation forces fired several artillery shells on Gaza Strip.

Israeli media reported Israeli military claims that the artillery shelling came in response to Palestinian mortar attacks launched from Gaza. This was denied by all Palestinian factions in Gaza

Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip -For the second time since Wednesday morning, Israeli occupation forces fired several artillery shells on Gaza Strip.

Our reporter said that the Israeli occupation fired two shells towards military posts of the Palestinian border guards spread along the eastern borders of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

In the afternoon, Palestinian security sources reported two Israeli artillery shells fired at the military posts of the Palestinian border guards opposite to the Israeli Sofa Military Post.

According to the Israeli media reported Israeli military claims that the artillery shelling came in response to Palestinian mortar attacks launched from Gaza.

Since the end of the Israeli 2014 offensive on Gaza, Palestinian border guards have been stationed along the borders in order to prevent any attempted violations of the truce signed between the resistance movements in Gaza and Israel.

However, Israel breach the truce on a daily basis as its army opens fire at Palestinian farmers and fishermen. Several causalities had been reported ever since.

(Source / 04.05.2016)

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May 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm

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Israeli F16 strikes on Gaza

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The F16 strikes followed three artillery shellings

Israeli occupation F16 fighter jets have just launched several airstrikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Israeli military sources said the today’s attacks came in response to mortars launched from the Gaza Strip, but Palestinian factions denied these claims.

Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip -Israeli occupation F16 fighter jets have just launched several airstrikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

“We spent all day under fearing this to happen,” a resident of Rafah told Days of Palestine. “There were three artillery shelling incident during the day,” he added.

Days of Palestine reporter said that the three F16 strikes targeted empty areas around the already demolished Gaza Airport.

Israeli military sources said the today’s attacks came in response to mortars launched from the Gaza Strip, but Palestinian factions denied these claims.

(Source / 04.05.2016)

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May 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm

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Tunisian journalists’ union warns of growing violations against press freedom

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The National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) has warned of growing violations against the freedom of the press in Tunisia.

SNJT President Naji Al Gauri said there are growing economic and social violations challenging the freedom of the press, but noted that some believe there is a decline in violations.

Gauri made his remarks while presenting the union’s annual report on press freedom on Tuesday coinciding with World Press Freedom Day.

The report included a description of the violations against press freedom by the parliament, government and citizens, as well as by some officials who have called to prosecute journalists.

The report also documented physical violence perpetrated against journalists while they were performing their duties by security and military personnel and called on the authorities to provide more protection for journalists.

Gauri also called for support for Egyptian and Palestinian journalists.

(Source / 04.05.2016)

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May 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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Trump: Israel should keep going with West Bank settlements

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The Republican front-runner, Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed his support to Israel buildnig settlements in the occupied West Bank.

In an interview with the British Daily Mail on Tuesday, Trump said there should be no pause in settlement construction.

According to the Times of Israel website, asked if there should be a pause in settlement building, Trump was quoted answering as follows: “No, I don’t think it is, because I think Israel should have – they really have to keep going. They have to keep moving forward… I don’t think there should be a pause… Look: Missiles were launched into Israel, and Israel, I think, never was properly treated by our country. I mean, do you know what that is, how devastating that is?”

“You have hundreds and, I guess, thousands of missiles being launched into Israel, who would put up with that? Who would stand for it?” he added.

Trump said that despite supporting continued settlement building — a sticking point for the Palestinians who insist all construction must stop while negotiations take place — he’d like to help restart peace talks.

“With all of that being said, I would love to see if peace could be negotiated. A lot of people say that’s not a deal that’s possible. But I mean lasting peace, not a peace that lasts for two weeks and they start launching missiles again. So we’ll see what happens,” he said.

Asked about Netanyahu, Trump said he was a “very good guy” whom he didn’t know that well.

“I think I’d have a very good relationship with him,’ Trump said, adding that he thinks “Obama has been extremely bad to Israel.”

(Source / 04.05.2016)

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May 4, 2016 at 12:02 pm

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Badran: Intifada ongoing until Israeli terrorism is over

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WEST BANK, (PIC)– The anti-occupation Jerusalem Intifada will go on unabated until Palestinians’ demands are met and Israeli terrorism is over, Hamas spokesman Hussam Badran said. Badran said in a press statement the Israeli occupation security apparatuses have been anticipating an unprecedented escalation in the near future. The Hamas leader hailed the anti-occupation car-ramming attack carried out on Tuesday by the Palestinian youth Ahmad Reyad Shahada, from the Qalandiya refugee camp, who was killed by Israeli soldiers on the spot, saying it is the natural response to Israeli aggressions on al-Aqsa Mosque and the Muslim worshipers. Badran called on the Palestinian masses to join the funeral procession of slain Shahada at the Qalandiya refugee camp at noontime on Wednesday and to express their support for armed resistance. Badran further acclaimed the anti-occupation stabbing carried out in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday, adding that the anti-occupation youth will be always committed to the national liberation struggle no matter the price.

(Source / 04.05.2016)

 

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May 4, 2016 at 11:01 am

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Ministry: Cell threatening national security arrested in Gaza

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GAZA, (PIC)– The Gaza security forces arrested a cell threatening national security in the besieged enclave, the Ministry of Interior and National Security reported on Tuesday evening.  The ministry spokesman, Iyad al-Bazm, said in a statement posted on Facebook that the security forces arrested a cell planning to disrupt national security in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Sometime earlier, the military prosecution released the Fatah leader Marwa al-Mesri, loyal to the suspended Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan, on bail pending her trial. Commenting on newly-released reports on al-Mesri’s connection to the cell, al-Bazm said no reports have been issued by the Interior Ministry in this regard. Informed sources also told the PIC that Gaza’s security apparatuses nabbed a cell run by a former security official in the occupied West Bank. Posing as Daesh, the cell recorded a video implicating Gaza in terrorist threats.  According to the same sources, members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in the West Bank, loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas, have been arrested on that ground, including a colonel and another officer, who reportedly received arms and cash before they recorded the video impersonating Daesh terrorists. Gaza’s security forces had been chasing down the cell since early March but it was not before recent weeks that it was fully dismantled.

(Source / 04.05.2016)

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May 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

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