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Arab meet in Geneva for Palestinian protection ISLAMABAD: A host of Arab officials are scheduled to hold talks on Thursday with Swiss government officials on a Palestinian request to provide international protection for the Palestinian people against Israeli attacks.According to a statement from the pan-Arab body, an Arab delegation would meet with officials from Switzerland, which is the depository for Geneva Conventions, to discuss a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to provide international protection for the Palestinians against Israeli "aggression", Anadolu News Agency reported.The delegation is made up of Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the current president of the Arab Summit, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi.Last month, Abbas delivered a message to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon requesting international protection for the Palestinians against Israel which launched a wide-scale military offensive in the Gaza Strip that left hundreds of Palestinians ...

Pregnant woman, three children among six dead in Gaza strike GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike Wednesday on a house in the Gaza Strip town of Deir el-Balah killed a pregnant woman, three young children and two male relatives, emergency services said. They named the dead as Rafat Aloah, 32, three of his children, his brother Mohammed 21 and the woman, Nabilah Aloah, whose relationship to the others was not immediately clear.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Abbas to meet Qatar emir, Hamas's Meshaal in Doha Thursday DOHA: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will travel to Doha on Wednesday and hold talks the next day with the emir of Qatar and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal, the Palestinian ambassador in Qatar said.Abbas's visit to Qatar was initially announced for Monday by Palestinian officials who are in Cairo for indirect talks with Israel on a lasting truce in Gaza.Abbas will on Thursday discuss separately with Meshaal and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani latest developments ...
UN offers to monitor Gaza construction material UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is ready to check imports of construction material sent to Gaza in order to ease Israel's concerns that supplies could be used to rebuild Hamas tunnels, a UN envoy said Monday.UN Mideast envoy Robert Serry told the UN Security Council that reconstruction of Gaza remained the main priority once a durable ceasefire is agreed between Hamas and Israel."Construction material must be allowed into Gaza to this effect aggregate, bar and ...
Donor conference in Cairo once lasting truce in Gaza: Norway OSLO: International donors will meet in Cairo to pledge funds for the reconstruction of Gaza as soon as a lasting ceasefire is reached between Israel and the Palestinians, Norway announced on Monday.The funds raised under the aegis of Egypt and Norway will be released to Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas, said Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, whose country heads the international coordination committee for aid to the Palestinians.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Israel warns on security as Gaza truce talks resume JERUSALEM: Israel warned on Sunday it would refuse any long-term truce deal that failed to satisfy its security needs as Gaza ceasefire talks resumed in Cairo. Egyptian-brokered indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are taking place during a five-day lull in the fighting that is due to expire at midnight (2100 GMT) on Monday.The aim is to broker a long-term arrangement to halt over a month of bloody fighting which erupted on July 8 ...
Rebels caught in north Syria two-pronged onslaught BEIRUT: Rebels in northern Syria are fighting to survive in the face of advances on their strongholds both by militants and government forces, analysts and regime opponents say.The opposition has sounded the alarm, appealing indirectly to the international community to carry out air strikes on militants Islamic State (IS) positions in Syria, like the United States has done in Iraq."More than ever the rebellion is caught in a pincer movement between the regime and IS," ...


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