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Palestinian killed in Israeli military operation in West Bank RAMALLAH: A Palestinian was killed overnight during an Israeli military operation in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank, medical and security sources said Tuesday.The 22-year-old man was killed when troops entered the camp to make an arrest, triggering clashes with residents, the sources said. The Israeli army confirmed that its special forces had launched a raid on the camp and said that its troops responded when they came under fire.It added in a statement that one of the "terrorists" had been hit while a spokeswoman said she did not know whether or not he had been killed.The incident came with tensions running high in the occupied territories after months of unrest, and follows the death of a senior Palestinian official last week in a confrontation with Israeli troops.According to an AFP tally, around 20 Palestinians have been killed since June in Israeli army operations in the ...

European help for Palestinians 'endangers Israel': Netanyahu LONDON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that European support for a Palestinian bid at the UN to force an Israeli military withdrawal could harm his country as the US sought to head of a diplomatic crisis."I said that the attempts of the Palestinians and of several European countries to force conditions on Israel will only lead to a deterioration in the regional situation and will endanger Israel," he said in a statement."Therefore, we ...
Kerry to meet Palestinian negotiator in London talks LONDON: Top US diplomat John Kerry meets chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat Tuesday hoping to avert a diplomatic crisis over a UN bid to force Israel to withdraw from Palestinian land.The American secretary of state will seek to persuade the Palestinians not to rush ahead with a draft UN resolution seeking to set a two-year timetable for an end to the Israeli occupation.Kerry has spent the past two days jetting across Europe meeting his counterparts ...
Israel vote puts PM, centre-left on collision course JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a growing threat from centre-left rivals who have joined forces to try to oust the rightwing leader in snap elections, experts say.Parliament on Monday set polling day for March 17, just over two years after Netanyahu's right-leaning coalition took office, and following a spat in which he fired two ministers and called the early vote.The challenge will come from an alliance between Isaac Herzog's Labour party and the ...
Israel gas deal stirs domestic opposition in Jordan AMMAN: Jordanian plans to buy gas from Israel have aroused fierce opposition in the kingdom at a time of mounting criticism of the Jewish state's policies towards the Palestinians.Parliament began debating the proposed gas deal on Tuesday, after 79 lawmakers in the 150-seat house filed a motion calling for it to be scrapped."Gas supply is part of national security, so how can we link it to an enemy who does not respect its commitments?" asked ...
Yemen military chief fired as militia digs in: reports SANAA: Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has fired his armed forces chief of staff as Shia militiamen delay their withdrawal from the capital they seized in September, media reports said Monday.Under a presidential decree, General Hussein Naji Hadi Khairan replaces Ahmed Ali al-Ashouel, who moves to the Majlis al-Shura (consultative council), the lower chamber of parliament.No reason was given for Hadi sacking Ashouel late on Sunday.But it comes with the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state embroiled ...
US hostage killed in rescue attempt: Yemeni official SANAA: American journalist Luke Somers was killed Saturday during an operation aimed at freeing him from al Qaeda militants in Yemen, a senior Yemeni security official said."The American hostage Somers was killed," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity and without giving any further details.Earlier, another security official had said the 33-year-old photojournalist was wounded and carried away by US soldiers in the rescue attempt in southeast Yemen.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...


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