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Palestinian teen killed by Israel army in West Bank HEBRON, Palestinian Territories, June 20, 2014 (AFP) - Israeli soldiers shot dead a 14-year-old Palestinian in overnight clashes in the occupied West Bank as they pressed a hunt for three missing Israeli teenagers, medical sources said on Friday.The teenager was killed in Dura, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, which has been the principal focus of the massive Israeli operation.Palestinian security forces identified the boy killed as Mohammed Dudin.Dudin was taken to the Alia hospital in Hebron, where officials determined his death was caused by a gun shot to his chest.The Israeli army said soldiers had arrived to arrest a "terror activist" in Dura, where Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the forces, who responded with live fire.A spokeswoman told AFP they were examining the reports of Dudin's death.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Iraqi militants seize former chemical weapons factory WASHINGTON: Sectarian radicals in Iraq, who have overrun a swathe of territory north of Baghdad in a lightning offensive, have taken control of one of Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons factories, a US official said Thursday."We are aware the that the ISIL has occupied the Al Muthanna complex," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.But she said she didn't think the ISIL militants would be able to produce usable chemical weapons there, because ...
Morocco advises against hajj due to MERS threat RABAT: Morocco's health minister has advised the country's Muslim faithful against making pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year, with the deadly MERS virus having killed nearly 300 people there so far.Last week, the health ministry urged the sick and the frail to postpone any planned pilgrimages until 2015, and circulated among those determined to go information on the health risks from the virus.Speaking in parliament Tuesday, Lahoucine Louardi appeared to revise his ministry's advice, extending ...
Saudi warns of civil war in Iraq JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia warned on Wednesday of the risks of civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after militants seized large areas from government forces.The unrest in Iraq "carries warning signs of a civil war with unpredictable consequences for the region," Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said at the opening of an Islamic bloc meeting in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Syria air raid on displaced persons camp kills 12: NGO BEIRUT: Syrian army helicopter fire killed 12 people, eight of them children, on Wednesday in a camp near the Jordanian border housing civilians fleeing the civil war, a monitoring group said.Seven people were also wounded in the air raid on the camp near the southern village of Shajara, three of them women, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said."The victims were all civilians, people who had fled the violence in other parts of Daraa province," ...
Israel approves 172 new settler homes: city councillor JERUSALEM: Israel gave approval on Wednesday for the construction of 172 new homes for Jewish settlers in annexed east Jerusalem, a city councillor said, nearly two weeks after it announced thousands."The municipality approved this morning the construction of 172 apartments in Har Homa," Jerusalem city councillor Yosef Pepe Alalu told AFP."This is the final stage before construction, and is the continuation of a policy that harms the peace process.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Militants attack Iraq's main oil refinery KIRKUK: Militants launched an assault on Iraq's main oil refinery early on Wednesday as they pressed an offensive that has seen them capture swathes of territory, an official and a refinery employee said.Clashes erupted at around 4:00 am (0100 GMT) at the Baiji oil refinery in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad, and militants destroyed some stores of oil after entering the complex.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...


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