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Syrian opposition group evacuates Hadalat refugee camp as prelude to withdraw to Jordan

September 6, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Syrian pro-opposition Martyr Ahmad Al-Abdo forces announced yesterday that it will evacuate the Hadalat refugee camp near the northeastern border of Jordan and transfer its residents to Rukban camp also on the Syrian-Jordanian border. In an exclusive interview to Anadolu news agency, the faction’s spokesman, Saeid Saif, said yesterday that a leaked message from the Military Operations Centre (MOC) and the reassurances received from the Pentagon indicate that the Rukban refugee camp area is demilitarised and protected. Saif said his group will evacuate Hadalat refugee camp after ensuring that the refugees have arrived to the Rukban camp and are provided with assistance. “We have held many meetings and we are ready to withdraw to an unknown destination although we have […]

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Israeli MK launches plan to pay Palestinians to emigrate, annex West Bank

September 6, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

An Israeli parliamentarian is urging the government to annex the entire West Bank and pay Palestinians – on both sides of the Green Line – to emigrate. Member of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich, of coalition party Jewish Home, is launching the plan this week ahead of his National Union faction’s upcoming conference where he hopes it will be adopted. #AnnexWestBank The right-wing MK is urging the Israeli government to formally annex the entire West Bank, end the Palestinian Authority, and boost settlement construction. As for those Palestinians in the West Bank who decline the chance to emigrate, Smotrich says they will “enjoy a much better life” than the citizens of “Arab countries”, but they will not be allowed to vote in […]

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Rights group documents 84 violations against Palestinian media in August

September 6, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists said it had documented 84 attacks against media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories during August. The Committee pointed out that 40 attacks were committed by the Israeli authorities and 44 violations were committed by Palestinian parties in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The committee said in its report that “suppression of media freedoms in the Palestinian territories increased at a high rate after the Palestinian Authority issued the cybercrime law”. “The state of division has clearly affected press freedoms and contributed to the increase in violations against Palestinian journalists” the report said, calling for an end to all violations against journalists and that they should not be used for political clashes. The […]

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Bodies of 16 migrants found in Libya desert

September 6, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Libyan forces affiliated with retired general Khalifa Haftar reported yesterday that it found the bodies of 16 migrants in the desert near Libya’s border with Egypt. Ahmed Al-Mismari, spokesman for the Haftar forces in eastern Libya, said that the bodies were found nearly 310 kilometres away from the coastal city of Tobruk, located in southwest Libya. According to Reuters news agency, Al-Mismari said the search is ongoing in the area but that no more details were available regarding the identity of the migrants. Read: Algeria sends reinforcements to Libyan border Patrol cars and rescue workers have previously found the bodies of Egyptian migrants who died after being stranded or abandoned by smugglers in Libya’s eastern desert. Many migrants prefer to […]

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Louvre Abu Dhabi museum opening date announced

September 6, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The ‘Museum on the Sea’ will open to the public on November 11 this year in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Earlier today, His Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, delivered a speech at an official opening date ceremony of the ambitious cultural institution at Manarat Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi. The museum has been designed by Jean Nouvel, a French architect who has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, a top recognition in the field of architecture. Inspired by the medina (the old walled part of a town) and low-lying Arab settlements, Nouvel applied a contextual approach to the site, designing the Louvre Abu Dhabi as a ‘museum city’ in the sea with its contrasting […]

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Israel demolished 1,158 Israeli Arab houses in the last year

September 6, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli authorities have demolished 1,158 homes belonging to Israeli Arabs in the Negev between August 2016 and August 2017, Arabs48 reported yesterday. A report issued by Coexistence Club in the Negev and reported by Arabs48 stated that the Israeli policy of home demolition is used as a tool to harass Bedouins in the Negev. According to the report several homes were demolished by their owners after they had been threatened to pay high fines. It mentioned the village of Al-Araqib as an example, stating that the villagers paid NIS 262,000 ($73,481) as expenses for the state equipment to demolish the village and NIS 100,000 ($28,047) for the expenses of the state’s lawyer. Read: For Israel displacing Bedouins is financially rewarding […]

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India to bid for oil and gas exploration in Israel

September 6, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

India plans to bid for offshore oil and gas exploration in Israel, local media reported yesterday. “Indian state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) plans to bid for Israeli offshore oil and gas exploration blocks,” The Times of India quoted Oil Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, as saying. This is the first major deal between the two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel in July. “We will definitely bid for Israel’s oil and gas blocks,” Pradhan said in a press statement. The Israeli Ministry of Energy did not comment on the statement, the Jerusalem Post said. Read: Ex-Netanyahu aide and top officers arrested in submarine probe India and Israel already have strong military ties but Modi and his ruling right […]

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Lebanon identifies bodies of soldiers killed while in Daesh hands

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BEIRUT: Lebanon has identified the bodies of 10 of its soldiers found along the Syrian border in an area taken back from Daesh last week, the Lebanese National News Agency reported on Wednesday.
The army’s offensive against the Daesh-held enclave in eastern Lebanon ended with an evacuation of Daesh militants and their families to eastern Syria under a Hezbollah-brokered cease-fire deal.
Under the agreement Daesh militants identified where they had buried the soldiers, Lebanese army chief General Joseph Aoun said last week.
DNA tests confirmed that all 10 bodies found in the former Daesh-enclave were the missing Lebanese soldiers, security sources and local media reported on Wednesday.
Daesh militants had for years held territory along the border, and captured the Lebanese soldiers in 2014 when they briefly overran the town of Arsal, one of the worst spillovers of the Syrian conflict into Lebanon.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun last week called for an investigation into the responsibilities their capture.
Justice Minister Salim Jrayssati said a military court would look into whether the civilian or military authorities contributed to their capture, Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar television reported on Wednesday.

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