Soldier kills Palestinian teen who posed no threat by firing flare bomb at him across Israel-Gaza fence

On 9 September 2016, at 7:10 PM, a soldier fired a flare bomb from very short range at 15-year-old Palestinian ‘Abd a-Rahman a-Dabagh during a protest held near the Gaza perimeter fence, east of al-Bureij Refugee Camp. A-Dabagh, a resident of the camp, was killed. The flare bomb hit a-Dabagh above the eye, fractured his …

Israel has detained more than 1000 Palestinian children since the beginning of the year

At least 1,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year, says the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs. “Some of these minors were held under administrative detention, while others were sentenced to jail or paid large fine in order to be released,” said the committee in a report released …

Facebook ‘blocks accounts’ of Palestinian journalists

On 23 September 2016, Facebook blocked accounts of administrators for two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank. Four editors from the Shehab News Agency, which has more than 6.3 million likes on Facebook, and three executives from the Quds News Network, with about 5.1 million likes, reported they could not access their …

Israeli army shoots 13-year-old Palestinian girl at checkpoint

Israeli troops shot an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl at an occupation checkpoint in the West Bank on Wednesday. Israel claims she continued to walk toward the checkpoint after soldiers ordered her to stop. The girl, identified as Baraa Ramadan Issawi, was shot in her legs, according to Israeli media. Israeli media first reported that soldiers …

UNESCO approves resolution denying Israel any link to Al-Aqsa mosque

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution on Thursday that denies any Jewish historic link to the Temple Mount and surrounding holy sites in Jerusalem. The resolution, which was put forward by Palestine along with Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, was approved by 24 members of the …

Palestinian child killed along Gaza border

A 10-year-old Palestinian boy was killed along the Gazan border late Wednesday, with a Palestinian official and an eyewitness accusing Israel but the army denying any exchange of fire. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the health ministry in the Gaza Strip, which is run by Islamist movement Hamas, said the boy died when Israeli troops fired …

Sikhs protest outside UN headquarters over Indo-Pak tensions, demand referendum for Punjab

Several members of the Sikh community held a protest outside the UN headquarters here to raise their concerns over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan and its impact on the lives of the people in Punjab. The ‘Save Punjab Rally’, organised yesterday by rights group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) in collaboration with civil rights …

Srebrenica elects as mayor Serb who denies massacre was genocide

Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb nationalist forces seeking to carve an ethnically homogeneous state out of Bosnia, has elected its first Serbian mayor since the 1995 massacre. For relatives of the victims, the election of Mladen Grujicic, a Serbian nationalist who denies that the massacre was genocide despite international …

UN chief says Assad responsible for 300,000 deaths, renews call to refer Syria to war crimes court

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad’s “failure of leadership” has caused the deaths of over 300,000 people, according to an interview released Monday. Asked by the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle if he considered Assad a mass murderer, Ban said that question was for other institutions to answer. He added, though: “It’s …

Israeli forces arrest 31 Palestinians in West Bank and East Jerusalem

Israel arrested dozens of Palestinians after a shooting rampage in Jerusalem killed two people and wounded five others, police said on Monday. The arrests after Sunday’s attack included 31 Palestinians seeking to participate in celebrations in memory of the assailant as well as members of his family in east Jerusalem, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan …

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