Monday, 16 July 2018

لا حلول في قمة بوتين ترامب بل حلحلة



يوليو 14, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– تشخص أنظار العالم نحو القمة التي ستجمع الرئيسين الأميركي دونالد ترامب والروسي فلاديمير بوتين في هلسنكي الإثنين المقبل. ويترقّب حلفاء الدولتين الأعظم في العالم المتموضعون على ضفتين متقابلتين في حرب مشتعلة على جبهات عدة، ما ستحمله القمة من جديد ينعكس عليهم بالتبريد أو التصعيد. وكثير منهم يخشى تفاهمات تتضمّن تسويات وربما مساومات على حسابه. وليس خافياً أنّ سورية التي ستحتلّ مكانة متقدّمة في القمة ليست موضوعها الوحيد، كما أنّ ما يتصل بها سينعكس حكماً على سواها.

– تتفاوت المقاربتان الروسية والأميركية للقمة بما هو أبعد من كون لكلّ منهما أولوية مطالب من الآخر، وإلا صارت سهلة مقايضتها أو البحث بمقايضتها. فالتفاوت هو في اختلاف الوظيفة التي تحتلّها القمة في كلّ من النظرتين. ففي النظرة الروسية هي محطة لترصيد التوازنات واستكشاف فرص التسويات بين حلفين بعد جولات مضنية من المواجهة، كانت سورية أبرزها وأخطرها بلا شك، وسعي لتحويل النصر في سورية تعبيراً عن توازن دولي إقليمي جديد يتيح رسم خريطة قوى ومصالحات، تمثل روسيا في قلبها حلفاً يضمّ الصين والهند وإيران وكوريا وسورية وسواها، بينما تنظر أميركا للقمة كما في كلّ تسوية بعد خسارة جولة مواجهة، كإطار ممكن لعزل النصر في ساحته ومنع تداعياته على سائر ساحات المواجهة. وبمثل ما تريد روسيا تحويل النصر السوري مدخلاً لتعويم التفاهم النووي مع إيران، تريد أميركا اختتام المواجهة في سورية بإخراج إيران منها، لتسوير الانتصار السوري عند حدودها، والانتقال للمواجهة مع إيران بجعلها، وهي المنتصرة في سورية، في موقع الخاسرين.

– روسيا تتطلّع للإجابة عن سؤال هو: هل نضجت واشنطن لتقبل التسليم بعالم متعدّد الأقطاب، والتعامل مع عالم جديد بقواعد جديدة؟ والجواب بالنفي واضح من تفاصيل العلاقات الأميركية الأوروبية، حيث الصلافة والتعجرف علامات واضحة لإنكار وجود شركاء في العالم، بل أعداء وأتباع فقط. وأمام روسيا معادلة واضحة هي أنّ واشنطن تقبل تسوية في سورية لا تنتج معادلة إقليمية جديدة، ولا تنتج خصوصاً ضعفاً لـ «إسرائيل» وقوّة إيران. وهذا يعني ربط التسليم بالنصر السوري بمعادلتي سور أممي حول الجولان المحتلّ تحت عنوان اتفاق فك الاشتباك، وانسحاب إيراني، بينما المقاربة الروسية تنطلق من النصر السوري لتقول لا استقرار في الإقليم بلا حوار شامل حول مشكلاته، والبحث عن تسويات منصفة لأزماته، والتخفف من أعباء الاستنزاف في سورية لاختبار التحالف السعودي «الإسرائيلي» تحت شعار مواجهة إيران وصفقة القرن، ليس ما يمكن أن يطلب من روسيا، الجاهزة لمفهوم التسويات الشاملة، وما عدا ذلك فمصير فك الاشتباك في الجولان كما الوجود الإيراني ووجود المقاومة في سورية شأن سوري سيادي، لا تملك روسيا قدرة الدخول على خطه إلا ضمن معادلات التسويات الشاملة التي تطال بحث مصير الاحتلال «الإسرائيلي» للجولان والتفاهم النووي مع إيران.

– لن تفشل القمة، لأنّ بديل المواجهة ليس حاضراً في الجعبة الأميركية، لذلك ستؤسّس لحوار طويل بين موسكو واشنطن لإحاطة الملفات المتفجرة. وفي سورية سيكون العنوان عاماً وغامضاً، تشجيع الحلّ السياسي من بوابة جنيف، وتشجيع انسحاب القوات الأجنبية من سورية، بانتظار أن تختبر واشنطن مشروعها لحصار إيران ولصفقة القرن، وبالانتظار لن تحصل واشنطن على طمأنة القلق «الإسرائيلي» في الجولان، ولا على مقايضة للانسحاب من سورية عندما تدق ساعة الشمال، وتبقى صيغة جنيف والتشاور الوزاري بين موسكو وواشنطن منصات صالحة لتلافي المفاجآت.

– المهمّ بعد القمة سينتهي الانتظار وسينطلق الجميع إلى الملفات المجمّدة، ومنها الحكومة اللبنانية.

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Ansarullah Leader: Saudi, UAE pushing US projects in ME


The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are going to great lengths to further the agenda of the US administration in the Middle East and please their masters.
Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Friday afternoon, Sayyed al-Houthi stated that the Riyadh and Abu Dhabi regimes are struggling with mounting economic crises as they are pouring huge sums of money into the pockets of US statesmen.
He warned that the US and “Israel” are doing their best in order to bring all aspects of Yemenis’ lives under their control, stressing that utter humiliation awaits the Yemeni nation in case it cedes to arrogant powers’ plots.
“Enemies are trying to divert our nation from the right path. They are seeking to transform Yemen into a society beset with problems, diseases and ethical issues,” he pointed out.
He underlined that no Muslim society would become subservient to the US and the Tel Aviv regimes unless it distances from Islamic teachings and ethics.
Al-Houthi went on to say that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are following in the footsteps of the US and “Israel” concerning conspiracies against Islam.
“Yemen is under incessant attack by both the Saudi-led bombardment campaign and propaganda war. We need to foster awareness among strata of the Yemeni society, and promote the culture of Quran,” he commented.
Al-Houthi also noted that Washington and the Tel Aviv tend to brand anyone who stands up against their wishes as “rebel.”
“Enemies are targeting all aspects of our lives. We must firmly resist their all-out aggression.  They want us to recognize a despotic regime installed by the US and “Israel.” The primary goal of the Saudi-led war on Yemen is to control us. Our only choice is to fight off aggressors,” he said.
He further emphasized that the Yemeni nation is entitled to freedom and independence, and does not accept the domination and hegemony of any party.
“Aggressors are expending all their efforts to overrun the western coastal province of al-Hudaydah, but are confronted with stiff popular resistance. They have dismally failed in their attacks. We need to recruit more fighters in a bid to turn al-Hudaydah into a graveyard of enemies,” al-Houthi concluded.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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Like shooting fish in a barrel, genocidal jews bombard southern Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes bombard southern Gaza Strip
An explosion is seen in northern Gaza City after an airstrike carried out by an Israeli warplane on June 20, 2018. (Photo by AFP)An explosion is seen in northern Gaza City after an airstrike carried out by an Israeli warplane on June 20, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Israeli warplanes have carried out a number of airstrikes against the southern part of the Gaza Strip, as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its acts of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal sliver.
The Israeli military said in a statement that in the early hours of Saturday, its warplanes hit several locations in Gaza including a tunnel and a number of bases purportedly belonging to the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or the extent of damage caused.
The statement added that the aerial bombardment was retaliated by a barrage of at least 17 rockets or mortars launched by Hamas into the occupied Palestinian territories. It claimed that Israel’s so-called Iron Dome system managed to intercept five of the launches, but one landed inside a rural settlement in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council area.
Following the Israeli airstrikes in southern Gaza Strip, sirens were sounded across the areas bordering the impoverished Palestinian enclave.
The Israeli regime’s warplanes have repeatedly hit various parts of the Gaza Strip during the past decade. Hamas has repeatedly stressed that the movement has a legitimate right to respond to any Israeli aggression against the people of Palestine.
Palestinians in Gaza have been rallying every Friday since March 30 as a part of a peaceful campaign known as the Great March of Return. So far, Israeli forces have killed about 140 Palestinians, including over a dozen children, and injured hundreds of others during the rallies.
On May 14, Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinians who had gathered near the Gaza fence to protest the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds. Over 60 Palestinians were shot dead and more than 2,700 were wounded by Israeli snipers who had been positioned along the fence.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said children in the Gaza Strip are the main victims of Israeli atrocities, where some 1.8 million people are living under a crippling blockade.
Gaza has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.
Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014 and ended in late August the same year. The Israeli military aggression killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.

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Time to apologise to Russia over Novichok accusations? #skripal

Introduction — July 13, 2018
Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess. Click to enlarge
Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess. Click to enlarge
Charlie Rowley, the sole survivor of the latest novichok poisoning was a registered heroin addict. We can’t help wondering if Rowley’s addiction didn’t play a part in his poisoning?
Did British intelligence single him out as a likely fall guy? Someone with few if any reputable connections? Someone who could be killed without too many questions being asked as to precisely how or why?
A potential victim to target in their efforts to blame Russia in a staged killing?
If novichok is as deadly as claimed what was it doing in a bottle in a registered heroin addict’s flat? Was it presented to him concealed in the various pharmaceuticals used to treat his addiction?
Or was it placed there by search teams AFTER he was poisoned? After all, novichok is purportedly more lethal than Sarin. So what the hell was a deadly nerve agent doing in the flat of a registered drug addict? Like the original Skripal’s poisoning this doesn’t make sense — unless one factors in the involvement of British intelligence.

Amesbury poisoning: Source of novichok found in bottle in victim’s house

David Mercer — Sky News July 13, 2018
The nerve agent that killed a woman in Wiltshire and left her boyfriend critically ill has been found in his house, police say.
Officers recovered a small bottle on Wednesday from the Amesbury home of Charlie Rowley, who is in a serious condition in hospital.
Tests at Porton Down have confirmed that the substance in the bottle is novichok, Scotland Yard said.
An investigation is now underway to establish whether it is from the same batch that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March.
Mr Rowley’s partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday after falling ill on 30 June following exposure to the nerve agent.

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Jewish terrorists step up hostilities against Palestine’s mosques

A Palestinian man stands next to a house vandalized with Hebrew-language graffiti on 18 April in Nablus.
Shadi Jarar’ah APA images
Israeli settlers blocked an ambulance carrying a Palestinian patient in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday.
This video shows one settler standing in front of the ambulance while surrounded by heavily armed Israeli soldiers.
There have been numerous other incidents of Israeli settler violence in Hebron recently.
On Wednesday, Israeli settlers erected a tent in the Ibrahimi mosque garden and uprooted a long-standing tree, witnesses told Quds Press.
Pictures of the tent circulated on the Internet.

Intimidating holy sites

The mosque’s director, Hafthi Abu Sneineh, told the publication that the attack was part of continuous Israeli actions against the mosque, with the intention of changing its Islamic features.
Yousef Edeis, religious affairs minister in the Palestinian Authority, stated that there has been a few hundred attacks on the Ibrahimi and al-Aqsa mosques in the past two months.
On Tuesday, scores of Israeli settlers stormed al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem, escorted by heavily armed occupation soldiers.
Members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, also went to al-Aqsa mosque under the protection of soldiers this week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that lawmakers can visit the area once every three months.
Previously, Israeli lawmakers were not allowed to visit al-Aqsa mosque due to an agreement signed between Jordan – the custodian of holy sites in Jerusalem – and Israel. Al-Aqsa mosque is one of Islam’s holiest sites.
This video shows the Knesset members singing the Israeli national anthem in the fields of the mosque.
These actions align with plans to erase Palestinian culture, reinvent Jerusalem’s history according to a Zionist narrative and push Palestinians out of the city.

“Price tag” attacks

Israeli settlers also stormed Islamic sites in the occupied West Bank village of Kifl Haris late June. They performed Talmudic prayers at the Islamic sites under the protection of Israeli forces.
On 8 July, Israeli settlers blocked the road between the West Bank cities of Nablus and Tulkarem with the help of occupation soldiers.
Israeli settlers also recently punctured car tires and sprayed racist anti-Arab graffiti on the walls of a village near Nablus.
This kind of vandalism attack is often called a “price tag” – a term Israeli settlers and extremists have adopted to describe sometimes lethal attacks on non-Jews and their property, especially Palestinians.
In late June, hundreds of Israeli settlers went on the rampage in Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus. Settlers were escorted by Israeli forces, who shot at Palestinians, injuring them with live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.
Earlier this month, Israeli settlers uprooted hundreds of trees on occupied Palestinian land in Bethlehem. Photos of the scene were published by the Quds news outlet.

Attempted lynching

An Israeli settler hit Palestinian shepherd Salim Shehadeh on his head with a heavy object last month, according to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.
Shehadeh was on his way home after grazing his sheep near his home in the West Bank village of Urif when he was attacked.
The Palestinian village of Urif is located close to the Yitzhar settlement, which hosts some of the most violent settlers in the occupied West Bank.
Yitzhar’s rabbi, Yosef Elitzur, has advocated for settlers to commit so-called “price tag” attacks on Palestinians. Elitzur has also co-authored a book justifying the killing of non-Jewish children and babies of Israel’s enemies since “it is clear that they will grow to harm us.”
The 71-year-old Shehadeh lost consciousness and woke up in the Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.
“The Israeli settlers beat me with a large stone on my head,” Shehadeh told the Palestinian campaign group Al-Haq.
“When I lost consciousness and fell to the ground, they attacked me, beat my face and wrapped a rope around my neck. They dragged me for a distance as residents of the village watched.”
Israeli settlers then attacked Palestinians in their village, and Israeli soldiers joined them in assaulting villagers, shooting at residents and beating several with rifle butts.
Bahajat al-Safdi, 32, was injured by a rubber-coated bullet.
“While I was trying to move the youths away, I heard a soldier say in Arabic ‘shoot him’,” al-Safadi told B’Tselem.
“Instead of enjoying a family meal that evening, to mark the end of the fast, it turned into a sad occasion because of the settlers, who constantly disrupt our lives and attack us.”
Settlers and soldiers enjoy near-total impunity for attacks on Palestinians.

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Illegal US Airstrike Kills at Least 28 Civilians in Eastern Syria

Attack targeted civilians hiding in an ice factory
US and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border which had some ISIS remnant forces within. Among the strikes was an airstrike against the local ice factory, which families were hiding out in waiting for the end of the raid.
At least 28 civilians, and over 30 civilians by some accounts, were killed in the attack, and dozens of others were wounded. The Syrian state media reported that the US was behind the strike.
The US did not contest this assessment, with a spokesman saying that US coalition forces “may have conducted strikes in the vicinity” and promised that there would be an assessment at some point regarding civilian casualties.
Pentagon assessments of civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria don’t have the best track record. In general, the Pentagon reports cover about 10% of civilian casualties reported by human rights groups, dismissing everything else as non-credible

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Real Christians, as opposed to Christian Zionists

 
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, has voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) put in amazing work over many years to get to make the Episcopal Church the 10th Christian denomination in the US to take economic action for justice in Palestine. Thanks in large part to their mobilization, the church also passed ground-breaking resolutions:
  • Asserting the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
  • Condemning Israel’s violence against protesters in Gaza
  • Calling on the US government to reinstate funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)
  • Supporting the rights of Palestinian children
  • Demanding equal access to Jerusalem and opposing Trump’s move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
USCPR was proud to have Anna Baltzer, Director of Organizing & Advocacy, on the ground at the General Convention supporting EPF PIN. Many other Palestine solidarity groups were there, as well.
All the groups were working together to organize powerful testimonies (like this one from FOSNA’s Tarek Abuata) from Palestinian refugees, students, elders, clergy, and others, strategize outreach, and share why the church taking economic action is so important.
We’ve come a long way. In 2014, the Presbyterian Church (USA) became the first mainline church to divest from companies profiting from the occupation and just last month, they voted in ten pro-Palestine resolutions.
Now, divesting from Israel’s abuses of Palestinians’ rights is the norm – even in institutions like the Episcopal Church, which had previously voted down such measures more than once.
As icing on the cake, USCPR recently learned that the Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation – which has more than $400 million in holdings and has already divested from Hewlett Packard, Veolia, and Caterpillar – will now screen out all companies contributing to the occupation of Palestine and other occupations around the world.
These institutional shifts are a sign of changing times, and confirmation that years of hard work are producing results. The movement’s strategy to mainstream the struggle for Palestinian rights is paying off. Folks are understanding that being progressive means standing with Palestine!
USCPR puts a lot into supporting church divestment efforts for justice in Palestine, including sending staff to big annual meetings like this year’s Presbyterian and Episcopalian ones, sharing lessons learned from one annual assembly to another, supporting church groups, and putting together delegations of Palestinians and allies to give powerful testimony at assemblies.
As we celebrate, we are mindful of the reason these milestones matter: Israel’s continued violence, oppression, discrimination, and exile of the Palestinian people everywhere, every day. This win reminds us of our power, and the necessity to continue working until the Palestinian people achieve full freedom, justice, and equality.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

The ’Israelis’ of the Kingdom Are Present



In April, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman declared his position on the normalization of ties with the Zionists during his tour to the United States. He openly told the US magazine, The Atlantic, “The “Israelis” have the right to have their own land. … Our country doesn’t have a problem with Jews. … There are a lot of interests we share with “Israel”.”
This is what is useful to the “young prince”; the gradual normalization of ties, which he actually intentionally expressed through meetings, statements and media platforms launched to promote his position. His various methods work and strive to create and convince public opinion of the usefulness of appeasing the enemy to the point of allying with it. The goal is to confront Iran and portray it as the greatest threat to the kingdom.
Bin Salman relays on a group of writers and broadcasters to spread the concepts of “peace” and harmony with the Jews. Some of those are former Al-Arabiya channel director Abdel Rahman Al-Rashed, as well as writers Ahmad Al-Arfaj, Ahmed Al-Faraj, Turki Al-Hamad, Mohammed Al-Sheikh, Hamza Al-Salem, Saud Al-Fawzan, Suad Al-Shammari and last but not least Daham Al-Enezi who called for the establishment of a Zionist embassy in Riyadh.
In addition there are those who are fluent in Hebrew. They compete on social networking sites to attract Zionist activists from within the occupied territories and interact with them under the title of “electronic peace”, at least until now. They have the absolute freedom to court figures within the usurping entity and its axis as long as they agree on attacking the Islamic Republic and inciting against it.
Because tweeting in Hebrew is not a crime in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi writer and programmer, Louay Al-Sharif, addresses the Zionists all the time through his Twitter account. He chooses to tweet in Hebrew to comment on local or even regional news. A few months ago, he recorded a video clip in which he said that “Saudi Arabia has never threatened any of ‘its neighbors’.” He also called on ” the ‘people of “Israel”’ to read the news accurately.” This message was well received by Tel Aviv, so much so that it took care of broadcasting it.
Al-Sharif, who is known for his strong relationship with the royal court and for his role in the Saudi Crown Prince’s “MiSK” Foundation, allocates his [Twitter] account to acquaint his more than 150,000 followers to the “people” of “Israel” and their history. He claims to interact with Zionist tweeters based on his interest in “Jewish heritage”.
Similarly, Abdul Rahman al-Qahtani, who presents himself as a person interested in Hebrew and is fond of Bin Salman, is also active. Al-Qahtani’s posts highlight his focus on attacking Iran and resistance movements in Palestine and the region. He even retweets Zionist and American activists who attack Hamas and glorifies the crown prince. He is keen to use the flag of “Israel” in most of his Tweets that are related to the usurper entity and Saudi Arabia.
In turn, the phenomenon of tweeting in Hebrew has begun spreading among Saudi activists on Twitter. One of them, Abu Omar, identifies himself as having a BA in Hebrew. His account might be real or fake. However, its content centers on his “easy” experience in learning Hebrew, the idea of “peace” with the enemy and criticizing the Palestinians. Another Saudi tweeter (the centrist) says: “The time has come to learn Hebrew!”
Meanwhile, Mohammad al-Ghalban pioneers the Saudi figures that master the enemy’s language. He has a PHD in Hebrew. He is a professor of Hebrew and Jewish studies at the Department of Modern Languages ??and Translation at the College of Languages ??and Translation at King Saud University in Riyadh. He has an MA and a PHD in Philosophy from the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Near Eastern Languages ??and its Cultures in the Indiana-Bloomington University, USA. His general specialization is Hebrew, and his secondary one is in Jewish studies. He has more than 20 years of experience in Modern Hebrew and translation. Not only that, but King Saud University presents him as someone who has extensive knowledge of what appears in Zionist media, is well-informed in “Israeli” and Jewish studies and abreast with the provisions of Jewish religious laws and cultures. He is even fluent in “Yiddish” which is the language of Ashkenazi Jews.
Al-Ghabban believes that the negative attitudes in Saudi Arabia towards the study of Hebrew will change, noting that “a decade ago it was seen as an enemy’s language, but now it is the language of the other,” as he puts it.
The Hebrew Language Program is one of the programs of the Department of Modern Languages and Translation at the College of Languages and Translation at King Saud University. It was activated when the Language and Translation Institute was transformed into a College of Languages and Translation at King Saud University under the 1994 Royal Decree. It is the only program in the Gulf region in general and in the Kingdom in particular that grants a bachelor’s degree in translation from and to Hebrew.
Saudi Arabia is not likely to stop these activities but rather expand them and perhaps open more institutes that teach Hebrew. In this context, Louay Al-Sherif spoke about the allocation of an educational platform for the teaching of languages, including Hebrew that will be launched soon in the Kingdom. Will Bin Salman be the first to join or will there be no need for it in light of the full understanding and harmony with the Zionists?
It can be said today that Saudi Arabia is unable to surprise Arab public opinion in general and the Saudi one in particular, as it placed it at the heart of its normalization policy. It is only concerned about its hostility towards Iran, and nothing else. Originally, it derives from the former Mufti Abdul Aziz bin Baz’s fatwa regarding reconciliation with the Jews.  Justifications for the ratification of the upcoming agreement of humiliation with Tel Aviv derive from this fatwa. But the question is why was the announcement delayed, especially since the popular base is ready for it? What is the Royal Court waiting for following the secret meetings between Bin Salman and Zionist officials in the occupied territories and before that in the United States in March and April, according to leaks by “Israeli” and American media?
Source: Al-Ahed

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“Israel” Bombs South Gaza, 2 Palestinians Martyred in Biggest Israeli Aggression since 2014



“Israel” Bombs South Gaza

“Israeli” occupation warplanes carried out a number of airstrikes against the southern part of the Gaza Strip, as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its hostile acts against the besieged Palestinian coastal sliver.
In this respect, the “Israeli” military stated that in the early hours of Saturday, its warplanes hit several locations in Gaza claiming that the targeted sites include a tunnel and a number of bases purportedly belonging to the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement.
Meanwhile, there were no immediate reports of injuries or the extent of damage caused.
The “Israeli” statement added that the aerial bombardment was retaliated by a barrage of at least 17 rockets or mortars launched by Hamas into the occupied Palestinian territories.
It further claimed that “Israel’s” so-called Iron Dome system managed to intercept five of the launches, but one landed inside a rural settlement in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council area.
Following the “Israeli” airstrikes in southern Gaza Strip, sirens were sounded across the areas bordering the impoverished Palestinian enclave.
The “Israeli” regime’s warplanes repeatedly hit various parts of the Gaza Strip during the past decade. Hamas, for its part, repeatedly stressed that the movement has a legitimate right to respond to any “Israeli” aggression against the people of Palestine.
Palestinians in Gaza have been rallying every Friday since March 30 as a part of a peaceful campaign known as the Great March of Return.
So far, “Israeli” forces martyred about 140 Palestinians, including over a dozen children, and injured hundreds of others during the rallies.
Gaza has been under “Israeli” siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

2 Palestinians Martyred in Biggest Israeli Aggression on Gaza since 2014

Gaza raids
Two Palestinian children were martyred and many others were injured on Saturday as the Zionist entity carried out its biggest aggression on the besieged Gaza strip since 2014 deadly war.
The deliberate targeting of the “Battalion Building” in West Gaza City, with 8 rockets by the Israeli military has resulted in the death of two children, Gaza Health Ministry said. More than 15 civilians have been confirmed as injured.
The occupation military’s air force also launched another round of strikes in Northern Gaza, Palestinian media reported.
Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, was quick in retaliatory attacks against Israeli positions in the occupied Palestinian territories when it launched 90 rockets. The occupation military claimed that its so-called Iron Dome missile defense system had managed to intercept 16 of the projectiles.
Later on Saturday night, the Palestinian factions and the Tel Aviv regime agree upon an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement.
Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said that the group had agreed upon a “Egyptian offer to return to a ceasefire to stop this escalation.”
Barhoum stressed that the Palestinian resistance movement was carrying missile attacks against the Zionist entity “in response to the Israeli air strikes”.
“The protection and the defense of our people is a national duty and a strategic choice,” he added.
Separately, a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad resistance movement said that his group will honor the ceasefire as long as the Tel Aviv regime follows suit, stressing that despite the ceasefire his group reserves the right to retaliate any manner of Israeli aggression.
Later on Sunday, Palestinian media reported that the Zionist warplanes were breaching the ceasefire, launching air raid in the north of Gaza strip, injuring four Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that the occupation authorities called for residents of the occupied territories’ south to “return to normal” on Sunday morning.
The occupation military’s Home Front Command “canceled all of the restrictions it had placed on communities in the Gaza periphery the night before, which called for residents to stay within sprinting distance of bomb shelters in case of rocket attack and limited the size of public gatherings,” according to The Time of Israel.

Source: Agencies
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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 13, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY LIBERATED DARAA CITY


In the evening of July 12th, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Military Police entered the southern, militant-held part of Daraa city de-facto restoring the government control of the area.
This part of the city had been in the hands of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies since 2012.
At the same time, militants started surrendering their remaining positions south of the city. These developments are a part of the reconciliation reached between the leaders of militant groups and the Damascus government with assistance of Russia.
Separately, government forces also entered the villages of Kafr Shams, Inkhil and Muzayrib in western Daraa.
Under the reached deal militants are handing over their heavy and medium weapons as well as military equipment to the SAA and are getting two options: to settle their legal status with the government or to withdraw to the militant held areas in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo.
According to some pro-opposition sources, the Russians did not recommend militants to choose the withdrawal options during negotiations on the deal because Hayat Tahrir al-Sham forces in the province of Idlib will become a next target of the Russian-backed operation of the SAA. This open secret triggered a new round of complains in pro-militant media outlets and among pro-militant activists.
Meanwhile, the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army entered the villages of Hayt and Khirbat Y’ala in western Daraa thanks to an agreement with members of the so-called moderate opposition there. Over the past few days, the Syrian Air Force has carried out a number of strikes on targets near Hayt thus attempting to deter the terrorist group. However, this did not help.
With the liberation of Daraa city, the remaining militant-held areas in western Daraa became the main target of the SAA and its allies. Some clashes have already been reported near Yadudeh and Muzayrib.
Cells of the Ghadab al-Zaytun amred group affiliated with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have carried out two attacks against Turkish-backed militant groups in the province of Idlib. 5 militants were killed in two separate attacks on July 9 and 10.
On July 11-12, Russian President Vladimir Putin held separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Foreign Policy Adviser Ali Akbar Velayati. During the both meetings, the sides discussed the situation in Syria and in the Middle East in general.
The repeated visits of Netanyahu to Moscow shows Israel’s attempts to get Russian support in Israeli attempts to drive Iranian forces out of Syria. However, the practice shows that Moscow is not going to assist Tel Aviv in this goal.
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