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Border restrictions hinder Gaza boy from setting world record

September 23, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Youssef Al-Bahtini wants to leave the Gaza Strip so that he can enter the Guinness Book of World Records as a contortionist, but the closure of the borders of the enclave by Egypt and Israel looks set to prevent his record attempt from taking place. Two months ago, the talented 12-year-old received approval from the Guinness team to try for the record in Amman, Jordan. “We received approval two months ago for my brother Youssef to participate in the Guinness World Records competition in Jordan,” said Mohammad Al-Bahtini, 21. “Since then, we have been trying to leave Gaza, but the crossings are closed, into Egypt and into Israel.” The administrators of the Guinness World Records are aware of the difficulties […]

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Palestinian prisoners’ group hails Amnesty report on administrative detention

September 23, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Director of the Palestine Prisoners’ Centre for Studies has hailed an Amnesty International report which condemns Israel’s use of administrative detention, Quds Press reported on Friday. Riyadh Al-Ashqar described this as a “positive step” but said that it is not enough. He called for Amnesty to put more pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to stop this kind of “arbitrary” and “oppressive” imprisonment. In the report issued on Tuesday, Amnesty condemned Israel’s use of administrative detention against Palestinian rights activists. It cited the detention of Salah Hammouri, a field researcher for the Palestinian human rights NGO Addameer. “The arbitrary detention of Salah Hammouri is yet another shameful example of the Israeli authorities’ abusive use of administrative detention to detain […]

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‘Sudan will not accept people queuing like beggars for Western aid’

September 23, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The President of Sudan said on Friday that his country would not accept assistance from the West for those displaced in camps in Darfur, Anadolu has reported. President Omar Al-Bashir made his comment during a public speech in Shataya, South Darfur, which was aired on national television. “We do not need relief from abroad, and we have been working to establish development projects as well as providing services to the displaced,” he explained, adding: The displaced are standing in lines just like beggars to get help from foreigners. We will not accept that our people queue to receive aid. Al-Bashir insisted that the Sudanese are supposed to help other people. “We do not need the foreigners’ help. We will never […]

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France delivers first of four corvettes to Egypt

September 23, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

France officially handed over a new corvette to the Egyptian navy in a ceremony at Lorient Port in Brittany on Friday, Anadolu has reported. This is the first of four Gowind 2500-class corvettes to be delivered to Egypt. Vice-Admiral Ahmed Khaled raised the Egyptian flag on Al-Fateh; it joins the fleet as part of a deal agreed last year which includes three other ships to be built in Alexandria with French assistance. Able to hunt and destroy submarines, the warship is capable of carrying out multiple tasks, such as securing maritime transport lines and guarding other ships and ports. The corvette has a range of 3,700 nautical miles at 15 knots and carries a crew of 80. Since the coup […]

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International conference about Mediterranean migration held in Tunis

September 23, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

An international conference opened in Tunis on Friday to discuss strategies for reducing the number of victims of the Mediterranean migration route to Europe, Anadolu has reported. The international Alarm-Phone-Initiative and Germany’s Rosa Luxemburg Foundation organised the conference, which was attended by several other international and Tunisian NGOs, including Physicians Sans Frontiers. According to Muneeb Bakkary of Alarm-Phone-Initiative, the agenda included discussions about the status of the migrants, EU policies on refugees and the partnership deals between the EU and the Mediterranean countries. More than 5,500 migrants died crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 and the number this year to date is 2,200. “One of the main aims of the conference,” explained May Shukri of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, “is to […]

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Iraqi militia ‘will fight wherever Iran’s Khamenei wants’

September 23, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A Shia militia in Iraq has said that it is ready to fight wherever Iran’s Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei wants it to, Eremnews.com reported on Friday. Al-Nujaba is part of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a state-sponsored umbrella body of around 40 militias in Iraq. Senior commander Akram Al-Ka’bi revealed the group’s readiness during a speech in Iran. “The resistance groups in Iraq are fighting under the leadership of Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei and are ready to fight wherever and whenever he wants against the takfirists and terrorists.” Al-Ka’bi pointed out that Iraqi fighters have supported the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad over the past few years. Al-Nujaba is reckoned to have around 8,000 fighters and maintains good relations […]

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Hamas insists that resistance weapons are not for discussion

September 23, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Deputy Leader of the Hamas Political Bureau reiterated on Friday that resistance weapons are “not for discussion” during the talks about internal reconciliation with rival faction Fatah, Al-Hayat.com has reported. Mousa Abu Marzook pointed out that the issue of resistance weapons had never been discussed before and noted that it was not even proposed to be on the agenda. Such weapons, he added, are the property of all the Palestinians and their “guarantee” against Israeli aggression. Stressing that Hamas wants guarantees for any elections, Abu Marzook said that it is also ready to share the responsibility with the Palestinian Authority and the other Palestinian factions for making decisions about peace and war. “This is a national issue and needs […]

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Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulcher’s ceiling collapses

September 23, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Part of the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in occupied East Jerusalem collapsed yesterday afternoon, Ma’an has reported. Although there were hundreds of worshippers at the site, no injuries were reported. The church was subsequently closed while officials inspected the site and ensure it was safe. “About an hour and a half ago, a prayer was held in the Ethiopian Church in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the presence of about 50 people from the Ethiopian parish,” said Adeeb Joudeh Husseini, a church official. “After the prayer and after the worshippers had left, some of the ceiling fell, causing great damage to the church, but thanks to God and His kindness there were no casualties […]

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