Middle East & North Africa

Jordan Says Israeli Occupation, Root Cause Of Conflict, Violence

AMMAN, Nov 14 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, said that, the Israeli occupation was the root cause of conflict and violence.

“War on Gaza would not bring security to Israel. Resolving the conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, under international law, will guarantee the right to security for all,” Safadi said.

“The international community must act to end aggression and create horizons for the two-state solution,” he added.

Kuwait Condemns Israeli Deadly Raids On Gaza

KUWAIT, Nov 14 (NNN-KUNA) – Kuwait expressed utter rejection and condemnation of Israel’s raid on the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the Foreign Ministry said.

Israel’s ongoing airstrikes on the Palestinian territory, is a continuation of Israeli crimes against defenceless Palestinians, constituting a flagrant violation of international laws and norms, the ministry said.

This will only lead to more violence and undermine any chance for peace, the statement added.

Qatar cabinet approves new media law

14 Nov 2019; MEMO: Qatar’s cabinet yesterday approved a draft law regulating press, publications, media activities and arts and referred it to the Shura Council.

The draft law will replace Law No. 8 of 1979 on Publications, and Decree Law No. 16 of 1993 on the Regulation of advertising, public relations and artistic production and works.

In May, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani issued a law on the establishment of a Media City.

Egypt: Israa Abdelfattah to begin thirst strike

14 Nov 2019; MEMO: Detained Egyptian activist Israa Abdelfattah is about to begin a thirst strike to force the prosecutor to open an investigation into complaints that she has been tortured in custody.

Israa was kidnapped by security forces from a street in Cairo on 12 October and taken away in a van to an undisclosed place of detention where she was banned from contacting lawyers or family members.

Israel, Palestine factions agree to ceasefire proposal

14 Nov 2019; MEMO: After two days of air strikes on the Gaza Strip which have killing 34 Palestinians and wounding 111 others, Israel and the Palestinian resistance this morning agreed to an Egyptian brokered ceasefire proposal.

Spokesman of the Islamic Jihad Mus’ab Al-Breem said that his movement set conditions to accept the ceasefire, which was mediated by Egypt and the UN, and Israel agreed to them.

UAE, Egypt launch $20 billion investment platform: Abu Dhabi crown prince

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have launched a $20 billion investment platform for economic and social projects, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan said on Twitter on Thursday.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi began a visit to the UAE on Wednesday.

Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waves of violent protests have engulfed Baghdad and Iraq’s southern provinces, with demonstrators chanting for the downfall of a political establishment that they say doesn’t prioritize them.

Fueling the unrest is anger over an economy flush with oil money that has failed to bring jobs or improvements to the lives of young people, who are the majority of those taking to the streets. They say they have had enough of blatant government corruption and subpar basic services.

Islamic Jihad says cease-fire reached to end Gaza fighting

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and the militant Islamic Jihad group in Gaza appeared to have reached a cease-fire on Thursday to end two days of heavy fighting that killed at least 34 Palestinians and paralyzed parts of Israel.

Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim said the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. There was no immediate confirmation from Israel, which rarely acknowledges deals with Gaza militant groups, but some restrictions were lifted on residents of the south, despite the continued fire of several rockets.

Death Toll Of Palestinians Killed By Israeli Airstrikes Rises To 10

GAZA, Palestine, Nov 13 (NNN-WAFA) – At least ten Palestinians were killed and 40 others injured, in Israeli airstrikes targeting Palestinian militants.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said, two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike, on the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.

The ministry said, “two Palestinians, including a woman, were killed in an Israeli attack that hit a house in al-Shuja’eya neighbourhood in eastern Gaza city.”

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