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Kenya denies killing 42 Somali civilians

The Kenyan government is disputing allegations made in a new UN report claiming its forces were responsible for 42 Somali civilian casualties in a 22-month period. Some 42 Somali civilian casualties were attributed to the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF), with 36 dead and six injured in a 22-month period ending in mid-October, the report compiled by the UN Mission in Somalia and the UN Human Rights Office said. In its publication, the UN is referring to Kenyan forces which are not part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which comprises troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda for its military operations, and police personnel from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda. “For a UN report to […]


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Yemen: Marib council welcomes families fleeing the Houthis

The Security Committee of Marib governorate agreed to receive families fleeing Houthi territory yesterday, Saba News reported. An emergency plan was drawn up to receive scores of families fleeing the Houthi territory in the capital Sana’a after the killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh last week. The Houthis have since enforced a major crackdown on pro-Saleh loyalists. Marib officials have outlined security plans which include registering people entering the governorate in an effort to prevent Houthi members from infiltrating. “The government will not let down the civilians and political and military leaders in the Houthi-controlled provinces vulnerable to this militia’s terrorism and atrocities,” Deputy Governor of Marib Abd Rabbuh Miftah said. Miftah condemned the Houthi group’s killings in Sana’a […]


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Morocco students raise awareness on female hygiene

Five students from the Sciences Po Paris University are looking to break the taboo surrounding menstruation in Morocco this year. The students, from France, Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey, are preparing to conduct an awareness campaign called “Be Happih” this weekend, seeking to raise awareness about intimate hygiene. The project, led by Charles Culioli, Walid Ben Hamadi, Moez Rais, Rita Sekkat and Denizalp Goktas, also focuses on the theme of support for vulnerable children in Morocco, the issues affecting young girls and the multiple obstacles to their education and emancipation. The project is integrated “into the goals announced by the country and is linked to gender equality and human development in the poor areas.” The students’ initiative will also see washable sanitary […]


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Saudi Arabia to increase fuel prices by 80%

Saudi Arabia plans to increase domestic gasoline prices by 80 per cent in January as part of its programme to gradually eliminate energy subsidies. A source with knowledge of the matter revealed details of the Kingdom’s energy plans to Bloomberg. Gasoline prices are set to increase by about 80 per cent, while jet fuel prices will be raised to international levels in one go, the source said. Gasoline and other fuel such as diesel, kerosene and heavy fuel oil, will see incremental price increases over several years, the person said. The hike will mean petrol will go up in price from 24 cents per litre to 44 cents. Prices are not expected to reach international levels until 2023 at the earliest […]


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Civil servants’ strike paralyses government offices in Gaza

Government offices in the besieged Gaza Strip were closed today as a result of a strike carried out by civil servants who have not received their salaries, Quds Press reported. Head of the Syndicate of Public Employees in Gaza, Yaccoub Al-Ghandour, said that the comprehensive strike was a “protest against the Government of National Accord as it did not pay November salaries.” “We want to send a message to the Government of National Accord that it must pay the salaries of the employees who run schools, hospitals and all other ministries in Gaza.” Speaking to Quds Press, he added that the Syndicate “has planned a series of measures in case the government does not commit to what was agreed upon […]


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Israel settlers impose conditions on voluntary evacuation of Hebron building

Illegal Israeli settlers currently occupying a building in Hebron have said they will leave voluntarily “if the state agrees to demolish an adjacent storage facility that they claim Palestinians built there recently”, reports Haaretz. The condition was communicated to the Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday, as well as a demand “to be able to station their own guards at the building until a final decision is made on the building’s rightful ownership”. According to Haaretz, “the final decision on the matter is to [sic] expected issued by a committee from Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank”. The settlers told the court that they would “accede to the conditions, which had been proposed in a recent court hearing, ‘despite the […]


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50 detained in Jerusalem since Trump declaration

The number of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem detained since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital stands at 50, according to a local committee that tracks arrests. “Israeli forces have arrested some 50 [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem, including two women, since last week’s Trump declaration,” Amjad Abu Assab, head of the Committee for Families of Jerusalem’s Prisoners, told the Anadolu Agency. He went on to note that one third of those detained were minors under the age of 17. He said most of them had been picked up off the street, or during sit-ins and protests in and around Damascus Gate, in the Old City. Read: 4 killed, 1,632 wounded by Israel in […]


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Arab League, Haftar show support for UN plan on Libya

The Arab League has come out in support of the action plan put forward by UN envoy Ghassan Salamé to solve the Libyan crisis by focusing on the amendments based on the Libyan Political Agreement as the only way forward. Speaking in Cairo yesterday, Presidency Council head Fayez Al-Sarraj discussed the strategy with Arab League head Ahmed Aboul Gheit including plans for a constitutional referendum and legislative elections to be held next year. Al-Sarraj also warned of the problems Salamé faced in bringing Libyan leaders to the negotiating table. Aboul Gheit reiterated the League’s commitment to resolving Libya’s crises and in bringing together state institutions and restoring security to the country. According to the League’s spokesman, Aboul Gheit was briefed […]


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Global company hired surveillance firms to target pro-Palestine activists

Multinational manufacturing giant Caterpillar engaged surveillance firms to monitor political groups, including the family of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie, the Guardian reported today. Leaked documents from two corporate intelligence firms have revealed that several international companies gathered information on numerous activist groups they viewed as potential threats to their businesses. One of the firms, C2i International, used two infiltrators who pretended to be sympathetic to the cause in order to acquire advance warning of demonstrations that were being mounted against firms. They often obtained the campaigners’ internal documents such as emails and accounts of meetings. Caterpillar, one of the world’s biggest manufacturing companies, is reported to have used the firm to gather information on the family of Rachel Corrie, who […]


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Egypt’s Sisi: Jerusalem’s legal status must be maintained

We must maintain the legal status of Jerusalem in accordance with international accords, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said yesterday. Speaking during a meeting held in Cairo with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, Al-Sisi stressed the importance of “maintaining the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of international rules and relevant UN resolutions”. “I assured President Putin of the importance of maintaining the legal status of Jerusalem,” he said. “We discussed the dangerous repercussions of such a decision [US’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] on the security and stability of the region,” the Egyptian leader noted, stressing that the US decision on Jerusalem “complicates the situation in the region through measures that restrict the chances of peace in the […]