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Bashir bans Egyptians from entering Sudan

Egyptians have been banned from entering Sudan under a presidential decree which comes into effect immediately. No reason has been given for the decision passed by President Omar Hassan Al Bashir. The ban excludes Egyptian nationals who already have visas to enter the country. The decision is set to increase the tension between the two countries and it follows Sudan accusing Egyptian media of ridiculing and disparaging its historical heritage. The row broke out following an official visit by the Qatari Princess, Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned, which included a trip to the Sudanese pyramids in Merowe in the north of the country. The State of Qatar made a large donation to help Sudan renovate and maintain the 4,600-year-old monuments. […]


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Israel reduces permits for Gazans using Erez

Israel has reduced the number of permits given to Gaza residents wishing to travel to the occupied West Bank through the Erez crossing, local media reported. According to the Hebrew website Walla, the Israel Security Agency formed a specialised team to detect smuggling attempts on the Kerem Shalom crossing, the only commercial border point for the Gaza Strip, and to identify Palestinians with close links to Hamas using the Erez crossing. The new team, which is directly supervised by the Shin Bet agency, has reduced the number of permits granted to Palestinian traders and travellers, the report said. Read: Israel denies Palestinian education minister access to Gaza The report said security officials cited security concerns which forced them to limit […]



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Survey: Most Israelis oppose establishing Palestinian State

 64 per cent of Israelis are less willing to support a full withdrawal from the occupied West Bank as part of a settlement agreement to establish a Palestinian State, according to a new poll released on Monday by the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs. Israelis are currently more sceptical than ever that the Palestinians will take the steps necessary to strike a peace accord with the Jewish state. The poll showed that only 10 per cent of Israelis agree on handing over the Temple Mount [the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa] to the Palestinian sovereignty, while 83 per cent oppose the proposal. “79% say it is important to retain a unified Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, while 15% say it is not […]



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BDS committee calls for volunteers to protect Al-Aqsa from Israeli raids

The Palestinian BDS National Committee has started a campaign calling for volunteers to help protect Al-Aqsa Mosque from the frequent Israeli attacks and violations. Activists from the BDS movement told Quds Press that the campaign aims to halt the continuous raids on the mosque carried out by the Israeli authorities and settlers, adding that the attackers had assaulted and detained many of the mosque’s guards and worshippers. Yesterday, occupation forces arrested four security guards at Al-Aqsa Mosque while they were preventing Jewish archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority from stealing an ancient mosque stone. Later in the day, Israeli police raided the homes of seven other guards and arrested them. Read more: UNESCO adopts resolution to protect Old City of Jerusalem Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the occupation police detained six Al-Aqsa guards who are registered at the Department of Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem today. […]



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UN official: only 7% of humanitarian aid required for Yemen

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jimmy McGoldrick said the UN humanitarian response plan for 2017 has received only 7 percent of the requested $2 billion. McGoldrick said during a press conference held Tuesday at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in the Yemeni capital of Aden that “the conflict in the country and its economic consequences are causing one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises”, adding that nearly 19 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection. He said that the fighting in the country for the past two years has exacerbated the humanitarian situation which threatens 27 million people with starvation. McGoldrick reviewed the latest estimates of Yemen’s humanitarian needs, particularly with respect to food, security, nutrition, […]


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Germany: Pakistani sentenced to prison over spying for Iran

A German court convicted on Monday a Pakistani man of an alleged espionage case in favour of Iran, the New York-based Associated Press has reported. The defendant, 31-year-old Mustufa Haidar Syed-Naqfi, was sentenced to four years and three months in jail “for working for a foreign intelligence service”, a spokesperson for Berlin’s superior court said. The court explained that Naqfi spied against Germany and another NATO member”, France, for the Quds Force, the foreign operations wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRCG). The German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported today that Naqfi was convicted of allegedly collecting extensive material on the former head of the German-Israeli Association and on a French-Israeli professor from an economic university in Paris, […]