Israel besieges Bethlehem villages in search of stabbing suspect

Israeli forces continued to crackdown on Palestinian villages in the southern occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem on Saturday, in search for a man who allegedly stabbed and lightly injured a settler in the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat southwest of Bethlehem Friday night. According to the Israeli army, a Palestinian infiltrated a settler home in Efrat, stabbed an Israeli man, and fled from the scene. According to Israeli media outlet Ynet, the 50-year-old man sustained light injuries in his back and neck. There was a heavy presence of Israeli soldiers in several areas across Bethlehem that continued into Saturday morning, with reports of clashes erupting between Palestinians and Israeli forces overnight Friday. Locals in the village of Wadi Rahhal […]

Tsunami Warning Issued After 7.7-Magnitude Quake Strikes Off Chile Coast

A 7.7-magnitude quake struck at 9:22am EST at a depth of 33 kilometers some 40 km southwest of Puerto Quellon in southern Chile on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said. 

The quake prompted a tsunami threat message by the Tsunami Warning Center for areas as far as 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the epicenter.

Tsunami Info Stmt: M7.7 in southern Chile
0622PST Dec 25: Tsunami NOT expected; CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK


— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) December 25, 2016

Details to follow.

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In defiance of UN, Israel reportedly set to approve thousands of settler units

Days after the UN Security Council approved a resolution affirming the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and called for their construction to cease, reports emerged that Israel is set to approve thousands of new settler units in occupied East Jerusalem. The Local Planning and Building Committee of the Jerusalem municipality is expected to approve some 5,600 housing units in East Jerusalem for illegal settlements, the Hebrew version of daily newspaper Israel Hayom reported Sunday morning. According to Israel Hayom, the move came as a direct response to the UNSC resolution 2334, that passed with unanimous approval from 14 council members, while the US abstained from voting. On Friday, in was reported that in revenge for the […]

Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian farmers in Gaza

Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmlands east of Khan Yunis in the southern besieged Gaza Strip Sunday morning as farmers attempted to tend to their land, witnesses told Ma’an news agency. According to the witnesses, Israeli soldiers stationed in watchtowers near the border fence east of the town of Khuzaa fired gunshots while Palestinian farmers were trying to reach their lands. No injuries were reported. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an in response to a request for comment that after “suspects reached the border area with Israel, forces fired warning shots into the air and the suspects left the area.” Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone” which lies on both land and […]

Mahmoud Abbas: Christmas is ‘a Palestinian call for hope and justice’

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Saturday evening to attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, along with a number of ministers, lawmakers and mayors of Bethlehem, Beit Jala, and Beit Sahour, were present at an official reception held at the presidential residency in Bethlehem near the al-Duheisha refugee camp. Abbas and his escorts were expected to parade to the Nativity Church later in the night to attend Christmas celebration and the midnight mass. PHOTOS: A Palestinian Christmas – the Church of Nativity, West Bank On Friday, Abbas released a Christmas message to the public, saying that Despite the Israeli occupation, our presence in our homeland […]

مديرة “لوكهيد مارتن” تقدم إلتزام شخصي لـ”ترامب” بتقليل سعر طائرة “F-35” جذرياً

قامت المديرة التنفيذية لشركة “لوكهيد مارتن”، مارلين هيوسن، بتقديم “التزام شخصي” للرئيس المنتخب دونالد ترامب حول تقليص تكلفة إنتاج الطائرات المقاتلة الجديدة “F-35”. وقالت هيوسن إن القائمين على الشركة “أجروا حواراً جيداً للغاية،” مع ترامب، الجمعة، بعد يوم على نشر ترامب لتغريدة عبر حسابه بتويتر لمح فيها إلى تفكيره باستبدال الطائرة ذات الثمن الباهظ بنسخة […]

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