Egypt issues 30 death penalties for official’s murder

A criminal court in Cairo over the weekend recommended the death penalty for 30 people convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Egypt’s top prosecutor. The court has set a verdict session for 22 July after it referred its recommendation to the country’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding legally-required opinion. Public prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb attack on his convoy in Cairo. The government blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack. The group has strongly denied the accusation. Read: Hamas delegation reaches ‘understandings’ with Egypt and meets Dahlan reps “The brutal conspiracy by hired hands to target the public prosecutor Hisham Barakat and assassinate him, where the corrupt and weak-willed forces […]

Netanyahu orders tighter security for occupied Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s security services to consider turning the historic Damascus Gate in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem into a “sterile zone”. According to yesterday’s Israel Hayom newspaper, the Israeli prime minister told officials at a security meeting on Saturday to examine the possibility of tightening security measures around the Gate. Such measures should mean that “anyone passing through would face more rigorous security screening.” He told his officials at Sunday’s cabinet meeting that the police have been instructed to reinforce security arrangements and checking procedures in the plaza around Damascus Gate. Read: A response to Netanyahu’s misguidance on Jerusalem The Israeli authorities have imposed a series of security measures following a stabbing carried out by three Palestinian […]

Netanyahu orders tighter security for occupied Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s security services to consider turning the historic Damascus Gate in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem into a “sterile zone”. According to yesterday’s Israel Hayom newspaper, the Israeli prime minister told officials at a security meeting on Saturday to examine the possibility of tightening security measures around the Gate. Such measures should mean that “anyone passing through would face more rigorous security screening.” He told his officials at Sunday’s cabinet meeting that the police have been instructed to reinforce security arrangements and checking procedures in the plaza around Damascus Gate. Read: A response to Netanyahu’s misguidance on Jerusalem The Israeli authorities have imposed a series of security measures following a stabbing carried out by three Palestinian […]

200 migrants kidnapped and tortured in Libya

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is currently organising efforts to rescue around 200 mainly Somali and Ethiopian migrants it believes have been kidnapped and held and tortured in a Libyan detention centre. The group has met with the UN in Libya to coordinate the investigation after the migrant’s families revealed they have received ransom requests from people smugglers. Videos on social media have shown people being ruthlessly beaten and groups of people huddled in small rooms in an unknown location saying that they have not been fed, have had their arms broken and their teeth removed. Read: 8 migrant bodies found off Libya, dozens feared missing “IOM is currently working closely with all partners in trying to locate the […]

200 migrants kidnapped and tortured in Libya

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is currently organising efforts to rescue around 200 mainly Somali and Ethiopian migrants it believes have been kidnapped and held and tortured in a Libyan detention centre. The group has met with the UN in Libya to coordinate the investigation after the migrant’s families revealed they have received ransom requests from people smugglers. Videos on social media have shown people being ruthlessly beaten and groups of people huddled in small rooms in an unknown location saying that they have not been fed, have had their arms broken and their teeth removed. Read: 8 migrant bodies found off Libya, dozens feared missing “IOM is currently working closely with all partners in trying to locate the […]

PA blocks 11 Palestinian news sites

Press freedom watchdog the Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) yesterday slammed the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) recent decision to block 11 Palestinian news websites in the occupied West Bank. Among the websites blocked on Thursday were the Palestinian Information Centre and the Shehab News Agency, which are linked to Hamas, as well as the Voice of Fatah and Amad, known to have links with Mahmoud Abbas’ political rival Mohammed Dahlan. Hassan Asfour, an employee at Amad, was quoted by MADA as saying that the website had been blocked in the West Bank “with no prior alert and no clear reasons or justifications”. Read: PA jails Palestinian for insulting Abbas on Facebook Meanwhile, Shehab News Agency employee Muaz Suleiman Al-Umour […]

Hamas delegation reaches ‘understandings’ with Egypt and meets Dahlan reps

Hamas has announced that a delegation of its senior officials which visited Cairo last week also met with representatives of ousted Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan in the Egyptian capital. In a meeting in Gaza on Sunday, senior Hamas official Khalil Al-Hayya briefed journalists on the results of the trip. “The last trip was an extension of several previous visits over 15 months,” explained Al-Hayya, “but it was the most fruitful. We reached understandings that we hope to see implemented on the ground soon.” These understandings include the “regular” opening of the Rafah Border Crossing, facilitating commercial exchange between Gaza and Egypt and facilitating movement of people and fuel. In return, Hamas will increase its security measures on the border with […]

Israel forces fire tear gas at worshippers in Al-Aqsa

Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque were left suffocated after tear gas grenades were used by Israeli soldiers who were escorting settlers around the holy site yesterday. Social media users reported 30 worshippers were injured, including Turks, South Africans, British nationals, Americas in addition to Palestinians on the twenty-third day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Some of the injuries were a result of rubber-coated bullet which were fired by the Israeli forces. Eyewitnesses reported that a large number of Israeli soldiers and policemen along with settlers desecrated the Mosque in the morning and provocatively toured the mosque’s courtyard. Read: Netanyahu pledges that Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain occupied ‘forever’ Confrontations took place after Israeli policemen attacked Palestinian worshippers who were chanting […]

Erdogan to visit Sudan to conclude investment talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Khartoum to sign business, trade and investment co-operation agreements as early as next week, Sudan’s presidential assistant has revealed. In a statement in front of a delegation of Turkish and Sudanese business people, Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid revealed that arrangements for the visit were being coordinated with the Minister of Investment, Mubarak Al Fadhil, and the State Minister at the Ministry of Information, Yassir Yousuf. Investment meetings between the two countries have been taking place for some months and include plans for Turkey to establish a fully-fledged railway in Sudan as well as large-scale projects in the fields of agriculture and livestock. Read: Sudan’s Al-Mahdi calls for a government able to work on ICC […]

79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire: police

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AFP
Mon, 2017-06-19 13:17
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LONDON: Seventy-nine people are dead or missing and presumed dead following a devastating blaze in a London tower block last week, police said on Monday, as Britain held a minute’s silence for the victims.
“As of this morning, I’m afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead or missing and I sadly have to presume are dead,” police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.
Police had earlier put the toll at 58 presumed dead.
He said only five people had been formally identified so far by police, after officers earlier warned that some may never be identified due to the condition of the remains.
Cundy said the search and recovery operation was ongoing in the burnt-out 24-story tower.
“This is an incredible distressing time for families and they have my commitment that we will do this as quickly as we possibly can,” he said.
Cundy promised an “exhaustive” criminal investigation into the fire that would also look at a major refurbishment of the building completed last year.
“We will go where the evidence may take us,” and do everything possible “to ensure that those responsible will be brought to justice,” he said.
“If I identify… an issue that is a risk to public safety, we will be sharing that immediately with the relevant authorities,” he added.
Cundy warned that the toll of 79 people could change.
“I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know were missing and may not have realized they were in there on the night.
“Equally, there may be people who thankfully may have managed to escape the fire and for whatever reason have not let their family or friends or police know,” he said.

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