Tribal clashes in South Sudan claim 38 lives

At least 38 people were killed and 42 others injured in a tribal fight in South Sudan, security officials said Wednesday. Killings on Monday and Tuesday in the country’s remote northeast region of Cueibet appeared to be a revenge attack, after clashes between rival clans of the Dinka ethnic group in July, police said. “It is unfortunate that 38 people were killed and 42 more were injured in tribal violence over the last few days,” said Azuma Mangar, the police commissioner in Gok state, where the violence occurred. Mangar said that due to the ongoing civil war citizens have easy access to heavy ammunition including machine guns, which are now used during tribal clashes – something that was not common […]

UN envoy holds talks with Yemeni president in Riyadh to kick-start peace talks

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN’s special envoy to Yemen, arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday in hopes of reviving stalled Yemen peace talks. While in the Saudi capital, Ould Cheikh Ahmed met Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi – who is temporarily residing in Riyadh – to discuss “prospects for achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace” in Yemen, according to Yemen’s official SABA news agency. At the meeting, Hadi reportedly stressed his government’s desire to reach a final settlement in line with “previously agreed-upon terms of reference”, including UN Security Council Resolution 2216. He also reportedly criticized what he described as the “intransigence” of Yemen’s Shia Houthi militia and allied forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, both of whom he […]

Canadian military builds camp to house refugees fleeing Trump

Tents were assembled on Wednesday by the Canadian military as temporary shelters to accommodate a surge in asylum seekers crossing into Quebec from the US. The Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement the camp will hold up to 500 people and will consist of “modular tent shelters with floors, lighting and heating”. Last week, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium was set up to handle asylum seekers after the YWCA became too crowded, but the stadium is booked for other uses beginning next month, said officials at a news conference, so the tent city is being constructed. “These will be used as additional shelters for asylum claimants who are waiting to be processed by the CBSA [Canadian Border Services Agency],” said CBSA […]

Sudan freezes medicine imports, replaces with local alternatives

The Sudanese government announced yesterday that the import of medicine will be gradually frozen so that local alternatives can be used in their place, Anadolu reported. According to the official Sudanese news agency Sudanese Health Minister Bahar Idriss Abu Garda met with a committee of medicine manufacturers and said that this decision had been made by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Director General of the National Council of Medicines and Poisons Zine El-Abidine Abbas Al-Fahal said that this decision would contribute towards supporting and developing the national industry, saving foreign currency and helping the country afford enough medicine to stock all pharmacies. Read: Calls for Sudan to declare a cholera epidemic Chairman of the Chamber of Medicine Manufacturers Ahmed Al-Badawi said […]

PA extends detention of 3 Palestinian journalists in West Bank

The Palestinian Public Prosecution extended yesterday the detention of three Palestinian journalists from the occupied West Bank for one more day, Shehab news agency reported. Family sources named the three journalists as Amer Abu Arafa, reporter of Shehab, Mamdouh Hamamra and Ahmed Halayqa, correspondents of Al-Quds TV. The Public Prosecution renewed the detention after the journalists’ lawyer and the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate asked the Palestinian security services to release them immediately, stating that their detention is illegal. Shehab said that PA security services arrested five journalists on Tuesday after raiding their homes and confiscating their mobiles and laptops. They also handed the family of a sixth journalist a detention order. Read: Abbas suspends security coordination with Israel but continues assaulting journalists […]

Israeli forces damage documents in Al-Aqsa Mosque raid

The specialist technical committee formed by the Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem has said that none of the historical documents preserved in the different libraries of Al-Aqsa Mosque have been lost, Quds Press reported yesterday. However, the committee reiterated that Israeli forces caused damage to some of the documents and facilities in the libraries, including the chemicals and other materials used for maintaining the documents. The committee issued the initial findings of its evaluation work in a report that covered the time period 14-27 July. Read: Israel steals important Jerusalem property deeds from Al-Aqsa Locks of one of the libraries, the committee said, were broken, the shelves and drawers damaged and a camera was stolen, but all the historical contents were […]

Israel demolishes Palestinian house in Ramla

Israeli authorities demolished yesterday the house of a Palestinian family in the city of Ramla in the centre of Israel under the pretext that it lacks the necessary building license, Quds Press reported. Rights activist in the city Sheikh Ali Al-Qirem said that the house, which was located in Al-Ribat neighbourhood, is owned by one his relatives Mohamed al-Qirem. He noted that the family members are now homeless. Speaking to Quds Press, the activist said: “The issue of land and home is one of the most complex issues the Palestinians suffer from in the city of Al-Ramlah,” pointing out that many more houses are slated to be demolished by Israeli authorities. Read: Israel demolishes Arab village for the 116th time Sheikh […]

Abbas suspends security coordination with Israel but continues assaulting journalists

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is still enjoying the limelight after insisting that security coordination with Israel will not be reinstated before certain demands are met, yet the PA’s security services are still deploying oppressive tactics upon Palestinian journalists. In fact, suspending security coordination only tackles a fragment of the problem which Palestinians face daily. Ma’an news agency quoted an unnamed source close to Abbas stating: “the Palestinian leadership will reject any security coordination Israel asks for as long as Israel does not stop daily assaults, shootings, undercover raids, abductions of Palestinian lawmakers, officials and children in Palestinian cities and refugee camps in the PA-controlled territories.” Palestinian journalists are omitted from the list and have once again been the […]

Indian nun rescues Cameroonian sex slaves from Middle East

A celebrated Indian nun who rescues Cameroonian women from slavery in the Middle East has called for greater support for victims to help them recover from the horrors of being drugged, raped and abused. Sister Vanaja Jasphine says she has identified more than 200 women who have been trafficked from the central African nation and enslaved in the Middle East in recent years. The 39-year-old nun last year helped to bring home 14 trafficking victims, whom she refers to as Cameroon’s “children”. A rising number of African women are heading to the Middle East for domestic work, driven abroad by the lack of jobs at home, rights activists say. Yet many have their passports confiscated and end up trapped in […]

29 Tonnes of Explosive Materials Destroyed in Gaza since ‘Cast Lead’ attack by Israel

The representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, Ambassador Takeshi Okubo, and the Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service in Palestine has concluded a Japanese-funded project to remove explosive remnants form the 2014 war in Gaza Strip. According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), stated in a press release on Wednesday that the project was effectively carried out in Gaza Cit, and included an awareness campaign on the dangers of explosive remnants and a photos exhibition. According to the statement, Japan enabled the United Nations Mine Action Service to clear up the last known and accessible unexploded bomb in Gaza, through its support of a multi-donor project in April […]