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Palestinian teen shot by Israel forces dies of wounds

Palestinian teen shot by Israel forces dies of wounds

7 September 2014 | 17:19 | FOCUS News Agency
Jerusalem. A Palestinian teenager died on Sunday from injuries sustained when he was shot last week by Israeli border police in east Jerusalem, his family and a hospital said, AFP reported.
Mohammed Sinokrot, 16, was wounded by gunfire in the Wadi Joz neighbourhood on August 31.
Police said he was shot in the leg with a foam pellet while rioting, but his family said he was shot in the head on his way to the mosque.
"There were no clashes in the area, he went for night prayers at the mosque and was bringing bread back home," his uncle Muhtadi Sinokrot told AFP.
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Israel issues tenders for 283 homes in W.Bank settlement

Israel issues tenders for 283 homes in W.Bank settlement

5 September 2014 | 11:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Jerusalem. Israel said Friday it published tenders for 283 new homes in a West Bank settlement, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on occupied Palestinian territory for three decades, AFP announced.
The expansion of the Elkana settlement, in the northwest of the West Bank, was approved in January and the tenders published Thursday, Israel's Land Authority said on its website.
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Israel underestimated Gaza militants: top army official

Israel underestimated Gaza militants: top army official

3 September 2014 | 13:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Tel Aviv. A senior army intelligence official has admitted that Israel underestimated the tenacity of Gaza militants and did not expect a 50-day conflict to last so long, but he insisted they were soundly beaten, AFP reported.
The conflict, which ended with a ceasefire last week, killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, as well as 66 soldiers and six civilians on the Israeli side, in the bloodiest battle between the Jewish state and Gaza militants for years.
"If you'd asked me two months ago, I wouldn't assess that it's going to take us 50 days," the official told journalists in English at a briefing in Tel Aviv late Tuesday.
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US urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

US urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

2 September 2014 | 02:57 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. Israel faced increasing pressure Monday, including from the United States, after saying it plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, AFP reports.

Ally Washington, the United Nations and Egypt all called for an urgent rethink after Sunday's announcement, which angered the Palestinians and alarmed Israeli peace campaigners, and comes days after a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold. According to the Israeli military, the land move was a political decision made after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched in the same area, known to Israelis as the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

"This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve, and construction tender they issue, is counterproductive to Israel's stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians," a US State Department official said. "We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policy of settlement expansion on land the Palestinians claim for a future state is deemed illegal by the European Union and an "obstacle to peace" by the United States. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was "alarmed" by Israel's plans, his spokesman said.
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Israel to take over West Bank land

Israel to take over West Bank land

1 September 2014 | 08:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Tel Aviv. Israel has announced plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the West Bank, BBC reports.
The decision to appropriate land south of Bethlehem is believed to be the largest seizure by Israel in 30 years.
The military-run local administration said it was a response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teenagers in the area in June.
Palestinians said diplomatic action should be taken against Israel. The US urged Israel to reverse the move.
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Israel agreed Gaza truce to focus on jihadist threat: Netanyahu

Israel agreed Gaza truce to focus on jihadist threat: Netanyahu

30 August 2014 | 22:29 | FOCUS News Agency
Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel agreed to a permanent truce in its 50-day Gaza war with Hamas in order to keep focused on the threat from regional militants, AFP reported.
"We fought for 50 days and we could have fought for 500 days, but we are in a situation where the Islamic State is at the gates of Jordan, Al-Qaeda is in the Golan and Hezbollah is at the border with Lebanon," Netanyahu said in an address on public television.
He was referring to Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq - both neighbours of Jordan - Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front Syria rebels on the Israeli-annexed Golan and Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah.
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Israel arrests almost 600 Palestinians in August: NGO

Israel arrests almost 600 Palestinians in August: NGO

30 August 2014 | 14:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Ramallah. Israeli forces detained 597 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in August, raising the number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons to more than 7,000, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said, AFP reported.
The majority of the arrests took place in East Jerusalem and Hebron, which is situated in the south of the West Bank, the NGO, based in Ramallah, said in a statement.
Many were arrested during demonstrations in support of Palestinians in Gaza, which was the focus of a deadly 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, the de facto ruler of Gaza.
Since the June kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the southern West Bank, at least 2,000 Palestinians have been questioned and detained, according to the NGO.
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Aid flows into Gaza after Israel-Hamas truce

Aid flows into Gaza after Israel-Hamas truce

28 August 2014 | 13:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Gaza City. Vital humanitarian aid was arriving in Gaza Thursday as residents began rebuilding their lives following a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas that experts say left no winners, AFP reported.
Millions in and around the war-torn coastal enclave were enjoying a second day of peace after the guns fell silent following a permanent ceasefire agreement, allowing people to begin putting their lives back together.
The truce, which went into force on Tuesday evening, saw the warring sides agree to a "permanent" halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in a move hailed by Washington, the United Nations and top world diplomats.
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Israel PM: Hamas won none of its demands in Gaza truce

Israel PM: Hamas won none of its demands in Gaza truce

27 August 2014 | 21:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Islamist foe Hamas had achieved none of its demands in a truce ending 50 days of deadly conflict in Gaza, AFP reported.
"Hamas was hit hard and got none of its demands," Netanyahu said at a news conference in Jerusalem.
"Hamas wanted a port and airport in Gaza, the liberation of Palestinian prisoners, the mediation of Qatar and Turkey and the payment of salaries for its employees.
"But it got nothing."
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Arstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syrian city of Raqqa
Arstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syrian city of Raqqa

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