Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Two hurt as Israel's Al-Mujahedeen hits Gaza with drone

An Israeli and a Croatian pilot pose together in a video released by the Croatian Ministry of Defense An Israeli and a Croatian pilot pose together in a video released by the Croatian Ministry of Defense
Pablo Mccormick | 09 August, 2018, 08:24

Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli blockade that continues to deprive its inhabitants of many essential commodities, including food, fuel, medicine and building materials.

Tensions have escalated since late March when Hamas launched what would become regular mass protests along Israel's perimeter fence with Gaza.

United Nations officials have called for the blockade to be lifted, citing deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas where 80 percent of the two million population are dependent on aid.

Another Palestinian, 25-year-old Ahmed Yaghi, was killed by a sniper east of Gaza City on Friday.

Hamas will not accept global aid in place of a substantial arrangement with Israel, an official from the group told i24NEWS Monday, after the group briefed Palestinian factions on ongoing talks with Egypt and the United Nations.

Qualcomm might be launching a new smartwatch chip on September 10th
The Spectra 250 ISP allows for more advanced camera features, and Ultra HD video recording using 30% less power is now supported. Overall it should offer up to 15% higher CPU performance and up to 25% faster graphics rendering than the Snapdragon 660 .

Hamas, meanwhile, is desperate to end the blockade, which has made it increasingly hard for the group to govern and has led to growing hardships in Gaza.

A truck parks next to a security barrier inside the Kerem Shalom border crossing terminal between Israel and Gaza Strip January 16, 2018.

Asked if Elkin's comments reflected Netanyahu government policy, an Israeli official close to the prime minister declined comment.

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005, but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders.

Last month, Israeli unilaterally decreased the fishing zone to the fishermen in Gaza from six to three nautical miles, also until further notice.

Boris Johnson compares women wearing burkas to letter boxes and bank robbers
A spokesperson for Prime Minister May refused to condemn Johnson's actions, and would only add: "We do not support a ban ". But Johnson said he was opposed to a blanket ban on face coverings such as the one that's been adopted in Denmark .

Without directly addressing Hamas, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later released a statement cautioning "against the willingness of some to the American and Israeli plans which are aimed at turning the Palestinian issue from the cause of a people seeking freedom and independence and establishing their independent state into a humanitarian cause".

The Fatah movement had warned Hamas of the danger of a unilateral conclusion of the armistice agreement with Israel in exchange for easing the blockade imposed on the Gaza strip.

"(A deal would bring about a) separation of Gaza from the rest of the homeland and would create a mini-state which will be the graveyard of our national project", said Munir Al-Ghaghoub, a spokesman for Fatah.

But Egyptian officials have privately voiced worry about Israeli calls for them to be more involved in Gaza, proposals that they think may dovetail with the Trump administration's efforts to address Palestinian grievances with pan-Arab help.

According to medical sources, one of the wounded was a boy. Twenty-four of slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

'Crazy Rich Asians' movie premieres in LA
And while most men would look like they were heading to a high school prom in that colour, Golding is hunky enough to pull it off. In a lengthy post on Twitter, she said the premiere is "truly historic" and "more than a movie, it's a movement".

Built up with rocks and gravel, it stretches 200 metres from the shore into the Mediterranean.

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