Mohammad Shtayeh named by President Abbas as new prime minister-designate

RAMALLAH, President Mahmoud Abbas today asked Fatah Central Committee member Mohammad Shtayeh to form the new Palestinian government.

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said President Abbas received Shtayeh at his office and asked him to form the 18th government that would replace the outgoing government of Rami Hamdallah, which resigned on January 29 but continued as a caretaker government.

In the letter of designation to Shtayeh, President Abbas said the mission of the new government will be to speed up reuniting the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as to work toward holding legislative elections in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip to strengthen democracy.

It will also continue to support financially families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails and those killed by the Israeli army, to strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinian people on their land in facing the Israeli settlement policies, defend Jerusalem and its holy Muslim and Christian places in light of Israeli attempts to change their status and to build a strong national economy.

Shtayeh was born in the village of Tel, near Nablus, in 1958 and got his undergraduate degree at Birzeit University and his doctorate degree in economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

He also served as director of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR) and as minister of housing and construction. He was elected to Fatah Central Committee in 2009 and again in 2016.

Shtayeh will have three weeks to form a new government, which could be extended by two more weeks if necessary.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency

Israeli warplanes attack targets in Gaza, cause damage

GAZA, Sunday, Israeli warplanes last night attacked several locations across the besieged Gaza Strip causing damage to property but no human casualties, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said the warplanes attacked targets in Gaza City causing heavy damage, fire flames and deep holes in a farming land as well as damage to neighboring houses and property.

Warplanes also attacked targets in Deir el-Balah City in the central Gaza Strip, but again causing heavy damage to the targeted areas and nearby homes but no casualties.

Israel said the attacks came after a rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel without causing any damage or injuries and for flying incendiary balloons into Israeli areas that have caused fire in fields.

Palestinians said the rocket was fired in retaliation for the Israeli army killing of a 23-year-old man during the border Great March of Return protests on Friday and the injury of dozens others, including several who were reported in serious condition.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Japan contributes $7 million for UNRWA emergency assistants

JERUSALEM, The Government of Japan has contributed an additional $7 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said the UN agency in a statement.

Of this important contribution, $4.5 million will enable UNRWA to continue providing health care for Palestine Refugees most in need of assistance in Lebanon. It will support hospitalization to 6,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) and multipurpose cash assistance to those displaced to Lebanon. An additional $1.5 million will contribute to the Agency’s humanitarian response to support Palestine refugees displaced from Yarmouk camp following eight years of conflict in Syria and another $1 million will go towards the provision of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) services for nearly 200,000 Palestine refugees in Lebanon.

Japanese Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Takeshi Okubo said: I’m very happy to share with you that the Government of Japan has decided to contribute 7 million US dollars to UNRWA for the project entitled Emergency Grant Aid in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Lebanon that is followed by the recent commitment of Japan to contribute $23 million to UNRWA from the supplementary budget of FY 2018.

We are determined more than ever to send a message to Palestine refugees through the assistance that A friend in need is a friend indeed. Japan will be there with you. at a time when the region is experiencing serious humanitarian crisis. With this new assistance, the total value of Japanese assistance to the Palestinian people has already exceeded 1.9 billion US dollars since 1993, he added.

The Chief Donor Relations Division of UNRWA, Marc Lassouaoui, said : On behalf of UNRWA, I would like to thank Ambassador Okubo for his personal commitment to the Agency and the Palestine refugees. He added that The Government of Japan has been exemplary in its support to the Agency. We deeply appreciate this very generous gesture towards this vulnerable community.

The Government of Japan is a dedicated donor to UNRWA, having supported the Agency since 1953. In 2018, the Government of Japan was the 10th largest contributor to the Agency, playing a critical role at a time when UNRWA faced an existential crisis. It is thanks to the enduring support of donors like the Government of Japan that the Agency is able to provide vital services to Palestine refugees across the Middle East in the face of its continuing challenges.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Japan contributes $7 million for UNRWA emergency assistants

JERUSALEM, The Government of Japan has contributed an additional $7 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said the UN agency in a statement.

Of this important contribution, $4.5 million will enable UNRWA to continue providing health care for Palestine Refugees most in need of assistance in Lebanon. It will support hospitalization to 6,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) and multipurpose cash assistance to those displaced to Lebanon. An additional $1.5 million will contribute to the Agency’s humanitarian response to support Palestine refugees displaced from Yarmouk camp following eight years of conflict in Syria and another $1 million will go towards the provision of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) services for nearly 200,000 Palestine refugees in Lebanon.

Japanese Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Takeshi Okubo said: I’m very happy to share with you that the Government of Japan has decided to contribute 7 million US dollars to UNRWA for the project entitled Emergency Grant Aid in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Lebanon that is followed by the recent commitment of Japan to contribute $23 million to UNRWA from the supplementary budget of FY 2018.

We are determined more than ever to send a message to Palestine refugees through the assistance that A friend in need is a friend indeed. Japan will be there with you. at a time when the region is experiencing serious humanitarian crisis. With this new assistance, the total value of Japanese assistance to the Palestinian people has already exceeded 1.9 billion US dollars since 1993, he added.

The Chief Donor Relations Division of UNRWA, Marc Lassouaoui, said : On behalf of UNRWA, I would like to thank Ambassador Okubo for his personal commitment to the Agency and the Palestine refugees. He added that The Government of Japan has been exemplary in its support to the Agency. We deeply appreciate this very generous gesture towards this vulnerable community.

The Government of Japan is a dedicated donor to UNRWA, having supported the Agency since 1953. In 2018, the Government of Japan was the 10th largest contributor to the Agency, playing a critical role at a time when UNRWA faced an existential crisis. It is thanks to the enduring support of donors like the Government of Japan that the Agency is able to provide vital services to Palestine refugees across the Middle East in the face of its continuing challenges.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Dozens of settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Sunday, Dozens of Jewish settlers accompanied by Israeli security forces forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said extremist Israeli settlers and students of Talmudic yeshivas broke into the holy mosque in groups, under heavy protection from Israeli police.

Yesterday, an Israeli police officer was filmed entering Bab al-Rahma section of the holy site while refusing to take off his boots, a step which was seen as desecrating of sanctity of the mosque by the Islamic Awqaf department, in charge of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

The Muslim holy site recently witnessed the reopening of Bab al-Rahma worship site inside the mosque by thousands of Muslim worshipers accompanied by Awqaf officials after a 16-year-closure by Israeli authorities.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Dozens of settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Sunday, Dozens of Jewish settlers accompanied by Israeli security forces forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said extremist Israeli settlers and students of Talmudic yeshivas broke into the holy mosque in groups, under heavy protection from Israeli police.

Yesterday, an Israeli police officer was filmed entering Bab al-Rahma section of the holy site while refusing to take off his boots, a step which was seen as desecrating of sanctity of the mosque by the Islamic Awqaf department, in charge of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

The Muslim holy site recently witnessed the reopening of Bab al-Rahma worship site inside the mosque by thousands of Muslim worshipers accompanied by Awqaf officials after a 16-year-closure by Israeli authorities.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency