Israel to seize land near Jenin to expand wall

Israeli authorities today notified a Palestinian from the village of Al-Jalama, northeast of the occupied West Bank city Jenin, of their intention to seize his land in favor of expanding the apartheid wall, according to local sources. Mohamoud Abu Farha, the owner of the land, told WAFA that the Israeli forces notified him of their intentions to take over his land, to which he has documents that approve his ownership of the land, in favor of establishing a new extension of the annexation wall. The authorities ordered Abu Farha to not place any vehicles within 10 meters of the land under the pretext of that it was declared a closed military zone. Citizens expressed fear that such step aims to expand the wall which will lead to preventing them from entering their lands, said Amjad Abu Farha, head of the village council.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Israeli settlers torch Palestinian crops in southern West Bank

Israeli settlers today torched Palestinian crops in Kisan village, east of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to municipal source. The village mayor, Mousa Ebayyat, said that a group of settlers set fire to wheat and barely crops planted in a plot land belonging to two farmers from the village. The assailants came from the nearby colonial settlement of Ma’ale Amos. Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities. Settler violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others. There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Israel seizes tract of land to expand colonial settlement in northern West Bank

The Israeli occupation authorities today seized a Palestinian tract of land to expand a colonial settlement in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, according to local sources. They said that the authorities took over 14 donums of olive-planted land belonging 10 families living in the villages of Jit, Fara’ta and Til, located east of the city, to make room for the expansion of the colonial outpost of Havat Gilad. Over 700,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law. The number of settlers has almost tripled since the Oslo Accords of 1993, when settlers’ number estimated 252,000. Illegal colonial settlements have leapt from 144 to 515 in that time. Israel’s nation-state law that passed last July stated that building and strengthening settlements as a ‘national interest.’

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Water ministry launches donor platform

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation/ Water Authority has initiated a pilot launch of a digital platform designed for donors and partners, offering comprehensive information on funding amounts, grants, and financing schemes and agreements for each donor or funding organization involved in water and sanitation projects. In an official statement released Monday, the ministry explained that the platform enables financiers to track the projects they fund, as well as the completion rates, objectives, and performance indicators of each project. Moreover, the platform provides in-depth data on upcoming strategic plans for the water sector and the projects designated for financing, promoting transparency, ease of access to information, and governance in the water sector to fulfill both national and international transparency requirements and standards. The ministry pointed out that the platform is part of an integrated system that oversees the execution of water sector strategies and allows for the monitoring of strategy implementation from the vision, mission, strategic objectives, and methods of achievement stages. Furthermore, the ministry stated that this system offers real-time monitoring mechanisms for primary and secondary performance indicators, providing decision-makers with a clear understanding of the degree of success in executing plans, thus enabling them to make well-informed decisions promptly. The authority also noted that the forthcoming comprehensive system for strategy governance will encompass the introduction of additional digital platforms, focusing on key water sector stakeholders, including the House of Representatives, Senate, and provincial councils platform.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israeli police detain four Palestinians from West Bank

Israeli police today detained four Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, according to local sources. They said that the heavily-armed police rounded up two Palestinians from the Old City of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, police detained another, identified as a resident of Silat al-Harithiya village, northwest of Jenin, from his workplace in Umm al-Fahm city in northern Israel. The sources confirmed an army raid in Shweika neighborhood, north of Tulkarm, resulting in the detention of another. Earlier today, Israeli forces detained 11 Palestinians and ransacked a number of houses mostly in predawn raids across the West Bank. One of the detainees was identified as a resident of Silat al-Harithiya village, northwest of Jenin, another of Nur Shmas refugee camp, east of Tulkarm, another as a resident of Tulkarm refugee camp, and another as a resident of Tammun town, south of Tubas, in the northern West Bank. As part of the seven others, a Palestinian was detained from Arura town, north of Ramallah, four others from Beit Kahel town, northwest of Hebron, another from Sa’ir town, northeast of Hebron, in addition to another from al-Karmel village, east of Yatta. Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents. These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers. Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised. According to the latest figures from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, there are currently 4,900 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 155 children and 32 female prisoners. This number includes 1,014 Palestinians placed under ‘administrative detention’, that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing. Mass arrest of Palestinians is nothing new. According to a 2017 report by Addameer, over the past 50 years, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel, this figure is now believed to be closer to 1 million. This means that about 40% of Palestinian men and boys living under military occupation have been deprived of their freedom. Almost every Palestinian family has suffered the imprisonment of a loved one.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency

Kuwait calls for reactivating economic deals to enhance Arab cooperation

Kuwait’s Minister of Finance (MoF) and Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Investment Manaf Al-Hajri stressed on Monday the significance of galvanizing the economic deals on enhancing the joint Arab action.

Al-Hajri, head of the Kuwaiti delegation to the preparatory meetings for the extraordinary Arab summit, told KUNA in a statement that some topics on activating air, maritime and land transport have been discussed.

On Arab tourism, the Arab tourism strategy, which aims to boost Arab cooperation, and enhance confidence of Arab tourists and develop tourist innovation, has been adopted, he added in the statement after the meeting.

With regard to communication and information technology (digital technology), he said the Arab strategy for information and communication technology has been endorsed.

The strategy aims to develop the national and regional infrastructure in the Arab countries to form an inclusive Arab framework to coordinate efforts seeking to formulate national and regional policies and strategies in the Arab community during next years, he pointed out.

The conferees further discussed the latest developments of completing requirements related to establishing the Arab free zone and customs union, he stated.

In addition, several topics have been covered during the meetings that included Arab League Secretary General’s report on implementing the 31st Arab Summit resolutions and others, he revealed.

Al-Hajri stressed Kuwait’s keenness on making a successful Arab summit due in Saudi Arabia through helping making resolutions to enhance the joint Arab economic and social action.

He stated that Kuwait welcomed Syria’s return to the Arab League after a 12-year suspension.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

UN commemorates Nakba Day

The UN on Monday commemorated for the first time in its history, the mass displacement of Palestinians from land that was to become Israel, 75 years ago, that turned 700,000 Palestinians into refugees, almost overnight.

The mass displacement in 1948, known as the “Nakba” (catastrophe), has an importance to Palestinians across the world, said Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, addressing a high-level event at UN Headquarters in New York, marking the day.

DiCarlo expressed deep concerns about diminishing prospects for kick starting the peace process on the way to forging a two-State solution, given the current landscape of expanding Israeli settlements in occupied territory, recent violence, and Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights.

“Palestinians deserve a life of justice and dignity and the realization of their right to self-determination and independence,” she said.

“The UN position is clear: the occupation must end. A two-State solution must be achieved in line with international law.

“We want to see an independent State of Palestine living side by side with Israel in peace.” For Palestinians, the 1948 the massive displacement meant families took what they could carry or was shipped in trucks, from their homes to areas outside the new State of Israel.

The UN agency created to serve the displaced population (UNRWA), reports that 5.9 million Palestinian are currently registered as refugees.

The anniversary spotlights the world’s longest-standing protracted refugee crisis, serving as a stark reminder that Palestine refugees continue to live amidst conflict, violence, and occupation while aspiring to a just and lasting solution to their plight, said the UN Committee on the Rights of Palestine People.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Foreign Ministry: residence of head of Kuwait’s military office in Sudan attacked

Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that the residence of the head of the military office at the Kuwaiti embassy in Khartoum was stormed and ransacked today.

In a statement, the Ministry expressed Kuwait’s condemnation and denunciation of the attack and all forms of violence and sabotage, especially those targeting diplomatic missions and their buildings.

It dismissed that such assaults as a flagrant violation of all international norms, rules of international law and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

The Ministry renewed its call to the official authorities and all concerned parties in the sisterly Republic of Sudan to quickly take necessary measures to provide full protection for diplomatic missions staff, buildings and properties.

It stressed that need to bring to accountable perpetrators of these attacks.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Libyan FM starts official visit to Kuwait

Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush arrived in Kuwait Monday, starting an official visit to the country.

Mangoush was received at the airport by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Assistant Foreign Minister for protocols Ambassador Nabil Al-Dakhil, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Libya Ziad Al-Mashan, Assistant Foreign Minister for Sheikh Salem’s office affairs Minister Plenipotentiary Nawaf Abdullatif Al-Ahmad, Libyan Ambassador to Kuwait Suleiman Al-Sahili and several senior foreign ministry officials also received the Libyan top diplomat at the airport.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

American-Saudi aggression crimes on May 15

The US-Saudi-Emirati aggression and its mercenaries launched attacks on populated areas in several provinces, which led to killing and injuries.

On May 15, 2015, the aggression warplanes launched a raid on Aden province, while the mercenaries bombed with tanks Khur Maksar, Dar Saad, Jazirat al-Ummal ,Al-Mansura, al-Mamdara area, Ja’oula, and al-Jawdah near Salah al-Din in Sheikh Othman, al-Jawla, and the road connected to the coastline and towards the ship’s roundabout.

The aggression mercenaries targeted the coastal line, Mansoura, and the airport with light and medium machine guns. They also targeted citizens’ houses in Arish area, and bombed a car, which led to casualties.

In Sa’ada, the enemy army launched rockets, mortar shells, and tank shell of the border areas at Alab, Munabeh, Mandaba, Ketaf, Wadi al-Fara’ and al-Qamma, in addition to creating new sites between the al-Burj and al-Mafrouk sites.

In Taiz province, the aggression’s mercenaries targeted Al-Montazah area and a number of houses in Jabal Saber with a number of shells, and with various machine guns, the Central Security Forces and the adjacent areas.

The mercenaries bombed the city of Al-Houta and Al-Habilin in Lahj province, and Al-Tabab overlooking Al-Dhale’ line and Al-Anad triangle, using tanks, different rates and snipers.

Mercenaries in Shabwa province stationed south of Al-Jalfouz point also bombed separate sites using machine guns, rates and shells, while mercenaries in Al-Dhale’ province bombed Al-Shuaib area and the main street with mortars and machine guns.

In Abyan province, mercenaries targeted separate locations in Akad, Mudiyah, and Al-Wadea with rates and machine guns.

On May 15, 2016, the aggression warplanes launched four raids on Mandaba area in the border district of Baqem, and two raids on the city of Rahban in Sa’ada province.

The aggression mercenaries fired their heavy weapons at Al-Modaraba area in Al-Waza’ia district, Taiz province, and they also bombed Melh and Mubda’a areas in Nehm district, Sana’a province.

The aggression’s mercenaries shelled separate areas in Serwah district, Marib province, with artillery.

The aggression’s mercenaries shelled separate areas in Serwah district, Marib governorate, with artillery.

On May 15, 2017, the child Zayed Mujahid Saleh Rabih was killed and two children and two women were injured as a result of artillery shelling of mercenaries on the homes of citizens in the village of Bani Rabih in Harib al-Qarameesh district, Ma’rib province.

The aggression warplanes launched two raids on Al-Jamalah area in Majz district, and two raids on Al-Sabahan area in Baqem district in Sa’ada, targeting the citizens’ farms, causing great damage.

Multiple areas of the border district of Shada were subjected to Saudi missile and artillery shelling, targeting citizens’ farms and public roads.

The aggression warplanes also launched two raids on Hays district in Al- Hodeida province, more than 12 raids on the Yakhtal area in Al Mocha district in Taiz, three raids on the Haradh and Medi districts in Hajjah province, and launched two raids on Jabal Dhain in Ayal Sureh district in Amran province.

On May 15, 2018, three citizens were killed and two others were injured as a result of three raids by the aggression, which targeted two cars in Ketaf district, Sa’ada province.

In addition, three women were injured in two air raids on a citizen’s house in Sharawi area of Baqem district, and a citizen from Razeh district was injured by Saudi border guards, and a child was injured and a number of livestock died as a result of the missile strikes on the Munabeh district.

The hostile warplanes launched five raids on Al-Zamah area in Baqem district, and a raid on Bani Moaz area in Sahar district, while Saudi missile and artillery bombardment targeted separate areas of Baqem and Razeh districts.

The aggression warplanes launched four airstrikes on separate areas in Serwah district, which caused damage to the citizens’ farms, and targeted, with a raid, a domestic gas station in the Qa’ad Sahman area in Bani Matar district of Sana’a province, which caused material damage.

The hostile warplanes targeted Al-Jah area of Bayt Al-Faqih district, south of Al-Hodeida, with five raids, and launched three raids on Kilo 16 area in the Al-Durayhimi district.

On May 15, 2019, a number of citizens were killed and injured in the ring line in the city of Qa’tabah in Al-Dhale’ province, as a result of the aggression’s mercenaries’ bombing of two “Low” missiles on gatherings of citizens during breakfast.

A citizen was injured by Saudi border guards’ fire in the border directorate of Munabeh in Sa’ada province.

The citizen, Abdu Omar Darwish, was also killed by a mortar shell fired by the mercenaries at his house in the city of Al-Durayhimi in Al-Hodeida, which was targeted with more than 50 shells.

The house of a citizen, southwest of the city of Al-Durayhimi, was burned as a result of artillery shell by the mercenaries. They also bombed with more than 30 artillery shells and three Katyusha rockets the village of Al-Zafaran and its surroundings in Kilo 16 area, and with 28 mortar shells in Al-Faza area in Al-Tuhaita district.

In the city of Hodeida, intensive bombardment by mercenaries with heavy and medium machine guns targeted separate neighborhoods in the 7th of July residential area, with medium machine guns, Hodeida airport, and fired more than 26 artillery shells towards the airport and Al-Jamal roundabout.

The aggression mercenaries intensively bombed separate neighborhoods of Hodeida with heavy and medium weapons, and targeted separate areas of Hays district with artillery shells and various machine guns.

In addition, the aggression launched a raid on the wreckage of its American-made “MQ1” spy plane, which was shot down in the Dayan area in Bani Matar district of Sana’a province, and also launched nine raids on the Haradh district in Hajjah.

On May 15, 2020, the aggression warplanes targeted Haradh customs with three raids, and with two raids the Al-Tinah area in Medi district of Hajjah province.

The warplanes launched ten raids on Qaniyah area in Al-Bayda province, four raids on the village of Al-Khasf in Al-Hazm district, and a raid on Khab Washa`af district in Al-Jawf.

The aggression’s warplanes targeted, with 15 raids, separate areas of Majzar and Medghal districts in Marib province.

Saudi missile and artillery bombardment targeted populated villages in border district of Razeh, Sa’ada province.

In Al-Hodeidah province, the mercenaries bombed many areas with various gunshots and 92 artillery shells.

On May 15, 2021, the aggression warplanes launched 13 raids on Serwah district in Marib province, and five raids on Al-Marazeeq area in Khab Washa’af district in Al-Jawf province, and also launched a raid on Al-Zahir district in Sa’ada province.

The mercenaries targeted, with 262 shells and various gunshots, separate areas in Al-Hodeida province.

On May 15, 2022, the reconnaissance warplanes of the aggression launched two raids on citizens’ houses and sites in Al-Fakher and Al-Bathaa area in Al-Dhale’ province, while artillery shell of mercenaries targeted sites in Mala’a, Al-Kassara, Al-Balq Al-Sharqi, Rawdat Jahannam Al-Dushush, and Sarwah in Marib, Homera region of Taiz, Bani Hassan region, and Al-Mazraq region in Hajjah, and the burial grounds and al-Malaheeth in Sa’ada.

The mercenaries fired on citizens’ houses and sites in Ma’rib, Taiz, Hajjah and Sa’ada province.

The spy warplanes launched two raids, while the mercenaries created combat fortifications and bombarded with artillery and various gunshots many areas in Al-Hodeida province.

Source: Yemen News Agency

Aggression commits 76 violations in Hodeida in 24 hours

The aggression forces committed 76 violations of the ceasefire agreement in Hodeida province over the past 24 hours, an official at the operations room to monitor the violations said on Monday.

A source in the operations room told the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) that among the violations of the aggression forces 4 spy flight raids on Hays and the creation of combat fortifications in Maqbana.

The source indicates that the violations also involved the flight of 12 spy aircraft in the airspace of Hays, Maqbana and al Jabaliya 5 violation with artillery bombardment and 54 violations by different gunshots.

Source: Yemen News Agency