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Newspapers Review: Beating Palestinian teen to death focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, The beating of a Palestinian teen to death by Israeli occupation forces near the Ramallah-district village of Turmus-Ayya hit the front-page headlines in today’s issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.
Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that Israeli occupation forces cold-bloodedly assassinated a Palestinian teen from the Nablus-district village of Yatma, severely beating him with their rifle butts and sticks near Turmus-Ayya.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida described the Israeli soldiers who committed the killing as sadists who took pleasure in the murder of the youth.
Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida printed a photo for Palestinian mourners attending the funeral procession of the youth, Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar, 18, in his hometown of Yatma.
The situation of Maher al-Akhras, a 49-year-old father of six children who has been on hunger strike for 92 days in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial, was also highlighted on the front page of the three dailies.
Al-Quds said that Israel’s High Court rejected once again to release al-Akhras, who continued to be isolated in a room in Kaplan Hospital in Israel.
It added that family members of al-Akhras continued their hunger strike and sit-in at the hospital until he is released as calls were made by the public urging his immediate release.
Al-Ayyam added in this regard that al-Akhras proceeded with his open-ended hunger strike as medics warned of a setback in his already serious health condition.
On reconciliation efforts, secretary of Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rjoub, was reported in al-Quds saying that a Palestinian national accord will be announced soon in Cairo.
Al-Quds and al-Ayyam added that a Hamas delegation led by deputy chief Saleh Arouri arrived in Cairo.
The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, condemned the publishing of caricatures offensive of Prophet Mohammad.
According to the dailies, President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Vatican’s apostolic administrator in the Holy Land, for being named as the new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.
Al-Quds said that Israeli occupation authorities delivered demolition and stop-construction orders against a number of houses and structures across the West Bank.
Al-Ayyam elaborated that the occupation authorities served the orders against structures in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, and al-Maniya village, south of Bethlehem.
According to al-Quds, 115 Israeli settlers forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Highlighting statistics on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the dailies said that 453 Palestinians tested positive for the virus and five others died of it in the past 24 hours in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida added that 360 COVID-19 patients recovered in the occupied territories, with al-Ayyam pointing that recovery cases exceed 88 percent of the total cases.
Premier Mohammad Shtayyeh was reported in al-Quds stressing that tourism is an important source of economic growth, promising to reinvigorate it following the pandemic outbreak.
According to al-Quds, the Israel Prison Services (IPS) stormed the minors section at the notorious detention facility of Ofer, west of Ramallah.
Regionally, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida quoted Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud saying that Palestinian leaders have a genuine desire to achieve the best for their people.
Palestinian ambassador to the European Union Abdul-Rahim Farra was reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida saying that the EU was interacting with Abbas’ peace initiative and call for an international peace conference.
Palestinian ambassador to Bulgaria Ahmad Madbouh was reported calling on the Bulgarian parliament to ban the entry of Israeli settlement products and settlers into Bulgaria.
According to al-Hayat al-Jadida, 38 members of the US Democratic Party have called on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release humanitarian and medical aid to Gaza.
Al-Ayyam highlighted the increasing Sudani opposition to the normalization deal with Israel.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)

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