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Rami Hamdallah: Israel waging water war on Palestinians

Rami Hamdallah: Israel waging water war on Palestinians

Palestine has decried Israel’s practice of siphoning off water supplies from large areas of the occupied West Bank. In a statement issued on Thursday, the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that Israel was “waging a water war against the Palestinians. “Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water …

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Israel to build underground wall along Gaza border

Israel to build underground wall along Gaza border

Israel plans to build a concrete wall both above ground and underground along the Gaza border to combat Hamas tunnels in the area, Arab48 reported. Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported yesterday that the “defence system” includes a concrete wall tens of metres under the ground, and it will also extend above the ground to hinder Hamas’ ability to continue to …

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Israel cuts water supplies to West Bank during Ramadan

Israel cuts water supplies to West Bank during Ramadan

Israel’s national water company has cut crucial water supplies to large areas of the occupied West Bank, leaving tens of thousands of Palestinians without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Palestinian officials said. Mekorot, the main supplier of water to Palestinian towns and cities, siphoned off water supplies to the municipality of Jenin, several …

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Israel elected to head UN legal cmte. amid OIC objections

Israel elected to head UN legal cmte. amid OIC objections

Israel was named to head the Sixth Committee of the UNGA for the 71st session by the Western European and Other Group (WEOG), despite objections from over 80 UN member states. The United Nations General Assembly today elected Israel in a plenary session of its 193 members as the president of the 71st Session, in absence of other candidates and …

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UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe

UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe

More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing. In a report, Danger Every Step of the Way, released today, UNICEF found that 7,009 unaccompanied children made …

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Israel primary cause of Palestinian suffering: UN report

Israel primary cause of Palestinian suffering: UN report

A UN report says Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its blockade of Gaza is the primary cause for Palestinian “humanitarian vulnerabilities.” The annual report is the fifth of its kind, published by the Palestinian branch of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Titled “Fragmented Lives,” the report bills itself as a “comprehensive overview of …

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Prominent Bahraini activist goes into exile in Denmark

Prominent Bahraini activist goes into exile in Denmark

A prominent Shiite activist in Bahrain said on Saturday she had left the country after recently being freed from prison. Zainab Al Khawaja is the daughter of well-known activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, who himself is serving a life sentence over his role in the kingdom’s Arab Spring protests. The demonstrations saw members of Bahrain’s Shiite majority and others demand more …

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