Saudi-led Arab Coalition launches a major humanitarian operation in Yemen

Foreign ministers of the Saudi-led coalition announced on Monday the launch of a comprehensive humanitarian operation in Yemen. The countries announced the provision of $1.5 billion in aid to help the Yemeni people. They said that: the Al Khadra border crossing with Yemen will be opened to facilitate the delivery of aid to Yemen; the capacity of the ports in Yemen will be expanded to receive the aid; and the port of Hodeidah will remain open for an additional month. The Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed al-Jaber, said that the humanitarian plan goes beyond financial targets and there is a support center to oversee the implementation of the plan in Yemen. He added, however, that Iran continues to support the Houthis to […]

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Palestinian demands should be the foundation for decolonisation

The Palestinian Authority now has a tangible proposal from the US, partly as a result of perpetual waiting. On several occasions waiting was touted as the reason for Mahmoud Abbas’s diplomatic delays and refusal to connect with Palestinian aspirations. However, since US President Donald Trump laid bare his agenda with his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israel has been able to employ an overt approach to its violence and expansion, while the PA must accept fragments or nothing at all. So far there is no mention of Palestinian resistance as the means through which decolonisation can come about. As a result the PA has not attempted to alter its limitations. If it does, it will destabilise its entire […]

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Gazans cannot cope with ‘unprecedented’ economic crisis

Since October 2017, the knot around the neck of the Gaza Strip has been tightening due to the strict Israeli-Egyptian siege and the punitive measures imposed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), leading the coastal enclave to an inevitable economic collapse. One day before the start of the second semester, Ahmed, 19, a second-year university student at the faculty of commerce, said goodbye to his friends at the metal workshop located in the centre of Gaza City. He waited for hours to get paid, but his employer, the workshop owner, did not return. Ahmed went home and started thinking how he would afford the fees needed to secure a place at his university. Ahmed is part of an eight-member family, and […]

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Israeli security forces arrest deputy head of Islamic movement

Israeli police have arrested the deputy head of the banned northern branch of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Kamal Khatib. Following his arrest today, Kahtib was taken by security forces to the police station in Qishla in the city of Nazareth according to Arabs 48. Reasons for his arrest have not been disclosed. Omar Kamaysi, director of the Mizan Human Rights Institute, told Arabs 48 that “Sheikh Kamal Khatib was arrested and taken to the al-Qusla center in Nazareth and is now under investigation.” He confirmed that the charges against him were security related and that Khatib’s arrest followed his alleged communication with “prohibited parties under Israeli law”. It has not been confirmed whether his detention will be extended. Arabs 48 […]

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