World Bulletin/News Desk
A senior Hamas official on Monday blamed the death of an Israeli soldier Sunday in al-Khalil (Hebron) on "oppressive" Israeli policies against Palestinians, including the building of Jewish-only settlements on Arab land, violations of Islamic holy sites and arbitrary detentions.
"The operation [targeting the Israeli soldier] came within the context of self-defense against an Israeli military machine that occupies our land and violates the sanctity of Islamic houses of worship," Gamal al-Taweel, a senior Hamas official from Ramallah, told the Anadolu Agency.
The incident also "proves the failure of security coordination between the Palestinian and Israeli sides," he added, hinting at security coordination between Israel and Hamas' archrival, Fatah.
An Israeli soldier was killed on Sunday in the city of Al-Khalil after his patrol came under fire near the Ibrahimi Mosque, known to Jews as the "Cave of the Patriarchs."
According to al-Taweel, the killing of the soldier in Al-Khalil and the abduction and killing of another in Qalqiliya sends the message that the Palestinian people are "still alive" and that resistance to the ongoing Israeli occupation "will not die."
He urged what he called "the parties that want stability in the region" to work towards realizing basic Palestinian rights, including the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state, the release of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails and the return of Palestinian refugees to their ancestral homes.
Al-Taweel called on Palestinian Authority negotiators, currently in talks with their Israeli counterparts, to stop what he called the "absurd negotiations with the self-proclaimed Jewish state." Such negotiations, he stressed, had consistently failed to yield any meaningful breakthroughs.
He said the Palestinians needed to adopt a new strategy for national resistance, on which all Palestinian factions agreed.
The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority resumed US-sponsored peace talks with Israel in late July, after a three-year hiatus. No official results of the negotiations have yet been announced.
The left-wing Republican Turkish Party (CTP) is due to announce their candidate for next year's polls on August 28.
The mine at Ndassima is carved deep into a forested hilltop north of Seleka's military headquarters in Bambari.
IRNA reported foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as dismissing "reports by some news agencies about Iran and U.S. cooperation in Iraq".
Deputy Prime Minister Minister Saleh Mutlaq did not say why the promises to free Sultan Hashem, who was sentenced to death, and other Sunni military and political leaders were made.
Russia said t was no longer prepared to tolerate any delays to an aid convoy heading for Ukraine and that the trucks are starting to move towards Luhansk.
The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airpower, took one district near the eastern entrance to Jalawla, Iraqi troops were advancing towards the nearby town of Saadiya
The Government Accountability Office accused the Obama administration of failing to give Congress advance notice required for the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The highest number of documented killings were recorded in Rural Damascus province(39,393), followed by Aleppo (31,932), Homs (28,186), Idlib (20,040), Daraa (18,539) and Hama (14,690).
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The first 20 of 43 Malaysian victims, including 15 Malaysia Airlines crew, were brought home in coffins draped in the national flag.
The 35-year-old woman with advanced cancer had been travelling via Abu Dhabi airport when her health deteriorated
Rescue workers feared the continuing rain could set off further landslides in the area after a month's worth of rain fell in one night
The airbase at Tabqa, some 40 km (25 miles) east of the city of Raqqa in northeast Syria, represents the government's last foothold in an area
In Washington, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill announced she would lead a Senate hearing next month to look at the militarization of local police departments.
Ugandan officials explained to the visiting rebels that Uganda had not deployed its troops to take sides in the conflict, but rather it went "in to stop a genocide".
Long-anticipated parliamentary report shows that 10 racist murders could have been prevented, underlines grave failures of intelligence.