World Bulletin / News Desk
Around 80 percent of factories in the Gaza Strip have stopped working, either completely or partially, because of a tightening Israeli blockade, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Sunday.
In a statement, the pan-Muslim body Gaza office said Israel continues to prevent the entry into Gaza of hundreds of raw materials, bringing factories to a standstill.
The people of Gaza complain that frequent border closures by Egypt, along with an eight-year-old Israeli siege, have worsened the economic and humanitarian situation in the coastal enclave.
Egypt has tightened its grip on the border with Gaza since last July, when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president.
Egyptian authorities accuse Hamas, which has governed Gaza since 2007, of interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs and carrying out attacks inside the country – charges Hamas emphatically denies.
The OIC said the lack of raw materials caused Gaza's economic machine to conk out, forcing thousands of workers and engineers in the construction sector into unemployment.
Around 100 textile factories have come to a complete stop, the organization added.
Canadian media, citing police, identified the driver as Martin Couture-Rouleau, a resident of the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, near Montreal.
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an "unprecedented" 209,000 hectares of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares
Funahashi's "Nuclear Nation" films follow the residents of Futaba, who were evacuated after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex
The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who was convicted of culpable homicide last month for shooting Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, was escorted by armed police into court
Turkey accuses the PYD of being an off-shoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a three-decade long bloody insurgency in Turkey.
Colombia’s two guerrilla groups have met to coordinate concurrent peace dialogues.
Afghan army officers targeted in Kabul for the 6th time since formation of new the government on September 29
Kenya marked the Mashujaa Day which celebrates Kenyan heroes in all fields, including freedom fighters
Israeli forces routinely conduct detention campaigns against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank
Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for establishing an inquiry into the Israeli shelling of U.N. schools in the Gaza Strip.
Eyewitnesses said that clashes re-erupted between Tuaregs and Al-Tabu tribesmen in the town while electricity and telecommunication services disrupted.
"The Turkish frigate entered the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus," the statement said. "This constitutes a violation of the international law of the sea.
Panel member Cornelis Flinterman, recalling that it had called on Israel in 2010 to halt construction of settlements, said that it had information that the number of settlements had doubled since.
Ibrahim Mehleb left open the possibility of military action if Cairo's Gulf Arab allies are threatened
Amos said any secure zone would require a force on the ground ensuring the protection of civilians, and ideally this should be done with the backing of a U.N. resolution
The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage, a Palestinian NGO, has said that the Knesset was planning to discuss a draft law next month aimed at partitioning the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound