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.
German Finance Minister said that while a gas deal with Russia will be good for Greece, it will not be sufficient to overcome their debt problems.
The Turkish Consulate General building in the Greek city of Thessaloniki has been damaged during a demonstration against high-security prisons Friday night.
Mauritanian news website Alakhbar posted an audio statement on Friday claiming the attack on peacekeepers was done on behalf of the armed group al-Mourabitoun.
Aden Haji Hussein was killed after he had taken his wife to hospital. The gunmen had blocked his path as he was returning to his car.
Iraqi armed forces have retaken the oil refinery that was seized on Friday by ISIL forces.
In December, Israel began withholding around $130 million per month of taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians after the Palestinian Authority announced it was joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The aim of the setting up of the graves was to draw attention to the Palestinian detainees languishing in Israeli jails.
Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger said judges must have “an understanding of different cultural and social habits,” as part of their duty to show fairness and impartiality in trials.
Libyan news website Ajwa Belad said the clashes in Fashloum started after an armed group attacked a checkpoint of an anti-drugs police force.
Barack Obama said the crisis in Libya, where ISIL has built a presence, could not be ended with "a few drone strikes or a few military operations".
Gen. Dempsey says fall of Ramadi to ISIL in Anbar province is not central to Iraq's future, with US senators slamming his comments saying that it was an insult.
A county public works equipment operator struck the natural gas line which resulted in the explosion.
Eight police officers were killed and five others were wounded Friday in a ISIL suicide car bomb attack.
Three suspected assailants were killed when gunfights broke out and vehicles set alight on US border.
A bomb laden with explosives has exploded in front of the US Consulate in Erbil, with reports saying three killed, and five wounded.
A fire broke out at a mosque just before Friday prayers in Komotini city in northeastern Greece that left the roof and interior damaged.