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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Russian warplanes in cooperation with Syrian air forces bomb ISIS sites in central region


Russian Strikes in Syria Begin, Putin Urges Countries to Join Intel. Force


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The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon the start of Russian airstrikes against ISIL terrorists’ sites in Syria, its first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979.

Russian warplanes carried out strikes in three Syrian provinces along with Syrian aircraft. RT quoted the Defense Ministry as saying that several special strikes have been directed at sites for ISIL terrorist organization in several areas in Syria.

In the same context, a military source told SANA that in implementation of the agreement between Syria and Russia to combat international terrorism and eliminate ISIL, Russian aircrafts, in cooperation with the Syrian army’s Air Force, launched on Wednesday a number of airstrikes against ISIL dens in al-Rastan, Talbeisa, al-Zaafran, al-Tolol al-Humr, Aydon, Deir Fol and the area surrounding Salmia in the central region in Syria, achieving direct hits and inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist organization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who earlier Wednesday won parliamentary permission to use force abroad, warned Russia would be hunting down ISIL militants before they target Russia.

Addressing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Putin said: “We are counting on his active and flexible position, his readiness for compromise for the sake of his country and his people.”

He pledged that Russia would not get sucked into a protracted military operation in Syria and called on countries to join an intelligence task force Moscow is setting up with Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Russia will also present a UN draft resolution to the Security Council on countering terrorism to build up the fight against IS, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Addressing the General Assembly for the first time in a decade, Putin on Monday proposed creating a UN-backed coalition to fight the militants.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic said that Russian strikes in Syria was carried out upon a request of the Syrian state conveyed via a letter sent by Assad to Putin, and that this comes within the framework of President Putin’s initiative for combating terrorism.

Source: Websites
30-09-2015 - 22:15 Last updated 30-09-2015 - 22:15


Russian warplanes in cooperation with Syrian air forces bomb ISIS sites in central region


Wednesday, 30 September
PROVINCES,(ST)_Russian warplanes conducted today at noon the first strikes on ISIS sites in the central region upon the agreement reached between Syria and Russia to confront the international terrorism, a military source declared Wednesday.
The source added that the air strikes, which were conducted in cooperation with the Syrian air forces, targeted ISIS hideouts in al-Rastan, Talbeseh, al-Zaafaran, al-Tlol al-Homer, Eidon and Dirfol towns and on the outskirts of Salameyeh area in the central region.
The air strikes inflicted heavy losses on terrorists, the source confirmed.
Presidency of The Syrian Arab Republic has asserted that the Russian air forces sent to Syria upon request written by President Bashar al-Assad to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to confront terrorism.
RT said the upper chamber of the Russian parliament has unanimously given a formal consent to President Putin to use the nation’s military in Syria to fight terrorism at a request from the Syrian President Bashar Assad.
It quoted Head of the Russian presidential administration Sergey Ivanov as saying: “The military goal of the operation is strictly to provide air support for the [Syrian] government forces in their fight against Islamic State."
"The bombing campaign is time-limited," Ivanov added, not revealing a clear deadline for it. He said he was not authorized to disclose details of the operation such as the number of warplanes involved.
“All our partners and allies will be informed about our decision today through corresponding military channels. Specific military information will be provided as well, I believe,” he concluded.
Large numbers of terrorists killed
Back to results military operations carried out by Syrian army against terrorist organizations nationwide, the official news agency (SANA) said that army units killed large numbers of terrorists and destroyed and armored car belonging to them on the outskirts of al-Latamneh town, about 35km northwest of Homs city.
The agency added that army units destroyed 2 vehicles equipped with machine guns on a road linking Kafer Zetta and al-Zakat in the northern countryside of Hama and eliminated many Israeli-linked terrorists in Tranjeh town in Quneitra countryside.
Further terrorists were killed in and outside Aleppo and in Daraa al-Balad area in southern Daraa province.
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How Sayyed Nasrallah got Prepared to Al-Manar Interview


Imad Marmal - As-Safir

Interviewing Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is not like other interviews. Perhaps its best is that it starts before its time, and doesn't stop when it ends.

Sayyed NasrallahWhether it refers to media or politics, meeting the "Sayyed" has its own known privacy, because preparing for it is unusual, regarding the security measurements that must be taken into consideration.

Based on that, I went last Friday evening to "al-Manar" Channel's building in Haret Hreik, where the "tour" was supposed to start to the anticipated televised show with the "Sayyed."

It was few minutes past six when the Head of News and Political Programs at al-Manar TV, Dr. Ibrahim Mousawi and I rode one of Hezbollah dark glass cars, which took random paths that included multiple stops.

On our way, we tried to use our "intuition" to deduce the directions in which the driver was moving, as we were separated from him by a black curtain. Soon after, you change your mind as the ways directly appear very "random."

Sayyed Ibrahim Mousawi and I, trying to fill the "stressful" period of time, started some different side discussions; exchanging expectations about what would the "Sayyed" say in his televised appearance. Suddenly, the car stops in some "unknown" place. Someone opens the door, and then we find one of Hezbollah officials welcoming us with a wide smile. He said: We hope we didn't disturb you... We are sorry, but these measurements are necessary... (We used to hear this expression along all the stops we passed on our way to meet the "Sayyed".)

We directly entered a big reception hall, in which the Lebanese flag stood beside "Hezbollah's" flag; four seats were set in there, surrounded by a flowers bouquet and small tables with a dish of sweets and a bottle of water on each.

Few minutes later, we were told by one of the "Sayyed's" assistants that "Hezbollah's" Secretary General will meet us for some time before the show starts. We were very glad, and I, personally, felt that I will win a "show" within the "show."

Indeed, the "Sayyed" soon appeared with his leading figure yet down-to-earth personality. As we shook hands, actually it was a hug and kisses, he took a seat, and we were directly in front of him. In the very first moments, you feel confused about the words you should start with. Your senses compete to embrace the presence of such a central personality, whose size became greater than Lebanon, and is very hard in both the Arab and Islamic worlds.

First of all, I had to thank him for the chance to host him on a televised show "after nine years on the last interview I personally made with him on al-Manar TV." The "Sayyed" corrected the time coordinates, explaining that the last interview was made before the July war: "The July 2006 war became a turning point for me, there is a period before and a period after it..." Sayyed Nasrallah said.

After we were served tea, the "Sayyed" started to generally display the situations in Lebanon, Syria and the region. He stopped at the tragedy of the victim pilgrims in "Mena" and wished to skip the question that he was supposed to be asked about how he spent the Adha Feast in person, "because the reality we are living is not convenient to such a kind of questions, especially after the pilgrims' tragedy."

It was almost 08:00 o'clock, thirty minutes before the interview was supposed to start, when the "Sayyed" left us as he was getting prepared to the official live appearance.

Meanwhile, I went to the next room where the discussion table was set. I organized my thoughts for the televised moment of truth...

About 15 minutes before the interview, the "Sayyed" took his seat in front of the table as he was carrying some papers including numbers and dates he would later on use during the show. It was noticeable that he was; personally, keen to follow up with the technicians some details regarding the image and the appearance, not to mention the "AC" which he asked to cool down more.

Few minutes were left before the live broadcast. It was a must to invest them as much as possible.

A person entered carrying a tray of teacups and Lemonade, which became popular recently. I was asking the "Sayyed" about the secret of deciding to appear on TV on the second day of the Adha Feast. He explained that there are two main reasons for this timing. The first is related to the field and rapid political developments in the Syrian issue, and the second is that the timing of the "Hadith Sa'aa" show happens to be on Fridays.

When I asked him if he watches political programs, he said he does sometimes, or he watches some selected parts of them. "Sometimes I follow the news bar in the bottom of the screen, especially when I am waiting guests..."

On 08:30 exactly, the "Sayyed" came from the shadow to the light. Then, the three hours and ten minutes show happened to be. It was full of messages and stances on the levels of Lebanon, Syria and the region.

After the interview that exceeded its originally set duration, and with the "Sayyed's" consent, the attendees took some pictures with Sayyed Nasrallah, who, as he left, didn't forget to send greetings to all those who asked us to deliver their salutes to him. They were many. The paper the "Sayyed's" assistant received was not enough to carry the names of all of them.

Source: Newspapers
29-09-2015 - 23:07 Last updated 29-09-2015 - 23:07

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Russia Conducts First Airstrike in Syria after Russian Parliament Gives Putin Green Light

US Official: Russia Conducts First Airstrike in Syria

Russia has conducted its first airstrike in Syria, near the city of Homs, a senior US official told CNN on Wednesday.

The Russians told the United States that it should not fly US warplanes in Syria, but gave no geographical information about where Russia planned to strike. The senior official said U.S. missions are continuing as normal.

Earlier Wednesday, the upper house of the Russian parliament gave President Vladimir Putin approval to use the air force in Syria, according to state media.

"The Federation Council unanimously supported the President's request -- 162 votes in favor of granting permission," Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergey Ivanov said, according to ITAR-Tass.

After several days of familiarization flights, and the collection of potential targeting information by drones, the Russian air force was known to be ready.

Four Russian Su-34 Fullback fighter jets are now at the Latakia air base in Syria, and more than 600 Russian troops are in place, CNN said.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told reporters Tuesday that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter directed his staff to "open lines of communication with Russia on de-confliction."

The timing of these discussions is to be worked out in the coming days. The purpose of the discussions is "to ensure the safety of coalition air crews," he said.

Cook added that the two nations have common ground when it comes to fighting ISIL with Carter making clear that "the goal should be to take the fight to ISIL and not to defend the Assad regime."

Source: Websites
30-09-2015 - 16:25 Last updated 30-09-2015 - 16:25 



Russian Parliament Gives Putin Green Light to Use Force abroad

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Russia militaryThe upper house of Russian parliament agreed on Wednesday to give President Vladimir Putin the green light to deploy troops abroad and use air force outside the country.

Putin submitted to the Federation Council a proposal to deploy "a contingent of troops" abroad, the Kremlin said in a statement, without specifying the region.

Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko said earlier Wednesday that senators had begun debating the issue behind closed doors. She did not provide further details.

Putin had requested similar permission from the Federation Council to deploy military forces abroad ahead of the annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

On Monday Putin called for a broad UN-backed coalition to fight terrorists of the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group as he addressed the UN General Assembly for the first time in a decade.

The Russian president also said he had not ruled out air strikes on ISIL.

Russia's Syria buildup is Moscow's first military engagement in a distant theatre of war since the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1979.

Source: Websites
30-09-2015 - 11:32 Last updated 30-09-2015 - 11:32

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Saudi-US Aggression on Yemen, Popular Committees Control Saudi Post, Town in Jizan



Yemeni Army, Popular Committees Control Saudi Post, Town in Jizan




Yemen fightersThe Yemeni army and the Popular Committees announced on Tuesday their control over the Saudi military post of Ka'b al-Jaberi and the town of Mohannad in the border area of Jizan, leaving several Saudi soldiers killed and wounded.

In a similar development, a spokesman for the Saudi Interior Ministry announced that a member of the Ministry was killed by a mortar shell fired from northern Yemen on the border between the two countries.

The spokesman said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency that

"Military shells fired from the Yemeni territory killed Ali Bin Fahad Abu Mahasen, a member of the mujahideen administration branch in Jizan region."

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 188 days now to restore power to fugitive president Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,230 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.


Source: Al-Manar Website
29-09-2015 - 15:30 Last updated 29-09-2015 - 15:30


Saudi-US Aggression Targets Wedding Ceremony in Taiz, Kills more than 130 People




Yemen: Tanks of the Saudi-US-led coaltion on Yemen are destoyed by the blows of the Yemeni army and the Popular CommitteesThe Saudi-US aggression committed on Monday a terrible massacre in Al-Howayjla neighborhood in the city of al-Mokha in Taiz province when warplanes bombed a group of armless women who were gathering for a wedding ceremony in the place, killing 131 people, mostly women and children, and wounding scores others.

Local sources in Taiz said that the Saudi-led coalition fighter jets launched 12 consecutive air strikes on Al-Howayjla residential neighborhood.

In another development, Yemeni military sources announced that dozens of Saudi soldiers and allied militias were killed and wounded in a major operation by the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees that targeted their assembly point in "That Al-Raa" area in Marib province.

Ten coalition armored vehicles that have been shelling the Yemeni people for more than six months were destroyed.

The national military and the Committees also fought off an attack by the armed mercenaries and the attacking forces who were trying to sneak into "Hommat al-Masariya" area in Ma'rib province under heavy fire cover by the Saudi-US aggression forces who used internationall-forbidden cluster bombs.

Three coalition military vehicles were destroyed and dozens of its troops were killed.

Also in "Al-Jofayna" area, the Yemeni forces targeted a military convoy of armed groups, as media outlets stated that a senior officer was wounded and other gunmen were killed.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 188 days now to restore power to fugitive president Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,230 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.


Source: Al-Manar Website
29-09-2015 - 10:25 Last updated 29-09-2015 - 11:50 

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Zionist Forces Nab 7 Palestinians over al-Aqsa Clashes

Israeli occupation forces have nabbed seven Palestinians on charges of involvement in recent tensions at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Al-Aqsa violenceThe abductions were made on Tuesday with Israeli officials claiming that the captives were involved in Monday's clashes when Palestinians, they alleged, gathered inside a mosque at the site and “threw firebombs and rocks at Israeli forces outside.”

The development comes amid a flare-up of tensions in and around the compound in recent weeks where Israeli forces have been violating Al-Aqsa by storming into it and causing damages and injuries to Palestinian worshipers stationed there.

On Monday, skirmishes broke out in the holy site after the deployment of Israeli soldiers to the area for the Jewish Sukkot holiday.

Also on Sunday, clashes erupted across the compound after Israeli police stormed the holy site and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades at Palestinian protesters.

Meanwhile, more clashes were reported on Tuesday between Zionist forces and Palestinian demonstrators protesting cross the occupied West Bank in support of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Palestinian media reports, twelve protesters sustained injuries as Israeli forces attacked a rally near Ramallah.

Israeli forces used tear gas and water cannon, as well as live fire, and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse the protesters who were angry at Israel's restrictions on prayers in the holy site.

Dozens of youths also suffered tear gas inhalation in the city of Bethlehem as Israeli forces attacked a protest rally near Aida refugee camp.

Furthermore, in the nearby village of Tuqu, a number of schoolchildren inhaled tear gas after Israelis opened fire at a pro-Aqsa demonstration.

Similar skirmishes were also reported in the city of Tulkarem where Israeli forces attacked demonstrators marching to voice solidarity with the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Source: Websites
30-09-2015 - 00:54 Last updated 30-09-2015 - 00:54

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World Bank Warns of ’High Risk’ of Zionist-Palestinian Conflict


Palestine: Al-Aqsa clashesThe World Bank warned of the "high risk" of renewed Zionist-Palestinian conflict if the political and economic status quo between the two sides persists, in a report released Tuesday.

"The persistence of this situation could potentially lead to political and social unrest," it said.

"In short, the status quo is not sustainable and downside risks of further conflict and social unrest are high," said the World Bank.

The percentage of the population living under the poverty line has reached 39 percent in Gaza and 16 percent in the West Bank.

It said the "Palestinians are getting poorer on average for the third year in a row. Donor support has significantly declined in recent years," especially for the war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

Unemployment "remains high, particularly amongst Gaza's youth where it exceeds 60 percent, and 25 percent of Palestinians currently live in poverty," the World Bank said.

On the positive side, it said that "even without a final peace deal, there is substantial upside potential in the Palestinian economy," provided the Zionist "restrictions" are lifted, especially on freedom of movement of people and goods.

"The blockade on Gaza imposed by countries neighboring the Strip needs to be lifted in a way that protects legitimate security concerns of those countries," it said, referring to the Jewish state and Egypt.

The World Bank welcomed the Zionist measures to let more goods leave Gaza are welcome, but more needs to be done: only six percent of what left Gaza prior to the blockade is currently being allowed out."

The report also hailed the "very good progress" made by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in reducing its fiscal deficit.

It said unemployment in the West Bank in the first half of 2015 had eased to 16 percent, down from 18 percent in the same period of last year, thanks to the growing number of Palestinians working in the occupied territories, which has reached 112,200.

"Even without a final peace deal, there is substantial upside potential in the Palestinian economy if existing agreements are implemented and restrictions lifted," the World Bank said.

It forecast 2.9 percent growth in the Palestinian territories this year.


Source: AFP
29-09-2015 - 12:26 Last updated 29-09-2015 - 12:26

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Moscow: Establishing coordination structure based on Baghdad information center

 Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:20
Moscow – Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday a coordination structure should be established on the basis of the information center in Baghdad involving Russia in order to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East.
Three days ago, a joint information center for anti-ISIS operations, involving Iraq, Russia, Syria and Iran, was established in Baghdad, whose main goal will be gathering, processing and analyzing information about the situation in the Middle East– primarily for fighting ISIS.
 Coordinator of the Russian Defense Ministry’s department of general inspectors Gen. Yuri Yakubov said everyone loyal to the legitimate Syrian authorities should be provided with modern arms so that they could resist ISIS members, SANA reported.
“Obviously, it is important to expand the anti-ISIS coalition. But it is no less important to provide with modern armaments and military hardware the followers of Syrian government forces, primarily the Syrian army, Kurdish militia and other supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.”
He added that “In the wake of the Russian president’s appeal for creating a broad international coalition to fight ISIS, it is necessary to expand its membership and, at the same time, to build a structure for coordinating their actions in the Middle East.”
According to Yakubov, coordination structures formed at the basis of the information center in Baghdad consisting of Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq would give new capacities to the international coalition.
Meanwhile, a Russian military source announced that Baghdad information center for exchanging intelligence information between Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia will start work next October or November.
The source explained that the exchange of information will include the exchange of intelligence data obtained by the four countries from their sources, noting that the center will have a rotating presidency every three months by an officer from one of the four countries.

Iraq’s Abadi Defends Partnership with Iran, Syria, Russia

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-AbadiIraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi defended his country's intelligence-sharing agreement with Russia, Syria, and Iran, saying Baghdad needs to work with these countries to defeat the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group.

In a televised speech before his departure to attend the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Abadi said Iraq welcomed Russia's "recent interest" in battling ISIL, which had taken over a third of Iraq's territory.

"Many terrorists who are fighting with [ISIL] are Russian who would return to Russia to carry out terrorist acts," Abadi said, noting that his country's interests are aligned with Syria, Russia, and Iran in seeking to eliminate ISIL.

Iraq will continue to work closely with the US-led coalition that has been bombing ISIL in Syria and Iraq, he said. Iraq needs "all the world's intelligence efforts in order to fight, to besiege, and to terminate ISIL."


Source: Websites
29-09-2015 - 13:31 Last updated 29-09-2015 - 13:31 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

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Obama, Putin Spar over Syria in Dueling Speeches at UN



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Russian President (L), US President (R)Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama sparred over the crisis in Syria in dueling UN speeches on Monday, each accusing the other of fuelling the carnage.

The Russian urged UN General Assembly members to unite to fight the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group and said it would be a disastrous error not to support Syria's sitting president, Bashar al-Assad.

"We must address the problems that we are all facing and create a broad anti-terror coalition," Putin said in his address, his first to the world body in a decade.

It is, he argued, an "enormous mistake to not cooperate with the Syrian group which is fighting the terrorists face-to-face."

Obama said Washington was ready to work with Russia and even Iran against ISIL terrorists, but took a swipe at them for supporting Assad, whom he dubbed a child-killing tyrant.

Not to be outdone, the Russian leader blamed the rise of violent extremism on the United States' military interventions in Iraq and Libya, which he said unleashed chaos in the Middle East.

Obama took the podium at the UN General Assembly ahead of Putin and hours before the pair were to hold their first meeting in over two years, at roughly 5:00 pm (2100 GMT).

The US president extended a cautious hand to his traditional foes, suggesting they work together to end the bloodshed in Syria.

"The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict," he said.

But the American leader made clear his opposition to Moscow and Tehran's current policy of arming and supporting Assad.

Rather than a bulwark against jihadist extremism, Obama argued, Assad drives Syrians into the arms of such groups by such acts as dropping "barrel bombs to massacre innocent children."

Putin rejected this view, arguing that the IS group sprang out of the chaos left behind after US-backed forces ousted Saddam Hussein from Iraq and Moammar Gaddafi of Libya.

After the end of the Cold War, Putin argued, the West emerged as a new "center of domination" of the world and arrogantly took it upon itself to resolve conflicts through force.

This power led to the "emergence of areas of anarchy in the Middle East, with extremists and terrorists.

"Tens of thousands of militants are fighting under the banners of the so-called Islamic State, and their ranks include former Iraqi servicemen," he said.

Putin said the current US policy of training and arming local rebel groups to fight terrorists was only adding fuel to the fire.

"The ranks of the radicals have been joined by the moderate Syrian opposition," he said. "First, they are armed and trained, and then they defect to the so-called Islamic State."

Source: AFP
28-09-2015 - 22:10 Last updated 28-09-2015 - 22:10

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Wide Confrontations after Zionist Troops Stormed Al-Aqsa, Fires at Al-Qibli Door


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Clashes broke out Monday morning inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque between the Zionist occupation forces who stormed the mosque and the Palestinian worshipers, specifically near the Al-Qibli mosque.

Al-Aqsa violenceThe confrontations took place after Zionist troops were deployed to the area for the Jewish Sukkot holiday and as settlers continue their acts of violence in the holy site.

Israeli soldiers fired gas canisters and sound bombs heavily at the worshipers stationed in the mosque, resulting in the outbreak of fires on the Al-Qibli mosque doors, which was surrounded with barricades to separate settlers from the Palestinians there.

They even sprayed pepper gas towards the worshipers inside the mosque leaving several injuries and suffocation cases.

Also on Sunday, clashes erupted across the compound after Israeli police stormed the holy site and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades at Palestinian protesters.

Zionist police statement said young Palestinians "threw stones and fireworks at police and border police forces," who responded with "riot dispersal means", a moderated term for the use of excessive force and violence against stone-throwers.

Since September 13, Zionist forces have attacked and injured dozens of Palestinians who have held rallies against Zionist assaults on the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Source: Al-Manar Website
28-09-2015 - 16:10 Last updated 28-09-2015 - 16:10 

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