Israeli settlers uprooted and destroyed scores of olive saplings for Palestinian farmers

Israeli settlers today uprooted and destroyed scores of olive saplings for Palestinian farmers in the village of Qusra, near the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.
Mayor of Qusra, Emad Hasan, told WAFA that a group of settlers who came from the illegal settlement outpost of Esh Kodesh sneaked their way into a ranch near the village, where they uprooted about 100 olive saplings belonging to two local Palestinian villagers. The two landowners were identified as Jawad Hasan and Abdulazim Abulafi.

Erdogan’s regime turns a blind eye to Turkish terrorist who joined al-Qaeda in Syria: Swedish website

News reports continue to unveil the Turkish regime’s support for terrorist organizations in Syria with the aim of achieving its Ottoman dreams in the country.

The Swedish Nordic Monitor website published a report on Friday clarifying that the Turkish regime has turned a blind eye to a Turkish terrorist who has worked for Al-Qaeda terrorist organization and sought to form an armed faction of Turkish terrorists with the aim of fighting the Syrian Arab army and carrying out extremist activities in Syria.

According to intelligence documents obtained by the Swedish website, Halil Kurtuluş (aka Abu Muhammed Ali), a 45-year-old resident of Turkey’s northwestern city of Bursa, had gone back and forth between Turkey and Syria since 2012 in order to fight alongside “jihadist” groups including al-Qaeda and its offshoots after receiving training by the Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan.

Despite multiple arrests, he consistently managed to get out of jail in Turkey.

Biden’s administration not in a hurry to withdraw its occupation troops from Syria

The MENA 24 TV reported yesterday citing the American Military News website that officials in the White House said that the Administration of the US President Joe Biden is not in a hurry to withdraw the US occupation forces from the Syrian territories in Al-Tanf and the Al-Jazira regions.

The administration of US President Joe Biden does not seem to be in a hurry to withdraw the 900 American soldiers still in Syria.

Palestinian detainee in Israeli jail on Hunger strike for 37 days

A Palestinian held in administrative detention in Israel since January 27, 2020, has been on hunger strike for 37 days in protest against his continued detention, today said the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission.

It said Imad Batran, 47, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, went on hunger strike after his administrative detention was renewed for the fourth time in a row on January 21, and which is supposed to end on May 17, unless renewed once again.

Turkish-backed terrorist groups block checkpoints in Idlib, Aleppo — Russian reconciliation center

MOSCOW,(ST)_ Turkish-backed armed terrorist groups impede the work of three checkpoints in Syria’s Idlib and Aleppo governorates, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Conflicting Parties in Syria said on Saturday.

"The Saraqib and Miznas checkpoints in the province of Idlib, and the Abu Azedeen crossing in the Aleppo governorate, opened with the assistance of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Conflicting Parties in Syria, continue to function. At the same time, according to the Russian reconciliation center’s information, members of illegal armed groups operating on the Turkish-controlled territory, prevent civilians from leaving the area via the above-mentioned checkpoints, blocking people and their vehicles and threatening them with force and arrest," the center said in a statement.

France bears responsibility on Rwanda genocide, historical commission reports

France bears overwhelming responsibilities over the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and was "blind" to preparations for the massacres, a report by historians said Friday, while adding there was no evidence that Paris was complicit in the killings.

A historical commission set up by President Emmanuel Macron concluded there had been a "failure" on the part of France under former leader Francois Mitterrand over the genocide that saw around 800,000 people slaughtered, mainly from the ethnic Tutsi minority.

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UNESCO: More than 100 million children lack basic reading skills because of COVID-19

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned that the percent of children who are experiencing reading difficulties has become to 20% due to school closures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the UN News website, a new study released on Friday by the UNESCO revealed that more than 100 million children, are falling behind the minimum proficiency level in reading, due to COVID-related school closures. 

The study, titled “One year into COVID: Prioritizing education recovery to avoid a generational catastrophe”, said that even before the pandemic the number of children lacking basic reading skills was on a downward curve. 

In 2020, instead of 460 million children experiencing reading difficulties, that number jumped to 584 million. The rise of more than 20 per cent, wiped out two decades of education gains, the agency said. 

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, complete or partial closures have disrupted schooling for an average of 25 weeks, says the report, with the highest learning losses projected to be in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and in Central and Southern Asia.