Israeli occupation forces arrested 13 Palestinians in the West Bank

Today, the Israeli occupation forces arrested thirteen Palestinians in the West Bank.

Ma'an News Agency reported that the occupation forces stormed the cities of Nablus and Hebron and the towns of Abu Dis, Al-Issawiya, Al-Zaeem in occupied Jerusalem, Kober and Al-Mughayer in Ramallah and the Dheisha camp in Bethlehem and arrested thirteen Palestinians.

The occupation forces arrested on Sunday three Palestinians in the West Bank.

Inas Abdulkareem

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry demands accountability for Israeli war criminals

On January 17th, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the International Criminal Court to expedite the opening of an official investigation into the crimes of the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories and to hold the Israeli war criminals accountable in order to achieve international justice.

The Ministry stated that the Israeli occupation continues its crimes and violations against Palestinians, their property and holy sites, with the aim of seizing more Palestinian land and expanding its colonial plans.

The Ministry affirmed that the international silence encourages the Israeli occupation to persist in its crimes and violations and implement its settlement plans, which leads to the final elimination of any opportunity to establish a sovereign and geographically connected Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Turkish parliamentarian: Dialogue with Syria is necessary to protect Turkey's security

On January 17th, a member of the Turkish parliament belonging to  the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Erdogan Toprak said that direct and comprehensive dialogue with Syria is necessary to protect Turkey's security.

Toprak stressed in an interview with the Turkish newspaper Birgun that the Syrian state has the full right to extend its authority over the governorate of Idlib.

“Everyone knows that the governorate of Idlib contains terrorists of the Al-Nusra Front organization and with it many similar organizations in their ranks are thousands of terrorists who came from several countries and they are all under the protection of the Turkish regime,” Toprak said.


Inas Abdulkareem

The Israeli occupation forbids completion of restoration works in Al-Ibrahimi Mosque

The Israeli occupation forces on Sunday prevented Al-Khalil Construction Committee from completing the restoration works in Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Al-Khalil in the West Bank.

Director of the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, Sheikh Hefzy Abu Sneina told WAFA news agency that the occupation forces prevented the employees of the construction committee from carrying on the restoration works, pointing out that these Israeli aggressive acts come within the framework of the occupation’s systematic plan to seize and Judaize Al-Ibrahimi Mosque.

The occupation forces have closed Al-Ibrahimi Mosque to Palestinian worshipers and visitors since the seventh of this month.

Lebanese Private Hospitals Syndicate: No single bed is available, neither for Corona patients nor for anyone else

President of the Syndicate of Private Hospitals in Lebanon, Dr. Suleiman Haroun, has stressed that all beds in the country’s private hospitals have been fully occupied, and therefore "there is no single bed available, neither for a Corona patient nor for anyone else".

According to Haroun, all the beds are occupied in the departments designated for Covid-19 patients. In addition, all the emergency departments are full and there are dozens of patients moving from one hospital to another in search of abed, he pointed out, revealing that Lebanon's hospitals are overwhelmed by Coronavirus cases that exceeded their capacity.

“Over the past month, the number of beds allocated to Corona patients at private hospitals in Lebanon have doubled to reach 600 beds in intensive care and 1100 normal beds,” Haroun made it clear, indicating that “this is the best of what they can do, as they cannot afford to equip more beds in the light of the economic crisis in the country due to the devaluation of the Lebanese currency, as well as the state’s failure to pay the accumulated debts for hospitals.”