Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen's Hodeida

Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen's HodeidaSANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government captured a town south of the port city of Hodeida on Thursday as fierce fighting and airstrikes pounded the area on the second day of an offensive to capture the strategic harbor that is the main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of famine.


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Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians, wound hundreds more in latest protest at Gaza border: officials

  1. Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians, wound hundreds more in latest protest at Gaza border: officials  Chicago Tribune
  2. Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes  Reuters
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Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as Gaza protest resumesBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire or tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, medics said, while Israel said militants had attacked its forces with guns and grenades. Organizers linked the protests to annual “Jerusalem Day” events in Iran, which like Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists preaches Israel’s destruction and was incensed by the U.S. recognition in December of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.


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Israeli troops kill Gaza man armed with axe -military

  1. Israeli troops kill Gaza man armed with axe -military  Reuters
  2. ‘Her only weapon was her medical vest’: Palestinians mourn death of nurse killed by Israeli forces  CNN
  3. We in the Arab World Prayed for Palestine’s Liberation. Now, We Need to Be Realistic About Israel  Haaretz
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Israeli troops kill Gaza man armed with ax: military

Israeli troops kill Gaza man armed with ax: militaryIsraeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to cross the border from Gaza armed with an ax on Monday, the military said in a statement. A second Palestinian who was with the man fled after they damaged Israel’s security fence, a military spokesman said. There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials on the incident, which comes at a time of renewed violence along the Israel-Gaza frontier.


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Israel says troops in West Bank kill Palestinian trying to ram them with car

  1. Israel says troops in West Bank kill Palestinian trying to ram them with car  Business Insider
  2. Israeli strikes Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire resumes  Washington Post
  3. Who Was Razan Ashraf al-Najjar? Nurse Shot Dead in Gaza During Protests  Yahoo News
  4. The Latest: US proposal to condemn Hamas fails in UN vote  Miami Herald
  5. A Woman Dedicated to Saving Lives Loses Hers in Gaza Violence  New York Times
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Israel says troops in West Bank kill Palestinian attempting ramming attack

Israel says troops in West Bank kill Palestinian attempting ramming attackIsraeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram a tractor into soldiers and civilians in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, the Israeli military said. “An additional soldier who was positioned on top of the roof of a nearby building identified the threat to the civilians who stood nearby and, in response, fired at the terrorist.” Hebron is the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank with a population of some 200,000. Footage circulating on social media showed Israeli soldiers pulling a man’s body out of a small tractor standing in a street.


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Bashar al-Assad warns US troops to leave Syria as he raises prospect of clash

Bashar al-Assad warns US troops to leave Syria as he raises prospect of clashThe US should learn the lesson of Iraq, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday, threatening to expel American troops from Syria and retake areas from its Kurdish allies. In the interview with RT, the Russian state’s international broadcaster, Assad raised the prospect of conflict with US forces if they do not leave Syria.  He vowed to recover territory where American troops have deployed, either through negotiations with Washington’s Syrian allies or by force. Assad, who is backed by Russia and Iran, appears militarily unassailable in the war that has killed an estimated half a million people, uprooted around 6 million people in the country, and driven another 5 million abroad as refugees. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi on May 17 Credit: AFP After recovering much of the rebels’ onetime strongholds, Assad now controls the biggest part of Syria. But tracts remain outside his control. That includes large parts of the north and east where US special forces deployed during the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), supporting the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Assad said the government had “started now opening doors for negotiations” with the SDF, whose main component, the Kurdish YPG, has mostly avoided conflict with Damascus in the war. “This is the first option. If not, we’re going to resort to … liberating those areas by force. We don’t have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans,” he said. Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her group’s flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqqa  Credit: AFP “The Americans should leave, somehow they’re going to leave. “They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them. They have to learn the lesson. Iraq is no exception, and Syria is no exception. People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore,” he said. The US-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 was followed by an insurgency that lasted years. People walk near a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hanging in a street in the Syrian capital Damascus  Credit: AFP US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on April 30 the United States and its allies would not want to pull troops out of Syria before diplomats win the peace. Kurdish groups, which are supported by the US, currently control around a third of the country. having taken huge swathes of territory from Isil. The Kurdish have been fighting for autonomy from the Syrian regime, hoping to create their own state in the north. Assad has said on numerous occasions that he plans to reclaim “every inch” of Syria. 


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