Abbas to Erdogan: Do not provide Gaza with aid unless through the PA

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced its refusal of supplying Gaza with Turkish humanitarian aid unless it is done through the PA government in Ramallah. This came after the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation agreement which involves providing Gaza with Turkish aid.  The PA’s Minister of foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki welcomed, in a statement on Monday, the Turkish efforts in Gaza Strip but pointed to the request of the PA’s President Mahmoud Abbas asking his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to get that done by absolute coordination with al-Hamdallah’s government.  Israel and Turkey officially declared reaching a deal to return back to the normalization of bilateral relations. The deal allowed offering Turkish humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip which has been under Israeli siege for over 10 years.

(Source / 28.06.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives.

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