A child drowned in a chalet in Nablus

Nablus – Ma’an – An 8-year-old child was killed by drowning in one of the chalets in the Al-Nasariya area, northeast of Nablus.

Police media spokesman Colonel Louay Irziqat said that the police operations room received a report about the arrival of a…


Nablus – Ma’an – An 8-year-old child was killed by drowning in one of the chalets in the Al-Nasariya area, northeast of Nablus.

Police media spokesman Colonel Louay Irziqat said that the police operations room received a report about the arrival of a child to Rafidia Governmental Hospital after drowning, and doctors announced his death.

He confirmed that the Public Prosecution had been informed and the police had begun investigation procedures to determine the circumstances of the incident.

Source: Maan News Agency

UN REPORT: ISRAELI USE OF HEAVY BOMBS IN GAZA RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS UNDER THE LAWS OF WAR

The UN Human Rights Office published an assessment today on six emblematic attacks by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza last year that led to high numbers of civilian fatalities and widespread destruction of civilian objects, raising serious co…


The UN Human Rights Office published an assessment today on six emblematic attacks by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza last year that led to high numbers of civilian fatalities and widespread destruction of civilian objects, raising serious concerns under the laws of war with respect to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack.

The report details six emblematic attacks involving the suspected use of GBU-31 (2,0000 lbs), GBU-32 (1,000 lbs) and GBU-39 (250 lbs) bombs from 9 October to 2 December 2023 on residential buildings, a school, refugee camps and a market. The UN Human Rights Office verified 218 deaths from these six attacks, and said information received indicated the number of fatalities could be much higher.

“The requirement to select means and methods of warfare that avoid or at the very least minimise to every extent civilian harm appears to have been consistently violated in Israel’s bombing campaign,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Trk.

Th
e report concludes that the series of Israeli strikes, exemplified by the six incidents, indicates that the IDF may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war. In this connection, it notes that unlawful targeting when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, in line with a State or organisational policy, may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity.

“Israel’s choices of methods and means of conducting hostilities in Gaza since 7 October, including through the extensive use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated areas, have failed to ensure that they effectively distinguish between civilians and fighters.

“Civilian lives and infrastructure are protected under IHL. This law lays out the very clear obligations of parties to armed conflicts that make protection of civilians a priority.”

On 11 November 2023, the IDF stated that since the start of their operation into Gaza, the Air Force had “struck ove
r 5,000 targets to eliminate threats in real time”. By that time the Ministry of Health in Gaza had documented the killing of 11,078 Palestinians, with another 2,700 missing and about 27,490 reportedly injured.

At around the time of these attacks an IDF spokesperson was reported to have said that “while balancing accuracy with the scope of damage, right now we’re focused on what causes maximum damage.” Another IDF official was quoted as saying “Hamas and the residents of Gaza” are “human beasts” and “are dealt with accordingly. Israel has imposed a total blockade on Gaza. No electricity and no water, just damage. You wanted hell, you will get hell.”

While the focus of the report is on Israel, it also highlights that Palestinian armed groups have continued to fire indiscriminate projectiles toward Israel, inconsistent with their obligations under international humanitarian law. The report also stresses the obligation to protect civilians and civilian objects by avoiding locating military objectives in or nea
r densely populated areas.

In one of the six emblematic Israeli attacks on Gaza, the report states that strikes on Ash Shujaiyeh neighbourhood, Gaza City, on 2 December 2023 caused destruction across an approximate diagonal span of 130 metres, destroying 15 buildings and damaging at least 14 others. The extent of the damage and the craters visible through verified visual evidence and satellite imagery indicates that approximately nine GBU-31s were used, it added. The UN Human Rights Office received information that at least 60 people were killed.

GBU-31, 32 and 39s are mostly used to penetrate through several floors of concrete and can completely collapse tall structures. Given how densely populated the areas targeted were, the use of an explosive weapon with such wide area effects is highly likely to amount to a prohibited indiscriminate attack, the report finds. The effects of such weapons in these areas cannot be limited as required by international law, resulting in military objects, civilians and civil
ian objects being struck without distinction, it adds.

The report also states that in five of the attacks, no warning was issued, raising concerns with respect to violations of the principle of precaution in attack to protect civilians.

In three of the strikes, the IDF asserted it had targeted individuals connected to the attacks on Israel on 7 and 8 October 2023. As the report sets out, however, the mere presence of one commander, or even several fighters, or of several distinct military objectives in one area, does not turn an entire neighbourhood into a military objective, as this would violate the principle of proportionality and the prohibition of indiscriminate attacks.

“While the IDF asserts it has initiated factual assessments of most of the incidents examined in the report, it is now eight months since the first of these extremely serious incidents occurred. Yet still there is no clarity as to what happened or steps toward accountability,” said the High Commissioner.

“I call on Israel to make pub
lic detailed findings on these incidents. It should also ensure thorough and independent investigations into these and all other similar incidents with a view to identifying those responsible for violations, holding them to account and to ensuring all victims’ rights to truth, justice and reparations.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

SECURITY UPDATE: ENEMY AIRSTRIKE TARGETS HOME IN ADAISSEH

An Israeli enemy airstrike on Wednesday targeted a house in the southern Lebanese town of Adaisseh.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


An Israeli enemy airstrike on Wednesday targeted a house in the southern Lebanese town of Adaisseh.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Qatari Newspapers Editorials -1

For its part, The Peninsula said in its editorial: “Like many other sectors which are witnessing tremendous development and growth in Qatar, country’s economy is booming under concrete strategies and timely decisions of state’s leadership.” In a lates…


For its part, The Peninsula said in its editorial: “Like many other sectors which are witnessing tremendous development and growth in Qatar, country’s economy is booming under concrete strategies and timely decisions of state’s leadership.” In a latest development, the daily said, the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2024, issued by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, has placed Qatar at the 11th rank out of 67 countries, most of which are developed countries, compared to the 12th rank last year. The competitiveness assessment was based on the developments witnessed by a comprehensive set of data and indicators provided at the local level, along with the results of an opinion poll of a sample of company managers and businessmen on the business environment and the competitiveness of the Qatari economy, as well as comparing such data and indicators with counterparts from other reviewed countries.

In the report, Qatar ranked high in the four main factors: economic performa
nce (4th), government efficiency (7th), business efficiency (11th), and infrastructure (33rd), said The Peninsula.

The newspaper added: “Within the government efficiency factor, the Qatari economy ranked first in both the consumption tax rate and the personal income tax rate, while it ranked second in the public finance index. As for the business efficiency factor, Qatar ranked first globally in both the effectiveness of corporate boards and the migrant stock, while it came in second place globally in the working hours index. Under the infrastructure factor, Qatar ranked first in the sub factors of energy infrastructure and the number of internet users per 1000 people.” Under the title “Qatar and Afghanistan”, Al Sharq newspaper indicated in its editorial today that the State of Qatar is continuing its sincere efforts to support the Afghan people, adding that it is sparing no effort in its efforts to enhance regional and international security and stability. It pointed out that this position comes out of Qat
ar’s firm position to stand by the Afghan people to achieve security, stability, prosperity and decent living.

The daily added that the State of Qatar has always played vital roles with regard to the Afghan file since its sponsorship of the negotiations between the United States and the Taliban movement and the success of its mediation in concluding a historic peace agreement that led to the withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Afghanistan, as well as its decisive and main roles in the massive evacuations of foreigners and Afghans and its efforts to help the Afghan people face various challenges in the humanitarian, economic and livelihood fields, in addition to its roles in ensuring the continuation of dialogue between all parties to reach effective and sustainable solutions.

Concluding its editorial, the newspaper pointed out that Doha is preparing to host the third meeting of special envoys on Afghanistan, organized by the United Nations at the end of this month, to advance the process of communica
tion, dialogue and coordination between the international community and the caretaker government of Afghanistan, in a way that helps in developing and implementing humanitarian and development programs and promoting and protecting human rights and ensuring a decent life for the Afghan people.

Source: Qatar News Agency

UNRWA: 67% of the infrastructure in Gaza is destroyed or damaged

Gaza – Ma’an – UNRWA announced that approximately 67% of the water, sanitation and infrastructure facilities in the Gaza Strip were destroyed or damaged as a result of about 9 months of the ongoing Israeli war.

The agency explained through its accoun…


Gaza – Ma’an – UNRWA announced that approximately 67% of the water, sanitation and infrastructure facilities in the Gaza Strip were destroyed or damaged as a result of about 9 months of the ongoing Israeli war.

The agency explained through its account on the X platform that infectious diseases continue to spread, and temperatures are rising. “Lack of hygiene and drought threaten the health of people in Gaza,” she added.

Source: Maan News Agency

DRIVER SURVIVES ISRAELI ENEMY DRONE STRIKE ON HIS VEHICLE IN WAZZANI

An Israeli enemy drone struck a car in the town of Wazzani on Wednesday, but the driver survived as he threw himself out of his vehicle.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


An Israeli enemy drone struck a car in the town of Wazzani on Wednesday, but the driver survived as he threw himself out of his vehicle.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon