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Monday, April 17, 2017

News from Israel

The Times of Israel reports: Israeli forces reportedly used live fire to disperse protests outside the Ofer Prison in the West Bank on Monday wounding at least five people, while seven others were hurt in a series of demonstrations in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.  Read more....

 
TEL AVIV – A video published online by the Islamic State group showing snipers from Wilayat Sinai, the group’s Egyptian affiliate, shooting Egyptian soldiers has many asking how the advanced sniper equipment fell into ISIS hands. Military analysts in Egypt who spoke to a news website run by Al Arabiya suggested that the weapons seen in the video are used by the Iranian military and its partner militias, and may have been captured by IS militants during combat in Syria or Iraq, where the group is fighting the Syrian and Iraqi militaries as well as Shi’ite militias.  Read more.... 

 
The Algemeiner reports: JNS.org – The Gaza Strip is bracing for a severe energy crisis after donor funds from Qatar and Turkey — used to purchase diesel fuel for the coastal enclave’s lone power plant — have run out. The Hamas-controlled energy authority in Gaza said it no longer has the funds to buy more diesel fuel and pay the requisite taxes, which are levied by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah.  Read nore....

BEIRUT (AP) — The evacuation of more than 3,000 Syrians that was scheduled to take place Sunday from four areas as part of a population transfer has been postponed, opposition activists said, a day after a deadly blast that killed more than 120 people, many of them government supporters. The reasons for the delay were not immediately clear. It came as shells fired by the Islamic State group on government-held parts of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour wounded two members of a Russian media delegation visiting the area, according to state-run Syrian news agency SANA.  Read more....

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