Palestinian protester killed by Israelis

Palestinian protester killed by Israelis

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing a 16-year-old boy and injuring five people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

According to the ministry, Amjad Abu Alia was shot in the chest and pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. He was shot as some 250 Palestinians gathered to protest Israeli settlement expansion in the village of Mughayer.

There was no immediate statement from the Israeli army.

Protesters closed a road used by settlers with burning tires, after which scuffles broke out with settlers, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. The Israeli army intervened, firing stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Soon after, settlers and soldiers fired live ammunition, according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.

Abu Alia was shot as he fled with a group of protesters. The ministry said five protesters were injured, three by live ammunition and two by rubber bullets.

Demonstrations against Israeli settlement expansion occur weekly in several parts of the West Bank, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

Russia supports China and threatens the United States

MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Friday offered support to China amid tensions over Taiwan, warning the United States against any “provocative” moves that could escalate the situation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against interfering in China-Taiwan relations during a Thursday phone call with US President Joe Biden.

Speaking on a call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia firmly supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“We believe that no other country has the right to call [that] in doubt or take provocative action,” Peskov said.

He warned the United States against “destructive” measures, adding that “such behavior on the international stage could only exacerbate tensions because the world is already overloaded with regional and global problems”. The Chinese government has given no indication that Xi and Biden discussed possible plans by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Taiwan, which the ruling Communist Party says has no right to conduct talks. foreign Relations. But Xi rejected “interference from outside forces” that could encourage Taiwan to try to make its decades-old de facto independence permanent.

German ship transports migrants to Italy

ROME — The maritime rescue vessel of a German humanitarian organization sailed to mainland Italy on Friday to disembark 438 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, where many smugglers are based.

Sea-Watch said the ship was expected to reach the port of Taranto in Puglia, the region that forms the “heel” of the Italian peninsula, by today.

The charity appealed for several days for permission to fly the passengers to Italy, saying they were suffocating in temperatures reaching 104 Fahrenheit. The Italian authorities gave their agreement on Thursday evening.

Sea-Watch 3 passengers include unaccompanied minors, the organization said. A pregnant woman and a burnt child accompanied by immediate family members have already been evacuated to Italy.

With a surge in arrivals, the migrant center in Lampedusa housed hundreds of people more than its capacity.

Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese has pledged to speed up the transfer of migrants to the mainland or the large island of Sicily. Navy, coast guard and border police boats have been deployed for this purpose, as well as a commercial ferry, which will sail three times a week between Lampedusa and Sicily to reduce congestion at the migrant center .

94 migrants leave a caravan in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Thursday that at least 94 migrants had to fight their way out of a suffocating cargo trailer abandoned on a highway in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

Carlos Enrique Escalante, the head of the national office for attention to migrants, said migrants had to drill holes in the cargo container to get out, some apparently through the roof.

Some were injured jumping off the roof of the trailer, but their injuries were not considered life threatening.

Escalante said local residents near the town of Acayucan heard the noise and helped open the cargo container.

It is believed that a much larger number of migrants were on board and fled after escaping. But the 94 migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were handed over to immigration authorities.

In Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala, another group of migrants continued to apply for temporary visas allowing them to travel through Mexico. They were still in the town of Huixtla on Thursday after leaving Tapachula earlier this week, saying they could not wait months for the slow immigration process at Tapachula.

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