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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Two Israeli officers killed in ‘friendly fire’ at West Bank base (Al Jazeera)

Two Israeli officers were killed by mistake by one of their own troops during a security patrol near their base in the occupied West Bank, according to Israel’s army. The statement by the army on Thursday gave few details about Wednesday night’s “friendly fire” incident, which Israeli media said involved the Oz Brigade’s elite commando […]

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Saudi Arabia denounces Israeli president’s visit to West Bank holy site (Arab News)

Saudi Arabia denounced the visit of Israel’s president to Ibrahimi mosque in the West Bank, calling the act a flagrant violation of its sanctity. Saudi Arabia denounces Israeli president’s visit to West Bank holy site (arabnews.com)

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US slams Israel’s planned settlement expansion (Al Monitor)

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Tuesday that Washington opposes a plan by Israel’s government to expand settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. The Biden administration is “deeply concerned” about Israel’s move to advance plans for thousands of new settlement housing units, “many of them deep in the West Bank.” US slams Israel’s […]

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Israel approves about 3,000 settler homes in occupied West Bank (Al Jazeera)

Palestinians have condemned Israel’s approval of about 3,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. An Israeli defence official said a planning forum of Israel’s liaison office with the Palestinians gave preliminary approval for plans to build 1,344 housing units and its final go-ahead for projects to construct 1,800 homes, the Reuters news agency […]

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Settler attacks leave Palestinian farmers with financial losses (Al Jazeera)

Zuhdi Hassan has farmed his land in Salfit governate in the Israeli-occupied West Bank for decades, but this year has been especially bad for him. Like other Palestinian olive farmers struggling to harvest their crops largely due to Israeli settler attacks, movement restrictions and poor rainfall, the 57-year-old faces financial trouble this season. Settler attacks […]

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Fears of a Hamas takeover of the West Bank are exaggerated (Adnan Abu Amer, Al Jazeera)

Over the past few months, there has been an escalation of violence in the occupied West Bank. Armed clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army in Jenin and Jerusalem and elsewhere have resulted in the deaths of several Palestinian fighters and civilians and the injuries of several soldiers from the Israeli occupation forces. There have […]

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Hamas grows bolder in West Bank (Mai Abu Hasaneen, Al-Monitor)

Hamas operatives seem to have renewed their activity in the West Bank in response to Israeli raids in the wake of the recapturing of six Palestinians who escaped an Israeli prison in September. The recent raids of West Bank villages reveal Israel’s concerns over Hamas’ renewed activities. On Sept. 26, Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in the village of Biddu, north of Jerusalem. According to the Israeli military, […]

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West Bank. Helping hand: Israeli forces in the service of Jewish settlers (Al Jazeera)

Faris Salfadi points to his olive trees chopped down in the village of Urif by Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar [Al Jazeera] The villagers of Urif are living in fear for their lives and property as illegal settlers based on a nearby hill – and Israeli forces backing them – continue to […]

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West Bank. Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager in occupied West Bank (Al Jazeera)

A 15-year-old Palestinian has been killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank as Israeli forces stormed a refugee camp near Nablus. The Palestinian health ministry said Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash died on Tuesday after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head in the Balata refugee camp. Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager in occupied […]

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West Bank – Israeli forces kill Palestinian man in occupied West Bank (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: A Palestinian man has been killed in Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank, the scene of confrontations between protesters and Israeli forces for weeks, Palestinian officials said. Shadi Omar Lotfi Salim, 41, was shot dead late on Tuesday near the flashpoint Palestinian village of Beita, the Palestinian health ministry said. go to Al Jazeera: Israeli […]

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Israel/West Bank – Israeli forces open fire on Palestinians; hundreds wounded (Al Jazeera)

Israeli forces opened fire on hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators who rallied against an illegal outpost in the occupied West Bank on Friday, with more than 370 people wounded including 31 hit by live ammunition. Drones dropped tear gas canisters and smoke filled the air at the scene of the protest in the West Bank town […]