Jerusalem wants to ‘expand settlement into W Bank’
Gaza—The city of Jerusalem is seeking to expand the settlement of Gilo beyond Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem with 2,500 new homes in the adjacent West Bank, an Israeli lawyer said on Friday. Daniel Seiderman, a lawyer active in the anti-settlement movement, told AFP that the idea was endorsed at a city planning meeting last month.
“Ten days ago the municipal planning board deliberated on a plan to build another 2,500 units in Gilo,” he said. “The precise area is beyond the mu-nicipal... line of Gilo.” He said the intended enlargement would be in addition to plans formally announced last month for 2,000 new homes in Gilo, which lies just a few kilometres (miles) north of Bethlehem.
Syria army kills 23 civilians amid massacre anger
Damascuss—The Syrian army killed at least 23 civilians on Saturday 17 in the flashpoint southern city of Daraa and six in the central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Nine women and three children were among the 17 killed in a pre-dawn bombardment of a residen-tial neighbo urhood of Daraa, the British-based watchdog said.
Russia pushes for big Syria meeting, not sanctions
Moscow—Russia amplified its call for an international meeting on Syria on Saturday, saying sanctions or military intervention would “only aggravate the already difficult atmosphere”. “Our logic is that it is not necessary now to apply additional pressure, to introduce sanctions or use the threat of force,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency.
Yemen clashes leave 11 dead
Sana—Al-Qaeda militants have killed two sol-diers in Yemen’s Abyan province, prompting troops to shell jihadist positions and kill nine extremists, military and local sources said Saturday. “Al-Qaeda militants opened machinegun fire on an army post on the western outskirts of Jaar,” an Al-Qaeda stronghold the army has been trying to retake since last month, “killing two soldiers and wounding four others,” a military official said.
Troops responded to the late Friday assault by shelling Al-Qaeda positions on Jaar outskirts killing “several militants,” the official told AFP. A source in Jaar confirmed the shelling saying “we have buried nine Al-Qaeda militants in the town’s cemetery,” adding that five other jihadists were also wounded.
French girl held in Turkey over suspected extremism
Istanbul—A 19-year-old French student of Turkish descent was arrested and detained last month on suspicion of links with an outlawed far-left extremist group, her lawyer told. Sevil Sevimli came to Turkey from Lyon, southeast France, to complete a final year of studies using Erasmus, the inter-European university exchange scheme, said Sami Kahraman. She switched to university in the central Anatol ian province of Eskisehir. Sevimli was arrested on May 10 along with five others and has been accused of committing crimes under Article 316 of the Turkish penal code, which can carry a penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment.