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Israeli troops kill Palestinian child and one other protester at Gaza border

GAZA: Israeli forces killed two Palestinians including a child at a protest along the Israel-Gaza border on Friday and wounded at least 126 others, Palestinian officials said. Thousands of Palestinians had gathered for a protest near Israel’s border fence with the Gaza Strip. Gaza’s Health Ministry said a 12-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man were shot dead by Israeli forces. At least 126 others were wounded by bullets, it said. Israel’s military blamed that some Palestinians were “throwing explosive devices and…

Civilian martyred by Indian troops firing along LoC

RAWALPINDI: Indian troops open unprovoked firing along the Line on Control and killed a civilian named Abdul Rauf, said the Inter Services Public Relations. The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon in the Kotkoterra Sector along the LoC. The individual was grazing animals when he was targeted by Indian troops. Earlier this month, an elderly man was killed when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations from across the LoC in Danna sector targeting civilian population. As a result, 65-year old…

26 Syria govt troops, 9 Russia fighters killed in IS attack: monitor

DAMASCUS: At least 26 Syrian regime forces and nine Russian fighters were killed in an Islamic State group attack earlier this week in Syria's eastern desert, a monitor said Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants had targeted a group of Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province on Wednesday. "There were 35 pro-government forces killed, including at least nine Russians. Some of those Russian nationals were government troops, but not all of them," said…

Israel troops shoot dead three Gazans

GAZA: Three Palestinians were killed when they tried to pass into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the Israeli army said, the latest shootings linked to tensions along the border. The army said four people "attempted to infiltrate". "Troops arrived at the scene and fired shots towards the citizens, as a result of which three were killed," an army statement said. It added that a bag was found with cutters, an axe and other materials. Read More: Israeli troops fire shots, tear gas at Gaza protesters, 1,100…

Israeli troops fire shots, tear gas at Gaza protesters, 1,100 Palestinians hurt

GAZA BORDER: Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at Palestinians, who thronged the Gaza-Israel frontier near a border terminal on Friday as part of a long-running protest, injuring about 1,100 people. Medics said around 82 people were shot and wounded with live fire, another 800 treated for gas inhalation and the rest for other injuries along the Gaza side of the 25-mile border fence, where Palestinians set up tent encampments on March 30 for what they call “The Great March of Return”. Youths rolled burning…

Saudi Arabia renews offer to deploy troops to Syria

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reaffirmed on Tuesday the kingdom's willingness to deploy troops to Syria as part of US-led efforts to stabilise the conflict-torn country. "We are in discussions with the US and have been since the beginning of the Syrian crisis (in 2011) about sending forces into Syria," Jubeir said at a press conference in Riyadh with UN chief Antonio Guterres. The comments were in response to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that US President Donald Trump's administration…

Texas sends 250 National Guard troops to Mexico border

HOUSTON: The Texas National Guard has begun deploying troops to help secure the state’s southern border with Mexico as President Donald Trump has been unable to get the US Congress or Mexico to fully fund his proposed wall along the border. The deployment, announced on Friday by Texas officials, comes after Trump directed Defense Secretary James Mattis to request the use of National Guard personnel to help the Department of Homeland Security secure the border in four southwestern US states, including Texas. Mattis on…

Pakistan to send troops to Saudi Arabia to train and advise

KARACHI: Pakistan is sending troops to ally Saudi Arabia on a “training and advise mission”, the military said, three years after it decided against sending soldiers to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The exact role the troops will play was unclear, but a statement from the army’s press wing on Thursday stressed they “will not be employed outside” the kingdom. Pakistan’s retired army chief, General Raheel Sharif, commands the new Saudi-led Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism, though it was…