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Israel Press Review of 25/08/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 25/08/2016

Major Headlines
  • Netanyahu and Rivlin offer condolences to Italian earthquake victims

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday extended his condolences to the Italian people after a massive earthquake levelled three remote mountain towns and claimed the lives of at least 120 people, the Times of Israel reports.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu offered his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi, assistance in the ongoing rescue operations in the hard-hit villages of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto.

The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (01:36 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. The quake shook the Lazio region and Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic coast.

With hundreds injured and an unknown number of people trapped under rubble, rescue workers expect the death toll to mount further.

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday evening also extended his condolences to the people of Italy in the wake of the deadly quake.

“Our thoughts are with the Italian people during these difficult times,” Rivlin said in a statement. “On behalf of the citizens of Israel, please offer my condolences to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery to all those injured.”

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Supreme Court rejects hunger striker’s appeal

The Israeli Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a Palestinian prisoner on Wednesday who has been on a hunger strike for over two months and who asked that he not be attached to his hospital bed, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Bilal Kayed has continued his hunger strike since mid-June in protest against his continued administrative detention without new charges despite having completed his prison sentence.

The 34-year-old Kayed, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Israel for activities he carried out for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) at the height of the Second Intifada, has been subsisting solely on water and vitamins.

So dire did his situation become that he was taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon where he was attached to a hospital bed by one leg. 

Kayed’s release from prison, which was due to take place in mid-June, was delayed after Israel decided to keep him in prison under administrative detention. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Palestinian woman arrested with knife at Hebron checkpoint

Border Police troops arrested a Palestinian woman on Wednesday in possession of a knife near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, the Times of Israel reports.

Soldiers found the blade in the suspect’s bag during a routine security check at a checkpoint in the West Bank city. She was handed over to security forces for questioning, police said.

The woman was identified as 23-year-old Shafa Aref al-Atrash by the official Palestinian Authority news outlet Wafa.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs, a flashpoint site holy to Jews and Muslims alike, has been the scene of numerous stabbings and attempted stabbings since Israeli-Palestinian violence escalated last October.

Thirty-four Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in the wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence. Over 200 Palestinians have also been killed in that time period, most of them while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


Thursday, August 25, 2016
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