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french consulate worker in israel accused of smuggling weapons out of gaza


jerusalem — a french national working for his country’s consulate in jerusalem appeared in an israeli court on monday on charges that he smuggled weapons from the hamas-controlled gaza strip in a diplomatic vehicle.the consulate employee, identified by israeli authorities as romain franck, is accused of smuggling the weapons out of gaza on at least five occasions and transferring them to a criminal palestinian ring. the gang is alleged to have sold the weapons for thousands of dollars to arms dealers in the occupied west bank.franck, who french media said is 23 or 24 years old, is suspected of having transferred about 70 pistols and two assault rifles in return for roughly $7,500.the indictment describes in detail the five times that he was allegedly involved in transferring “nylon-...






french consulate worker accused of smuggling weapons for hamas


jerusalem — a french national working for his country’s consulate in jerusalem has been detained on suspicion of smuggling weapons out of the gaza strip for the palestinian militant group hamas, israel’s internal security agency said monday. the consulate employee, identified as romain franck, is alleged to have smuggled weapons from hamas-controlled gaza to the occupied west bank on five occasions in recent months, the security agency shin bet said in a statement.he used a diplomatic vehicle belonging to the french consulate which are subject to less stringent security checks, it claimed.franck, identified by french media as 24 years old, is suspected of having transferred around 70 pistols and two assault rifles. “the investigation clearly shows that the employee of the french ...






french consulate worker accused of smuggling weapons for hamas


jerusalem — a french national working for his country’s consulate in jerusalem has been detained on suspicion of smuggling weapons out of the gaza strip for the palestinian militant group hamas, israel’s internal security agency said monday. the consulate employee, identified as romain franck, is alleged to have smuggled weapons from hamas-controlled gaza to the occupied west bank on five occasions in recent months, the security agency shin bet said in a statement.he used a diplomatic vehicle belonging to the french consulate, it said. such vehicles are subject to less stringent security checks.franck, identified by french media as 24 years old, is suspected of having transferred around 70 pistols and two assault rifles. “the investigation clearly shows that the employee of the f...






french consulate worker accused of smuggling weapons out of gaza


jerusalem — a french national working for his country’s consulate in jerusalem appeared in an israeli court on monday on charges that he smuggled weapons from the hamas-controlled gaza strip in a diplomatic vehicle.the consulate employee, identified by israeli authorities as romain franck, is alleged to have smuggled the weapons out of gaza on at least five occasions and transferred them to a criminal palestinian ring. the gang is alleged to have sold the weapons for thousands of dollars to arms dealers in the occupied west bank.franck, who french media said was 23 or 24 years old, is suspected of having transferred about 70 pistols and two assault rifles and receiving roughly $7,500 in return. the indictment describes in detail the five times that he is alleged to have been involved...






false-alarm bomb threat forces evacuation of nyc french consulate


authorities investigating a bomb threat briefly evacuated the french consulate on the upper east side saturday evening, officials said. the threat against the fifth ave. building near e. 75th st. emerged about 5 p.m. as the consulate was collecting votes for france’s hotly contested presidential election. “nyc french consulate being evacuated because of a bomb threat,” @fournierpr tweeted in french. “the staff is getting the casting ballot out of consulate to protect them.” the threat was cleared after cops found nothing but a cellphone with an attachment, likely a charger, in a tan buick outside the consulate. police ordered consulate staff to evacuate the building with a box of voter ballots in hand before being allowed to return a few minutes later, said a...






two given death penalty for gaza drug smuggling


gaza: a hamas military court on sunday sentenced two palestinians to death for drug smuggling in the gaza strip, in the first punishment of its kind in the enclave.“the gaza military court announced the death penalty for two civilians from rafah, in the southern gaza strip, for selling narcotics,” the hamas-controlled interior ministry said in a statement.it said a third suspect was sentenced to hard labour.authorities have seized drugs with a street value of around $1 million (dh3.67 million) over the past few months, the ministry said.they seized 1,250 packets of cannabis and 400 pills of tramadol — a powerful opiate-based painkiller — in january alone, it said.until sunday, only people guilty of spying for israel or murder had received the death penalty in gaza, controlled by ha...






no bail for accused arms-dealing kosovo consulate worker


a onetime driver for the kosovar consulate will stay parked in jail as he fights charges that he was hooked up in arms trafficking, extortion and money laundering. brooklyn federal prosecutors claim albert veliu tried to arrange a sale of more than a dozen ak-47s and a rocket launcher - munitions he allegedly called "sneakers" and a "shaq-sized sneaker." veliu was a consulate driver from 2012 until the feds pulled him over this summer. prosecutors say veliu boasted to secret drug enforcement agency sources that his consulate job -- and the lighter airport security that came with it -- meant he could move contraband through airports more easily. he also bragged he could get on planes with little scrutiny and he even tried to pawn off his diplomatic plates for the right ...






gaza death toll in u.s. embassy violence rises to 4 as israel responds to rocket


gaza city — two hamas militants were killed in an israeli airstrike in gaza on saturday after rocket fire from the enclave hit an israeli town, as the death toll in violence linked to president trump’s decision to recognize jerusalem as israel’s capital rose to four. the israeli military said it had responded to rocket fire by striking four facilities belonging to hamas in the gaza strip: two weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse and a military compound. it called the rockets fired at israel — one of them hitting the town of sderot, with no casualties reported — a “severe act of aggression.”violent confrontations were reported elsewhere saturday but were less widespread than a day earlier. riots had broken out in about 20 locations in the west bank and gaza strip...






frenchman attacked in shanghai after chinese shot dead by police in paris


shanghai: france's consulate in shanghai has told the french community in china to be vigilant after a french man was attacked with a knife in the city, following the killing of a french-chinese man in paris.the consulate said on its website on friday that the victim was attacked in a violent assault by a man who fled after a chinese colleague intervened. the attacker was later arrested by the chinese police, it said. chinese immigrants hold white roses as they gather to protest over the fatal shooting of shaoyao liu by police in his apartment in paris. photo: apthe attack on wednesday came days after police in paris shot a chinese man dead in his home, triggering protests in parts of the french capital and demands by beijing for an explanation, though the french consulate drew no co...






gaza death toll in u.s. embassy violence rises to 4 as israel responds to rocket


gaza — two hamas militants were killed in an israeli airstrike in gaza on saturday after rocket fire from the enclave hit an israeli town, as the death toll in violence linked to president trump’s decision to recognize jerusalem as israel’s capital rose to four. the israeli military said it had responded to rocket fire by striking four facilities belonging to hamas in the gaza strip: two weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse, and a military compound. it called the rockets fired at israel — one of them hitting the town of sderot, with no casualties reported — a “severe act of aggression.” hamas confirmed two of its members were killed in one of the early morning strikes. in a strike saturday night that hit a military facility in a built-up area, 15 people were in...






israel stages airstrikes in gaza strip, response to rockets


jerusalem –  the israeli military says it has carried out a series of airstrikes on hamas facilities in the gaza strip in response to new rocket attacks.the military said thursday that the overnight strikes hit facilities used as training and weapons storage facilities.gaza militants have fired rockets into israel daily following president donald trump's recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital last week. two gazans have been killed in clashes with israeli troops along the border and two others were killed in airstrikes.israel says it holds hamas, the militant group that controls gaza, responsible for all fire originating in the territory. the two sides have fought three wars since hamas seized control of gaza in 2007.






israel reduces power supply to gaza, as abbas pressures hamas


hamas has accused abbas of trying to turn the screw on them to make political concessionsnewborns are seen an incubator at shifa hospital in gaza city. gaza has experienced severe power cuts and medical shortages in the past few months amid a crackdown by palestinian president mahmoud abbas on hamas which observers say will inflict an ‘unprecedented crisis’ on gaza’s two million residents.occupied jerusalem: the israeli regime will reduce electricity supplies to the gaza strip after the palestinian authority limited how much it pays for power to the enclave run by hamas, israeli officials said on monday.the decision by israel’s security cabinet is expected to shorten by 45 minutes the daily average of four hours of power that gaza’s 2 million residents receive from an electricity...






israel strikes hamas bases in gaza: officials


the raid comes after a rocket was fired from the palestinian territories on israela palestinian man removes broken glass from his window following an israeli air strike in gaza city.gaza city: israeli air strikes hit a series of targets in the hamas-run gaza strip overnight on monday, officials said, hours after a rocket from the palestinian enclave landed in israel.strikes were recorded in at least three locations in gaza, palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said, with hamas bases struck near the southern city of rafah and gaza city, as well as open land southeast of gaza city.the palestinian health ministry said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but an afp photographer in gaza saw at least one man bleeding being taken for treatment from a house near the base.the isra






israeli strikes kill two in gaza


hamas said it held israel fully responsible for the consequences of its continued escalationan injured palestinian man receives treatment at a hospital in rafah in the southern gaza strip following an israeli air strike on the enclave.gaza: israeli fire killed two palestinian teenagers in gaza, local health officials said on sunday, after israel launched 18 strikes there.the flare-up, which started on saturday and had died down by sunday morning, was one of the biggest in the gaza strip since a 2014 war between israel and palestinian militants.on saturday a bomb blast on the israel-gaza border wounded four israeli troops.gaza medics said that on sunday they retrieved the bodies of two 17-year-old palestinians killed by the israeli tank fire.no militant group in gaza claimed responsibility






us: french consulate in new york evacuated after bomb threat


by: afp | new york | published:april 23, 2017 6:31 amthe french consulate in new york, where thousands of expatriates were registered to cast ballots in their presidential election, was briefly evacuated following a bomb threat, officials said. a suspicious vehicle prompted police to clear the building on fifth avenue across from central park, consul general anne-claire legendre said yesterday.“after the champs elysees attack, the new york police department was told to be especially vigilant,” she said. dozens of people who were inside the building at about 5 pm (2100 gmt) waited on the sidewalk while authorities checked the vehicle. the situation returned to normal after about 50 minutes, consulate press officer amelie geoffroy said.voting activities, which were scheduled to take...






gaza's hamas rulers execute 3 accused of killing member


gaza city, gaza strip –  hamas said thursday it put to death three men it had accused of killing a senior member of the militant islamic group that rules gaza in march.hamas' interior ministry told reporters that two men were hanged and one was killed by firing squad thursday. the three received death sentences sunday after a brief, week-long special military court found them guilty of killing mazen faqha. local rights groups slammed the trial, calling it unprecedented given its speed.manchester bombing signals new isis strategy of targeting childrenthe executions took place at a police headquarters and was attended by hundreds of people, including hamas officials and community leaders.the death of faqha, a shadowy senior figure in hamas' military wing, shocked hamas, which has ruled ...






israel strikes hamas bases in gaza after rocket attack: officials


by: afp | gaza | updated: june 27, 2017 8:50 am “two (israeli) aircrafts targeted two military infrastructures belong to the hamas terrorist organisation,” israeli army said.related newsisraeli airstrikes hit a series of targets in the hamas-run gaza strip, officials have said, hours after a rocket from the palestinian enclave landed in the jewish state. strikes were recorded in at least three locations in gaza overnight yesterday, palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said, with hamas bases struck near the southern city of rafah and gaza city, as well as open land southeast of gaza city.the palestinian health ministry said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but an afp photographer in gaza saw at least one man bleeding being taken for treatment from a house near ...






egyptian navy fatally shoots palestinian fisherman at sea


gaza – the egyptian navy opened fire on a palestinian fisherman at sea and killed him, the gaza ministry said on saturday.egyptian officials had no immediate comment on the incident which happened late on friday after dark near the southern border-town rafah, according to gaza health ministry spokesman ashraf al-qidra.it could not be confirmed whether the fisherman was attempting to cross into egyptian waters. egyptian naval forces have previously opened fire on gazans they accused of crossing the maritime border.fishermen from gaza have often brought in catch from egyptian territory to sidestep restrictions imposed by israel’s naval blockade of the enclave, which israel maintains citing security concerns.gaza fishermen say that the limited fishing zone imposed by israel is not big eno...






egypt opens gaza border crossing for 3 days under pa control


rafah, gaza strip –  gaza's border crossing into egypt ran saturday under the palestinian authority's control for the first time in a decade, in a step forward for the western-backed leadership's resuming of its functions in the gaza strip.egypt opened the rafah crossing point for three days on a humanitarian basis for the first time since the militant hamas group ceded control of gaza's crossings with israel and egypt to the west bank-based pa. in 2007, hamas wrested control of gaza by force after winning legislative elections a year earlier, provoking an israeli-egyptian blockade that severely restricted the movement of most of gaza's 2 million inhabitants.hamas has wielded absolute power in gaza since, driving its humanitarian conditions to near-total collapse. on nov. 1, it wit...






explosion strikes palestinian leader’s convoy in gaza


jabaliya, gaza strip — an explosion struck the convoy of the palestinian prime minister on tuesday as he was making a rare visit to gaza, in what his fatah party called an assassination attempt it blamed on gaza militants.the blast further complicated what already is a troubled reconciliation process between gaza’s ruling hamas militant group and the internationally backed palestinian authority in the west bank. it also cast a cloud over a meeting later tuesday at the white house, where international representatives were to discuss economic development and the dire humanitarian situation in gaza.the explosion went off shortly after the convoy entered gaza through the erez crossing with israel. palestinian prime minister rami hamdallah was unharmed and went on to inaugurate a long-await...






hamas blames israel for gaza bomb that wounds security chief


gaza: hamas' security chief in the gaza strip was wounded in a car bombing on friday in what the islamist group said was a failed assassination attempt orchestrated by israel.hamas did not provide any evidence of israeli involvement. the israeli military, asked about the explosion in gaza, said it did not comment on foreign reports. palestinians in gaza celebrate the signing of a reconciliation agreement between hamas and fatah on october 12. photo: apthe car bombing came as rival factions are trying to implement a new agreement meant to end a 10-year rift that has effectively split the palestinian territories between hamas in gaza and the more mainstream fatah in the occupied west bank.it also coincided with a hamas crackdown on radical jihadist salafi groups in gaza which are oppos...






kolkata stf arrests icchapur rifle factory worker red handed smuggling arms


written by sweety kumari | kolkata | published:september 22, 2017 12:24 am the arms recovered after the arrests. (express photo)top newstwo persons, including a worker from the icchapur rifle factory, were arrested by the kolkata special task force (stf) on thursday for illegally selling parts of riffles smuggled to arms factories in bihar and jharkhand. according to official sources, sambhu bhattacharjee (49) alias mona of jagatdal, north24 paraganas, and dipak saw of aurobinda pally, noapara, were arrested from ultadanga area in kolkata early in the evening. “the employee was caught red handed smuggling parts of arms out of the factory”, dc (stf) murlidhar sharma told indian express.the accused have been arrested under section 381 (whoever being an employee commits theft in ...






gaza's hamas rulers hold large military drill amid tensions


gaza city, gaza strip –  the islamic militant group hamas that rules gaza has staged a large-scale military drill in the impoverished territory.hamas detonated bombs and fired machine guns in the streets in the 24-hour exercise that began sunday.the drill comes amid tensions on gaza's border with israel. hamas is planning a mass protest there on friday. hamas is urging gaza residents to gather near the fence and march toward israeli positions with the intent of crossing into the jewish state.palestinians have been split since hamas seized gaza in 2007, ousting forces of palestinian president mahmoud abbas who now governs just parts of the west bank.abbas' government has called on hamas to disarm and relinquish control of security in gaza as a condition for egyptian-mediated reconcilia...






former palestinian prisoner found shot dead in gaza


gaza city, gaza strip –  a former palestinian prisoner who israel sent to gaza after his release has been found shot dead at the entrance of his house in gaza city.mazen faqha belonged to hamas, the islamic militant group that rules gaza.hamas says faqha was shot four times in the head with a silenced gun late friday. it blamed israel for "assassinating" him, but provided no proof to support that accusation.faqha was sentenced to nine terms of life imprisonment for directing suicide bombing attacks against israelis.he was freed along with more than 1,000 other prisoners as part of an exchange in 2011 that released captive israeli soldier gilad schalit. faqha was among dozens of west bank residents israel deported to gaza or elsewhere because of the severity of their crimes.






drug smuggling cases drop in oman


muscat: drug smuggling cases has declined significantly in oman, a top official said.according to 2016 figures, drug smuggling cases dropped by 14 per cent.col, abdu al raheem al farsi, director general for combating drugs and psychotropic substances at the royal oman police (rop), said that oman had introduced several measure to curb drug smuggling.“taking stringent legal actions, intensifying patrolling, building more facilities and installing cutting-edge devices to detect drugs, have helped reduce drug smuggling cases,” he said.he didn’t give further details about the exact number of drug smuggling cases in 2016.al farsi said the drug related crimes also declined. around 2,538 such crimes were recorded last year and 3,590 accused were arrested, he said.the number of drug abuse ca...






daesh claims rare attack on israel


a few hours after the attack, two palestinians are killed in a suspected israeli air strike on egyptmourners carry the body of palestinian muhammed al-aqraa, who was killed in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel at the border between gaza and egypt, during his funeral in gaza city.gaza city: daesh said on thursday that it fired rockets at the israeli-held resort city of eilat from the sinai peninsula in a rare attack on regime territory from egypt.the israeli army said there were no casualties from wednesday evening’s rocket fire — three of the rockets were intercepted by israel’s iron dome air defence system and a fourth fell short of the town.a few hours later, two palestinians were killed elsewhere in the sinai. the hamas movement which rules gaza said it was an israeli air strike. the r






iran has increased missile production three-fold


saudi arabia and the us have accused iran of illegally smuggling weapons into yemen to sustain al houthi war effortsdubai: iran has increased its missile production three-fold, a senior revolutionary guards commander said wednesday, according to the fars news service.“in the past we had to do a lot of explaining to various bodies for our actions but it’s not like that anymore,” brigadier general amir ali hajizadeh, the head of the guards’ aerospace division said, according to fars.“our production has increased three-fold compared to the past,” he said, referring to missiles.the government, parliament and other iranian officials had, in particular, agreed on the need for ground-to-ground missiles, hajizadeh said.saudi arabia and the us have accused iran of illegally smuggling we...






2 palestinians die of wounds from israel clashes in gaza


gaza city, gaza strip –  the palestinian health ministry in the gaza strip says two men have died from wounds sustained in earlier clashes with israeli troops along the border with israel.it identified them as mohammed dahdouh, 20, who died sunday, and sharif shalash, 28, who died on saturday.their deaths raise to 12 the number of palestinians killed in violence in gaza and the west bank since president donald trump's dec. 6 recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital.most of the deaths have occurred in gaza, where protesters have been clashing with israeli forces along the border fence. forces have used tear gas and live fire to disperse the crowds. among the dead are two hamas militants killed in an israeli airstrike that was carried out in response to rocket fire from gaza.






israeli shelling kills teenager on gaza border


topshot - a palestinian man takes a selfie picture with a mobile phone next to a blast crater which gaza police reportedly said was caused by an israeli air strike, east of gaza city on march 16, 2017. israeli air force carried out raids on gaza early on march 16, 2017 after a rocket was fired from the palestinian enclave towards israel, sources on both sides said, affirming that no casualties took place from either attack. occupied jerusalem: palestinian officials say israeli shelling has killed one person and wounded two others near the southern gaza town of rafah.gaza health ministry spokesman ashraf al qidra says the body of 18-year-old yousuf abu azra was recovered early wednesday after shells landed near the border fence separating gaza and israel. he said two others sustained shrapn






israeli military strikes 18 hamas targets in gaza


the israeli military said it struck 18 targets in gaza overnight, in response to an explosive device that wounded four soldiers along the border with the territory, as gaza officials said the bodies of two palestinian teenagers who were killed trying to infiltrate israel were recovered on sunday. the military said its airstrikes were part of its expanded response to the attack, in which two of the soldiers were seriously wounded. the military said the targets included weapon-manufacturing sites and training infrastructures of hamas, the islamic militant group that rules gaza. israel holds it responsible for all attacks emanating from gaza, regardless of who carries them out. there were no reports of casualties in gaza from the attacks. also sunday, the palestinian health m...






gaza’s medical sector standing on its last legs


last month, palestinian president mahmoud abbas vowed a string of ‘decisive measures’ intended to pile economic pressure on hamasa palestinian leukemia patient, yousef younis getting treatment at an hospital in gazaafpramallah: vital medicines in gaza are mostly out of stock amid a crackdown on hamas-ruled gaza.last month, palestinian president mahmoud abbas vowed a string of ‘decisive measures’ intended to pile economic pressure on hamas, which has ruled gaza since 2007, in order to weaken its grip there.since then, the palestinian unity government began to cut off financial assistance to gaza.it has slashed the salaries of government employees in gaza by one-third, refused to pay gaza’s power bill and halted transfers of medical equipment and medicines.the gaza health ministry ...






palestinian government meets in gaza for first time since 2014


by: afp | gaza city | published:october 3, 2017 2:42 pm it was the first meeting of the cabinet in gaza since november 2014, although hamdallah visited a year later without his ministers. (file/photo)top newsthe palestinian cabinet met in gaza on tuesday for the first time since 2014 in a further step towards the internationally recognised palestinian authority (pa) retaking control of the territory. in an opening speech, prime minister rami hamdallah renewed his pledge to end a decade-long split between the islamist hamas movement that controls gaza and his west bank-based government.“we are here to turn the page on division, restore the national project to its correct direction and establish the (palestinian) state,” he said.the session took place at the official gaza residence...






gaza water situation on verge of total collapse


ramallah: the gaza strip faces a serious water shortage as groundwater levels constantly decline and underground wells yield saltier water than normal, warned a top gaza official.according to yasser al shanti, head of the gaza strip water authority, “the situation is extremely dangerous and on the verge of total collapse.”the gaza strip requires 200 million cubic metres of water per year, but water resources pumped in the strip provide only 90 million cubic metres, says al shanti. that would be enough for agriculture, but gaza households need another 110 million cubic metres of water. the strip depends mainly on groundwater to meet the increasing water demands.“the spread of construction all over gaza has caused noticeable decrease in agricultural land,” he told gulf news. “the n...






israel to publish long-awaited report on 2014 gaza war


by: afp | jerusalem | published:february 24, 2017 10:06 pm file – in this july 26, 2014 file photo, a palestinian woman reacts after seeing her destroyed house during a 12-hour cease-fire in gaza city’s shijaiyah neighborhood. a leading human rights group has accused israel of committing war crimes during this summer’s war in gaza. (source: ap)a report expected to criticise israel’s prime minister and the armed forces command over their conduct in the runup to the 2014 gaza war is to be released next week, officials said on friday. state comptroller yossef shapira’s report, the result of a two-year inquiry, will be published on tuesday, a spokesman for his office said.shapira, who is in charge of assessing state policies and use of public funds, opened his investigation soon...






jeff bagwell, tim raines, ivan rodriguez elected to baseball hall of fame


closeskip in skipxembedxshare usa today sports' ted berg reflects on the careers of the three players — tim raines, jeff bagwell and ivan rodriguez — that were elected to the baseball hall of fame on wednesday. usa today sportstim raines produced a lifetime .385 on-base percentage and ranks fifth all-time with 808 stolen bases.(p o: otto greule jr, getty images)a former unanimous mvp, an elite leadoff hitter and one of the game’s most complete catchers were elected wednesday into baseball’s hall of fame, which continues to slowly open its doors to players linked to performance-enhancing drugs.iconic houston astros first baseman jeff bagwell, base-stealer extraordinaire tim raines and 13-time gold glove winner ivan “pudge’’ rodriguez earned baseball’s most coveted distinction when they were