Thursday, 31 January 2013

UN: Israeli settlements violate Palestinian rights

Israeli settlements in the occupied territories violate Palestinians' human rights in ways designed to drive them off the land, a UN report states.

The report says settlements displace Palestinians, destroy their crops and property, and subject them to violence.

It is likely further to damage relations between the UN Human Rights Council and Israel, analysts say.

Israel refused to co-operate with the inquiry by three UN researchers, and says the UN body is biased.

The French, Pakistani and Botswanan fact-finders said Israel was "committing serious breaches" of humanitarian law and demanded the government of Israel cease all settlement activities. more

Medics: Family of 6 dies in Gaza house fire

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Six family members, including four children, died early Thursday in a house fire east of Gaza City, medics said.

Hazem Mahmud Dahier, 32, his wife Samar, 30, and their children, 4-month-old Qamar, Farah, 3, Nabil, 5 and Mahmud, 6, were killed in the fire, medics said. more