Excerpts: Egypt facing ISIS insurgency in north Sinai.Italy PM brand UNESCO
Jerusalem vote ‘unacceptable’ October 22, 2016
+++SOURCE:Al Arabiya News 22 Oct.’16:”Senai general kiled near Cairo”,by
Staff Writer,Agence Fraance Presse &bReuters
SUBJECT: Egypt facing an ISIS insurgency in north Sinai
FULL TEXT:A senior military official who served in the northern Sinai was
killed on Saturday[22 Oct] in front of his home on the outskirts of Cairo,
security sources said.
Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Adel Rajaaie, who commanded an
armored division deployed in Sinai, when he left his home in Obour city in
the morning, sources told Alarabiya.net.
The army general was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen who fired several
shots at him and escaped the scene, they added.
“At 6 am they killed him. I can’t tell you if it was six or twelve bullets.
It was before he could get into his car,” his sister-in-law Huda Zein
Elabedine told AFP.
A military official told AFP that the officer has been “martyred.”
Police have set up checkpoints at entrance and exit points of the city,
local newspapers have said.
Egypt is facing an Islamist insurgency led by ISIS’s branch in North Sinai,
where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. There have also been
attacks in Cairo and other cities.
(with AFP and Reuters
+++SOURCE:Naharnet(Lebanon)22 Oct.’16:”Italy PM Brands UNESCO Jerusalem Vote
‘Unacceptable’ “,by Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: Italy PM Brands UNESCO Jerusalem vote ‘unacceptable’
Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday[21 Oct] described a UNESCO
resolution condemning Israel’s actions in east Jerusalem as
“incomprehensible and unacceptable” and said his officials should have voted
Italy joined most of its European partners in abstaining on a vote which
criticizes the Jewish state for restricting access to the al-Aqsa mosque
compound in a way that Israel says denies Judaism’s connection to the city.
“It is incomprehensible and unacceptable, it was a mistake,” Renzi told
The premier said he had issued instructions to Italian diplomats to take a
different stance if the same issue arises again in international bodies.
“Suggesting that Jerusalem and Judaism have no connection is like suggesting
the sun causes darkness,” he said. “If we have to break with European unity
on the subject, so be it.”
The executive board of UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural, scientific and
educational arm, backed the controversial resolution on “occupied Palestine”
on Tuesday[18 Oct].
Referring throughout to “the occupying power,” it condemns Israel for
restricting Muslims’ access to the al-Aqsa mosque compound — Islam’s third
holiest site — and criticizes damage by security forces to the site and
Israel is furious that the resolution refers to the Jerusalem Old City site
only by its Muslim name, al-Aqsa or al-Haram al-Sharif.
It is considered holy by Muslims, Christians and Jews. Jews refer to it as
the Temple Mount and it is considered the holiest site in Judaism.
Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 in a move never
recognized by the international community.
Sue Lerner – Associate, IMRA