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Al QUDS, Sept 24, 2018 (MENA) - Ninety Israeli settlers stormed into Al Aqsa mosque from al Magharba gate on Monday guarded by Israeli forces.

A group of settlers performed Talmudic rituals inside the mosque, WAFA news agency reported.

On Sunday, about 87 settlers also stormed the holy mosque, conducting provocative tours in the site.




Al-QUDS, Sept 23, 2018 (MENA) - As many as 87 settlers stormed on Sunday Al-Aqsa Mosque compound from Al-Maghariba gate, said WAFA news agency.

The settlers conducted provocative tours in the site. They tried to perform Jewish rituals amid tight Israeli troops security.

The storming coincides with Sukkot, or the Jewish feast of Tabernacles, which lasts for a week.

Ahead of the feast, Israeli security authorities took a series of repressive measures in Al-Quds, including arrests of activists and employees of Al- Aqsa.


RAMALLAH, Sept 23, 2018 (MENA ) - The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has refuted Israeli accusations for the Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, of evading peace negotiations.

Such accusations are part of a US-Israeli plan to liquidate the Palestinian cause and the lawful rights of the Palestinian people, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

This racist plan is considered sort of political terrorism exercised by the Israeli government with the aim to mislead the world public opinion, the statement charged.

Israel is seeking to hinder all international efforts to revive peace talks while blaming it all on the Palestinian Authority, it noted.

The Palestinian Authority has always reiterated commitment to the peace process and talks without preset conditions, the statement stressed.



MOSCOW, Sept 23, 2018 (MENA) - The Israeli Air Force misled Russia by providing wrong information about the area of the planned air strikes in 

Syria on September 17, thus preventing the Russian Il-20 from moving to a safe zone, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov was quoted by Sputnik as saying on Sunday.

Speaking at a press briefing on Sunday, Konashenkov provided more details on the downing of the Russian Il-20 military aircraft near Syria on September 17.

"Today, we share detailed information about the crash of the Ilyushin IL- 20 airplane of the Russian Aerospace Forces near the Syrian coast on September 17. We will present a minute-by-minute account of this tragic incident that was made based on the objective radar readings including those from the Plotto air information display system," he said.

According to Konashenkov, the Israeli Air Force provided Russia with misleading information on the location of its airstrikes on targets in Syria, which prevented the commander of the Il-20 plane from relocating to a safe zone and led to its destruction.

"During the negotiations via the deconfliction channel, the representative of the Israeli Air Force Command reported that the targets assigned to the Israeli aircraft are located in Northern Syria … As you can see on the map, the Israeli jets delivered strikes in Latakia which is a western province of the country — and not in the north of the Syrian Arab Republic. The city of Latakia is located on the western coast. The misleading information provided by the Israeli officer about the area of strikes did not allow the Russian Il-20 airplane to move timely to a safe area," Konashenkov said.

RAMALLAH, Sept 23, 2018 (MENA) - Israeli forces have arrested 19 Palestinians in various parts of the West Bank.

In a statement on Sunday, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said six Palestinians were detained in Hebron, three in Qalqiliya, three in Nablus, two in Jenin, two in East Jerusalem and three in Ramallah and El Bireh.



RAMALLAH/PARIS, Sept 22, 2018 (MENA) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he has not rejected peace negotiations as Israel accuses.

"The rejection is always from (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu," Abbas told reporters in Paris, following talks with his counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

"We are ready to go to negotiations in private or in public," he was quoted by WAFA news agency as saying, welcoming the Middle East peace Quartet and other countries as mediators.

"We welcomes any European or Arab country," he said.

The Palestinian leader said that the outcome of his talks with Macron would be conveyed by the latter to US President Donald Trump during a next meeting.



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