Newspaper Review: Dailies Highlight Striking of Libya Targets following Beheadings

RAMALLAH, February 17, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted in their Tuesday issue the Egyptian Armed Forces’ aerial shelling of multiple targets in Libya, purportedly belonging to the so-called ISIS group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The airstrikes came hours after a video was released online and showed masked militants, believed to be belonging to ISIS in Libya, beheading 21 members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority on a Libyan coast.

Al-Ayyam quoted reports saying that about 50 ISIS members were killed in the Egyptian airstrikes.

On a different subject, the dailies said Israeli police ravaged the “Gate of Jerusalem” youth camp and arrested seven youth activists present at the camp. The camp was set to protest ongoing Israeli attempts to declare the site, located east of Jerusalem, a settlement zone.

Al-Quds said the Israeli army handed a local resident of Haris village, in the central West Bank, a notice informing him about the army’s intent to uproot 2,000 olive trees of his own.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Israeli authorities approved a plan to expropriate more than 500 dunums of Palestinian lands in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Anata and Issawiya, with the aim of allocating the site for establishing a landfill.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said that “hard times” are awaiting the Israeli army due to Iran’s nuclear program and “Islamic extremism.”

Al-Hayat said several Jewish figures in Europe called on European Jews to reject Netanyahu’s call upon them to immigrate to Israel.