Newspaper Review: Israel’s Killing of Palestinian near Nablus as Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 16, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on Sunday on the Israeli army’s shooting and killing of a Palestinian teenager in Huwwara, south of Nablus, together with the shooting and injury of another Palestinian near Ramallah.

They said the Israeli army on Saturday shot and killed 16-year-old Rafik Kamel al-Taj for allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier near Huwwara’s main street.

The three dailies reported that president Mahmoud Abbas denounced the killing of al-Taj and held the Israeli government fully responsible for this serious escalation.

The dailies added that Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian in a separate incident that took place near the village of Beit ‘Ur al-Tahta, to the west of Ramallah.

The three dailies – al-Quds, al-Hayat al-Jadida, and al-Ayyam – said a high-profile Fatah delegation is set to visit Iran in the near future, in an effort to improve relations between both sides in the aftermath of Iran’s nuclear deal with the West; The US and five other leading world powers.

Al-Ayyam said the health condition of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails Mohammad Allan has significantly deteriorated. However, al-Quds reported that he was in a relatively stable health condition.

The three dailies reported that Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for both arrivals and departures for four days starting on Monday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Arab Bank has agreed to settle a litigation case brought by hundreds of Americans who accused it of facilitating armed attacks in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Al-Quds said that Israeli settlers torched a house owned by the Abu-Nab family in East Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Silwan about two weeks ago.