Newspapers Review: Dailies Focus on Attack on Syria

RAMALLAH, September 4, 2013 (WAFA) – The political support US President Barack Obama has received from his congress was the main front page story in the three Arabic dailies on Wednesday.

While highlighting the support for an attack, the papers also reported on the Russian reaction for such an attack with al-Quds saying Russia has increased its navy presence in the region.

The papers also highlighted statements by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in which he warned of any attack with UN approval.

Most of the stories in al-Ayyam had to do with the developments in Syria, but the paper, and the other two dailies, reported as well on the tension in Jerusalem and particularly at al-Aqsa Mosque due to threats by Jewish fanatics to hold rituals inside the Muslim compound during the Jewish New Year celebrations.

The papers reported on the Israeli measures to keep Muslims away from al-Aqsa to prevent direct confrontations with the fanatics, including the arrest of the leader of the Islamic movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, and police summoning dozens of Palestinians from Jerusalem and ordering them not to reach the mosque for the next two weeks.

Al-Ayyam said Human Rights Watch has called on Israel to open an investigation into the army killing of three Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp last week.

Al-Quds reported on possibility of President Mahmoud Abbas meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Europe next week.

It also reported on the financial support the Palestinian Authority got from Britain and the World Bank.

It said in a story that the Israeli army has closed agricultural roads that serve thousands of dunums of land in Mughayyer, near Ramallah, and Wadi Foukin, near Bethlehem.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on its front page on the rally in Ramallah in support of the Egyptian government and people and against an attack on Syria.

It also quoted UNCTAD saying that Palestine loses $300 million due to smuggling and none payment of customs.

source:WAFA NEWS