Newspaper Review: Arab Foreign Ministers Meeting on Palestine Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, January 11, 2016 (WAFA) – Palestinian Arabic dailies focused in their Monday issue on the meeting of the Arab Ministerial Committee on Palestine, held in Cairo, which called for launching an international conference to set a deadline for ending the Israeli occupation.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said Arab Foreign Ministers, who convened in Cairo, declared their full support to Saudi Arabia over Iran, and accused the latter of undermining security in the region.

On a different subject, al-Quds said in its main news story that Israeli right wing organizations have set up a plan to annex Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli control, to Israel.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli soldiers opened fire and seriously injured a Palestinian youth near Qalqilia in the West Bank, for allegedly attempting to illegally enter Israel for work.

It said seven Palestinians were injured, including two with live bullets, during clashes with Israeli troops who broke into the village of Tekou, east of Bethlehem, on Sunday.

Al-Quds said the Supreme Court of Israel revoked a previous decision that bans Palestinians from appealing against the Israeli army’s decisions to expropriate their properties.

Al-Ayyam reported that the health condition of Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails Mohammad al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike since November 11 2015 in protest of his administrative detention, without a charge or trial, has significantly deteriorated. It added that Israeli authorities decided to force-feed him.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said the Israeli army encircled with barbed wires a 300-dunum area near Ya’bad, west of Jenin, and declared it a closed military zone.

Al-Ayyam said Israeli fighter jets launched five airstrikes targeting an arms convoy in Syria belonging to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on Monday predawn.