Newspapers Review: Clashes in West Bank Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, September 28, 2013 (WAFA) – The clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces that broke out on Friday in several areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem were the focus of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Saturday.

The papers highlighted the demonstrations that broke out in support of al-Aqsa Mosque and as Palestinians mark the 13th anniversary for al-Aqsa Intifada.

The three dailies printed pictures showing Israeli police crackdown on protests that raged in Jerusalem after police prevented Palestinians from freely reaching al-Aqsa Mosque for the Friday prayer.

The dailies also highlighted the weekly anti-wall, anti-settlements protests in various West Bank villages as well as the protests in Gaza, which led to confrontations with Israeli soldiers at the borders.

The three papers highlighted as well reports that France has agreed to end early the duties of one of its Jerusalem consulate diplomats following a brawl with Israeli soldiers on September 20 during an aid campaign to Palestinians in the Jordan Valley whose homes were demolished by the Israeli army a week earlier.

The Israeli police snatched the French diplomat out of the aid truck and dragged her on the ground to prevent the convoy from reaching its target.

The papers also highlighted statement President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah made in New York during various activities.

Al-Quds said in a story that Hamas is willing to consider any mechanism that would allow the reopening of the Rafah crossing with Egypt as long as Israel is not involved.

It said in a different story that Israeli settlers occupied a hilltop in Nablus and had set fire to two cars in Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah.

It quoted an Israeli report saying that the all-Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem plans to build a cable car line between the Western Wall and Mount of Olives and has plans to build housing units in the settlements.

The papers also reported on the latest United Nations Security Council work on Syria and on the development in Sudan.

source:WAFA NEWS