Newspapers Review: Dailies Highlight Preparations to Hit Syria

RAMALLAH, August 31, 2013 (WAFA) – United States-led preparations to attack Syria continued Saturday to dominate the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The three papers focused on the US charges and threats against Syria saying that US President Barack Obama is considering a strike against Syria after he apparently became convinced that the Bashar Assad regime was behind the recent chemical weapons attack that left almost 1500 people dead, a third of them children.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida printed several stories related to the fast moving events in Syria and preparations to attack it.

Al-Quds reported on Israeli preparations to defend itself in case of a Syrian attack against it if Syria gets attacked.

Other stories highlighted in the dailies focused on the weekly anti-wall, anti-settlements Palestinian protests in several West Bank villages and the Israeli army crackdown on these protests that normally leave many people suffering from tear gas inhalation, beating or other injuries.

Al-Quds reported on the Israeli army killing of an Egyptian near their common borders and the injury of a Palestinian east of Jabaliya, north of the Gaza Strip, by Israeli gunfire.

It also said two Gazans were injured when an Egyptian navy vessel opened fire at their boat near Rafah and arrested five other people who were on the boat.

The same paper said an Israeli court rejected a claim that settlers had bought a plot of land owned by a Palestinian from the village of Sineria in order to incorporate it into the illegal settlement of Oranit.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said a Jew was caught before an attempt to stab Palestinians in the old city of Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam quoted a United Nations report saying that the year 2013 witnessed a rise in the number of Palestinian homes demolished by the Israeli authorities and in the number of displaced Palestinians as a result.

It also printed a story from the French news agency, AFP, on the Zir family that was forced to move into cave after the Israeli authorities demolished its home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

Al-Quds said in two different stories printed in a box with yellow background that one person was killed and four others injured in a car accident on the Rafat road, south of Ramallah, and one person drown in Khan Younis beach.

source: WAFA NEWS