Newspapers review: Killing Palestinian in Jericho focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, The killing of a Palestinian man by Israeli forces following confrontations in Jericho city hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Friday.

The dailies reported that a young Palestinian man from Jericho was killed by Israeli forces several hours after being detained and severely beaten by them.

Al-Quds added that the Israeli military acknowledged that they beaten the man before his death.

A viral video footage shows Israeli soldiers kicking and striking Yasin Saradeeh, 33, with one apparently hitting him with the butt of his rifle. Then soldiers are seen dragging him away from the scene while kicking him. He later was declared dead while in military custody.

On the other hand, al-Hayat al-Jadida opted to highlight President Mahmoud Abbas’ statements on the peace plan he proposed before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday.

It reported him stating that his plan has garnered international and Arab support.

He was also reported in al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida confirming that he has undergone routine medical checks in a US hospital and describing the results as positive and assuring.

The dailies said that Israeli occupation authorities have approved the construction of 3,000 new settler units to the south of Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam explained that the new settler units will be built on 280 dunums of land, most of which is privately owned by Palestinians, located between Gilo settlement, north of Bethlehem, and the Tunnels Road connecting Jerusalem to Gush Etzion settlement bloc to the south.

Furthermore, al-Ayyam reported that Israeli forces detained at least 25 Palestinians in West Bank raids.

The dailies added that Israeli forces injured a number of Palestinians, including injuries as a result of live ammunition, during clashes in Jenin-district town of Yabad, Nablus-district town of Beit Furik and Ramallah-district village of Deir Nidham.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida added that Israeli troops stationed along the borders east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central besieged Gaza Strip shot and Palestinian young man with a live round.

Al-Quds also reported that Israeli Jewish settlers stormed religious sites in Kufl Haris village near Salfit in the northern West Bank.

According to al-Quds, US President Donald Trump’s team is getting prepared to announce the principles of the so-called ultimate deal or deal of the century for Palestinian-Israeli settlement.

Al-Ayyam added in this regard Trump’s team has solicited the support of the UNSC for the plan, without disclosing its details.

According to al-Hayat al-Jadida, the Palestinian National Council called on Palestinian leadership to confront US blackmail.

Highlighting the situation at East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, al-Quds reported that a total of 223 Israeli Jewish settlers, including rabbis and two US congressmen, forced their way into the mosque compound.

It also reported the Department of Islamic Endowments and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs in Jerusalem slamming the final communique of a recent international conference on Jerusalem in Istanbul on January 29-30.

Al-Quds reported the department reiterating that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.

Moreover, al-Ayyam spotlighted the statement that was read by former US ambassador Richard Murphy on behalf of former US President Jimmy Carter before the UNSC.

It reported Carter warning of the catastrophic consequences of any imminent Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Also with regards to Gaza, al-Ayyam said that Gaza’s sole power plant was shut down because of a lack of diesel fuel.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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