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ATFP News Roundup October 5, 2016


Israeli warplanes struck Hamas sites in the northern and southern Gaza Strip on Wednesdayafternoon, in the second such attack of the day after a rocket fired from the coastal enclave struck Sderot, according to Palestinian media. (Times of Israel)

The United Nations expressed its support for the PA’s decision to postpone municipal elections for four months with the intent of holding elections in the entirety of the occupied Palestinian territory, after a Supreme Court decision to exclude the Gaza Strip from elections was met with political backlash. (Ma'an/Times of Israel)

Hamas has rejected a decision announced by the PA to postpone municipal elections for four months with the intent of holding them in the entire occupied Palestinian territory, following backlash over a Supreme Court ruling to exclude the Gaza Strip from the elections altogether. (Ma'an)

A delegation from the world’s only permanent war crimes court is visiting Israel and the West Bank this week to “promote better understanding” about its work, the chief prosecutor saidWednesday. (Times of Israle)

The Gaza Strip’s electricity company announced that the Egyptian power lines feeding the southern part of the besieged enclave were back in operation after being disconnected due to damage. (Ma'an)

The Palestinian Ministry of Education warned hundreds of public school teachers that they could be fired if they go forward with plans to strike in protest over unmet demands over salary issues. (Ma'an)

group of Israeli settlers’ children escorted by Israeli forces harrassed a Palestinian family harvesting olives in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Monday. (Ma'an)

Maj. Hanan Shwartz of the Menashe Brigade discusses Palestinian security cooperation, olive harvests and the round-the-clock effort to keep two West Bank cities calm. (Times of Israel)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday efforts to end Syria's war must continue despite Washington's decision to break off talks with Moscow over what he called its "irresponsible" support for President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters/New York Times)

Syrian rebels said on Tuesday they had repelled an army offensive in southern Aleppo as Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded residential areas, while nations spoke of rebuilding a peace process the United States broke off this week. (Reuters/AP)

The United Nations human rights chief told Russia on Tuesday that air strikes on civilian targets in the Syrian city of Aleppo may amount to crimes against humanity which could be brought before the International Criminal Court. (Reuters)

Egypt's interior ministry said on Tuesday its forces had killed a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, whom it described as responsible for the group's "armed wing", as well as his aide in a shootout overnight. (Reuters)

Yemen's Houthis toughened demands for the resumption of talks to end the 19-month-old civil war, saying President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi must go and an agreement must be reached on the presidency. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia began naval war games including live fire exercises on Tuesday in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil route, official media reported, a move that coincides with heightened tensions with regional rival Iran. (Reuters)

The Washington Post reporter who was detained for more than 18 months in Iran after being accused of espionage has filed a federal lawsuit against the Iranian government. (AP)


David Ignatius says the Russians have made Syrian civilian suffering “a weapon of war.” (Washington Post)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says it’s historically proven that the Syrian regime responds to serious threats and not to verbal threats of the kind we have become used to hearing from the US secretary of state. (Al Arabiya)

Joyce Karam says Washington has continuously underestimated Russia’s determination to help Assad win even if it means turning Aleppo or Idlib or Douma to another Grozny. (Al Arabiya)

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