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Dozens hurt in Jerusalem mosque clashes

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At least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli police officers have been hurt in clashes in Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police say.

Most were injured at the Al-Aqsa mosque, where Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as Palestinians threw stones and bottles.

Tensions have been rising over the potential eviction of Palestinians from land claimed by Jewish settlers.

The Red Crescent has opened a field hospital to treat the wounded.

The Al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem’s Old City is one of Islam’s most revered locations, but its location is also the holiest site in Judaism, known as the Temple Mount.

The site is a frequent flashpoint for violence, which unfolded again on Friday night after thousands had gathered there to observe the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Israeli police said they had used force to “restore order” due to the “rioting of thousands of worshippers” after evening prayers.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, said he “held [Israel] responsible for the dangerous developments and sinful attacks”.

An Aqsa official called for calm over the mosque’s loudspeakers. “Police must immediately stop firing stun grenades at worshippers, and the youth must calm down and be quiet!”, Reuters news agency quoted them as saying.

The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said 88 of the injured Palestinians were taken to hospital after they were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets. Police said some of the six officers injured needed medical treatment.

Clashes near Al Aqsa Mosque, 7 MayIMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionAt least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli police officers were hurt in Jerusalem, emergency services and police said
Israeli police walk near the Dome of the Rock during clashes with Palestinians, 7 MayIMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionIsraeli Police at the site, which is revered by both Muslims and Jews

The international community also appealed for de-escalation on Friday, as anger mounted over the threatened eviction of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem’s Shaikh Jarrah district.

A US State Department spokeswoman said Washington was “deeply concerned about the heightened tensions”. The European Union condemned the violence and said “perpetrators on all sides must be held accountable”.

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, urged all parties to “respect the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City in the interest of peace & stability.”

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The UN has said Israel should call off any evictions and employ “maximum restraint in the use of force” against protesters.

The League of Arab States, or Arab League, called on the international community to intervene to prevent any evictions.

Israel’s Supreme Court will hold a hearing on the long-running legal case on Monday.

Tension has been high throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Before the latest violence in the Al-Aqsa compound, there were Palestinian protests over Israeli barricades erected outside Jerusalem’s Old City. There has been nightly unrest over possible Palestinian evictions in nearby Sheikh Jarrah.

Elsewhere in the occupied West Bank, two Palestinians were shot dead after firing at an Israeli military base on Friday. Earlier in the week, a Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli religious student and a Palestinian teenager was killed in clashes with Israeli forces searching for him.

The international calls for calm and restraint show recognition of the dangers if this escalation continues.

And there is deep concern about what could happen on Monday.

Israel’s Supreme Court is due to hold a hearing on the Sheikh Jarrah case as Israelis mark Jerusalem Day. The annual celebration of the capture of the east of the city during the 1967 Middle East War includes a flag march in the Old City that typically leads to clashes with local Palestinians.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war and considers the entire city its capital, though this is not recognised by the vast majority of the international community.

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the future capital of a hoped-for independent state.

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WATCH: Black mermaid caught by Indonesian fishermen

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Some Indonesian Fishermen have caught a real black mermaid while fishing.
In the video shared online, the mermaid was seen tired and exhausted as it was still wrapped in the big fishing net.

Recall that some researchers have been trying to lay their hands on a mermaid to know if they are true or just some superstitions.

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Attention given to Macron slap unfair – French Ambassador to Ghana

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The French Ambassador to Ghana Ann-Sophie Avé says the attention given to the assault on French President Emmanuel Macron is unfair.

Her Excellency Avé said the embarrassing incident should not have happened when there are other means to channel grievances in the European country.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday Ambassador Avé said the outrageous action of the assailant should not have been given attention.

“France as a state has been struggling so much to promote solidarity and support for Africa economy, a slap from a maroon whose IQ is under the sea level should not change the image of France, this incident has served a terrible image of France all over the world. This is quite unfair,” she said.

She added “ It was someone who needed 15 seconds of celebrity but this is outrageous. In a democracy, you vote people out if you don’t like their governance. It is giving him the celebrity he does not deserve which is unfair.”

President Macron was slapped in the face on an official visit to the southeast of France.

In a video that circulated on social media, Mr Macron was seen walking up to a barrier on a trip to Tain-l’Hermitage outside the city of Valence.

A man slaps Mr Macron in the face before officers quickly move in. The president, meanwhile, was pulled away.

Two men were arrested in the wake of the incident, according to French media. As the president was slapped, the words “Down with Macron-ism” were shouted.

Politicians swiftly denounced the incident.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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Meet The 76-year-old Man With 38 Wives, 94 Children And 33 Grandchildren

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Ziona Chana, the head of a religious sect that practiced polygamy, died on Sunday, leaving behind 38 wives, 94 children and 36 grandchildren.

Chana reportedly suffered from diabetes and hypertension.
Doctors said Chana’s condition deteriorated at home in his village, Baktawng Tlangnuam.

He was admitted to hospital on Sunday evening, where he was declared dead on arrival.

It’s hard to say if Chana was indeed the head of the world’s largest family since there are others who claim the title.

It’s also hard to estimate the exact size of Chana’s family. At least one report claims he had 39 wives, 94 children, 33 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, which adds up to 181 people.

Chana and his family are a local sensation of sorts, attracting tourists to their village in India’s north-east, visit
and Chana’s extrordinary life has grabbed several headlines over the years.

The enormous family lives together in a four-storied house called “Chuuar Than Run” or New Generation House, with 100 rooms.

His wives share a dormitory near Chana’s private bedroom.

The mansion is a major tourist attraction in the state, with people from around the world thronging the village to get a peek into the family’s lifestyle.

Chana was born in 1945. He met his oldest wife, who is three years older than him when he was 17.

Source: Ghanaarticles.com

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