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Rainwater floods prisoner cells in Israel's West Bank prison

18 Jan 2021; MEMO: Heavy rainwater has flooded prisoners' cells on Sunday in the Israeli Huwwara Detention Centre located in the occupied West Bank, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)'s Committee for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners revealed.

Rainwater flooded a number of the prisoners' cells, Al-Mugtama Magazine reported, stating that the clothes of the prisoners and their blankets, mattresses and other personal properties were submerged in water.

India: Farmers will not be cowed down by NIA notices

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) The Congress alleged on Sunday that probe agencies such as the NIA have become puppets in the hands of the government and are now being used against farmers, who will not be cowed down by their notices

Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala questioned the government's intention behind sending notices to farmers from agencies meant to probe terrorists, after it attempted to dub them as separatists, Naxals, terrorists and agents of China and Pakistan

India: Anti-national powers backing farmers claims BJP MP

Ballia, Jan 17 (PTI) BJP MP Virendra Singh Mast here on Sunday said anti-national powers are backing the farmers protesting against the Centre's farm laws and their agitation does not represent the entire farming community of the country.

The Ballia MP also accused farmers of not having faith in the judiciary and the executive.

India: Proposed tractor rally on Jan 26, plea in SC to stop it

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) The Supreme Court told the Centre on Monday that the proposed tractor rally on the Republic Day by farmers protesting against the new farm laws is a law and order matter and Delhi Police is the first authority to decide who should be allowed to enter the national capital.

Israel OKs hundreds of settlement homes in last-minute push

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Sunday advanced plans to build nearly 800 homes in West Bank settlements, in a last-minute surge of approvals before the friendly Trump administration leaves office later this week.

COGAT, the Israeli defense body that authorizes settlement construction, confirmed the approvals, which drew swift condemnations from the Palestinians.

Israel settlers call for demolition of Dome of the Rock

16 Jan 2021; MEMO: Israeli occupation authorities have taken the measurements of the Dome of the Rock while Israeli settlers are calling for its demolition, Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani announced on Friday.

Al-Kiswani described what is being done inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock as "a dangerous measure".

Tunisia's Ghannouchi: 'Palestinian cause is sacred, our rejection of normalisation is indisputable'

16 Jan 2021; MEMO: Speaker of Tunisian Parliament Rached Ghannouchi has announced that the Palestinian cause is sacred in Tunisia and a state of consensus prevails in the country regarding the indisputable rejection of normalisation with the Israeli occupation.

The statements made by the leader of the Ennahda movement came in an interview with Al Araby TV channel broadcast on Thursday evening.

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