Palestinian killed in Jenin
Israeli forces continue their atrocities against the Palestinians. A teenager dies from injuries he sustained in an attack by regime forces in the West Bank city of Jenin. Akram Aboosalah, 17, was shot in the head during the attack. The teenager, along with hundreds of Palestinians, were protesting against the regime’s attempt to demolish a house in the West Bank. Parallel protests also took place in the occupied Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of al-Quds. Israeli forces and extremist settlers there violently attacked and injured more than 30 Palestinians. The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, says people across the occupied land stand with the Sheikh Jarrah protesters. Anger is growing among Palestinians after a far-right Israeli lawmaker visited Sheikh Jarrah, where he had opened an office. Last year, the neighborhood was very tense over an Israeli plan to evict dozens of Palestinian families from their ancestral homes.
Repression in Bahrain
Bahrain’s Shia religious leader, Sheikh Isa Qassem, has urged people to remain united in their fight against oppression in that country. Sheikh Qassem said victory can be achieved through unity and patience. He said Bahrain needs a fair and equitable constitution that recognizes the rights, pride and dignity of people. Sheikh Qassem pointed out that the political conflict there can only be settled if such a constitution is written. The Shia cleric was speaking on the anniversary of a popular uprising that started in Bahrain on February 14, 2011. People were demanding equality and freedom. The regime unleashed a harsh crackdown in response, killing scores and imprisoning thousands. Despite this, pro-democracy protests continued.
Saudi aggression against Yemen
Saudi fighter jets carried out new raids on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, this time targeting the Ministry of Telecommunications. According to Yemeni sources, the strike destroyed the building of the telecommunications company Tele Yemen and damaged a nearby building. Riyadh claims the ministry is used by the Yemeni Ansarullah movement to control drones targeting Saudi positions. The Yemeni army, backed by the popular forces, has stepped up its retaliatory attacks in response to the ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen. The war that started in early 2015 left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis, mostly civilians, dead and millions more displaced.