JERUSALEM (AFP) - More than 100 Palestinians and 20 Israeli police were wounded in overnight clashes in annexed East Jerusalem, medics and the police said on Friday (April 23), as tensions mount over a police ban on gatherings and videos of attacks on youths. The violence broke out outside one of the entrances to the walled Old City where far-right Jews had completed a march, during which participants harassed Palestinians and chanted "death to Arabs". There have been nightly disturbances in the area since the start of Ramadan on April 13 with Palestinians complaining that the police were blocking access to the promenade around the walls, a popular gathering place for Palestinians after the end of the daytime Ramadan fast. The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had treated at least 105 people, with some 20 of them hospitalised. The Israeli police said 20 officers were wounded, three of whom were taken to hospital. They said "hundreds of rioters began disrupting the order violently including throwing stones and objects at forces" stationed near the Old City. Tensions were high in Jerusalem after a series of videos posted in recent days showing young Arabs attacking ultra-Orthodox
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking will travel to Saudi Arabia and Oman on Thursday (April 29) for talks with government officials about efforts to end Yemen's civil war, the US State Department said in a statement. Mr Lenderking's "discussions will focus on ensuring the regular and unimpeded delivery of commodities and humanitarian assistance throughout Yemen, promoting a lasting ceasefire, and transitioning the parties to a political process," the statement said. A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthi group ousted the country's government from the capital Sanaa. The civil war has created what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with some 80 per cent of the country's population of 29 million requiring aid and 13 million facing starvation. Since taking office in January, US President Joe Biden has made Yemen a priority and appointed Mr Lenderking to help revive stalled UN efforts to end a conflict widely seen as a proxy war between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. The battle for Yemen's gas-rich Marib region is complicating US efforts to reach a ceasefire needed to end the war. Mr
WASHINGTON: Asserting that China and India are to be a factor in the regional prosperity, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has said it is "a moment of choice" for neighbouring Pakistan as all its calculations have been "wrong" so far. Ghani, in an interview to CNN's Fareed Zakaria which aired on Sunday, said that verbally, the leaders of Pakistan all fortunately acknowledge that they do not want the Taliban government in Afghanistan, that they would like to see a peaceful, stable, democratic government in the war-torn country. “We are key to their prosperity. The rate of growth in Afghanistan could enhance by two per cent in a stable and connected Afghanistan, we have to work together. “So, there are two options… Connect to Central Asia through us, share in the joint prosperity through the partnership for peace, gain international credibility and support that they're all in need of, or opt for chaos,” he said. The country that would be most damaged by insecurity or a renewed civil war in Afghanistan is Pakistan, and in that case, it would be a lose proposition, Ghani said. “It's a moment of choice for Pakistan. All its calculations have been wrong,” the Afghanistan President said.