Israeli troops have been using a Muslim cemetery in Hebron as a location for military drills and practice, Israeli human rights group Yesh Din said on Wednesday.
Yesh Din captured footage of the soldiers carrying out military exercises inside the Palestinian cemetery near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
\”Think of the scandal we\’d see if Palestinian policemen, or other foreign troops, were to use a Jewish cemetery for practice purposes; is it even conceivable for the IDF to use a Jewish graveyard for training purposes?\” said Yossi Gurvitz, author of the Yesh Din blog post.
\”One is pressed to imagine greater callousness of heart: turning a graveyard, a place on which every society places many taboos and much sensitivity, into a place where soldiers practice,\” Gurvitz said.
The incident continues a practice of using populated Palestinian areas for Israeli military drills since at least 2007, the author added.
The exercises are not announced to Palestinian locals in advance, and thus it is not always clear to nearby residents that these are mere drills.
Israeli military sources contacted by Yesh Din said that they were \”obliged to maintain security and public order in the Judea and Samaria Region [the West Bank]. In order to maintain the capability of the IDF forces to carry out this mission, the IDF is forced to hold exercises, sometimes in populated areas.\”
During military drills, Israeli forces can enter Palestinian homes and involve Palestinian civilians in their operations without warning them that the raids are mere practice.
via Israeli forces using Hebron Muslim cemetery for military drills | Maan News Agency.
A ten-year-old boy died of bird flu on Saturday, bringing death toll in the country to 13 this year.
\”We regret to announce the boy passed away in Kantha Bopha Hospital this morning,\” said Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan, communication and media relations officer at the World Health Organisation (WHO) office in Cambodia.
Xinhua news agency learns the boy confirmed positive for human H5N1 avian influenza on Thursday after he was admitted to the hospital in Phnom Penh.
A joint statement from the Cambodian Health Ministry and WHO office said the boy had come into contact with chickens in his village in southern Kampot province a month before becoming ill.
Some 30 chickens had reportedly died in the village at that time.
Cambodia has reported 45 human cases of the virus with 32 deaths to date.
According to WHO, H5N1 influenza usually spreads among poultry but can spread from poultry to human.
via BERNAMA – Bird Flu Claims 13 Lives In Cambodia This Year.
One person has been charged and another is being questioned in connection with the attack that left a 6-year-old boy who with a gunshot wound to the chest after he was struck by gunfire on his way to a tutoring class with his two brothers in the Gage Park neighborhood this week.
via 1 charged, 1 questioned in shooting of 6-year-old boy – chicagotribune.com.