Israeli forces shoot dead a Palestinian youth

Israeli forces shot dead a 20-year-old Palestinian in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Feb. 19, 2016. (The Palestinian Information Center)

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian over an alleged stabbing assault in East Jerusalem al-Qods. There are conflicting reports on the number of Israelis wounded in the incident. Palestinian sources say three Israelis were injured while Israeli media put the figure at two.
  • Russia has reaffirmed its opposition to a no-fly zone over Syria proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Russia’s permanent envoy to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, says it’s too late to speak about the no-fly zone when everyone is flying and bombing the crisis-hit country.
  • The Turkish army has violated the Syrian territory by deploying dozens of military vehicles into a mainly-Kurdish area. A Kurdish news agency says the Turkish vehicles advanced some 200 meters into the district of Afrin in Aleppo province and began digging a trench near the town of Meydan Ekbis.
  • Several Yemeni civilians have been killed in the latest Saudi air raids on Yemen’s Sana'a province. Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters and allied army units also launched retaliatory attacks, killing a Saudi soldier in the Jizan region. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says the kingdom will not stop military intervention in Yemen.
  • Bahraini police have clashed with protesters marking on the fifth anniversary of the deadly crackdown on protesters at Mana's Pearl Square. Security forces tried to disperse the protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets. The protesters lit candles and chanted slogans against King Hamad.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the EU members have supported a joint plan with Turkey in order to control the influx of refugees into Europe. Merkel described the action plan will help to protect the EU’s external frontiers, curb the inflow of asylum seekers and tackle illegal migration.
  • Negotiations on Britain’s reform demands from the European Union in return for staying in the bloc have reportedly made no real progress. Sources close to the British government say the first EU Council session ended with no agreement on several issues. But EU sources have described the talks as constructive.
  • Uganda’s ruling party candidate Yoweri Museveni is leading in the presidential elections. According to the initial tally, the 71-year-old contender from the National Resistance Movement party had garnered 63.7 percent of the vote by Thursday midnight. The partial tally puts main opposition candidate Kizza Besigye in the second place.

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