Occupied Golan Heights violence
Israeli forces have clashed with Syrians protesting against the regime’s plan to seize their agricultural land in the occupied Golan Heights. The clashes have drawn condemnation from the Syrian Foreign Ministry. It supported the protesters angry over the plan Israel is pushing under the pretext of installing wind turbines on the land. The ministry says Israel’s violent aggression against Syrians is in line with the regime’s hostile policies and crimes. It says the move is a blatant violation of international laws and the UN Charter. The Syrian ministry expressed hope that the occupation of Golan Heights will come to an end, calling it an inseparable part of Syria’s territories. Israel occupied the Golan in 1967 and annexed it years later, a move never recognized by the International community.
Palestinian girl killed
The death toll from Monday’s Israeli raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin rises to seven. A 15-year-old Palestinian girl succumbed to her wounds in hospital. Israeli forces shot her in the forehead during the raid while she was filming the regime’s armored vehicles. Dozens of Palestinians were injured, some of them critically, during the Israeli incursion into the Jenin refugee camp. Meanwhile, two Palestinian resistance fighters conducted a retaliatory operation in an area between the cities of Nablus and Ramallah, killing four Israeli settlers there. The Palestinian fighters were also killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli settlers and troops. The political bureau chief of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has called for mass mobilization against the Israeli occupation. Ismail Haniyeh also hailed the resistance against Israeli aggression as heroic.
The official data shows the UK’s annual inflation rate remained at 8.7% in May, despite Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s pledge to bring it down. The inflation rate was expected to slide down to 8.4% last month, with the Bank of England lifting borrowing costs to a 15-year high. But the latest figure has piled up pressure on the bank and the government to act more over soaring prices. The inflation in Britain remains the highest among the most industrialized economies. The government has vowed to reduce the inflation to five percent ahead of the next year’s general elections. But Sunak’s government has so far failed to stop inflation impacting British families. The country has been witnessing strikes by public and private sector workers who demand higher wages to cope with the cost-of-living crisis.