Palestinians lay to rest the body of a youth killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the funeral procession of Amir Abu Khalifa. He was shot dead during a raid on Zawata, a town in the Nablus Governorate. Palestinian resistance groups have offered their condolences to the family of Khalifa, saying that the fight against the Israeli regime will continue till victory. Israel has been carrying out deadly raids across the occupied territories almost on a daily basis. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli onslaughts since the start of the year.
Plight of Rohingya Muslims
Trapped in statelessness, Rohingya Muslims continue to face plight in their country of birth. In yet another tragic incident, at least 17 Rohingya have drowned while fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Rescuers from a charity say a boat with more than 50 people was heading for Malaysia when it broke up at sea on Sunday night. They have found 8 people alive and continue the search for the missing ones. Thousands of Rohingya risk their lives each year to reach Malaysia and Indonesia. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh in 2017, after Myanmar’s military and Buddhist groups started clamping down on them. There were numerous reports of mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya men and women as well as arson attacks. The UN has described Rohingya as the most persecuted minority in the world and their tragedy as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
Iran-South Africa ties
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has arrived in Pretoria to attend the 15th meeting of the Iran-South Africa Joint Economic Cooperation Commission. The commission is slated to meet on Thursday in its first gathering since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic. The top Iranian diplomat is also scheduled to sit down with his South African counterpart and the country’s President. His trip comes ahead of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi’s visit to South Africa later this month. Raeisi has been invited by his counterpart to take part in a BRICS summit there. South Africa currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the bloc which consists of five major emerging economies. The bloc will hold a summit of its heads of state in Johannesburg. Iran launched its bid for BRICS membership last year.
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