Israel detains foreign activists in occupied West Bank

            By Qais Abu Samra <br>

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – The Israeli army on Friday detained 15 people, including both Palestinians and pro-Palestine foreign activists, in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil [Hebron], according to an Anadolu Agency photojournalist.

An Israeli military force detained the 15 as they attempted to fix a road that runs through the Israeli-occupied city, the photojournalist said.

According to the same source, roughly 150 foreign solidarity activists, along with a number of local residents, had been taking part in the road-construction project when the arrests were made.

The Israeli army has since reportedly designated the area a “closed military zone”.

The road in question falls within “Area C” of the West Bank, according to the terms of the Oslo Agreement.

Signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel, the 1993 agreement divides the Israeli-occupied West Bank into three areas.

“Area A” falls under the full administrative and security control of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA); “Area B” falls under the PA’s administrative control and Israeli security control; and “Area C” — in which Hebron is located — falls under the exclusive administrative and security control of Israel.

In a related incident, Jewish settlers on Friday vandalized several Palestinian homes in the West Bank city of Nablus, according to a Palestinian official.

Ghassan Daghlas, the PA official in charge of the Israeli settlement file, told Anadolu Agency that Jewish settlers had raided the Arab town of Hawwara in Nablus, where they spray-painted racist and anti-Arab slogans on Palestinian-owned homes and vehicles.

Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank complain of frequent attacks by Jewish settlers, which often include acts of physical violence, vandalism and the destruction of Palestinian farmland.

Last year alone, Jewish settlers carried out 482 separate attacks on Palestinians and their property across the West Bank, according to Israeli media reports.

There are currently 250 Jewish-only settlements built across the West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967. Considered illegal under international law, these settlements are home to an estimated 600,000 Israeli Jews.

Turkey: 26 FETO terror suspects detained

By Sebahatdin Zeyrek

ANKARA, Turkey (AA) – Turkish security forces on Friday arrested 26 suspects, including active serving soldiers, for their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup, judicial sources said.

Earlier, prosecutors in the capital Ankara issued arrest warrants for 29 suspects, including a colonel and sergeants as part of probes into the FETO’s clandestine network within the military, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Out of the 29 suspects, 14 suspects are serving soldiers, they added.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

London: PKK supporters disturb peace in the city

                              By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal</p>  <p>LONDON (AA) – The activities of terrorist PKK sympathizers in London over the past week have come under more scrutiny, with some asking why backers of an illegal group are allowed to gather, mobilize publicly, and even freely raid media and human rights organizations.</p>  <p>Groups of protestors carrying terrorist PKK flags, banners, and posters -- bearing the insignia of the illegal group or the likeness of its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan -- have been seen on the streets of the British capital.</p>  <p>A group of 50 PKK sympathizers invaded a building in London last Wednesday where the offices of Turkish international news channel TRT World and Britain’s ITV are located.</p>  <p>Another group on Saturday night invaded Amnesty International’s entrance and manhandled a security officer before being removed by police who were called to the scene.</p>  <p>In both incidents, the groups hung up posters and symbols of the terrorist organization PKK/YPG and freely and openly showed their solidarity with terrorism.</p>  <p>The PKK is a banned organization in the U.K. and anybody seem openly praising its terrorist activities should face prosecution.</p>  <p>The supporters have been observed shouting anti-Turkish slogans and were able to mount propaganda without interference from the authorities, despite laws that deem some of their actions on these marches criminal offences.</p>  <p>- Amnesty arrests</p>  <p>&quot;It is with considerable regret that Amnesty International can confirm that just before 10 p.m. last night a group of approximately 40 protesters rushed the door and forcibly entered the offices of the organization's International Secretariat in London,” the rights group said in a statement.</p>  <p>“A security guard was pushed and pulled to the ground and trampled underfoot,” it said.</p>  <p>Amnesty also said the police were called to the scene and they “assessed the situation and determined that criminal offenses had been committed and took action to remove those occupying the building.”</p>  <p>“Regretfully some of the protesters refused to leave and the police had to arrest and physically remove them,&quot; it added.</p>  <p>- Loopholes</p>  <p>Supporters of the terrorist group are known for their attacks on Turkish workplaces and mosques across Europe.</p>  <p>Although the group is banned in the U.K., the police have tolerated activities by its supporters, including rallies.</p>  <p>In 2016 rallies, two young Turkish citizens were attacked, a policeman was injured, and some members of the general public were harassed by PKK supporters.</p>  <p>London Mayor Sadiq Khan last year said that the PKK terrorist group takes advantage of loopholes in the U.K. to prevent counter-measures by the Metropolitan Police.</p>  <p>Speaking to Anadolu Agency in 2018, Khan said the loopholes that allow occasional demonstrations to be held by PKK supporters in the U.K. capital are not acceptable, adding that the Metropolitan Police ought to act against any banned organizations.</p>  <p>“I think it’s very important for the government and the home secretary to close those loopholes,” Khan said.</p>  <p>The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years and has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.</p>  <p>The YPG/PYD is its Syrian branch.</p>  <p> 

Turkey: 4 FETO suspects trying to enter Greece arrested

By Hakan Mehmet Sahin

EDIRNE, Turkey (AA) – Four people, who were planning to cross to Greece through illegal means, were arrested in Turkey’s northwestern Edirne province for their suspected links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) on Saturday, military sources said.

The suspects caught near the prohibited military zone between Greece and Turkey, were including an ex-colonel, Mahmut Erel, who had been wanted by Turkish security forces for "being member of a terrorist organization".

Another suspect Sabri A. was also wanted for the same charge, while the two others, M.K. and E.K. were users of ByLock, an encrypted cellphone app used by FETO coup plotters.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

*Writing by Can Erozden

Algeria’s richest man arrested on corruption charges

By Hassan Jibril

ALGIERS (AA) – An Algerian court has ordered the arrest of billionaire Issad Rebrab, the country’s richest man, on corruption charges, according to the state television.

The Sidi Mohamed Magistrate Court in central Algiers ruled late on Monday that Rebrab be put in provisional custody.

Rebrab, owner of Algeria’s Cevital Group, was put in jail for allegations that he “made false statements, imported sub-standard equipment, and was exempted from paying custom fees”.

The state television did not say how long Rebrab would stay in prison, but videos circulated on social media showed the arrival of a national gendarmerie vehicle to the Harrach prison east of the capital with the business tycoon on board.

Known as Algeria’s richest man, Rebrab is currently worth some $3.8 billion, Forbes magazine reported in January.

Late last month, Ali Haddad, another prominent Algerian businessman, was similarly detained on corruption charges.

Haddad is a former head of Algeria’s Business Leaders Forum, which is composed largely of business people close to recently-resigned President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The arrest came only days after Ahmed Gaid Saleh, Algeria’s military chief-of-staff, pledged to crack down on government corruption.

Last week, Algerians demonstrated in Algiers — for the ninth week in a row — to demand investigations into all Bouteflika-era corruption cases.

The 82-year-old Bouteflika stepped down early this following weeks of popular protests against his rule.

  • Writing by Ali Abo Rezeg

Saudi Arabia detains 13 for planning 'terrorist acts'

            RIYADH (AA) - Saudi Arabia has detained 13 citizens for allegedly planning to carry out “terrorist acts” in the kingdom.</p>  <p>In a Monday statement, the Saudi State Security Agency said the arrests were carried out only hours after gunmen attacked a police station in capital Riyadh.</p>  <p>According to the security agency, the attack’s perpetrators belong to the Daesh terrorist group.</p>  <p>On Sunday, four attackers were killed -- and three policemen injured -- in a foiled attack on a police station in a northern district of Riyadh. <br>

The following day, Daesh claimed responsibility for the failed attack.

In a video posted by the Daesh-linked Amaq news agency, the notorious terrorist group said the attack had been carried out “in revenge for the Muslims imprisoned in the [Saudi] kingdom, Syria and Iraq”.

According to the Saudi authorities, the perpetrators of Sunday’s attack attempted to storm the police station before being gunned down by security forces.

Last July, Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack on a security checkpoint in Saudi Arabia’s central Al-Qassim region that left a policeman and a foreign resident dead.

Sudan arrests brothers of ousted president

            By Omer Erdem</p>  <p>KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA) – Sudan has arrested two brothers of ousted President Omar al-Bashir on corruption charges, a spokesman for the country's ruling Transitional Military Council said Wednesday.</p>  <p> Speaking at a press conference in the capital Khartoum, Shams al-Din Kabashi said Abdullah and Alabas al-Bashir had been taken into custody as part of an ongoing campaign of arrests against “symbols and leaders of the previous regime”. </p>  <p> He said the council will hand over administration of the government to the Sudanese people in a short while.</p>  <p>Bashir was ousted last week by the Sudanese army following months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.</p>  <p>Following his house arrest, he has been moved to the maximum security Kober prison in Khartoum, where other officials from the former regime are being held, reports said. </p>  <p>The council has yet to confirm the reports. </p>  <p>The council plans to run the nation’s affairs for a two-year transitional period, during which presidential elections will be held.</p>  <p>*Writing by Can Erozden

Over dozen FETO suspects arrested in Turkey

            By Zafer Akpinar

BALIKESIR, Turkey (AA) – Security forces arrested a total of 17 medical staff on Wednesday for alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in northwestern Turkey, judicial sources said.

Prosecutors in Balikesir province had previously issued arrest warrants for former and serving health workers, said the source, asking not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Security forces held additional operations in provinces of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

The one doctor among the suspects was also allegedly a member of a criminal organization run by Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

UPDATE – Police arrest more than 200 protesters in London

                UPDATES WITH MORE ARRESTS; CHANGES HEADLINE, DECK, LEDE

By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal

LONDON (AA) – The U.K. police on Tuesday said they have arrested 209 climate change protesters since Monday evening.

The updated number by police came after more than a 100 overnight arrests as the protest brought London to a standstill with some roads in the city blocked since Monday morning.

London Metropolitan Police issued a public order act as of Monday evening, which means that protesters should leave the scene when they are asked to. "The same condition has been implemented to those in the Oxford Circus area," police said.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is currently dealing with a number of demonstrations taking place across London," Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said in an earlier statement.

“We have officers out on the ground engaging with protestors and local communities to ensure proportionate policing plans are in place,” Wingrove said.

“We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum,” he added.

The protesters have blocked Waterloo Bridge, one of the main passages across River Thames as well as Marble Arch and Oxford Circus areas in central London.

The organizers, Extinction Rebellion, a grassroots activist movement, have said they plan to continue the protests throughout the week.

The protesters are demanding the government to declare a state of "climate emergency" and reforms "to address climate change as an educational priority".

London: More than 100 held in climate change protests

             By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal<br>

LONDON (AA) – Police in London have arrested more than 100 activists overnight in ongoing climate change protests that brought London to a standstill as some main roads in the city have been blocked since Monday morning.

As of Tuesday morning, "there have been 113 arrests in total, the majority of which are for breach of Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986 and obstruction of the highway," a police statement said.

Thousands of climate change activists have blocked main roads in London since Monday morning in a bid to protest government inaction over rising global climate and ecological crisis.

The protesters blocked Waterloo Bridge, one of the main passages across River Thames under heavy police presence.

The rallies are also being held in Marble Arch and Oxford Circus, other hotspots in the British capital.

The organizers, Extinction Rebellion, a grassroots activist movement, have said they planned to continue the protests throughout the week, "each day thousands of people will sit down in the roads of central London."

The protesters are demanding the government to declare a state of "climate emergency" and reforms "to address climate change as an educational priority".

"Whilst a proportionate policing plan is in place to balance the right to a peaceful protest, officers are well trained to maintain public order and are ready to respond to any incidents that may arise," the police statement added.