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Turkey’s Erdogan equates deadly Gaza violence to ‘genocide’

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talks to media after prayers for the Muslim Eid al-Adha celebration in Istanbul, Turkey September 1, 2017. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

 

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called the actions of the Israeli forces on Monday as a “genocide” and Israel as a “terrorist state”.

This, after Israeli troops, shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

In the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014, Palestinian health ministry officials said 55 protesters were killed and 2,700 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means.

Turkey has been one of the most vocal critics of the U.S. move and the violence in Gaza, with the government declaring three days of mourning for those killed. — Reuters

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9 dead in high-speed train crash in Ankara

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018

 

Train wreckage in Ankara, Turkey | Reuters

At least nine people were killed and 46 others injured in a high-speed train accident in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Thursday morning, the Ankara governor said.

According to Governor Vasip Sahin, three of the injured are in serious condition.

The high-speed train traveling from Ankara to the central province of Konya collided with an empty commuter train, the governor told reporters.

Two carriages overturned as the train crashed into a locomotive and derailed.

Ambulances and fire and rescue teams were dispatched to the scene. Rescue efforts are still ongoing.

Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the crash.

In November, at least 15 people were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in Turkey’s central province of Sivas.

In July, a passenger train derailed in northwestern Tekirdag Province because the track subgrade was eroded by heavy rains, leaving 24 dead and more than 120 others injured. — Reuters

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Duterte: PH to buy arms only from Israel

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) stands next to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting in Jerusalem September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

 

During his meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will only buy weapons from Israel.

“My orders to my military, that in terms of military equipment, particularly intelligence gathering, we only have one country to buy from – that is Israel,” he said.

He also said that the United States is a “good friend” but added that buying from them entails limitations, and it’s the same with China and Germany.

“If they (United States) sell you something, they would also be listening, so will China and everybody else, Germany,” said Duterte.

In mid-August, three prominent members of US President Donald Trump’s Cabinet signified through a letter the Trump administration’s intention to enter into an arms deal with the Philippines.

But Duterte challenged the U.S. government’s sincerity especially after the U.S State Department called off the procurement of assault rifles to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in 2016 citing concerns of human rights violations in line the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

“Bumili tayo ng 23,000 rifles. What happened? Binara ng isang congressman, ilang senador, ng Congress nila so I was forced to go to China (We bought 23,000 rifles. What happened? A congressman and several senators blocked the sale. So, I was forced to go to China),” the President had said. — Rosalie Coz

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Israelis protest arms sale to the Philippines as Duterte, Rivlin meet

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

 

A protester holding a banner showing Duterte holding up an Israeli made Galil assault rifle | REUTERS

Israelis staged a protest against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Jerusalem on Tuesday (September 4) as the Filipino leader met with his counterpart Reuven Rivlin.

Duterte, on a four-day visit to Israel and Jerusalem, thanked Rivlin and welcomed further defense deals with Israel that were on the president’s trip’s agenda alongside tourism and labor deals.

The visit is aimed at cementing relationships between the Asian power and booming Israel, both historical U.S. allies.

The Philippine military, coast guard, and police have in the past acquired defense systems and weapons from Israel. But the Asian power has also purchased arms from other countries as well.

The Israeli defense ministry said it does not comment on the country’s defense exports.

In front of the presidential residence, a handful of protesters demonstrated against a possible weapons deal between the two countries.

The protesters chanted “shame” and “fascist” at Duterte and held up banners depicting the president with an Israeli-made Galil assault rifle, reading ‘Stop the Killings’.

Duterte who also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visited Israel’s Holocaust memorial on Monday (September 3) departs for neighboring Jordan on Wednesday (September 5). — Reuters

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