Newspapers Review: Gaza events highlight of dailies

RAMALLAH, The events on the Gaza border on Friday in which at least 10 Palestinians were killed from Israeli army gunfire, including a photojournalist, were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Saturday.

While some papers said eight were killed and others said nine, the toll however reached 10 with the two who died of their wounds early Saturday and included photojournalist Yasser Murtaja.

The three papers dedicated most of their front page to covering the events with pictures and large headlines. They also included local, Arab and international reaction to the Israeli killing of Palestinian civilians, particularly that from the Palestinian presidency.

Al-Quds said in a story about American reaction that Jason Greenblatt, the US peace envoy, warn the Palestinians and ignores the massacre.

Al-Ayyam quoted a UN official saying, Israel’s use of fire power is a form of premeditated murder.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israel has banned entry of new car tires to the Gaza Strip in response to setting thousands of old tires on fire at the border with Israel on Friday.

The three papers also reported on the protests in the West Bank and said dozens of people were injured from rubber bullets or tear gas.

Al-Ayyam said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in the US that his kingdom will support any decision by President Mahmoud Abbas on a peace settlement with Israel.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Abbas thanked Saudi Arabia for its support of the Palestinian cause.

It said that Abbas congratulated Orthodox Christians who celebrated Good Friday in the Old City of Jerusalem on the Easter holiday, while al-Ayyam said the Christian community celebrates on Saturday Holy Fire at the Sepulcher Church in the Old City.

The papers said Israel is spearheading a campaign to close the social media accounts for the Palestinian delegation in Washington.

The papers also reported on news from the Arab world, particularly Syria.

They said Fatah won elections for the lawyers’ guild and engineers in the West Bank and Gaza.

Source: Palestine News & Info Agency