Good evening, all. Here’s your Wednesday’s news.
❖ “ Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has accused the Israeli spy agency Mossad of being behind Sunday’s attack on an Egyptian checkpoint on the border with Israel.”
❖ Christians–but not Muslims –from the Gaza Strip can pray at “Israeli and West Bank holy sites”.
❖ “New satellite images show an increased use of heavy weapons in and around Syria’s city of Aleppo, raising urgent concerns over the welfare of residents, Amnesty International has said.” AI also warned that “government troops and rebels may be held criminally responsible for failing to protect civilians . . ..”
❖ A commander of Syrian rebels expressed his concern about “radical allies” that have joined in the conflict: “They are too extreme, they want to blow up any symbol of the state, even schools.”
❖ Both sides are claiming success , so who knows, but “fierce clashes” are reported in a “Key Aleppo district” and heavy weaponry has been used. In addition, there is confirmation that Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab, who defected earlier this week, is in Jordan.
❖ Egyptian military forces fired on and killed 20 “militants” in Sinai Wednesday, apparently in response to the killing of 16 soldiers a few days ago by “Islamist extremists”.
❖ In the Congo, according to the Red Cross, “The abuse of the civilian population we have been seeing . . . is extremely worrying and contrary to all basic humanitarian principles . . ..” Not only is the violence increasing dramatically, but it is becoming increasingly ethnic in character.
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❖ “ Neil Barofsky, the former Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Fund, can sum up the state of the nation in two words: “Pretty