Category: Middle East

96% of Gaza’s water unfit for use

Some 96 per cent of Gaza’s underground water is unusable as it does not comply with global standards, the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) said yesterday. In a statement, the authority said that the water situation…

Abbas accepts gradual Israeli withdrawal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Palestinians could accept an Israeli military presence in the West Bank for a three-year transition period as part of a peace deal.  But Abbas says “whoever proposes 10 or 15…

Ariel Sharon: Warrior or war criminal?

  We discuss the complex legacy of Israel’s controversial former statesman and army commander. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being remembered, both by those who loved and loathed him. The soldier-turned-statesman died on…

Israel’s Ariel Sharon dies at 85

Former Israeli prime minister dies eight years after going into a coma following a stroke.   He was 85 years old and had been in a coma since 2006, when a stroke incapacitated him at…