Afghanistan: Blast inside Afghan mosque kills 2, injures 17

Untold India November 13, 2021

KABUL — At least two people were killed and 17 others injured in a bombing inside a mosque in Afghanistan’s Nangrahar province, according to officials. The incident took place when worshippers were offering their Friday prayers at the mosque located in Tarili village of Spin Ghar district. According to the local officials, the victims were worshippers, TOLO News reported. They added that among the injured, three were in critical condition. Locals believe that the number of casualties could increase as the mosque was packed during the Friday prayers. No group has claimed responsibility so far. This is the third blast at a mosque over the past one month. In October, two Shia mosques in Kunduz and Kandahar were attacked, which claimed the lives of more than 100 people, while injuring hundreds others. The Islamic State terror group’s Khorasan branch or IS-K claimed both the bombings, of which the one in Kunduz was the deadliest since the US forces left Afghanistan at the end of August. In the past few weeks, IS-K has claimed 12 attacks, including suicide attacks in the provinces of Nangarhar, Kabul, Kunar and Kandahar, which resulted in over 150 casualties. — IANS

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UN experts alarmed at rise in settler violence in occupied Palestinian territory

Untold India November 11, 2021

GENEVA: UN human rights experts expressed alarm Wednesday at the rising rate of violence toward Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory by Israeli settlers. “Settler violence has always been an extremely disturbing feature of the Israeli occupation,” they said in a statement. “But in 2021, we are witnessing the highest recorded levels of violence in recent years and more severe incidents. “The Israeli Government and its military have done far too little to curb this violence and to protect the Palestinians under siege,” they said. Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territory that has been occupied since 1967, Jelena Aparac Rapporteur for the Working Group on the use of mercenaries, and others experts said in several cases, Israeli security forces and outsourced private security companies stand by and take no action to prevent violence. “Instead, they respond to settler-related violence by ordering Palestinians to leave the area, including Palestinian-owned land, or even actively support the settlers,” said the experts. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in the first 10 months of 2021, there have been 410 attacks by settlers against Palestinians — 302 against property and 108 against individuals. Four Palestinians were killed by settlers in 2021. In 2020, there were 358 recorded attacks. In 2019, a total of 335. Directed at rural Palestinians The settler attacks are primarily directed against rural Palestinian families living on small farms or in villages and towns in the occupied West Bank located near Israeli settlements, said the experts. Many Palestinians reside in what is called “Area C” of the West Bank, under complete Israeli security and civil control and where Israel’s “de facto annexation stratagem” is most evident, they said. They noted that settler violence had taken many forms, including physical violence, shooting live ammunition, torching fields and livestock, theft and vandalization of property, trees and crops, stone-throwing and intimidation of herders and their families. In the autumn, experts said violence is often directed at Palestinians engaged in the olive harvest. “Harvested olives are stolen or ruined. Olive trees are destroyed. Harvesters are attacked with rocks and pipes or threatened with weapons,” they said. The experts cited Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization, which found 91% of investigations into settler attacks against Palestinians between 2005 and 2019 were closed by Israeli authorities with no charges filed. “The deep state support provided by Israel to the illegal settlement enterprise, including to the more than 140 settlement outposts established throughout the West Bank in defiance of even Israel’s own laws, has fueled this coercive environment and encouraged violence,” said the experts.-AA

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