Tehran :Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the fate of Palestine must be determined by Palestinians, including Muslims, Jews and Christians, who originally lived in the historical land of Palestine.
“Today, democracy is a modern method, which is accepted by the entire world. We said that to determine the fate of the historical country of Palestine, they must refer to the people of Palestine and this proposal has been registered at the United Nations as the Islamic Republic’s opinion,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with a group of university professors and academics in Tehran .
The Leader added that a poll must be conducted among Palestinians, who have lived there since 100 years or 80 years ago, including Muslims, Jews and Christians, and whether they live inside our outside the occupied territories.
“Then whatever they said [and voted for] it must be done. Is this a bad idea? Aren’t European countries ready to understand this?” the Leader asked.
Referring to a recent European tour by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he aimed to undermine Iran’s standing and influence in the region, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Then that oppressor [and] wicked … child killer goes [to other countries and] plays the victim that Iran wants to do away with several millions of our population.”
“That European audience also listens to him, shakes his head and does not say that it is you [Israelis] who are currently committing these crimes in Gaza and al-Quds,” the Leader noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, “At the present time, we are one country in the world, which has the highest number of enemies among arrogant governments and worthless powers and also have the highest number of supporters among the masses in many countries.”
The Leader then added that the prestige that the Islamic Republic has in many countries, including neighboring and other countries, is not matched by any other country and no other country is as much prestigious and has as many supporters as the Islamic Republic has.
“This is why [the Islamic Republic] also has wicked and determined enemies,” the Leader emphasized.
Pakistan Taliban chief targeted in US drone strike in Afghanistan
New York: A senior United States military official has confirmed that a drone strike conducted by American forces has targeted terrorist Mullah Fazalullah, the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, in Afghanistan’s Kunar province near the border with Pakistan.
”The drone strike was conducted in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province, targeting Maulana Fazlullah’s hideout,” Lieutenant Colonel Martin O’Donnell told Voice of America (VOA).
The US military also later confirmed that it carried out a strike targeting Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province, where Pakistani Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah is believed to be hiding.
“US forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike on June 13 in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organisation,” Lieutenant Colonel Martin O’Donnell said in a statement.
It added that US forces were continuing to “adhere to a ceasefire” which Kabul has entered into with the Afghan Taliban, the country’s main insurgents, seemingly ruling out that group, amid US media reports the attack had targeted Fazlullah.
The US State Department in March announced a USD 5 million reward for help locating the militant leader, who has been linked to bloody attacks in Pakistan and 2010 attempted Times Square car bombing in New York.
It said the group, also known by its Urdu name Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) has “demonstrated a close alliance with al Qaeda” and said it had given explosives training to Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square bomber.
The group was behind the massacre of more than 150 people at a Peshawar school in December 2014, and nine dead in another attack in December 2017 in the same city.
It was also responsible for the October 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai, who became a global symbol of the fight for girls’ rights to schooling.
According to Pakistani officials, Fazlullah, who is believed to be in his forties, took refuge in Afghanistan after the TTP was pushed out of Pakistan following multiple offensives by the military on its safe havens.
Toll in Nicaragua protests reaches 155
Managua:The death toll in Nicaragua from protests against President Daniel Ortega’s rule has increased to 155 after a 15-year-old boy was shot dead, authorities said.
The Catholic Church on Thursday mourned the death of the young altar boy, who fell victim to a surprise attack by “paramilitaries” of the government, reports Efe news.
“The message that has just arrived has made me cry, God has welcomed Sandor Dolmus, an altar boy murdered today by paramilitaries in Leon, to the altar of heaven,” said Bishop Silvio Baez.
The altar boy was with other children and neighbours, when the paramilitary group left the headquarters of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and sprayed bullets at them, priest Victor Morales of the diocese of Leon told reporters.
The young man was shot in the chest with a high-caliber firearm and died a few minutes later, the priest said.
Dolmus was an altar boy at the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in Leon, classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
In addition to the deaths, some 1,000 people had been injured during the civil unrest which began on April 18.
Ortega’s government, which has ruled for the past 11 years, blames opposition political groups for the “criminal violence” and denied reports of “riot squads or paramilitary groups linked to the government” who protesters blame for the deaths.
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