12 March 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


Pro-Kurdish and Turkish protesters clash at German airport
by Deutsche Welle, 12 Mar 2018

Scuffles occurred at Düsseldorf airport between protesters at opposing rallies over Turkey's Afrin offensive. Pro-Kurdish demonstrations have also taken place elsewhere in Germany over the weekend.

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Libyan militias continue to benefit from external weapons support: UN Libya Experts Panel report
by Libyan Herald, 11 Mar 2018

Armed groups within Libya continue to benefit from external support including the provision of materiel, targeted airstrikes at night and sophisticated munitions, the UN Libya Experts Panel report states in its section on the implementation of the arms embargo.

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EU opposes Israeli law on stripping residency rights from Palestinians in Jerusalem
by MEMO, 11 Mar 2018

The EU announced on Friday its opposition to an Israeli law which gives the Interior Minister the power to strip residency rights from Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, it has been reported. The law was passed by the Knesset on Wednesday.

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Syria's war: Battles rage in Eastern Ghouta, as 'toll tops 1,000'
by Al Jazeera, 11 Mar 2018

The Syrian army and rebel groups early on Sunday engaged in fierce battles in Eastern Ghouta, where fighting has killed at least 1,099 civilians over the past 21 days, a war monitor said. The rising toll comes amid claims of yet another chemical attack overnight on the town of Arbin in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital, Damascus.

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