Another Israeli minister quits on rightist tilt
up to 50,000 people to leave the ISISheld city and cross the border.
Driving the exodus appear to be reports that ISIS militants have stepped up executions of men and boys in Falluja since Iraqi government forces launched an offensive to re-take on Monday to dislodge the ultrahardline Sunni militants from Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad. Falluja was the first Iraqi city to fall under ISIS control, in January 2014, and has been under a tight siege for about six months. Iraqi forces, with numbers of Iraqi refugees who are risking the dangerous crossing into Syria in a desperate bid. Just picture this, we have refugees fleeing to Syria. So it’s a desperate bid to escape (ISIS)held Mosul,” UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said.—Agencies JERUSALEM—Israel’s centrist environment minister announced he was resigning on Friday in protest at the inclusion of ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman in the coalition government, the second such cabinet walkout in a week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed up Lieberman as Israel’s new defense minister on Wednesday in a pact beefing up his coalition to six parties with control over 66 of parliament’s 120 seats, up from a razor-thin majority of 61.—Agencies