Another Is­raeli min­is­ter quits on right­ist tilt

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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