LLebanon’s Foreign Ministry on Monday strongly condemned Israeli missile attacks on Syria and the use of the Lebanese airspace to launch the attack.
The ministry warned in a statement against “the consequences of this aggressive behaviours, and the continued violation of Lebanese sovereignty which constitutes a violation of international laws and treaties.
” The ministry added that it would file a complaint to the UN Security Council, asking it to intervene to formally end the ongoing Israeli violations.
On Sunday night, Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from the direction of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on military sites in Syria’s capital Damascus and the coastal city of Tartous, killing three soldiers.
Israel arrests 3 in Israeli authorities have arrested three suspects as part of an investigation i nto “large-scale fraud” against the French treasury and the theft and laundering of millions of euros with cryptocurrencies.
The Israel Tax Authority and police said in a statement on Monday that they had been investigating a number of people in recent months, suspected of systematically laundering money.
They said some of the money originated from crimes committed abroad, while using digital currencies on various platforms to obscure and disguise the identity of the owners and the movement of the money.
The authority added that “the investigation focused on suspicion of large-scale fraud against the state treasury in France that was carried out from Israel.
“There is also a suspected theft of millions of euros and the laundering of funds by converting it into cryptocurrency.
” It further said that the investigation was handled in cooperation with Europol and French police, adding that three main suspects were arrested and a number of others were being held for questioning.
The Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, has urged youths to live positive lives of influence that could portray the image of the country positively across the globe.
Abegunrin made the call at the closing of a mass held by the diocese to commemorate the National Youth Day 2022, on Sunday in Ibadan.
The cleric said that like the Blessed Virgin Mary in Luke 1:39, now was the time for youths to rise with haste to be part of the efforts to improve the nation in all ramifications.
“The Letter of St. Paul to Timothy (1 Timothy 4:12), reminds you of the power you possess as young people.
Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young.
“God specialises in using young men and women to change the fortune of a people and the course of history, as He used David to build a new Israel (2 Samuel 5:4),” he added.
The bishop said God used Esther to liberate the Jews from the claws of Haman, Esther 7:10; Gideon was the least in his father’s house.
He said: ”Yet, he defeated the Midianites (Judges 7:21-25); let the Lord use you to change the fortune of Nigeria for your generation, and those after you.
“We thank you for all your efforts especially in recent years to remind us your parents, spiritual heads and government.
”Leadership is a call to service and not a platform for self-adulation and display of opulence.
“We feel and share your frustration of being denied access to proper and uninterrupted formal education today, we feel your pain of inability to enjoy basic amenities and infrastructure.
” Abegunrin further enjoined the youths to always be resolute as Christ, stand for the truth and maintain peace anywhere they found themselves.
“I charge you to get actively involved in politics now, get actively involved in matters that will shape your future and ultimately your destiny,” he said.
The Archbishop assured the youths of the continuous support of the Catholic Bishop Congress of Nigeria (CBCN), to fight for their rights in the country.
He enjoined them to ensure that their engagement with authorities at all levels was free of tension and violence.
“As you take up the challenge of standing to be counted in the next general elections and subsequently of the leadership of this great country.
”Remember that leadership is about taking responsibility not making excuses .
“It calls you to accept responsibility for your actions; it calls you to be accountable for your result.
”It calls you to take ownership of your mistakes, that is the only way a human being can truly be responsible in life,” he said.
Abegunrin further urged the youths to resist every temptation to indulge themselves in any form of election fraud.
He said, ”because those who elect corrupt leaders into office are never victims, but accomplices.
“I wish you all grace and peace and pray that in your life time, the Lord will lead us again to the Promised Land, amen.
” Abegunrin further expressed gratitude to all those who had contributed in no small measure to the success story the pilgrimage of faith has become.
“I thank most profoundly, all the Bishops of this Province, incumbent and retired for your invaluable contributions and prayer.
“I thank the coordinating Bishops, youth chaplains, male and female religious experts, animators and all the different committees that worked closely with them with the coordinating Bishops.
“May the Lord reward you all for all your sacrifices to bring the National Youth Day 2022 to a fruitful completion.
“My dear young children, again I congratulate you on this beautiful outing you have had and the success recorded, may the fruits of this pilgrimage endure forever in your lives,” he said.
Israeli police said Sunday they had arrested a suspect in a shooting attack on a bus in Jerusalem’s Old City that wounded eight people, two critically and including a pregnant woman.
“The terrorist is in our hands,” police spokesman Kan Eli Levy told public radio hours after the attack that took place not far from the Western Wall, the holiest prayer site for Jews. A gunman started spraying bullets at the public transport bus and people outside the vehicle in the pre-dawn attack at the Tomb of David bus stop, recounted bus driver Daniel Kanievsky.
“I was coming from the Western Wall. The bus was full of passengers,” he later told reporters in front of his bullet-riddled vehicle.
“I stopped at the station of the Tomb of David.
At this moment, the shooting started.
Two people outside I see falling, two inside were bleeding.
” Israel’s emergency medical services, the Magen David Adom (MDA), called the incident a “terror attack in the Old City”.
“We were on the scene very quickly,” its medics said in a statement.
“On Ma’ale Hashalom Street we saw a passenger bus … in the middle of the road.
Bystanders called us to treat two males around 30 years old who were on the bus with gunshot wounds.
” MDA spokesperson Zaki Heller initially said six men and one woman were wounded, with all seven “fully conscious”, before police raised the wounded toll to eight.
One of the wounded was a pregnant woman, whose baby was delivered after the attack, a Shaarei Tsedek Hospital spokesman told AFP.
“She remains intubated and in serious condition,” he said.
“The infant was delivered and is in serious but stable condition.
” ‘Pay a price’ Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said after the attack that police, the army and other security services “are working to apprehend the terrorist and will not cease until he is caught”.
“All those who seek our harm should know that they will pay a price for any harm to our civilians,” Lapid added in the statement.
“The police and the IDF are working to restore calm and a sense of security in the city,” he said, referring to the Israeli Defense Forces.
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, hailed a “heroic operation” without claiming responsibility for the attack.
“Our people will continue to resist and fight the occupier by all means,” it said in a statement.
The shooting came a week after the end of a three-day conflict between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants in the densely populated Palestinian enclave of Gaza.At least 49 Palestinians, including Islamic Jihad fighters and a number of children, died in the violence which ended last Sunday after Egypt negotiated a truce.
Since March, 19 people — mostly Israeli civilians inside Israel — have been killed in attacks, mostly by Palestinians.
Three Israeli Arab attackers were also killed.
In the aftermath of those attacks, Israeli security forces stepped up raids in the occupied West Bank. More than 50 Palestinians have been killed, including fighters and civilians, in operations and incidents in the West Bank since then.
Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi, said on Thursday in Abuja that the party would transform Nigeria’s economy from that of consumption to production.
Obi made the declaration at the Labour Party and the Coalition for Peter Obi Leadership Summit.
The summit had “Youths, Governance and a New Nigeria’’ as its theme.
He said that he would diversify the economy by harnessing potentials and natural resources from all regions of the country.
He added that he would build a country of integrity where patriotism would be the pride of citizens.
“We have a country called Nigeria, but we don’t have Nigerians.
“What we want to do is to create Nigerians and the only way to create Nigerians is to make people to have hope in Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a great country.
God created this country and gave it everything to make it great.
The only thing that is lacking is a simple thing called leadership.
“That is what Datti and I intend to provide.
’’ he said.
He explained how he plans to harness regional potentials for national economic development.
“When I say we are not a producing country but a consuming one, it is true.
“For instance, Borno is a state situated on 70.9 square kilometres of land and today we are talking about Sambisa Forest.
It is an asset for Nigeria.
“This is because Sambisa Forest is twice the size of Israel and it is an agricultural land that can give us food.
“If you go all over the northern part of Nigeria you will see that Nigeria is blessed with land that can give us food.
“We are waiting to share money from oil.
How much do we generate from oil?
“Our total export as a country is 30 billion dollars including oil, yet we live in a country of over 923,000 square metre, almost one million square kilometres,’’ he said.
Obi said that Nigeria, when compared with Vietnam that lives on 331square kilometres of land and has a population of 100 million was lagging behind.
This, he said, was because Vietnam’s export is 312 billion dollars yet Nigeria could not do 10 per cent of Vietnam’s exports with a vast land and a population of 200 million people.
He added that Niger is two-and-half the size of The Netherlands, yet the state could not feed itself or the country whereas The Netherlands’ agricultural export for 2021 was 120 billion dollars.
“We cannot continue to live like this; our position is simple, all Datti and I want to do is to move this country from consumption to production,’’ he stressed.
In his remarks, the vice-presidential candidate of the party Mr Yusuf Datti said the duo and the party were not looking for money in government, but looking to run a government in money.
Datti noted that Nigeria has a lot of money and potentials and that all it needed was credible leaders to harness them.
“I am following a business leader who knows how to create wealth and we are going to create it legitimately.
Datti said that he would serve with integrity having proved it earlier as a senator and was one of the senators who did not buy a house at the Apo Legislative Quarters when they were sold.
He stressed that the Labour Party would drive Nigeria into prosperity and integrity.
Datti called on those who had lived and prospered by promoting disunity and crises in Nigeria to sheath their swords because their time was up.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday about the strained relations between the two countries.
The telephone conversation was “open and honest”, Herzog’s office said.
They discussed bilateral issues, including the problems of the Jewish diaspora.
Herzog spoke at length about the activities of the Jewish Agency, which deals with immigration to Israel.
The Russian Justice Ministry wants to dissolve it, despite protests from Israel.
Herzog was chairman of the Jewish agency before he took over as president.
“The two presidents emphasized the important areas of cooperation between Israel and Russia and agreed to stay in touch,” Herzog’s office announced.
Putin, he said had stressed his personal commitment to the remembrance of the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the phone call also dealt with the Jewish agency.
Both sides had agreed that “contacts on this will continue along the responsible authorities of both countries,” he said.
The Russian Justice Ministry’s case against the non-governmental organisation is due to be heard on Aug. 19. Russia accuses the organisation of violating the country’s laws.
According to media reports, it is accused of unlawfully collecting personal data from Russian citizens.
Peskov rejected reports that the dissolution of the organisation was intended to prevent the departure of bright minds from Russia.
Since Russia’s war on Ukraine began, many people who have the opportunity have been leaving the country.
Because many Russians have Jewish roots, they can take advantage of the offer to obtain an Israeli passport and leave.
So far this year, according to the Israeli Integration Ministry, almost 17,000 people have left Russia for Israel, or more than twice as many as last year.
In Israel, it is suspected that by banning the organisation, Russia wants to punish Israel for its stance in the Ukraine war.
The Israeli government has condemned Russia’s attack on the country and declared its solidarity with Ukraine.
Israeli troops have thwarted a cross-border weapons smuggling attempt from Jordan, the Israeli military said Tuesday.
Five suspects were arrested by Israeli armed forces when crossing the border fence from Jordan, the Israeli military said in a statement, adding that eight shotguns were also seized at the scene.
“The weapons and the suspects have been transferred to the Israel police for further questioning,” the statement read.
Ronen Kalfon, commander of the Israeli police’s Negev Border Intelligence Unit, said more than 170 weapons have been confiscated in 10 smuggling attempts since January, according to the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.
“This is a real arms race and any of such weapon can easily be used to kill civilians by criminals and terrorists,” Kalfon was quoted by Ynet as saying.
Israel has been increasing its efforts to thwart cross-border weapons smuggling over the past months, along with a crackdown on a new wave of deadly Palestinian attacks in Israel and the occupied West Bank. (
Israel has killed a leading member of the al-Aqsa Brigades during a military operation in the West Bank. Ibrahim al-Nablusi was responsible for a series of attacks on Israeli soldiers in the area, the Israeli domestic intelligence service Shin Bet and the military announced on Tuesday.
During the attempted arrest, explosive devices and other weapons were found.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the death of al-Nablusi and two other people.
About 40 people were injured by gunshots during the operation.
It is feared that the killing of al-Nablusi could lead to further confrontations.
The al-Aqsa Brigades is the military arm of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.
However, it is a loose network without a clear hierarchy, and local groups often act on their own.
After three days of fighting, a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization in the Gaza Strip came into effect on Sunday.
The Israeli military launched the military operation dubbed “Breaking Dawn” with airstrikes targeting Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip on Friday.
Two jihadi military chiefs were killed during the operation.
Since Friday, Palestinian militants have fired more than 1,000 rockets at Israeli settlements, according to military sources.
Two hundred of them hit the Gaza Strip.
The operation against Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip is to be seen as a continuation of a campaign in the West Bank that has been going on for months.
Since a wave of terror in Israel in the spring, the army has been carrying out more anti-terrorist operations there.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Delta House of Assembly, Patani Constituency, Mr Raymos Guanah, says the area has been bedeviled with underdevelopment due to poor representation.
Guanah spoke on Monday while unveiling his campaign organisation to members of Patani Local Government Area chapter of the party.
He promised to address the needs of Patani people, if given the chance.
According to Guanah, the area has suffered years of setbacks as a result of lack of willpower, zeal and courage on the part of its representatives.
He described the people of Patani as peace-loving people that hoped for better days.
”I have offered myself for service and committed to do all legal biddings of my constituents to make a greater Patani,” he said.
Guanah appealed to the party members to woo supporters from various support groups, interest groups, aged men, women and youths.
Those who took turns to speak at the unveiling ceremony, including Rev. Dr Israel Unutame, Chief Helpme Enisouh, Mr Otuisi Erube, Mr John Agori and Mr Vincent Oborikpo, extolled the leadership abilities of Guanah.
They recalled that it was Guanah who brought development to every part of the LGA when he was Council Chairman of Patani.
On his part, High Chief Akposeiyifa Ebufegha, a former Director in Chevron and a prominent High Chief from the Kumbowei Kingdom, unveiled the Campaign Council.
Rev. Israel Unutame, a grassroots politician, was named the campaign council Director General.
The ceremony was well attended by an array of APC stalwarts across the Council area, including the party Chairman, Mr Oruma Julius.
No fewer than 312 Christian pilgrims from Delta were on Monday transported to the Holy land, Jordan in Israel through the Port Harcourt International Airport.
The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, at the departure briefing in Asaba, warned the intending pilgrims against absconding.
The NCPC boss, represented by the Director of Mobilization, Mr Chris Udegbunam, lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his consistency in the sponsorship of Christians in the state on pilgrimage.
Pam congratulated the intending pilgrims for their level of preparedness both spiritually and physically to embark on the journey of faith.
According to him, ”it is the policy of the commission to achieve zero absconding of pilgrims in the Holy land.
”He, therefore enjoined not to abscond, adding, ”he commission frowns seriously at it and would do everything humanly possible to discourage it.
” Okowa, represented by the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Johnbull Edema, urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and not bring disrepute to the state government.
He said that as pilgrims they need to conduct themselves in a manner befitting and worthy of Christians.
Okowa said that the exercise would offer opportunity for the pilgrims to visit historical biblical sites they read in the Bible and to draw them closer to God. He urged them to pray and seek the face of God for the peace, unity and development of the state and county particularly as the nation gradually approaches the 2023 General Elections.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Delta State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Most Rev. Cyril Odutemu, admonished the intending pilgrims to conduct themselves decently while in the Holy land.
He warned them against unruly behavior in the Holy land and advised them not to do anything that would undermine the security of the host country.
Also, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Apostle Samuel Okoh, charged the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria.