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Gaza City and Moyle District Council, to sign the Twinning Agreement today.

The Twinning is the first of its kind in Britain or Ireland and the first Twinning Agreement anywhere in the world since the illegal ‘Israeli’ siege on Gaza began.

Father Jorge Hernandez of Holy Family Church Gaza with Councillor Mc Shane and officers of the Municipality of Gaza
Father Jorge Hernandez of Holy Family Church Gaza with Councillor Mc Shane and officers of the Municipality of Gaza
Father Jorge Hernandez of Holy Family Church Gaza with Councillor Mc Shane and officers of the Municipality of Gaza

 

Gaza (SaebPress) — Cllr.  McShane, Chairman of Moyle District Council arrived to Gaza on Wednesday and was met at the border by a delegation from the Municipality of Gaza headed by Mr. Mohammed Al-Halabi.

Mayor of Gaza Mr. Rafiq Mekki and  Padraig Mc Shane the Independent Chairman of Moyle District Council in the North of Ireland,  who is currently visiting  Gaza are preparing to sign a Twinning Agreement later today (Monday 5.30pm local time) between the  Moyle District Council  and the Mediterranean  Costal  enclave  of Gaza city. 

The Twinning is the first of its kind in Britain or Ireland and the first Twinning Agreement anywhere in the world since the illegal ‘Israeli’ siege on Gaza began.

Since arriving to Gaza City,  Councillor Mc Shane was assisted by Palestine Aid’s Joe Gilmartin and Dr Hadeel Abu Mariam in touring the city and experiencing the daily lives of ordinary Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

They visited some of Gaza’s schools and libraries as well as to the Prosthetics and Polio centre which is run by the Gaza Municipality.

The delegation visited the centre of Culture for Gaza “Learning about the desire to create employment through traditional arts and crafts came, I was impressed with the centre efforts for jobs creation.” Councillor Mc Shane said.

 

Hadeel Abu Mariam,  Padraig Mc Shaneand  and Joe Gilmartin visiting Alawda’s James connolly theatre

With the help of Palestine Aid’s Joe Gilmartin and Dr Hadeel Abu Mariam “we set to discuss ideas on how to best support the life chances of some of those living in Gaza with a particular focus on mental health”. Councillor Mc Shane stated.

The Councillor has also visited Gaza’s Holy family Church, he spent some time talking and listening to members of the Christian community in the city, they enjoying an audience with Fr. Jorge Hernandez, Bishop of Gaza.

 The delegation toured the Commonwealth Graveyard in Gaza which contains the remains of some 3,600 allied soldiers who died in the First World War. He also took time out to speak with members of the Christian community in the city visiting the Holy Cross Church and enjoying an audience with Fr. Jorge Hernandez, Bishop of Gaza.

The Mayor of Gaza, Mr Rafiq Mekki, has described to SaebPress the people of Moyle as “Truly the messengers of Peace”.

 

Chairman of Moyle District Council Padraig Mc Shane  in discussion  with  Mayor of Gaza, Rafiq Mekki
Chairman of Moyle District Council McShane in discussion with Mayor of Gaza, Rafiq Mekki

Moyle District Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in the north-east corner of the North of Ireland. It covers a largely rural area of approximately 190 square miles, with 42 miles of coastline. The area is very populardestination with tourists; it receives around a million and a half visitors a year.

Moyle District includes the three best known features of the North of Ireland: the World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway, the Glens of Antrim and Rathlin Island.

Council headquarters are in Ballycastle. Other towns in the area include Bushmills the home to the world’s oldest licensed distillery which has produced the famous Irish whiskey “Bushmills” since 1608, Armoy, Ballintoy, Cushendall, Cushendun and Waterfoot.

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Photographs by: Joe Gilmartin and Mc Auley Photography
 
 

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The Beirut Explosion Investigation.

The Beirut Explosion Investigation

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US Cornered at UNSC while attempting to extend arms embargo on Iran.

Shaath ‘the US is seeking to corner China and Russia for propaganda purposes‘

US Cornered at UNSC

Washington has stepped up calls for the extension of the UN arms embargo on Iran, which will expire in October under UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Trump administration has threatened that it may seek to trigger a snapback provision spelled out in the Iran nuclear deal of all sanctions on Iran if its attempts to extend the UN arms embargo fail.

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Iran, Russia and China have repeatedly said that the US has no authority to invoke the snapback mechanism as it is no more a party to the 2015 accord. “It has no right to extend an arms embargo on Iran, let alone to trigger snapback,” China’s UN mission wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “Maintaining [the] Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the only right way moving forward,” it added

The US has circulated a new anti-Iran resolution at the UN Security Council calling for an extension of the UN arms embargo on Tehran, before it expires in October. The resolution reportedly urges member states to stop all arms sales to and from Iran. It also asks them not to provide Tehran with technical training, financial resources, and other services related to weapons program.

The new draft is almost identical to the previous one Washington circulated in June, which failed to gather support. US envoy to the council, Kelly Craft, has said Russia and China are likely to veto the resolution.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also told reporters that the measure is “eminently reasonable,” alleging that “one way or another we will do the right thing.” He went on threatening Tehran with more sanctions through a mechanism embedded within the Iran nuclear deal, from which the US has unilaterally withdrawn.

Pompeo  added  “We’re deeply aware that snapback is an option that’s available to the United States, and we’re going to do everything within America’s power to ensure that that arms embargo is extended,” he claimed. “I am confident that we will be successful.”

Shaath ‘the US is seeking to corner China and Russia for propaganda purposes

Wednesday, in an Interview with Press TV with Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East affairs expert and Michael Springmann, Author and former U.S diplomat, Shaath said, “The US strategy always is to have Russia and China abstain in that regard in the UNSC and obviously not to veto, the USA’s resolution.

Shaath, pointed out that “ But, today and right now the strategy is working maybe with other members of the Security Council, so the USA intending  from this as Pompeo hinted and Craft the US representative  in the Security Council that Russia and China are not coming round and obviously they are going to veto the resolution.”

Shaath then questioned their motives “So why are they doing this? [Pompeo & Craft] they are doing this, to try to corner China and Russia for propaganda purposes, as Craft said to pot the spot light on the Chinese and Russian.”

Shaath went on to say, “Since the Trump administration maintains that quitting the deal does not prevent it from invoking the provision of the snap back mechanism, which is sanctions according to what they envisaged in the Iran nuclear deal.”

Shaath pointed out “ Other member states, as you mentioned in your report, like  France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China are trying to negotiate a solution which might prevent the USA from taking such a step, but until now there is no clear compromise has emerged among them”.

‘U.S. seeks to blackmail UNSC member states’

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations, has said that it looks like the U.S. attempts to blackmail the UN Security Council members.

“Looks like an attempt to blackmail the UNSC Member States. US position on arms embargo against #Iran and #SnapBack is very weak not only from the viewpoint of common sense but also in legal terms,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.

‘U.S. plans to impose indefinite arms embargo on Iran have no prospects’

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Washington’s plans to introduce an indefinite arms embargo against Iran have no prospects.

“The stubborn shattering of the JCPOA through new anti-Iranian ideas, which include the proposal to impose an indefinite arms embargo against Iran, simply does not honor the United States. It is clear that this course has no prospects,” Zakharova said at a briefing, Sputnik reported.

Those members of the JCPOA, who have maintained a genuine full commitment to the nuclear deal, will continue to fight for its preservation and sustainable implementation, she said.

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Beirut a disaster-stricken city after port’s explosion.

Declaring Beirut a “disaster-stricken” city, announcing a two-week state of emergency in the capital and handing over security responsibility to military authorities.

Explosion in Beirut's port

Lebanon’s Supreme Defence Council an emergency meeting in the early hours of Wednesday. Following the session, a statement by the council, said President Michel Aoun, had decided to release 100 billion Lebanese pounds in emergency allocations from the 2020 budget.

The council recommended forming a committee tasked with investigating the blast and present its findings within five days, to impose the maximum punishment for those responsible.

It further suggested declaring Beirut a “disaster-stricken” city, announcing a two-week state of emergency in the capital and handing over security responsibility to military authorities.

 The blast took place on Tuesday in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material, specifically ammonium nitrate, commonly used in both fertiliser and bombs.

The explosion — the most powerful ever in Beirut— flattened much of the strategic port and left buildings in ruin.

Germany’s geosciences center GFZ said the explosion triggered a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, which was also felt as far away as Cyprus over 200 kilometers across the Mediterranean.

The Lebanese Red Cross said on Wednesday in a statement, ‘’until now over 4,000 people have been injured and over 100 have lost their lives. Our teams are still conducting search and rescue operations in the surrounding areas”.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab promised there would be accountability for the fatal incident, “I promise that this catastrophe will not go unpunished and those responsible will be held accountable.” he said during a speech.

Hassan Diab went to say that “Beirut is grieving… All of Lebanon is disaster-torn. Lebanon is going through a quite ordeal that could only be faced with national unity and solidarity among all Lebanese from all backgrounds and regions. We are going through a disaster that could only be overcome with determination and tenacity to face this serious challenge and its destructive consequences”.

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