Israeli forces killed 3 Gazans; Iraqi protesters were killed; Commission for Libya ceasefire

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IDF kills 3 Gazans who infiltrated Israel, threw explosive at troops

Three Palestinian men were shot and after they crossed the border into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip and threw an explosive device at Israeli troops Tuesday night, amid rising tensions in the region, the military said.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the three entered Israeli territory from the southern Gaza Strip, going into a nearby wooded area, near the community of Kibbutz Kissufim.

During this time, the suspects were under constant IDF surveillance, the military said.

“IDF troops were called to the scene, closed off the area and began searching for the suspects, who threw an explosive device or grenade at the soldiers,” the IDF said in a statement.

“The soldiers opened fire at the suspects, and a hit was confirmed. There was no threat presented to the [nearby] communities,” the military added. The army later confirmed that all three attackers were killed.

10 Iraqi protesters killed in 2 days

At least 10 Iraqi protesters have been killed in the past two days as security forces attempt to disperse demonstrations.

“Ten demonstrators have been killed in the past two days as a result of the intervention of security forces,” Ali Bayatli, a member of the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

Bayatli stated that 159 people, including 24 of the security forces, were injured in clashes.

Iraq has been roiled by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to resign.

More than 500 people have been killed and 17,000 injured in the protests, according to Iraq’s commission.

Military commission to convene for Libyan ceasefire

The 5+5 Military Commission will convene next week in Geneva to discuss the ceasefire between Libya’s warring parties, a UN official said Tuesday.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ghassan Salame, the UN special representative for Libya, said he is grateful for the participation and contribution of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the international conference on Libya in Berlin, Germany on Sunday.

“I’m [also] extremely grateful for the participation of the Turkish delegation in the sixth preparatory meetings we had for Berlin led by [Turkish presidential spokesperson] Ibrahim Kalin, with whom I had a number of bilateral and positive meetings,” he said, praising Turkey’s efforts for peace in Libya.

Regarding recent violations of the ceasefire, Salame said the UN has been following the breaches since the truce was called for by Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The UN envoy pointed out that all parties at the Berlin conference had asked Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and renegade commander Khalifa Haftar, who were in Berlin but not at the conference, “to extend the truce in order for us to give a chance for diplomacy.”

Regarding the proposed 5+5 Military Commission to ensure the ceasefire, Salame said: “I have the five names from Mr. Sarraj and the five names from Mr. Haftar to have this joint commission meet as soon as possible so that the truce that has been called for by the two presidents [Erdogan and Putin] by the end of January becomes a full-fledged ceasefire.”

At the Berlin conference, they agreed to a three-point plan – including the economic and financial, military and political track, he said.

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Source: MEMO, Anadolu, TTI