Palestinians fear many detainees scheduled for release will only have a brief taste of freedom.
Dalia Hatuqa Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 15:17
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In 2011, 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were freed in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [AFP/Getty Images]
President Barack Obama recently stated the United States was not taking sides as Egypt's crisis came to a head with the military overthrow of the democratically elected president.
But a review of dozens of US federal government documents shows Washington has quietly funded senior Egyptian opposition figures who called for toppling of the country's.. More
Israel's government avoided any show of satisfaction on Thursday over the ouster of Egypt's Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist president who alarmed many in the Jewish state but quickly made clear he would not renege on a peace treaty.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment on Mursi's removal by the Egyptian army. But a Netanyahu.. More
Turkey has been at the center of global media attention due to protests across the country in recent weeks.
Demonstrators have expressed frustration with policies of the ruling party, which led to clashes with police in Istanbul's Gezi Park adjacent to the city's Taksim Square.
Al Jazeera's Jamal El Shayyal sat down with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet.. More
Some 165 million children worldwide are stunted by malnutrition as babies and face a future of ill health, poor education, low earnings and poverty, the head of the United Nations children's fund said on Friday.
Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, told Reuters the problem of malnutrition is vastly under-appreciated, largely because poor nutrition.. More
The UN torture watchdog has called on the UK to widen and speed up investigations into allegations that British forces tortured detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan and prosecute those responsible.
British inquiries into alleged abuses by its forces in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003 have been slow and there have been no prosecutions for torture.. More
The rights of millions of refugees and migrants have been abused in the past year, Amnesty International has said in its annual report on global human rights.
The London-based rights group said on Wednesday that state authorities and employers were equally responsible for the suffering of vulnerable groups.
"The world is becoming an increasingly.. More
When the military doctors force-feed Guantánamo Bay detainee Fayiz al-Kandari with a tube shoved into his stomach there are three stages to the pain.
First, there is the sensation of the tube passing near his sinuses as it is pushed through his nose and into his throat, which causes his eyes to water. Then there is an intense burning and gagging.. More
Anger and protests against the UN relief agency continue in Gaza, where Palestinians believe the agency should do more.
“It’s all so surreal to me,” 15-year-old Ala’a al Masri told Al Jazeera. “We have to try and satisfy our physical needs for vitamins and fruit by watching it on TV.”
The teenager and her family.. More
The Somali capital has suffered decades of war and failed governance, but is still looking to its future.
Here in Mogadishu, Somalia's shattered capital, a sustained period of relative calm holds, allowing the city's buildings to come back to life, thanks to a massive reconstruction effort. Laborers gather at dawn, hauling pails of stone and work tools,.. More
More than half the population of Syria is likely to be in need of aid by the end of the year, the UN high commissioner for refugees has warned, while labeling the ever-worsening crisis as the most serious the global body has dealt with.
António Guterres, who has led the UNHCR through the worst of the refugee crises in Afghanistan and Iraq, said.. More
The Western press and social media often seem to exercise two options for dealing with the Muslim population of the world: overt, unabashed Islamophobia or slightly subtler Islamophobia.
As Georgetown University's John L Esposito writes in the foreword to Nathan Lean's The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims, 9/11 and.. More
Israeli restrictions and closures coupled with the worsening fiscal situation of the Palestinian Authority is causing "lasting damage" to the competitiveness of the Palestinian economy, the World Bank warns.
In a report issued on Tuesday ahead of a meeting of global donors in Brussels on March 19, the World Bank explored the long-term damage.. More
On Saturday, Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat died from wounds suffered while being held in an Israeli prison. Israeli officials claimed Jaradat died from a heart attack but now say the autopsy evidence is inconclusive. Palestinian officials determined his death was the result of torture.
Described as being in good health by his family and friends,.. More
UN agencies have warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in Syria, as an estimated four million people there are in need of assistance.
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the opposition-held north of Syria remained largely out of reach of aid operations, even though they had been stepped up elsewhere in the country torn by war.
"We are watching.. More