The Guardian • Issue #2098

GLOBAL BRIEFS

  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2098
Global briefs

USA: More than 2,000 students have been arrested on US college campuses during pro-Palestinian actions. Many students have been suspended. As a gesture of solidarity, Yemen’s Sanaa University is prepared to welcome the suspended students to continue their education there. The university has issued a statement applauding the “humanitarian” position of the American students. “We are serious about welcoming students that have been suspended from US universities for supporting Palestinians. We are fighting this battle with Palestine in every way we can,” an official at Yemen’s Sanaa University said. “The board of the university condemns what academics and students of US and European universities are being subjected to, suppression of freedom of expression,” Sanaa University stated. The university provided an email address for students looking to take them up on the offer.

TÜRKİYE: “We decided to stop exports and imports to and from Israel until a permanent ceasefire is achieved [in Gaza] and humanitarian aid is allowed without interruptions,” said Turkish Trade Minister Omer Bolat. Türkiye is also negotiating “with our Palestinian brothers on alternative arrangements to ensure that they are not affected by this decision,” he added. Türkiye has denounced Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, sent thousands of tons of aid to Gazans, and said it would join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Turkish decision to maintain commercial ties with Israel despite Erdogan’s strong rhetoric, prompted a domestic backlash and affected the results of the ruling AK Party in nationwide local elections in March. Hamas said Türkiye’s trade halt was brave and reflective of the support for Palestinian rights and self-determination.

JORDAN: Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency reported on two Jordanian aid convoys carrying flour, food and other humanitarian aid attacked by Israeli settlers on their way to Gaza. The settlers dumped some of the cargo and damaged the trucks. “The extremists’ attack on the two convoys, and the failure of the Israeli authorities to provide protection for them, undermine all the Israel’s government’s claims and commitments to allowing aid to enter Gaza,” said Jordanian Foreign Ministry statement.

NIGER: US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin has confirmed that Russian military personnel have entered an airbase in Niger that hosts US forces. “Airbase 101, where our forces are, is a Nigerian air force base that is co-located with an international airport in the capital city. The Russians are in a separate compound and don’t have access to US forces or access to our equipment,” Austin said. Niger’s authorities had earlier informed the US that they must withdraw the nearly 1,000 US military personnel stationed in the country.

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