Amro Abu Khudeir’s lawyer stated that the interrogation of the person known as “the coffin protector” was concerning the funeral.
Occupied East Jerusalem – One of many Palestinian pallbearers attacked by Israeli police whereas carrying the coffin of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at her funeral on Friday has been arrested by Israeli authorities.
A lawyer representing the 34-year-old Amro Abu Khudeir stated that the Jerusalemite had been arrested at his house within the Shuafat space within the early hours of Monday morning, and had been repeatedly interrogated about occasions surrounding the funeral.
The lawyer, Khaldoun Najm, added that Abu Khudeir had been held in solitary confinement since his arrest.
“He will get no gentle or sense of the time of day in his two-metre-by-one underground cell,” Najm stated.
Najm added that Abu Khudeir had attended a courtroom listening to on Monday and had had his detention prolonged till Sunday.
Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian-American journalist, was killed by Israeli forces throughout her protection of an Israeli raid on Jenin refugee camp within the northern occupied West Financial institution on Could 11.
Israeli police attacked pallbearers and mourners at Abu Akleh’s funeral because the occasion was broadcast reside on tv around the globe, with hundreds gathered to see her coffin transferred from St Joseph Hospital to her last resting place on Mount Zion, simply exterior the Previous Metropolis in Jerusalem.
Abu Khudeir stood out in tv footage of the funeral, which confirmed pallbearers struggling to cease Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the bottom as Israeli police attacked the mourners utilizing batons. The transfer drew worldwide condemnation and requires an investigation, together with from the United Nations.
Abu Khudeir was nicknamed “the coffin protector” after he was seen holding onto the coffin regardless of being crushed aggressively by the police.
Whereas a number of pallbearers had been crushed by Israeli police, Najm says Abu Khudeir was the one pallbearer to be arrested by Israeli authorities after the funeral.
“Israeli intelligence alleges that Amro labored with a terrorist organisation and that he has a secret file with the intelligence,” Najm informed Al Jazeera.
Nonetheless, Najm stated that appeared unlikely as a result of Abu Khudeir knowledgeable him that each one the questions throughout his interrogation had been associated to the funeral.
“Amro was requested why he insisted on carrying the coffin and ensuring it didn’t fall to the bottom,” stated Najm. “The principle focus of the questions was about him being a pallbearer at Abu Akleh’s funeral.”
Najm stated that Abu Khudeir, a father of two, was a widely known activist in Jerusalem and had been arrested by Israeli police up to now.
Israeli police haven’t responded to Al Jazeera’s request for touch upon Abu Khudeir’s arrest and imprisonment on the time of publication.
Israeli police forces additionally seized Palestinian flags from the mourners on the funeral, in addition to smashing the window of the hearse carrying Abu Akleh’s physique and eradicating a Palestinian flag from it.
Israel ordered an investigation into the conduct of its officers at Abu Akleh’s funeral, because the Palestinian Authority stated it welcomed worldwide assist in investigating her killing.
That’s how a resident of Tierralta, in Colombia’s northern division of Cordoba, described a days-long siege imposed earlier this month by one of many nation’s largest paramilitary teams, the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC), also referred to as the Gulf Clan.
From the morning of Could 5 till midnight on Could 9, the armed group enforced a self-declared “armed strike” throughout the nation’s northwest in response to the extradition to the United States of its detained former chief Dairo Antonio Usuga, also referred to as Otoniel.
The Gulf Clan took management of 11 of Colombia’s 32 departments over the four-day span. It imposed strict lockdowns, shuttered native companies, closed off roads, disrupted transportation hyperlinks, and warned residents to remain inside or threat being shot or having their vehicles burned.
A number of cities ran out of fundamental provides similar to meals and fuel, whereas native hospitals confronted workers shortages. Elsewhere, households have been stranded at transport terminals, unable to get residence attributable to blocked roads, local media reported.
“You reside with the priority that it may occur once more tomorrow,” stated one other resident of Tierralta, Raul, who additionally requested to make use of a pseudonym due to safety issues. “As a result of the Gulf Clan are exhibiting that they’ve the ability to create worry,” he advised Al Jazeera.
Lots of of rights violations
The Gulf Clan’s armed strike passed off three weeks earlier than Colombians will vote for their next president, elevating issues about the opportunity of repeated violence because the inhabitants heads to the polls on Could 29.
“The federal government response to this occasion leaves folks extra dissatisfied with their skill to precise their political concepts or to take part in democracy. This occasion could be very, very detrimental to the standard of democracy in Colombia and to the native perceptions of safety,” stated Sergio Guzman, director of the Colombia Threat Evaluation consultancy group.
Throughout the course of the “strike”, the Gulf Clan dedicated no less than 309 acts of violence, in response to the Special Jurisdiction of Peace (JEP) tribunal, which additionally registered the pressured closure of 26 roads, the destruction of no less than 118 automobiles and the disruption of 54 transport terminals.
A complete of 178 totally different municipalities within the nation have been below Gulf Clan management, with 138 of them below strict lockdown guidelines.
“They needed to reveal their army power to point out that in lots of areas of the nation they’re the de facto authority and never the state,” stated a JEP consultant, who spoke to Al Jazeera on situation of anonymity with a view to communicate freely.
The JEP was fashioned within the wake of a 2016 peace deal between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) group and the federal government, with a mandate to research, prosecute and punish these accountable for essentially the most critical human rights violations.
Twenty-four civilians have been killed in the course of the “strike”, the JEP additionally stated, and an extra 15 tried murders have been recorded. The Ministry of Defence reported six deaths, whereas NGO Indepaz recorded 18 over the course of the strike.
The JEP official advised Al Jazeera that three social leaders – a time period utilized in Colombia to explain activists, group representatives and rights defenders – have been amongst these killed.
The Colombian authorities hailed Otoniel’s seize in October of final 12 months and subsequent extradition to the US this month as successful – and a definitive blow to the Gulf Glan’s operations.
Nonetheless, final week’s armed strike proved the group, which native NGO Pares has stated counts as many as 3,260 members, is under no circumstances on shaky floor, analysts stated.
For the reason that 2016 peace settlement below which the FARC demobilised, armed teams such because the Gulf Clan have taken benefit of the ability vacuum in a lot of Colombia’s rural areas. The Gulf Clan operates clandestinely in roughly 109 municipalities throughout the nation, in response to rights group Indepaz, however most predominantly within the north. It controls quite a few drug trafficking routes and cocaine processing labs, and makes use of violence to extort and intimidate populations.
“This occasion underscores how a lot the federal government underestimated the character of the [Gulf Clan’s] risk. That is very sophisticated for the federal government to by some means spin this in the direction of something however a strong failure of their safety technique,” Guzman advised Al Jazeera.
Regardless of the strike being introduced early on Could 4, no army response from the federal government was seen till Could 7, when troops have been deployed to the affected Bolivar, Sucre, Cordoba and Antioquia areas to accompany automobiles and safe the roads. In response to Ministry of Defence figures, greater than 19,000 troops have been deployed throughout the realm.
“They search to generate intimidation by way of remoted occasions and cowardly assaults, which they search to maximise on-line and within the media,” President Ivan Duque advised reporters final Saturday. “They’re desperately making an attempt to point out a power that they don’t have.”
However Guzman stated the Gulf Clan will “probably be emboldened by the dearth of confrontation with the army”.
“The federal government doesn’t need to contribute to the ‘we’re again to struggle’ narrative, so escalating the scenario couldn’t simply have very vital collateral injury issues, however may additionally subtract considerably from the federal government’s narrative that they’re preserving order within the nation,” he stated.
“The Gulf Clan simply ripped a gap by way of the narrative by making it tough for the federal government to claim its authority over one-third of its territory.”
Colombia’s Defence Ministry didn’t instantly reply to Al Jazeera’s request for remark.
In the meantime, the JEP consultant described the federal government’s response as “not very environment friendly” whereas residents subjected to the 4 days below Gulf Clan management have been equally crucial, saying they felt deserted.
“The state demonstrated that it’s a weak establishment that doesn’t have the capability to confront an armed group that has confirmed to have management of nationwide territory and a terrific power on the nationwide stage,” stated Jose David Ortega, a resident and human rights defender within the metropolis of Monteria, which was besieged by the group.
Raul, the Tierralta resident, added, “What hurts essentially the most is that the state by no means got here out to defend the rights of its residents.”
Artillery is a part of $800m navy help package deal that US says will assist Ukraine defend in opposition to Russian offensive in east.
America plans to start coaching Ukrainians on learn how to function howitzer artillery methods within the coming days, a senior US defence official has stated, because the Biden administration seeks to bolster Ukraine’s defences in opposition to an anticipated Russian offensive in the east.
Talking on situation of anonymity on Monday, the official stated the howitzer coaching would happen outdoors Ukraine.
The 155mm howitzer cannons are a part of an additional $800m weapons package for Ukraine that US President Joe Biden introduced final week. It additionally contains different artillery methods, artillery rounds, armoured personnel carriers and helicopters.
“This new package deal of help will comprise lots of the extremely efficient weapons methods we’ve already offered and new capabilities tailor-made to the broader assault we count on Russia to launch in jap Ukraine,” Biden said in a press release on Wednesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last week had referred to as on the nation’s allies to offer extra heavy gear and weapons to stave off the anticipated Russian offensive in jap Ukraine.
The US defence official stated 4 US cargo flights arrived in Europe on Sunday with weapons and different supplies as a part of the $800m help package deal. The US plans to show Ukrainian trainers learn how to use a few of the new weapons after which for the trainers to instruct their colleagues in Ukraine.
However Moscow, which launched its invasion on February 24, just lately warned the Biden administration in an official diplomatic observe of “unpredictable penalties” ought to Washington present additional weapons to Kyiv.
“We name on america and its allies to cease the irresponsible militarization of Ukraine, which suggests unpredictable penalties for regional and worldwide safety,” the observe learn, as reported by The Washington Publish.
On Monday, Russian forces stepped up their bombardment of cities throughout Ukraine forward of what’s anticipated to be an all-out assault on the nation’s east.
Ukrainian officers stated not less than seven folks had been killed in Lviv, the place plumes of black smoke rose over the western metropolis that has seen solely sporadic assaults for the reason that battle started and has grow to be a haven for civilians fleeing preventing elsewhere.
The assaults got here as Russia continued build up troops and artillery within the east and south for the anticipated begin of a brand new floor offensive within the Donbas area.
I simply spoke with my Romanian counterpart, @VasileDincu, on the necessity for pressing help to Ukraine forward of a probable Russian navy offensive in jap Ukraine, and the formation of the French-led @NATO battle group in Romania. #WeAreNATOpic.twitter.com/BTSKoiYlPl
— Secretary of Protection Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) April 18, 2022
The senior US defence official instructed reporters that Russia was aiming at navy targets in Lviv and the capital, Kyiv, within the north. The port city of Mariupol was nonetheless contested as Russia appeared to have despatched reinforcements into Ukraine in latest days, the official added.
“Our evaluation is Mariupol continues to be contested … [it] stays below menace from the air however each from missile strikes in addition to bombs from the air however even in fact artillery,” the official stated.
In response to the official, there have been about 76 Russian battalion tactical teams in southern and jap Ukraine, a rise of about 11 in latest days.
In the meantime, US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin stated on Monday that he had spoken together with his Romanian counterpart Vasile Dincu “on the necessity for pressing help to Ukraine forward of a probable Russian navy offensive in jap Ukraine”.