Category: border

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Why are Palestinians protesting near the Israeli-Gaza border?

The Great March of Return, a six-week protest near Gaza’s border with Israel, is a defiant act of non-violent resistance deeply rooted in the Palestinian struggle, says Al Jazeera’s Senior Political Analyst Marwan Bishara. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered near the Israeli border for a second week to demand they be allowed back to the lands they were forced from when Western powers created…

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What took space to Ukraine’s border wall against Russia?

Kharkiv, Ukraine – A mannequin in a Ukrainian border guard uniform and a green beret low on its forehead is tied to the side rail of a 17-metre-high watchtower, facing Russia. Strong wind rocks the structure. On the ground, border guards patrol the area along a two-metre-high green fence crowned with a barbed wire.  Back…

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Residing within the shadow of Trump’s border wall prototypes

San Diego, California – Eight 18 to 30-foot (about nine metres) tall structures tower above the US-Mexico border in southern California. The structures, installed in October 2017 in San Diego, are prototypes for US President Donald Trump’s border wall plan.  On the US side, the prototypes represent Trump’s 2016 campaign promise to build a wall at…

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Myanmar defends protection force invent-up on Bangladesh border

Myanmar on Friday defended deployment of its troops near the Bangladesh border, where thousands of Rohingya refugees have taken shelter, calling it an “anti-terrorism operation”. The move has drawn criticism from Bangladesh, which summoned Myanmar’s ambassador on Thursday, while the UN refugee agency raised their concerns at the military build-up. Some 200 troops were deployed to…

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Ladies and kids detained in ‘freezing cells’ on US border: HRW

Women and children detained by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the US-Mexico border are regularly held in freezing cells and suffer other harsh treatment, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report. The report, entitled “In the Freezer: Abusive Conditions for Women and Children in US Immigration Holding Cells,” was released on…

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Korean Demilitarized Zone: Lifestyles at the border

Joint Security Area, South Korea – A deafening silence greets visitors as they step out of the Freedom House after a briefing on the history of the Koreas and the war. A few steps away from the Military Demarcation Line that divides the two Koreas, the tension cuts through the air. Not far, on the northern…

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Turkey deploys thousands of FSA rebels at Syria border

Turkey has mobilised thousands of Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels to a border province with Syria, as part of a planned offensive against Kurdish fighters, according to Turkish media. Anadolu news agency reported that the Ankara-backed FSA rebels were taken “under extensive security” in a convoy of at least 20 buses, from the province of…

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Refugees found out frozen in Lebanon cease to Syria border

The bodies of nine Syrian refugees who crossed into Lebanon have been found frozen in a mountainous area near the border with Syria, according to the Lebanese army. The military said in a statement that the bodies were found on a people-smuggling route in the early hours of Friday after a snowstorm hit the Masnaa…

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Tillerson denies US plans to thrill in Syria border drive

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that Washington owed Turkey an explanation over reports that it was creating a 30,000-strong border force in northern Syria, adding that the issue has been “misportrayed”. “That entire situation has been misportrayed, misdescribed, some people misspoke. We are not creating a border security force at all,” Tillerson…