The first fuel truck to enter the Gaza Strip from Egypt since the beginning of the war

The first fuel truck to enter the Gaza Strip from Egypt since the beginning of the war

Rafah: Egyptian media and two security sources said on Wednesday that a truck loaded with fuel began crossing from Egypt into the besieged Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.

Witnesses reported that two other trucks were waiting to cross after the first truck.

An Egyptian source confirmed that the shipment “is intended for the United Nations to facilitate the entry of aid after its trucks stopped on the Palestinian side because they ran out of fuel.”

The Coordination Authority for Civil Affairs in the Palestinian Territories of the Israeli Ministry of the Army (COGAT) had previously announced that “United Nations trucks transporting humanitarian aid through the Rafah crossing will be refueled at the Rafah crossing at the request of the United States.”

Rwanda: almost 30 years after the genocide, a doctor tried in France

Thirty years after a complaint was filed against him in Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, in 1995. The trial of Sosthene Munyemana began before the Paris Assize Court. This 68-year-old gynecologist, considered a notable person in the Butare region in southern Rwanda, is on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity, among others.

 He is accused of his role in the 1994 massacres in Rwanda. More than a hundred individuals and eight associations have joined as civil parties.

“You were talking about 70 witnesses who will take the stand, I think that after all these testimonies and all these witnesses come out, I think that there is a judicial truth that will come out and that justice will be done. ", declared Dafroza Gauthier, co-founder of the CPCR (Collective of Civil Parties for Rwanda).

But there is a problem of memory three decades after the events. The civil party denounces the supposed lethargy of French justice on this matter. While,

"The more time passes, the more witnesses disappear, the more memories crumble, so it will become more and more complicated. And then French justice has fallen so far behind that this delay will never be made up for. That's it the tragedy for the survivors and their families.", explained Alain Gauthier, co-founder of the CPCR (Collective of Civil Parties for Rwanda).

The gynecologist, considered a notable person in the Butare region, is accused of having participated in a crisis committee that set up barriers and rounds during which people were arrested before being killed. His lawyers deplored the fact that certain civil parties would testify at trial without having been heard beforehand during the investigation.

"The information was opened to the Bordeaux court on November 9, 1995, that is to say 28 years and five days ago. And in 28 years and five days, never any material clue, no writing, no An element likely to be incontestable has never been included in the investigation debate, ever.'', affirmed Jean-Yves Dupeux, lawyer for Sosthène Munyemana.

It is the oldest case investigated in France, in the name of the universal jurisdiction of French justice, on facts linked to the Rwandan genocide which left more than 800,000 dead between April and July 1994, according to the UN.

Mali: the population celebrates the resumption of Kidal

In Bamako, at the foot of the Independence Monument, in the heart of the Malian capital, scenes of hysteria are organized by the population after the announcement on national television of the recapture of the northern city from the hands of rebel groups predominantly Tuareg separatists in the north of the country.

Symbol of the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, the city of Kidal has been for 11 years surrounded by armed groups demanding their independence. Throughout this time, the latter had managed to prevent the regular Malian army from approaching it. This army suffered humiliating defeats between 2012 and 2014 in the region.

In June 2015, an agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali resulting from the Algiers peace process was signed by the Malian government and the armed groups in the north of the country, the Platform, allied to the government, and the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), federation of movements that entered into rebellion against the Malian state.

In 2012, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma), made up of 12,000 to 15,000 men, was established in Mali to protect populations and ensure security in territories threatened by violence. She had a base in Kidal.

In August 2020, the junta led by Colonel Assimi Goita overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita. She then demanded and obtained the departure of French and then UN forces.

After the departure of MINUSMA from Kidal, its hold was quickly occupied by the rebels and the Malian army then dispatched a large convoy to liberate the town.

It is now mission accomplished. However, the rebel groups who left the city speak of a “strategic” withdrawal.
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