Dutch Palestinian seeks damages from Israel’s Gantz Sep 18, 2019 0 344 12345 ReutersTHE HAGUEA Dutch Palestinian who lost six relatives during a 2014 bombing of Gaza sought compensation on Tuesday from former Israeli armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who is contesting a tight election against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.With voting underway in Israel where Gantz and Netanyahu’s parties have been neck-and-neck, Ismail Ziada invoked “universal jurisdiction” laws in a request for a Netherlands court to hear a civil suit against the ex-military head for war crimes.Ziada wants compensation of 600,000 euros ($660,000) for the deaths of his mother, three brothers, sister-in-law and nephew when the family’s home in the al-Bureij refugee camp was bombed by forces under Gantz’s command.“I struggle to stand in front of you today to gain justice and accountability,” Ziada told Dutch judges, referring to the “unspeakable tragedy” that befell his family.Thom Dieben, a lawyer on behalf of Gantz and his co-defendant, former Israeli air force chief Amir Eshel, told the court the case should be dismissed because it violated state sovereignty rules and Dutch courts do not have jurisdiction. “The Israeli courts are the appropriate forum for the complainant to file his case,” Dieben said.He also argued that the defendants have immunity from prosecution because the deaths occurred while they were carrying out official government functions.The bombing of the Ziadi residence occurred during a seven-week conflict in which, according to Gaza health officials, 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel put the number of its dead at 67 soldiers and six civilians, and said its forces exercised restraint while confronting militants in densely populated areas. RELATED ARTICLES Iran leader rules out US talks as tensions rise over Saudi attacks Sep 18, 2019 0 1205 HK leader to hold dialogue aimed at easing tensions Sep 18, 2019 0 1237 Saudi will defend its land, can respond to attack on vital facilities: King Salman Sep 18, 2019 0 320 Trump hints at Iran’s role in Saudi oil attacks but says doesn’t want war WASHINGTON/DUBAI: US President Donald Trump said on Monday said it looked like Iran was behind attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised .. Air strikes kill 10 pro-Iran fighters in Syria: Monitor Beirut: Overnight air strikes killed 10 pro-Iranian Iraqi militiamen in eastern Syria, a war monitor said Tuesday, without specifying who carried them out. The strikes targeted “three positions of the (Iranian) .. Jordan says 153,000 Syrians returned home since October AFP Amman Around 153,000 Syrians have returned to their country from Jordan since the reopening of a key border post last October, the interior ministry said Tuesday. Of the 153,000 who returned via the Jaber post, around .. Merkel wants to keep Saudi Arabia weapons export ban in place dpa Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she currently sees no basis for lifting an export ban on weapons to Saudi Arabia. “At the moment, I see no precondition for the German government’s position .. Russia detains two N Korean vessels after one opens fire Reuters MOSCOW Russian border guards have detained two North Korean boats in Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan after one of them attacked a Russian patrol, local media cited the Federal Security Service .. Grace Mugabe will keep her fortune, says Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa dpa Harare Grace Mugabe, the widow of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe, will keep the fortune accrued by her family during her husband’s 37 years in power, authorities said on Tuesday. “President Emmerson ..