HK police warn of ‘live fire’ if they face deadly weapons from protesters Nov 18, 2019 0 809 12345 AFPHong KongHong Kong police on Monday warned for the first time that they may use “live rounds” after pro-democracy protesters fired arrows and threw petrol bombs at officers at a beseiged university campus, as the crisis engulfing the city veered deeper into danger.Protests have tremored through the global financial hub since June, with many in the city of 7.5 million people venting fury at eroding freedoms under Chinese rule.China has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate the dissent, and there have been concerns that Beijing could send in troops to put an end to the spiralling unrest.Three protesters have been shot by armed police in the unrelenting months of protests. But all in scuffles as chaotic street clashes played out -- and without such warnings being given.A day of intense clashes, which saw a police officer struck in the leg by an arrow and protesters meet police tear gas with volleys of petrol bombs, intensified as night fell.Clashes rolled across Kowloon, with the epicentre around the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), where scores of defiant demonstrators set large fires to prevent police from conducting a threatened raid on the campus.They hunkered down under umbrellas from occasional fire from water cannon and hurled molotov cocktails at an armoured police vehicle, leaving it ablaze on a flyover near the campus.Police declared the campus a “riot” scene -- a rioting conviction carries up to 10 years in jail -- and blocked exits as spokesman Louis Lau issued a stark warning in a Facebook live broadcast. RELATED ARTICLES Iran’s Khamenei backs petrol price hike that sparked deadly unrest Nov 18, 2019 0 1062 32 ‘terrorists’ killed in two operations, says Burkina Faso military Nov 18, 2019 0 1114 Lebanon tycoon forgoes prime minister job under protest pressure Nov 18, 2019 0 177 Russian air strikes kill nine civilians in Syria: War monitor Beirut: Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia on Sunday killed nine civilians in the jihadist-run enclave of Idlib in the northwest of the country, a war monitor said. Five of the victims died in the village of Al-Malaja .. Strikes resume in Iraq to bolster anti-goverment demonstrations AFP Baghdad Iraqis flooded the streets of the capital and southern cities on Sunday in a general strike that bolstered the weeks-long movement demanding a government overhaul. Sit-ins have become the go-to tactic for .. Protest-hit Iran cannot allow insecurity, says President Hassan Rouhani Tehran: President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran could not allow “insecurity” in the face of rioting after two days of violent demonstrations against a petrol price hike. “Protesting is the people’s right, but .. Netanyahu warns of security risk from Arab-backed minority govt DPA Tel Aviv Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned Israeli security would be in danger if his centrist rival Benny Gantz formed a minority government backed by Arab lawmakers. “It cannot be that the ..