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at least six palestinian are shot dead in gaza, dozens more are injured as the situation across the occupied territory deteriorates. ♪ hello i'm julie mcdonald, this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up, the u.s. says it is overhauling its discredited multi-million dollars training program for syrian rebels. the u.n. approves plans to arrest and seize people smugglers on the high seas off
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of the coast of libya. and the nobel peace prize is awarded to a group of tunisians who helped pull their country back from the brink of civil war. hello there, a warm welcome to the program. at least six palestinians have been killed by gunfire from the israeli army, as they demonstrated on the border between gaza and israel. another 70 would have been wounded, ten seriously. another palestinian was shot dead in the west bank. it is the latest escalation of violence in the region. tension has been rising after a series of stabbings in israel and the palestinian territory in recent days. hoda abdel hamid joins us now live from ramallah. what is the situation now at the moment? still tense? >> reporter: well, certainly the standoff is still ongoing even though because of the darkness,
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some of the palestinian protesters have pulled back, but -- i don't know if you can see on camera, the light -- the fire all around, as dark settled in, some of the palestinian protesters used petrol bombs. the israeli soldiers, you can't see them probably, but they are not very far from there. they have pulled forward, much closer to the protesters. earlier i have to tell you, this whole area was spread out with protesters and israeli soldiers. now similar scenes have been seen throughout the west bank, and as you said, one protester died of his wounds in hebron, and there were also clashes in jerricho, and bethlehem. >> what is behind these clashings? >> certainly a lot of frustration and anger, suspicion of what are the motives of
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israel around -- regarding the al aqsa compound mosque, but also when you speak to these youth, they tell us, you know, we have been hearing about these oslo according since we were born. i don't know looking -- as we see right now, israeli soldiers have just shot some tear gas from what it seems, and i'm told also some rubber bullets, and the protesters are going right back. going back to what you asked me, there is certainly a lot of frustration and lack of hope that anything will happen soon. a lot of people will tell you, we also live in an open-air prison. each of our movement is completely controlled by the israelis. the political negotiations are at a dead lock. so a lot of anger and frustration, and probably the youth feel that they have to keep up the pressure because they say that otherwise they feel that no one will take care
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of their cause. so that is what is going on here. but also with each day of confrontation, with each time one of the young people here dies, with each time there's a huge toll of wounded people, i mean, the last toll i had heard of yesterday was 1,642 injured. that toll has dramatically risen today, all of that increases the anger of these young people who say that they will continue their protests. >> hoda abdel hamid from ramallah. thank you. now israeli police say a palestinian woman had been shot after she stabbed an officer. earlier four arabs were stabbed in a southen city. the israeli tacker is in police custody. in jerusalem a palestinian was arrested after stabbing an israeli teenager. friday's attacks follow a series of other stabbings.
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mike hanna has the story. >> reporter: a number of attacks still occurring in the occupied west bank and indeed in israel proper, but some of them somewhat different from what we have seen in recent days in northern israel, a palestinian-israeli woman attempted to stab an israeli soldier. she was shot. police say, moderately wounded. then an israeli 17-year-old attacked four arabs two residents of the west bank, two residents of a nearby village. they were moderate to seriously injured. the israeli attacker has been arrested. and one is seeing a pattern in an increase in israeli right-wing activity. in west jerusalem overnight, a crowd of demonstrators gathered shouting insults towards arabs insisting they were going to march on occupied east
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jerusalem. however, police dispersed them. continuing tension in various parts of israel and the occupied west bank. police say very difficult to deal with these stabbing attacks regardless of where they come from, because they are unorganized they are random. ♪ the u.s. say it plans to overhaul its much-criticized program for training and supporting syrian rebels. so far more than $500 million has been spent on equipping and preparing troops outside of syria to fight isil forces, but the program has been marred by a lack of success with many recruits fleeing or being killed in combat. u.s. secretary of defense ash carter admits the program needs to change. >> we have been looking at ways to improve that program.
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i wasn't satisfied with the early efforts in that regard, so we're looking at different ways to achieve the -- basically the same kind of strategic objective, which is the right one, which is to enable capable, motivated forces on the ground to retake territory from isil and reclaim syrian territory from extremisms. >> let's go live to rosiland jordan in washington, d.c. hi, ros. this program has been beset by problems from the start, hasn't it? >> reporter: it has been. and that's because the very people that the u.s. wanted to recruit, do background checks on, and then train, they wanted them to fight against isil. well, those people really wanted to take up their arms and get the training from the u.s. military so that they could try to defeat bashar al-assad's army. they have been engaged in a civil war for more than four and
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a half years, so you had this bassic disconnect in the vision of those who were going to be participating in this program. then because of congressional restrictions on who could actually take part in this training program, it took the u.s. military several months to even put together the first training class, even though this money was apportioned more than a year ago by congress. so this has been a very slow rollout, and once people were vetted and trained, well, their performance was basically non-existent. >> and what does this tell us more generally about current u.s. strategy against isil? >> reporter: well the u.s.-lead coalition against isil inside of syria is still operating. the air war is still operating. but u.s. officials have just told reporters in a conference call that one of the reasons they say they are altering this program, suspending the training and vetting of the moderate
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syrian rebels is to really, basically, try to find a way to keep working with those members of the moderate opposition so that once some sort of political transition can be negotiated inside syria, that these people can be a part of the process. the u.s.'s fear is that if they simply just stop the training and vetting program all together, and just walk away from that part of the program to go after isil fighters, then they are creating a kind of power vacuum, and what you are going to have at the end, according to these u.s. officials the assad regime and its military on one side, and those members of isil who would be presumed to have vainingished -- vain kwished those who were trying to fight it on the other side. so say this is a pause in the direct training and vetting
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program, and they are simply going to give resources to those already fighting against isil in a way to basically keep their hand in the game. rosiland jordan joining me live from washington, d.c. ros thank you. despite international criticism, the russian air offensive in syria continues. russia is reporting that their air strikes have destroyed 13 underground facilities, killing 200 fighters in a separate attack in the aleppo area, they claim they have killed more people. french defense minister says more air strikes are being planned on isil targets in syria. overnight they targeted a training camp in raqqa which is an isil strong hold. france expanded its campaign to
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syria last month after joining the u.s.-lead coalition against isil in iraq last year. iran's revolutionary guard has confirmed the death of a top general in syria. he was an advisor to bashar al-assad's army. zana hoda reports now from beirut. >> reporter: he was a top ranking member of iran's elite revolutionary guard, but the general's death in syria's northern province of aleppo leaves more questions than answers. a statement from tlef lugsary guard says he was killed by isil forces while on a mission to advise the syrian army. some reports suggested the general was supposed to supervise a major operation to lift isil's blockade of a military base. iran admits it's military advisors are on the ground, but denies it has ground troops. however, fighters from the iranian-backed lebanese movement hezbollah are in syria, thousands of fighters have helped president assad in power.
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in the past he has spoken about his overstretched army and a lack of manpower, but now another assad ally, russia has stepped in, providing military support from the skies. [ explosion ] >> reporter: their air strikes have mainly targeted strong holds of the various opposition groups fighting the government. a sfu have hit isil-controlled regions, but isil is on the move, advancing on the ground. isil carried out a surprise attack it is now at the doorsteps of aleppo city. it captured areas under the control of the opposition in the eastern countryside of the province. isil now controls part of the main rebel supply line, linking turkey to itself strong hold in the city. aleppo is a divided city. the opposition controls the east, and the government controls the west, but assad's forces hold positions on the
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outer edges in the industrial complex. ills's front line has moved. the group is now a few kilometers north of the industrial complex. isil already controlled a town further east. opposition forces are stretched fighting two enemies on multiple fronts, and now in hama province they are trying to hold off an advance by government forces that is supported by russian air strikes, another layer of confusion in the changing landscape of syria's war. zana hoda, al jazeera, beirut. still to come on al jazeera, why the once strong relationship between china and north korea is becoming strained. and the locals and foreigners playing football together in south africa. ♪
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♪ welcome back. at least six palestinians have been killed by gunfire from the israeli army as they demonstrate along the border between gaza and israel. a palestinian was also killed in the west bank. another 70 have been wounded, ten seriously. a palestinian woman has been shot after she stabbed an officer. four arabs and an israeli teenager were also stabbed in separate attacks on friday. the u.s. says it plans to overhaul its program for training and supporting syrian
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rebels, which has already cost $500 million. the united nations security council has approved european naval operations to seize and destroy boats off of the coast of libya containing people smugglers. the revelation is aimed and stopping traffickers from exploiting migrants. james bayes joining us from the united nations. it has been a long road, hasn't it to getting this resolution passed? >> yes, they first discussed it back in may. and finally we have the resolution passed. one country abstained, venezuela, saying it was a militarization pollutisolution
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refugee crisis. now naval ships can intercept those boats that have carried thousands from the libyan coast to europe. the u.k. drafted this resolution, and the u.k. ambassador said he believed it would save lives. >> any action will be proportional, in keeping with the limits authorized by this resolution, and used solely against the smugglers, and empty boats. any migrants encountered as part of the operation will be taken to europe as part of established procedures. >> reporter: it's worth reminding you, julie, that originally back in may when the e.u. high representative came here, her original plan went much further than this. it was going to go on to the libyan coast, on to the shoreline and destroy the boats there. they haven't got agreement for that, what is known as stage
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three of the operation. that is not authorized at this stage. >> and james of course this comes just after the unity government was announced in libya. it's obviously connected? >> reporter: it's connected in the sense that every country here when they made their speech said they hoped the unity government could start governing. already there are people sniping at this government body that is supposed to run libya. obviously the european union countries are hoping if that body takes control, it may lead to authorizing stage 3 of that operation, going on to the libyan shore. but worth me pointing out one final thing, julie, when the libyan ambassador spoke, he welcomed the vote, and welcomed the new resolution, but he said he actually felt this resolution which would mean the e.u. patrolling the waters off of libya, would mean more migrants
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would try to make the journey. >> james thank you. the international organization for migration says there has been a surge in the number of refugees arriving on greek islands in the past week. up to 7,000 have been landing daily in october. that's up from 4,500 at the end of last month. they say they are trying to make the journey to europe before the weather worsens. 19 people have left italy as efforts begin to relocate refugees around europe. they are headed to sweden where their asylum request will be processed. the nobel peace prize has been awarded to tunisia's national dialogue quartet for helping the country's transition to democracy. the group, made, quote, a
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decisive contribution to prevent the country from falling into civil war after the 2011 revolution. >> reporter: the announcement a surprise to be sure. >> the nobel peace prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the tunisian national dialogue quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in tunisia in the weak -- wake of the revolution of 2011. >> reporter: while many tipped pope francis or angela merkel to win, in the end the nobel committee sent a powerful message on the importance of pluralism and dialogue. while other so-called arab spring countries were hit by violent conflict, tunisia's political process has been more
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peaceful. the quartet is made up of four key organizations: formed in 2013 when tunisia's democratic process was in danger of collapsing. this was a period of socialized unrest and political assassinations. the quartet pushed the stability and inclusiveness, and helped pull the country back from the brink of civil war. they went on to hold successful parliamentary and presidential elections. the nobel jury said they hoped the prize would be an inspiration to all of those who seek to promote peace and democracy in the rest of the world. inspiration that is still needed in a country that has suffered
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from major attacks that have devastated its tourism industry. this prize may have been unexpected, but it has given hope to many tunisians in these difficult times. a british nurse who recovered from the ebola virus last year is being treated for late complications. doctors say the virus is still present in her body, and she is said to be in a serious condition. now the once strong relationship between china and north korea is strained because of a spike in cross-border crime. north korean soldiers are thought to be behind much of it. >> reporter: north korea is tantalizingly close here. the industrial city, just meters from the chinese border, the
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river marks the front tier between two supposed allies, but it app pours relations are not what they were. a police roadblock outside of a chinese village where four people were murdered last december. we were turned away. china's government blames north korean soldiers who came looking for food. this local man says more needs to be done to protect the community. >> translator: of course i worry about my safety, but there is nothing i can do about it. i live here. >> reporter: like most people here, mr. lee is an ethnic korean. he lives in the village where three police surveillance cameras have now been installed. in total, ten people have been murdered in this remote region since last december. chinese government officials confirm another citizen was shot in the area two weeks ago, but they won't say if they think north korea is to blame.
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in response to the murders, some have moved away. but villager like this had already begun to empty. only the elderly remain. and they feele estes specially vulnerable now. >> translar: when they cross the border looking for food, just give ito them, and you will be fine. if you don't they might take revenge on you. >> reporter: the security fence is more than 3 meters high here, but some worry it's not enough to protect them. a glimpse of every day life in north korea, and as you can see here there is a gap in the fence, making it very easy for a north korean civilian or soldier to slip to china. china's government has shown willingness to publicize the murders, a sign of the growing frustration. >> i would say that the relationship may not be at a tipping point, but it much worse
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than it has ever been. >> reporter: but china's ties with south korea have rarely been better. the president was a guest of honor at last month's big military parade in beijing. >> beijing is now trying to present itself as a superpower, engaged geopolitically, interested in economic prosperity, and north korea is an embarrassing blight on that sort of agenda. for now china remains north korea's most important and far richer friend. but that friendship could be at risk. an indian woman working as a nanny in saudi arabia has alleged i will had her hand chopped off by our employer. she being treated in hospital in riyadh. she said her employer chopped off her hand after she complained to authorities that
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he hadn't paid her wages. australia is negotiating a deal with the philippines to transfer asylum seekers being held in its offshore detention centers. many are housed on nauru. recently they have been granted greater freedoms, but welfare and living conditions have been in question. the foreign minister has discussed paying more than $100 million for the philippines to take its refugees. the success of a local football team in south africa, could be its undoing. the club tries to attract immigrantses to it site. but can't move to semiprofessional status because of league rules. >> reporter: it's sunday morning. this man is getting ready for a game. he joined local football club four years ago in an area with residents from across the continent. >> i love soccer, so to go there
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is like i was going to where i know that i'm going to get what i love. what i love to do most. >> reporter: the team organizers wanted more than fun out of the team. they wanted to restore hope to a community riddled by deep divisions. seven years ago, 62 people were killed in attacks against foreigners across south africa. they particularly targeted immigrants from other african nations. it was mozambiquian coach who had the idea of bringing different nationalities together. the team is made up mainly of immigrants and five south africans. >> the only way we could like enjoy being together to play soccer. beside that, people are always fighting. >> reporter: they get together once a week. >> we are here as africans. you have joined us from different countries. we accept defeat in humility,
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and also accept our victory in humility as well. >> reporter: the team had to get social permission to take part in the league because of its ethnic makeup. >> our team have got so many people, you can see they are all fr different countries, but whenever we score a goal, we celebrate together. >> reporter: organize as iers say they are proud of what they have achieve sod far. >> we feel that what we are doing here in some way has healed the pain. promoted four times since starting at the bottom of a local league. the football club has progressed from local community football to the divisions of semiprofessional league competition, but any further advances could be hit by a snag. league rules stipulate that all players have to be south african. >> it's tragic, yes. but that's the nature of the game -- that's the nature of -- of the rules, and we'll
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abide by those rules. >> reporter: the football clubs says it will field two separate teams, one made up entirely of south after cans, but for this team the greater prize is a strong commune dee helping each other. you can find out much more on our website at a change in a u.s. program to train syrian fighters, and acknowledgment that the original plan was not working. president obama travels to roarsburg, oregon to meet with families of victims of shootings at umpqua community college. >> the water is causing us not to be able to get in the fields to do the harvest. >> and crop concerns how flood waters