palestinian president mahmoud abbas warns that israel's actions in the occupied territories could spark a religious conflict. ♪ ♪ hello, this is al jazeera live from doha: also ahead. the syrian army launches a major offensive the extr strategic cif hommes. divisions remain. and warnings of a medical emergency as some african countries come close to running out of a snake bite anecdotes.
♪ ♪ palestinian president mahmoud abbas is calling for international intervention after more violence across the occupied territories and nba israel. on wednesday, israeli forces shot dead two palestinians after reported stabbing attacks. these are the latest pictures from a check point in occupied east jerusalem. security around the city has been tightened up following an up surge in violence, 32 palestinians and seven israelis have been killed in the past two weeks. al jazeera's andrew simmons reports. >> reporter: panic as israeli special forces police run through a mall at west jerusalem's main bus station. nobody here can work out exactly what is happening. later on the streets outside, two gunshots and a dark figure by the doorway, one of the
special force officers has shot dead a palestinian man. police say he had stabbed a woman in a bus station that wasn't caught on the cell phone camera. the woman was taken to the hospital with what police described as moderate injuries. any hope anyone that huh the announcement of new security measures would have an immediate effect have been shattered. once again questions loom about how the security forces are handling the situation. hours before a young pal still vinnie was shot dead in occupied old jerusalem. people say he pulled a knife when he was being searched. this is the man as he's running away, struck down by gunfire. he appears to have been shot in the back. earlier the streets had been disturbingly quiet. people preferring not to venture out. the army now deployed in the cities in line with the new
security measures. >> you can see it's almost empty here, so a little bit of sign especially the mothers are the kids going to the garden or school. >> reporter: there was a mood of pessimistic expectation. it allows the blockade of whole neighborhood neighborhoods, also refusal to return the bodies of people the government calls terrorists. on the west bank, more violence. this is bethlehem where demonstrators clashed with soldiers again, here the day before, a 27-year-old protesters had been shot dead. with israel waiting for the new security measures to take effect, the palestinian president we want on the verbal offensive. >> translator: we are people who are asking for rights. we are not aggressive against anyone. and we don't want any
aggressions against our people. we are asking for the world, the united nation to his intervene. we will not tolerate this occupation and will not give up fighting the israel i pool is as which are against our people and our sacred sites. >> reporter: as israel once again witnesses more violence, there is political deadlock. one that has a lethal price for so many people. andrew simmons, al jazeera, in west jerusalem. in other news, the syrian army has launched a long-planned offensive in northern hommes province, it's focused on 22 areas. they are both part of rebel had-held areas. these pictures are to said the homs side which has been hit almost daily since russia started launching airstrikes. activists say a center for internally displaced people has
been hit killing eight people including children. zeina, what more do we know about this offensive? >> reporter: well, syrian television, state tv quoted military sources as saying that the operation in the homs countryside has now begun. now, like you mentioned, this was an anticipated assault. rebels on the ground really were expecting this to happen activists have been telling me the syrian government has been warning them to lay down their arms, civilians to leave for sometime now. in fact the army has been sending reinforcements for the front lines around the homs country side for the past few days. i have been speaking to activistactivistsology who havep loading footage. they say in the early hours of the morning there were airstrikes targeting some areas. they believe that these were russian jet fighters. they also posted footage showing shelling in certain areas. and what they are saying is that there are saville generally casualties.
and one civilian was saying that, you know, what are you hitting, you are just sit hitting civilian areas. people on the ground are afraid. what we understand is civilians have limited options. this whole area, the northern homs country side is under blockade. there is a siege, the government has been positioned around this area for sometime now. only one exit point but goes to government-controlled territories so civilians are afraid. especially those that are wanted may face a arrest. we know this offensive has begun and we also know that civilians are basically trapped inside. >> and earlier this week, zeina, the government launched another offensive further north this time, what exactly are they trying to accomplish? >> reporter: well, yes, days ago they launched an offensive in a corner of syria. north of the homs country side a very important corner. it actually links the provinces
with idlib and a hleb owe. the government's objective there was to push the rebels back because they were advance towards their strong hold. that's not the only objective. it was to open the main north-south high way. that's also the objective in the homs countryside. you open the supply route linking the city of homs with the city of hammer and then they can push further north. but on the ground, yes, the government has made some gains. they have pushed in to opposition territory. but the real question is, can they hold ground. they are coming attack -- coming under attack by the opposition of the opposition is fighting back. but like you asked me, what is the objective? the objective really is to put pressure on the opposition. this military campaign is about getting diplomatic and political concessions from the opposition. maybe to surrender, maybe to agree to a political sett settlt
but right now the opposition is bent on fighting back. >> zeina khodr in beirut, thank you very much indeed for that. the u.s. says a final push to retake ramadi is immaterial meant. iraqi forces say they have made significant advance today take back the city from ice ill fighters. it's been under the control of the group since may. speaking from baghdad, the time for a counter offensive is right. >> we would like to see them move as rapidly as possible. we believe now a combination of the recent successes that they have had along with the increased air power and increased i.s.r. that we have allocate today the ramadi fight account we believe that now is the time for a final push. nba to ramadi. so we are continuing to encourage the iraqis. the iraqis are encouraged by their own success that they have had here recently and we'll
continue to watch and see how this develops. for the latest let's speak to al jazeera's imtiaz tyab months in baghdad for us. what exactly is the situation on the ground now near ramadi? >> reporter: well, very fluid situation near ramadi. we understand that iraqi security forces have erected what's been described at a ring armed the city as they inch closer and closer to the capital of anbar province, which is in western iraq, it's the large he have province, sunni dominated which shares a border with syria. as we have been saying it's been under isil control, ramadi has been under isil control since may. it was a devastating blow to iraqi security forces at the time they had to make a very hasty retreat something that was very embarrassing for them. and since then it's been very important for them to retake this city. now, again, as we have been hearing from u.s. officials, they say now is the time for a final push. we understand that again there
is a very significant security presence on the ground. some airstrikes have been cared out around the past few days as well. so as we have been saying, a very fluid but fast-moving situation near ramadi. >> prime minister abadi has been promise to go launch a major operation to retake ramadi from isil for many weeks now. why hasn't that happened? >> reporter: well, the long and short of it is politics. prime minister abadi, a man who is seen as somebody who can transcend the bitter and deep sectarian division that his we see in iraq has struggled to pass laws within the iraqi parliament which, would effectively ensure that sunni tribal fighters are given the sort of legal cover that shia militia fighters are given. now, that, of course, has resulted in a very major deadlock within the iraqi parliament. something that he is trying to overcome. still it needs to be said he's
under extraordinary pressure to retake ramadi for all of the reasons that we have discussed already. the one thing he needs to calculate now is whether or not he wants to or rather the importance of that legal cover from parliament or if now is the time to make that push. something it would appear that the americans say is. >> imtiaz tyab in baghdad, thank you very much indeed for that. the united states says it's sending 300 troops and surveillance drones to camera to help counter boko haram fighters. they are blamed to suicide attacks that killed nine people and injured more than 38 others on sunday. nigeria will lead a multi-national force of nearly 9,000 in the fight against boko haram. >> what the united states has done is try to offer some of the unique capabilities that we have in the united states military to assist that regional effort. so this deployment will be part
of an effort to conduct airborne intel jenks surveillancintelligd reconnaissance, this is a unique capacity the united states has to bring to this effort and be used in support of the ongoing regional counter extremist efforts that are ongoing there. provisional results from guinea's presidential election show the president has won a second five-year term. he has just over 83% of the vote. the main opposition candidate has just over a 5% of the vote. but he withdraw hours before the results were published. he said the poll was rigged and will not recognize the result. the myanmar government and eight armed groups have signed a historic peace deal. ceasefire is aimed at ending more than 60 years of civil war and resolving tensions ahead of november's elects. but the deal was far from
comprehensive about many groups staying away. myanmar's ethnic diversity is at the heart of the conflict. there are more than 130 ethnic groups but eight prominent minorities across myanmar, eight and armies and dozens more armed groups fighting government forces. conflicts began if 1949 soon after independence when power pedroia was unexpected happened today the people excluding numerous ethnic minorities. the country has been civil war since with 10s of thousands of people killed and injured. myanmar has within of the highest numbers of child soldiers in the world. wayne hay has more now from bangkok in neighboring thailand. >> reporter: this nationwide ceasefire agreement has been one of the key priorities of the president of myanmar since he took office four years ago. but what he's ended up with today will certainly not be what he was hoping for given that lets than half of the rebel army's rebel organizations in the country have not agreed to
sign this deal. one of the most significant groups that is not president is the independence army which controls large parts of the north of myanmar and has been involved in some of the worst fighting with government troops over the years. in fact, further south there has been fresh fighting in recent days. so there is still a lot of skepticism about this deal. a lack of trust in some of those areas between the rebel armies. the rebel organizations and the government. and its soldiers. so after this agreement is signed between those groups, they will immediately begin work on a framework for political dialogue. still ahead on al jazeera, beijing denounces a u.s. plan to conduct a navel exercise close to disputed islands in the south china sea. plus find out how an unusual border arrangement between bangladesh and india has left major crimes unsolved.
>> they don't fear anything. >> they're consuming economically important species >> we're offering something on our menu that no-one else is offering. ♪ ♪ good to have you with us on al jazeera. pal still 20 president mahmoud abbas is calling for international intervention following another day of violence across the occupied territories in israel. on wednesday, israel i forces shot dead two palestinians after reported stabbing attacks. the syrian army has launch a long planned offensive in northern homs province. the fighting is focused on two areas. they are both part of a
rebelled-held area where a major highway passes through. and the myanmar government and eight armed ethnic groups have signed a historic peace agreement. it's seen as a significant step towards ending more than 60 years of civil war, but seven rebel groups haven't signed the deal. now, china will host an informal meeting of defense ministers from the association of southeast asian nations it comes amid rising territorial tensions in the south china sea. china claims the 12 not call miles around the spratly islands within itsy borders the claims overlap with a number of other countries. beijing has announced a u.s. plan to conduct a so-called freedom of navigation exercise close to the disputed islands. the u.s. is already beefing up its presence in the region as step vaessen reports now. >> reporter: two world powers flexing their muscles over seven small islands in the south china sea. recent satellite photos show
building on coral reefs reclaimed by china. the construction includes what the u.s. suspects will be the latest of three air field on reefs which the u.s. says are in international waters. u.s. plans for a military exercise in the disputed area is adding to existing tension. >> of course it will add to the already existing tensions in the area. and of course, you know, a lot of countries are looking at this very carefully and we hope that they will not actually, you know, create a new spirit of tension. >> reporter: china denies it is mel their icing the reefs which are near disputed islands also claimed by taiwan, vietnam, brunei, malaysia and the philippines. u.s. armed forces have correctly increased their presence in the asia pacific region and intensified navy exercises like this one off the coast the indonesian. >> the u.s. may have is a
committed to helping provide security to, you know, southeast asia, the water surrounding these countries. i think it's part of america's rebalance to the asia pacific. >> reporter: during the exercise 600 u.s. marines and sailors took part in several large amphibious beach assaults. the united states showing their presence here in southeast asia with tensions rising in the south china sea exercises like this are also seen as a show of force. and one of the world's most. [ inaudible ] waters. many around the region hope the two super powers will be able to control themselves.
>> reporter: southeast asian nations hope to speed up negotiation about his a so-called code of conduct. it aims to regulate freedom of navigation at sea and over flying rights to contribute to peace in the south china sea. but it may be too late with u.s. plans to test the waters and carry out its freedom of navigation exercise very soon. step vaessen, al jazeera, jakarta. iran is facing a key headline to commit information on its nuclear program. the parliament and higher council has approved an international deal limiting the country's nuclear activity in he can change for sanctions relief. but the u.n. must develop they are not developing weapons they want more details by thursday for a final assessment that will be released at the end of the year. turkish media has name the two suspected suicide bombers behind the kill of 99 people in ankara on saturday.
the newspaper quoted the police for the information, it identified one of the attackers as the brother of an isil-linked bomber who carried out a major attack in you would in. the report says the annika a ana comers were both known -- bombers were both known to security agency. all 12-year-old boy being monitor ed in connection with the murder i've police employ in sydney earlier this month. the boy is among a number of suspect that could have been involved in the killing. andrew thomas has more from sydney. >> reporter: he shot dead a police worker two weeks ago was just 15-year-old old, police have been investigating who may have helped him and have arrested various adults, it's now been revealed among jabar's wider group of friends who maven curlinged or helped him in this crime was a 12-year-old boy. the police commissioner of australia has said he is shocked that someone as young as that could have been involved. and australia's prime minister
has said it highlights how important it is to engage with children young before they become radicalized. on wednesday malcolm turnbull hosted a meeting of police chiefs and intelligence agency to his discuss ways to achieve that. >> as we deal with these threats and the people that seek to turn children in to terrorists, we have to be as agile as they are. >> reporter: but as well as training teachers and community leaders to look for signs of radicalization in younger and younger children, the government is pursuing a parallel tough approach. it plans to lower the age at which so-called control orders can apply to children as young as 14. controlled orders give police the ability to monitor people if it helps prevent a terrorist attack. they can monitor people by tracking them electronically, following them, photographing them, children can be banned from contacting particular friends or using in anyway the internet. >> we rail havwe will have no ts
for extremism. extreme violence, terrorism. >> reporter: but some say targeting children is likely to make them more radical not less. the government says monitoring children is necessary to protect the community. opposition parties in brazil will appeal against a supreme court decision to delay a vote on whether to impeach president dilma rousseff. the injunction offers more time to get enough votes in congress to block effort to his impeach her she is accused of manipulating government accounts. now, the prime minute star of bangladesh is visiting the small enclaves in north ban gal fobengalfor for nearly specifics there has been no police order there. that mean many murders and other criminal cases remain unsolved.
>> reporter: it look like a patch of overgrown bush. but this is the grave of his father. the thicket annoys him. he feels it sullies the memory of his father. but what bothers him far more is that his father's killer was never really brought to justice. >> translator: my father's murderer was punished by being made to put his nose to ground and crawl in front of a crowd. so i guess that must have been embarrassing for him. >> reporter: this bizarre punishment is entirely due to the location where the murder took place. he lives in a village that used to belong to india until july this year. because it's located inside bangladesh's borders, india's police and courts have not had access to it since the british left behind a divided subcontinent. bangladesh's police can't enter here either. so enclave residents had to come one their own solutions.
his father was killed when he was a child. when he group, he became the chairman of the citizens justice committee. >> translator: when we proved someone was guilty, we punish them with fines and physical torture, that stopped people from committing crimes. >> reporter: he insists physical beatings were necessary because safety in the enclaves was deteriorating fast. now that the enclaves have been handed over to bangladesh, its law enforcement agencies will be able to resolve any future disputes and prosecute crimes. but what many, including victims families want to know is whether authorities will also look in to crimes committed in the past. official records are nonexistent here, residents and the local public prosecutors say 20 to 30 murders have taken place since 1971. >> translator: the state does not discourage people from seeking justice, but these people will face many obstacles.
we don't have postmortem reports of these murders. many of the witnesses have died in the years that some passed. so it will be difficult. >> reporter: he says he doesn't even know if the man who killed his father is still alive. he wants justice to be served. but he's not looking forward to the uphill battle he will have to fight in order to achieve that. al jazeera, bangladesh. experts are warning this a medical emergency is looming in some african countries. the last batch of an effective snake ventur venture inning ante expires next near. more from northern nigeria. >> reporter: this hospital in northeastern nigeria streets snake bite victims. he traveled more than 100-kilometers to get to this health facility for specialized care. it may be run down, but at least
he's been treated. like most victims here, he's a poor farmer barely able to feed his family. >> translator: i was weeding my farm and grabbed the snake unknowingly, it bit me. shortly after i started feeling does and i fainted. it's a very painful bite. >> reporter: every month an average of 370 patients come to the hospital for help. this hospital struggles with the huge numbers of patients seeking urgent medical attention of a being bit by snakes, getting a bed here is considered a huge success. and because facilities and doctors are always stretched. many who are brought to the hospital don't survive. the situation could get worse next year when the last batch of anecdotes expire. that's a big concern for medical experts. >> if they strop producing the snake ventur venezuelan immatere will be in for trouble. most of the drugs are not
specific. there is will be a serious negative consequence. >> reporter: they have limited to treat being three snake venture immaterial. outside the hospital, they are facing another crisis. a growing population means an increase in we happened for land to grow food. that set up a conflict between people and the reptiles that also call this rocky community home. the situation has reach a point where a bounty is placed on the snakes killed. >> we are hinting the snakes ourselves to get relief. we spent nearly two years hunting the snake and paying for them whoever brings the snake down to the palace. when a professor came from britain saying we should stop killing them if they did kill them all there be be no to produce the anti-venture immaterial. >> reporter: if it does run out,
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