5 Extremists Arrested in Algeria for Plotting New Year Attacks

Algeria arrested five extremists for plotting attacks during New Year celebrations. (AP)
Algeria arrested five extremists for plotting attacks during New Year celebrations. (AP)
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5 Extremists Arrested in Algeria for Plotting New Year Attacks

Algeria arrested five extremists for plotting attacks during New Year celebrations. (AP)
Algeria arrested five extremists for plotting attacks during New Year celebrations. (AP)

Security forces in Algeria arrested on Wednesday five terrorists, who were planning on carrying out attacks during New Year celebrations, said a media report on Saturday.

The assaults were to be carried out in the Tlemcen province in western Algeria.

Al-Watan newspaper reported that the detainees from Wednesday’s arrest were likely ISIS members.

The security forces confiscated during their raid religious propaganda pamphlets, mobile phones, passports, travel tickets and large quantities of Algerian and Turkish currency.

The newspaper did not offer further details over the security operations.

In eastern Algeria meanwhile, the military destroyed three extremist hideouts in the Skikda province. It confiscated during its sweep of the region 40 explosives, a solar panel and various other objects.



Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
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Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)

The Palestinian Authority could collapse in the coming months, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Monday, citing a lack of funding, continuing violence and the fact that half a million Palestinians are not allowed to work in Israel.

"The situation is extremely dire. The Palestinian Authority, with whom we work closely, are warning us that they might be collapsing this summer," Barth Eide told Reuters.

"If it collapses, you could end up having another Gaza, which would be terrible for everybody, including the people of Israel," he added.

Norway chairs the international donor group to the Palestinians and is a backer of the PA.