It’s been a tense weekend for Irish UN troops on the Golan Heights in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel. Irish peacekeepers opened fire to help 38 Filipino soldiers withdraw from their UN post where they’d been surrounded by rebel forces linked to al-Qa’ida. While efforts are ongoing to negotiate the freedom of 44 Fijian troops kidnapped from their post last Thursday. Dr. Tom Clonan, former Irish Army Officer and security analyst spoke to Sean this morning.
Palestinians in Gaza celebrated a ceasefire with Israel last night after fifty days of conflict that left more than 2,200 people dead and more 10,000 injured. At least 3,000 Palestinian children were injured in the fighting, many of them left with permanent injuries, according to Oxfam. Joining Sean from Jerusalem Luke Baker of Reuters and Alun McDonald of Oxfam on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
The news this summer has been driven by stories of air strikes and rocket launches as the conflict between Palestine and Israel and events in Ukraine have dominated headlines. In the midst of all of that, Charlie Flanagan was handed the brief for Foreign Affairs. He spoke to Sean this morning.
Israel and Hamas have begun an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo. More than 1,500 people – mostly Palestinian civilians – have died 24 days of fighting We explored the prospects for a permanent solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict now with two people who have grown up with it. Keelin spoke with Alexandra Magalith, an Israel barrister and Irish resident and Claudia Saba, a Palestinian living in Ireland who has just completed a PhD in politics in UCD. She is also a member of Gaza Action Ireland.