Alone bandit brandishing a cutlass broke into several homes in Upper Corentyne, Berbice over the weekend.Reports are the man broke in to three homes at Number 45 and 46 Villages and attempted to enter a fourth where an elderly couple lives.The first incident occurred about 22:30h on Saturday at a home in Number 45 Village. After gaining entry by forcing open a window, the man ransacked the family’s kitchen and escaped with valuables.Moments later, he went to the home of Melessa Narine of Lot 13 Number 45 Village. At the time, the seven months pregnant Narine was asleep. The woman woke up after she felt a cold object at her neck and the glare of lights on her face. The intruder, who was wearing one of her maternity dresses and had a towel over his head, held a cutlass to her neck, she recalled, and demanded money and jewellery.Narine told this publication that she attempted to escape after handing over $22,200, a gold chain and a gold ring. She explained that she watched the bandit pick up her bicycle and ride out of the yard.According to Narine, when she went outside she discovered her car was broken in to, but the intruder was unable to escape with it since the battery was disconnected.Shortly after that incident, Somwattie Pertab, 77, and her 79-year-old husband, Pertab Rameshar, heard strange sounds in their home.Pertab told this publication that her husband recommended that she turn on the exterior light and remain quiet. She explained that after switching on the light, the sound stopped and shortly after she raised an alarm.This alerted neighbours who rushed to their assistance and they discovered that attempts were made to open a window on the lower flat of the two-storey house. The would-be intruder left behind a towel which he had used to attempt to hold the window open.Meanwhile, at Number 46 Village, Kerpal Dammar said he saw a strange bicycle parked on the road in front of his yard which was something unusual at that time. “The bicycle look like a new bicycle.”The licensed firearm holder noted that he loaded his gun and waited to see who would be coming for the bicycle, as his dogs barked continuously. Ten minutes later, a man dressed in black was seen walking along the side of his yard. “He had nothing in his hands, so I decided not to shot at him, but to fire a warning shot to see if he would surrender. He did not surrender, so I fired three more rounds in the air. From there, he ran and picked up the bicycle and rode away.”Businessman kerpal Dammar fired four warning shotsDammar, who operated a trucking service, said they gave chase but only found some female clothing the man was wearing at the time.He then discovered that the entire lower flat of his home was ransacked. Sweets and chocolate were removed from a bus which was parked under his house.A bag with $8000 worth of textbooks was also stolen. “He mix tea and he drink and he eat biscuits and I had apples and grapes in the fridge and he eat out all. In the cupboard, I had two bottles of pepper sauce and I still don’t know why he took the pepper sauce,” the businessman said. The Police were alerted and are investigating.
Reactions from selected world leaders to US President Donald Trumps’ plans for Jerusalem. AFPDonald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn sharp criticism, with the significant exception of Israel.Here are key reactions from around the world:Israel salutes ‘historic’ dayIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s recognition as “historic” and a “courageous and just decision”.Netanyahu also pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalem’s highly sensitive holy sites in the city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.‘Undermining peace’Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said the US could no longer play the role of peace broker after Trump’s decision.“These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts,” Abbas said in a speech.‘Destroys two-state solution’The secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said Trump had destroyed any hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“He destroyed the two-state solution,” Saeb Erekat, who long served as the Palestinians’ top negotiator, told journalists.‘Open gates of hell’Hamas said Trump’s decision would “open the gates of hell” on US interests in the region.“This decision will open the gates of hell on US interests in the region,” Ismail Radwan, an official with the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, told journalists.‘Unjustified and irresponsible’Saudi Arabia slammed Trump’s move as “unjustified and irresponsible” and said the decision goes against the “historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people”.“The kingdom has already warned of the serious consequences of such an unjustified and irresponsible move,” said a Saudi royal court statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.‘New intifada’Iran condemned the US move, saying it threatened a “new intifada”, or uprising, against Israel.“The provocative and unwise decision by the US… will provoke Muslims and inflame a new intifada and an escalation of radical, angry and violent behaviour,” the foreign ministry said on its website.UN against ‘unilateral measures’UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres implicitly criticised Trump’s announcement, warning that Jerusalem’s status must be resolved through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.“From day one as secretary general of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardise the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians,” Guterres said.‘Palestinian cause’The office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed Trump’s move, saying in a statement it would not dim the “Palestinian cause”.“The future of Jerusalem is not set by a state or a president, but by its history, will, and the determination of those loyal to the Palestinian cause which will stay alive in the conscience of the Arab homeland until the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” it said.‘Rejected by Arab world’Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed his country’s “highest degrees of solidarity with the Palestinian people and its right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital”.“The American decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy there is a step that is rejected by the Arab world and risks spilling dangers over into the region,” he said.‘Violation of international law’Jordan condemned Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as amounting to a violation of international law and the UN charter.“The decision of the American president to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the transfer of the US embassy to this city constitutes a violation of decisions of international law and the United Nations charter,” said government spokesman Mohammed Momani.‘Irresponsible, illegal’Turkey slammed Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.“We condemn the irresponsible statement of the US administration… the decision is against international law and relevant UN resolutions,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.‘Unhelpful for peace’Prime Minister Theresa May said the British government disagreed with Trump’s decision, saying it was “unhelpful” for peace efforts.“We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital,” she said in a statement. “We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region”.‘Avoid violence’French President Emmanuel Macron branded Trump’s stance as “regrettable” and called for efforts to “avoid violence at all costs”.Macron affirmed “the attachment of France and Europe to the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within internationally recognised borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of the two states.”Merkel ‘does not support’German Chancellor Angela Merkel said through her spokesman that she “does not support” Trump’s reversal of decades of US policy.“The status of Jerusalem can only be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution,” spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter.‘Serious concern’The European Union’s chief diplomat Federica Mogherini voiced “serious concern” at Trump’s new stance on Jerusalem.“The aspirations of both parties must be fulfilled and a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states,” Mogherini said, referring to Israelis and Palestinians.