Erdogan says Turkey will lay siege to Syria’s Afrin in coming days

:: Turkey will lay siege to Afrin in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday a month after Ankara launched an offensive against Kurdish militia in the region. “In the More »

Abbas to seek wider peace process in rare UN speech

:: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday. Addressing the council More »

Russian FM Lavrov warns US on Syria: ‘Dont play with fire’

:: Russia’s foreign minister on Monday warned the United States against “playing with fire” in Syria. Sergey Lavrov cautioned US officials to reduce provocations, saying the United States’ actions there have fractured More »

Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s “myth of invincibility” has crumbled

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech More »

Saudi Arabia backs new UN move to condemn Iran

:: Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling More »

 

Category Archives: Middle East

UN chief António Guterres ‘deeply alarmed’ by eastern Ghouta violence

:: UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said he was “deeply alarmed” by the escalating violence in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta enclave after more than 100 civilians were killed in the second straight day of air strikes. Guterres urged all sides

Other nations could be part of future Mideast peace talks

:: The US State Department said on Tuesday the United States would consider supporting the involvement of other countries in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the future if it believes it would be helpful in reaching an accord. Asked about Palestinian

UN: Six Syria enclave hospitals bombed in two days

:: Six hospitals have been struck over two days in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, putting three out of service and killing several people, the United Nations said Tuesday. “I am appalled and distressed by reports of the

Arab coalition in Yemen foils Houthi attempt to smuggle missiles, weapons

:: Arab coalition planes in Yemen have raided various Houthi militia weapon stores and military bases on Wednesday in Sanaa leaving several dead and others injured. The coalition also raided militia meeting points north-west of Taiz. According to sources from

Abbas to UN Security Council: Israel has thwarted all attempts for negotiations

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke in a rare address before the UN Security council on Tuesday. Abbas said that Israel has thwarted all attempts for negotiations and it acts as a state above the law. The Palestinian president called

Yemeni forces seize Houthi-controlled posts in Lahij

:: The Yemeni army aided by the Arab coalition’s air force seized posts that the Houthi militia had controlled in the Al-Qabbaytah District, north of Lahij. Army forces advanced west of Al-Qabbaytah District following violent clashes with the Houthi militias

Turkey shells Syrian pro-regime forces in Afrin

:: Turkey fired at Syrian pro-regime forces as they entered Tuesday the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syrian state media said. The shelling marks a major escalation in the month-old assault Turkey and allied rebels are waging on Afrin. “Turkish regime

Leader of the Lebanese Forces Party: The Cedar Revolution continues

:: Lebanese Forces Party leader Samir Geagea considered that the State of Lebanon is closely linked to the Cedar Revolution and not to Hezbollah or its associated allies who are tied to regional issues that have nothing to do with

Egypt adds Muslim Brotherhood party leader Abul Fotouh to terror list

:: The Criminal Court of South Cairo added on Tuesday Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, head of “Powerful Egypt” party and the former Muslim Brotherhood member and presidential candidate along with 15 others to the terror list based on a memorandum

Erdogan says Turkey will lay siege to Syria’s Afrin in coming days

:: Turkey will lay siege to Afrin in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday a month after Ankara launched an offensive against Kurdish militia in the region. “In the coming days, swiftly, we will lay siege to

Turkey says unclear whether Syrian government forces will enter Afrin

:: Syrian government forces have yet to enter the Afrin region and it was unclear if they would, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comment in an interview with broadcaster Kanal 24. Syrian state media said

KSRelief inks six accords worth $3 million to help displaced Yemenis

:: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed six agreements worth $3 million with various organizations in Riyadh on Tuesday to help Yemenis displaced and injured by Houthi rebel actions. Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the supervisor general of

Abbas to seek wider peace process in rare UN speech

:: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday. Addressing the council Tuesday for the first time since 2009, the

20 Arab Coalition air raids destroy 17 Houthi targets in Yemen’s Saada

:: The Arab Coalition launched more than 20 air raids on Saada on Monday night targeting Houthi locations, a military source said. The source told Al Arabiya that the raids managed to destroy more than 17 verified Houthi targets, including

Egypt opens border with Gaza temporarily

:: Egyptian officials say the country will open its border with the Gaza Strip amid a military campaign against insurgents in restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The two officials said Tuesday the Rafah crossing point will operate starting Wednesday for four

Tehran jails 15-year-old boy for pulling down Iranian flag

:: An Iranian member of parliament revealed that the Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced a 15-year-old boy to five years of jail after being accused of dragging down an Iranian flag during the wave of protests against the regime. The head

Lebanon army chief: Will confront Israeli aggression no matter the cost

:: The Lebanese army posted on Twitter a clear message stating that it is ready to face any possible Israeli aggression. Lebanon’s army will use every available means to confront any potential “Israeli aggression” no matter the cost, its commander

Death toll rises to 100 in Assad regime raids on eastern Ghouta

:: At least 100 civilians, 20 of them children were killed in a Syrian army bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, a war monitor reported in a new toll Tuesday. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel

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