Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Middle East

At least 40 killed in Gaza’s Rafah after Israel hit refugees camp

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and many more injured after Israeli missiles struck a camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip which was designated as a safe zone.

Palestinian minister says economy facing unprecedented shock amid Gaza war

Minister of National Economy Mohammed Alamour has warned that the Palestinian economy is facing an "unprecedented" shock, due to the ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict in the Gaza Strip.

World Bank says 30% of people in Lebanon live in poverty

One in every three Lebanese people is living in poverty, the World Bank has announced in a report. The organisation noted that poverty rates have tripled in the country over the past decade amid an economic crisis.

Bahraini official says relations with Iran will be restored soon

The first deputy speaker of Bahrain’s Council of Representatives has stated the Persian Gulf kingdom intends to take measures soon to revive diplomatic ties with neighboring Iran after more than eight years of severed ties.

Hamas says killed, captured Israeli soldiers in Gaza

A spokesman for Hamas' armed wing said on Sunday its fighters had killed, wounded or captured Israeli soldiers during fighting in Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Hamas rejects talk of new negotiations with Israel over Gaza war

Hamas official Osama Hamdan has stated that there is no need for new negotiations with Tel Aviv, amid Israeli media reports that there is an intention to renew Gaza truce talks.

Acting president: Iran will continue late president Raisi’s policy toward Iraq 

Iran's acting president says Tehran will continue late president Ebrahim Raisi’s policy on Iraq with full force. Mohammad Mokhber was speaking with visiting Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid who has arrived in Tehran at the top of a high-ranking political delegation.

Yemen’s Houthis say targeted three Israeli-linked ships

Yemen’s Houthi fighters have announced carrying out three pro-Palestinian operations, striking two Israeli ships and one headed towards the occupied territories.

Rights groups urge Biden to halt Israel arms transfers after ICJ ruling

Rights groups have renewed calls for US President Joe Biden to halt weapons transfers to Israel, after the United Nations’ top court ordered Tel Aviv to immediately halt its ground offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and allow aid into the area.

Saudi crown prince calls Iran interim president, urges ties improvement

Interim Iranian President Mohammad Mokhber, in a phone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stressed that West Asia is in desperate need of improving relations between Tehran and Riyadh.

US preparing for ‘prominent’ role in post-war Gaza: Report

The United States wants a “prominent” role in the Gaza Strip after Israel’s military operation in the Palestinian enclave ends, Politico has reported. Washington expects a joint Palestinian-Arab force of several thousand troops to take charge of security in the blockaded territory after the current conflict.

Late Iran’s president had great faith in Palestinian cause, resistance: Hezbollah Chief

The secretary-general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has stated that Iran’s late President Ebrahim Raisi was a political figure with “great faith” in the Palestinian cause and the resistance front.

ICJ orders Israel to halt military operation against Gaza’s Rafah

Judges at the top United Nations court have ordered Israel to halt its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and withdraw from the besieged enclave, in a case brought by South Africa accusing Tel Aviv of genocide, citing “immense risk” to the Palestinian population.

World Bank warns of Palestinian Authority’s financial collapse amid Gaza war

The Palestinian Authority is facing the possibility of financial collapse, the World Bank has warned in a report, as revenue streams run dry and economic activity drops precipitously against the backdrop of the besieged Gaza war.

Rights organizations call on Biden to respect ICC independence

A total of 121 human rights and civil society groups have urged US President Joe Biden to respect and support the independence of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to reject sanctions threatened against the court’s officials.

EU staff express concerns over union’s handling of Gaza war

More than 200 staff members of EU institutions and agencies have signed a letter expressing “growing concern” over the union’s response to the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. They have argued that it runs contrary to its core values and the aim of promoting peace.

Western officials say cutting off Palestine from global banking system would be ‘catastrophic’

Western officials have warned of an “economic catastrophe” in the occupied West Bank if Israel does not renew a banking waiver vital to the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Financial Times has reported.

Israel has killed just 30-35 percent of Hamas fighters in 7 months of Gaza war: US sources

Only 30 to 35 percent of Hamas fighters have been killed after more than seven months of Israel's military operations against the Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip, US intelligence sources told Politico.

PA’s Mahmoud Abbas urges other countries to recognize Palestinian state

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has welcomed Ireland, Norway and Spain's decision to recognize a Palestinian state, calling on other countries to follow their lead.

US says concerned by Israel’s growing diplomatic isolation

A top White House aide has acknowledged concern about Israel’s potentially growing diplomatic isolation amid its latest spat with several European countries after they moved to recognize a Palestinian state.

British MPs grill ministers over weapons exports to Israel amid Gaza war

The British government continues to assess that Israel has the intent to follow international humanitarian law even as hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled Gaza's Rafah, but several MPs pressed UK ministers to explain how London could have come to its conclusions.

3 European states to recognise Palestinian state

The leaders of Norway, Ireland and Spain have stated their countries will formally recognise Palestine as a state next week for the sake of “peace in the Middle East“, prompting Israel to immediately recall its envoys.

China says to continue enhancing strategic partnership with Iran

Beijing will continue strengthening the strategic partnership with Tehran "regardless of how the situation changes", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has told at a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mahdi Safari.

Putin says Russia will continue to boost Iran ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep sorrow over the martyrdom of his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi, calling it “a great loss”. He stated Tehran and Moscow will continue down the path of the late Iranian president to further boost ties and mutual cooperation.

Egyptian foreign minister due in Tehran Wednesday

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has left Cairo for the Iranian capital Tehran to participate in the memorial ceremony of late President Ebrahim Raisi and his companions, according to the Arab country’s foreign ministry.

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