Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Middle East

Israeli minister orders police to remove Palestine flags from public places

Israel’s new far-right Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir has instructed police to remove Palestinian flags from public spaces. He has also called waving the Palestinian national symbol an act of “terrorism”.

Top US diplomats to visit Israel within days, Iran on agenda

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to visit Israel at the end of the month to get a better understanding of the new government's agenda. Prior to Blinken's visit, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is expected to arrive in Israel on January 19.

Yemen urges rights groups to stop Saudi ‘genocide’ in border regions

Yemen’s Ministry of Human Rights has strongly condemned Saudi atrocities against Yemeni civilians and African migrants in border areas, calling on international rights organizations to put an end to the Riyadh genocide.

Houthis warn Saudi Arabia, UAE of more attacks as MbS seeking a way out of “Yemen quagmire”

Yemen's Ansarullah movement says the Saudi-led coalition has exploited a UN-sponsored truce to tighten the brutal blockade against the war-wracked country, stressing that it won’t allow the status quo to persist, and will inevitably launch missile strikes against Saudi Arabia and its ally the UAE.

Thousands march in Tel Aviv against Netanyahu’s cabinet

Thousands of Israelis took to streets in Tel Aviv against Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's extremist cabinet, which is predicted to set off a menacing policy trend.

Israel says has approved “punitive” measures to Palestinian moves at ICJ

Israel says it has approved a series of "punitive measures" in response to a Palestinian bid to push the International Court of Justice to give its opinion on the decades-old occupation of Palestine.

UNSC memebrs stress on  al-Aqsa status quo but take no action

The UN Security Council stressed on the need to maintain the status quo at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. But the UNSC member states did not commit to any action days after Israel’s new far-right security minister made a controversial visit to the site, which Palestinian leaders called “an unprecedented provocation."

Iraq says will prosecute masterminds and perpetrators behind murder of Gen. Soleimani, al-Mohandis

The head of the Supreme Judicial Council in Iraq, Judge Faeq Zaidan has stated that Baghdad will surely prosecute the masterminds and perpetrators of terror operation against Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Chief of Iraq's popular forces - Hashd al-Shaabi - Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis.

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teenager in WB

Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid on a refugee camp in northern West Bank on Thursday.

UAE FM meets with Syria president as sign of normalization with Damascus

The United Arab Emirates' foreign minister has visited Syria and met with President Bashar al-Assad in the capital Damascus, in yet another sign of Arab countries' efforts to normalize ties with Syria.

Iranian VP: Saudis ready to resume talks with Iran

The Iranian vice president for parliamentary affairs says Saudi Arabia is ready to resume negotiations with Iran.

EU calls for preserving status quo at al-Quds holy sites

The European Union has underlined that the status quo of holy sites in the occupied Old City of al-Quds should be preserved. It comes after Israel's new far-right “national security” minister Itamar Ben-Gvir entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in what Palestinians called a breach of international laws.

Nasrallah says US killed Gen. Soleimani to save Israel

The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has said the United States assassinated top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani with the goal of weakening the resistance front and eliminating threats to Israel.

Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli soldiers in West Bank

Israeli forces have killed a Palestinian teenager during a raid on a refugee camp in the southern part of the West Bank. It comes less than 24 hours after two Palestinian men lost their lives in a similar Israeli attack in a village near the city of Jenin.

Saudi-led war on Yemen leaves thousands of civilians dead or injured in 2022: Report

At least 3,000 civilians, including women and children, were killed or injured in the airstrikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen in the year 2022, according to a rights group.

Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians in West Bank

The Israeli Army troops have killed two Palestinian men during a raid on a village near the city of Jenin in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Aide to Iranian FM: Iran wants good relations with neighbors including Saudi Arabia

An aide to Iran’s foreign minister has said Iran is open the normalization of ties with Saudi Arabia.

Thousands of Palestinians detained by Israeli soldiers in 2022: Report

A Palestinian rights advocacy group has reported that the Israeli forces arrested a total of 7,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of women and children, in 2022.

Damascus Airport shut down following Israel attack on Syrian capital, two soldiers killed

Syria’s military has announced that Israeli raids have killed at least two Syrian soldiers and put the country’s main international airport out of service.

Turkey says troops withdrawal from Syria requires Damascus political steps

The withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syria requires steps in the political process, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated.

Saudi-led coalition seizes four Yemeni oil ships

The Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) has announced that the Saudi-led coalition has confiscated 4 fuel ships and prevented them from reaching the Red Sea port of Hudaydah. The port city is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis and has been tightly controlled by Saudi Arabia.

4 killed, many wounded in attack on police station in Suez Canal city

At least four people have been killed and 12 others wounded in an attack on a police checkpoint in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, according to Egyptian officials and medical sources.

UN asks ICJ to give opinion on Israel’s occupation

The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to give an opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

2022 worst year in terms of occupation, violations of al-Aqsa: Report

The Islamic organization running the al-Aqsa Mosque compound's affairs has reported a record number of Israeli settlers storming the Muslim holy site in 2022.

Turkish FM says Erdogan, Assad to meet soon

A meeting between the Turkish, Syrian and Russian presidents has been scheduled, but not for January, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.

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