Insurgents attack Syrian-government areas near Hama

Insurgent groups launched a big attack on Syrian government-held areas north of the city of Hama today, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported. Several groups participated in the well-planned attack on government-held villages, the Observatory said, including Tahrir Al-Sham – an alliance of Islamist groups spearheaded by the jihadist group formerly known as Al-Nusra Front. The Hezbollah-run military news outlet said the army and its allies were repelling what it described as a large-scale attack in the area by Al-Nusra Front and factions affiliated to it. Al-Nusra Front denounced ceasefire talks in Kazakhstan last week, and vowed to keep fighting. Read: Anti-Assad nations say no to Syria reconstruction until political […]

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Palestinian medical aid team heads to hurricane hit Caribbean

Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad announced yesterday that a Palestinian medical team had travelled to the Caribbean to offer help to people hit by the category five hurricane, Raya.ps reported. In a statement, the minister said the team travelled on Sunday on the orders of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas. A number of other Palestinian teams also travelled to the Caribbean including specialists in safety measures, first aid and emergency treatment. The medical team consists of a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, chest and vascular surgeon and orthopedic surgeon, the statement said. Guest Writer: Palestine and the Caribbean A medical team had previously been sent to help Mexico after it was struck by Hurricane Irma. Several Palestinian groups have criticised […]

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Israel to seal off West Bank, Gaza Strip

Israel will today close off the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip for five days to Saturday to mark the Jewish new year. During this holiday, Israeli occupation forces prevent Palestinians from entering Israel and Jerusalem. This stops them access their jobs and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Quds Press reported an Israeli military official saying that the situation in the West Bank and Jerusalem is “still sensitive” from a security perspective. He said that the reason for this is the “continuous accusations that Israel is targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque”. Israel regularly closes checkpoints and border crossings during Jewish holidays hindering Palestinians’ access to the outside world. This also exacerbates an already fragile situation where many Palestinians are on low incomes and are […]

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Israeli settlers’ groups calls for increasing raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli Jewish settlers’ groups called for increasing raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish holidays which start on Thursday, Quds Press reported yesterday. Israeli occupation authorities, Quds Press said, readied themselves to protect Israeli Jewish settlers who wish to raid Al-Aqsa Mosque. There are a number of Jewish holidays from the end of September through to October and in previous years this has led to hundreds of settlers storming the Muslim holy site to perform prayers or tour the area while Muslim worshippers have had their access limited to been banned from entry at times. Timeline: Israel’s attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque Yesterday, scores of extremist settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate under heavy Israeli police protection and severe […]

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Iran nuclear deal faces tough scrutiny in UN talks

The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers faces a stern test at the United Nations this week as Europeans try to persuade a sceptical Trump administration to keep it, while Israel lobbies to turn up the pressure on its regional rival. US President Donald Trump, who must make a decision by mid-October that could undermine the agreement, repeated on Thursday his long-held view that Iran was violating “the spirit” of the deal under which Tehran got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program. The Republican president has called the agreement, struck under his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, “the worst deal ever negotiated”. The prospect of Washington reneging on the agreement has worried some of the key […]

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Yemeni Undersecretary survives assassination attempt in Aden

Yemen’s Interior Ministry’s Undersecretary Major General Mohammed Musaed Al-Amir has survived an assassination attempt in the southern province of Aden. “The Interior Ministry’s Undersecretary for Police Services, Major General Mohammed Al-Amir has miraculously escaped an assassination attempt,” the ministry said in a statement published on its official website and quoting an unnamed source. According to the statement the assassination attempt targeted the General “while driving on Route 50 in the area of ​​Bir Fadl, north-west of Aden”. Read More: Gunfight erupts in southern Yemen, one civilian killed The source said an armed group has intercepted the general and fired a barrage of bullets at him, causing material damage to his car. The general was unharmed. According to the source, an exchange of fire […]

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Moroccan navy intercepts eight migrants en route to Spain

The Moroccan navy announced on Monday the arrest of eight illegal immigrants while sailing on a rubber boat off the coast of Spain. A source in the Moroccan navy told Anadolu news agency that a boat carrying eight African migrants was intercepted in the Moroccan territorial waters while heading towards the Spanish coast. The source added that the migrants were transferred to the port of Tangier, north of the country, and were handed over to the competent security authorities to take legal action against them. Read More: Morocco ‘rejects’ HRW report on security crackdown on Rif protests Moroccan and Spanish authorities have continuous communication and cooperation including crossing into each others territorial waters to intercept illegal migrants who flock to various […]

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Tunisia president receives Libya’s renegade General, Khalifa Haftar

Tunisian President, Béji Caid Essebsi received on Monday Commander of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar at the Carthage Palace in Tunis, the Tunisian presidency said in a statement. According to the statement, during their meeting President Essebsi has called on the various Libyan parties to overcome their differences through dialogue and reconciliation and to move towards building the state to benefit all Libyans and strengthen security and stability in Libya and the entire region. The president stressed that Tunisia is keen not to interfere in the internal affairs of Libya and to stand at a distance from all parties. He has also reminded of the initiative proposed by Tunisia and which was welcomed by Algeria and Egypt […]

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Rouhani: US to pay ‘high cost’ if it leaves Iran deal

The US will pay a “high cost” if it decides to scrap the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, Iran’s president said Monday. Such a decision “will yield no results for the United States but at the same time it will generally decrease and cut away and chip away at international trust placed in the Unites States of America,” Hassan Rouhani said during an exclusive interview with CNN. The Trump administration decided last week to extend sanctions relief on Iran in line with Washington’s obligations under the accord for a second time since President Donald Trump took office. But the administration stressed at the time that the decision is not indicative of US policy on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of […]

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