Middle East

  • Syria: US imposes sanctions on 8 prisons over human rights violations
    Washington [US], July 29: The US Treasury Department on Wednesday (local time) announced sanctions on eight Syrian prisons run by President Bashar al-Assad’s intelligence agencies, citing human rights abuses against political prisoners and other detainees.The department also sanctioned five senior Syrian government officials who control […]
  • Israeli gunfire takes life of Palestinian in northern West Bank: Medics
    Ramallah [Palestine], July 28: A Palestinian man was killed on Tuesday night by Israeli soldiers near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian Medics said.The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that Shadi Isleem, a 41-year-old Palestinian man, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near […]
  • Renaissance Dam construction politicised by Sudan and Egypt
    Moscow, Jul 27: Egypt and Sudan are politicizing the issue of Renaissance Dam construction on the Blue Nile and are trying to get other countries involved just to solve their internal problems, while the dam in fact carries no environmental risks, Ethiopian Ambassador to Russia […]
  • U.S. military clarity in Iraq for the Biden-Kadhimi summit
    As Biden attempts to stop the attacks of the army groups, the Iraqi PM will pursue a clearer timeframe for evacuation of U.S. ‘combat’ military. On Monday, the latest “Strategic discussion” in weeks on the future of US troops in Iraq, Iranian-ligneled groups, and concerns that ISIL may resurge will welcome Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the White House (ISIS). At the top of the agenda for al-Kadhimi, the former director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service who became prime minister in May 2020, will be attaining a more concrete timeline for the withdrawal of US “combat” troops, a category that the Biden […]
  • US, Iraq set to agree in withdrawal of US troops by year-end
    Washington: The United States and Iraq are expected to agree on the pullout of US forces by the end of 2021, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Iraq does not need any more fighters because it does have those, Iraq Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein […]
  • Palestine calls on European companies to stop trading with Israeli settlements
    Ramallah: Palestine called on the European governments to forbid their companies from trading with Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party on Wednesday said in a press statement. “It is time for the European governments to implement international law on […]
  • Syrian Air Defence forces downed many rockets fired at Homs province by Israel
    The Syrian air defence forces have downed most rockets fired by Israel from the Lebanese airspace at the central province of Homs, Al-Ikhbariya state-run broadcaster reported. About an hour earlier, the broadcaster reported that the Syrian air defence systems were repelling an Israeli air attack […]
  • Two rockets launched toward Israel from Lebanon, one intercepted: IDF
    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) say that two rockets have been fired from Lebanon toward Israel, one of them was successfully intercepted. “2 rockets were fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel. 1 of the rockets was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System & […]
  • In Baghdad, a roadside bomb kills ten people and injures twenty.
    According to two Iraqi security sources, a roadside bomb assault in a Baghdad suburb on Monday killed at least ten persons and injured at least twenty more. The attack took place in a busy market of Sadr City, the officials said. They spoke on condition […]
  • Liberals in Israel’s government will meet with the Defense Minister to discuss Pegasus
    On Monday, a liberal party in Israel’s ruling coalition said it would question the Defense Ministry about Israeli spyware exports connected to hacking of journalists’, civil employees’, and rights activists’ phones around the world, according to media reports. Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, head of the […]
  • With pandemic in mind, pared-back hajj in Mecca for 2nd year
    The hajj pilgrimage, which once drew some 2.5 million Muslims from all walks of life from across the globe, is now almost unrecognizable. Tens of thousands of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday, but remained socially distanced and wore masks […]
  • OPEC+ extends oil output cuts until end of 2022: OPEC
    Moscow: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other exporters that make up OPEC+ decided to extend the deal on oil output cuts until December 31, 2022, the OPEC said Sunday. At a virtual meeting on Sunday, OPEC+ countries decided to “Extend the […]