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Iran trains volunteers to fight ISIS

Iran's Revolutionary GuardsReports in Turkey claim that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have trained Iraqi volunteers to fight against ISIS. Anadolu news agency reported on Friday that the news was confirmed by Mohammadi Golpayegani, the head of the office of the Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.


Iranian imam criticises Egypt for closing Rafah crossing

Ayatollah Ahmed JannatiDelivering the Friday sermon in Tehran, Iran's Ayatollah Ahmed Al-Jannati criticised the Egyptian government for closing the Rafah Border Crossing and setting up a military buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip, Anadolu news agency has reported. Al-Jannati called the Egyptian measures a "service for the Israeli occupation at a time that the wounds of the Gazans have not yet healed after the recent Israeli war."


Abbas calls on Israel not to turn conflict into 'religious war'

Mahmoud AbbasPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Friday for the Israeli government not to turn the Palestine-Israel conflict into an "open-ended religious war", it has been reported.


Palestinian Prime Minister says Hamas is the security body in Gaza

Rami HamdallahPalestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah has said that Hamas is the "real security authority" in the Gaza Strip, and called for it to reveal the details of those who carried out the recent bomb attacks against Fatah personnel. Speaking to Aljazeera Arabic TV, Hamadallah said that his government cannot work in Gaza under the current tension. Hamas must defuse the security situation, he insisted, before the much-needed unity can be achieved.