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  • Iran's new Sayyad-3 air defence missiles seen at their new production facility, unveiled on July 22, 2017. The Sayyad-3 missiles are able to travel 75 miles and reach an altitude of 17 miles. [Iranian Ministry of Defence]

    Deputy defence minister: Iran has highly accurate missiles which it has not publicised

    Iran has produced highly accurate missiles which it has not publicised, Iranian Deputy Defence Minister General Qassem Taqizadeh said on Friday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency, Reuters has reported. Taqizadeh did not provide details about the weapons. US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s...
  • Donald Trump with Benjamin Netanyahu

    Trump’s anti-Semitic comments have a history in Zionism 

    US President Donald Trump added to his repertoire of racist comments this week, by making his latest, most openly anti-Semitic remark yet. “Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat – I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” he said. He later clarified...
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    Palestinians rally on Gaza for 71st consecutive Friday

    Hundreds of Palestinians across the Gaza Strip headed Friday toward the security fence area to participate in the weekly anti-occupation protests known as the Great March of Return, Anadolu Agency reports. They were holding Palestinian flags. The Higher National Commission of the Great March of Return and Breaking of the Gaza...
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    Iran warns ambulances are for emergencies not joyrides

    READ: Iran unveils missile defence ‘better than Russian S-300 and US Patriot’ systems...
  • Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on 11 August 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

    The flame of hatred still burns around Al-Aqsa Mosque

    On the fiftieth anniversary of the infamous act of arson at Al-Aqsa Mosque, when the flames of hatred were ignited and engulfed the Noble Sanctuary, the fire is still burning not only around the mosque, but also in the streets and alleyways of Jerusalem. Al-Aqsa Mosque and the city...
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu (CL) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Gebran Bassil give a joint press conference after their meeting in Beirut, Lebanon on 23 August 2019 [Cem Özdel/Anadolu Agency

    Turkey FM: ‘Over 340,000 Syrians returned home’

    Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have left Turkey and returned to the towns and cities they evacuated in Syria, the nation’s foreign minister said today. “More than 346,000 Syrians have returned to areas of Syria which were cleared of terrorists in Operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told a...
  • Image of Syrian troops [file photo]

    Syria army surround besieged Turkish soldiers in Idlib observation point

    Syrian regime forces have surrounded a Turkish military observation post in the embattled north-western province of Idlib today, after they overran a  number of neighbouring towns. In a viral video recorded by the Turkish soldiers and posted on Twitter today, Syrian troops and military vehicles including tanks can be...
  • Israeli forces block roads after an explosive device detonated in the West Bank on 23 August 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
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    1 Israeli killed, 2 injured in West Bank explosion

    An Israeli was killed and another two were injured today after an explosive device detonated near an illegal Jewish settlement to the west of occupied Ramallah, Israeli media reports have said. “Seventeen-year-old girl was killed while her 47-year-old father was moderately injured in the attack, and her 20-year-old brother suffered serious...
  • Rafael 'Rafi' Peretz, the former chief rabbi of the Israeli army, and current Israeli Education Minister [Wikipedia]

    Israel: Right-wing Yamina will bolt government if US demands peace

    Israel’s right-wing Yamina party has vowed to quit any future ruling coalition if US President Donald Trump demands “practical steps” towards peace as part of his long-awaited “deal of the century”. Speaking to the Jerusalem Post yesterday, Education Minister and Yamina number two Rafi Peretz explained that he would...
  • Civil defense crews remove a dead body from the scene after airstrikes by Assad Regime and Russia's warplanes hit the de-escalation zone of Kafriya village in Idlib, Syria on 13 July 2019. [Ahmet Weys - Anadolu Agency]

    SOHR: Syria army ‘humanitarian corridor’ out of Idlib does not exist

    Reports that the Syrian regime had opened a “humanitarian corridor” offering civilians a safe exit out of the embattled Idlib province are false, the UK-based organisation Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said yesterday. SOHR, which documents human rights violations in Syria, told the news outlet Voice of America...
  • The Israeli Air Force's latest fighter jet, the F-35l seen in flight on December 13, 2016 [Israeli Air Force / WikiMedia]

    US officials confirm Israel behind Iraq air strikes

    US officials have confirmed that Israel was behind recent airstrikes on alleged weapons depots in Iraq, which were ostensibly being used by Iran to transfer arms to Syria. Senior US officials yesterday told the New York Times that Israel has carried out “several strikes in recent days”,...
  • Cocaine [file photo]

    Syria arrests drug czar for drug trafficking

    The Syrian government has arrested the director of the Anti-Narcotics Department and a number of his team on suspicion of facilitating drug trafficking. According to pro-regime website Hashtag Syria, a number of senior officials have been under investigation for nearly two months in an effort to uncover whether they...
  • Israeli Shekels [File photo]

    Israel transfers $560m of withheld taxes to the PA

    Israeli TV channel KAN reported on Thursday that the occupation authorities have transferred two billion shekels (around $560 million) of withheld taxes to the Palestinian Authority, which will help to cover its budget deficit. The channel cited PA officials in its report. The PA’s current financial crisis is caused...
  • Palestinian Bedouin women walk in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli occupied West Bank on 16 September, 2018 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

    Bedouin village petitions Israel court against construction on Muslim cemetery

    The residents of a Bedouin Palestinian village in southern Israel have petitioned the Supreme Court in a bid to prevent construction on the community’s Muslim cemetery, reported Haaretz. The construction in question is a planned large water storage tank to be built by the Mekorot national water company. Residents...
  • An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on 28 August 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]

    Israel tech ‘facilitating press freedom abuses around the world’

    Israel has been charged with enabling attacks on media freedom around the world by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), after export controls on surveillance technology were eased. Citing a Reuters report, CPJ noted that Israeli officials have confirmed that – thanks to a rule change by the Defence...
  • The Israeli Knesset [File photo]

    Israeli MP claims that dead people participate in elections

    A member of Israel’s parliament has claimed that dead people “participate” in the country’s elections in what amounts to ballot box fraud. Oded Forer MK, of the Yisrael Beiteinu bloc in the Knesset, said on Wednesday that he is going to ask the election committee to place cameras in...
  • A voting booth is seen during the Israeli general elections in Tel Aviv on 9 April 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

    Poll: Most Israelis will repeat April election vote in September

    A majority of Israelis plan to vote in September’s elections in the same way that they voted in April, according to the results of a new i24NEWS–Israel Hayom poll. Israelis are gearing up to vote for the second time in six months, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to...
  • Image of tribal members gathering during a dispute between two tribe over stolen camels, in Sudan, April 2017

    Tribal conflict kills 1, injures 58 in Sudan

    The Sudanese Central Committee of Doctors has announced the death of one person in Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast during an outbreak of tribal violence. At least 58 others were injured, 14 of them with gunshot wounds. The casualties were taken to Port Sudan Hospital, Prince Osman...
  • A Bedouin woman protest against the demolitions of Palestinian homes by Israeli forces in Umm Al-Hiran on 18 January 2017 [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images]

    Number of Palestinians displaced by Israel in 2019 already exceeds 2018 total

    The number of Palestinians displaced by Israeli occupation authorities in the first seven months of 2019 has now exceeded the total number of people displaced in all of 2018. According to new data published this week by UN OCHA, Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) demolished or...
  • Jordan's security forces carry out operation after the gunmen attacked several police patrols in the southern city of Karak, Jordan on December 18, 2016 [Salah Malkawi / Anadolu Agency]

    750 arrested in Jordan on firearms charges in two months

    A security campaign by the Jordanian authorities has led to the arrest of 750 people on firearms charges since 27 June. Almost 900 weapons were confiscated in the same period. In a statement issued on Thursday, Jordan’s Public Security Directorate revealed that last week alone, police units involved in...
  • Tunisian flags flying half-mast after seven days of national mourning have been declared for death of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, in Tunis, Tunisia on 25 July 2019. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia: Private TV, radio channels banned from electoral debates

    Only state owned media in Tunisia can hold debates between candidates looking to run in the country’s upcoming elections. In a joint decision to set rules on the coverage of the presidential and legislative election campaigns by the media, the Independent High Electoral Commission (ISIE) and the High Independent...
  • German ship captain Pia Klemp on the bridge of Sea-Watch 3 [Wikipedia]

    Captain of migrant rescue ship declines Paris honour

    The German captain of a rescue ship who has saved the lives of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean has declined a humanitarian prize from Paris City Council. Pia Klemp and her colleague Carola Rackete were awarded the Grand Vermail Medal last month for their courage in rescuing migrants...
  • President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic's Founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, with members of Supreme Military Council, in Ankara, Turkey on 1 August 2019. [Volkan Furuncu - Anadolu Agency]

    ‘Turkey to resolutely continue explorations in Eastern Med’

    Turkey will “resolutely” continue to explore hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, Anadolu Reports. Erdogan’s remarks came at a press conferences in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, following his meeting with Ersin Tatar, Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Erdogan...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacts after addressing supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on 10 April 2019 [Thomas COEX/AFP/Getty]

    Netanyahu hints at Israeli involvement in Iraq blasts

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq, Reuters reports. A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel’s regional...
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    Cleared for takeoff: Saudi women start exercising their newest right

    Saudi Arabia’s international airports are the scene of the latest “first” for women citizens, who can now leave the country without permission from a male relative as the kingdom chips away at its heavily criticised guardianship system, Reuters reports. Salma, a 40-year-old mother of three, travels abroad regularly with...
  • Flag of Algeria

    Five people killed in stampede at Algiers rap concert

    At least five people were killed in a stampede at a packed rap concert in the Algerian capital on Thursday night, a hospital source said, Reuters reports. Thousands had gathered at the concert of local rap star Abderraouf Derradji, known as “Soolking”, in a stadium in Algiers. READ: Son...
  • Mohammad Shtayyeh

    PA: Public wages to increase by 10%

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) yesterday announced that the national wages would be paid with an increase of 10 per cent in September. “The Palestinian civil servants’ salaries will increase by 10 per cent starting from September 2019,” PA’s Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said at a conference, which was held...
  • An Iranian oil tanker [Nachoman-au/Wikipedia]

    US will aggressively enforce sanctions over Iran tanker -State Dept official

    The United States will aggressively enforce its sanctions to prevent the private sector from assisting an Iranian oil tanker that is travelling through the Mediterranean and that Washington wants seized, a State Department official said on Thursday, Reuters reports. “The shipping sector is on notice that we will aggressively...
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    Israeli waves Saudi flag in occupied Jerusalem

    An Israeli yesterday celebrated “peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia” by waving the kingdom’s flag in occupied Jerusalem, local media reported. The Israeli foreign ministry released a video on Twitter showing the citizen waving the Saudi flag and expressing his desire to visit the Saudi. بالترجمة للعربية..إسرائيلي يرفع العلم...
  • Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian youth on 4 January 2012 [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]

    Israel police kidnaps seven Jerusalemites from Bab al-Rahma

    The Israeli occupation police on Thursday afternoon kidnapped seven Palestinian citizens, including two young girls and three children, from the Bab al-Rahma prayer area of the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestine Information Centre reports. Witnesses say police forces stormed the Bab al-Rahma area and rounded up A-Aqsa guard Bader al-Rajbi...
  • Egyptian notes [Kokillennium/Flickr]

    Egypt raises Sinai investment by 75% in 2019-20

    Egypt said on Thursday it would invest 5.23 billion Egyptian pounds ($315 million) in the Sinai Peninsula in fiscal 2019-20, a 75% rise on the year, in a venture officials say is intended to stabilise a region hit by violence from armed groups, Reuters reports. The Planning Ministry, which directed 2.986...
  • Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh

    Hamas slams Paraguay for labelling it as terrorist group

    The Palestinian resistance group Hamas on Thursday condemned Paraguay for its decision of designating the group as an “international terrorist organisation”, Anadolu Agency reports. In its press statement on the Paraguayan decision, the group said: “This decision runs against international law which ensures peoples’ right to resist the aggression and occupation with all...
  • US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib delivers a speech at the event that was held by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington DC, United States on 10 January 2019 [Safvan Allahverdi/Anadolu Agency]

    The Palestinians’ inalienable right to return is the real story

    European settlers were behind the foundation of the United States of America and Israel, both of which are currently steering a path towards right-wing extremism fuelled by race hate. As such, perhaps we should not be in the slightest bit surprised at the blatant emergence of the three-headed monster...
  • Tunisian Parliament [Wikipedia]

    Tunisian parliament approves electoral law amendment

    The Tunisian parliament on Thursday approved an amendment to the country’s election and referendum law, Anadolu Agency reports. The amendment aims to ease procedures in objecting to results of presidential polls, in order to avoid exceeding the 90-day interim presidential term set in the constitution. Tunisia is bracing for an early presidential election slated...
  • An oil tanker [file photo]

    Greek PM: Iranian tanker wanted by US not heading to Greece

    An Iranian tanker which the United States wants seized is not heading towards Greece as it sails through the Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kyrikos Mitsotakis told France 24 TV on Thursday, Reuters reported. The Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, left Gibraltar on Sunday. Ship-tracking data on Tuesday showed it was...
  • Centre staff and people with disabilities inspect the damaged building of Confederation of Disabled People, which was the only centre to serve people with disabilities in Rafah, after Israel's attacks on Gaza in Rafah, Gaza on 7 May, 2019 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

    Displacement in Gaza and Israel’s demographic obsession

    The statements made by a senior Israeli political source, which is likely to be Prime Minister Netanyahu himself, published in Israeli media, including Haaretz on 20 August regarding Israel taking practical steps to displace Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, reminds us of what Israel calls the demographic threat. This...
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    Iraq to sue Shia military leader who ‘insulted’ the army

    READ: Iraq launches large-scale military operation to clear Daesh cells...
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    Millions face starvation in Yemen after Saudi, UAE fail to meet pledge  

    Millions of Yemenis could soon face cuts to food aid, after promised funds from key donors, including, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) failed to materialise. The bleak warning was issued yesterday by the UN which said that that it will need to make severe cuts to...
  • Civil defense crews and locals conduct search and rescue works amid debris after airstrikes of Assad Regime's warplanes hit the de-escalation zone of Ariha in Idlib, Syria on 12 July 2019. [Muhammed Said - Anadolu Agency]

    Syria army opens corridor for civilians to escape Idlib

    Syrian regime forces have opened a “humanitarian corridor” in the war-torn country’s north-western Idlib province in order to let people exit the opposition-held territory and cross over to regime territory, Syrian state news reported today. Citing a source from the foreign ministry, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported...
  • Ayman Odeh (R) member of the Knesset and head of the Joint List

    Israel election: Joint List head says ‘willing’ to join Gantz government, is quickly rebuked

    Head of the Joint List Ayman Odeh has said that he will consider joining a government led by Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) leader Benny Gantz, a prospect which was quickly rebuked by the latter’s Knesset Members (MKs) and members of the Joint List alike. In an interview with...
  • A Yemeni women receive treatment for cholera in Sanaa, Yemen on 10 March 2019 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

    UK ‘complicit’ in humanitarian disaster through $7.6bn arms sales to Saudi    

    The worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War would not have been possible without the complicity of the UK say campaign groups in a report highlighting the Conservative government’s licencing of billions of pounds worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia since the start of the Yemen war. Figures...
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    Israel Defence Ministry hired controversial spy firm Black Cube

    Israel’s Defence Ministry has admitted to hiring controversial espionage organisation Black Cube, allowing it to use an Israeli army intelligence base to conduct its operations. According to a report by Haaretz, Israel’s Defence Ministry held “a short-term contract with Black Cube from 2012-2014”. It is not clear whether the...
  • Tarek Hamed (L) of Egypt in action against Charles Kabore (R) of Burkina Faso during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Stade de l'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 1, 2017 [Fared Kotb - Anadolu Agency]

    FIFA appoints committee to run Egypt’s football body

    FIFA has appointed a temporary committee to run the affairs of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) after the resignation of the former board of directors led by Hani Abou Rida. Abou Rida and the board’s resignation was of immediate effect after the national team’s exit from this year’s Africa Cup of...
  • Newly-appointed Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 10 March, 2019 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Palestinian narratives must be protected from PA exploitation

    Official Palestinian media are playing a major role in disseminating Palestinian narratives, according to Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, that is. Departing from the fact that the Palestinian Authority and its media still portray Israel’s colonisation as a mere “conflict”, there is a discrepancy between the people’s concept of Palestinian...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) on 21 January 2019 [Mehahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images]

    Israel Supreme Court halts appointment of Netanyahu loyalist to Justice Ministry

    Israel’s Supreme Court has frozen the appointment of Ophir Cohen, a loyalist to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the director general of the Justice Ministry. In June, Netanyahu appointed Amir Ohana – a long-time ally and supporter of immunity for the prime minister in the face of three corruption...
  • Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami [File photo]

    Iran unveils missile defence ‘better than Russian S-300 and US Patriot’ systems

    Iran unveiled its own locally-developed missile defence system today, and claimed that it beats the renowned Russian S-300 and US Patriot systems. The long-range surface-to-air missile system, Bavar-373, was unveiled in a ceremony in Tehran commemorating Iran’s National Defence Industry Day and attended by President Hassan Rouhani. “With this...
  • Egyptian-Palestinian politician Ramy Shaath [Facebook]

    Egypt detains ex-advisor to Palestine’s Arafat

    The family of the Egyptian-Palestinian politician Ramy Shaath who has previously worked as a political and strategic advisor to Yasser Arafat has released a statement on his arrest by Egyptian authorities last month in which they call for his prompt release. Shaath was arrested on 5 July from his...
  • 13-year-old Palestinian child, Adam Abu Ryalah can be seen in policy custody after Israeli forces detained him on 10 February 2019 [Resistance is our duty/Facebook]

    Israel fined Palestinian children $100,000 since start of 2019

    The Israeli occupation’s court in Ofer Prison has ordered Palestinian children to pay fines worth $100,000 since the start of this year, Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre for Studies reported yesterday. The centre said in a statement that most of the Palestinian children detained by Israel are fined in addition to...
  • Residents of northern Israeli town Afula demonstrate against the sale of a house to a family of Palestinian citizens on 13 June 2018 [Twitter]

    Jewish residents fight planned expansion of neighbouring Palestinian community

    The residents of a Jewish town in Israel are seeking to thwart plans to expand a neighbouring Palestinian community by informing on alleged illegal construction, reported Haaretz. According to the paper, Katzir residents hope to “foil a development plan” that would bring the town of Arara closer to Katzir’s...
  • Israeli forces take down Palestinian flag off mosque in Issawiya [Maannews]

    Israel Police raids of Issawiya continue to disrupt daily life for Palestinians

    Raids by Israeli occupation forces in Issawiya, a Palestinian neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, are continuing to “disrupt daily life” for residents, reported Israeli NGO Ir Amim. “Sustained hostile police incursions” into Issawiya “have continued now for two and half months”, said Ir Amim, “severely disrupting daily life and...
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