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  • Release hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras! - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

    Mother, wife 'shocked' with Israel's breaching pledge to release hunger striker

    It took more than one week to decorate the house of the Palestinian hunger striker, Mujahid Hamid, who was due to be released from the Israeli occupation jail on 19 January, 2022 after completing four months under administrative detention in Al Naqab Prison. "We were gravely shocked when we...
  • Bashar Jaafari, permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations gives a speech during a UN Security Council meeting following the United States, United Kingdom and France attacks on chemical weapons positions in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on April 14, 2018. ( Mohammed Elshamy - Anadolu Agency )

    Syria defends rights' record as West, Turkey accuse it of imposing 'starvation'

    Western powers and Turkey accused Syria, on Monday, of imposing "starvation" and siege warfare in opposition-held areas, as Syrian officials said foreign forces were illegally occupying parts of the country suffering from US-led sanctions, Reuters reports. Britain and the United States were among those at a UN Human Rights...
  • An image grab taken from a video handed out by Yemen's Houthi rebels on 27 March 2018 shows what appears to be Houthi military forces launching a ballistic missile on March 25 reportedly from the capital Sanaa. [AFP via Getty Images]

    Yemen's Houthis fail in second missile attack on UAE

    Yemen's Houthi movement, aligned with Iran, launched a missile attack at the United Arab Emirates on Monday that targeted a base hosting the US military, but was thwarted by US-built Patriot interceptors, US and Emirati officials said, and reported by Reuters. The attack, which sent US troops into bunkers,...
  • Image of the South Pars Gas Complex plant in Iran [Hamed Malekpour/Wikipedia]

    Some Turkish manufacturers pause production after Iran gas supplies disrupted

    Some Turkish manufacturing companies have halted production temporarily after Iran cut gas flows last week for up to 10 days due to a technical problem, Reuters reports. Companies affected include car parts maker Ege Endustri, cardboard manufacturer Kartonsan and defence and automotive parts maker, Katmerciler. Turkey is almost fully...
  • Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh speaks at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, Libya on September 21, 2021 [Mücahit Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

    Libyan parliament committee urges change of Prime Minister, risking new strife

    A Libyan parliament committee said, on Monday, the chamber should choose a new interim prime minister, a move that could set major factions against each other in the wake of a failed election, Reuters reports. The committee, set up to chart a political path forward after a national election...
  • Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri speaks to the press after leaving the Lebanon Tribunal after the ruling on the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Al Hariri of Lebanon in Leidschendam, The Netherlands on 18 August 2020. [Saad al-Hariri Press Office/Handout - Anadolu Agency]

    Turbulent career in politics of Lebanon's Hariri

    Lebanon's leading Sunni Muslim politician, Saad Al-Hariri said, on Monday, he would not run in a forthcoming parliamentary election and was suspending his role in political life, urging his political party to do the same, Reuters reports. Hariri has served three times as Prime Minister, but his political fortunes...
  • Yemenis inspect the damage after The Saudi-led coalition forces announced on Tuesday that they are carrying out airstrikes on Sanaa in response to the latest attacks on Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), by the Houthis in capital Sanaa, Yemen on January 18, 2022 [Mohammed Hamoud / Anadolu Agency]

    Houthi attacks rattle some United Arab Emirates residents

    Two missile attacks in a week on the United Arab Emirates have left some residents feeling on edge about security, for the first time, in the Gulf state's capital, Abu Dhabi, home to high rise towers, world-class museums and a Formula One race track, Reuters reports. The UAE, a...

    Tunisian President's top aide quits, citing fundamental differences

    Tunisian President Kais Saied's chief of staff and closest adviser said, on Monday, she had resigned due to "fundamental differences in opinion" over the country's interests, Reuters reports. Nadia Akacha has been Saied's closest aide since he rose to office in a 2019 landslide and his moves last July...
  • Sudanese carry an injured protester in Khartoum, Sudan on 13 January 2022 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

    1 protester killed in demonstrations in Sudan

    One protester was killed on Monday by security forces in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, Anadolu News Agency reports. An unidentified protester was fatally shot in the chest, said the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors in a statement. Fresh protests erupted in Sudan on Monday to demand full civilian rule...
  • The Russian Navy ship Capatob passes through the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey on May 16, 2020 [Emrah Yorulmaz / Anadolu Agency]

    Fewer ships sailing to Russia due to possible war in Ukraine, Turkish ship spotter says

    A ship spotter in Istanbul says Russia's possible war in Ukraine would be reflected in fewer ships going south through the Bosphorus, Al Jazeera reports. "Every day, I follow any military ships going to Ukraine, to see who is sending what message," geopolitical analyst and ship spotter, Yoruk Isik...
  • Ambassador of Israel to the US and UN Gilad Erdan attends The Algemeiner's 8th annual J100 Gala on October 12, 2021 in Rockleigh, New Jersey. [Roy Rochlin/Getty Images]

    Israel's Hasbara in Sheikh Jarrah: On Gilad Erdan's 'Terrorist' Rock and Faulty Logic

    Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, is leading his country's anti-Palestinian propaganda, this time engaging in pre-emptive hasbara in anticipation of a Palestinian response to the ongoing evictions in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. "Would you consider it a terror attack if a rock like...
  • Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Ankara, Turkey on 15 October 2021 [Raşit Aydoğan/Anadolu Agency]

    Taliban delegation visits Norway for talks to release frozen Afghan funds

    A delegation of senior Taliban officials and representatives has travelled to Norway to hold talks in an effort to free $10 billion of Afghanistan's frozen assets. The delegation, led by acting Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, arrived in Norway's capital, Oslo, yesterday to begin the three days of talks...
  • A man counts Egyptian pounds at currency exchange shop in downtown Cairo on 3 November 2016 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Mysterious things are happening within Egyptian banks

    When the Ministry of Finance announces that the results of the first five months of the current fiscal year (2021-22) point to a growth in the total budget deficit by 35 per cent compared with the pre-budget assessments, it is only natural that the government will default on payments...
  • thumbnail - The 2020 normalisation deal signed between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv has led many to take up roles in the real estate, tourism and hospitality sectors
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    1,000 Israelis call Dubai home

    READ: Bennett offers 'security, intelligence' support to UAE...
  • Tunisian demonstrators raise placards as they protest in front of the parliament, against their President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers, in the capital Tunis, on 14 November 2021. [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]

    32 groups express 'real concerns about freedoms' in Tunisia

    Thirty-two groups and bodies in Tunisia have expressed "real concerns about freedoms" following President Kas Saied's announcement that a referendum will be held to consider "constitutional reforms". On 13 December, Saied said a referendum will be held on 25 July to consider "constitutional reforms" prepared by a special committee taking into account the...
  • Traffic density is seen due to heavy snowfall in Istanbul, Turkiye on 24 January 2022 [Erhan Elaldı/Anadolu Agency]

    Heavy snow hits Turkey's largest city, Istanbul

    Heavy snowfall hit Turkey's largest city, Istanbul on Monday, shutting shopping malls, disrupting traffic, and closing a mega-airport, Anadolu News Agency reports. After landing in the city early in the morning, heavy snowfall caused traffic jams in the city's working-class districts of Zeytinburnu, Bahcelievler, Sariyer and Kagithane on the...
  • A picture taken on December 7, 2021 in Istanbul shows US dollars banknotes and Turkish lira banknotes. [OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images]

    Bloomberg: Turkey advises commercial banks not to distribute dividends in 2021

    Turkey's banking regulator has advised commercial banks not to distribute dividends from profits in 2021, when a currency collapse eroded banks' cash reserves, Bloomberg News Agency quoted informed sources as saying. According to the report, the sources said the regulator had passed its recommendation to the banks through the...
  • Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon on 22 March 2021 [Lebanese Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

    Former Lebanese Premier Hariri suspends political work

    Complaining of foreign influence and a fragmented public, a prominent former Lebanese premier, on Monday, announced that he had "suspended" work in Lebanon's politics, Anadolu News Agency reports. At a televised press conference, three-time Premier, Saad Hariri, said he will not run in the upcoming parliamentary elections and will...
  • A fighter jet of Assad Regime carries out an air strike on 5 March 2018 [Diaa Al-Din Samout/Anadolu Agency]

    Russian, Syrian jets launch joint patrols over Syria's borders

    Russian and Syrian military jets conducted joint patrols throughout the airspace over Syria's borders today, with more flights and patrols set to take place on a regular basis. According to the Interfax News Agency which cited Russia's Defence Ministry, the aircraft used in the patrols included fighter and fighter-bomber...
  • Construction workers stand on scaffolding in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 11 January 2020 [GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images]

    Saudis express outrage over residents displaced from Jeddah slums

    Saudis have taken to social media to condemn the displacement of residents after many were evicted as authorities demolished entire neighbourhoods across the city of Jeddah. More than 30 neighbourhoods are thought to have been levelled. According to Al-Mayadeen, the move forms part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Vision...
  • Palestinians holding banners gather to protest against the decision of Israel's "administrative detention" in front of the Red Crescent Building in Gaza City, Gaza on December 20, 2021 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

    24th day of Palestinian administrative detainees' boycott of Israel courts

    Palestinians held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons have reached their 24th day of their boycott of Israel's military courts in the occupied West Bank, reported Wafa news agency. In an escalatory step agreed by Palestinian political parties, all 500 administrative detainees in Israeli prisons began the new year by refusing to show up...
  • Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunis, Tunisia on December 13, 2021 [Tunisian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia party slams attempt to force judiciary to act according to president's will

    Tunisia's Superior Council of the Judiciary is under attack with attempts being made to force it to follow the will of President Kais Saied, the Republican Party said yesterday. "The Superior Council of the Judiciary is under vicious attack, and an attempt to subjugate it to the will of...
  • Egyptians carry placards during a protest against Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's regime, 28 January 2011 [LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images]

    The revolution was assassinated by its own people

    We are about to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. If the coup which brought Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to power was not staged in 2013, I believe that the Syrian revolution would have succeeded; who knows what the fate of the killer Bashar Al-Assad would then have...
  • Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinians in Qalandiya, West Bank on 11 May 2021 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images]

    6 Palestinians injured by Israeli fire in West Bank

    Six Palestinians were injured after Israeli occupation forces raided the Qalandiya refugee camp today in the occupied West Bank, according to local residents, Anadolu News Agency reports. Israeli forces raided the camp, north of Jerusalem, and searched a number of Palestinian shops there, triggering Palestinians to protest, during which Israeli soldiers...
  • A vintage globe of the world for sale in an antique shop, 19 December 2019 [Robert Alexander/Getty Images]

    The invention of the 'Middle East'

    What is the Middle East? Why is it the "middle"? And to whom is it "east"? We should take into consideration that what is "east" to certain geographical location is "west" to another. Thus, Turkey, Iran and Russia are east of Europe, but they are west of Japan. What...
  • Protesters demonstrate against the rise of Islamophobia after the recent acid attacks on Muslims in London, UK on 5 July 2017 [Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency]

    Report finds Muslim communities among most discriminated against in UK

    British Muslims have been categorised as being one of the most discriminated communities across the UK, according to a new report on Islamophobia published on Monday and reported by Anadolu News Agency. The analysis by the University of Birmingham and data analysis firm, YouGov, discovered that the British public...
  • A worker goes down a construction ladder at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia, on 26 December 2019 [EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP/Getty Images]

    Ethiopia calls on Egypt and Sudan to change their rhetoric regarding the Renaissance Dam

    The Ethiopian authorities demanded that both Egypt and Sudan change their rhetoric regarding the Renaissance Dam and to raise the tone of peace-building. This came in a statement by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. He affirmed that his country has ambitions to build a modern economy based on agriculture...
  • President of the Human Rights Council Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan in Geneva on 27 May 2021 [FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Pro-Israel groups letter to UN slammed as 'underhand attempt to undermine the international legal order'

    Israeli lobby group, NGO Monitor, has intensified its campaign against the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestine. With a new appointment for the position expected to be made in the coming months, the Israeli group sent a letter to UN Human Rights Council President Nazhat Shameem...
  • Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh speaks about the conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia during a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Tehran, Iran on 5 October 2020. [Fatemeh Bahrami - Anadolu Agency]

    Iran rules out 'interim agreement' in Vienna nuclear talks

    Iran has ruled out an interim agreement in the ongoing talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the proposal has never been on its agenda, Anadolu News Agency reports. At a weekly presser in Tehran on Monday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said Tehran only...
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    Israel most expensive country in MENA

    READ: British Gas pension money used for buying Israeli spyware NSO Group...
  • Image of a Palestinian National council meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]

    The National Council - between the existing and the national target

    The Palestinian National Council (PNC) is the highest institution of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). The Council has wide-ranging powers, but exercises only a few of them, because the executive body and its presidency have usurped the powers of the Council and made it a weak body. Therefore, few...
  • Israeli forces in the West Bank on 4 January 2022 [Mamoun Wazwa/Anadolu Agency]

    Israeli firm develops facial recognition technology for soldiers

    An Israeli firm is developing body cameras with facial recognition technology for Israeli forces. Built by Yozmot, a strategic planning firm owned by former Israeli army chief, Colonel Dany Tirza, the technology will enable forces to scan crowds and detect suspects in real-time, even if their faces are obscured,...
  • A funeral ceremony held for 80-year-old Palestinian Omar Asad, at Jiljilya village in Ramallah, West Bank on 13 January 2022. [ Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel soldiers will not be prosecuted after death of elderly US-Palestinian

    An Israeli investigation in to the shocking death of 80-year-old Palestinian American, Omar Asad, suggests that no occupation soldier will be prosecuted despite confirmation by investigators and eyewitnesses that he was blindfolded, gagged, handcuffed and left on the ground before passing out. Details of the investigation were revealed in...
  • Palestinian Islamic Jihad supporters lift placards as they demonstrate in Gaza city on 22 January 2022, to denounce the war in Yemen. [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images]

    Gaza stages 'pro-Houthi' Yemen solidarity rally

    Palestinians in Gaza staged a rally on Saturday in solidarity with Yemen against the ongoing war in the country conducted by the Saudi-led coalition. The coalition has stepped up its air strikes following last week's drone and missile strike in Abu Dhabi which was claimed by the Houthi-allied Yemeni...
  • Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, on July 16, 2021. [DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Syria: anti-Daesh coalition says prison escape won't pose threat to Iraq

    The international coalition fighting Daesh has said that the attempt to free the militant group's members from Al-Hasakah Prison in Syria does not pose a major threat to Iraq and the region, Anadolu has reported. "Daesh's desperate attacks in the past days have made it ultimately weaker," the US-led...
  • People continue protests demanding the restoration of civilian rule in Khartoum, Sudan on January 13, 2022 [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]

    Will Israel seek to mediate to end Sudan's political crisis?

    Many in the Arab world were baffled when Sudan joined three other Arab states and normalised relations with Israel in 2020. For decades, Sudan has maintained a staunch anti-Israel position and relentlessly supported the Palestinian cause. On 29 August 1967, Sudan hosted the Arab League summit in the wake of the Six...
  • People continue protests demanding the restoration of civilian rule in Khartoum, Sudan on 17 January 2022. [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]

    Sudan: lawyers protest against killing of demonstrators in Khartoum

    Sudanese human rights lawyers from the Ministry of Justice organised a sit-in on Sunday outside the ministry building in Khartoum to protest against the killing of protesters by the security services, Anadolu has reported. The lawyers were joined by activists at the protest, where banners were held condemning the...
  • Gaza urges women to get outside and walk
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    Gaza urges women to get outside and walk

    READ: Israel prevents urgent medical equipment entering Gaza...
  • Egyptians line up at an ATM machine in Cairo on February 03, 2011 [PATRICK BAZ/AFP via Getty Images]

    Egyptians crowd banks to withdraw crash after rumours pound will float again

    Egyptians are crowding into banks after rumours spread that the central bank will float the Egyptian pound again. In 2016 Egypt floated its currency in a move the central bank said was part of a list of reforms to strengthen the economy in exchange for a $12 billion IMF loan....

    Egypt willing to resume Nile dam talks if Ethiopia has 'political will' for deal

    Egypt's foreign minister said yesterday that his country is always ready to resume negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, if the government in Addis Ababa has the political will to reach an agreement. "Egypt was not the reason for interrupting the Renaissance Dam negotiations," Sameh Shoukry told a...
  • Palestinian Bedouins, who are natives of the Negev Desert in the south of Israel, stage a demonstration against the planting works carried out by the Jewish National Fund, on 13 January 2022 in Israel. [ Mücahit Aydemir - Anadolu Agency]

    Israel: Arab citizens call for protest against persecution of Negev residents

    The Arab High Follow-Up Committee representing Palestinian citizens of Israel, has called for a protest in front of the Cabinet Office in West Jerusalem against the seizure of Arab-owned land in the Negev desert by the Jewish National Fund. Other protest activities, said the committee, will include sit-ins and...
  • Pakistani policemen in Karachi on December 11, 2021 [ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images]

    Pakistan seeks Iran's help to arrest 3 suspected of killing Saudi diplomat

    Pakistani police have asked Iranian authorities to help arrest three Pakistani citizens suspected of killing a Saudi diplomat in Karachi in 2011. The suspects are thought to be hiding in Iran. Hassan Al-Qahtani, an employee of the Saudi consulate in Karachi, was killed in 2011 when gunmen opened fire...
  • Iran’s special representative in Kabul, Hassan Kazemi Qomi in Baghdad, 28 May 2007 [ ALI AL-SAADI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Iran allows fuel trucks to go to Afghanistan

    Iran's special representative in Kabul, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, announced on Sunday that Tehran has given permission for fuel trucks to go to neighbouring Afghanistan. "In order to meet the needs of the Afghan people in winter and at the request of the Afghan authorities, a permit has been issued...
  • Ashab wala A’azz, Perfect Strangers [Netflix]

    First Arab Netflix production criticised in Egypt for 'offending Egyptian society'

    An Egyptian MP has filed a complaint about Netflix's first Arabic-language feature film on the grounds that it "offends the mores of Egyptian society." Mostafa Bakry has called for a boycott of the streaming giant because of its depiction of one of the characters who is in a same...
  • British Conservative Party MPs Nusrat Ghani (C) and Iain Duncan Smith (R) join members of the Uyghur community as they demonstrate to call on the British parliament to vote to recognise alleged persecution of China's Muslim minority Uyghur people as genocide and crimes against humanity in London on 22 April 2021. [JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images]

    UK PM orders inquiry into Islamophobia allegations by ex-minister

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a formal inquiry into Conservative lawmaker and former minister Nusrat Ghani's allegations that she was dismissed as minister because of her Islamic faith. "The prime minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani...
  • Visually impaired students attend lessons in a specialist school in Idlib, Syria, on 08 January 2022 [İbrahim Yessuf - Anadolu Agency]
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    School for the visually impaired in Syria

    READ: Snowfall brings down tents in northern Syria, leaving refugees out in the cold...
  • Palestine Book Awards 2016 [Middle East Monitor]

    Entries open for 11th Palestine Book Awards

    Middle East Monitor's (MEMO) Palestine Book Awards are back for the 11th year and we invite you to submit your best entries. Winning books will be chosen from a number of categories, including Academic, Translation, Creative, Memoir, Social History. MEMO will be hosting an awards ceremony to honour the...
  • Former Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot (C) in Jerusalem on May 1, 2017. [GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images]

    Hamas has up to 80% support in West Bank, warns former Israeli chief of staff

    The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has between 70 and 80 per cent support in the West Bank, a former Israeli chief of the general staff has warned. Retired General Gadi Eisenkot made his comment when asked about the possibility of a new outbreak of violence between Israel and...
  • Brazil's former President (2003-2010) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 22, 2021. [NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Ex-Brazil president calls for supporting Palestinian rights

    Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva has called for supporting Palestinians' right to establish a state, Quds Press reported yesterday. Da Silva reiterated his view that the UN should be restructured so that progress can be made regarding major issues such as "the creation of a Palestinian state." The leftist leader...
  • Image of the Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, Gadi Eisenkot (Second Left) and IDF members [Wikipedia]

    Israel: internal divisions 'greater threat' than foreign enemies, says former army chief

    A former Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, Gadi Eisenkot, has warned that the country's internal divisions pose a greater threat than its foreign foes, Walla has reported. Eisenkot issued a similar warning a year ago. "I think that the rifts in Israeli society, and...
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