Portuguese / Spanish / English

Middle East Near You

All Stories Archive

  • Image of a British-flagged oil tanker being seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz [Iran TV]
    News

    Iran releases images of seized British tanker

    Iranian public television released images of a British-flagged oil tanker being seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, Anadolu reports. The images show Steno Impero surrounded by speedboats and helicopters carrying masked Iranian soldiers. The tanker was later escorted into Iranian waters as seen from the...
  • Sharara oil field Libya - Wikipedia
    News

    Libya’s El-Sharara oilfield shut down: NOC

    Libya’s El-Sharara oilfield has been shut down, the country’s state oil firm confirmed on Saturday, Anadolu reports. In a statement, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it has launched an investigation into suspected valve closure in the Hamada area in western Libya. It, however, said production from the nearby...
  • King Khalid Airport Mosque in Riyadh [Wikipedia]
    News

    Yemen rebels claim drone attacks on Saudi airbase

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Saturday claimed to have carried out drone attacks on military targets in the King Khalid airbase in southwestern Saudi Arabia, Anadolu reports. In a statement, Houthi spokesman Yahia Sarei said the drone attacks targeted radars and military positions at the airbase near the city of...
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) walks with U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo (R) during their meeting in Washington, United States on 3 April 2019. [Fatih Aktaş - Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Turkish FM, US counterpart discuss F-35, S-400 by phone

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his US counterpart Mike Pompeo had a phone conversation on Saturday, in which they discussed the F-35 fighter jet program and S-400 air defense systems issues and Syria, according to Turkish diplomatic sources, Anadolu reports. Cavusoglu and Pompeo discussed the F35, S-400 and Syria issues, particularly...
  • British Airways Plane [File photo]
    News

    British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for seven days -statement

    British Airways suspended flights to Cairo for seven days starting on Saturday to allow for an assessment of security there, the airline said in a statement, giving no details about what had prompted the move, Reuters reports. “We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the...
  • News

    ‘If needed, Turkey to take same steps in Cyprus as 45 years ago’

    Turkish army will never hesitate to take the same step as 45 years ago “if needed for the lives and security of Turkish Cypriots,” the Turkish President said on Saturday. “Turkey launched the peace operation in Cyprus to protect rights and interests of Turkish Cypriots who are one of...
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Germany on 23 July, 2018 [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
    News

    UK’s Hunt says Iran may be on “dangerous path” after seizing tanker

    British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that he was worried that Iran had taken a “dangerous path” after it seized a British-flagged tanker on Friday in the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters reports. Iran’s Fars news agency reported that the Stena Impero had been taken to the port...
  • Sudanese women are seen during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Khartoum, Sudan [File photo]
    Article

    What Sudan’s revolution revealed about traditions

    “The people are now conscious” is the reoccurring reply from protesters, here in Sudan, when asked about their reasons for demonstrating. “We will not retire,” they stress. This statement rings true at the heart of the revolution, a sentiment shared by most taking part in the demonstrations. This revolution...
  • Image of an Iranian warship [PH1 Alex Hicks/Wikipedia]
    News

    Saudi Arabia says evacuated crew member of Iranian ship sent to Oman – SPA

    Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it had sent a crew member of an Iranian ship who was previously evacuated for medical reasons from a vessel off the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, to Oman, Reuters reports. Iran and Saudi Arabia are arch-adversaries in the Middle East, backing opposite sides in...
  • News

    Gaddafi’s prime minister to be released for medical care abroad

    The man who served as Libya’s prime minister for the final five years of dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s rule will be released on Saturday to receive medical treatment abroad, Libya’s justice ministry said in a statement, Reuters reports. The authorities in Libya were no longer able to provide effective treatment...
  • Relatives of Turkish diplomat Osman Kose, who was martyred in an armed attack in Iraq's Erbil, mourn during his funeral ceremony at Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara, Turkey on July 18, 2019. [Emin Sansar - Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Iraqi Kurdistan arrests suspected shooter of Turkish diplomat

    Iraqi Kurdistan’s security services said on Saturday they had arrested a man for assassinating a Turkish diplomat in the regional capital Erbil, and believed the suspect was the brother of a lawmaker in the Turkish parliament, Reuters reports. “The Kurdistan Region announced on Saturday the arrest of the man...
  • Image of Khayrat Al-Shater, the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood with his son Saad Al-Shater [File photo]
    News

    Egypt: Family of deputy Brotherhood guide persecuted since 2013

    The family of Khayrat Al-Shater, deputy to the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been subject to persecution since July 2013 when he refused to accept the military coup against late Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi, Arabi 21 reported yesterday. Last week, Al-Shater sent a message for the first...
  • Hundreds of protesters gather in front of the Israeli Embassy in central London in solidarity with Palestinian people who are holding large "Great March of Return" and "Palestinian Land Day" rallies across Gaza border, in London, United Kingdom on March 30, 2019 [Hasan Esen / Anadolu Agency]

    The solution to Israel’s siege on Gaza is decolonisation

    Unemployment in the Gaza Strip now stands at more than 50 per cent. Enforced joblessness is “as high as 69 per cent in the under-26 age bracket,” according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. These shocking statistics tell you a lot about the truly desperate state of affairs in...
  • English: Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi [Wikipedia]
    News

    Saudi Ambassador to UN: It is time to end war in Yemen

    Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdullah Al-Mouallimi, yesterday said that his country does not want war with Iran and that the time to end the war in Yemen has come. “We do not want war with Iran in Yemen or elsewhere,” Al-Mouallimi said, “it is high time...
  • Book review: The folktales of Palestine
    Reviews

    The Folktales of Palestine

    Palestinian memory has become synonymous with the 1948 Nakba and Palestinian resistance. Yet there are other strands of memory which are overlooked. Farah Aboubakr’s treatise “The Folktales of Palestine” argues that Palestinian memory should not be framed solely through resistance and offers a detailed analysis of Palestinian folktales and...
  • US President Donald Trump's Assistant and Special Envoy for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt (2nd L) visits Nahal Oz military base near the Gaza and Israel border on 30 August 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Hamas: Greenblatt’s comments prove US is hostile to Palestinians

    Senior Hamas leader Sami Abu-Zuhri has described comments made by Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, as “shameful” and “hostile.” Abu-Zuhri wrote on Twitter: “Greenblatt’s remarks that the West Bank is not occupied and the settlements are Israeli neighbourhoods are shameful and proves...
  • A protestor carries a banner reading "France hands off Libya" during a protest against Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar's offensive to seize Tripoli, on 12 April 2019. [Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Libya accuses Egypt, UAE, France of backing new attack by Haftar

    The High Council of State in Libya has revealed that Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France are backing Libyan general Khalifa Haftar in carrying out a new attack on Libyan capital Tripoli. The High Council of State is an advisory body for Libya formed under the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement, which was signed on 17...
  • Israeli forces stand off against Palestinians as they enter the Al Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures near the entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem, on July 27, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Israel arrested 900 Palestinians in Jerusalem during first half of 2019 

    The Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre for Studies (PCHR) confirmed that there has been a remarkable increase in the number of arrests Israel has carried out against Palestinians in Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, monitoring more than 900 cases of arrests around the Holy City. Media spokesman for the...
  • Cyril Ramaphosa (C) celebrates after he was elected as ANC's new party leader in Johannesburg, South Africa on 18 December 2017 [Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency]
    Article

    America’s abandonment of Palestine is a challenge to South Africa

    Is South Africa among those countries which are standing aside as the world is confronted with illegal moves by the Trump administration to facilitate Israel’s complete annihilation of Palestine? Notwithstanding the fact that the ANC-led government of President Cyril Ramaphosa has stuck by its decision to downgrade the South...
  • An illustration of Daesh's flag taken on 18 February, 2016 [Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/]
    News

    Iraq kills Daesh oil minister

    Iraq’s intelligence services have killed the oil minister of Daesh in Syria, according to Iraqi security expert Fadel Abu-Ragheef. Abu-Ragheef wrote on Twitter: “The Iraqi National Intelligence Services penetrated in an exceptional mission the front lines of Daesh in the Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor,” in the east of...
  • Israeli forces shower Palestinians with tear gas during a demonstration within the "Great March of Return" at Israel-Gaza barrier fence near Al Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on July 12, 2019 [Hassan Jedi / Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Israel committed 628 violations in Gaza during first half of 2019

    Israel committed 628 violations against Palestinians in the buffer zone east of the Gaza Strip during the first half of 2019, Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights announced on Thursday. In a report – a copy of which sent to MEMO – Al-Mezan said that these Israeli violations included 261...
  • Hezbollah Soldiers [file photo]
    News

    Hezbollah, Iran troops killed in Iraq

    Chief of the Council of Arab Tribes in Iraq, Sheikh Thaer Al-Bayyati, has revealed the deaths of a number of Hezbollah fighters and Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops in strikes by an unknown aircraft, Al-Arabiya reported yesterday. The air strike was carried out on a military base located in the...
  • Fatah movement members clash with some Palestinian Islamic groups at Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon's southern port city of Sidon on February 28, 2017 [Mahmoud Al Zain / Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Lebanon: General strike sweeps Palestinian camps for 5th day

    For the fifth day in a row, a general strike has swept Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon in protest against the decision of the Lebanese Ministry of Labour to treat Palestinian workers as foreigners. On Friday, hundreds of young people blocked the entrances to Ain Al-Hilweh camp – east...
  • A screen grab captured from the statement broadcast live on state-run television shows General Jamal Omar (front), chairman of the ruling military council’s Committee on Security and Defense, declares that it had foiled an attempted coup in Khartoum, Sudan on July 12, 2019 [AA / Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Sudan: Deal between military, protest leaders suspended, talks postponed

    A power-sharing deal between the Sudanese military and protest leaders has been suspended and talks postponed over differences among the opposition parties, protest leaders said yesterday. Sudanese and Arab media reported protest leaders as saying that the talks aimed at signing the second part of the deal were put...
  • Palestinians perform a folk dance on the 20th Palestinian Festival celebrations in Gaza City, Gaza on 8 July 2019 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
    Videos & Photo Stories

    20th Palestinian Festival in Gaza

    ...
  • Lin al-Hac, a 21 years old Palestinian woman, colors grape leaves with oil colors, turning them into pieces of art, in Gaza City, Gaza on 16 July 2019. [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
    Videos & Photo Stories

    Palestinian girl turns grape leaves into pieces of art

    ...
  • News

    Algeria wins Africa Cup of Nations

    Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time on Friday when a freak second-minute goal by Baghdad Bounedjah gave them a 1-0 win over gallant Senegal in the final, Reuters reports. Bounedjah stunned the Lions of Teranga with a shot which took a wicked deflection off Salif...
  • File photo of Hezbollah's troops
    News

    US sanctions Hezbollah operative over 1994 attack

    The US on Friday designated a senior Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding the deadly 1994 attack on what was Latin America’s largest Jewish community centre, Anadolu Agency reports. The Treasury Department said Salman Raouf Salman is a senior member of Hezbollah’s External Security Organisation, and he coordinated the attack on...
  • Sudanese demonstrators gather to protest demanding a civilian transition government in front of military headquarters outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan on 3 May, 2019 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Sudan: 246 protesters killed since December 2018

    Some 246 protesters have been killed in unrest hitting Sudan since April 2018, the country’s doctors’ body said in a press release on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports. The statement by the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said more than 1,300 protesters were injured during the same period. It said: “246 people were killed since...
  • News

    Sudan urged to ensure justice for raped women protesters

    Sudanese women were a driving force during months of protests that ousted veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir, but the sexual violence they endured risks being forgotten with the signing of a power-sharing deal, women’s rights activists said on Thursday, Reuters reports. Action must be taken to address scores of rapes committed during...
  • The Strait of Hormuz, Between Iran, Oman and the UAE
    News

    Iran seizes UK oil tanker

    A British-flagged tanker has been seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iranian media reported today. The captured boat Stena Impero was bound for Saudi Arabia, and the owners have confirmed they are unable to contact the vessel. The tanker was allegedly approached by a helicopter, and “unidentified small crafts”,...
  • News

    Israeli army wounds 40 Palestinian protestors

    Israeli army forces on Friday used rubber bullets and teargas shells to disperse Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank, injuring at least 40 protesters, a Palestinian official said, Anadolu Agency has reported. “The Israeli army attacked the weekly march , using rubber bullets and teargas shells,”...
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
    News

    ‘US F-35, poster child for ineptitude and inefficiency’

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has been in development for nearly 18 years and is now eight years behind schedule, said an American expert on Friday, calling it the “biggest acquisition disaster” in Pentagon’s history, Anadolu Agency reports. Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), the nation’s largest...
  • UAE backed forces in Yemen [File photo]
    Article

    After Yemen, the UAE’s next target could be Libya

    Last week, the United Arab Emirates confirmed its troop drawdown from Yemen, which has raised questions about what Abu Dhabi’s next target will be. “Many people asked if this is also linked to the current rise of tensions with Iran,” said a senior UAE official who declined to be...
  • News
    Videos & Photo Stories

    Gazans flock to fence for 67th week of protests

    Palestinians on Friday converged near the fence that separates Gaza Strip from Israel, to demonstrate against Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories, Anadolu Agency reports. Gaza’s National Authority for Return and Breaking the Siege (NARBS), which organises weekly rallies, called on Palestinians to attend demonstration and affirm on their right to...
  • News

    Israel to energy company: Palestinian homes to be demolished

    Israeli occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday and were stationed at the entrance to Bab Al-Rahma while settlers renewed their incursions into the Muslim holy site. Eyewitnesses told the Jordan-based newspaper Addustour that members of Israeli occupation’s intelligence were present at the stairs leading to Bab Al-Rahma. Seven Jewish students...
  • Leaders pose for a family photo during emergency Arab League Summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 31 May 2019 [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Arab League: Israel to blame for death of detained Palestinian 

    Arab League holds Israel responsible for death of Palestinian during interrogation in Israeli detention centre The Arab League of Nations has held Israeli authorities responsible for the death of Palestinian prisoner Nassar Majed Taqatqa in solitary confinement in an Israeli detention centre where he was undergoing interrogation. Saeed Abu...
  • Image of Russia’s Rostec Corporation headquarters in Moscow, Russia [Rostec/Facebook]
    News

    Russia’s Rostec says ready to sell Su-35 fighters to Turkey

    Russia is ready to discuss supplying Su-35 fighter jets to Turkey, the head of the state-owned Rostec corporation said in a statement yesterday. “If our Turkish colleagues express a desire, we are ready to work out deliveries of Su-35 fighter jets,” Sergei Chemezov said, according to the statement. He...
  • News

    Argentina designates Hezbollah as ‘terrorist group’

    Argentinian authorities designated Hezbollah, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organisation yesterday and ordered the freezing of the Lebanese Islamist group’s assets in the country, Reuters reported. The announcement coincided with a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Argentina marks the...
  • News
    Videos & Photo Stories

    Israel, Bahrain FMs hold first public meeting 

    Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifah and his Israeli counterpart Israel Katz held their first open and public meeting in the US on the sidelines of the Advance Religious Freedom conference on Wednesday. In a tweet posted yesterday, Katz announced: “I met publicly with the foreign...
  • News

    Haftar-linked armed gang kidnaps Libya lawmaker

    An armed group stormed the home of Libyan lawmaker Seham Sergewa in the city of Benghazi on Wednesday morning and kidnapped her, Libyan media reported. The Presidential Council of the Tripoli-seated Government of National Accord (GNA) accused militias loyal to retired General Khalifa Haftar of kidnapping Sergewa. In a...
  • Human rights campaigners protest against the UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia in London, UK on 11 July 2016 [Campaign Against Arms Trade/Flickr]
    News

    Labour MP calls for public inquiry into UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia  

    UK Labour MP Fabian Hamilton has called for a public inquiry into why ministers have been allowed to disregard evidence that Saudi Arabia was violating international humanitarian law in order to continue lucrative arms deals with the kingdom. In a tweet that includes a link to a video of...
  • US troops [File photo]
    News

    US to send 500 troops to Saudi

    The Trump administration is increasing US military build-up in the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to escalate with the alleged downing of an Iranian drone in the Straits of Hormuz.  According to Defence Department officials roughly 500 American troops are being deployed to Saudi Arabia, one of...
  • Protesters gather in front of the White House to protest against Trump's announcement that it would limit the number of refugees admitted into the US in Washington, US on 18 September 2018 [Yasin Öztürk/Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Trump aiming to cut refugee arrivals in US to zero next year

    The Trump administration is considering a practical shutdown of refugee arrivals in the US next year, cutting the numbers to almost zero. The news has been reported by three sources close to the plan. The proposal was made during a major meeting between security officials last week, in which...
  • For the 21st Friday in a row, Algerians stage a demonstration demanding regime officials - who continue to work after former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned - to step down, in Algiers, Algeria on July 05, 2019 [Farouk Batiche / Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Algeria: Ex-transport minister held on suspicion of corruption

    The Algerian Supreme Court yesterday ordered former minister of transport and public works in the government of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Ammar Gul, to be investigated for corruption, local media reported. “The Supreme Court’s advisor ordered that former minister of transport and public works, Ammar Gul, be placed in...
  • Muslim Hajj pilgrims perform prayer around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, located in the centre of the Masjid Al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 10 August, 2018 [Behçet Alkan/Anadolu Agency]
    News

    Egypt bans travel to Saudi on new tourism visas

    Egyptian authorities have decided to ban passengers who hold Saudi tourism visas to attend the “Sea and Culture” festival in Jeddah from travelling. This came after the Saudi authorities prevented the entry of about 30 Egyptians who hold the newly issued visas because of fears their real intention in...
  • News

    Egypt: Detention of human rights ‘yellow vest’ lawyer renewed

    A human rights lawyer who was detained in December for sharing a picture of himself wearing a yellow vest on Facebook in solidarity with protesters in France has had his appeal rejected by a court in Egypt. Mohamed Ramadan was arrested for allegedly joining and promoting a terror group...
  • News

    Prominent Saudi opposition figure says a revolt is waiting to happen

    A prominent opposition figure in Saudi Arabia has said that citizens across society in the Kingdom have been angry ever since Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman became the de facto ruler, Al-Khaleej Online has reported. “There is no segment in Saudi society today which is not angry because of...
  • Rashida Tlaib (R) and Ilhan Omar (L) became the first Middle Eastern women to be elected to Congress during the US mid-terms on 6 November, 2018 [Facebook]
    News

    Netanyahu to decide if Congresswomen Tlaib, Omar can visit West Bank

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to decide whether Democratic US Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar can visit Israel and the West Bank next month, local media has reported. Israel has passed a law that bans the entry of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement supporters...
  • Palestinians in Gaza protest to end the Israeli siege on the Strip on 5 February 2019 [Mohammed/Asad/Middle East Monitor]
    News

    Data refutes claims Israel easing Gaza blockade

    Newly-released data for June has provided a reality check to reported claims that Israeli authorities are easing restrictions on the occupied and blockaded Gaza Strip. According to Gisha, an Israeli NGO which monitors and campaigns on freedom of movement, there was a total of 15,471 exits of Palestinians via...
1 2 3 1,233