The Tunisian uprising spread like wildfire and millions in neighbouring Arab countries revolted against their long-time dictators, giving birth to what became known as the Arab Spring
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 194 on 11 December 1948 calling for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes from which they were forced out in 1948
On 29 October 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk declared the birth of the Republic of Turkey and became its first president
The Taif Accord was signed 31 years ago today and led to the official ending of the Lebanese Civil War a year later. The accord set out a new...
On this day nine years ago, the historic prisoner exchange deal between Israel and the Palestinian resistance group Hamas took place, with its long-lasting effects still impacting on the present day.
On 2 October 1187, Ayyubid Sultan Salah Al-Din (known in the West as Saladin) liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders nearly a century after they captured the holy city from the Fatimid Caliphate
On 25 September, 1997, Israelis from the Mossad spy agency attempted to assassinate Palestinian political leader Khaled Meshaal in Amman, the capital of Jordan
Where: The town of Bentalha, about 15 kilometres south of Algiers, Algeria When: During the night of 22-23 September 1997 What happened It took one night to massacre more...
In search of a better life in Europe...
What Six years ago, Israeli occupation forces targeted the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) in one of the deadliest military offensives against the two million Palestinians living within the...
What: The dissolution and division of the Ottoman Empire and its former territories through the Treaty of Lausanne, leading to the establishment of the modern Republic of Turkey When:...
Following the death of his father Hafez Al-Assad, Bashar Al-Assad official became president at only 34 years old
On 16 July 2014, Israeli missile killed four children of the same family on a beach in Gaza
On this day in 1920, the first High Commissioner for Palestine Herbert Samuel, was handed the administration of the country by the British government and signed a receipt saying “one Palestine, complete”
In August 2013, a military defector, known by the pseudonym “Caesar”, sent and smuggled more than 50,000 photographs out of Syria.
A chemical weapons attack was carried out on the people of Douma, south-western Syria, killing around 85 people
Seventeen years ago, on 19 March 2003, the US led the western invasion of Iraq in a war many consider to be the worst foreign policy disaster in modern history
Rafic Hariri, was assassinated on 14 February 2005, when nearly 1,800 kilograms of TNT explosive hidden in a Mitsubishi van was detonated next to his motorcade
During her arrest, Tamimi was sexually harassed by an Israeli interrogator during her detention, her lawyer Gaby Lasky, has alleged.
What: Religious extremists in Saudi Arabia under the charismatic leadership of man disgruntled with Western access to the Kingdom, took over the Grand Mosque of Makkah for two weeks....
Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow and death left a void in the region as well as Libya, which has yet to be filled.
For the Palestinians, the tragedy of Sabra and Shatila remains as a powerful reminder of their apparently endless cycle of displacement.
On 15 August 2005, Israel began its disengagement from the Gaza Strip, which it had occupied since the Six Day War of 1967
On this day in 1978, Israeli military forces finally withdrew from Lebanon three months after their invasion of southern Lebanon in an effort to hunt down and eliminate the...
The infamous Abu Ghraib prison complex in Iraq was revealed to be the centre of an extensive network run by the US military after the coalition's invasion of the...
Tens of thousands of Palestinians congregated on the first day, and continued to protest every week since
Egypt was the first Arab country to normalise relations with Israel
Three days into the demonstrations, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad ordered the military to attack the protesters.
Believed to be the burial place of the prophets Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque is revered within Islam and Judaism.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini arrives back in Iran after 15 years of exile, signalling the start of the Iranian revolution
What: Israel waged a three-week military offensive against the Gaza Strip, killing almost 1,400 Palestinians and wounding thousands more. Where: The Gaza Strip When: 27 Dec 2008 – 18...
On 17 December 2010, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire outside the governor's office, despondent at being unable to earn money and provide for his family....