Saving Palestine from its new enemies

Next year will mark 100 years of the Palestinians fighting to live a free and dignified life in their homeland. They are fighting the longest ongoing organised war against a defenceless nation. The enemy was and still is Western colonialism and the Zionist colonial settlement. The Palestinian leaders have fought these enemies according to their abilities, and the Palestinian people followed, sacrificing the lives of their martyrs and persevering for their right to live in their country. Haj Amin Al-Husseini raised morale and called on the Muslim nation to rescue Al-Aqsa. Yasser Arafat built upon the Fedayeen organisations in Gaza, which developed into the Palestinian revolution in 1968, after the establishment of the PLO in 1964. This resulted in the […]

2,093 Saudi Daesh members

The  latest figures from the Saudi Ministry of Interior show that there are 2,093 Saudi citizens abroad fighting for Daesh, with just under three quarters of them in Syria. In an interview with Saudi funded pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat, Mansoor Al-Turki, spokesperson for the Saudi Ministry of Interior, said that there are currently 1,540 Saudis fighting in Syria, 147 fighting in Yemen, 31 in Afghanistan and Pakistan, five in Iraq and 297 in various other parts of the world. He added that 73 people have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for terror related activities. “The figures we currently have on the number of Saudis joining Daesh are much lower than what most of us thought,” he said.

2,093 Saudi Daesh members

The  latest figures from the Saudi Ministry of Interior show that there are 2,093 Saudi citizens abroad fighting for Daesh, with just under three quarters of them in Syria. In an interview with Saudi funded pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat, Mansoor Al-Turki, spokesperson for the Saudi Ministry of Interior, said that there are currently 1,540 Saudis fighting in Syria, 147 fighting in Yemen, 31 in Afghanistan and Pakistan, five in Iraq and 297 in various other parts of the world. He added that 73 people have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for terror related activities. “The figures we currently have on the number of Saudis joining Daesh are much lower than what most of us thought,” he said.

More than 180,000 illegal immigrants arrived in Italy in 2016

The number of illegal immigrants who arrived in Italy this year has increased by 18.21 per cent compared to last year to reach 180,392 people, the Italian Interior Ministry said in a report yesterday. This is the largest number of immigrants received by Italy. According to the report, 7,018 people have arrived in Italy every month, compared with 3,219 people in the same period of 2015. The numbers include 24,929 unaccompanied minors arrived in the country since the start of 2016. The report said a majority of the immigrants arrived through the ports of Augusta, Pozzallo, Catania, Messina, Reggio Calabria, Palermo, Trapani, all in the south of the country. Most of those arriving were from African countries including: Nigeria, Eritrea, […]

More than 180,000 illegal immigrants arrived in Italy in 2016

The number of illegal immigrants who arrived in Italy this year has increased by 18.21 per cent compared to last year to reach 180,392 people, the Italian Interior Ministry said in a report yesterday. This is the largest number of immigrants received by Italy. According to the report, 7,018 people have arrived in Italy every month, compared with 3,219 people in the same period of 2015. The numbers include 24,929 unaccompanied minors arrived in the country since the start of 2016. The report said a majority of the immigrants arrived through the ports of Augusta, Pozzallo, Catania, Messina, Reggio Calabria, Palermo, Trapani, all in the south of the country. Most of those arriving were from African countries including: Nigeria, Eritrea, […]

Al-Shabaab confiscate Somali farmers’ livestock

At least 20 people have been killed in the latest clashes between Al-Shabaab militants and civilians in the Dumaye district situated in the Mudug region in central Somalia, after the militant group demanded farmers handover their livestock. “The battle broke out after the local cattle herders defied Al-Shabaab’s order to round up their livestock in what Al-Shabaab described as zakat [alms giving],” said a local resident who spoke to local news outlet Garowe Online on condition of anonymity. The resident said Al-Shabaab fighters seized the Dumaye district on Saturday, which led to heavy fighting between locals and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group. A former Al-Shabaab member who defected last week told VOA News said that some of those whose livestock was […]

Al-Shabaab confiscate Somali farmers’ livestock

At least 20 people have been killed in the latest clashes between Al-Shabaab militants and civilians in the Dumaye district situated in the Mudug region in central Somalia, after the militant group demanded farmers handover their livestock. “The battle broke out after the local cattle herders defied Al-Shabaab’s order to round up their livestock in what Al-Shabaab described as zakat [alms giving],” said a local resident who spoke to local news outlet Garowe Online on condition of anonymity. The resident said Al-Shabaab fighters seized the Dumaye district on Saturday, which led to heavy fighting between locals and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group. A former Al-Shabaab member who defected last week told VOA News said that some of those whose livestock was […]

Egyptian delegation visits Saudi to ‘clear the air’

High-ranking Egyptian officials are part of a delegation that travelled by private jet to the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh a few days ago to reportedly “clear the air”, according to Egyptian sources. According pro-government newspaper Sadah Al-Balad, the delegation met a number of senior Saudi officials and dignitaries to discuss the latest developments on the Arab arena in the framework of the strategic relations between the two countries. A professor at Cairo University pointed out that the delegation’s main objective was to clear the air between the two countries. Speaking to Sadah Al-Balad, he remarked that the strain in relations will affect a “number of journalists from both sides” and implored for a legitimate way to react to the diplomatic visit. On Sunday, the Anadolu Agency reported that the private plane experienced a technical hitch at Cairo International Airport […]

Report: 20 Iraqi journalists killed in 2016

As many as 20 Iraqi journalists were killed this year, bringing the total number of journalists killed since the US occupation of Iraq in 2003 to 455, a new report has found. The Iraqi Journalists Syndicate said in a report posted on its website that a majority of the victims were killed by Daesh mainly in the Nineveh province in the north of the country. The report pointed to the significant risks faced by journalists in Iraq, and said that “journalists also face threats of murder as an attempt to prevent the fourth power from carrying out its role and investigation.” “Journalistic work is dangerous in Iraq and there is no law to save the life of journalists from threats […]

Kerry: Status quo in Israel leading to continued occupation

Israel’s actions in the West Bank are leading towards a one state solution and continued occupation of the Palestinians, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned in a speech today. Speaking at a press conference in which he was expected to slam Israeli policies of settler expansion and occupation of Palestinians, Kerry said: “No one thinking seriously about peace can ignore the reality that settlements post to theta peace.” “It’s not just a question of the overall amount of land available in the West Bank, it’s whether the land can be connected or is broken up into small parcels like Swiss cheese that could never constitute a real state,” Kerry said. The more outposts that are built, the more the […]