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Israel’s Netanyahu to discuss Middle East with Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss the Middle East with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in the Russian resort of Sochi next week, his office said on Saturday. Israel is concerned Iran is trying to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, accusing it of, among other things, building a missile factory in Syria. Netanyahu said in a speech last week that Israel was watching developments and would act against any threat. Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy, has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s staunchest backer and has provided militia fighters to help him. Russia, also Assad’s ally, is seen as holding the balance of power in achieving a deal on Syria’s future. Read: Israel’s new occupation zone in Syria Israeli […]


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Israeli forces shoot dead 17-year-old Palestinian

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen wielding a knife on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, police said. A 17-year-old Palestinian allegedly approached a group of Israeli paramilitary policemen stationed at a West Bank junction, holding what appeared to be a bag, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, and the troops then called on him to stop. The Israeli Police’s spokesperson, Luba Samri said: The suspect suddenly whipped out a knife and accosted one of the troops. Other troops then opened fire and neutralised the suspect The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the teenager had been killed. There was no other comment from Palestinian officials. Read: Israeli soldiers beat up 12-year-old Palestinian child in Ramallah A wave of Palestinian street […]


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One killed and several injured in clashes at Palestinian camp in Lebanon

At least one person was killed and several others were injured on Saturday in renewed clashes between Palestinian security forces and militants in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, local sources said. Saturday’s clashes broke out after fighters belonging to the mainstream Palestinian group Fatah, led by the West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, fired at a district where the leader of the Badr militant group was believed to be taking cover. Scores of families were forces to flee the area. The fighting began on Thursday after the leader of an armed faction sympathetic to the Badr group fired at the headquarters of a joint security force comprising the main Palestinian factions. In April, seven people were killed in […]


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UN: 17 million Yemenis in urgent need of food

Some 17 million Yemenis do not know if and where they would get their next meal, nearly seven million are facing the threat of famine and 16 million lacked access to water, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told UN Security Council on Friday. Adding that it grieved him that in the last two years, despite his best efforts, he had been unable to make any significant progress in the war-torn country, he said: We must remember that these figures represent human faces and enormous suffering He also said that Yemen’s catastrophe was the direct result of deliberate policies, tactics and actions of the warring parties and their powerful backers. O’Brien stated that only 45 […]


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Egypt prevents Algerian aid convoy from entering Gaza

Egyptian authorities have prevented an Algerian humanitarian aid convoy from entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing, a Palestinian NGO revealed on Friday. The NGO said: The Egyptian decision to prevent the entry of the Algerian humanitarian convoy to Gaza is sad and unfortunate and does not reflect the positive spirit that recently dominated relations According to Palestinian sources, the Algerian convoy was denied entry despite having all the required credentials and documents, noting that the convoy is currently in its way back to Algeria. The Palestinian NGO said that the convoy was carrying medicines, medical disposals, electricity generators and other equipment urgently needed for Gaza’s hospitals. Last Tuesday, Sheikh Yahya Sari, head of the relief department of the […]


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Aish Al-Saraya

Aish Al-Saraya literally translates to the royal court’s bread; basically meaning this dessert is fit for a king! This is no ordinary bread, as it is soaked in simple syrup, topped with cream and bejeweled with pistachios! In case you were wondering how it tastes, it is absolutely delicious! Aish Al-Saraya is a very old and traditional dessert made mainly in the Levant. It is traditionally served warm in a large tray, but more modern recipes serve it cold, which is how I prefer to serve it in the summer. The warm version isn’t as firm as the cold version, but is equally delicious especially during the colder months. I recommend serving them in individual bowls to make it easier […]


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Regeni’s family has names of Egyptian officials involved in his murder

The family of Italian student Giulio Regeni, who was tortured and murdered in Egypt in 2016, announced that they have the names of three Egyptian officials involved in his abduction, torture and murder; the Egyptian daily, Almesryoon, reported on Friday. The family expressed its anger over the recent return of Italy’s ambassador to Cairo. They regard the move as devoid of the “least form of sympathy.” In a TV interview, the family said that it would travel to Cairo in October as part of its effort to get a closer look at the circumstances surrounding Giulio’s death. They, however, maintained that they only have trust in their lawyer and the Italian investigators. Meanwhile, Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentilini said that […]


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Yemeni FM: We’re ready to offer all concessions for peace

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi said that the legitimate Yemeni government is ready to offer all concessions, whatever they are, for the sake of peace, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday. Speaking before the UN Security Council, Al-Mekhlafi said that the government is also ready to open Sana International Airport as part of the concessions, on condition that the UN supervises its operations. The minister also said he was saddened that no international attention was given to the “oppressive” siege imposed on Taiz by the Houthis and their allies, namely Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias. He said that residents in Taiz feel as if the international community has adopted double standards toward their issue. About the situation in Taiz, Al-Mekhlafi said that […]


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Analysts: Jordan vote win tests Brotherhood popularity

The solid performance of a Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition in Jordan’s local elections could presage a new lease on life for the embattled group, experts say. In local and provincial polls held Wednesday, the National Alliance for Reform, led by the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, won 25 of the 48 provincial council seats it contested. The alliance also won five out of the Amman Municipality’s 12 seats, and won majorities in the local councils of three of Jordan’s largest municipalities, including the industrial city of Zarqa. The Brotherhood-linked coalition also grabbed 41 local council seats out of 88 candidates fielded. Some 31.7 percent of eligible voters turned out for the vote, which was held under […]


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Turkish Foreign Ministry sends Humanitarian Day message

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a World Humanitarian Day message on Saturday, praising aid workers’ efforts around the world. “On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, we extend our gratitude and appreciation to the aid workers, who diligently maintain humanitarian aid efforts throughout the world under the most compelling conditions, and we commemorate with respect and gratitude those who have lost their lives in the course of these efforts,” a press release said. The ministry stressed that despite the international community’s efforts, the number of people in need, which is around 140 million, “increases every passing day” and “attacks against humanitarian aid workers never cease, humanitarian law violations become widespread and continue to remain unpunished”. “It is a matter of urgent […]