Israel squares off for showdown with Iran in Syria

A surge in Israeli-Syrian cross-border incidents has turned into the “biggest” confrontation between the two countries in decades and confronted Russia with a new dilemma: how to preserve its ties with both sides. The tit-for-tat attacks, which started on Saturday and continued until the following day, have been accompanied by[…]

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Hamas rejects designation of Hezbollah as ‘terrorist’

Hamas on Monday rejected a resolution by Arab League foreign ministers designating Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. “Hamas strongly rejects the designation of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah as terrorist,” it said in a statement. “We were shocked to see that the joint Arab statement was free from referring[…]

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Open letter to Saudi government

The Media Review Network (MRN) has written an open letter to the Saudi government through its embassy in Pretoria, expressing its indignation at the current purge in Saudi Arabia at the man behind it, Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman. The ambitious 32 year old prince, widely known as MBS, has[…]

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Lebanon president claims Saad Hariri ‘kidnapped’

A protest scheduled in central Beirut under the slogan “Bring Saad back” was cancelled on Saturday, following a circular issued by the interior ministry. The demonstration would have been the first collective show of support for Saad Hariri, who is allegedly being detained in Saudi Arabia following his surprise resignation[…]

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‘Israeli strikes’ hit arms depot in Damascus

Israeli air strikes have hit an arms depot operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport, Syrian opposition sources told Al Jazeera. Witnesses said a total of five strikes occurred near the Damascus airport road, about 25km from the capital, early on Thursday. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from[…]

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Aleppo evacuations resume after delays

Evacuations from the last rebel-held enclave of Aleppo have resumed despite heavy snowfall after being stalled for a day, according to aid officials and pro-government media reports. Obstacles hindering evacuations from eastern Aleppo and from two villages besieged by opposition fighters outside the city had been overcome on Wednesday, clearing[…]

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