TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday, after air raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv for the first time since summer of 2014, that it had registered launches of two rockets from the Gaza Strip.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump administration intends to provide $5 million to the White Helmets and the United Nations investigating mechanism in Syria, State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a statement on Thursday.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Eight members of the Daesh* terrorist group have received life sentences for their participation in the 2016 deadly attack in the south of Turkey, Anadolu reported on Thursday.
A US peace plan for the Middle East - which is set to be unveiled after Israel's general election on 9 April - has been delayed since December 2017 when Palestinian uproar followed President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Earlier, Israeli media claimed that Iran, the Syrian government and Hezbollah were building a secret "precision missile factory" in western Syria.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least four people died and six were injured on Thursday following a gas pipeline explosion in southwest Iran, Mehr News Agency reported citing official sources.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union confirms its contribution of 1.5 billion euros, or $1.7 billion, to a refugee facility in Turkey, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday at Third Brussels Conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region."
Trimmed eyebrows and make-up aren't features one would expect to see on a hardened terrorist, but for some of them it is apparently the only way to escape from the Daesh enclave of Baghouz, Syria.
The recent report, which refers to the "Israeli-controlled" Golan Heights, is likely to win praise from Tel Aviv and draw condemnation from Damascus, which seeks to retake the territory it lost in 1967.
HOUSTON (Sputnik) Anastasia Dmitrieva - The United Arab Emirates expects that 70 energy ministers from around the globe will visit the World Energy Congress that will be held in Abu Dhabi in September, Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi, the assistant undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, told Sputnik in an interview.
HOUSTON (Sputnik) - Egypt is not planning to join the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the time being, Tarek El Molla, Egyptian minister of petroleum and mineral resources, told Sputnik on Wednesday on the sidelines of the CERAWeek conference in the US city Houston.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Militants breached the truce regime in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Latakia over the past 24 hours, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria said Wednesday, stressing that the militants also conducted an attack near a scientific research center in the west of the city of Aleppo.
As the US-led coalition closes in on Daesh’s final stronghold in the city of Baghuz near Syria’s border with Iraq, the militant group has released a message claiming it’s only been defeated “by the standards of this world” and calling on its supporters to rise up once more.
The IDF has found that the so-called “Golan File,” a Hezbollah plot, comprises collecting intel and recruiting agents, as well includes weaponry, namely explosives, light arms, etc.
The man was allegedly responsible for the death of five American servicemen, but was acquitted by an Iraqi court once the international coalition withdrew from the country. 12 years later, the IDF claims to have found the man again, serving in Hezbollah.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump administration opposes a Senate joint resolution to end the US role in the Yemeni war and the president's advisers recommend vetoing the measure, the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said in a notice released on Wednesday.
The Russian Defence Ministry announced that it has conducted an airstrike on a militant warehouse in Idlib containing weapons and ammunition after having negotiated the move with Turkey.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Saudi Arabia has not provided pertinent details of its investigation into last year's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the State Department said on Wednesday in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Some states in the Middle East are investing in suspicious nuclear projects and this fact will make Tehran review its own defence strategy, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday.
Although most of the region’s countries do not have open diplomatic ties with the Jewish state and some even deny its right to exist, rumours persist that Tel Aviv still secretly holds talks with these countries' governments.
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