Saudi King Salman previously sacked Minister of Energy Khalid al-Falih, appointing his son Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman to the position. This is the first time a member of the Saudi Royal Family has occupied this crucial office.
On Monday morning, Lebanese movement Hezbollah reported an Israeli drone had been shot down at the border with Israel near the settlement of Ramiyah.
The Hezbollah organisation earlier stated it had downed another Israeli unmanned aircraft over southern Lebanon near the settlement of Ramiyah. The IDF subsequently confirmed it had crashed, but didn’t comment on the possible causes of the incident.
The Turkish and US militaries have begun carrying out joint land patrols on Syrian territory east of the Euphrates as part of moves to establish a security zone in the area. Joint observation helicopter flights have also been carried out on both sides of the Turkish border.
ALEPPO, Syria (Sputnik) - The authorities in Aleppo, Syria have been rebuilding the city's infrastructure damaged during fierce fighting, including the centrally located food market Souq al-Hal, which is expected to become operational soon.
The Jewish legislator made similar remarks when arguing with the same opponent a year ago; at the time, he called Jewish people the “smartest, most special” people in the world.
Previously, in April and September of 2018, the Israeli prime minister reported 'Mossad intelligence information' which he said exposed an alleged clandestine Iranian nuclear programme operating in contravention of Tehran's commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has dismissed all the claims.
JERUSALEM (Sputnik) - Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Monday called on the signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, to annul the pact and join the US sanctions against Tehran in a bid to stop what he called Iran's "terrorist ambitions."
Netanyahu is facing accusations of bribery and fraud, which he denies; as two key witnesses in the case expressed doubts over his wife's mental health and told police she chooses the people who work for the prime minister. Netanyahu’s office has dismissed their statements as false.
JERUSALEM (Sputnik) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to reveal new intelligence data related to the Iranian nuclear program based on Mossad's findings later in the day, media reported on Monday, citing sources in the government.
Earlier this year, after discovering that the Department of Energy had greenlit six authorisations to allow US companies to assist Saudi Arabia with its nuclear programme, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the US Senate attempted to put together a bill to block Washington from providing funding for the transfer of US nuclear technology to Riyadh.
Earlier, an Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman said Iran would be decreasing its commitments to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, in retaliation to the breach of the deal by Washington. Tehran maintains that it could still 'reverse' its action if the other parties to the deal fulfil their promises.
Israel has carried out scores of air attacks against Syria in recent years, saying that the strikes were aimed at countering alleged Iranian presence in the Arab country.
BEIJING (Sputnik) - The escalation in the Syrian province of Idlib will not ignite a new large-scale military conflict in the country as the government of Syria has now regained its strength and will prevent a new war from happening, former Chinese Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike said.
An Israeli military drone fell on Lebanese territory the night before, a source in the Israeli Defence Forces said on Monday.
The Trump administration declined on Sunday to rule out a withdrawal of American troops without a peace accord, which was scrapped after a terror attack resulting in the death of an American soldier in Kabul.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - The troops of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) have made advances south of the city of Tripoli, making the Libyan National Army (LNA) loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar suffer losses, GNA military spokesman, Muhammad Kanunu said on Monday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) registered an attempted missile launch from the Gaza Strip, but the missile did not cross the border, the IDF said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday it will start licensing companies to manufacture firearms, ammunition, military explosives, military equipment, individual military equipment, and military electronics.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has postponed his meeting with US President Donald that was scheduled for September 12 for medical reasons, media reported, citing the royal palace.