A conflict between local residents and US troops early on Wednesday in a Syrian village of Khirbet Ammo near the border town of Qamishli saw one child killed and one civilian injured. US troops reportedly opened fire after local residents attempted to protest the passage of a US convoy which had entered an area controlled by Syrian authorities.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Libya cementing the conclusions of the recent Berlin conference on Libyan reconciliation and the need for a lasting ceasefire in the country.
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered Foreign Ministry officials to freeze contacts with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights after the OHCHR published a blacklist of companies cooperating with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Damascus will continue to fight terrorist groups throughout the country even despite threats coming from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attack Syrian government troops, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Tehran unsuccessfully tried to send its Zafar satellite to space on 9 February after two other failed attempts last year. The country has since announced that it will make another attempt in June 2020.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow believes that the reason for the recent deterioration of the situation in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone is Turkey’s failure to comply with previous agreements, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.
The news comes as the UN Office of Human Rights revealed that some 112 Israeli companies were doing business in the West Bank.
Mortar and missile fire from the Gaza Strip intensified weeks ahead of the publication of Donald Trump's "deal of the century" peace plan, which was vehemently rejected not only by the Palestinian Authority, but also by the Hamas movement, controlling the Strip.
Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Myles Caggins previously stated that US-led coalition troops opened fire on civilians, claiming they had to do it in self-defence.
The day before, a military source said that Syrian government troops recaptured the flashpoint town of Khan al-Asal west of Aleppo.
Ankara previously hit Syrian government forces in Idlib, claiming it has eliminated 51 units belonging to Damascus after the Syrian Army hit an observation post in Idlib, killing eight Turkish nationals.
MAARAT AL-NUMAN, Syria (Sputnik) - Syrian government troops cleared roughly 15 percent of the Maarat Al-Numan city of mines, as it was recaptured from militants in the northwestern Idlib province earlier this week, Zein al-Abedin, the deputy commander of the military unit specialising in bomb disposal, said on Wednesday.
Iran marked on Tuesday the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 that saw the end of monarchic rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahvali in the country and the establishment of the modern Islamic Republic of Iran.
Previously, US President Donald Trump suggested without elaboration that NATO should be more actively involved in the Middle East. The suggestion came soon after US tensions with Iran escalated after the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq by an American drone.
The last three strip clubs operating in the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv have been closed down following authorities’ enforcement of a law that defines lap dances as a type of sex work.
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - Syrian government troops recaptured the flashpoint town of Khan al-Asal west of Aleppo on Tuesday, a military source said.
TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Mass annual processions took place across Iran to mark the 41st anniversary of the revolution that saw the end of monarchic rule in the country and the establishment of an Islamic Republic.
Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that the Syrian government "would pay a heavy price" for its actions after militants downed its chopper in Idlib.
Earlier, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, crucial sides in any prospective Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, rejected Trump's "deal of the century" plan for ending the ongoing conflict.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Almost 30 people have been hospitalised in Lebanon as a result of clashes between protesters and security forces in the capital city of Beirut, with 190 others receiving medical assistance on the ground, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Tuesday.