BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Lebanon's Hezbollah movement does not seek war with Israel but is preparing for any scenario, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, the head of the movement's executive council, said in an interview with Al Mayadeen broadcaster on Wednesday ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Israeli troops' withdrawal from Lebanon.
Previously, outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennet commented that Iran "has begun the withdrawal process from Syria," his uncorroborated-by-evidence statement coming in the wake of earlier reports of Israeli officials suggesting there was a scaling down of Tehran’s presence in the country.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - The Syrian Justice Ministry on Wednesday refuted media reports about arrested accounts of businessman Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of President Bashar Assad.
On 28 January President Donald Trump formally unveiled his plan for Middle East peace, authored by a team led by his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Palestinian authorities rejecting the proposal as flagrantly biased.
Coronavirus might pose a threat to Yemen, but it is far from the only problem facing the war-torn country, according to the ICRC spokesperson. In addition to the raging conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 100 thousand people, Yemen is also struggling to cope with constant floods and supplies of food and clean water.
CAIRO (Sputnik) – The Saudi-led coalition conducted at least a dozen air raids on Yemen’s northwestern and central provinces in the early hours of Wednesday, the Houthi rebel movement said.
The US Navy has issued a navigational warning, instructing vessels in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea to keep a minimal 100-metre distance from US warships, otherwise they will be perceived as a threat.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, have filed a civil complaint, calling for the pillaged “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” to be returned to Iraq after it was sold by an international auction house to Oklahoma-based arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.
The head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has repeatedly warned Israel that he will tear up any bilateral agreements with the Jewish state if Tel Aviv attempts to further extend its sovereignty over parts of the West Bank, a possibility left open by Israel's new unity government.
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday asked the court to deny Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to skip the opening hearing in the graft trial scheduled for 24 May.
It has been 104 years since the ratification of the Sykes-Picot agreement, a pact that divided the Middle East between the victorious allies of the First World War after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
Researchers aren’t exactly sure what the spaces were used for, but believe that they may have served as a food storage facility, a residential dwelling or even an ancient panic room-style hiding spot.
Previously, the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission had prepared and approved a bill on “confronting the hostile acts of the Zionist regime against peace and security”.
Over the past three years, authorities in Syria have seized enough terrorist weapons, ammunition, communications equipment and medical supplies to field a small army. Many of the arms were covertly delivered to the country from abroad, and paid for by powers seeking the illegal armed overthrow of Syria’s government.
The family of Aya Hachem moved to England from the Lebanese village of Qlaileh - only five miles from the Israeli border - in 2011, looking for security and peace. But on Sunday the 19-year-old law student was shot dead outside a supermarket.
On 10 May, the managing director of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, Mohammad Rastad, confirmed in a televised statement that the county’s port of Shahid Rajaee, in the coastal city of Bandar Abbas, was the victim of a cyberattack by an unknown foreign hacker on 9 May, bringing to a halt all shipping traffic in the facility.
A rocket landed on an empty house in the Green Zone near the US embassy in Baghdad early on Tuesday morning.
After a year and a half of political turmoil, Israel's 35th government was finally sworn in on Monday. Featuring 34 ministers and half a dozen deputies, amid an economic crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19, the coalition has become the most expensive in the history of the country, stirring criticism from left, right, and centre.
On Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slammed alleged plans by the US Navy to intercept Iranian tankers as "illegal, dangerous, and provocative" acts, which he said look like “an act of piracy”.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed cooperation on the coronavirus fight and the situation in Syria, both the Kremlin and the office of the Turkish president said Monday.