On 5 November 2019, the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC), controlling five southern governorates, signed in Riyadh a reconciliation agreement mediated by a Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen. Confrontations between the two sides persisted until a ceasefire was signed in late June.
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said on Tuesday they had detected individuals deemed suspicious on the border with Lebanon, dubbed the "Blue Line" to mark the color of helmets of UN peacekeepers who were deployed there after Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.
At the same time, Washington has repeatedly ignored Tehran's calls for the US to stop sending its carriers to the Gulf and its warnings that such actions only contribute to the escalation of tensions in the region, not to security.
Armed clashes were reported on 27 July along the border between Israel and Lebanon, with a source in the Lebanese Security Service saying they occurred after a detachment of Hezbollah fighters purportedly attempted to destroy an Israeli military convoy.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Israel has violated the sovereignty of Lebanon and conducted "dangerous" military operations at the border between the two countries, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Tuesday following the recent security incident.
Earlier in the day, Mizan news agency reported a fuel tank explosion at a parking lot in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah that caused a conflagration in the area.
Over the past few weeks, a series of fires and explosions have hit sensitive Iranian facilities. In early July, a blaze swept through a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, and a blast was reported at a gas storage tank east of Tehran. In mid-July, a fire broke out at a plant producing liquefied natural gas in the city of Fariman.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook is visiting the United Kingdom and Estonia this week to meet with officials and call for the extension of a United Nations arms embargo on Iran, the State Department said in a statement.
Three Katyusha rockets struck the Taji coalition base in Iraq, which hosts US troops, late Monday. No casualties have been reported, the Iraqi military confirmed.
The iconic religious site was recently converted from a museum to a mosque after a historic 1934 decision, was reverted by the country's Council of State despite protest from Christian communities and some foreign governments.
A business centre in Ankara’s Cankaya district has been evacuated after reports of a fire in the building. Cankaya is known as a wealthy area with mostly offices, business centres, and elite apartments.
Tensions in the region have escalated following reports of a Hezbollah fighter being killed in southern Damascus by an Israeli air strike last week. The Israeli Army has since increased its presence along the border with Lebanon and Syria, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued warnings to the movement on 26 July.
The last time Iran held drills involving such a massive mock-up of a top American vessel was in 2015 ahead of signing a nuclear deal with members of the international community. The possibility of a new massive drill with live ammunition comes as the said deal is in shambles due to the US withdrawal from it and escalating tensions with Washington.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - A Lebanese-Israeli war is unlikely in coming months despite the killing of a Hezbollah operative in an Israeli airstrike in Syria, Hezbollah deputy secretary-general Naim Qassem told Al Mayadeen channel.
KABUL (Sputnik) - Two Afghan soldiers were injured in an emergency landing of a Black Hawk helicopter in southern Helmand province on Monday, Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor has confirmed.
Anti-government protests have been non-stop in Israel, mainly in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak and the criminal corruption charges pressed against him.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, Alexander Shcherbitsky, said at a daily briefing on Sunday.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Former Sudanese Parliamentary Speaker Ibrahim Omar was detained in capital Khartoum on Sunday without divulging reasons, media reported.
The 23 July incident reportedly put the passenger jet in danger, with the actions of the American military being heavily criticised by the Iranian government. The US command, however, dismissed the accusations, claiming the fighters had performed manoeuvres at a safe distance.
The Israeli military apparently continues to regularly patrol the border area with Lebanon after sealing off several underground tunnels last year that were built by Hezbollah from the country's territory.