Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: Palestinian Territories

Fresh Gaza protests after Palestinian pay cut

Fresh protests against civil service pay cuts broke out in Gaza on Saturday, AFP reporters said, amid pressure on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to act. The decision this week by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority to impose pay cuts on

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Hamas shut the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday, after blaming Israel for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave. A statement from the interior ministry in Gaza, run by Hamas, said it

Gunmen kill Hamas official who was swapped for Israel’s Gilad Shalit in 2011

Gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Friday shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, the interior ministry in the Palestinian enclave said. Mazen Faqha was released along with more than 1,000 other

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian teen

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager Thursday in the occupied West Bank and seriously wounded three other Palestinians, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement. It did not give the circumstances, but said the shooting happened near the

Palestinian leader Abbas: Trump brings hope for ‘peace’

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he hopes recent meetings with US President Donald Trump’s team lead to “peace” between Israelis and Palestinians. Trump called the Palestinian president on March 10 for the first time since his inauguration, inviting him

Britain’s Johnson backs two-state solution on Mideast trip

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday his government remained committed to a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict as he visited for talks with leaders from both sides. His comments came with US President Donald Trump casting

Palestinian municipal elections in West Bank only: Government

Palestinian local elections scheduled for May will take place in the West Bank only and not in Gaza, the government announced Tuesday, scuppering hopes of the first vote in both territories in a decade. The Palestinian Authority, run by President

Israeli police begin evacuation of settler homes in West Bank

Israeli police on Tuesday began removing residents and protesters from nine West Bank settler homes set to be demolished under a Supreme Court ruling. The homes in the Ofra settlement – a symbol of Jewish settler defiance to international concerns

Gaza’s first English library to open window to world

Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory. “Send us books in English, new or used,” says the 24-year-old

Bethlehem fetes Palestinian Arab Idol singing hero

Yacoub Shaheen

Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated in Bethlehem after a young singer from the occupied West Bank city became the second Palestinian to win the Arab Idol television song contest. Yacoub Shaheen, the 23-year-old son of a Syriac Christian carpenter, on Saturday

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank clashes

A Palestinian was shot dead during clashes with the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Palestinian health ministry said. The man died during clashes south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, the ministry said in

Hamas forces break up Gaza electricity crisis protest

Hamas security forces broke up a protest in northern Gaza on Thursday, an AFP photographer and witnesses said, as thousands took to the streets over an electricity crisis. The demonstrators gathered in the Jabalia refugee camp for a march, with

UN envoy warns West Bank camp could ‘explode’

The UN’s top official on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process said Monday he was concerned the West Bank’s largest refugee camp could “explode” if intra-Palestinian clashes worsen, during a rare visit to the Balata camp. In what his officials said was

Hamas says Peres criminal, Abbas says brave

Hamas welcomed the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres Wednesday, calling him a “criminal”, while Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas lauded the “brave” Nobel Peace Prize winner. In the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Islamist Hamas movement which runs

Palestinian wounded in clash with Israelis dies

A Palestinian shot by Israeli soldiers during clashes last month died of his wounds Sunday at a hospital in the West Bank, the hospital said. Arif Jaradat, 22, was wounded during clashes with the Israeli armed forces on May 4

Israel destroys home of Palestinian suspect in murder of Israelis

Israel on Tuesday destroyed the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of aiding in the October 2015 murder of a Jewish settler couple in the Israeli-occupied territory. Palestinian Zeid Amr, aged 26 or 27, is accused of being part

Abbas says ‘urgent’ need for UN resolution on Israeli settlements

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said there is an “urgent” need for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, in an interview with AFP ahead of a multi-country diplomatic tour. “The Security Council is a very important subject because it has now

Israel starts building new part of controversial West Bank wall

Israel began construction on a controversial part of its separation barrier in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, near a Palestinian Christian town, an AFP journalist reported. Cranes began lifting eight-meter (yard)-high blocks into place near Beit Jala, south of

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