Browsing: Middle East News

‘At least 28 people have been killed and over 120 wounded in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, where rival factions vying for control in the fractured country clashed on Friday using tanks, armored vehicles and pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.

Heavy gunfire and artillery explosions rocked the districts of Abu Salim, Salahedeen and Qasr Bin Ghashir since early morning, when forces allied to the self-proclaimed National Salvation Government (GNC) tried to capture the territory controlled by the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

A third Tobruk-based government, aligned with military commander Khalifa Haftar, urged the people of Tripoli to “stand hand in hand with the GNA and its security apparatus to defeat the saboteurs.”’

Read more: Dozens killed, 120+ wounded in Tripoli as rival factions clash for Libyan capital

‘Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant camps following the deadly attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, President Abdel Fattah Sisi has announced. The strikes were carried out in eastern Libya, state television said.

Egypt’s president also vowed to continue striking bases used to train militants and who carry out terrorist attacks in his country, regardless of the camps’ location.

He also reiterated that the countries financing, training and arming terrorists should not get away unpunished.

“We will not hesitate to protect our people from the evil,” he said in a televised speech on Friday.’

Read more: Egypt strikes ‘terrorist camps’ in Libya in response to attack on Coptic Christians

‘A major US daily has blasted what it described as President Donald Trump’s “distorted foreign policy” in accommodating notorious Arab dictators in the Persian Gulf — specifically the Bahraini monarch – while harshly censuring American European partners.

Pointing to clear consequences of Trump’s statements and impressions, The Washington Post insisted in one of its Friday editorials that a “good example” came on Tuesday “when Bahraini security forces stormed an opposition encampment just two days after Mr. Trump promised the Persian Gulf nation’s king that there would be no more “strain” between their governments.”

The influential newspaper then added, “Those strains, of course, concerned the Sunni regime’s crackdown on its Shia opposition, which has been escalating in recent months.”’

Read more: Washington Post slams Trump’s policy of promoting Arab despots

‘Israeli authorities have agreed to a deal with the Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli jails over the past 40 days.

Issa Qaraqe, the head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, confirmed the deal on Saturday.

Other informed sources also said that the hunger strikers were now halting their protest action.

More than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners were participating in the hunger strike, dubbed the Freedom and Dignity Strike, which started on April 17. The strike was led by Marwan Barghouti, a jailed leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement.

The hunger strikers were demanding appropriate medical care and treatment in Israeli prisons, as well as an end to solitary confinement and the so-called administrative detention, which is a form of imprisonment without trial or charge.’

Read more: Palestinian hunger-strikers reach deal with Israel, ending hunger strike

‘Israeli police questioned U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson on Thursday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a law enforcement source said.

Netanyahu is suspected in two separate criminal cases of abuse of office. He denies wrongdoing in both cases and charges have yet to be brought against him.

The source said Adelson gave his testimony in regard to what police have dubbed “Case 2000”, involving suspicions Netanyahu negotiated a deal in 2015 for favorable press coverage with the owner of Israel’s best-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth.

Adelson, a supporter of Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump and a major donor to the U.S. Republican Party, owns the widely-read free daily Israel Hayom. The handout is staunchly pro-Netanyahu and it is Yedioth Ahronoth’s main competitor.’

Read more: Israeli police question U.S. casino mogul Adelson in Netanyahu probe

‘A Saudi court has given death sentences to over a dozen young Shia activists from the restive Qatif region, which has been the scene of peaceful protest rallies against the ruling Al Saudi regime in recent years.

Lebanon’s al-Manar television channel reported that 14 activists were sentenced to death on Thursday by the Supreme Court in Riyadh for taking part in the anti-regime protests gripping the kingdom’s Eastern Province, where the Qatif region is located.

According to the report, the trial process preceding the verdicts took place at the criminal court dealing with terrorism-related cases, a tribunal viewed by legal experts as an Interior Ministry tool to suppress opposition activists.

This is while some of the defendants had said during the hearing sessions that they were forced into false confessions through physical and psychological torture.’

Read more: Riyadh court gives death sentences to 14 young activists from Qatif

‘Bahraini clerics have hailed the endeavors made by anti-government protesters who resist the Al Khalifah regime’s heavy crackdown on dissent, saying their struggle to save their religion has just started.

“The battle for the defense of religion is not over, it has just started,” the Bahraini clerics said in a statement released on Friday, adding that Islam and their Persian Gulf island country needed those who would “sacrifice” their lives for this cause.

The statement came three days after the Al Khalifah regime launched a full-scale military raid on the northwestern village of Diraz, situated some 12 kilometers west of the capital Manama, to suppress a growing protest staged in solidarity with the top cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shia majority.’

Read more: Struggle to defend religion just started: Bahraini clerics

‘Here’s what the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22 year old who killed nearly two dozen concert-goers in Manchester, UK, was the product of the US and UK overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and “regime change” policy in Syria. He was a radicalized Libyan whose family fled Gaddafi’s secular Libya, and later he trained to be an armed “rebel” in Syria, fighting for the US and UK “regime change” policy toward the secular Assad government.

The suicide attacker was the direct product of US and UK interventions in the greater Middle East.

According to the London Telegraph, Abedi, a son of Libyan immigrants living in a radicalized Muslim neighborhood in Manchester had returned to Libya several times after the overthrow of Muamar Gaddafi, most recently just weeks ago. After the US/UK and allied “liberation” of Libya, all manner of previously outlawed and fiercely suppressed radical jihadist groups suddenly found they had free rein to operate in Libya. This is the Libya that Abedi returned to and where he likely prepared for his suicide attack on pop concert attendees. Before the US-led attack on Libya in 2011, there was no al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other related terrorist organization operating (at least with impunity) on Libyan soil.’

Read more: Manchester Bomber Was Product of West’s Libya/Syria Intervention

‘It has not been 24 hours since the suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured dozens more after a pop concert in the English city of Manchester.

British authorities have named the suspected killer as a 22-year-old Manchester native.

As people express anguish and horror – and appeal for unity – Israel has moved quickly and cynically to exploit the tragedy for its own agenda.

Meanwhile, Israeli army officers have explained why they tacitly support Islamic State, the group that claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a tweet declaring, “If the Manchester attacker was Palestinian and the victims Israeli, the terrorist’s family would receive a stipend from Mahmoud Abbas.”’

Read more: Israel quick to exploit Manchester bombing

‘As more and more evidence reveals the terroristic nature of the White Helmets and the fact that the groups is nothing more than a wing of al-Qaeda/Nusra, the facts surrounding the terrorist support group seem to be snowballing. After in-depth research by Vanessa Beeley of 21st Century Wire and The Wall Will Fall seriously damaged the credibility of White Helmets-based propaganda, Beeley herself was able to travel to Syria and document evidence that the White Helmets were indeed working with al-Nusra and al-Qaeda.

Now, independent journalist Khaled Iskef, who is based in Aleppo, has followed up on Beeley’s work by releasing a series of reports of his own detailing the information he obtained as a result of analyzing the contents of files, documents, and papers left over in the East Aleppo White Helmets headquarters which, notably, was located directly next to the Nusra headquarters.

In the series of reports included below, Iskef reveals through the documents he obtained (footage is constantly rolling in the background showing the documents, graffiti, and buildings he is discussing) that the White Helmets were specifically trained by Qatar in Turkey. Like Vanessa Beeley’s report, Iskef also shows on camera the fact that the White Helmets headquarters contained not only their own logo but also the logo of ISIS.’

Read more: Aleppo Reporter Exposes White Helmets, West For Working With Al-Qaeda; Debunks ‘Assad’s Brutality’

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