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Israeli official: Assad will pay the price if Israel is attacked from Syria

Monday, 23 April 2018

An Israeli official warned against possible attacks against his country by Iran coming from Syria stating that Israel will make Assad pay the price.Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz told Ynet on Monday "if (Syrian President Bashar) Assad allows Iranian or any other element to declare war on Israel from Syrian territory, he will bear the consequences.”The Israeli official added "He is endangering his regime and his own existence ...

Syrian regime drops leaflets warning Homs, Hama residents of imminent strike

Monday, 23 April 2018

Helicopters belonging to the Syrian regime threw leaflets calling upon civilians in rural areas of northern Homs and South of Hama to leave the positions of the armed militia. This step indicates the approach of a military operation by the regime in the northern Homs and South of Hama. Armed factions control the towns located in the countryside of Homs and Hama, including Nusra Front previously. The Syrian regime intensified, for the fourth consecutive day, its military campaign on Yarmouk camp, ...

Malaysia releases images of suspects in Palestinian killing

Monday, 23 April 2018

Malaysian police on Monday released composite images of two suspects who gunned down a Palestinian engineer and said they appeared to be European or Middle Eastern, fueling suspicion that the slaying was an Israeli assassination. Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group has accused Israel of being behind Saturday’s killing of Fadi al-Batsh, an important member of Hamas. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement. Malaysian national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the ...

20-year-old Gaza Palestinian dies of Israeli gunfire wounds

Monday, 23 April 2018

A Palestinian wounded by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip has died, the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry said on Monday.Abdullah Shamali, 20, died overnight of “bullet wounds to his belly” sustained on Friday in Rafah, near the enclave’s border with Israel, a ministry spokesman said.Shamali was one of five Palestinian demonstrators, including a 15-year-old, killed or fatally wounded in Gaza on Friday.His death brings to 39 the toll from Israeli fire since the ...

Fifteen years and counting: 14 Saddam-era officials remain jailed in Iraq

Monday, 23 April 2018

Fourteen officials from Saddam Hussein’s regime are still in Iraq’s prisons, 15 years after the late dictator was deposed by a US-led invasion in 2003, according to an AFP survey. Of the list of 55 suspects most wanted by the coalition that invaded Iraq, six were executed, six were killed in combat, eight died in captivity, five are on the run, and 16 were freed by the Americans before they pulled out of the country in 2011. Saddam’s two sons -- Uday and Qusay -- were among ...

Five civilians killed in Syria regime shelling on ISIS-held district

Monday, 23 April 2018

Five civilians have been killed in 24 hours in regime shelling on a southern district of Syria’s capital held by ISIS, a monitor said Sunday.Syrian troops are waging an intense bombing campaign against Yarmuk, a Palestinian refugee camp on the edge of Damascus, and nearby districts that are held by ISIS.An elderly man was killed Sunday in shelling on Yarmuk, and another died after he was wounded in bombardment there the previous day, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human ...

Anti-Hezbollah candidate Ali al-Amin beaten in southern Lebanon

Sunday, 22 April 2018

A candidate running against Hezbollah in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections was in hospital on Sunday after being assaulted by a group of men in his southern hometown, he told AFP.Journalist Ali al-Amin is a vocal critic of the Tehran-backed Shiite movement Hezbollah, and is challenging the party in the upcoming May 6 legislative election.“I was hanging up the very first picture of myself at the bottom of my street in Shaqra, just 100 metres (yards) away from my house,” he ...

Syrian military pummels ISIS-held districts in Damascus

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by ISIS and the Nusra Front, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. The militants agreed to give up their last pocket in southern Damascus on Friday but have yet to begin surrendering to government forces and relocating to ISIS-held areas elsewhere in the country. State-run al-Ikhbariya TV showed thick gray smoke billowing from the ...

Malaysia carries out autopsy on Palestinian gunned down in ‘Mossad’ hit

Sunday, 22 April 2018

An autopsy was being carried out Sunday on the body of a Palestinian professor who was gunned down in what his family claim was an assassination by Israel’s Mossad spy agency.Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Saturday, according to Malaysian authorities. He was walking from his highrise apartment to dawn prayers at a local mosque in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Gombak when he was shot by two gunmen riding a motorcycle, officials added.At the crime scene, police ...

Dozens of bodies found in Raqqa mass grave

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Dozens of bodies, including those of militants and civilians, have been found in a mass grave in the former ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, a local official said on Saturday.The former de facto “capital” of the group in northern Syria, Raqqa saw the militants ousted by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in October 2017.ALSO READ: Obama red line and Assad’s licence to gas and slaughter Nearly 50 bodies had already been recovered from the mass grave, which could ...

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