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Jubeir: Qatar issue minor compared to other crucial regional crises

Friday, 23 February 2018

The Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said on Friday that the positive changes occurring in Saudi Arabia will raise the country’s regional status. He was speaking at the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels. Jubeir noted that Saudi Arabia is witnessing a period of change which will allow the youth to fulfil their dreams. The minister’s statements come on the sidelines of the high-level G5 Sahel force summit. Qatar case On Qatar, Jubeir ...

Assad regime parliament member describes people of eastern Ghouta as ‘lice and rats’

Friday, 23 February 2018

Nabil Saleh, a member of the Syrian parliament representing an area in the port city of Latakia, described the people of eastern Ghouta as “lice and rats” promising to “clean it up from the enemies of Islam and freedom”.Saleh said on his official Facebook page that Damascus “can no longer tolerate the lice of Ghouta”, and that they will force the “Ghouta rats to return to where they belong”.Saleh’s statements come amidst a wave of air strikes ...

How the civilized caused eastern Ghouta crime

Friday, 23 February 2018

What has happened and is happening in eastern Ghouta in Damascus is a crime against humanity and a “stamp of shame on all of humankind”, as the Lebanese Christian politician, Samir Geagea, said. In his last statement, Geagea said: “Whatever the reasons, arguments or excuses are, nothing justifies the killing of innocent civilians (in large numbers) beyond imagination with heavy weaponry and with this insistence .” He called for an international military intervention to ...

Mashari Althaydi

US blasts Russia over Ghouta strikes; Security Council to vote on ceasefire

Friday, 23 February 2018

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, called on Friday for an urgent need for ceasefire to stop the “horrific” bombings in eastern Ghouta hours before voting. The envoy continued stressing the need for “immediate unhindered humanitarian access” to the area and facilitated evacuation of sick and injured out of it upon commencement of the ceasefire. At the same time, de Mistura called on guarantors of the ASTANA process to meet urgently to reinstate ...

US-led anti-ISIS coalition acknowledges 10 more civilian deaths

Friday, 23 February 2018

The US-led coalition fighting the IS group in Syria and Iraq acknowledged Thursday the deaths of another 10 civilians, increasing the overall toll of non-fighters killed to at least 841.The coalition said in a statement that it had completed a review in January of 116 reports of potential civilian casualties from air and artillery strikes, of which all but four were deemed to be duplicates or not credible.These four incidents occurred in Syria between October 2016 and November 2017.In one ...

Samir Geagea: What is happening in eastern Ghouta is a disgrace

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The head of the Lebanese Forces Party, Samir Geagea, said that “what is happening in eastern Ghouta is a disgrace to all mankind. Whatever the reasons, arguments or excuses, nothing justifies the killing of innocent civilians,” he said. “Nothing justifies the killing of innocent civilians with heavy weapons, even if this is a war on terror. No terrorism is worse than what is happening in eastern Ghouta,” he added. Geagea said in a statement that “ words are not ...

Five-day death toll in Syria’s Ghouta tops 400

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The death toll for five days of bombardment by the Syrian regime and its allies on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta passed the 400 mark Thursday, a monitor said. "Five days of air strikes and intense artillery fire by the regime and its Russian ally have killed 403 civilians, including 95 children," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said 46 people were killed in strikes and rocket fire on Thursday. Bodies ...

Families broken by the carnage of Ghouta’s bombs

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The air strike hit Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, three days into a massive bombardment. Soon afterwards, rescuers pulled four children from the building, but their father was killed and they were now orphans. A neighbor, Mohammed Abu Anas, helped to dig through the rubble and then ran for medical aid through battered alleyways with one of the children bleeding in his arms. “There is fear and anguish among people here, there are hundreds of martyrs and injured,” he said ...

Saudi, UAE call on Syria to ‘stop the violence’ in Ghouta

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Gulf states Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates called Thursday on Damascus to “stop the violence” in its deadly assault on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. “We stress the need for the Syrian regime to stop the violence, to allow in humanitarian aid, and to take seriously the path of a political solution to the crisis,” the Saudi foreign ministry said on Twitter. “We are concerned over the continuation of Syrian regime attacks on Eastern Ghouta and ...

Sweden, Kuwait request UN vote on draft demanding Syria ceasefire

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The UN Security Council is expected to vote, probably on Thursday, on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, diplomats said.Sweden and Kuwait, which drafted the measure, requested the vote “as soon as possible,” the Swedish mission said, adding that it will likely be held on Thursday.

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