Booby trapped car explodes in Lebanon’s port city of Sidon

14/01/2018 (Arab News – KSA): SIDON, Lebanon: An official in the Palestinian movement Hamas was wounded in a car bomb blast in southern Lebanon on Sunday, military and medical sources told AFP. A military source said a BMW in the southern port city of Sidon “detonated, wounding Hamas official Mohammed Hamdan”. An AFP journalist in Sidon saw the burnt-out vehicle, a silver BMW, in a parking lot of an apartment building where Hamdan lived. Firefighters arrived to put out the flames and Lebanese security forces quickly cordoned off the area…



28 civilians killed in Syria, most in Russian air strikes — monitor

05/01/2018 (The Jordan Times – Jordan): BEIRUT — At least 28 civilians have been killed by bombardment in the besieged Syrian opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, most of them in Russian air raids, a monitor said. Nineteen were killed in Russian strikes in the town of Misraba on Wednesday, while the remainder died the same day in regime strikes and shelling in other areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Seven children and 11 women were among those killed, according to the head of the Britain-based war monitor, Rami Abdel Rahman. Victims were taken to a hospital in Douma, where an AFP correspondent saw rescuers bringing in mostly women and children…


Turkey has restored 14 churches, one synagogue since 2003

Turkey has restored 14 churches, one synagogue since 200323/12/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): A total of 14 churches and a temple have been restored in Turkey from 2003 to 2017, an official statement said. The restored worship places included Great Synagogue in the western province of Edirne, Aya Nikola Church in the Gökçeada district of the northwestern province of Çanakkale, Syrian Catholic Church in the İskenderun district of the southern province of Hatay, Armenian Protestant Church in the Sur district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, Fevkani Church in the Nizip district of the southeastern province of Gaziantep, Taksiyarhis (Ayanikola) Church in the Cunda island of the northwestern province of Balıkesir, Edirnekapı Aya Yorgi Church and Balat Iron Church (Stevi Stefan Church) in Istanbul…


Egypt parliament to discuss new national health insurance law Sunday

parliament 16/12/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt MPs will begin discussing a government-drafted law on national health insurance in a plenary session Sunday, with the health minister saying a “a long-held dream is becoming a reality”. The discussion comes after parliament’s Health Affairs Committee approved the draft law 9 December. Minister of Health Ahmed Emadeddin told the committee that “the long-term dream of a national health insurance system in Egypt is becoming a reality.” “If parliament approves the 70-article law before the end of the year, a comprehensive health insurance system could be in place within six months,” he added.  According to Emadeddin, funding will not be a problem “as resources are available to ensure the system delivers quality medical and health services, particularly to the poor and limited-income classes.”…


13 Palestinians injured by live fire, 47 others by rubber bullets in clashes over Jerusalem crisis

Protests 08/12/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank and Gaza, and Muslim worshippers from Jordan to Indonesia poured into the streets after Friday prayers to protest President Donald Trump’s recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Protesters burned Israeli and U.S. flags or stomped on Trump posters in displays of anger. In the West Bank, demonstrators torched heaps of tires, sending columns of thick black smoke rising over the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem. Palestinian stone-throwers traded volleys in the streets with soldiers firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The Israeli military reported protests at 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and said Israeli forces arrested six people…–Palestinians-injured-by-live-fire,–other.aspx


100 families return to their liberated villages and towns in Western Qalamoun, Damascus Countryside

02/12/2017 (Sana – Siria): Damascus Countryside, SANA – More than 100 families returned on Friday to their villages and towns in the Western Qalamoun area in Damascus Countryside after the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with the Lebanese national resistance, restored security and stability in the area along the border between Syria and Lebanon at the end of last August. “45 Syrian families and 64 Lebanese families that had been living together for decades returned to the town of al-Tafil and other villages after they had been forced to abandon their homes by terrorist organizations,” SANA’s reporter said…


305 worshippers killed in terror attack on mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai

Mosque25/11/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): At least 305 worshippers were killed and 128 were injured during Friday prayers at a North Sinai mosque by gunmen belonging to the terrorist group Daesh, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Egypt in recent memory. The victims, who were praying at Al-Rawdah Mosque in Bir Al-Abd city, include 27 children who were killed in the attack, Egypt’s prosecutor-general announced on Saturday. The prosecutor-general said that according to eyewitnesses, 25 to 30 gunmen in camouflage trousers and bearing the Daesh black flag rode up to the mosque in five SUVs and started shooting at worshippers. The gunmen, some of whom wore masks, attacked the mosque as the imam started the Friday sermon. No group has claimed the responsibility of the attack so far…–worshippers-killed-in-terror-attack-on-mo.aspx


Over 250 ISIL Terrorists Surrender to Army in Northern Deir Ezzur

Over 250 ISIL Terrorists Surrender to Army in Northern Deir Ezzur18/11/2017 (Fars News – Iran): TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its military operations in Huweija Kate region North of the city of Deir Ezzur and forced at least 250 ISIL terrorists to surrender themselves. In the army’s military operations in Huweija Kate Island North of Deir Ezzur city, a large number of ISIL terrorists laid down their arms and handed over themselves to the Syrian army’s special forces. Meantime, a military source confirmed that over 250 ISIL terrorists had surrendered and a large amount of weapons and ammunition were also confiscated from them. In a relevant development on Friday, it was reported that the ISIL terrorist group has faced serious trouble in the town of Albu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur after the Syrian Army and popular forces closed off the terrorist group’s last supply line to the town…

Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture last town in IS militants control

Iraqi 11/11/2017 (Ahram Online – Turkey): Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic-State control, leaving the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate on the verge of complete defeat. The capture of the town would mark the end of Islamic State’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. Syria’s army declared victory over the militants on Thursday, after seizing the last substantial town on the border with Iraq. The army and its allies were still fighting Islamic State in desert areas near Albu Kamal, the last town the militant group had held in Syria…


Turkish forces kill 54 PKK terrorists in 2 days

Turkish forces kill 54 PKK terrorists in 2 days03/11/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): The Turkish security forces killed 54 PKK terrorists in the last two days during counter-terror operations in eastern and southeastern Turkey. The operations were conducted in the eastern province of Tunceli and southeastern provinces of Sirnak, Diyarbakir and Hakkari, according to reports compiled by Anadolu Agency. The operations were backed by drones. During an operation in Nazimiye district of Tunceli, 8 PKK terrorists — including three women — were killed, while one other was detained, the local governor’s office said. In Sirnak, 11 PKK terrorists were killed, according to a military statement…