Libyan, Italian coastguards rescue more than 3,400 migrants

Migrants and refugees stand on the deck of the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro after being rescued by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms workers in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, June 16, 2017. (AP Photo)17/06/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): The Italian and Libyan coastguard have rescued more than 3,400 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe since Friday, the two countries’ coastguards said. Most were rescued in 18 separate operations on Friday, the coastguard said, while more missions were undertaken overnight, according to news agency ANSA. The EU border agency Frontex and Italian marines were also involved in the rescue operations.Over 1,800 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration. The Italian coastguard said it rescued 2,500 migrants, while the Libyan coastguard rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a Libyan navy spokesman said Saturday…

https://www.dailysabah.com/africa/2017/06/17/libyan-italian-coastguards-rescue-more-than-3400-migrants

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Woman suicide bomber kills at least 30 in Iraqi market

09/06/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): A woman suicide bomber killed at least 31 people and wounded 35 in a crowded market in the town of Musayab, 80 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, on Friday, security sources said. ISIS claimed the attack, 30 km east of the Shiite holy city of Kerbala, as well as a suicide attack at a bus station in central Kerbala around the same time. It did not identify either bomber, in a statement on its Amaq news agency. Security sources said four people were wounded in the Kerbala bombing, and one security officer said the bomber was also a woman and had hidden the bomb under her full-body veil. The hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents are on the brink of losing Mosul, their de-facto capital in Iraq, to a US-backed Iraqi offensive launched in October…

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/06/09/ISIS-claims-suicide-attack-killing-at-least-20-near-Karbala-.html

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Owner of Alexandria’s leaning building arrested

03/06/2017 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Security services in Alexandria have arrested the owner of a leaning building in Azareeta, Mervat Awad Nasr, to be transferred to prosecution, informed sources said. A prosecution team inspected the building on Friday, getting only expensive properties out, while demolition is ongoing to ensure no further damage to the surrounding areas. The prosecution expedited the issuance of the engineering committee’s report on the condition of the leaning building, as well as that of the surrounding ones and summoned the district officials. Governor Mohamed Sultan decided to refer to investigations all those involved in licensing the building…

http://www.egyptindependent.com/owner-alexandria-leaning-building-arrested/

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Egyptian army kills three militants in central Sinai raid: military spokesman

Army28/05/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egyptian soldiers have killed three “highly dangerous” militants in a raid in the central part of the Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian military said in a statement on Sunday. The operation targeted the militants as they were about to carry out an attack on security forces, according to the statement published online by Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer El-Refai. Another suspected militant was arrested in possession of a large sum of money that was to be sent to terrorists, the statement said. The Egyptian army is fighting an Islamist insurgency based in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula that has gained pace since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who emerged from the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood organisation…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/269698/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-army-kills-three-militants-in-central-Sin.aspx

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Dozens of Palestinians injured in W. Bank, Gaza clashes

Dozens of Palestinians injured in W. Bank, Gaza clashes20/05/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday in separate clashes — in both the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip — between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators. Palestinians demonstrated in both territories to show solidarity with Palestinians imprisoned by Israel who have been waging a hunger strike for the past 33 days. “Three Palestinians were injured by live ammunition — and another eleven by rubber bullets — in clashes that erupted in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem,” the West Bank-based Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement. “Four other Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets in clashes that erupted at the Qalandia checkpoint and in the town of Abu Dis near Jerusalem,” it added…

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/dozens-of-palestinians-injured-in-w-bank-gaza-clashes/821948


10 Takfiris killed in clashes with tribesmen in Sinai

 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Tribal sources announced the killing of 10 members of the takfiri organization Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis on Friday, including the organization’s training officer, in clashes with tribes south of the city of Rafah. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is a terrorist group which pledged allegiance to the “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist organization in 2014. It has been orchestrating attacks against army, police, judges, and Coptic Christians, killing dozens. The sources said that a number of tribes, led by the tribe of Tarabin, launched an armed attack on the takfiri elements in the areas of al-Masora and al-Barth, south of the city of Rafah, where the violent clashes occured between the two sides. The takfiri leader is Mahmoud Nimr Zaghra, also known as Abou al-Abd, a Palestinian national and the top official for training in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis…
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Turkey dismisses almost 4,000 public officials with state of emergency decree

30/04/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Some 3,974 public officials were dismissed with a new state of emergency decree published in the Official Gazette on April 29. The total of 3,974 dismissed officials were suspected of being members or linked to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and include employees from parliament, the Supreme Court, the High Election Board (YSK), the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), the ministries of justice, energy, and interior, and other state institutions. Turkey declared a state of emergency after the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt, widely believed to have been orchestrated by what the government and prosecutors call “FETÖ,” linked to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. The latest expulsions affected some 1,200 members of the armed forces, including nearly 600 officers. Those fired from the air force included over 100 pilots…

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-dismisses-almost-4000-public-officials-with-state-of-emergency-decree.aspx?pageID=238&nID=112569&NewsCatID=338

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Why are extremists threatening to assassinate this Saudi female doctor?

22/04/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): Awamiya extremists in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of Qatif have threatened to assassinate a local doctor just a month after six other prominent figureheads were threatened in graffiti found daubed on walls in the area. In a similar fashion, Dr Lamia Alibrahim’s name was scrawled across a wall along with a threat, in which she and her brother were labelled ‘traitors’. There has been a rise in people speaking out against extremist acts carried out by the militants in Qatif district of Awamiya, especially after the assassination attempt on former municipal council member Nabih Alibrahim, who is Dr Lamia’s brother…

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/04/22/Why-are-extremists-threatening-to-assassinate-this-Saudi-female-doctor-.html

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Assad still has massive chemical weapons stockpile: former Syrian chemical warfare head

A Syrian child receives treatment after an alleged chemical attack at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria, 04 April 2017. (EPA Photo)15/04/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): Syria’s Assad regime still has hundreds of tons of lethal chemical weapons, according to Syria’s former head of chemical warfare Zaher al-Sakat. Al-Sakat, who defected the Syrian military in 2013, told the British daily The Telegraph that the Assad regime did not declare that it possesses chemicals including sarin in large quantities. The former general said that Assad faked handing over its chemical arsenal as part of a deal in 2014 between the UN, U.S., Russia and the regime. “The regime turned over 1,300 tons, but in reality, it possesses twice that amount,” al-Sakat said, emphasizing that the total amount was at least 2,000 tons, including hundreds of tons of sarin gas. The chemicals were stored in mountains outside Homs and Tartus, where the regime and Russians have their largest military base, according to al-Sakat…

https://www.dailysabah.com/syrian-crisis/2017/04/15/assad-still-has-massive-chemical-weapons-stockpile-former-syrian-chemical-warfare-head

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Massive US military strikes carried out on Syria

07/04/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): US President Donald Trump ordered a massive military strike against Syria Thursday in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack they blame on President Bashar al-Assad. A US official said 59 precision guided missiles hit Shayrat Airfield in Syria, where Washington believes Tuesday’s deadly attack was launched. Ahead of the strike, President Donald Trump called for “all civilized nations” to work to end the bloodshed in Syria, after launching a massive strike against the regime in retaliation for a chemical attack. “On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent,” Trump said in a televised address from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida…

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/04/07/President-Donald-Trump-orders-massive-strike-on-Syria.html

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