As Qatari officials promise 'situation today is very comfortable' under Arab ban, Qatar is given 10 days to comply with demands, which include scaling back diplomatic ties with Iran, shutting down news outlets, handing over 'terrorist figures' and ending funding of all terrorist groups.
News Agencies 11:55 , 24.06.17
Host of Arab countries join Saudis in cutting ties with Qatar and issuing numerous demands including closure of Al-Jazeera, cutting back Iranian ties and severing links with Muslim Brotherhood; accusing Qatar of funding terrorism, countries give 10 days for it to comply with demands.
Associated Press 08:59 , 23.06.17
According to report in Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat, Hezbollah and Iranian-backed forces will not be allowed into safe zone, which will stretch 30 kilometers from the Jordan border; humanitarian aid will be allowed in and refugees who fled to Jordan will return.
Roi Kais 10:08 , 22.06.17
King Salman appoints 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, replacing the incumbent Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and effectively removing the latter from first-in-line to the throne; newly announced young crown prince already presides over defense ministry and economic council portfolios.
Associated Press 08:41 , 21.06.17
Analysis group says siege of Mosul and targeted killings of chemical weapons experts has significantly degraded the Islamic State's production capability, but they can likely still produce small batches of sulfur mustard and chlorine agents.
Associated Press 11:08 , 13.06.17
UAE aid organization says Hamas provoked Israeli forces by firing rockets from field hospital where the group's staff were stationed during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge; 'This shows (Hamas's) wicked intentions and how they scarified us,' says secretary-general Mohamed Ateeq Al-Falahi. 'The betrayal came from them.'
Roi Kais 10:28 , 13.06.17
ISIS leader close to losing two main centers of group's territory, Iraq's Mosul and Syria's Raqqa; officials say Baghdadi is steering clear of both while hiding in the desert, though it may take years to capture or kill him.
Reuters 17:32 , 12.06.17
While the boycott against the Gulf state continues to expand, the Qatari foreign minister slams Arab countries for criticizing his country's support for Hamas: 'If Hamas is a terrorist movement, why is it not included in their list of terrorist organizations?' Despite rhetoric, FM clarifies that the organization's leadership has left.
Roi Kais & Reuters 19:31 , 10.06.17
The first units of the Syrian army and of President Bashar al-Assad's allies arrived at the border with Iraq for the first time since the outbreak of the civil war more than six years ago; pro-Assad alliance threatens to hit US positions in Syria; 'self-restraint' over US air strikes will end if they cross 'red lines.'
Reuters 18:05 , 10.06.17
While efforts to mediate between Qatar and the Gulf are still in full swing, the four countries who initiated the boycott are not budging; Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain announce in a joint statement 59 individuals and 12 organizations and institutions as operatives and terrorist entities receiving funding and support from Qatar.
Associated Press 11:45 , 09.06.17
Islamic State's news agency publishes a video showing the five suicide bombers in Tehran, as one of the terrorists calls on Muslims to attack Shiites and threatens Saudi Arabia: 'After Iran, your turn will come.'
Roi Kais 10:42 , 09.06.17
An American military spokesman says the downed drone had made a strike but had caused no injuries or damages to the targeted coalition patrol; he dismisses the possibility that the drone fired a warning shot.
Reuters 22:11 , 08.06.17
'The fact that Islamic State has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack,' states Iranian media; top official in Iran's Revolutionary Guards promises: 'We will take revenge for today's attacks on terrorists, their affiliates and their supporters.'
Ynet and Reuters 19:18 , 07.06.17
The Islamic terror group reacts with surprise to calls from Saudi Arabia for Qatar to halt Hamas support; Hamas warns that 'Israel exploits these statements to carry out more violations against the Palestinian people.'
Associated Press 14:12 , 07.06.17
Assailants carry out shooting at legislature and shooting and bombing at shrine to leader of Islamic revolution, reportedly killing 12 people; long standoff at parliament ends with 4 attackers killed; ISIS takes credit for attacks.
Reuters, AP 14:07 , 07.06.17
In light of the sharp diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, the Saudi foreign minister declares 'Qatar is undermining the Palestinians and Egypt with support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas'; he makes it clear that ending support for terrorism is a critical step in trying to resolve the crisis.
Roi Kais 22:45 , 06.06.17
After powerful Arab states accuse Qatar of backing Iran agenda and of ties to Muslim Brotherhood, they place the emirate in isolation; diplomatic solitude, suspension of flights and prohibition of anchoring could greatly damage Qatar's economy, image and stability.
Reuters, Ynet 19:08 , 05.06.17
PA reportedly stops stipends to 277 Palestinians in Gaza released in the 2011 Shalit deal. It is unclear if move is part of internal Hamas-Fatah rift, or if Abbas is acquiescing to pressure from Israel, US to stop payments for terrorists.
Associated Press 08:25 , 05.06.17
In a dramatic diplomatic row, the three Gulf States and Egypt sever transport ties with Qatar and give Qatari visitors and diplomats two weeks to leave their countries; countries accuse Qatar of spreading terrorism and backing Iranian agenda.
AP 08:20 , 05.06.17
Marvin Ben J. J., who was arrested in Lebanon about two months ago, tells his Lebanese interrogators that he was recruited by Israel to gather information about Ron Arad, Hezbollah, the Lebanese army and the Syrian army and recruit agents in Lebanon and Iraq.
Roi Kais & Liad Osmo 23:36 , 03.06.17
Lebanese media claims that prominent Hamas figures received a list of members who must leave Doha; reportedly included are individuals responsible for coordination with the Hamas leadership in the West Bank; Qatar is allegedly acting due to 'external pressures.'
Roi Kais 17:34 , 03.06.17
Heavy-water stock within 2 tonnes of 130-tonne ceiling, IAEA says; heavy water production plant currently shut down; a diplomat claims that the limit could be reached by second half of July; Trump is wary but heeding powers' accord with Iran for now.
Reuters 19:38 , 02.06.17
A Russian warship and submarine launched four missiles at ISIS targets in the Palmyra area; Moscow updated Israel, the United States and Turkey before the attack: 'All targets were destroyed,' the Russian Defense Ministry said.
AP 11:52 , 31.05.17
When Gaza's 2 million residents break their fast during Ramadan, much of the territory is engulfed by darkness; In a veiled warning that Gaza-Israel tensions might flare up again, Hamas spokesman says that in the event of further power cuts, 'no one can ensure the (current) relative stability' of the region.
AP 09:48 , 31.05.17
State movie theaters planned to screen the film starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot; however, the BDS operations in Lebanon appear to have yielded fruit as the Ministry of Economy and Trade in the country turns to the security services to prevent the screening of the movie.
Roi Kais 14:08 , 30.05.17
An article by Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar slams Lebanon's Education Ministry over 'normalization with Israel,' accusing the ministry of removing the subject of the Palestinian struggle for monetary gain.
Roi Kais 20:02 , 29.05.17
As death toll from shooting of Christian Copts in Egypt rises to 28, many of whom reported to be children, Arab world strongly condemns attack, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Qatar, which severed ties with Egypt after its coup; Israel also condemns attack.
Liad Osmo 20:23 , 26.05.17
A senior leader of the Iranian army congratulated Ismail Haniyeh on his nomination as the New Hamas leader, saying that Iran hopes to strengthen relations with the terror group turned political party, renew resistance against the Zionists and retake Jerusalem—seeking an invigoration of the 'holy war' against Israel.
Roi Kais and Elior Levy 16:25 , 24.05.17
Doha says hackers broke into the website of its state-run news agency and published a fake story falsely quoting the country's ruling emir as calling Iran an 'Islamic power' and criticizing US foreign policy.
Reuters, AP 11:06 , 24.05.17
After US President Trump stated that Iran is funding terrorism at the Arab summit, Iran strikes back—claiming that Trump is spreading 'Iranophobia,' and is himself funding terrorism by supplying Saudi Arabia with billions of dollars worth of armaments.
Reuters 16:00 , 22.05.17
After more than five year of fighting, Syrian rebels leave last opposition district in Homs, completing a deal that brought the whole besieged city back under President Bashar Assad's control for the first time since the start of the civil war.
Reuters 10:56 , 22.05.17
In what is dubbed as counterweight to Obama's 2009 Cairo speech, Trump will address leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries in Saudi Arabia and expected to urge them to 'drive out the terrorists from your places of worship'; speech's draft does not include reference to 'radical Islamic terrorism' or to democracy and human rights.
Associated Press 16:13 , 21.05.17
More Mideast News
US President Trump kicks off highly publicized trip to the Middle East by visiting Saudi Arabia and striking a $110 billion arms deal with their king, while elated newspapers in the kingdom prints caricatures of Trump partnering with Saudi Arabia and ushering a new era in their relationship.
Roi Kais 15:41 , 21.05.17
The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has been re-elected in a landslide victory, endorsing his efforts to re-engage with the West and offer greater freedoms at home; Rouhani: 'Iran's nation chose the path of interaction with the world, away from violence and extremism.'
Reuters 19:38 , 20.05.17
Lebanese news website El Nashra reported Saturday that the country's security services arrested an Iraqi citizen who admitted to have been recruited by a body affiliated with the Israeli Ministry of Defense; According to the website's report, he was asked to provide information about the Lebanese army and establish a spy network.
Roi Kais 16:44 , 20.05.17
Iraninan President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, is set to win by large margin, in vote mainly serving as referendum on his outreach to the West, which culminated in 2015 nuclear deal; Iran's president is subordinate to country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who remains deeply suspicious of US and its intentions toward Iran.
Associated Press 10:48 , 20.05.17
Political analysts and the scant polling data that's available suggest the incumbent president will come out on top among the four candidates left, but failure to secure a majority could send him to a second round a week later.
Associated Press 23:36 , 18.05.17
Coalition jets bomb a convoy advancing against a Pentagon-backed rebel group in southern Syria; the US intervention will help the rebels hold their ground against any future incursions by the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed militias.
Reutes 21:41 , 18.05.17
Iran's supreme leader called for a high turnout in this week's presidential election, urging voters to head to the polls and send a message to the United States as 'the pathetic prime minister of the Zionist regime' will be closely watching the vote.
AP 21:34 , 17.05.17
After Israel and Jordan trade accusations and condemnations over Saturday's stabbing attack which resulted in the killing of a Jordanian citizen, Jordan announces, 'Our positions against violence and terrorism are clear to everyone,' adding that they are invested in 'establishing security, peace and freedom for the Palestinians.'
Roi Kais 20:33 , 14.05.17
On Monday, Palestinians mark 69 years since hundreds of thousands fled during the 1948 war that led to the creation of the State of Israel; many fled to Lebanon where they suffer discrimination in nearly every aspect of daily life, feeding a desperation that is tearing their community apart.
Associated Press 13:05 , 14.05.17
A day after Haniyeh's announcement that the murderer of Mazen Fukha was captured, the family of the assassinated official claimed that the assassin was a man named Ashraf Abu Laila; sources in Gaza claim that he was a member of Hamas' military wing and was expelled from it for moral offenses.
Elior Levy 14:40 , 12.05.17
More than 7,000 military personnel from over 20 nations, including the US and Saudi Arabia came to take part in ‘Eager Lion’; there is speculation in the Middle East that there are plans for a US-led ground invasion into Syria to fight ISIS.
The Media Line 23:20 , 11.05.17
The secretary-general of the terrorist organization used the event to mark the anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah's military commander to taunt Israel: 'Their means are worn out. … they know that any future confrontation could be inside occupied Palestinian territories.'
Reuters & Roi Kais 21:07 , 11.05.17
In an interview with a Belarusian television station, the Syrian president referred to the Soviet victory over the Nazis; when the interviewer poured Assad some water, Assad responded: 'This water was drenched in the blood of the Syrian fighters.'
Roi Kais 21:34 , 10.05.17
Recruitment of Palestinian students for terrorist activities, military training and economic aid to Hamas in Gaza: Erdogan's harsh speech against Israel does not surprise anyone in the defense establishment, which views Turkey as one of Hamas' main bases abroad.
Yoav Zitun 17:53 , 09.05.17
Syrian government forces and rebels clash shortly after the agreement reached in Kazakhstan between Russia, Turkey and Iran to establish de-escalation zones took effect; in Aleppo: 'Good idea, but no faith in Russia.'
Reuters 09:27 , 06.05.17
The US president announces that he will open his first diplomatic trip outside the United States in Saudi Arabia; according to US officials, talks are under way for a major deal in which the US will sell Saudi Arabia advanced defense systems, bunkers and ships worth billions of dollars.
Reuters 08:24 , 06.05.17
The Saudi deputy crown prince attacks Iran's behavior and accuses it of trying to take over the Islamic world: 'How can we reach an understanding with a regime based on extremist ideology?' He also criticizes US conduct in Syria: 'Obama missed many opportunities to introduce change.'
Roi Kais 11:58 , 03.05.17
A recent study finds that most men and at least half of women from the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco believe a woman's place is in the home; domestic violence and sexual harassment are also found to be high.
Reuters 23:26 , 02.05.17
In light of US President Trump's positions on issues related to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Britain 'can no longer assume America will set the tone for the West's relationship with the Middle East'; the report calls on the government to ensure that the nuclear agreement with Iran remains in effect.
Reuters 08:57 , 02.05.17
French foreign minister claims the chemical analysis of samples taken from the deadly sarin gas attack in the Idlib area earlier this month 'bears the signature' of Assad's regime, citing similarities between the current sample and samples taken from a similar attack in 2013.
Associated Press 14:15 , 26.04.17
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tells a conference of Egyptian youth that despite the army's efforts, tunnels and terrorism from Gaza in the Sinai present an ongoing problem; 'We found tunnels that are three kilometers long and 35 meters deep. These are tunnels that can transport vehicles and not just people.'
Roi Kais 10:48 , 26.04.17
Hours after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited the border with Israel and declared his opposition to a provocative Hezbollah press tour, UNIFIL claims that the Lebanese government is responsible for the presence of armed terrorists in the area.
Roi Kais 10:05 , 22.04.17
A senior Hamas official claims threats by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not succeed in forcing the terrorist group to cede control in the Gaza Strip; 'Gaza can't be threatened or terrified, and Hamas doesn't accept threats.'
Associated Press 22:30 , 18.04.17
Egyptian security officials report that three people were injured in clashes between ISIS militants and local tribes, which were sparked after militants launched RPG attacks around the city of Rafah in response to the kidnapping of three ISIS fighters by local tribes.
AP 23:13 , 17.04.17
Turkey’s main opposition urges electoral board to cancel the results of sweeping strengthening reform of presidential powers, citing voting irregularities; an international observer mission also cites irregularities, saying the vote ‘fell short’ of international standards.
Associated Press 18:11 , 17.04.17
Among other changes, the referendum approved by Turkish citizens on Sunday grants President Erdoğan the power to elect senior members in his administration and the Supreme Court, do away with the prime ministership and allow him to remain in power until 2029.
Ynet & News Agencies 13:20 , 17.04.17
Fireworks light up the sky above Istanbul after referendum pushed by Turkish President Erdoğan is barely approved, granting him sweeping powers; As opposition cries foul, Erdoğan tells critics their efforts are in vain; Referendum will bring on the most radical changes in Turkey's modern history.
News Agencies 23:29 , 16.04.17
The evacuation of more than 3,000 Syrians that was scheduled to take place Sunday from four areas as part of a population transfer has been postponed, opposition activists said, a day after a deadly blast that killed more than 120 people, in what was the deadliest attack Syria has known in close to a year.
Ynet & Associated Press 19:18 , 16.04.17