Despite President Trump's May 8 withdrawal from Iran deal, leaders in Europe say they are determined to to keep the deal alive; However European Investment Bank President says investing in Iran is a big risk which may not pay off; 'There is no European bank which is presently able to do business in and with Iran.'
Reuters 23:58 , 18.07.18
Watchdog says it’s ‘disturbing’ that no investigation has been launched into accusations that Ziad Itani, who has now been released, was held incommunicado, forced to confess under duress and threatened with rape and physical violence against his family.
Associated Press 14:58 , 17.07.18
Week after US president says ‘at a certain point (Iran's) going to call me and say “let's make a deal,’” FM spokesman Barham Ghasemi appears to make overtures, saying 'maybe someday he will call Tehran and ask for negotiations—this is more likely.'
Associated Press 21:48 , 16.07.18
Hamas blames Israel for technical failure canceling live broadcast by Qasem Soleimani to Gazans during ‘Wet Gunpowder Festival’, while Gaza’s Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar fails to show up, citing security risks.
Elior Levy, Daniel Salami, Matan Tzuri 20:49 , 16.07.18
Rebels surrender at southern district of Daraa, where revolt began 7 years ago; state TV broadcast government forces waving Syrian flags over the city's ruins; WHO: 210,000 Syrians have lost their homes, need medical treatment.
Reuters 19:56 , 12.07.18
As Syrian President Bashar Assad widens his offensive, backed by Russian warplanes, to retake the areas still controlled by the Free Syrian Army and partly by ISIS, his military moves closer to the Golan Heights and the Israeli border.
Reuters 14:44 , 11.07.18
Reaching deal with Russia, rebels hand over heavy arms in return for government forces pullout from villages in Deraa province, allowing some 330,000 displaced civilians to return home; Russian forces to guarantee their protection.
Reuters 17:07 , 06.07.18
After IRGC warning they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if US tries to cut Tehran's exports, US military's Central Command says 'we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.'
Reuters 20:24 , 05.07.18
Poll conducted by Palestinian research group finds that majority of general public in PA would prefer the leader of a Palestinian uprising jailed for life by Israel, over the reigning President Mahmoud Abbas; Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas terror group, is the next most popular candidate.
Reuters 10:55 , 05.07.18
After Iranian president implied Tehran might stop oil exports from the region if the US makes good on its threat to cut the Islamic Republic's oil revenues, Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani tells Rouhani, 'I kiss your hand for expressing such wise and timely comments.'
Reuters 15:09 , 04.07.18
Moscow's FM Lavrov says Tehran is one of the key powers in the region, and it would be 'absolutely unrealistic' to expect it to abandon its interests; however, he notes ceasefire agreement includes all non-Syrian forces withdrawal from border with Israel.
Associated Press 14:53 , 04.07.18
Strong blast heard Tuesday afternoon in an Iranian militia's arms depot in Syria's Daraa province, Al-Jazeera network reports; London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says blasts were heard in northern Daraa, in an area controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad's army.
Daniel Salami 13:04 , 03.07.18
United Nations refugee spokesman presents latest figures on Syrians forced to flee their homes due to heavy bombardment, mostly taking shelter in villages and areas near the Israeli and Jordanian borders; Jordan’s foreign minister says will travel to Moscow on Tuesday to hold talks with Russian counterpart in bid to reach a ceasefire and halt displacement.
Reuters, AP 15:44 , 02.07.18
State news agency IRNA says protesters threw stones and debris at police and set a car on fire in a protest that began late Sunday in the city of Abadan; report says police blocked roads near protest and situation is ‘under control.’
Associated Press 11:27 , 02.07.18
Saudi-based Al-Arabiya network says Revolutionary Guard forces opened fire at protestors in southwest city of Khorramshahr after two days of anti-regime protests against the backdrop of a drinking water shortage; videos circulating on social media show protestors chanting ‘death to Khamenei’ and ‘we were robbed in the name of religion.'
Daniel Salami 08:28 , 01.07.18
Official Jordanian source says there are confirmed reports of ceasefire that would lead to ‘reconciliation’ between opposition and government forces whose battles have stirred fears of a humanitarian catastrophe; Hezbollah leader Nasrallah: We are headed towards an important change and a major victory against all armed militias supported by US and Israel.
Daniel Salami, Reuters 21:06 , 29.06.18
General Yahya Rahim-Safavi says following protests in Tehran and other cities that it is the duty of all Iranians to help the Iranian government overcome economic problems; Supreme Leader Khamenei says Iran’s judiciary must confront those who disrupt economic security.
Reuters 14:09 , 27.06.18
Russian news agencies quote Defense Ministry as saying Syrian army, supported by Russian Air Force, repelled a rebel attack in the southern ‘de-escalation zone; earlier, activists say US told rebels not to expect support.
News agencies 13:18 , 25.06.18
For first time since 'de-escalation' agreement reached a year ago, Moscow carries at least 20 strikes on Busra al Harir, northeast of Deraa—an area bordering Israel and Jordan; Assad's army has expanded its offensive in the area in effort to recapture it from rebels.
Reuters 17:02 , 24.06.18
The terror organization says Twitter and Facebook closed its social media accounts, a day after it posted a video showing 2006 kidnapping of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev; Hezbollah says social media followers can use backup pages; Facebook and Twitter have not commented on the issue.
Daniel Salami 12:04 , 23.06.18
Syria's President Bashar Assad executes an assault on opposition areas of the southwest Syria, according to monitor, rebel officials; Syrian Observatory says helicopters dropped more than 12 barrel bombs on the area, causing damage but no deaths; assault is reported a day after US's demand for the area 'to be respected'; US warns of 'serious repercussions of violations'; UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate end to the military escalation.
Reuters 10:10 , 23.06.18
Al Arabiya network quotes senior Jordanian source as saying kingdom has decided not to appoint another envoy after recalling its ambassador from Tehran, in light of ‘Jordan’s fixed position on Iranian policies which include interfering in the affairs of the region’s countries.’
Daniel Salami 20:57 , 15.06.18
Syrian human rights monitoring group claims Kremlin asked the terror group to vacate its forces from its war-torn client state’s border near Lebanon, but that no rift ensued as a result; report comes day after Syria's Assad said 'Hezbollah is a basic element in this war.'
Liad Osmo 15:09 , 14.06.18
Speaking in interview with Iranian channel al-Alam News, Syrian president denies presence of any Iranian bases on Syrian soil, but admits country's troops are supported by fighters from Iraq, Iran and Lebanon; says contacts ongoing with US, Russia and Israel about about how to handle violence in southwest.
Reuters 09:32 , 14.06.18
During protests in Ramallah that attracts hundreds of people calling on PA leaders to end financial sanctions on Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Palestinian security forces use tear gas, batons to break up rallies, which were banned earlier in the day.
Reuters 23:14 , 13.06.18
New facility at Natanz's uranium enrichment center will allow Tehran to increase its nuclear enrichment capacity, yet stay within the provisions of the nuclear deal; Iran can use 5,060 older-model centrifuges at Natanz, but only to enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent.
Associated Press 23:20 , 06.06.18
Uncoordinated Russian troop deployment near Lebanese border leads to friction with Hezbollah, two non-Syrian officials tell Reuters; military commander says move, which may have been aimed at ‘assuring the Israelis,’ has been resolved.
Reuters 12:12 , 06.06.18
After Supreme Leader Khamenei says he ordered preparations to increase uranium enrichment capacity if nuclear deal with world powers falls apart after US withdrawal, Islamic Republic's Atomic Energy Organization spokesman tells ISNA news agency his country will inform UN nuclear watchdog that the process will start on Tuesday.
Reuters 08:05 , 05.06.18
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Khalid Al Attiyah tells international security conference in Singapore that while Qatar has 'a lot of differences' with Tehran, 'is it wise to call the United States and Israel to go and fight Iran?'
Associated Press 12:45 , 03.06.18
With US-imposed sanctions looming since Trump's withdrawal from nuclear deal, Israeli push to ratchet up pressure on Tehran and daily defeats of Iranian -backed Houthi rebels, citizens begin widespread online protest against regime for 'waste of state funds on activities in foreign countries,' brand Revolutionary Guards as 'terrorists.'
Daniel Salami 19:26 , 27.05.18
SAF's cargo aircraft detected flying from Damascus to Tehran despite US's demand to withdraw Iranian forces from Syria; Syrian reports say US-led coalition forces responsible for recent strike in Albu Kamal; Pentagon denies any involvement in strike.
Itay Blumenthal 14:38 , 25.05.18
Syrian state news agency reports explosion at Dabaa military airfield near Lebanese border; Syrian army official says base targeted by missiles, prompting Syrian air defenses to 'confront attack, prevent it from achieving its aim'; IDF declines comment, US denies involvement.
Daniel Salami 21:55 , 24.05.18
Iranian forces pulling out of Syria is 'not even on the agenda of discussion,' the country's deputy foreign minister says, adding 'we cannot let anyone even raise this issue'; Damascus 'highly appreciates' Russia's military support as well as 'advisers' from Iran and Hezbollah, the deputy FM says.
Associated Press 16:29 , 23.05.18
PA President Abbas, currently hospitalized in Ramallah, was photographed reading PA daily that published caricature of IDF soldier feeding infant bottle of poison; infant depicted in caricature is Lila Randur, 8 month old who allegedly died after inhaling tear gas at Gaza border protest last week; unclear whether photo was published as act of defiance against Israel or as mere oversight.
Elior Levy 13:35 , 23.05.18
Latest development comes shortly after senior PA diplomat Saeb Erekat tells Ynet Palestinian institutions 'stronger than Israel thinks' when asked if his society is prepared for post-Abbas era.
Alexandra Lukash, Nir Cohen and Reuters 23:10 , 21.05.18
Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif says European political support to preserve 2015 nuclear accord is 'not sufficient' after US pulls out of deal; EU leaders say they want to preserve deal since the 'agreement works'; new credit lines for Tehran, increased energy cooperation and implementing EU laws to block European companies from caving in to US sanctions are considered by EU to keep Tehran in nuclear accord.
Reuters 23:19 , 20.05.18
More Mideast News
A young Palestinian father of two sets himself on fire in protest of Hamas' mishandling of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, causing himself moderate injuries across his body; he is not known to be suffering from any mental illness; his brother was injured at a recent border protest.
Elior Levy 12:48 , 20.05.18
11 pro-Assad troops reportedly killed in an explosion inside a Hama military airport; Syria says detonation occurred due to technical malfunction; Sky News Arabia reports explosion followed Israeli airstrike targeting ammunition and fuel depots at the base.
Reuters, Daniel Salami 18:10 , 18.05.18
In letter to the Turkish president, Ismail Haniyeh urges nations at emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to call for end of Gaza blockade, come up with plan to end humanitarian crisis in the strip; Turkish FM says Israel should be brought in front of ICC for 'war crimes' in Gaza.
Elior Levy, Daniel Salami 20:16 , 17.05.18
PA foreign minister says 'no harm in Arab states collectively recalling their ambassadors in Washington to their capitals for consultations' to 'remind them of the Arab rejection of the US embassy's transfer to Jerusalem.'
Reuters 19:12 , 17.05.18
Shiite terror group's leader, his second-in-command targeted by fresh sanctions by US, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf states; Nasrallah, Qassem also placed on Gulf countries' terror lists; 'By targeting Hezbollah's Shura Council, we rejected false distinction between 'political wing' and Hezbollah's global terrorist plotting,' says US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin.
Reuters 15:57 , 17.05.18
On backdrop of deadly Gaza Strip border riots, inauguration of new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Palestine Liberation Organization official Ashrawi blasts US envoy to UN's pledge to 'take names'; extremely difficult to find link between reality, Haley's words, Ashrawi adds.
Reuters 23:18 , 16.05.18
In a four-minute and 43-second recording posted on social media, Ayman al-Zawahri says all Muslim countries have effectively recognized Israel by signing the UN charter which calls for respecting the territorial integrity of every member state, including Israel.
Reuters 09:06 , 14.05.18
While media affiliated with Hezbollah portrayed Israeli strike as glaring failure, other Arab media outlets justified it, going so far as to claim majority of Syrian would have supported it; Bahraini foreign affairs minister who said Israel was within its right to strike back at Iran nevertheless criticized by media.
Daniel Salami and Liad Osmo 18:38 , 12.05.18
Polls opened across Iraq on Saturday in the first national election since the declaration of victory over the Islamic State group; no clear front-runner has emerged as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces stiff competition from political parties with closer ties to Iran.
Reuters 09:48 , 12.05.18
Four senior Islamic State commanders captured in Syria after one of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's personal aides was captured in Turkey in February; coalition members used his mobile phone to lure other four into Syria, then apprehended them; 2 of those captured are most senior Islamic State figures ever taken alive, Iraqi security adviser says.
Reuters 23:45 , 10.05.18
First series of sanctions imposed by US on 6 people, 3 Iranian companies suspected of funneling funds to Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force; 'Iranian regime, its Central Bank have abused access to entities in UAE to acquire US dollars to fund IRGC-QF's malign activities,' US Sect. of State Mnuchin says.
Reuters 23:18 , 10.05.18
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain strongly back US President's Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement, saying renewing sanctions may disrupt their ballistic missile program and support for militant groups; Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, warns Iran: if you get nukes, so will we.
Reuters, Ynet 22:27 , 09.05.18
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says number of casualties in attack on Iranian military facilities south of Damascus, which was attributed to Israel, rose to 15 people, eight of them Iranians; attack comes shortly after Trump announcement of US pullout from Iran nuclear deal.
Reuters 13:06 , 09.05.18
Mysterious blast on a road controlled and secured by the Assad regime claims the lives of 8 from the Syrian army's 150th division, who are tasked with operating the S-200 anti-aircraft system—the same system that intercepted an Israeli F-16 in February.
Daniel Salama 17:03 , 07.05.18
According to preliminary results, the Iran-backed Shiite terrorist organization Hezbollah wins majority of votes in Lebanon’s parliamentary election; voter turnout lower than 50 percent; 'Hezbollah equals Lebanon,' Education Minister Bennett tweets.
Reuters 09:29 , 07.05.18
The Lebanese Shiite terror group is expected to extend its power in the country's parliament, while big issues go unaddressed, such as Hezbollah's involvement in the Syria war and the mounting tensions between Israel and Iran that could drag Lebanon into a regional conflict.
Associated Press 13:57 , 05.05.18
Shortly after release of video showing brutality of modesty police on Iranian women, another video exposes what happens to women insufficiently covered; President Rouhani condemned such tactics, calling them not constructive.
Ynet 21:22 , 03.05.18
Iranians reported killed in rocket strikes on regime-controlled military bases in Syria, triggering explosions strong enough to be registered on the Richter scale; Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 26 pro-government forces killed, ISNA says 18 Iranians dead, Tasnim denies reports; Hezbollah-affiliated paper points finger at Israel.
Reuters and Liad Osmo 13:06 , 30.04.18
During first visit of US Secretary of State Pompeo to Middle East, taking him to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan, his senior policy adviser says anyone associated with Iran's missile program should be sanctioned; 'Iran's missiles prolong war and suffering, threaten our security and especially threaten Saudi Arabia, Israel,' he adds; Pompeo, considered an Israeli ally, will meet PM Netanyahu Sunday.
Itamar Eichner and Reuters 23:30 , 28.04.18
Interior minister for North African country announces capture of 'international spy ring' comprised of 7 Africans, proving Mossad attempts to undermine state security; head of group sentences to death, remaining defendants to prison terms.
Elior Levy 22:22 , 24.04.18
109 Palestinian lawmakers from warring Hamas, Fatah factions, appeal to postpone scheduled Palestinian National Council meeting—first since 2009—citing exclusion of some representatives due to 'Israeli travel restrictions'; no delays to be expected, says PNC's secretary.
Reuters 20:34 , 22.04.18
In the wake of French participation in strikes against Syrian regime targets in response to alleged chemical attacks on civilians, Assad returns prestigious award to France via Romanian embassy in Damascus, says no desire to hold award from 'slave country that supports terrorists.'
AFP 22:49 , 21.04.18
Commander insists no fresh attack in Syria, claiming false alarm caused by a 'joint electronic attack' by Israel and the US targeting the Syrian radar system triggered air defense missiles, which reportedly shot down missiles fired at air base in Homs area.
Reuters 12:39 , 17.04.18
Syrian media, officials report 6 missiles launched at Homs military airbase, 3 at base on Damascus outskirts, all intercepted; 'No US military activity in area at this time,' Pentagon says; IDF Spokesperson's Unit declines comment; early estimates say attacks carried out by rebel forces directed by a third party.
Liad Osmo 08:33 , 17.04.18
Arab League leaders condemn 'criminal' use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for an international investigation, while looking to resolve lack of consensus among Arab states on regional security, the US, Iran and Israel.
Associated Press 22:19 , 15.04.18
Base, in Aleppo's southern suburbs, evacuated by Syrian, Iranian personnel days ago out of fear of US strike; unconfirmed reports attribute blast to fighter jet attack; Iranians reported to be among those wounded, killed.
Liad Osmo 23:16 , 14.04.18
Syrians take to the streets of Damascus to protest strike by US, UK and France on gov't chemical weapons facilities, waving Syria, Iranian and Russia flags and calling out 'Trump you are an animal'; rebels say strikes not enough to end civil war.
Reuters, AP 14:31 , 14.04.18
Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo wants a stronger Iran deal, but does not expect Iran to race to a nuclear weapon if deal abolished; US allies France, Germany seeking solution to keep Trump from ending sanctions waiver May 12.
Reuters 23:30 , 12.04.18
In a Twitter post, US president warns Russia of a forthcoming response to suspected chemical attack in Syria, blasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar Assad, 'a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!'
Reuters 14:20 , 11.04.18
In a step that could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon says any US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down and launch sites will targeted; meanwhile, French daily Le Figaro says Assad army has evacuated soldiers and missiles from the Dumayr airbase to the Russian-operated Khmeimim base.
Ynet, news agencies 11:27 , 11.04.18
Iranian news agency publishes photos from T-4 base, which was attacked in a strike attributed to Israel; in unusual move, media in Tehran also release photos of seven Iranian 'military advisers' killed in the strike; tensions mount in northern Israel as IDF prepares for possible reprisal.
Yoav Zitun, Liad Osmo 10:15 , 11.04.18
Ramadan Shalah, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, reportedly had to undergo surgery to save his life; Islamic Jihad denies reports there was an attempt on his life, saying he merely suffering from 'natural illness.'
Elior Levy 12:12 , 10.04.18
While initial reports from Tehran said 4 Iranian 'military advisers' were killed in the attack on the T-4 airbase—attributed to Israel—the private Tasnim news agency reports a higher number of Iranian casualties.
Reuters 11:18 , 10.04.18
Denying accusations of chemical attack in Douma, Assad regime says will start negotiations with Jaish al-Islam, which controls the city; amid US call on Russia to end 'unmitigated support' of Syria, Moscow denies attack.
Reuters 13:01 , 08.04.18
Syrian American Medical Society and the civil defense say 49 dead, over 500 hurt in Douma amid accusations Assad regime dropped barrel bomb containing poisonous chemicals on civilians; Syria state news: rebels making 'chemical attack fabrications'; US: If attack confirmed, it would 'demand immediate response by international community.'
Reuters 11:25 , 08.04.18
Enormous arms deal, which includes 180 self-propelled cannons, joins $1 billion dollar missile deal approved 2 weeks ago during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's trip to the US; while Congress could theoretically block sale, it is unlikely to do so.
Associated Press 10:17 , 06.04.18
After his main opponents withdrew from the race complaining of repression, Egypt's incumbent president faces only one challenger, a long-time supporter of Sisi; polling stations to stay open for three days in effort to garner as many votes as possible to bolster Sisi's rule.
Reuters 18:22 , 26.03.18
Hamas security forces circle home in Nuseirat refugee camp to capture Anas Abu Khoussa, alleged to have carried out the attempt on the life of Palestinian PM Hamdallah; would-be assassin, who may have had ties to Gaza Salafist movements, was badly wounded during siege, later dies; 2 Hamas operatives die during siege.
Elior Levy 14:18 , 22.03.18
Palestinian sources say heart specialist present at Ramallah presidential compound whenever Abbas is there, while his regular physician visits daily; Abbas is said to be regularly complaining about strong stomach pains, but aides deny rumors he's suffering from cancer.
Associated Press 09:23 , 22.03.18
Scathing remarks come as PA president blames Hamas for failed assassination of PM Rami Hamdallah in Gaza and announces intention to take 'national, legal and economic steps' against the strip; says he's uninterested in receiving information on the investigation from Hamas.
Reuters and Itamar Eichner 21:21 , 19.03.18
Terror group airs on TV a short clip lionizing members of the military wing who 'use primitive tools' to 'liberate Palestinian land stolen by the Zionist enemy'; clip shows terrorists sitting and praying while carrying out hazardous tasks.
Elior Levy 22:46 , 18.03.18
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Qassem refuses comment on terror group's military capabilities, deployments or plans, not wishing to 'give gifts to enemy'; Hezbollah 'ready to confront aggression if Israel decides to carry out any foolish action,' he says; on Syrian civil war, Qassem says Hezbollah will remain in country until crisis is resolved; on upcoming elections, deputy leader says he expects increase in number of Hezbollah allies in parliament.
Reuters 22:13 , 15.03.18
Speaking to CBS, Prince Mohammed bin Salman raises fears of a regional nuclear arms race; claiming that Saudi Arabia does not want nuclear bomb, but vowing Riyadh 'will follow suit as soon as possible' if Iran builds one.
Reuters 16:18 , 15.03.18
One of the solutions offered is effective governance systems and institutional strengthening under the Palestinian Authority’s leadership; Egypt and Israel also urged to loosen blockade, despite concerns over security.
Reuters 09:50 , 15.03.18
As terror group continues to sniff out culprits behind attempted assassination of Palestinian PM Hamdallah, several workers of two cellular communications companies are arrested by Hamas for failing to cooperate in their investigation.
Elior Levy 22:28 , 14.03.18
Entering the Gaza Strip for inauguration of a new sewage purification facility, convoy of Palestinian PM Hamdallah is hit with a roadside explosive; 7 guards hurt, PM remains unharmed; Fatah blames Gaza militants for attack, says Hamas bears responsibility; Hamdallah proclaims attack will not deter Fatah from seeking to end split with Hamas.
Ynet reporters, news agencies 10:41 , 13.03.18
British-based war monitor, which tracks death tolls using a network of contacts inside Syria, says it has identified more than 350,000 of the 511,000 people who have been killed in seven years of war; civilian death toll reaches 106,390, including 19,811 children and 12,513 women.
News agencies 15:36 , 12.03.18