Russian FM: Iran, Lebanon Do Not Want to Expand the Scope of War

The Russian Foreign Minister during a meeting last week in the Kazakh capital, Astana (Reuters)
The Russian Foreign Minister during a meeting last week in the Kazakh capital, Astana (Reuters)
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Russian FM: Iran, Lebanon Do Not Want to Expand the Scope of War

The Russian Foreign Minister during a meeting last week in the Kazakh capital, Astana (Reuters)
The Russian Foreign Minister during a meeting last week in the Kazakh capital, Astana (Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned of the consequences of prolonged escalation in the Gaza war, cautioning that the US may want to widen the conflict beyond the regional borders.

Lavrov stressed in a press interview published Wednesday that Iran and Lebanon do not want to get involved in the current conflict, but he warned of the danger of Tel Aviv treating this restraint "as weakness, and as a green light to do anything in Gaza, this would be a huge mistake."

Lavrov strongly criticized the United States, saying, "Washington doesn't want to tie Israel's hands," reiterating his belief that it may want to extend the Gaza crisis outside the scope of the Middle East region.

Regarding the United States war policy, Lavrov saw that the US administration was unprepared for anything other than a humanitarian truce without commitments.

He recalled that Washington rejected a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire and was only ready to say "a humanitarian pause" without any promise to continue these efforts.

Russia presented two resolutions calling for a ceasefire in the conflict in the Gaza Strip, but Washington still considers "anything coming from Russia is taken as a hostile act, hostile initiative."

Lavrov asserted that the creation of the Palestinian state is "unavoidable," explaining that "in historical terms, in sustainable settlement terms, the second aspect of this problem, which is much more important, the creation of the Palestinian state is unavoidable."

Most of the discussions related to the future of the Gaza Strip do not currently address the establishment of a Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, said Lavrov, recalling that President Vladimir Putin had previously stressed the necessity of returning to a political path based on the establishment of a Palestinian state within the framework of the two-state solution.



Clashes Escalate in Sudan’s North Darfur

Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)
Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)
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Clashes Escalate in Sudan’s North Darfur

Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)
Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)

Clashes renewed on Monday between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in several locations in North Darfur, while each side claimed to have inflicted the other with heavy losses in lives and military equipment.

Eyewitnesses said fierce ground clashes took place early in the morning in the vicinity of El Fasher, and around the Zarq and Um Baar areas, which are controlled by the RSF.

Meanwhile, residents fear counter-attacks following threats launched by several RSF leaders, who vowed to strongly respond to the killing of Ali Yagoub Gibril, one of their senior commanders during a battle in the besieged north Darfur city of El Fasher last Friday.

Social media accounts affiliated with the RSF posted videos showing violent clashes that took place Monday in the Um Baar area.

The video also showed destroyed military and armored vehicles of the army and the armed movements backing it.

Since the outbreak of fighting in Sudan, the RSF has pushed large numbers of its forces to capture the town of El Fasher. The city is the army's last stronghold in the western Darfur region.

On Sunday, RSF commander Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, also known as Hemedti, blamed the escalation in El Fasher on armed factions “that have abandoned neutrality and chosen to side with their slaughterer.”

A resident of El Fasher said the Eid Al-Adha celebrations were completely absent, and that many residents did not leave their homes to perform religious rituals for fear of bombs targeting residential neighborhoods.