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Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Resigns over Failure to Prevent Oct. 7 Attack

Arab World Hostages who were abducted by Hamas gunmen during the October 7 attack on Israel are handed over by Hamas to the International Red Cross, as part of a hostages-prisoners swap deal between Hamas and Israel amid a temporary truce, in an unknown location in the Gaza Strip, November 24, 2023. Hamas Military Wing/Handout via REUTERS

Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Resigns over Failure to Prevent Oct. 7 Attack

The head of Israel's military intelligence directorate resigned on Monday over the failures surrounding Hamas' unprecedented Oct. 7 attack, the military said,…

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Arab World A member of Iraqi security forces is seen at Ain al-Asad airbase in the Anbar province, Iraq December 29, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani/File Photo

Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah Denies It Issued Statement Saying It Was Resuming Attacks on US Forces 

Iraqi armed faction Kataib Hezbollah has denied issuing a statement saying it had resumed attacks on US forces, a statement from the group issued on the…

Arab World A woman holds a poster bearing the image of 43-year-old Israeli hostage Dror Or as relatives and supporters of hostages held in Gaza since the October 7 attacks block the Ayalon highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem near Latrun with burning barrels, during a protest calling for their release on April 19, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

2 Suspects Arrested after Car Attack in Jerusalem

Israeli police said they have arrested two people after a car slammed into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Monday, lightly wounding three. Footage of the incident…

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Arab World Saudi Arabia’s Masam project has removed over half a million mines and unexploded ordnance in Yemen. (Masam)

Halo Trust Calls for Focus on Peace Efforts, Mine Clearance in Yemen

Five months since the Iran-backed Houthi militias launched their first attack on commercial shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, an international…

Mohammed Nasser (Taiz)
Arab World A Long exposure photo taken from position in northern Israel near the border with southern Lebanon, shows a rocket fired from Israel heading towards southern Lebanon on April 17, 2024, amid ongoing cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. (AFP)

Qassam Resumes Attacks against Israel from Southern Lebanon 

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stressed on Sunday the military determination to return residents of northern Israel back to their homes and that it was…


Arab World Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Iraq's Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani shake hands during a welcome ceremony in Ankara, Türkiye, Tuesday, March 21, 2023. (AP)

Sudani Prepares to Pave New Path in Ties with Türkiye as Erdogan Visits Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani will welcome in Baghdad on Monday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan’s visit will last several days…

Hamza Mustafa (Baghdad)
Arab World  A USAID contribution to UNICEF humanitarian response in Yemen (UN)

Washington Signs Five-Year Assistance Agreement with Yemen

The US on Sunday announced the signing of a five-year agreement to assist Yemen with its immediate needs and with advancing the internationally-recognized…

Abdulhadi Habtor (Riyadh)
Arab World Smoke rises from an Israeli border town as a result of a rocket launched from southern Lebanon, as seen from Israel, 17 April 2024. (EPA)

Iran-Backed Hezbollah Downs Israeli Drone in Southern Lebanon 

The Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Sunday it downed an Israeli drone that was on a combat mission in southern Lebanon. The drone that was…

Arab World Palestinian health workers dig for bodies buried by Israeli forces in Nasser hospital compound in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on April 21, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

Bodies Found at Gaza Hospital, Israel Wows to 'Increase Pressure' on Hamas

Gaza's civil defense said Sunday dozens of bodies had been found buried at a Gaza hospital complex previously raided by Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin…

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Arab World Palestinians inspect the damage following an Israeli raid at Nur Shams camp, in Tulkarm, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, April 21, 2024. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Two Palestinians Killed by Israeli Troops in West Bank

Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in the occupied West Bank Sunday, the Palestinian health ministry said, as the army confirmed it …

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Arab World A Palestinian woman checks the rubble of a home hit by overnight Israeli bombing in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli Strikes on Southern Gaza City of Rafah Kill 22, Mostly Children

Israeli strikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight killed 22 people, including 18 children, health officials said Sunday. Israel has carried out…

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Arab World Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (dpa)

Abbas: US Veto Against Palestine Full UN Membership is ‘Regrettable, Irresponsible’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday termed the US veto at the Security Council against his country’s request for full membership in the UN as …

Asharq Al Awsat (Ramallah)
Arab World Lebanese-Syrian border crossing (Central News Agency)

Lebanese Gangs Control Crossings on Syria Border

The story of Lebanese Forces coordinator Pascal Sleiman’s murder on April 7 is still unfolding. His body was found in a Syrian village near Lebanon’s Hermel…

Hussein Darwish (Baalbek )
Arab World Undersecretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo briefs the 15-member Security Council on the situation in Sudan (UN)

UN Warns: Crisis of ‘Epic Proportions’ in Sudan

The year-old war in Sudan between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) led by Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commanded by Mohammed Hamdan…

Ali Barada (Washington)
Arab World Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leader General Mohamed Hamdan ‘Hemedti’ Dagalo (Reuters)

US Senators Urge Biden to Impose Magnitsky Sanctions on Sudan's Hemedti

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has written an open letter to US President Joe Biden, calling on him to swiftly determine whether or not he intends to…

Ali Barada (Washington)
Arab World  An ambulance is seen near an Israeli military vehicle during an Israeli raid, at Nur Shams camp, in Tulkarm, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, April 20, 2024. (Reuters)

Israeli Troops Raid West Bank Refugee Camp, Gaza Fighting Continues

Israeli forces fought Palestinian gunmen in the occupied West Bank on Saturday in the second day of a raid that has so far left at least two people dead, the…

Arab World  Protesters attend a pro-Palestinian demonstration outside Barclays bank, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, in London, Britain, April 20, 2024. (Reuters)

Palestinians to Reconsider US Ties after Veto of Bid for Full UN Membership, Abbas says

The Palestinian Authority will reconsider bilateral relations with the US after Washington vetoed a Palestinian request for full United Nations membership,…

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Arab World FILED - 19 October 2023, Egypt, Cairo: Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry speaks during a press conference at Tahrir Palace. Photo: Stringer/dpa

Egypt Calls on Iran and Israel to Exercise Restraint

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Saturday urged both Iran and Israel to exercise restraint amid high tensions in the Middle East. Shoukry said “we…

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Arab World Palestinians perform Friday noon prayer on April 19, 2024, next to the ruins of Al-Farouq Mosque, destroyed during Israeli bombardment in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Hamas group. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

Israeli Airstrike in Gaza's Rafah Kills at Least 9 Palestinians, Including 6 Children

An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza’s southernmost city killed at least nine people, six of them children, hospital authorities said Saturday, as Israel…

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Arab World Lebanese caretaker Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (AP)

Lebanese Interior Ministry, General Security Take Steps to Resolve Syrian Refugee Crisis

Lebanese officials can no longer afford to lightly deal with the Syrian refugee file, especially amid rising popular and political pressure to deal with the…

Paula Astih (Beirut)
Arab World French President Emmanuel Macron receives caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati. (Dalati & Nohra)

Macron Determined to Help Lebanon

French President Emmanuel Macron has returned to taking a personal and direct interest in the Lebanese file, despite the many disappointments that his efforts…

Michel Abou Najm (Paris)
Arab World An American destroyer in the Red Sea to protect ships from Houthi attacks (US Army)

What are Cairo’s Options to Confront Impact of Red Sea Tensions on Suez Canal?

Official statements in Egypt about a 60 percent decline in revenues from the Suez Canal have renewed questions about Cairo’s options to confront the impact of…

Issam Fadel (Cairo)
Arab World  19 April 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Palestinians inspect the largely destroyed homes and roads after the Israeli army withdrew from the town of Abasan, east of the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. (dpa)

US Says UN Agency Has Agreed to Help in Distribution of Aid to Gaza via Sea Route

The UN World Food Program has agreed to help deliver aid for the starving civilians of Gaza once the US military completes a pier for transporting the…

Arab World In this photo released by the Turkish Presidency, Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, shake hands during their meeting in Istanbul, Türkiye, Saturday, April 20, 2024. (Turkish Presidency via AP)

Erdogan Meets Hamas Leader in Türkiye, Discusses Efforts for Regional Peace

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza and reach a fair and lasting peace in the region during a meeting…

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Arab World  A general view shows the Kalso military base after it was hit by a huge explosion on late Friday, in Babil Province, Iraq April 20, 2024. (Reuters)

Iraq's PMF Says Base Was Attacked, Army Investigates

A huge blast at a military base in Iraq early on Saturday killed a member of an Iraqi security force that includes Iran-backed groups. The force commander said…

Arab World Migrants sit on a Cyprus marine police boat as they are brought to a harbor after being rescued from their own vessel off the Mediterranean island nation's southeastern coast of Protaras, Cyprus, on Jan. 14, 2020. (AP)

UN Refugee Agency Tells Cyprus to Stick to the Law in Its Efforts at Sea to Thwart Refugee Boats

The United Nations' refugee agency said Friday that Cypriot efforts at sea to stop numerous Syrian refugee-laden boats departing Lebanon from reaching the…

Arab World The US Treasury Department building, June 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP)

US Sanctions Fundraisers for Extremist West Bank Settlers Who Commit Violence against Palestinians

The Biden administration on Friday imposed sanctions on two entities accused of fundraising for extremist Israel settlers already sanctioned, as well as the…

Arab World A Palestinian man inspects the damage following clashes with settlers the previous night in the West Bank village of Al-Mughayyir, near Ramallah, 13 April 2024. EPA/ALAA BADARNEH

West Bank Villagers Vigilant but Vulnerable after Settler Attacks

Sitting around a fire in the hills of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Ibrahim Abu Alyah and some friends stood watch over his herd in the aftermath of a…

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Arab World A picture taken early on 21 January, 2019 shows Syrian air defense batteries responding to what the Syrian state media said were Israeli missiles targeting Damascus. (AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Targets Air Defense System in Syria, State News Agency Says 

Israel carried out a missile strike targeting an air defense unit in its south and causing material damage, Syria’s state-run SANA news agency quoted a…