Bahrain, Iraq Contain Repercussions of Embassy Attack, Dozens Arrested

Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2019. (Reuters)
Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2019. (Reuters)
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Bahrain, Iraq Contain Repercussions of Embassy Attack, Dozens Arrested

Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2019. (Reuters)
Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2019. (Reuters)

Bahrain and Iraq were quick on Friday to contain the repercussions of the attack by protesters on the Bahraini Embassy that prompted Manama to recall its ambassador from Baghdad.

On Thursday night, some 200 protesters burned the Israeli flag in front of the embassy before storming it in protest against the Manama-hosted workshop earlier this week that saw the participation of Israeli officials to discuss economic aspects of the yet undisclosed US peace plan for the Middle East.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim phoned his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa to express Baghdad’s condemnation of the attack.

He hoped the incident would not “undermine diplomatic relations” between the two countries.

On Friday, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa held a phone call with Iraqi President Barham Salih to commend the Iraqi government stance in the aftermath of the attack, as well as the measures it has taken to provide necessary protection.

For his part, Salih stressed his country’s keenness on consolidating fraternal and historic relations between Bahrain and Iraq.

He said that Iraq does not allow anyone to harm these relations, hailing Bahrain’s brotherly positions in support of Iraq in all circumstances.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 54 people for their involvement in the attack.

On Friday, both the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Gulf Cooperation Council expressed their strong condemnation of the attack.

The United Arab Emirates also strongly condemned the incident, deeming it a blatant violation of diplomatic norms and conventions.

In a statement, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) called on the Iraqi government to live up to its responsibility toward international obligations and conventions, which guarantee diplomatic security and immunity.



Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

The Middle East was reeling Sunday from deadly violence with Israel bombing Gaza, Lebanon and Yemen in quick succession in response to attacks from Iran-backed militant groups.
Despite Washington's top diplomat asserting a deal is near the "goal line" to end more than nine months of devastating war between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, the Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen, as it pressed on with its offensive in the besieged Palestinian territory, Agence France Presse reported.
Dozens have been killed since Saturday across the Gaza Strip, the civil defense agency said, including in strikes on homes in the central Nuseirat and Bureij areas and displaced people near southern Khan Yunis.
Residents said a major operation was underway in the district of Rafah in the south, reporting heavy artillery and clashes.
The deadly strikes in Gaza came hours after Hezbollah and its ally Hamas said they fired at Israeli positions from south Lebanon, while Yemen's Houthi group vowed to respond to Israeli warplanes hitting a key port.
The fire left raging by the strikes on Hodeida port "is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said.
Detailing the first strikes claimed by Israel in Yemen, Gallant warned of further operations if the Houthis "dare to attack us" after a Houthi drone strike killed one in Tel Aviv on Friday.
In Hodeida three people were killed and 87 wounded, health officials said in a statement carried by Houthi media.
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The trio of militant groups has vowed to keep up attacks on Israel until a truce ends the violence in Gaza, which lies in ruins, with most residents forced to flee their homes.
The Gaza war was triggered by Hamas's October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,195 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.
The militants also seized 251 hostages, 116 of whom are still in Gaza, including 42 the Israeli military says are dead.
Israel's military retaliation to wipe out Hamas has killed at least 38,919 people, also mostly civilians, according to data from the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The war has also unleashed hunger and health crises in Gaza, with Israel and the United Nations trading blame for vital aid supplies failing to reach those in need.
After the detection of poliovirus in Gaza sewage, though no individual cases, the World Health Organization said there were "monumental" constraints to mounting a timely response.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said Friday the agency believes many more diseases are "spreading out of control" inside Gaza.
The premier is due to address US lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, where he will be under pressure to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday a truce was within reach.
"I believe we're... driving toward the goal line in getting an agreement that would produce a ceasefire, get the hostages home, and put us on a better track to trying to build lasting peace and stability," he said.