Moscow Ready to Host New Round of Palestinian Dialogue

A Palestinian man carrying clothes walks as he evacuates his shop following Israeli airstrikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A Palestinian man carrying clothes walks as he evacuates his shop following Israeli airstrikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Moscow Ready to Host New Round of Palestinian Dialogue

A Palestinian man carrying clothes walks as he evacuates his shop following Israeli airstrikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A Palestinian man carrying clothes walks as he evacuates his shop following Israeli airstrikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov held on Thursday a comprehensive round of talks with a visiting Hamas delegation in Moscow.

The Russian diplomat said the meeting was useful and constructive, according to the official Tass news agency. He added that the delegation included three members from the Hamas leadership, including Deputy Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk.

“Everyone understands the importance of traditionally friendly Russian-Palestinian relations, and we maintain contact with all the leading political and social forces in Palestine,” Bogdanov was quoted as saying.

He noted that the discussions touched on the Palestinian reconciliation, underlining that his country has renewed its call for a new round of negotiations between the Palestinian factions in Moscow.

The deputy minister explained that Russia has repeatedly reiterated its willingness to make additional efforts in this regard.

“We are always ready to present the Moscow platform for public meetings, bilateral or trilateral talks, based on the request of the Palestinians themselves,” he stated.

Bogdanov continued as reported by Tass: “We, on our part, reaffirmed our unwavering principled stance - to support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the borders of 1967 with the capital in East Jerusalem. And this position is based exactly on the well-known international legal framework of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement.”

The Russian official went on to say that Thursday’s meeting tackled developments in Jerusalem, where Russia emphasized the need to stop the escalation.

The Hamas delegation, which includes Marzouk, Fathi Hammad and Hussam Badran, in addition to the movement's representative in Moscow, held other meetings with parliamentarians and representatives of Russian social organizations.



Israeli Military Says it has Struck Houthi Targets in Yemen

A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
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Israeli Military Says it has Struck Houthi Targets in Yemen

A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The Israeli army said Saturday it has struck several Houthi targets in western Yemen following a fatal drone attack by the militias in Tel Aviv the previous day.

A number of “military targets” were hit in the western port city of Hodeidah, the Israeli army said, adding that its attack was in response to “hundreds of attacks” against Israel in recent months.

“The Houthis attacked us over 200 times. The first time that they harmed an Israeli citizen, we struck them. And we will do this in any place where it may be required,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said in a statement.
Israel’s military said it alone carried out the strikes and “our friends were updated.” An Israeli Defense Forces official didn't say how many sites were targeted, but told journalists that the port is the main entry point for Iranian weapons. The official didn't say whether it was Israel’s first attack on Yemen.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam posted on X that the “blatant Israeli aggression” targeted fuel storage facilities and the province’s power station. He said the attacks aim “to increase the suffering of the people and to pressure Yemen to stop supporting Gaza.”

Abdulsalam said the attacks will only make Yemen's people and armed forces more determined to support Gaza. “There will be impactful strikes,” Mohamed Ali al-Houthi of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen wrote on X.

A media outlet controlled by the Houthis in Yemen, Al-Masirah TV, said the strikes on storage facilities for oil and diesel at the port and on the local electricity company caused deaths and injuries, and several people had severe burns. It said there was a large fire at the port and power cuts were widespread.

The drone attack by the Houthis killed one person in the center of Tel Aviv and wounded at least 10 others early Friday.