Middle East

Arab League meeting to activate Israel boycott

Arab League meeting to activate Israel boycott

Communication officers of the regional offices for boycotting Israel are to hold their 89th meeting in the Arab League headquarters on Tuesday, alamatonline.net has reported. The Arab League official with responsibility for the occupied Palestinian territories, and the general commissioner of the head boycotting office, said on Monday that the officers meeting in the conference […]

Daesh terrorists behead archaeologist in Palmyra, official says

Daesh terrorists behead archaeologist in Palmyra, official says

Terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) beheaded an antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his body on a column in a main square of the historic site, Syria’s antiquities chief said on Tuesday. ISIL, which controls swathes of Syria and Iraq, captured Palmyra in central Syria […]

Spain prevents resale of weapons destined for Middle East

Spain prevents resale of weapons destined for Middle East

The Spanish Defence Ministry said on Sunday that arms sales conducted by Spain with countries like Saudi Arabia include “end-use assurances” which means the recipient country cannot resell or transfer them to a third party. In a written response to a parliamentary inquiry submitted by the left-wing Republican party six months ago, the ministry revealed […]

Saudi Arabia biggest donor to UN for anti-terrorism

Saudi Arabia biggest donor to UN for anti-terrorism

JEDDAH: The Kingdom has maintained its position as the top global financial supporter of the United Nations Center for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT), with a $11 million donation to its trust fund in 2015. In 2014, the Kingdom gave $100 million to help the body, which had been set up three years earlier. The United States is […]

Registration for low-­cost Haj begins

Registration for low-­cost Haj begins

JEDDAH: Residents who want to benefit from the government’s low­cost Haj scheme can now register themselves on the localhaj.haj.gov.sa website. Because of the limited quota, the registration should be done early. The process began on Sunday (Dul Qaada 1) and packages available start from SR3,000. Majid Siddique, media coordinator for the Siddique Haj Group, told […]

Palestinian man killed after stabbing Israeli officer

Palestinian man killed after stabbing Israeli officer

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli forces after stabbing a border policeman at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, the army and Palestinian medics have said. Israeli police on Saturday said the man stabbed a border police officer at the Beita junction near Nablus, and an officer nearby opened fire and killed […]

Local Haj likely to get 40% cheaper

Local Haj likely to get 40% cheaper

JEDDAH: Prices for local Haj packages are expected to drop between 30 and 40 percent this year, according to an official at the Ministry of Haj. Most local Haj operators have begun to change their packages after the ministry announced the launch of the online portal for local pilgrims. According to the source, the portal […]

Israeli company cuts off water supplies to Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli company cuts off water supplies to Palestinians in West Bank

An Israeli water company has cut off water supplies to Palestinians in some areas in the occupied West Bank. Mekorot, the Israeli firm, on Wednesday cut crucial water supplies to some areas in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) said. Palestinian authorities also said that water supplies north of the northern city of […]

Scores dead as truck bomb rips through Baghdad market

Scores dead as truck bomb rips through Baghdad market

At least 52 people have been killed and 200 others injured in a massive truck bomb attack in Baghdad, police and sources have told Al Jazeera. The attack on Thursday morning took place in a crowded vegetable market in Sadr City, a Shia district in the northeast of the Iraqi capital. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom, […]