Middle East

26m visited Grand Mosque in Ramadan

26m visited Grand Mosque in Ramadan

JEDDAH: More than 26 million Umrah pilgrims and worshippers visited the Grand Mosque during the month of Ramadan and in the first few days after Eid Al-Fitr, thanks to a smooth transport arrangement under the guidance of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. Hisham Al-Faleh, adviser to the Makkah governor and general supervisor of the urban […]

‘This is not Islam’: Refugees describe life under ISIL in Raqqa, Syria

‘This is not Islam’: Refugees describe life under ISIL in Raqqa, Syria

by Lauren Williams GAZIANTEP, Turkey — In the Syrian capital of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s self-declared caliphate, Raqqa, the group’s extreme interpretation of Sharia law is enforced through extraordinary punishments, including death. The list of potential violations is long and reminders of the consequences of crossing the groups are on constant […]

Slain toddler’s parents, brother fighting for lives

Slain toddler’s parents, brother fighting for lives

Jalazon refugee camp: The parents and brother of a Palestinian toddler burned to death by suspected Jewish extremists were fighting for their lives Saturday, as demonstrators held a second day of protests over the arson attack. The firebombing of the family’s home in the occupied West Bank that killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha sparked an […]

Palestinian official: Israel closes gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian official: Israel closes gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police on Friday closed the gates of occupied East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following the brutal killing of a Palestinian baby in a village near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, a Palestinian official said. “Israeli police stepped up security measures around the flashpoint mosque, deploying hundreds of troops in surrounding areas […]

52 arrested across Egypt during anti-government protests

52 arrested across Egypt during anti-government protests

Dozens of supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement and Anti-Coup Alliance have been arrested during fresh anti-government protest rallies across the country, Press TV reports. The demonstrations took place on Friday and covered several provinces across the North African country, including the capital city, Cairo. During the rallies, protesters chanted slogans against Egypt’s military-backed government. According […]

Saudi Arabia presents curtain of Holy Kaaba to UN

Saudi Arabia presents curtain of Holy Kaaba to UN

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia handed the ‘Kiswa’- the cloth that cover the kaaba at the headquarters of the United Nations. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon welcomed with pleasure the reinstallation of the curtain of the door of Holy Kaaba. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah Al- Muallami and […]

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian man in house raid

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian man in house raid

Israeli forces have broken into a house and killed a 52-year-old Palestinian man in a village north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Falah Abu Maria was shot in the chest two times from a relatively close range, according to medical sources, on Thursday in Beit Ummar village while he was trying to help […]

Palestine to lodge ICC complaint over baby’s death

Palestine to lodge ICC complaint over baby’s death

The Palestine Liberation Organization has said it holds Israel’s government “fully responsible” for the death of an 18-month-old baby in an arson attack in the occupied West Bank and will lodge a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC). The death of the baby boy on Friday morning was roundly condemned around the world, including […]

Palestinian baby burned to death in West Bank attack

Palestinian baby burned to death in West Bank attack

A Palestinian boy was killed at dawn on Friday after suffering severe burns following an attack by Jewish extremists on a village near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, a medical source told Anadolu Agency. “Ali Saeed Dawabsheh, one, was burned to death after Jewish settlers attacked a house in Duma village in the […]

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