Middle East

Gaziantep University lets Syrians study in Arabic

Gaziantep University lets Syrians study in Arabic

Syrian refugee students now have the option to pursue their studies in Arabic while living in Turkey and resume classes from where they left off. Nearly 2,000 Syrians are taking classes at Gaziantep University near the border. “We’re trying to provide Syrian students with the necessary education and training in areas like engineering and medicine so they […]

Houthi fighters storm Al Jazeera bureau in Sanaa

Houthi fighters storm Al Jazeera bureau in Sanaa

Yemen’s Houthi fighters have stormed the closed Al Jazeera Network bureau in the capital Sanaa and stolen the remaining equipment. Sunday’s raid came just hours after the Arabic channel broadcast a documentary film titled Stolen Weapons in Yemen, discussing the group’s looting of arms. “Eyewitnesses said that two cars carrying more than 10 fighters raided […]

Israel’s other army expanding illegal settlements

Israel’s other army expanding illegal settlements

Bethlehem, occupied West Bank – Abuses of power committed by Israel’s Civilian Security Coordinators (CSCs), civilian guards of the illegal settlements, continue to contribute to settlement expansion into Palestinian-owned land across the occupied West Bank, according to an Israeli rights group. In following the behaviour of the CSC guards over a decade, rights group Yesh […]

US envoy to Israel summoned over UN settlement vote

US envoy to Israel summoned over UN settlement vote

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has summoned the US ambassador to Israel over a resolution condemning settlements on Palestinian territories. The summon on Sunday came hours after envoys of all other UN Security Council members were asked to appear before the foreign ministry following the UN vote. Dan Shapiro, who was excluded from earlier summons targeting 14 UNSC member states, was […]

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenage boy

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenage boy

Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian teenage boy in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds during a raid in which they also demolished a house. Troops on board more than 40 military vehicles stormed the Kafr Aqab neighborhood early Thursday, sparking clashes and firing at local presidents which left Ahmad al-Kharoubi dead. The 18-year-old teenager sustained gunshot wounds […]

UNSC to vote on ending Israeli settlement activity

UNSC to vote on ending Israeli settlement activity

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on a draft resolution that would demand Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”. Egypt circulated the draft late on Wednesday and a vote was scheduled for 3pm (20:00 GMT) on Thursday. Israeli settlements are illegal under […]

Egypt drafts bill to ban burqa and Islamic veils in public places

Egypt drafts bill to ban burqa and Islamic veils in public places

  The Egyptian parliament is drafting a law banning women from wearing the niqab veil. The ban will apply to wearing the clothing in public places and government institutions, it has been reported. The full-face veil is worn by some followers of Islam and typically covers all of the wearer’s face other than their eyes. […]

Buses sent to Aleppo for evacuation

Buses sent to Aleppo for evacuation

A number of buses meant to evacuate opposition fighters and their families have been sent to the rebel-held sector of Syria’s Aleppo as part of a deal, according to reports. Syrian state television reported on Sunday that the deal between the government and opposition fighters to evacuate people from east Aleppo, in return for the […]

Erdogan: Protecting Jerusalem a Muslim obligation

Erdogan: Protecting Jerusalem a Muslim obligation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged all Muslims to defend the Palestinian cause and said it is their obligation to protect Jerusalem. Speaking in Istanbul, at a parliamentary symposium on Jerusalem, Erdogan said “it is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem” and that safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should […]

Jimmy Carter Calls on Obama to Recognize Palestine Before Leaving Office

Jimmy Carter Calls on Obama to Recognize Palestine Before Leaving Office

And former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is calling on President Obama to join 137 other nations in granting Palestine diplomatic recognition before he leaves office. The move would help Palestine win full United Nations membership. In a New York Times op-ed published Monday, Carter writes, “The combined weight of United States recognition, United Nations membership […]