Author: Middle East Monitor

  • 5 arrested as Palestinians hold Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa

    Israeli forces detained five Palestinians after thousands performed Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the aftermath of a two-week long civil disobedience campaign against Israeli policies at the holy site, while Israeli forces raided the neighbourhood of Silwan and demanded residents show Israeli building permits for their homes. An employee of the Islamic Endowment Ministry, in charge of running the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Rami Al-Khatib said that 25,000 Palestinians had performed prayers at Al-Aqsa today. Sheikh Muhammad Selim, who gave the sermon, stressed the need to head to Al-Aqsa and support it. Following the prayers, Palestinian youths started shouting “Allah Akbar” (God is Great) while exiting the compound, according to a witness. Israeli forces then detained five Palestinians on their […]

  • 5 arrested as Palestinians hold Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa

    Israeli forces detained five Palestinians after thousands performed Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the aftermath of a two-week long civil disobedience campaign against Israeli policies at the holy site, while Israeli forces raided the neighbourhood of Silwan and demanded residents show Israeli building permits for their homes. An employee of the Islamic Endowment Ministry, in charge of running the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Rami Al-Khatib said that 25,000 Palestinians had performed prayers at Al-Aqsa today. Sheikh Muhammad Selim, who gave the sermon, stressed the need to head to Al-Aqsa and support it. Following the prayers, Palestinian youths started shouting “Allah Akbar” (God is Great) while exiting the compound, according to a witness. Israeli forces then detained five Palestinians on their […]

  • Mass grave found in Iraqi city previously held by Daesh

    Iraqi troops discovered on Friday a mass grave containing the bodies of 40 people in the Iraqi city of Al-Ramadi, which was held by Daesh in 2015. Speaking to reporters, Ammar Nuri al-Dulaimi, director of the Martyrs Committee, said that the grave was found in Altash neighbourhood in the south of Al-Ramadi, in the centre of Al-Anbar Province. He said that the bodies had bullet wounds in the heads, indicating that they were most likely executed by Daesh militants when they controlled the region. Al-Dulaimi added that the bodies were found in an advanced state of decomposition, making their identification extremely difficult. They were, however, removed to a hospital for forensic tests. The city was recaptured from Daesh in December […]

  • Senior Hamas delegation arrives in Tehran

    A four-member senior delegation from the Palestinian Islamic Movement (Hamas) arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Friday to take part in the swearing in ceremony of newly elected President Hassan Rouhani. Palestinian media sources reported a statement by Hamas confirming that the delegation was headed by Izzat al-Reshiq and included Saleh al-Arouri, Zaher Jabarin and Osama Hamdan. The statement said the visit was in response to an invitation from the Islamic Republic of Iran to the head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, and the leadership of the movement to attend the swearing in ceremony. Hamas said that it has sent a senior delegation to take part in the ceremony to honour Iran’s support for the Palestinian resistance and […]

  • Tunis: 35 custom officers to appear before disciplinary council

    Tunisia’s Ministry of Finance has ordered 35 custom officers to appear before a disciplinary council for “professional misconduct,” Anadolu reported on Friday. At a press briefing held in Tunis, the head of Tunisia’s Custom’s Union, Rida Nasri, said 21 custom officers from Rdas Seaport were also relocated as part of normal procedures. He explained that the referral of the 35 officers to the disciplinary council was part of a campaign led by Prime Minister Yousef al-Shahid against corruption in the public sector. Nasri stressed that his trade union was fully supportive of the anti-corruption efforts undertaken by the government. In this regard, Nasri called on the National Anti-Corruption Commission, an independent statutory unit, to oversee all the corruption files. “We […]

  • Turkey, Qatar to carry out joint naval exercises

    As part of their bilateral military coordination, Turkish and Qatari naval forces will carry out joint exercises in Qatar’s territorial waters on Sunday and Monday, AlKhaleejonline reported. The Qatari Ministry of Defence made the announcement and timings of the drills after the arrival of the Turkish frigate TCG GOKOVA to Hamad Seaport in the east of Doha. According to the statement, Major-General Mohamed bin Naser al-Muhanadi, admiral of the Qatari naval forces, visited the Turkish frigate which is due to take part in the exercises. During the visit, Al-Muhanadi was briefed by Turkey’s Colonel Hassan Izyarat about the frigate’s capabilities, its power and advanced weapon technology.

  • “I’m going to build you a brother” says Trump to Israeli apartheid wall

    US President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border may be a tall order, but at least he has left his mark on the Israeli security barrier that he has promoted as a model. On the concrete barricades erected by Israel around parts of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, giant spray-painted images of Trump have given constricted Palestinians some comic relief. The first mural shows Trump wearing a Jewish skullcap and placing his hand on a wall and addressing it saying: “I am going to build you a brother.” This scene was taken from Trump’s visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, which Jews claim as their holiest site. "I'm going to build you a brother" @realDonaldTrump #bethlehem #palestine #buildthewall pic.twitter.com/FFBu8smjaC — LUSHSUX (@lushsux) July 31, […]

  • Iraqi Shia cleric orders removal of anti-Saudi posters in his country

    Iraq’s influential Shia leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, has ordered his followers to remove all anti-Saudi posters in the streets of the country, media sources reported on Friday. The order was issued after Al Sadr had concluded a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia during which he met with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. This was his first visit since 2006. After the Saudi authorities had executed the Saudi Shia cleric, Nimr Al-Nimr, over terrorism charges in January 2016, Iraq’s Shia posted billboards and graffiti in public spaces criticising Saudi Arabia and its rulers. Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sadrist movement, discussed with the Saudi Crown Prince opening a Saudi consulate in Al-Najaf, Al-Sadr’s stronghold city, to facilitate communication between the […]

  • Israel’s Haifa Chemicals says it is closing business

    Haifa Chemicals said on Wednesday it was closing shop and letting go of its 800 employees after failing to find a reasonable alternative to a large ammonia tank it needs to function which was ordered to be shut down earlier this year. An Israeli court in February ordered the company to shut down the country’s largest ammonia tank, which has been a point of contention for years, with residents and environmental groups warning it is a major health hazard. “Haifa Chemicals management decided to close the company and is forced to fire all its employees,” it said in a statement. The colossal, circular vat is located in the northern port of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, and can hold 12,000 tons of […]