MENA affairs اخبار الشرق الاوسط

By LV | MENA affairs, news and politics; the impact of a connected world. اخبار متعددة من الشرق الوسط وشمال افريقيا والتداعيات العالمية. لبنان سوريا عراق سعودية الامارات عمان بحرين الاردن فلسطين اليمن قطر كويت المغرب تونس الجزائر السودان مصر ليبيا صومالية Syria Lebanon Saudi Jordan Egypt Tunis Morocco Sudan Algeria Libya Palestine Bahrain Yemen UAE Kuwait Qatar Somalia Iraq Oman

Beirut Begins Destroying the City’s Last Public Beach

Ramlet El Bayda beach on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Photo: Firas BouZeineddine / FacebookThe people of Beirut were shocked this Saturday, Nov. 12, when …

Liberal POV

Mosul is liberated but ISIS mines pose an 'unprecedented' threat

Near MOSUL, Iraq — Hamid Merza Zorab throws his hands up in desperation as he surveys the ruins of his home, occupied by ISIS for more than two years and destroyed in the battle against the militants.<p>A crater in the ground is all that remains of the living room where the family once hosted …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Iraq army launches fresh Mosul assault, targeting Mosul bridge

| BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq<p>Iraqi army units surged toward the center of Mosul on Tuesday in an attack from the city's southeastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold.<p>Campaign commander Lieutenant General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah was …

North Africa

Israel refuses visa to theologian over boycott and divestment activism

Isabel Phiri is first foreigner denied entry because of alleged involvement with Palestinian-led BDS movement<p>Israel has denied entry to a prominent theologian and academic for her alleged activism in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement – the first time officials say a foreign …

Fifteen Saudi Shia sentenced to death for 'spying for Iran'

<b>A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran and handed 15 others prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years.</b><p>They were among 32 men - comprising 30 members of the kingdom's Shia Muslim minority, an Iranian national and an Afghan - put on trial in …

Saudi Arabia

Turkey is hosting a new round of peace talks between Russia and Syrian rebels — and it looks like the US wasn't invited

The US was shut out of a new round of negotiations between Russia and Syrian rebel factions hosted by Turkish officials in Ankara, a source within the Syrian opposition told Business Insider on Monday.<p>The opposition source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to …

Syria

'Attack them in markets, roads and clubs,' Isil's new spokesman tells European followers

Islamic State’s new spokesman has promised more attacks on Europe, urging supporters to target “markets, roads and clubs” in his inaugural audio message.<p>Abuu al-Hassan al-Muhajer, whose role as the group's mouthpiece was disclosed for the first time on Monday, told Islamic State of Iraq the Levant …

Bahrain authorities block Al Jazeera from GCC summit

Al Jazeera journalist refused entry into Manama despite having submitted required paperwork on time.<p><b>Doha, Qatar</b> - Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) has been blocked from covering the 37th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Manama by Bahraini authorities.<p>Al Jazeera journalist Jamal …

Airstrike kills more than 100, injures hundreds at Yemen funeral

SANAA, Yemen — An airstrike by a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition killed more than 100 people and injured hundreds more at a funeral Saturday, according to Health Ministry officials and medical groups. With the death toll expected to rise, it was one of the deadliest single assaults in the …

Yemen

Iran’s media considers German female minister a man, sparking outrage over handshake

German minister welcomes anti-Israel and anti-US Iranian minister.

Iran

Indian Buys $9 Million Dubai License Plate for Rolls-Royce - Bloomberg

Indian businessman Balwinder Sahani paid 33 million dirhams ($9 million) for a Dubai license plate for one of his Rolls Royces.<p>#Dubai D5 number plate …

Luxury

Isil terrorist threat to England in Bangladesh laid bare

The Isil terrorists who attacked a cafe in Dhaka killing 20 hostages were planning to target sports teams travelling to Bangladesh, where England are on tour.<p>The tour was almost cancelled following the killings at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on July 1 and two players, one-day international …

Failed suicide attack on US soldiers in Kuwait

Kuwaiti officials say the bomb-laden truck failed to detonate, leaving only the truck driver injured. Kuwait has largely been spared from IS attacks, however, officials say they thwarted three such attempts in July.<p>Kuwaiti security officials arrested a suspected Islamic jihadist after he slammed an …

backed Saudi airstrikes kill dozens at Yemeni funeral service

Bombs dropped by Saudi Arabia-led coalition aircraft on a funeral in Yemen Saturday killed more than 140 people and injured as many as 525 more, a …

Israel

Libyans hope to export from oil terminals seized by general

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's state oil company says it hopes to resume exports from three terminals seized this week by forces loyal to a powerful general based in the east.<p>Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of the National Oil Corporation, said in a statement late Tuesday that teams have begun assessing …

Finance

Germany arrests three Syrian IS suspects 'linked to Paris attackers'

The German interior minister has confirmed that three suspected "Islamic State"(IS) members have been arrested in northern Germany. The men have links to the same group that carried out the November 2015 Paris attacks.<p>In a statement on Tuesday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said three …

Terrorism

Trump campaign endorses Netanyahu claim of Palestinian 'ethnic cleansing' of West Bank

Donald Trump’s adviser on Israel has supported the claim made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Palestinian demand for a removal …

Isis 'celebrates' Eid by killing prisoners 'like sheep'

Isis has released a video showing alleged spies being executed like sheep in a slaughterhouse in a massacre descirbed by local monitoring group as …

Now the Saudis Have Killer Drones, Too

Saudi Arabia has got a horrible human-rights record and a bloody war next door. And now it’s about to get its own fleet of flying, death-dealing robots.<p>Saudi Arabia is the world’s newest drone power. And that could be a problem, since the Saudis are in the midst of a rather nasty war.<p>Riyadh has …

Saudi Arabia

MPs deliver damning verdict on Cameron's Libya intervention

Foreign affairs committee says ex-PM was responsible for failures that helped create failed state on the verge of civil war<p>David Cameron’s intervention in Libya was carried out with no proper intelligence analysis, drifted into an unannounced goal of regime change and shirked its moral …

Kuwait plans to create a huge DNA database of residents and visitors. Scientists are appalled.

It sounds like an idea from a bad science-fiction novel. Kuwait is planning to build an enormous DNA database that would compile the genetic makeup not only of citizens living in the Persian Gulf state but also of other residents and even temporary visitors. Such a database would be the first of …

Middle East

Israel and Facebook are teaming up to combat posts that incite violence

Israel and Facebook will begin working together to tackle posts on the social media platform that incite violence, a senior Israeli cabinet minister …

Russia says prevented Islamic State attack on Syria's Palmyra

Russian military aircraft struck a group of Islamic State fighters preparing an attack on Syria's Palmyra, a senior Russian army official told Russian news agencies on Wednesday.<p>The official, Viktor Poznikhir, said Russian armed forces had killed 250 fighters and destroyed around 15 pickups with …

Islamic State (ISIS)

US, Israel sign massive military aid deal; $38B, 10 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday signed an unprecedented new security agreement with Israel that will give the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years.<p>The deal, the largest such agreement the U.S. has ever had with any country, amounts to $3.8 billion a year beginning in budget …

Israel

Syrian opposition politician not confident truce will last

A Syrian opposition politician said on Wednesday he did not have great confidence that a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia would last longer than a previous truce that temporarily curbed the fighting earlier this year.<p>That truce, agreed in February, unravelled over a period of …

Syria

Israeli telecoms facing class action over outbound call charges

Israeli telecoms have been hit with a purported class action suit charging them with levying excessive and unreasonable prices for calling out of …

Shocking images of starved kid show horrors of Yemen’s civil war

The horrors of Yemen’s civil war have been encapsulated by photographs showing a toddler suffering from severe malnutrition. UNICEF estimates that …

Kerry, Lavrov agree Syria truce holding, extend it by 48 hours

The United States and Russia agreed that the Syrian cessation of hostilities that began on Monday had largely held and should be extended for another 48 hours despite sporadic violence, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.<p>The cessation of hostilities, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State …

Syria

Exclusive: Tankers seized in Yemen port, risking deeper import crisis

| LONDON<p>Authorities in a port controlled by Yemen's Houthi movement have seized two oil tankers from international traders in a payment dispute, according to the ships' owners, an incident which could make it more difficult for the country to import vital supplies.<p>Ocean Tankers, the Singapore-based …

Yemen