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Syria Conflict: bombardment in Jayrud, 43 dead

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil 43 people are dead after a fierce government bombardment on a opposition-controlled Syrian town, casualties included children and medical staff according to a monitoring group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the airstrike and shelling lasted for hours on Saturday, striking Jayrud, a town situated 60 kilometers north-east ...

Syria Conflict: Kerry tells Russia patience is not “infinite”

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has warned the Syrian regime and its main military backer Russia, to respect the “frayed” ceasefire and said that its “patience was not infinite” amid mounting death tolls. The US Secretary of State addressed the Oslo Forum on conflict resolution and mediation, he stated ...

Cabinet disputes over state security, dam issues: threatens to paralyse government

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil The controversial Janna dam project and the State security agency issues threaten to further cripple the work of an already crippling government, the differences over both topics will be discussed by the Cabinet at a meeting on Thursday. The meeting comes at the same time as two Kataeb Party ministers ...

Frangieh nomination initially proposed by Britain, US and Saudi Arabia

  Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil On Thursday night Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk revealed that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s nomination of MP Sleiman Frangieh for the presidency was initially proposed by Britain, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. “MP Sleiman Prangieh’s nomination did not come from Saad Hariri. But from the British Foreign Ministry and ...

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing for four days

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Wednesday saw Egypt reopen its border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip –in both directions – for the second time in a month to “humanitarian cases” and Palestinians stranded on the Egyptian side of the crossing. The Rafah crossing will be open for four non-consecutive days according to Gaza’s border authority, ...

Egyptian Authorities hire recovery team to assist in search of black box

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Egyptian Authorities hired a deep ocean survey and recovery company to join the hunt for wreckage of the EgyptAir jet that went down over the eastern Mediterranean last week as new satellite evidence emerged to help narrow down the likely crash site. The country’s civil-aviation ministry signed a Deep Ocean ...

Syria negotiator resigns over failed UN peace talks

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Sunday brought about the resignation of the chief peace negotiator of Ayria’s main opposition bloc, who claimed he was resigning over the failure of the UN-backed Geneva peace talks to bring a political settlement to the Syria crisis. Mohammad Alloush, who is also the representative of the powerful Jaysh al-Islam ...

Egyptian authorities expel French journalist amidst media crackdown

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil The Egyptian authorities expelled a French journalist this week further highlighting the crackdown on press freedoms by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian and French officials said on Wednesday. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, that the journalist, Rémy Pigaglio, was blocked for ...

Lebanon commemorates Resistance and Liberation Day

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Wednesday marked the 16th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. The country commemorated the day known as Resistance and Liberation Day with Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who viewed the Israeli withdrawal from most of South Lebanon on May 25, 2000 as a victory for all Lebanese no matter ...

Syrian Conflict: Twin assaults against the Islamic State (IS)

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State (IS) group on Wednesday, in two of the most important offensives yet against the militant group. The twin offensives marked some of the most serious ground efforts against Islamic State since the militant group declared its self-styled ...

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