Russia warns of ‘catastrophe’ at Syrian refugee camp in US-controlled region

Russia has raised alarm at the “catastrophic” humanitarian situation at a refugee camp, situated in a territory controlled by US-backed militants in northeastern Syria, saying the daily death toll has hit 20. Major General Viktor Kupchishin, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said on Wednesday that the Syrians are living in “unbearable” conditions at the al-Hawl camp in Hasakah Province. “According to a female refugee, who managed to flee the al-Hawl camp on the territory controlled by the US-led coalition, the humanitarian situation in the camp…

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Turkey, Qatar, China, Iraq denounce US blacklisting of IRGC

Turkey, Qatar, China, and Iraq have separately denounced US President Donald Trump’s recent move to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. According to Press TV, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday warned that the move was a step outside international law which will pave the way for further instability in the region. “The United States issued this one-sided decision in the context of sanctions and pressure on Iran,” he said in a joint press conference with his Qatari counterpart. “No country can declare another…

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US sends new military equipment on 700 trucks to SDF in Eastern Syria

Media reports revealed that Washington has dispatched new military aid to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern Euphrates after it said mission has been accomplished in the war on Daesh. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that the US-led coalition has sent new military convoys, including tens of trucks carrying military aid and logistical equipment, from Iraqi Kurdistan region to areas occupied by the SDF in Eastern Euphrates. It added that nearly 700 trucks, carrying vehicles and military and logistic equipment of the US-led…

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Blocking aid to flood-hit Iran displays US malevolence: ِDefense minister

Defense Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the United States’ attempts to block international humanitarian aid from entering flood-hit Iran lays bare America’s malevolence. According to Press TV, addressing employees at the Defense Ministry in Tehran on Sunday, Brig. Gen. Hatami blasted the administration of US President Donald Trump for seeking to hinder shipments of relief supplies to the Iranian regions devastated by unprecedented floods. “They (the Americans) once again demonstrated their malevolence and the depth of their enmity toward the great nation of the…

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Iraqi PM in Iran to cement ties

raqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is in Iran for his first official visit since he took office, in a further sign that Baghdad is serious about maintaining close ties with Tehran despite US pressures. It comes right on the heels of President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to Baghdad last month and the two neighbors’ pledge to boost the already flowering trade to $20 billion in two years from $12 billion today. Along with ministers of commerce, foreign affairs, planning, transportation, health and energy, a number of Iraqi parliamentarians as well as 30 representatives of the…

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Erdogan accuses US, Europe of ‘meddling’ in Turkey’s internal affairs

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States and Europe of “meddling” in Turkey’s internal affairs after its Western allies issued statements following his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s challenge to local election results. The Turkish leader and his AKP suffered an upset in mayoral elections last week after results showed that the ruling party lost the capital Ankara and was narrowly defeated in Istanbul, the Turkey’s biggest city and economic hub. The AKP then filed objections to the results with the country’s High Election Board and contested the…

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All options on table for liberating Golan from Zionist occupation: Syrian FM

Damascus warns Tel Aviv not to go too far in its occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights, saying all options remain on the table for liberating the strategic region, which has been under Israeli occupation for more than five decades. The stern warning was delivered by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on Thursday during a joint presser with his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza, in the capital, Damascus, the official SANA news agency reported. Syria, Muallem said, is strongly determined to protect its sovereignty and liberate “every inch” of the country, which…

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11 Palestinian children martyred by Israel since January, says rights group

An international children’s rights NGO says Israeli military troopers have shot and martyred 11 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip since January. According to Press TV, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P) reported on Thursday that the fatalities included two minors, whom were shot during anti-occupation protests along the fence separating the Gaza Strip and the Occupied Territories on March 30, as well as a volunteer medic martyred in the town of Bethlehem, located some 10 kilometers south of the Old City of al-Quds, last…

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Top cleric Sheikh Qassim censures Bahrain’s plan to host Israeli delegation

Bahrain’s top Shia Cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim has denounced the Manama regime for a plan to host an Israeli delegation later this month, describing it as a step on the path to “humiliation and capitulation” to the foremost enemy of the Muslim world. “Hosting and greeting the Zionists at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, which is to be held in Bahrain, is a bold step on a dishonorable path; that of humiliation, capitulation and shamelessness,” Sheikh Qassim said in a statement carried by Arabic-language Lua Lua TV network on Tuesday. Four Israelis are…

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‘US halts F-35 equipment shipment to Turkey’

The United States has stopped shipment of equipment for F-35 fighter jets to Turkey over the country’s defensive cooperation with Russia, a report says. Reuters cited two unnamed sources in a report Monday, suggesting that the Turkish officials had been notified about the matter by their American counterparts “in recent days.” “The next shipment of training equipment, and all subsequent shipments of F-35 related material, have been canceled,” read the report citing sources speaking on condition of anonymity. Turkey has said the S-400 Triumph air defense system will be delivered…

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