Middle East

The region known as the Middle East has been conquered and reconquered by every super power in the West. This has created a region rich in a culture of resistance and thousands of ethnic groups looking for their piece of land. This has created a complicated region and Jpost's Middle East News simplifies it.

People stage a mock hanging as they protest outside German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.
Internet campaign targets Iran’s executions

The campaign said that Saeid Tamjidi, Mohammad Rajabi and Amirhossein Maradi were arrested in 2019 and tortured into confessing while in custody.

A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem
EU builds for Palestinians in Area C, FMs speak against annexation

Trump administration still looking to approve sovereignty moves this month, despite COVID-related delays.

Israeli-Saudi interplay: When a molehill is just a molehill – analysis

Starved for acceptance, any crumb thrown in Israel’s direction from one of the Gulf States is transformed in Israel – and also by many Jews abroad – into a full-course meal.

14/07/2020
The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo
Egypt offers reusable face masks in state subsidy plan

Egypt subsidizes items such as bread, rice and sugar for more than 60 million people and has added masks to its list of essential goods, with a limit of 2 per family.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Tunisian woman jailed for posting Koran-style coronavirus joke on Facebook

Court spokesman Mohsen Dali said the sentence was on charges of inciting hate between religions and races.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Greece: Turkey being 'petty' over Hagia Sophia

"With this backward action, Turkey is opting to sever links with western world and its values," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Palestinians call for resuming protests over Temple Mount building

Last year, Palestinians reopened the building’s prayer hall to Muslim worshipers for the first time in 16 years, triggering a standoff with the Israeli security forces that ended in its re-closure.

A member of security forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government checks his weapon
Eastern-based Libyan parliament asks Egypt to intervene in war

The House of Representatives based in the eastern port of Tobruk said Egyptian backing was needed to stave off what it described as a Turkish invasion and occupation.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Airstrikes in Syria after Russian patrol hit by massive bomb

Russia has been conducting joint patrols with Turkey along the M4 highway in Syria after a ceasefire earlier this year.

Iran judiciary says it has executed an Iranian agent linked to CIA

He retired from the ministry four years ago. judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Reza Asgari was executed last week.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
A family have breakfast outside their home at a Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen
Controversy surrounds unconfirmed reports that Houthis rounded up Jews

The report has yet to be confirmed by any official source, leaving questions about the report’s validity.

15/07/2020
UAE postpones Mars mission due to weather at Japan launch site

There are currently eight active missions exploring Mars; some orbit the planet and some land on its surface. China and the United States will send another two this year.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Missiles and drone aircraft are seen at an exhibition at unidentified location in Yemen
Natanz retaliation test run: Iran practices with missiles, drones in Yemen

Iranian media has focused closely on this use of missiles and drones at the same time in an attack. In the past, Tehran has used drones to monitor its use of ballistic missiles.

Houthi troops ride on the back of a police patrol truck after participating in a Houthi gathering
Yemen's Houthis claim 'bank of targets' in Israel, UAE, Saudi Arabia

The comments are the latest in a series of threats made against Israel and the Saudi-led military coalition.

14/07/2020
Protesters force Nasrallah to shift course amid economic, health crises

Faced with mounting US sanctions, Hezbollah leader in troubled waters, experts say

By URI COHEN/THE MEDIA LINE
14/07/2020
A view of the Mahshahr petrochemical plant in Khuzestan province, Iran
Explosion, fire at gas plant in east Iran

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

13/07/2020
Israeli research center finds locations of 28 new Hezbollah missile launch sites in Beirut, Lebanon
Israeli research center finds 28 new Hezbollah missile launch sites

ALMA says never-before-published sites are deep in heart of residential areas in Beirut, next to hospitals, restaurants, schools.

PFLP Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Palestinians appalled by assassination of ‘collaborator’ murderer

The assassination came amid unconfirmed reports that Hamas has arrested a number of its members on suspicion of collaboration with Israel.

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif
Proposed China-Iran deal is bad news for Israel

The American “maximum pressure” campaign has clearly had a major impact on Iran, but a massive influx of Chinese investments will go a long way towards undoing it.

Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir
Iran will 'react decisively' if foreign gov. involved in Natanz explosion

“After summarizing, a full report will be presented in this regard and then, we will take the necessary actions in accordance with the findings that will be made after the investigation."

13/07/2020
Turkey to inform UNESCO on Hagia Sophia after converting it back to mosque

The site was inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985 under Historic Areas of Istanbul, along with other points of significance in the city.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/07/2020
Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq vows to force US to leave

Once led by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who the US viewed as a terrorist for more than a decade, the group is made up of hard core pro-Iranian cadres and has an arsenal of weapons.

King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020.
Jordan's King Abdullah: Coronavirus under control, time to boost economy

Looking ahead, King Abdullah said his country would "come out stronger compared to other countries in the region."

Houthi troops ride on the back of a police patrol truck after participating in a Houthi gathering in
Houthis fire ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia

Fars News in Iran, which receives information from the Houthi movement in Yemen, also reported the rocket firing.

Coronavirus: 1.2 million COVID cases in MidEast, 30,000 deaths

The Middle East was relatively late to be affected by the pandemic, having seeing its figures rise after Europe and Asia.

Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force
US 'begged' Iran not to retaliate for Soleimani killing, deputy FM says

“The US sent a message to Iran via the Swiss ambassador to demand that Iran not give a response, but it was rejected immediately.”

13/07/2020
Fire breaks out at petrochemical facility in southwest Iran

There have been several explosions around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Iran agency says chain of errors caused Ukrainian plane crash - report

The CAO report, which was published on late Saturday, said the missile battery that targeted the passenger plane had been relocated and "was not properly reoriented".

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Pope Francis celebrates the Mass of Saint Peter and Paul, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, J
Pope, UNESCO reject Turkey’s transformation of Hagia Sophia into mosque

“My thoughts go to Istanbul. I think of Santa Sophia. and I am very pained,” Pope Francis said during his weekly blessing Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.

Lebanese Christian cleric seen to criticise Hezbollah, allies over crisis

His last two sermons have been seen to mark a shift to a more openly critical stance against the policies of both Hezbollah and its ally President Michel Aoun.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Hamas arrests journalist for ‘encouraging’ man to commit suicide

Kahlout, 36, was arrested on Friday evening for “encouraging” a resident to harm himself, Ayman al-Batnihi, spokesman for the Hamas police in the Gaza Strip, said.

A SIGN reads ‘Go now. Everyone means everyone,’ at a protest near the presidential palace in Baabda,
Lebanon records new coronavirus infection high with 166 cases

Hassan said 800 workers from the company in question needed to be tested, along with another 1,000 workers from two other companies with whom they were connected.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Egyptian naval drill was message to Turkey

The naval exercise was dubbed Hasam-20 and was carried out in an area not far from the Libyan border, according to several accounts.

Has the US sidelined its Syrian partners, allowing aid and water cutoff?

Aid is used as a weapon by Damascus and Ankara in Syria.

Pro-Iranian militias in Iraq claim attack on 'US vehicles'

The attack underpins the uncertainty in Iraq and increasing pressure on the US to leave the country.

Gunmen target US military equipment in Iraq - report

Sources in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior told Al-Araby that, while it's still to early to discuss who may have been behind the attack, it seems to have been one of the militias.

12/07/2020
Jordan's Princess Raiyah poses as she tries on a Japanese kimono during her visit to a kimono dressi
Jordan's Princess Raiyah marries Roald Dahl's grandson

Princess Raiyah, the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, is the daughter of the late King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/07/2020
Abu Ubaida, the spokesman of the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, walks during an anti-Israel show
Hamas military wing's website targeted by cyberattack

The Al-Qassam Brigades added that their engineers are "still fighting these attacks" and were able to control most of them and are working to repair the damage already caused.

11/07/2020
Iran's Kish Island
Iran’s Kish island trade operators reject island being sold to China rumor

Iran was suffering from US sanctions and economic challenges.

Hamas, Hezbollah seek to unite ‘Islamic ummah’ against Israel - Iran media

Iran has suffered setbacks to its missile and nuclear program due to recent mysterious explosions and the Iranian regime has been reticent to blame Israel directly or to respond.

Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020
Explosion shakes buildings in Tehran - report

The explosion took place in northern Tehran in the basement of an old two-story house containing about 30 gas cylinders.

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tehran
Iran's president calls for ban on weddings, wakes to halt virus spread

An advisor to Iran’s Coronavirus Task Force warned that if appropriate measures were not taken, between 50,000 and 60,000 people could die from the pandemic.

By REUTERS
11/07/2020
Turkey vows to 'liberate Al-Aqsa' after turning Hagia Sophia to mosque

The resurrection of Hagia Sophia heralds the Liberation of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the Turkish Presidency website says.

Workers of the state-oil company Pdvsa holding Iranian and Venezuelan flags greet during the arrival
Iran will develop oil industry despite US sanctions - Oil Minister

"We will not surrender under any circumstances ... We have to increase our capacity so that when necessary with full strength we can enter the market and revive our market share," said Zanganeh.

By REUTERS
11/07/2020
A HEZBOLLAH supporter beams at a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally on the a
Argentine federal judiciary extends freeze of Hezbollah funds

"Judiciary determined that Hezbollah was the perpetrator of the attacks on the AMIA and the Israeli embassy."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/07/2020
Israel to UNSC: Empower UNIFIL to better monitor Hezbollah in Lebanon

Brig.-Gen. Shlomi Binder, who commands Division 91, said that ‘Hezbollah’s terrorist army’ was active on the border and attempting to destabilize the region

Russia, China veto approval for Syria aid via Turkey twice in a week

The United Nations says millions of Syrian civilians in the country's northwest depend on the humanitarian aid delivered from Turkey, describing it as a "lifeline."

By REUTERS
10/07/2020
Germany says suspected Egyptian spy had no access to sensitive data

The employee had access to general information relating to a programme that allows each legislator to bring 50 people from their constituency for a parliamentary visit each year.

By REUTERS
10/07/2020
People stage a protest against the recent execution by Iran of up to 20 Kurds.
Man executed for drinking alcohol is one of 123 executions in Iran in 2020

104 people were executed for premeditated murder, including two who were minors at the time of their arrest.

Erdogan says first prayers in Hagia Sophia on July 24

Hagia Sophia is nearly 1,500 years old and served as one of the most exalted seats of Christian and then Muslim worship in the world.

By REUTERS
10/07/2020
How have Iran's intelligence forces broken down in face of explosions?

What the world is witnessing right now is someone hitting Iranian nuclear and conventional weapons and IRGC facilities practically at will.

A handout satellite image shows a closeup view of a building damaged by fire at the Natanz nuclear f
Ex-cyber officials: Iran may change aggressive policies until licks wounds

Iran has acknowledged that at least the explosion at Natanz was likely an attack.

Yemeni fishermen fix nets at a Red Sea port, Al Mina district, the Al-Hodeid Governorate
How Yemen's fishermen became ensnared in diplomatic spat

Disagreements over Red Sea islands and fishing rights once thought to have been settled with Eritrea flare anew

By MOHAMMED SAYERS / THE MEDIA LINE
15/07/2020
Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020
Explosions, power outages reported near Tehran

Al-Arabiya reported that the explosions occurred in missile depots belonging to the IRGC southwest of Tehran.

10/07/2020
Ain al-Hilweh
Palestinians receiving citizenship abroad are empowered - analysts

Tunis extends nationality to 34 Palestinians; experts say it will help in struggle for right of return and self-determination

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
10/07/2020
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran
Iran sought illegal goods for nuke program - German federal intel

Officials claim no violation of Iran deal • Questions abound

With annexation pending, US and Jordan discuss strategic partnership

Jordan has warned that annexation could harm and possibly annul its 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

How Iran might react to the explosions impacting the country

Ex-cyber officials tell the ‘Post’ that Iran may change some of its aggressive policies until it has a chance to lick its wounds.

Advisor's killing deepens Iraqi leader's face-off with militias

Hashemi, an analyst who had advised the government on defeating Sunni Muslim Islamic State militants and curbing the influence of the pro-Iran Shi'ite militias, was gunned down.

By REUTERS
09/07/2020
Coronavirus: Palestinian death toll rises to 25

Most of the confirmed coronavirus cases – 151 – were discovered in the Hebron area, which has been hit hard by the disease in the past two weeks.

IDF arrests two Hamas commanders in West Bank

Hamas: Israel trying to foil unity with Fatah

Houthi troops ride on the back of a police patrol truck after participating in a Houthi gathering in
Saudi-led alliance in Yemen says explosive boats destroyed in Red Sea

The coalition has previously accused the Houthi movement of trying to attack vessels off the coast of Yemen with unmanned boats laden with explosives.

By REUTERS
09/07/2020
A demonstrator kicks back a tear gas canister during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanon not planning to negotiate with Iran on fuel imports -minister

Hezbollah's Nasrallah said on Tuesday a "calm discussion" was underway with the government over the idea.

By REUTERS
09/07/2020
Iran denies US seizure of Iranian arms on way to Houthis in Yemen

The United States has reimposed sanctions to throttle Iran's oil trade and pressure Tehran to renegotiate the deal, give up its ballistic missiles, and cease its involvement in regional wars.

By REUTERS
09/07/2020
Will Iran deploy its 3rd Khordad lethal air defense in Syria?

Iran’s new air defense help could also have ramifications for Turkey’s military presence.

Al Jazeera violates US law by not disclosing ties with Qatari royalty

The main point of contention in the report is that Al Jazeera has refused to disclose its relationship with the Qatari royal family - which is against US law.

09/07/2020
UN Security Council can’t figure out Syria aid fiasco

At the heart of the issue is the fact that a third of Syria is not controlled by Damascus and needs humanitarian aid.

A handout satellite image shows the new centrifuge assembly workshop, according to the Middlebury In
Natanz explosion: How satellite images became key to Mideast reporting

New images from Natanz posted online on July 8 illustrated the extensive damage to the facility caused by a mysterious July 2 explosion.

Three-quarters of Natanz centrifuge assembly hall destroyed - nuke experts

Security expert David Albright told the ‘Post’ that some of the damage is likely irreparable.

Voices from the Arab Press: Europe and the Libyan Question

A weekly selection of opinions and analyses from the Arab media around the world.

By THE MEDIA LINE
15/07/2020
Pompeo: US seized Iranian weapons on way to Houthi rebels in Yemen

"Iran is not abiding by the UN arms embargo that is due to expire in less than four months now," he said.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
Members of Libya's internationally recognised government flash victory signs after taking control of
UN chief: Foreign interference in Libya conflict at 'unprecedented levels'

Haftar is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, while the government is backed by Turkey.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
A demonstrator kicks back a tear gas canister during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon
US affirms Lebanon support as Hezbollah steps up criticism

Lebanon is in throes of an acute financial crisis seen as the biggest threat to its stability since the 1975-90 civil war.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz sets sail in Izmit Bay, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, off the p
Greek ambassador: Turkish threat in Mediterranean reaches Israel's shores

When it comes to Turkey, Greece’s “reflexes are a bit like [Israel's] with Iran,” Sarris said.

A man carries a giant flag made of flags of Iran, Palestine, Syria and Hezbollah, during a ceremony
Iran commits to improve Syrian air defenses in military cooperation deal

The two officials discussed the situation in Syria and the need for "foreign forces who entered the country illegally" to withdraw.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/07/2020
Palestinian police officers, wearing masks as a preventive measure against coronavirus
Palestinian Authority police arrest top anti-corruption activist

Fayez Sweiti is a resident of Hebron who describes himself as “a Palestinian activist against financial, administrative and political corruption in Palestinian institutions.”

Saudi Arabia lays out restriction for hajj, introduces bottled holy water

Saudi Arabia's coronavirus infection count passed 200,000 on Monday, as the number of new cases continues to climb following the lifting of the curfew last month.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif duri
Iran denies it will give China rights to islands for new trade deal

“There is no news of the transfer of Iranian islands, nor the presence of the military or other illusions,” former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called these rumors an old “trick.”

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's President
The war for humanitarian aid to Syria seeks to empower Damascus

The US, a world superpower, has not gone to bat for its partners in eastern Syria on the aid issue.

Palestinian prisoners wait to be released from Ketziot prison, southern Israel, October 1, 2007
Terminally ill Hamas terrorist dies in Israeli prison

Hamas stated that the terrorist's death "crossed red lines."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/07/2020
Reporter’s Notebook: Hisham Described Reality and Embraced Objectivity

Gunmen assassinate renowned Iraqi analyst, adviser Hisham al-Hashemi outside his Baghdad home.

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE
08/07/2020
Russia, China veto UN approval of aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey

The remaining 13 council members voted in favor of the resolution drafted by Germany and Belgium.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
A man enters the headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), in Ramallah Septembe
PLO: UNESCO must not be silent on Israeli 'cultural assault,' annexation

The Palestinians “welcome the adoption of two resolutions by the Executive Committee of UNESCO on the need to preserve educational and cultural institutions in Palestine,” Hanan Ashrawi said.

Young Gaza amputees play soccer again after coronavirus curbs eased

Gaza health authorities recently allowed sports clubs, gyms, mosques, restaurants and event halls to resume operations.

By REUTERS
07/07/2020
Lebanese families barter for food on Facebook as crisis spirals

The collapse of the currency, which wiped out nearly 80% of its value, has pushed many families into poverty and the heavily indebted state offers little help.

By REUTERS
07/07/2020
Syrian, Russian airstrikes in Idlib amount to war crimes - UN

The region is home to a mix of Islamist militant and opposition groups, many of which fled other parts of Syria as President Bashar al-Assad.

By REUTERS
07/07/2020
Jordan's King Abdullah welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Amman airport
Why the joint statement matters: Jordan, Egypt close ranks on annexation?

The closing of ranks between Egypt and Jordan, the two countries that share borders and peace with Israel, is important.

Moroccan activists reject Israel’s annexation plan - report

Gulf media highlights growing opposition in region to annexation.

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone sits armed with Hellfire missiles and a 500-pound bomb
Could UN investigation of Soleimani killing have larger impact?

Agnes Callamard has critiqued the US for violating the UN charter and called for accountability for targeted killings by armed drones.

How could Iran retaliate for Natanz explosion? - analysis

Iran’s regime, led by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, believes in two types of actions. It believes first in perceived tit-for-tat responses and also in asymmetric attacks.

Aftermath of explosion at Sepahan Boresh factory near Tehran, July 7, 2020
Explosion near Iran’s capital kills two, damages factory - IRNA

A large explosion was reportedly heard in areas south of Tehran and in the Kahrizak area.

08/07/2020
Hezbollah Nasralla
Haniyeh: Hamas, Hezbollah should join ranks, fight annexation

If the annexation goes through, Israeli civil law will be applied to the area currently controlled by the IDF's Civil Administration.

By LEON SVERDLOV
07/07/2020
UN expert: US drone strike which killed Iran's Soleimani was 'unlawful'

The United States has failed to provide sufficient evidence of an ongoing or imminent attack against its interests to justify the strike, the expert ruled.

By REUTERS
07/07/2020
A demonstrator carries an Iraqi flag as he walks near burning tires blocking a road during ongoing a
Murder of Iraqi commentator al-Hashimi is a blow for the region - analysis

In Iraq, media and commentators are still vulnerable to the language of the bullet rather than the language of debate.

Iraqi security forces gather in a street, during a curfew imposed to fight the coronavirus
Prominent Iraqi government advisor Husham al-Hashemi shot dead in Baghdad

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Hashemi's killing.

By REUTERS
07/07/2020
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