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‘We’re going to give it our best’: Palestinian FM welcomes Trump remarks on peace process

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry on Friday welcomed recent remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the stalled Israel-Palestine peace process. “The Palestinian side will continue to deal positively with President Trump’s efforts to restart negotiations and is ready to contribute to their success,” the Ramallah-based ministry said in a statement. At a Thursday press conference in Washington with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah, Trump reiterated his determination to help achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel. “I think we have a chance of doing it,” Trump said, adding: “We’re going to give it our best.” In its Friday press statement, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry described the U.S. president’s remarks as “a strong message to the other [i.e., Israeli] […]

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Tunis protesters demand justice for Myanmar’s Rohingya

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Two separate demonstrations were held in the Tunisian capital on Friday to protest the ongoing persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. The first demonstration, organized by Tunisia’s Current of Love movement (Tayar al-Mahaba), saw dozens of demonstrators waving banners decrying the Myanmar military’s ongoing crimes against Rohingya Muslims. Protest organizers distributed leaflets condemning Myanmar’s security forces for their ongoing persecution of the country’s Muslim minority. One of the leaflets called on the Tunisian government, along with “friendly countries”, to intervene to stop the oppression in Myanmar. A second protest was held next to Tunis’s National Theater, where dozens of activists associated with Tunisia’s Democratic Movement condemned atrocities suffered by the Rohingya at the hands of the Myanmar […]

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2,100 bodies of civilians discovered in aftermath of Mosul

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Since July, over 2,000 bodies have been excavated in the western part of Mosul, after the city was cleared from Daesh in June, an Iraqi official said on Friday. Speaking to an Anadolu Agency correspondent, the civil defense official of Iraq’s Ministry of Interior, Saad Hamid, said that more than 2,100 civilian bodies were found under the ruins. Hamid said that during their work the team faced “lack of equipment and various security problems such as Deash members firing from hide outs, bunkers, tunnels or basements”. There are still nearly 400 to 500 bodies which need to be removed from the ruins which could take up to two months to finish the work, Hamid added. In June, the Iraqi army retook […]

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Qatar calls Saudi Arabia to resolve Gulf crisis

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

According to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman received a call from Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Than, saying that he wants to dialogue about resolving the Gulf crisis while securing the interests of all parties. The report stated that Prince Muhammad welcomed the proposal saying that after a mutual agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain is made, further details will be revealed. Qatar’s official news agency, QNA, announced that the phone conference was coordinated by U.S. President Donald Trump. During a flurry of phone call diplomacy, President Trump emphasized that unity among Washington’s Arab allies is vital to regional stability and countering Iran, according to the White House. “The President also emphasized that […]

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People gather in Washington to protest persecution of Rohingya Muslims

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Nearly a hundred people on Friday gathered in front of the Myanmar embassy to protest the ongoing persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. The demonstration, organized by the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), saw dozens of protestors waving banners decrying the Myanmar military’s ongoing crimes against Rohingya Muslims. “We are so worried and concerned about what’s taking place in Myanmar against the most persecuted minority in the world,” Executive Director of CAIR, Nihad Awad said. “Because of their ethnicity, because of their faith and because of who they are.” Last October, following attacks on border posts in Rakhine’s Maungdaw district, Myanmar security forces launched a five-month crackdown in which, according to Rohingya groups, around 400 people were killed. Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine […]

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Bahrain-Israel links ‘go back to 1994’

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The latest comments by Benjamin Netanyahu about relationships with a number of Arab countries highlight the links between Bahrain and Israel, which “go back to 1994”, Al-sharq.com said on Friday. The secret relationship started when former Israeli Environment Minister Yossi Sarid met with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Ben Al-Mubarak, and Health Minister Jawad Al-Arid. The three agreed that Israel could open a representative office in Manama. In 2009, the late Israeli President Shimon Peres and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with the King of Bahrain in New York on the fringe of a religious dialogue conference. Last year, American rabbi Marc Schneier visited Manama on a mission to reinforce relations between Israel and Bahrain. According to Al-Sharq.com, the call […]

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12 Uyghur students released by Egypt

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

8The lawyer representing more than 100 Uyghur students detained by the Egyptian authorities announced on Friday that 12 have been released. The others, added lawyer and human rights activist Ezzat Ghoneim, are expected to be released within the next few days. Ghoneim told Anadolu that the students from East Turkestan in China’s autonomous Xinjiang province are registered at Al-Azhar University. More than 200 students were arrested in July and it is believed that 113 remain in detention.“The students were detained without any charges,” explained the lawyer, “despite their legal status in Egypt having been approved by the Chinese Embassy in Cairo.” He suggested that the approach of the new academic year at Al-Azhar on 23 September might play a part […]

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Islamic Jihad calls for Abbas to stop punishing Gaza

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza called on Friday for an end to the internal Palestinian division based on the terms of the Cairo agreement. Khalid Al-Batsh also called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stop punishing the people of the Gaza Strip. Al-Batsh made his comments during a demonstration organised by Islamic Jihad to voice its rejection of the Israeli-led siege of the enclave. He pointed out that the measures ordered by Abbas have affected thousands of Palestinians there. The Islamic Jihad official called on Hamas to cancel any of the PA’s punishment moves which are used as a pretext to undermine the reconciliation agreement. He cited the dissolution of the administrative committee that runs the Gaza […]

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Iraq drops leaflets calling for Daesh to surrender

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Iraqi aircraft dropped thousands of leaflets on Friday calling for Daesh to surrender, Anadolu has reported. The drop-zone covered the Hwija and Shirqat areas in Kirkuk and Salahuddin governorates respectively. According to the Iraqi defence ministry, the leaflets warned Daesh “terrorist gangs” that the time of their defeat is coming soon and they have to surrender. One Iraqi officer told Anadolu that the army had taken all of the necessary measures to start the offensive against Hwija and Shirqat. “The leaflet-drop means that the offensive will start soon,” said Taher Al-Rashid. “The offensive will take place simultaneously with retaking the areas which are still controlled by Daesh. As happened in Tel Afar, the Iraqi forces will end the battle quickly.” […]

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UN troops to arrive in Libya soon, says official

September 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The United Nations Envoy to Libya has revealed that 250 UN troops will arrive in the North African state in the coming weeks, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Friday. Ghassan Salama made his comments in an interview with an Italian newspaper. “The task of the troops,” he explained, “is to protect the UN mission in Libya. This will enables us to start carrying out our activities by October.” The envoy was dismissive about the different international initiatives regarding the situation in Libya. “There are many initiatives proposed by different countries,” he said, “and I do not think that this is helpful.” Salama was reluctant to name any of the countries behind such initiatives. “We have to remember that too many cooks spoil […]

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