Category Archives: Arab World

20 Apr
2:05

A World Lost: Escape From Yarmouk

Over the past four years war has ravaged the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. At no other time has the future looked so dismal for the community of refugees who have called it home. What was once a city filled with life has now become a world lost.The Palestine Refugee […]

14 Apr
2:55

The International Community Has Failed Yarmouk

The suffering of humanity in Yarmouk grows worse each day. Where is the world?Since the war in Syria started a few years ago, the people of Yarmouk have been suffering tremendously. Hundreds of people in Yarmouk are suffering from malnutrition, disease, and severe psychological distress. There are reports from the […]

11 Apr
2:42

PLO Rejects Engaging in Yarmouk Conflict

Palestinian leadership has rejected the idea of joining the battle in Syria’s Yarmouk camp, apparently ruling out involvement in a joint military operation to expel ISIS.The position was made clear in a statement released late Thursday by the Palestinian Liberation Organization, from its headquarters in the West Bank city of […]

10 Apr
3:10

Palestinians Back Joint Yarmouk Operation in Syria

A group of 14 Palestinian factions said, on Thursday, that they backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group militants from the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus.After a meeting of the factions in the Syrian capital, PLO official Ahmed Majdalani said that the […]

08 Apr
6:39

Kuwait Pledges $200 M. For Gaza Reconstruction

April 8, 2015 6:39 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

According to the official government-run, Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) the Palestinian government announced, Tuesday, singing an agreement with the Kuwaiti government in which the latter pledges to donate $200 Million to support the efforts for the reconstruction of the war-town Gaza Strip.WAFA said Abdul-Wahab al-Bader, Director General of […]

07 Apr
3:22

Red Crescent Denounces Targeting of Medical Staff in Yarmouk

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Monday, condemned the targeting of one of its hospitals in Syria’s beleaguered Al-Yarmouk Refugee Camp with a missile, resulting in the injury of three of its voluntarily staff and excessive damage to the building.WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency reports that the society, via press […]

07 Apr
3:07

PLO Relocates 2,000 Palestinians from Yarmouk Refugee Camp

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) has moved some 2,000 Palestinians from Syria’s flashpoint Yarmouk refugee camp, a PLO official said, Sunday.World Bulletin reports, via Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that Ahmed Magdalani, who oversees Yarmouk camp in the PLO, said that his organization was conducting an emergency plan for Palestinians […]

06 Apr
2:18

Hamas Holds March in Gaza for Yarmouk Refugees

Hundreds rallied in the Gaza Strip, Saturday, in support of thousands of fellow Palestinians trapped in Syria’s Yarmouk camp, which has been largely overrun by fundamentalist militants.Hundreds, many waving Hamas flags, according to Ma’an, took to the streets in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis in a march organised […]

29 Mar
4:51

Egypt Summit: Abbas Says Relationship with Israel Must Change

President Mahmoud Abbas said, at an Egyptian-hosted Arab summit on Saturday, that the Palestinian relationship with Israel cannot continue as it has in recent years.Speaking at the 26th Arab summit, which convened in the Egyptian town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday, Abbas said that Israel had taken over the Palestinian […]

20 Mar
10:09

Arab League Renews Call For Prosecuting Israel For Corrie’s Murder

March 20, 2015 10:09 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Human rights, News Report 0

In its Thursday session, the Arab League issued a statement demanding prosecuting Israel, and punishing those responsible, for the murder of American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, who was killed by the Israeli army in Rafah, on March 16, 2003.In its statement, the Arab League expressed its admiration and gratitude to […]

17 Mar
8:43

Jordan Announces Dozens More Blacklisted Companies Normalized with Israel

Chairman of the Jordanian anti-normalization union, Manaf Magali, announced the addition of 8 Jordanian trade companies and 40 international companies to the black list, as a part of the anti- normalization campaign.Al-Arabi al-Jadeed newspaper, according to Al Ray, quoted Magali as saying that the eight companies are in the business […]

13 Mar
4:29

Reports: “Israeli Soldier Killed As Syrian Army Targets Gunmen In al-Quneitra”

March 13, 2015 4:29 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

According to reports by the Almayadeen News Agency and the Al-Akhbar News Agency, an Israeli officer was shot and killed, a few days ago, “during a meeting between Israeli officers and officials of the Free Syrian Army” in al-Quneitra city, southwest of Syria.The reports allege the officer was among a […]

12 Mar
5:46

(VIDEO) Collective Consciousness: ‘We Will Return’

This Collective Consciousness music creation is dedicated to the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees worldwide and is simply titled, ‘We Will Return.’ The creation is a multi-lingual amalgam also aimed at raising awareness of Palestinian refugees’ plight in consequence to an absence of citizenship rights in their country of […]

11 Mar
11:36

Soldiers Advance 50 Meters Into Southern Lebanon

Israeli soldiers crossed the “Blue Line,’ in southern Lebanon, and advanced approximately 50 meters into the Bostra farms area, while firing smoke bombs, the al-Manar TV in Lebanon has reported.Bostra is the only area of the Sheba farms in southern Lebanon that the army withdrew from, while the remaining areas […]

11 Mar
9:27

Israeli Officer Shot In Occupied Golan Heights

Israeli sources said, Tuesday, that a soldier was shot and injured by rounds of live ammunition, reportedly fired from the Syrian side.The sources said the wounded officer, who was shot in his hand, was part of a unit that was deployed near the border area, to evacuate a disabled bulldozer […]

09 Mar
1:18

Arab League To Submit Security Council Application For Ending Occupation

Representing Arab and Islamic countries, the Arab League intends to submit to the UN Security Council, Monday, a new draft proposal calling for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and Arab territories.The proposal calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories Israel occupied following the June 4 1967 war, […]

26 Feb
1:12

Arab League Calls for Protection of Palestinian People

The Arab League has called on the UN and other international human rights committees to hold to their responsibilities in providing protection, for the Palestinian people and their holy sites, from ongoing Israeli attacks.Al Ray reports that, in a statement issued by the Arab league on the anniversary of Ibrahimi […]

20 Feb
12:50

18,000 Palestine Refugees Trapped in Yarmouk Amid Snowstorm

Around 18,000 Palestine refugees are trapped in Yarmouk’s refugee camp without food supplies and heating sources, according to UNRWA.The international agency UNRWA announced on Thursday that it was alarmed and concerned by the extreme deterioration in the humanitarian situation experienced by the people in Yarmouk. Around 18,000 Palestine refugees live […]

14 Feb
12:22

Federation of Arab Journalists Backs Pursuit of Israel in the ICC

The Federation of Arab Journalists has adopted the decision of filing suit, in the International Criminal Court, against Israel and its crimes committed against Palestinian journalists.The federation called, previously, to file a suit against Israeli war crimes at the ICC, at a session held in Tangier over a two day […]

08 Feb
3:51

Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Palestine and Israel’s Policy of Apartheid

February 8, 2015 3:51 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Holy sites, Human interest 0

Near Madaba, Jordan, and connected to the Jordan River, is Bethany Beyond the Jordan (Al-Maghtas in Arabic). It is a bustling attraction constantly inundated with tourists: those who come every January for the Epiphany/Theophany celebrations, those who desire to glance at the site where Jesus was baptized by John the […]

07 Feb
1:17

Jafar Farah: Joint Arab List to Bring Changes

February 7, 2015 1:17 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Interview, Israeli Politics 0

The creation of the joint list of Arab political parties for the March elections in Israel has generated enthusiasm and brings with it the possibility for change, notes Jafar Farah, director of the Mossawa Center: The Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel. Farah reviews the background to creation of […]

28 Jan
11:30

Israel Informs Security Council “It Will Defend Itself”

January 28, 2015 11:30 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

The Israeli Government informed the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, it will conduct all needed measures “to defend itself,’ following the death of two of its soldiers in clashes with Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon.Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor informed the Security Council that Israel will not […]

28 Jan
10:25

Two Israeli Soldiers Killed, Seven Wounded, By Hezbollah Fighters

January 28, 2015 10:25 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

Israeli sources have reported, Wednesday, that two soldiers have been killed and seven injured in an attack carried out by fighters of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party in the Shebaa farms, in southern Lebanon. A Spanish member of the UNIFIL was killed in the Israeli strike. The sources said that one […]

27 Jan
7:41

Rockets Strike Occupied Golan

January 27, 2015 7:41 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, just nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and an Iranian general, Reuters reported.According to the PNN, an Israeli military spokesman said that, after the rockets struck, the army ordered the […]

19 Jan
5:33

Six Hezbollah Fighters Killed by Israeli Airstrike in Syria

January 19, 2015 5:33 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

The Israeli air force, on Sunday evening, fired missiles targeting a number of fighters from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party, in the Syrian bity of al-Qneitra, killing several fighters, including the son of late Hezbollah leader Imad Mughaniya, who was assassinated by Israel in February of 2008.The Hezbollah party, headed by […]

24 Dec
1:29

Fateh Denounces Assassination Of One Of Its Leaders In Syria

December 24, 2014 1:29 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fateh, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, issued a statement, Tuesday, strongly denouncing the assassination of one of its leaders, in the al-Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.The movement said Mohammad Ahmad Tarawiyya, a senior Fateh leader in Syria, was shot and killed on Tuesday evening, by […]

02 Dec
4:28

Resolution for Palestinian Statehood to be Presented at UN

A timeframe for the creation of a Palestinian state has been set, as a draft resolution was approved by foreign ministers of the Arab League, this past Saturday. According to PNN correspondence, the draft resolution is to be formally presented to the United Nations Security Council for vote within a […]

16 Nov
1:39

November 15 Marks PNC’s Declaration of Independence

On November 15, 1988, the Palestinian National Council, then led by late President Yasser Arafat, declared the independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders. “This was the historic Palestinian compromise: We accepted that our state would exist on only 22 percent of our historic homeland,” said a […]

07 Nov
1:47

7 Palestinians Wounded During Protest near Ofer, Jerusalem Facing 3rd Intifada after al-Aqsa Clash

November 7, 2014 1:47 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Internal Unrest, News Report 0

Seven Palestinians were injured, Thursday, after being targeted with rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas grenades by Israeli forces, as citizens and Birzeit University scholars headed to Ofer military camp, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and the rising number of dead throughout Palestine.PNN reports that hundreds of participants headed towards […]

05 Nov
11:50

Jordan Recalls Tel Aviv Ambassador in Protest of Israeli Violations

Jordanian PM Abdullah Nassour has sent Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Jouda to call back their ambassador in Tel Aviv, in protest of escalating Israeli aggression, the attacks on al-Aqsa mosque and successive violations in Jerusalem.The Jordanian mission, under direction of the MFA, took the required diplomatic action in presenting […]

12 Oct
9:25

Officials Arrive In Cairo For Gaza Reconstruction Conference

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, arrived in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, on Saturday, to attend the Sunday meeting for rebuilding the Gaza Strip which was recently ravaged by Israeli missiles, during the latest offensive on the coastal region. Several world leaders also arrived in Egypt in preparation […]

02 Oct
10:48

Arab League Calls On US Not To Veto Palestinian Bid

The Arab League reiterated its support to the upcoming Palestinian bid at the United Nations Security Council, demanding ending the Israeli occupation, and called on the United States to refrain from using its veto power to topple the move. Head of the Palestine and Occupied Arab Territories Committee at the […]

30 Sep
1:20

Saudi Arabia Transfers $60 M. To P. A

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently announced that it had transferred around $60.000.000 to the Palestinian Ministry of Finance to help cover some of its expenses for the months of July, August and September.The money is transferred through the Saudi Fund for Development; it comes as part of monthly aid […]

20 Sep
12:36

Palestinian Killed, Two Arrested, By Egyptian Soldiers In Sinai

September 20, 2014 12:36 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Maan News Agency has reported that one Palestinian was killed on Saturday, at dawn, and two were arrested by Egyptian soldiers as they exited a border tunnel in Sinai.Maan quoted Egyptian security sources as saying the three exited a tunnel in the ‘Unknown Soldier’ area, in the Egyptian city […]

15 Sep
6:53

15 Palestinians Killed When Boatload of Migrants Fleeing Gaza Sinks Near Egyptian Coast

A boat carrying nearly one hundred migrants, including dozens of Palestinians fleeing from Gaza, overturned in the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt, on Saturday, killing fifteen of those on board, according to Al-Anadolu news agency. An additional 72 passengers were rescued by the Egyptian navy. The boat left the Egyptian shore […]

13 Aug
8:39

Another Round Of Indirect Talks Ends, Gaps Still Large

Palestinian sources have reported that a new round of indirect Palestinian-Israeli talks, mediated by Egypt, ended in Cairo with no concrete results, while the 72-hour ceasefire reaches its end by midnight, Wednesday night.The Maan News Agency has reported that a 10-hour session was held Tuesday, during which the two sides […]

08 Aug
2:10

Updated: Jordanian Family: “Israel Tortured Our Son To Death”

A Jordanian family is accusing Israel of arresting and torturing their son to death, after they detained him during a Tel Aviv protest in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza.The family in Ein Abous in Zarqa – Jordan told the al-Balad News Agency in Jordan that Wa’el Salim Mustafa, 39, […]

07 Aug
1:47

Indirect Ceasefire Talks Continue To Hit Obstacles

Egyptian-mediated Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire talks are “ongoing” but hitting various obstacles which could turn the current calm into a new round of confrontation. Palestinian official says reports of an additional ceasefire extension are baseless.Egyptian sources said that Israel presented several demands and preconditions for maintaining the ceasefire, topped by a central […]

21 May
6:08

Mashal: “Palestinian Reconciliation, Not An Alternative To Resistance”

[Tuesday, May 20, 2014] Head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Khaled Mashal, stated that Palestinian reconciliation and national unity are not alternatives to the legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation, but are meant to strengthen it.His statements came in a speech he gave in Doha- Qatar, during […]

20 May
11:02

Arab World Remembers Mavi Marmara Attack

Monday marked the 4th anniversary of the Israeli massacre, in international waters, on board the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara. In commemoration, dozens of Palestinians and Arab activists staged a march of boats. Members of Miles of Smiles and Lifeline convoys, which accessed the Strip on Sunday evening, participated in the […]

11 May
7:26

Coalition Government To Run Rafah Terminal

[Saturday, May 10, 2014] Spokesperson of the Fateh Movement Fayez Abu Atiyya stated that the upcoming national unity government would be supervising the Palestinian side of the Rafah Border Terminal, on the Egyptian border, in southern Gaza.Abu Atiyya said Egypt wants a Palestinian government run by President Mahmoud Abbas, and […]

07 May
12:10

Arab League Council to Discuss Palestinian Crisis

The Arab League Council will be holding a meeting between permanent delegates, next Wednesday, upon the demand of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), to discuss the latest developments of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian territories, including aid to the region.Assistant secretary-general for Palestine […]

01 May
3:01

Document On Palestinian Detainees; Facts and Statistics

During a special conference on the Palestinian detainees, held Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Beirut – Lebanon, former Palestinian political prisoner, Palestinian researcher Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, presented a detailed document regarding Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel. IMEMC’s Editor-In-Chief, Saed Bannoura, translated the document into English before the conference to ensure […]

23 Apr
8:55

Cooperative Agreements Signed between Palestine and Jordan

Several agreements to enhance mutual cooperation between Palestine and Jordan were signed, Wednesday, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.WAFA reports that Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamadalla, and his Jordanian counterpart, Abdullah Ensour, discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance mutual cooperation in various fields. They chaired the fourth session of […]

23 Apr
12:35

Al-Arabi: “UN Security Council Adopts Double Standards when Dealing with Israel”

Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi said, Tuesday, the UN Security Council adopts double standards when handling resolutions involving Israel.Al-Arabi referred to the US’ veto on resolutions obliging Israel to withdraw from the Arab lands occupied since 1967. According to WAFA, he said that the Arab countries have decided […]

11 Apr
11:21

UN Security Council Plans to Send Fact-Finding Mission to Jerusalem

Palestine and Jordan submitted a resolution to the Executive Board of the United Nations Security Council, to send a fact-finding commission to investigate the situation of heritage sites in Jerusalem and in other Palestinian towns and to submit its detailed report to the World Heritage Committee that will be held […]

09 Apr
11:09

Hamas Calls for End to PA Security Coordination with Israel

Hamas said today [Wednesday, April 9, 2014] that Palestinians in the West Bank should ‘give full rein’ to resistance against the Israeli occupation and end security cooperation with Israel. (Ma’an/AFP) The move comes just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli government officials to stop cooperation with Palestinian […]

29 Mar
7:56

Israeli Troops Shoot, Kill 2 Suspects in Golan Heights

Israeli troops, late Friday, reportedly shot and killed what the military said were ‘infiltrators’ trying to breach a separation barrier from the Syrian-controlled side of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to military and media sources. Photo: Israeli Army Artillery battery unit is deployed on alert in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights […]

26 Mar
9:08

Arab League Refuses to Recognize Israel as a ‘Jewish State’

The Arab League Summit has refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, an Israeli demand which threatens to derail peace talks, a joint statement said on Wednesday. The Arab countries stressed the illegality of the Israeli colonial settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of West Bank, and condemned the […]

19 Mar
6:44

Knesset to Approve Extension of Law Prohibiting Palestinian Reunification

It is expected that the Israeli Knesset will approve, on Wednesday, the extension of a law which prohibits Palestinian families from reunification for another year.Haaretz daily newspaper said that this law prohibits Palestinian reunification, claiming that it constitutes a security risk. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which is […]

19 Mar
10:35

Israeli Air Force Bombards Syrian Army Targets

Israeli sources have reported that the Israeli Air Force fired, on Wednesday, at dawn, several missiles into a number of Syrian army sites, in what Israel claimed to be a retaliation to a Golan Heights bombing that left four Israeli soldiers wounded.The army said that the attack against its soldiers, […]

18 Mar
1:48

Israel: “Hezbollah Fighters Crossed Border, Planted Explosives”

March 18, 2014 1:48 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

[Monday, March 17, 2014] According to investigations by the Israeli military, fighters of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party crossed the border a week ago, and planted explosive charges that were detonated near military vehicles.Israeli Walla News said that Hezbollah fighters advanced hundreds of meters beyond the Blue Line, separating Israel from […]

02 Mar
8:19

Boycott Campaigns Extend to Arab Countries

The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, is urging both Egypt and Jordan to boycott Israeli settlement products. ‘Boycotting the settlement products will not hurt Arab countries, including the least advantaged like Egypt and Jordan,’ Khalaf stated on Tuesday, the Alternative […]

27 Feb
5:17

Israeli Army On High Alert At Lebanese Border

February 27, 2014 5:17 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

[Wednesday Evening, February 26, 2014] Israeli sources have reported that the Israeli army increased its alert level on the Lebanese, fearing the Hezbollah party would retaliate to Israeli bombardment carried out on Monday.The Israeli army confirmed that it bombarded a Hezbollah target in the Beqaa’ valley, and that the missiles […]

25 Feb
4:06

Israeli Air Force Bombards Hezbollah Targets In Southern Lebanon

February 25, 2014 4:06 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli media sources have reported that the Israeli Air Force carried out, late on Monday evening, various air strikes targeting what was described as targets that belong to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party.The sources said that the targets in southern Lebanon include rocket launch pads, south of Baalbek town, in the […]

14 Jan
10:36

Qatar To Grant Work Visas To 20,000 Palestinians

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Ibn Hamad Al Thani has given orders to grant work visas to 20,000 Palestinians, the Palestinian ambassador to Qatar told Ma’an News Agency, on Monday.The move comes 20 years after Palestinians were first prevented by Qatari authorities from acquiring visas to work in the prosperous Gulf […]

08 Jan
3:42

Kerry Asks Jordan, Saudi Arabia, To Support Palestinian Recognition Of “Jewish State”

January 8, 2014 3:42 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Peace process 0

An Israeli official said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged King Abdullah, of Jordan, and King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, of Saudi Arabia, to talk the Palestinian leadership into recognizing Israel as a Jewish State.Kerry was relaying a message from Israel to the Arab leaders, as Tel Aviv insists […]

01 Jan
9:12

Palestinians Dying Of Hunger In Syria

At least 15 Palestinians have died of hunger, since September, in a besieged refugee camp in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to UN sources. (Palestinian News Network/AFP)“Reports have come in over the weekend that at least five Palestinian refugees in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus have […]

26 Dec
9:48

Bedouin Village Demolished For 63rd Time

[Thursday December 26, 2013] For the 63rd time, Israeli forces have demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev, Thursday morning.A Ma’an reporter in Beersheba said that bulldozers, escorted by 25 police patrols, raided the village at 9 a.m. and demolished all of its steel houses. “Forces of demolition […]

24 Dec
3:51

Abbas Thanks UAE For $50 M. Donation

[Monday December 23, 2013] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has formally thanked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for granting the Palestinian Authority 50 Million USD to help it pay late salaries and perform its duties.Abbas sent a letter to the President of the UAE. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, thanking […]

16 Dec
8:52

Israeli Soldier Shot Dead Near Lebanese Border

December 16, 2013 8:52 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

[Sunday evening, December 15, 2013] Israeli military sources have reported that an Israeli soldier was shot and killed by rounds fired from the Lebanese side of the border, adding that a Lebanese soldier fired the shots.Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that Tel Aviv has filed an official complaint against Lebanon […]

03 Dec
6:42

Qatar To Grant P.A. $150 Million

Palestinian Prime Minister in the occupied West Bank, Rami Hamdallah, stated that Qatar has promised to transfer $150 million to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) to help ease its sharp financial crises.Hamdallah said that he held extensive talks with Prince Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, in Qatar, asked him to grant […]

03 Nov
3:04

Kerry Starts Middle East Tour

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, started a Middle East Tour in which he plans to visit a number of countries, including Tel Aviv, the Palestinian territories.Kerry will be holding an official visit to Egypt, for the first time since the Egyptian military ousted the elected President, Mohammad Morsi, who […]

26 Oct
1:17

Fateh Member Assassinated In Lebanon

[Saturday October 26, 2013] Lebanese sources have reported that a Fateh member was shot and killed by unknown gunmen, in Ein Al-Hilwa refugee camp, in Sidon city, in Lebanon. Another member was injured in the attack.The Annahar Lebanese Paper has reported that Mas’ad Hojeir, was shot by a live round […]

17 Oct
4:20

Sources: “Egyptian Army Opens Fire At Palestinians in Rafah”

October 17, 2013 4:20 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

[Wednesday October 16, 2013] The Palestine Now News Agency has reported that Egyptian soldiers opened fires at the Palestinian side near the border area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.Palestinian security sources in Gaza told Palestine Now that the Egyptian army targeted a number of Palestinians […]

17 Oct
2:37

Egyptian Air Force Flies Over Gaza-Israel Border

October 17, 2013 2:37 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

[Wednesday October 16, 2013] Israeli Channel 2 has reported that, for the first time in 34 years, Egyptian F16 Fighter jets flew over the Egypt-Israel border area, “as part of Egyptian operations against gunmen in the area.”Channel 2 said that, for the first time since the peace agreement was signed […]

10 Oct
1:52

Mashal Calls For Massive Popular Armed Resistance

Head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Khaled Mashal, called for launching massive popular, armed, resistance against Israel, and said that only armed resistance can deter Israel.Mashal slammed the Palestinian Authority (P.A) in the West Bank for what he called “criminalizing armed resistance”, and added that […]

10 Oct
1:28

Israel Bombards A Syria Army Base

October 10, 2013 1:28 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli sources reported on Wednesday evening [October 10, 2013] that the Israeli army fired a missile at a Syrian army base after mortar shells was fired from Syrian territory into the occupied Golan Heights. The sources said that the army fired the missile at the source of fire, an issue […]

20 Sep
7:39

UFree Network denounces the Egyptian military courts sentences against Palestinian fishermen

September 20, 2013 7:39 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

UFree Network strongly condemns the Egyptian military court sentences against Palestinian fishermen who were given a one-year prison sentence and a penalty fine for fishing in Egyptian waters near the Gaza Strip.The five Palestinian fishermen were arrested by the Egyptian sea border police on 30th of August claiming they broke […]

19 Sep
12:23

Fishermen Sentenced To One Year For Entering Egyptian Waters

September 19, 2013 12:23 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

Egyptian sources have reported that an Egyptian military court sentenced on Wednesday [September 18, 2013] five Palestinian fishermen to one year imprisonment after “convicting” them of violating Egyptian territorial waters.The Anadolu Turkish news agency stated that the five fishermen accidentally crossed into Egyptian waters while fishing. Palestinian fishermen in Gaza […]

16 Sep
8:41

Remembering Sabra And Shatila Massacre

Monday marks the 31st anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre that took place starting on September 16 1982, after the Israeli occupation army, led back then by Ariel Sharon, surrounded the refugee camp after invading Beirut, and granted access to the Phalanges to enter the camp to slaughter its […]

01 Sep
2:19

Egypt Detonates Five Border Tunnels

September 1, 2013 2:19 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

The Egyptian army detonated on Saturday evening [August 31 2013] five siege-busting tunnels across the Gaza-Egypt border area.The Egyptian army said that the five tunnels were found in Salah Ed-Deen Gate area, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Local sources said that loud explosions were […]

26 Aug
11:14

Israel Believes Limited War With Syria Is Possible

August 26, 2013 11:14 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli sources has reported that military and security commanders in Tel Aviv believe that a limited war between Israel and Syria is possible should Washington decide to strike Syrian targets, and Syria’s army of President Bashar Assad.The sources said that once the Syrian army is facing a war with the […]

24 Aug
3:33

42 Killed, 500 Injured In Mosque Explosion In Lebanon

August 24, 2013 3:33 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Lebanese Ministry of Health stated that 42 persons have been killed, and more than 500 have been injured, in two explosions that targeted two mosque in Tripoli, in northern Lebanon.The Ministry said that the first explosion took place in front of the Taqwa Mosque, in the Az-Zahiriyya area, while […]

23 Aug
3:06

UNIFIL Denounces Missile Attack On Israel

August 23, 2013 3:06 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) issued a statement strongly denouncing a missile attack carried out from Lebanese territory into Israel.The UNIFIL said that on Thursday approximately at 4 P.M, a number of missiles were fired into Israel, and that its forces initiated an investigation into the issue […]

23 Aug
2:10

Israeli Air Force Bombards An Area Near Beirut

August 23, 2013 2:10 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

An Israeli army spokesperson stated that the Israeli Air Force bombarded, on Friday [August 23, 2013] a target in Lebanon “in retaliation to a missile attack close to the border on Thursday”, and added that the Israeli bombardment targeted a location between Beirut and Saida (Sindon).In its press release, the […]

15 Aug
5:02

Nasrallah: “Hezbollah Fighters Behind Blast Targeting Soldiers Who Violated Border”

August 15, 2013 5:02 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

Secretary-General of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah Party, Hasan Nasrallah, stated during a televised interview with the Al-Mayadeen TV, on Wednesday August 14, 2013, that Hezbollah fighters were behind last week’s attack against Israeli soldiers who violated Lebanese sovereignty.He said that the Islamic resistance was behind the operation in Labbouna area, more […]

13 Aug
2:45

Israel Intercepts Missile Over Eilat

August 13, 2013 2:45 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

[Tuesday August 13, 2013] Israeli military sources have reported that the “Iron Dome” missile interception system managed to successfully intercept a missile fired towards Eilat coastal city. The sources did not indicate the source of fire, and did not report any injuries or damages.The ‘Mujaheddin Shura Council in the Environs […]

10 Aug
4:11

Netanyahu: “Israel Will Retaliate To Attacks From Gaza, Sinai”

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that Tel Aviv would firmly respond to any attack against it from the Gaza Strip or the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.His statements came during a visit to a military training area in the Negev. He said that Israel will not allow any side to fire […]

09 Aug
12:34

Abbas visits Egypt’s interim president Mansour on Monday

On Monday, Palestinan president Mahmoud Abbas met with Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour in Cairo. The visit to the country was Abbas’s first since the military overthrow of former president Mohamed Mursi, and it is dedicated to talks about the bilateral Palestinian-Egypt relationship and the renewed negotiations between Israel and […]

07 Aug
3:53

Four Israeli Soldiers Injured Near Lebanon Border

August 7, 2013 3:53 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Israeli military sources have reported (Wednesday August 7, 2013] that four soldiers suffered mild to moderate injuries in an explosion that took place near the northern border with Lebanon. The wounded soldiers were moved to an Israeli hospital in Nahariya; three of them were moved to surgery while one was […]

24 Jul
3:00

Israel Boosts Missile Defense Systems On Egypt Border

Israeli officials stated Tuesday [July 23, 2013] that Israel has fortified its missile defense systems near its southern border with Egypt, allegedly to fend off any attacks by extremists fighting the Egyptian security forces in Sinai.The Israeli decision came after more than 20 persons have been killed near the border […]

19 Jul
6:26

Kerry To Leave Region Friday With No Official Initiative

[Thursday July 18 2013] Reuters has reported that U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will be flying back to the United States on Friday without a positive breakthrough in the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and without any plans that would revive these talks.Before his departure, Kerry […]

19 Jul
4:22

Kerry Claims Gap Between Israeli And Palestinian Stances Is Narrowing

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, stated that the gap between the Israeli and Palestinian stances regarding the resumption of direct peace talks is narrowing, and added that he hopes direct peace talks can resume soon.Yet, the White House said that the situation remains unclear, and that President Mahmoud Abbas […]

18 Jul
1:04

Egyptian Military Leader Accuses Hamas Of Arming Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian Commander of the Third Field Army, Major General Osama Askar, accused the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip of smuggling missiles to members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.Askar claimed that the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, smuggled Grad missiles to fighters of the Muslim Brotherhood to […]

17 Jul
1:31

Abbas Meets Kerry In Amman

[Tuesday at night July 16 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, held a meeting with U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Amman – Jordan.Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated that the two leaders held an extended meeting, and discussed different issues that could help create a positive atmosphere for […]

16 Jul
1:23

Israel Approves Deployment Of Egyptian Infantry Units In Sinai

The Israeli government has granted a special authorization to the Egyptian Military allowing the deployment of two infantry battalions in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, so that the army can operate against armed groups and smugglers.The Israeli government has granted a special authorization to the Egyptian Military allowing the deployment of […]

16 Jul
12:23

Egypt Destroys Eight Border Tunnels

July 16, 2013 12:23 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

The Egyptian Army announced in managed to locate and destroy eight siege-busting tunnels across the border with the Gaza Strip over the last 48 hours, and that it located 23 containers holding a million liters of fuel.The army said that the Egyptian Border Guards located the containers that were ready […]

16 Jul
8:38

Abbas To Meet Kerry In Jordan

[Monday July 15 2013] A Palestinian official told the France Press News Agency that President Mahmoud Abbas plans to meet U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, this coming Wednesday in Amman – Jordan.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said that Kerry would be touring in the Middle East to […]

14 Jul
7:15

Syria: “Lathiqiyya Port Explosion, Not Israeli Air Strike”

The Al-Alam Iranian news agency have reported that Syria denied that the explosions in Lathiqiyya (Latakia)Port were a result of an Israeli Air Strike, and that the explosions most likely took place during clashes between the Syrian Army and the “Free Syrian Army”.The Al-Alam said that the explosions, that took […]

11 Jul
4:08

Notes on status of our world

In Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood was the most organized political group running in the post-dictator era The presidential elections in the second round were between Mr. Morsi and a representative of the discredited regime so many people (including secularists and even communists) voted for the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mr. Morsi. […]

09 Jul
4:19

Mousa: “Hamas Will Pay A Heavy Price For Interfering In Internal Egyptian Affairs”

Legislator Yahia Mousa, a political leader of the Hamas movement, stated that the Hamas movement and the Gaza Strip will pay a heavy price for interfering in internal Egyptian affairs, and called on his movement to reconsider its regional policies, especially with neighboring countries. In an interview with the Wattan […]

04 Jul
3:44

Israel Fears It’s Honeymoon Is Over

Only a Few hours after the Egyptians managed to get their elected president, Mohammad Morsi, to leave amidst massive protests of millions, Israeli security leaders expressed worry that the honeymoon era with Egypt is over. Senior security and political leaders in Tel Aviv lamented what they call an era of […]

03 Jul
4:06

Israel Agrees To More Egyptian Troops In Sinai

Israeli daily, Yedioth Aharonoth have reported Tuesday [July 2 2013] that, despite the current massive protests in Egypt, and what it described as “chaos”, security coordination between the Israeli army and the Egyptian army is ongoing, and that Tel Aviv approved an Egyptian request for more Egyptian troops in Sinai.Israel […]

29 Jun
2:38

Israel Advises Citizens Against Travelling To Egypt

The Israeli Ministry of Interior called on its citizens to refrain from travelling to Egypt, especially amidst planned massive protests against the government this coming Sunday. The Ministry also called on Israelis who are currently in Egypt to reconsider their plans, and to return to the country immediately. It said […]

28 Jun
7:24

Kerry Meets King Abdullah of Jordan

Thursday [June 27] as part of his Middle East trip, U.S. Secretary General John Kerry held a meeting with king Abdullah of Jordan, and discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, and the efforts to resume the political process between Israel and the Palestinians.The two leaders also held talks on […]

26 Jun
10:36

Egypt Charges Nine With Spying For Israel

June 26, 2013 10:36 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

[Wednesday June 26, 2013] The Egyptian security forces stated that six Israeli Arabs and three Egyptians, apprehended in Egypt, are currently facing trial for spying for Israel.Egyptian Prosecutor, Hisham Kharmouty, moved the nine defendants to a Criminal Court for what the prosecution calls “passing sensitive security information to a foreign […]

26 Jun
11:28

East Jerusalem man pleads guilty to meeting with Hezbollah

June 26, 2013 11:28 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Prisoners 0

A Palestinian man was convicted Tuesday in a Jerusalem court of meeting with members of the Hezbollah resistance group in Lebanon, after initially facing more serious charges and then accepting a plea bargain in which he plead guilty to lesser charges.Assam Mashahara went to Lebanon last year where, according to […]

23 Jun
12:18

Jordanian Detainees Continue Their Strike For The 53rd Day

June 23, 2013 12:18 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Prisoners 0

Jordanian political prisoners, held by Israel, entered their 53rd day of ongoing hunger strike protesting their continued detention, the bad treatment and dire health and living conditions they face in Israeli prisons.The detainees are demanding Israel either to release them or to transfer them to Jordan to serve their terms […]

20 Jun
11:19

Hamad: “Hamas Held Meetings With U.S, E.U. Officials In Amman”

Dr. Ghazi Hamad, a political leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) revealed, Wednesday, that political leaders of Hamas held meetings with several European ambassadors and officials, and with senior American leaders.Hamad said that the core of the meetings focused on removing Hamas from the “terror list”. He told the […]