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Israeli UAV shot down in southern Lebanon

BEIRUT:  An Israeli drone was brought down by anti-aircraft missiles in southern Lebanon on Thursday. According to a Beirut-based TV channel Al-Mayadeen, an Israeli drone was detained in southern Lebanon on Thursday. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF), however, stated that a missile was launched to hit the aircraft, but missed …

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Yemeni forces shoot down US-made ScanEagle spy drone

SANA’A: Yemeni armed forces have shot down a US-made spy drone while on a mission over the battle front near the southwestern Saudi province of Asir. The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said on Friday that the aircraft was a ScanEagle type. Yemeni forces have …

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Saudi Arabia frees 19 Iranian fishermen

TEHRAN: Saudi Arabia has released 19 Iranian fishermen detained by the kingdom’s coastguard 10-11 months ago, an official from Iranian ministry of foreign affairs said on Thursday. “Thanks to the negotiations by Iranian foreign ministry with Saudi officials, the fishermen, who are from the south Iranian province of Bushehr, are …

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US imposes sanctions on entire Iranian construction sector

TEHRAN: The US has imposed new sanctions on Iran, targeting the construction sector, despite Washington’s announcement a week ago that it had created a new mechanism to facilitate “permissible trade” with Tehran. The US State Department issued a fact sheet Thursday, singling out the sale of software used for industrial …

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Assad: Liberating northern Syria from Kurds ‘ultimate goal’

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his country’s ultimate goal is to restore state authority over Kurdish-controlled northeastern regions in the wake of an abrupt US troop withdrawal and a Turkish offensive against the Kurds there. In an interview with state TV on Thursday, the Syrian president also said an …

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Hashd al-Shaabi says won’t interfere, but supports Iraq protests

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, says it supports the demands of protesters without interfering in the country’s political situation. In a statement on Thursday, the PMU stressed that it is not going to meddle in the public demonstrations as it is a force tasked with …

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Death toll in Saudi war on Yemen hits 100,000: Report

SANA’A: The Saudi-led war on Yemen has killed more than 100,000 people since 2015, a US-based database project that tracks violence has said. The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) made the announcement in a report published on Thursday, saying that the figure included 12,000 civilian deaths in …

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YEMEN: US-Saudi aggression continued to launch raids and bomb

SANA’A: The US-Saudi aggression and its mercenaries, on Thursday, continued to launch raids and bomb a number of provinces, killing and injuring a number of civilians and causing material damage to public and private property. The invaders and their mercenaries in Hodeidah continued to violate the Stockholm Agreement. In Hodeidah, …

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UN Expert: Decisive international Action Needed to End Zionist Occupation

NEW YORK: Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967 called on the international community to shoulder its legal obligation and duties to compel the Zionist entity to end its 52 year-long “occu-annexation” of Palestinian territory and remove barriers preventing Palestinian self-determination. Michael …

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