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12 wounded in bomb attack on police vehicle in southern Turkey

October 17, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Twelve people were wounded in a bomb attack on a police vehicle in Turkey’s southern Mersin province today, Turkish broadcaster NTV said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Police vehicles, including transport buses, are frequent targets for Kurdish militants. Mersin is a port city in southern Turkey on the Mediterranean coast. The province, which lies along the Syria-Turkey border, has one of the highest populations of Syrians in Turkey. Turkey has experienced a string of recent terrorist attacks — including inside Istanbul, the country’s commercial capital – over the years. Read: Turkey: 6 killed, one wounded in coalmine collapse

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Turkey: 6 killed, one wounded in coalmine collapse

October 17, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Six miners were killed and another was wounded after part of a coal mine in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak collapsed today, Turkey’s AFAD aid agency said. AFAD said search and rescue teams were looking for another worker who was trapped at the site. Turkey’s energy ministry said the coal mine was unlicensed and had been operating illegally. “The activities of the mining field in Sirnak, where the accident took place, were stopped by the General Directorate of Mining Affairs in 2013 because it carried operational and security risks,” the energy ministry said. Turkey has seen a construction boom and a scramble to meet soaring energy and commodities demand. Its worst ever mining disaster took place in May 2014 in […]

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US backed forces secure ‘control’ of Raqqa

October 17, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

US backed forces have succeeded in eliminating nearly all Daesh fighters from the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced earlier today. A witness told Reuters that fighting was almost at an end, with no air strikes taking place yesterday morning, for the first time in months. The militants’ last bases in the city, a stadium and a hospital, were captured earlier this morning, leaving small clusters of fighters dispersed throughout the city. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had launched a final assault on the city on Sunday, allowing some 3,000 fighters to leave the region. They took some 400 civilians with them as human shields. A smaller group was expected to stay behind in the city, […]

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Algeria ranked lowest in MENA for economic freedom

October 17, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Algeria is one of the worst countries in the world for economic freedom according the latest ranking issued in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report. The figures, compiled by Canadian think tank the Fraser Institute, rank countries according to access to a free market, free trade and entrepreneurial freedom. These criteria are grouped into five main groups: size of government (expenditure, size of state controlled enterprises, taxation, etc.), legal system and property rights, inflation, freedom of trade at the international level and regulation of credit, labour and business. The five criteria have a total of 42 distinct variables, each scored on a scale from 0 to 10 points. Algeria ranked 156 out of 159 countries in the list […]

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Suspected US airstrikes pound southern Somalia

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A suspected United States aircraft targeted Somalia yesterday, Somali Press Online reported. The airstrikes targeted a key Al-Shabaab controlled town in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle region, residents told Somali Press Online. It is not confirmed whether it was a military aircraft or an unmanned drone. An Al-Shabaab convoy travelling in the outskirts of the region was targeted. The number of casualties as a result of the strike is unknown. The United States Department of Defence has not released an official statement however it regularly conducts drone strikes in Somalia, killing scores of people. President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency and the US Military broader authority to target inside Somalia, considering parts of the country “temporary battlefield”. The […]

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US politicians propose resolution against UNESCO

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Two Republican politicians have submitted a resolution to Congress condemning UNESCO, days after the US announced that it would be withdrawing from the organisation over its “anti-Israel bias”, according to the Times of Israel. Senator Ted Cruz and Republican Matt Gaetz authored the resolution last Friday which condemns UNESCO for trying to delegitimise the Jewish state and “recognises and affirms the historical connection of the Jewish people to the ancient and sacred city of Jerusalem”. Last year, UNESCO voted in favour of a resolution that denied any connection between Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaism; Israel relies on such a claim in recognising the Muslim holy site as the “Temple Mount”. “The Jewish people, and the people of Israel, have a deep and ancient […]

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Israel telecoms giant warned over UN settlements database

October 17, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The CEO of Israeli telecommunications giant Bezeq has shared a letter from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), as the Geneva-based body prepares for the publication of a database of companies complicit in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Stella Handler published the letter on her Facebook account, along with an attack on the UNHRC and its mandate. The post was subsequently deleted, reportedly at the request of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The letter, dated 22 September, summarises the UNHRC’s findings regarding Bezeq’s involvement with settlements in the oPt, including “40 real estate properties in the West Bank used for telecommunication infrastructure”, as well as various antennas. Bezeq “provides landline, cellular, internet and cable TV […]

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Syria attacks Israel plane in its airspace

October 17, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Syrian army said it had confronted an Israeli airplane after it had violated Syrian airspace near the Lebanese border. “At 08:51am, the Israeli enemy violated our airspace near the Lebanese border in the Baalbek area, and our air defences confronted it and directly hit one of its airplanes and forced it to flee,” a statement issued by the Syrian army said yesterday. According to the statement, at 11:38am Israel launched several rockets which fell in a Syrian military site in the countryside of Damascus causing material damages. The army’s General Command warned against the “serious repercussions of Israel’s repeated aggressive attempts” and stressed its determination to continue its war against terrorist groups, which it had described as “Israel’s arm […]

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Syria attacks Israel plane in its airspace

October 17, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Syrian army said it had confronted an Israeli airplane after it had violated Syrian airspace near the Lebanese border. “At 08:51am, the Israeli enemy violated our airspace near the Lebanese border in the Baalbek area, and our air defences confronted it and directly hit one of its airplanes and forced it to flee,” a statement issued by the Syrian army said yesterday. According to the statement, at 11:38am Israel launched several rockets which fell in a Syrian military site in the countryside of Damascus causing material damages. The army’s General Command warned against the “serious repercussions of Israel’s repeated aggressive attempts” and stressed its determination to continue its war against terrorist groups, which it had described as “Israel’s arm […]

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