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Commander of Syrian regime killed in Deir al-Zor

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The commander of the Syrian regime military campaign, Brigadier General Ghassan Saeed, is reported to have been killed on Sunday near the city of Deir al- Zour. Al Arabiya reported that Saeed, who is an officer at Quiris Military Airport, died when regime forces confronted Daesh in the Syrian desert then advanced on the city of Deir al-Zour. Syrian regime forces are seeking to lift the siege imposed on the city after retaking several sites previously held by Daesh west of Deir al-Zour after battles between the two parties. Read: 772 civilians killed in Syria last month: UK-based NGO Meanwhile, pro-regime media sources reported that five other officers were killed in the fighting. In January the UN’s World Food Programme […]

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French Oil Giant sells Kuwait stake in Norwegian field

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

French Oil Giant, Total, has agreed to sell Kuwait its remaining stake in the Norwegian oil field Gina Krog to focus on its recent acquisition of Danish Oil Company, Maersk. Total said in a statement yesterday that it “has signed an agreement to divest its remaining 15 per cent interest in the Gina Krog field in Norway to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC)”. In May Kuwait revealed it would allocate $110.4 billion to boost the country’s oil sector over the following five years. Total’s head of exploration and production, Arnaud Breuillac, said “in the framework of our portfolio management and optimisation of the allocation of capital, we have decided to fully divest our interest in the Gina Krog project […]

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Cairo University sacks professors accused of attending Brotherhood conference

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Cairo University has announced the dismissal of four professors after claims that they attended a conference held by the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany, Quds Press reported on Monday. The four were named as Professors Ahmed Helmi Mahmoud, Ahmed Fathi Darwish, Ismail Abdel Shafi and Amro Mahmoud. All deny the allegation and stress that they have no links with the movement. According to Abdel Shafi, he went to Germany in July to take part in a science conference. This, he insisted, was with the consent of the then University Chancellor Dr Jaber Nassar. The conference was organised by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which promotes academic cooperation between top scientists and scholars from Germany and abroad. The foundation, he added, has an […]

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Israeli-syllabus school set up in Syrian area controlled by armed groups

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

An Israeli-US organisation has set up a school in the northern Syria governorate of Idlib, which is under the control of armed groups, Russia Today reported on Monday. The Israeli syllabus is being taught in the school, with textbooks intended to provide Syrian pupils with a different perspective about Israel. An Israeli news website reported that the school has 90 Syrian pupils and 15 teachers. It is an addition to two similar schools which have been established in areas controlled by the armed groups near the borders of the occupied Golan Heights. Businessman Moti Kahana, a former Israeli air force soldier who holds dual Israeli-US citizenships, is the head of the organisation behind the schools. He hopes that the syllabus […]

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Supreme Court delays eviction of Israeli settlers from Palestinian home

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israel’s Supreme Court has decided to delay the eviction of Jewish settlers from a Palestinian home which they had taken over by force in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Palestine Online reported on Monday. The three-storey house is owned by the Abu Rajab family and the Jewish settlers have occupied parts of the building for three weeks. Although the Israeli government demanded that the settlers should leave the house, they appealed against the decision. According to Haaretz, the settlers claim that they had purchased the house from a member of the Palestinian family, who denied that this was the case. The Israeli Civil Administration decided that the selling of the house by unauthorised family members is invalid. “The […]

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Essebsi and Ghannouchi discuss economic conditions and preparations for Tunisian elections

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Talks have been held between Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi of Ennahda Party ahead of the upcoming municipal elections. On the agenda at the meeting on Monday was the current economic situation in the North African state. According to Ghannouchi, the talks with the head of state also looked at the general situation in Tunisia. The importance of consensus between the various political parties on ways to achieve the desired economic recovery was prominent in the discussion, he said. The need to end the suffering of the Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) was reviewed by the veteran politician and the President. “It is important to make the international community sensitive to their plight,” insisted Ghannouchi. Neither the […]

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Essebsi and Ghannouchi discuss economic conditions and preparations for Tunisian elections

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Talks have been held between Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi of Ennahda Party ahead of the upcoming municipal elections. On the agenda at the meeting on Monday was the current economic situation in the North African state. According to Ghannouchi, the talks with the head of state also looked at the general situation in Tunisia. The importance of consensus between the various political parties on ways to achieve the desired economic recovery was prominent in the discussion, he said. The need to end the suffering of the Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) was reviewed by the veteran politician and the President. “It is important to make the international community sensitive to their plight,” insisted Ghannouchi. Neither the […]

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Hamas: granting settlers official status in Hebron ‘dangerous precedent’

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Hamas said yesterday that the Israeli decision to grant illegal settlers official status in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron is a “dangerous precedent,” Quds Press reported. Hamas Spokesman Abdul Latif Al-Qanou said in a statement that this decision “reinforces the authority of illegal settlers in Hebron through affording municipal services in different areas far away from Palestinian services.” He added: “This decision crosses all the red lines and it is a dangerous precedent. The Israeli occupation authorities bear the responsibility of all outcomes which result from this decision.” On Thursday the Israeli NGO Peace Now revealed that the Head of the Israeli Central Command Major General Roni Numa had signed a military order establishing a municipal services administration for the settlers in […]

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Hamas: granting settlers official status in Hebron ‘dangerous precedent’

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Hamas said yesterday that the Israeli decision to grant illegal settlers official status in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron is a “dangerous precedent,” Quds Press reported. Hamas Spokesman Abdul Latif Al-Qanou said in a statement that this decision “reinforces the authority of illegal settlers in Hebron through affording municipal services in different areas far away from Palestinian services.” He added: “This decision crosses all the red lines and it is a dangerous precedent. The Israeli occupation authorities bear the responsibility of all outcomes which result from this decision.” On Thursday the Israeli NGO Peace Now revealed that the Head of the Israeli Central Command Major General Roni Numa had signed a military order establishing a municipal services administration for the settlers in […]

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Algeria sends reinforcements to Libyan border

September 5, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Informed sources in Algeria have revealed that 3,000 soldiers have been sent to reinforce the country’s border with Libya, Quds Press has reported. Senior officers of the Algerian People’s National Armed Forces have also agreed to deploy sophisticated monitoring equipment to detect terrorists attempting to cross the border. According to Al-Bilad military newspaper, which published the news on Monday, the army plans to intensify security and monitoring patrols along the border. Surveillance flights are part of the plan, especially over the desert areas adjoining the Libyan border. The border between the two countries is thousands of kilometres long; smuggling and infiltration are major problems. Last week, the Algerian authorities reinforced security following a warning from the West that 11 African […]

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