B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

Jerusalem – VIJAY SHAH via the Jerusalem Post An Israeli politician has called on the country’s most senior government lawyer to dismantle a human rights organisation in the country after its leader spoke up on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reports. Nava Boker, a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) allied with the secular centre-right Likud party, issued a request to the Attorney General, Aluf Avichai Mandelblit, to order the closing down of human rights group B’Tselem after its director-general, Hagai El-Ad, spoke on the Palestinian crisis in front of the United Nations Security Council … Continue reading B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

GHOUTA CHEMICAL STRIKE: Dozens of innocent Syrians feared dead

Douma – VIJAY SHAH via TOM ACRES and Sky News In an escalation of the Syrian crisis where government troops allied with the country’s president, Bashar Al-Assad, are fighting rebels in the Ghouta area east of Damascus, a report has come in stating that around 70 people have been killed in a chemical bomb attack blamed on the Syrian army. In what UK media firm Sky News has dubbed ‘one of (the) worst chemical strikes in Syrian history’, dozens of people, many believed to be women and children, were said to have died in Ghouta, a rebel-controlled district on the … Continue reading GHOUTA CHEMICAL STRIKE: Dozens of innocent Syrians feared dead

SYRIA CONFLICT: Israeli fighter jet shot down in large-scale assault

Damascus – VIJAY SHAH via JUDITH VONBERG and The Independent A fighter jet belonging to the Israeli air force participating in air strikes in Syria has reportedly been shot down while taking part in large scale anti-drone attacks against weaponry allegedly supplied by Iran, the UK’s Independent newspaper reported earlier today. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) plane was part of a bombing raid on Iranian and Syrian-operated targets on Syrian soil including an aerial defence system. According to the Independent, the raid targeted twelve such targets, and the IDF reported that one of the F-16 bombers was knocked out, severely … Continue reading SYRIA CONFLICT: Israeli fighter jet shot down in large-scale assault

WHO – Issues statement demanding unlimited aid access to Syrian crisis victims

Cairo – VIJAY SHAH The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), a subdivision of the World Health Organization has released a statement calling for unimpeded and immediate access to civilians affected by the ongoing civil war in Syria, HEM News Agency exclusively reports. The statement, prepared in Cairo, Egypt and released today, expressed concerns for trapped victims of the war currently stranded in the eastern Ghouta district just outside the Syrian capital of Damascus, where there has been intense fighting between the army of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and various rebel groups.    EMRO believes that up to 400,000 … Continue reading WHO – Issues statement demanding unlimited aid access to Syrian crisis victims

AFGHANISTAN ROADSIDE BOMB: Official states 2 dead in terror attacks

Herat – VIJAY SHAH via Associated Press and Fox News Two people are confirmed dead after a number of bombs exploded in roads in the Herat province of Afghanistan, according to statements by an Afghan official and reported in Fox News via the Associated Press agency today. Another bomb was also detonated at a market several miles from Kabul, the capital, as well today.   One of the victims is believed to have been a local police officer, killed by the blasts in the western part of Herat. Gelani Farhad, a spokesperson for the provincial government, said that one bomb … Continue reading AFGHANISTAN ROADSIDE BOMB: Official states 2 dead in terror attacks

YEMEN CONFLICT: Embattled president fires UAE ambassador

The embattled president of Yemen, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has ordered the dismissal of the Yemeni ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, who is also the son of the previous president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Zee News reports via the news service Reuters today. Hadi, who fled the country for Saudi Arabia via the port of Aden this week, was unseated in a rebellion led by rebels known as the Houthis, Yemeni Shi’as said to be supported by Iran. The Houthis have already taken control of the capital Sana’a and other major cities and have placed a bounty on Hadi’s head. Embed from Getty Images A Yemeni official told the news agency Reuters that the UAE ambassador was fired, … Continue reading YEMEN CONFLICT: Embattled president fires UAE ambassador

PHOTO MOMENT: Remembrance Sunday – Sunday Times pays tribute to the fallen

The British newspaper the Sunday Times, based in London, has released a commemorative image on their Twitter account today honouring the fallen who gave their lives for the country since the beginning of the First World War in 1914. The image depicts poppies produced for Remembrance Sunday every year by the Poppy Appeal, a charity which raises money for people affected from conflict, particularly ex-service members. The image also appeared simultaneously on the Sunday Times‘ parent newspaper, The Times. The verse “At the going down of the sun. And in the morning. We will remember them” comes from the poem ‘For … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Remembrance Sunday – Sunday Times pays tribute to the fallen

IRAQ BARREL BOMBS: Iraqi army condemned for bombing civilian areas

The armed forces and government of Iraq has been recently condemned for wholesale destruction of civilian areas in territory held by the Islamic State (IS) militia, according to a report published yesterday by Britain’s The Independent newspaper. Both the army and government are fighting a tough battle of bullets and hearts against the Islamic State, who have overran large parts of Iraq‘s north and central regions in rapid succession, inflicting numerous atrocities. The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS and ISIL, drove out Iraqi Army battalions in its advance on several towns and cities. As it has cemented its power, IS has killed and abducted hundreds of people from the country’s … Continue reading IRAQ BARREL BOMBS: Iraqi army condemned for bombing civilian areas