Sunday, August 21, 2016

Turkey's Parliament approved a reconciliation deal with Israel

Israeli and Turkish flags
(Image: RT)
Reuters - ANKARA: Turkey's parliament approved a reconciliation agreement signed with Israel in June which has brought to an end a six-year rift between the two regional powers, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

Relations between the two countries crumbled after Israeli marines stormed a Turkish ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, killing 10 Turks on board.

Monday, May 23, 2016

EgyptAir passenger plane crash over Mediterranean: no theory should be ruled out at the moment as the investigation is ongoing

EgyptAir airplane
(Image: The Telegraph)
Ahram-Online materials - CAIRO: An EgyptAir flight vanished early this morning en route from Paris to Cairo. Radar signals from flight MS804 were lost at 2:30am Cairo time, EgyptAir have said, around the time the flight entered Egyptian airspace over the Mediterranean.

The commercial flight left Paris at 11:09pm GMT and was due to land at Cairo airport at 03:15am local time.

Sources told Al-Ahram Arabic website that air traffic controllers in Athens had failed to establish communication with the pilot after the plane went off the radar.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Iraq: hundreds of protesters storm the Baghdad Green Zone and Parliament

Iraqi protesters storming the Green Zone in Baghdad
(Image: Ahram Online)
Ahram Online -BAGHDAD: Hundreds of protesters climbed over the blast walls surrounding Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone for the first time on Saturday and stormed into parliament, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government.

The breach marked a major escalation in the country's political crisis following months of anti-government protests, sit-ins and demonstrations by supporters of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Syria: dozens killed in an airstrike that hit the hospital in Aleppo, as violence intensifies

A rescuer trying to save a little girl in the area hit by the air
strikes in Aleppo
(Image: The Daily Mail Online)
An air strike hit a hospital located in the rebel-held area in the city of Aleppo in Syria on Friday, 29 April, as the fighting intensifies in Syria despite the ceasefire mediated by the UN and the world powers and declared since 28 February.

A hospital is located in Al-Marja district in Aleppo, controlled by the rebels. The hospital was operating under support of the Doctors Without Borders organization. More than 30 people were killed in an air strike, most of them medical personnel and patients of the hospital and inhabitants of the neighboring residential area. There are also children among the victims of the recent attack. Dozens were left wounded.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Egypt: limited protests took place amid the celebration of Sinai Liberation Day

Protests against the Red Sea Islands deal with Saudi Arabia
held in Cairo on Monday
(Image: Ahram Online)
Limited protests against the recent government's agreement with Saudi Arabia over the Red Sea Tiran and Sanafir islands took place in Cairo on Monday, 25 April, amid the celebrations of the Sinai Liberation Day.

Several political groups and activists have been planning the protests on the Sinai Liberation Day en days after several thousand people have gathered in Downtown Cairo to protest the decision of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the country's government regarding the new maritime borders with Saudi Arabia and handing the Red Sea islands to the sovereignty of the kingdom. The rallies were called "Land Friday" though they were dispersed by the security forces, as many activists and participants of the demonstrations were arrested.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Egypt: Court postponed Morsi's espionage case verdict

Ex-President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi during the court session
(Image: The Guardian)
Cairo Criminal Court has postponed the verdict of Egypt's ex-President Mohamed Morsi in the espionage case trial during the 23 April session. The verdict was postponed to 7 May.

Egypt's ousted Islamist backed President Mohamed Morsi is facing trial for several cases including the Qatar espionage case. Mr. Morsi, who is currently being held in the prison in the coastal city of Alexandria, was accused by the Prosecution General of using his presidential position to leak the secret and classified documents and sensitive information to Qataris with the assistance of his secretaries and some influential Muslim Brotherhood figures.

Egypt: Armed Forces deploy troops nationwide ahead of the protests planned on Sinai Liberation Day on Monday

Egyptian military troops deployed on the streets of the cities
nationwide ahead of the Monday protests
(Image: Ahram-Online)
Ahram-Online -CAIRO: Activists have set Monday, which marks Sinai Liberation Day, for protests against the recent government announcement that it was acknowledging Saudi ownership of two Red Sea islands under Egyptian control.

Egypt's military said on Sunday that it is deploying forces to secure major public buildings on Monday, which has been set by activists as a date for protests over the recent Saudi island deal.
The army said in a statement that its forces will be deployed around “vital targets and major institutions,” adding that security patrols and military police forces will be stationed in major areas nationwide.