Tag - middle-east



Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip on Friday, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel.
Dec 2, 2023
Israel tells Arab states it wants buffer zone in postwar Gaza, sources say
Israel detailed its plans to its neighbors Egypt and Jordan, along with the United Arab Emirates, which normalized ties with Israel in 2020.
One of Qatar’s lead negotiators Abdullah Al Sulaiti (right) works inside an operation room set up to coordinate the truce and release of hostages between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Doha on Sunday.
Dec 1, 2023
How Qatar swayed Israel and Hamas to make a temporary truce work
After seven days of truce, Israel confirmed Friday it was resuming hostilities.
A newly released prisoner (right) hugs a relative during a welcome ceremony following the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for Israeli hostages held in Gaza by Hamas since the Oct. 7 attacks, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 30, 2023
Mediators race to extend Israel-Hamas truce ahead of expiry
The six-day halt to fighting ends on Thursday morning local time, with a last hostages freed from Gaza overnight in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.
Israeli supporters hold flags hostages arrive at Ofakim army base in southern Israel on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 30, 2023
Israel and Hamas extend their war truce for another day
The agreement was confirmed minutes before the ceasefire was set to expire at 7 a.m. local time.
The Galaxy Leader cargo ship is escorted by Houthi boats in the Red Sea in this photo released on Nov. 20.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Nov 30, 2023
Red Sea attacks on ships spark safety concerns for sailors
Commercial ships face increasing dangers after armed groups have attacked and seized vessels in waters around the Red Sea and off the coast of Yemen.
Mourners at a funeral on Nov. 19 carry the body of a Palestinian shot dead earlier during a raid by Israeli forces on a refugee camp near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Nov 29, 2023
While Gaza burns, the West Bank is at a boiling point
Mideast violence spreads beyond Gaza into the West Bank causing the U.S. to take a stand against extremist Israeli settlers.
Israeli freed hostage Yocheved Lifshitz (center), 85, takes part in a protest with her family members outside the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Her husband Oded is reportedly still held hostage in Gaza by Hamas.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 29, 2023
Medics and relatives offer insights into Gaza hostage conditions
Palestinian militant groups have released more than 50 Israeli women and children, with more than 160 other hostages still detained.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after speaking to the United Nations in New York on Sept. 22
WORLD / Politics
Nov 29, 2023
Israel authorizes religious funding amid concern over cost of war
The government’s budget stance has drawn ire, with 300 prominent economists penning a joint letter urging cutbacks.
People hold an Israeli flag as a helicopter carrying released hostages arrives at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, in Tel Aviv, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 29, 2023
Israel and Hamas to release more people amid efforts to extend truce
The pause has brought Gaza its first respite after weeks of fighting and attention is now on whether mediator Qatar can negotiate another extension.
Palestinians walk among the rubble, as they inspect houses destroyed in Israeli strikes amid the temporary truce between Hamas and Israel on Monday.
Nov 28, 2023
Drones show how Israeli bombs turned Gaza into moonscape
Where schools, mosques and apartment blocks once stood are now covered with smoke and rubble.
A soldier stands near a car destroyed in a strike by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement in Kibbutz Manara in northern Israel near the Lebanon border on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 28, 2023
In Israel's north, troops brace for long standoff with Hezbollah
Until a truce with Hamas went into effect in the Gaza Strip to the south on Friday, the Israel-Lebanon border saw near-daily exchanges of fire.
This handout picture released by the Israeli army shows hostages released by Hamas, Gal (center) and Tal Almog-Goldstein (left) being transported in a helicopter after they were released by the Palestinian militant group Hamas from the Gaza Strip on Monday.
Nov 28, 2023
11 more Gaza hostages released as Israel-Hamas truce extended
Shortly after the arrival of the hostages was confirmed, Israel's prison authority said 33 Palestinian inmates had been released.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping in Riyadh on Dec. 8, 2022.
Nov 25, 2023
Mideast wealth funds draw greater U.S. scrutiny over China ties
A U.S. committee is reviewing several multibillion dollar deals this year on concerns they could pose national security risks.
Pro-Palestinian supporters gather in a show of solidarity at the National Monument in Jakarta on Nov. 5.
Nov 22, 2023
Asia’s Muslims grow weary of the West’s double standards
Indonesia and Malaysia have long taken a strong pro-Palestinian stance and neither has diplomatic ties with Israel.
A pyrotechnic display takes place at Lusail Stadium on Dec. 18, 2022.
Nov 23, 2023
Qatar still reaping benefits of World Cup one year later
The World Cup has raised Qatar's profile in the Middle East.
A worker cleans a table in an empty McDonald's restaurant in Cairo on Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 23, 2023
Boycott campaigns over Gaza hit Western brands
Companies are feeling the impact in Egypt and Jordan, and there are signs the campaign is spreading in some other Arab countries.
Internally displaced Palestinians keep warm by a fire at a school where they are sheltering in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
Nov 23, 2023
Displaced Palestinians search for warm clothes as cold draws in
When fleeing their homes in the northern Gaza Strip under Israeli bombardment in early October, some were wearing just shorts and T-shirts.
A picture taken during an organized tour by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday shows the Galaxy Leader cargo ship, seized two days earlier, at a port on the Red Sea in Yemen's province of Hodeida.
Nov 23, 2023
The Houthis warn they may seize more Red Sea ships
On Monday, rebels released a video claiming to show Sunday's seizure.
Hamas fighters take part in a military parade in Gaza in July to mark the anniversary of the 2014 war with Israel.
Nov 21, 2023
Israel's historical role in the rise of Hamas
The complicated relationship between Israel and Hamas with the the "Frankenstein" Jewish state help create
A Houthi military helicopter flies over the Galaxy Leader cargo ship in the Red Sea in this photo released Monday.
Nov 22, 2023
Houthi ship hijacking stokes fears of escalating Israel-Hamas war
The group warned they would continue to target vessels linked to Israelis until the end of the military campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza.


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