Morocco condemned by AU for absence on Western Sahara meeting

Image of the African Union in session [file photo] The African Union (AU) has expressed its “regret” at Morocco for not attending a meeting organised by the AU’s Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on the Western Sahara. Since re-joining the African Union, Morocco has failed to attend any meetings organised by the Union on the Western Sahara, a troubled territory seeking independence from Rabat. Read: Tensions between Algeria and Morocco at Arab League A meeting was organised on Monday this week by at the AUPSC headquarters in which Morocco’s seat remained empty. The body headed by Algerian Smail Chergui thereafter took … Continue reading Morocco condemned by AU for absence on Western Sahara meeting

Political Changes Reflect on Yemen

It is clear from the intensified Arab coalition’s operations in Yemen that the war there has greatly shifted in their favor against the insurgents. Coordination between Saudi-led coalition forces and the US has been restored after it was suspended during the last year of Barack Obama’s presidential term. Several raids targeted Houthi militias training camps in Saada and several Houthi locations in the Nahm front, east of Sana’a, which ended with their defeat in that rugged governorate. According to army statements, the national army, aided by coalition’s air force, moved to Arhab, the governorate close to the capital Sana’a. In … Continue reading Political Changes Reflect on Yemen

UN: Size of Mosul crisis exceeds our current capacity

Iraqi Red Crescent delivers food aid to civilians during the operation to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists in Mosul continues on March 12, 2017 UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, said relief organisations are preparing to receive up to 320,000 additional civilians likely to be displaced from Mosul in the coming weeks. “We have been preparing for the Mosul operation for months, but the magnitude of the crisis has exceeded our expectations, but we will do our best to ensure that people are helped,” Grande said in a statement on Monday. She noted that humanitarian operations on the western … Continue reading UN: Size of Mosul crisis exceeds our current capacity

“Hero’s Mother” e-campaign to kick off on social media

An e-campaign is expected to kick off Tuesday evening on social media networks under the “Hero’s Mother” hashtag to pay homage to Palestinian women on the International Mother’s Day. Activists announced the finalization of preparations for the campaign, slated to be launched at 8 p.m. (Palestine time) on Facebook and Twitter. The campaign aims to shed light on the vital role played by Palestinian women and mothers in the national liberation struggle. The hashtag was inspired by a quote from the mother of a Palestinian anti-occupation youth killed by the Israeli occupation forces. (Source / 21.03.2017) Continue reading “Hero’s Mother” e-campaign to kick off on social media

Libya: Ghwell Militias Prep for New Battle in Tripoli

Khalifa Ghwell, a self-declared prime minister, gestures during an interview with Reuters, in Tripoli, Libya, February 1, 2017. Picture taken February 1, 2017 Cairo – Former Prime Minister of the National Salvation Government Khalifa al-Ghwell stated that he tried to reach an agreement with Akilah Saleh, speaker of the parliament in Tobruk, and Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani to form a new government to substitute Sarraj government. Ghwell denounced the meddling of Italy in the internal affair and seizing, supported by pro-Sarraj militias, his headquarters in Tripoli. He considered that the latest aggressive incidents that occurred in the past week were … Continue reading Libya: Ghwell Militias Prep for New Battle in Tripoli

FSA Shakes Ground under Regime Feet in Damascus

Fighters of the Free Syrian Army have made big gains against regime forces in eastern Damascus in a surprise, coordinated offensive they launched early on Sunday. The FSA groups managed to break the siege regime forces and their allies have imposed on the districts of Qaboun and Barzah since late 2012. The two districts have been subjected to relentless aerial and artillery bombardment by regime forces who have been trying to advance on the besieged districts in order to force an evacuation deal on civilian trapped inside. Regime forces have employed the same tactic to empty many areas across Syria … Continue reading FSA Shakes Ground under Regime Feet in Damascus

Rights Group: Survivors of Regime’s Bombardment Are Killed under Torture

Fadel Abdul Ghani, director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), said that Syrian civilians who survive bombardment by the Assad regime and its allies often die under torture in Assad’s prisons or in summary executions by his militias. In a report marking the sixth anniversary of the Syrian revolution, Abdul Ghani said that aerial bombardment by regime forces did not stop despite the ceasefire which came into force in December 29. He noted that aerial bombardment continues to cause civilian casualties, especially in the Dara’a, Eastern Ghouta, Idlib, and the Alwaer district in Homs in Homs. Abdul Ghani … Continue reading Rights Group: Survivors of Regime’s Bombardment Are Killed under Torture