Archive for July 2015
Clashes have broken out between Israeli police and a group of Palestinian worshipers after the regime’s forces stormed the holy al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem).On Sunday morning, the Israeli troopers forced their way into the sacred Muslim site by opening its doors using wedging metal bars, furniture and other items.In response, Palestinians pelted the Israeli forces with stones and threw blocks as they were trying to reach the mosque’s yard.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on the United Nations Security Council to take measures for an end to Israeli attacks on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and violation of the Islamic holy site.OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani said in a Sunday statement that Israel should be held responsible for consequences of continued systematic attacks on the mosque.He added that Israel’s actions against one of Islam’s holiest sites “fuels religious conflict, extremism, and instability in the region.”
Moscow is planning to boost the strategic positions of its navy in the Black Sea in response to NATO’s “inadmissible” expansion towards Russian borders.According to a newly-revised version of the Russian Navy’s doctrine published Sunday on the country’s official navy website, “strategic Russian positions” near the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea will receive reinforcements and infrastructure improvements.The updated doctrine states that Russia also aims at “guaranteeing an adequate military naval presence” in the Atlantic, as well as the Mediterranean, in a “permanent manner.”
Washington has blocked the final document of a UN conference that reviewed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, accusing Egypt of manipulating the gathering to target Israel. Moscow has slammed the US for rendering the four-week meeting futile.
Israeli police have deployed stun grenades to disperse rock-throwing Palestinian protesters, who were trying to prevent Jews from praying on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on one of their most important holidays.
Violence erupted on Sunday morning as Jewish worshippers were visiting the Temple Mount on the day of Tisha B’Av – a day of mourning for two Biblical temples destroyed in Jerusalem in the past.
Israel and Greece signed a status of forces accord in Tel Aviv on Sunday that offers legal defense to both militaries while training in the other’s country.
Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos visited his Israeli counterpart Moshe Ya’alon at the Defense Ministry, where the accord was signed. Israel has only ever signed a similar accord with the United States.
During their meeting, Kammenos and Ya’alon discussed continued bilateral defense ties, and the latest regional situation.
“We very much appreciate your visit here during a difficult period for Greece. This underlines the importance of relations between the countries,” Ya’alon said. “We wish the Greek people and Greece itself success in its effort to overcome the economic challenge. We pray for that since we believe Greece is a very important country, with a history and a contribution to the history of humanity.”
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi fighter jets carried out air raids against several residential areas across Yemen, and killed 29 civilians.On Saturday, Saudi warplanes bombed the city of Harad in the Yemeni province of Hajjah and the district of al-Ghayl in Jawf province.
Saudi fighter jets hit residential areas in Sa’ada province, and killed 19 people and injured several others.
Ten Yemenis, including four children and two women, were also killed in another Saudi airstrike on the city of Ibb.