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Syrian President sends condolences to Lebanon after Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-04 23:51:29 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad sent a message to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun, in which he expressed his condolences, sympathy and solidarity with the Lebanese people after the Beirut Port explosion. The Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic on Facebook published a statement saying: “We were very distressed by the great event that took place at the port of Beirut that left a large number of victims and wounded.” In my name and on behalf of the Syrian Arab people, we extend our sincere condolences  to you and the Lebanese people, asking God Almighty for… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria

Hezbollah releases its first statement after Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-04 23:32:39 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – Hezbollah has issued a statement this evening about the recent explosion that took place at the Port of Beirut in the central part of the capital. “We extend our condolences to the Lebanese people over this national tragedy, and we are putting our capabilities to the service of our people,” Hezbollah said in a statement, commenting on the explosion that took place at Beirut Port today. “This tragic catastrophe and its unprecedented devastation has serious consequences at various levels and will require from all Lebanese and all political forces and national actors solidarity, unity and… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

Arab tribesmen hold protests at SDF headquarters in Deir Ezzor towns

Published 2020-08-04 22:51:06 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – Hundreds of Arab tribesmen in the Deir Ezzor countryside, stormed the headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), following an assassination that took place inside the governorate. According to reports, hundreds of members of Arab tribes in the cities, towns and villages of eastern Deir Ezzor went out to protest against the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces for a string of assassinations that targeted their leaders. The reports said that residents of Al-Hawaij, Dhiban, and Al-Shaheil city, east of Deir Ezzor, carried out large demonstrations calling for the SDF to release information about the perpetrators of… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Over 30 people killed and 3,000 wounded by Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-04 22:09:54 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassad said on Tuesday night that more than 30 people have been killed and over 3,000 wounded as a result of the Beirut Port explosion. According to the latest report from the area, the fires around the port have yet to be fully extinguished, as civil defense units attempt to quell the flames. The civil defense units have also worked vigorously to help many of the people in the area, with several hospitals in Beirut opening their doors to the wounded. As of now, the reason for the blast remains… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Secretary General of Kataeb Party killed in Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-04 21:36:44 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Secretary General of the Kataeb Party, Nizar Najarian, was reported dead after suffering a severe injury at the party’s headquarters during the massive blast at the Port of Beirut on Tuesday. According to LBCI, the party’s secretary general died as a result of a severe head injury at the party’s headquarters, Beit Al-Wassit (Central House), in Beirut. Several politicians have mourned his death, including the President of the Kataeb Party of Lebanon, Samy Gemayel. The Lebanese Health Ministry has reported that as many as ten people have been killed as a result of the… Read on ->

Tags: Kataeb, Lebanon

Syria reports 45 new coronavirus infections as total number of cases approaches 900

Published 2020-08-04 21:24:24 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Health Ministry reported on Tuesday, 45 new coronavirus infections, raising the total number of cases to nearly 900. According to the Syrian Health Ministry, the people infected by the virus are currently being treated at hospitals across the country. Since Syria recorded its coronavirus infection in March, the country has reported 892 total cases across the country. The total number of cases, however, has risen significantly over the last month, as the Arab Republic attempts to limit the virus’ exposure.

Tags: Syria

Israeli official denies Israel had any connection to Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-04 20:47:01 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – An Israeli official denied Israel played any role in tonight’s explosion at the Port of Beirut, the Reuters News Agency reported. “Israel has nothing to do with the incident,” said the official, who asked not to be named. For his part, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in an interview with the Israel-based Channel 12 TV that the explosion was likely caused by a fire at the port. According to Reuters, the death toll has reported to be around 10, with dozens more wounded. The cause of the explosion has not been definitively identified. It… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Lebanese security chief says explosion likely caused by stored highly explosive materials

Published 2020-08-04 20:30:52 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Head of Public Security in Lebanon, Abbas Ibrahim, told Al-Mayadeen TV this evening that the explosion at the Port of Beirut was likely caused by highly explosive materials that were stored in a warehouse. Ibrahim told Al-Mayadeen that “it’s ridiculous to claim such an explosion was caused by fireworks.” He said that they are currently investigating the blast, but it is highly likely that it was due to explosive materials that were stored in a warehouse at the Port of Beirut. In regards to the claims of an Israeli attack, Lebanon’s OTV, which is… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Several casualties and significant damage reported in Beirut: Health Ministry

Published 2020-08-04 19:52:26 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said that the explosion that took place at Beirut Port on Tuesday resulted in a large number of injuries and caused great damage. “The extent of the damage is great and the number of injuries is very high,” the minister said in statements reported by the Lebanese media, adding that he “instructed hospitals to treat the injured at the expense of the ministry.” In the same context, LBCI quoted the Governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud, as saying that “Beirut is a devastated city, and there is great destruction and what… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Massive explosion causes shockwave around Beirut Port: video

Published 2020-08-04 19:29:49 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – A massive blast rocked the Port of Beirut on Tuesday, causing casualties and a great deal of material damage. According to a local source, the explosion took place at the Number 12 Ward, resulting in several injuries and significant damage to nearby buildings and motor vehicles. Meanwhile, the National News Agency (NNA) reported that the fire broke out near the wheat silos at the Port of Beirut. The NNA report said the local civil defense teams have already begun evacuating several people from the port area. The cause of the explosion is still… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon

Netanyahu sends message to Hezbollah after Syria strikes

Published 2020-08-04 19:16:28 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Tuesday, that “the Israeli army hit the cell that tried to carry out an attack at the Golan borders, and it also killed those who sent it.” Speaking to reporters, Netanyahu said that “Israel will do everything to protect itself” against those who try to harm the country. The Israeli Prime Minister stated that the attack was a message to Hezbollah, saying: “They should take this into consideration.” Netanyahu’s comments came after the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out an attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Netanyahu, Syria

Mysterious fire breaks out in Iranian industrial city: video

Published 2020-08-04 18:57:51 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – A large fire broke out on Tuesday inside the Iranian industrial area of Bardis in the northeastern part of the Islamic Republic. According to the spokesman for the Tehran Fire Department, the “fire broke out for 56 minutes this morning, which resulted in very thick smoke. Firefighting teams from the villages Bardis, Boomen, and Roumadh are working to put out the fire.” He continued: “The fire broke out in three production units, a two-storey building and warehouses that include leather and wood used in the storage industry.” He revealed that the area where the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

Powerful blast reported near Port of Beirut

Published 2020-08-04 18:39:12 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – A big blast was reported near the Port of Beirut this evening, as local civil defense personnel rushed to the scene of the explosion to put out the flames. According to local sources, the explosion caused a shock-wave around the nearby neighborhoods, resulting in damage to some buildings. The reason for the blast remains unknown at this time.    

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Iran’s military is ‘more ready than ever’ for war: Iranian MoD

Published 2020-08-04 13:30:27 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Iranian Minister of Defense, Brigadier Amir Hatami, stressed that “the Iranian armed forces are more than ever ready to defend the country.” The Spokesman of the Shura Council’s Industries and Mines Committee, Hajjatullah Firouzi, said in a statement with ISNA, that during the committee’s meeting, Brigadier Hatami explained the position of the defense force of the Islamic Republic, and said that “despite unfair sanctions in the area of ​​strengthening defense capabilities, we have made remarkable progress and the Ministry of Defense has been able to meet the real needs of the armed forces in… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran

Indian army demands complete withdrawal of Chinese military along disputed border

Published 2020-08-04 13:00:56 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Hindustan Times quoted military sources on Monday as say that Indian army representatives insist on the full and rapid withdrawal of Chinese forces from the Line of Actual Content (LAC) border, in eastern Ladakh. “The lack of progress in the withdrawal of Chinese forces from several areas of Ladakh required that a new round of negotiations be held with the participation of the 14th Indian Army Corps Commander General Harinder Singh and the commander of the South Xinjiang Military Region General Liu Ling. Therefore, India insisted during the last meeting on the withdrawal of… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

Israeli Defense Minister sends warning to Hezbollah leader

Published 2020-08-04 12:30:30 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, warned Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah against the danger of “crossing the red lines” for him personally and for the country of Lebanon. Gantz said, in a statement published by his office: “If Nasrallah thinks to break the red lines, he will receive a painful response that will remind him of the high readiness of the state of Israel and will endanger the state of Lebanon.” On July 28th, the Israeli army announced that it had “thwarted a sabotage operation in the Jabal Roos border area with Lebanon,… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

Massive fire breaks out at Libyan Airport used by Turkey to transport supplies

Published 2020-08-04 12:00:00 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – On Monday, a massive fire broke out at the Misrata International Airport, which is partially operated by the Turkish Armed Forces in Libya. Pictures taken of the site showed the height of the flames in the departure hall of the airport. According to Libyan sites, firefighters managed to extinguish the fire, which was seen from a distance, according to what activists documented. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) did not issue any comment about the fire, and whether it unintentionally erupted or caused by external actors. The Libyan National Army (LNA) has repeatedly accused… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Misrata, Turkey

Serbia acquires new generation of Chinese defense missiles

Published 2020-08-04 11:30:38 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Serbia has bought a new generation of medium-range surface-to-air missiles from China, in the first known purchase in Europe for “FK-3” defensive missiles, according to Reuters. The purchase of the FK-3 defense system was included in the annual report of the state-run arms company Yugoimport SDPR, which was submitted last week to the State Commercial Records Agency. The company, Yugoimport SDPR, revealed that it had concluded 163 import deals with 31 countries for $620.3 million in 2019, and the arms purchase deals included armed drones from China and the first known purchase in Europe for… Read on ->

Tags: China, Serbia

Lebanese Foreign Minister submits resignation to Prime Minister

Published 2020-08-04 11:00:30 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – On Monday, Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, explaining his move with the “absence of an effective will to achieve comprehensive structural reform.” In the resignation statement, he said: “I carried great hopes for change and reform, but the reality aborted the fetus of hope in making promising beginnings from the womb of the traumatic ends.” He said: “Lebanon today is not the Lebanon that we loved and wanted it as a beacon and a model … Lebanon today is slipping into a failed state, God willing.” Hitti… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon

Israel releases video of IDF ‘thwarting’ operation along Syrian border

Published 2020-08-04 10:30:51 by News Desk in Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – On Monday, the Israeli army released a video showing what it described as “thwarting an attempt to plant explosive devices on the Syrian border.” An Israeli army spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, shared the video, explaining that the operation consisted of four people in the Tel Fares area on Monday, adding that “the cell members were eliminated after they opened fire at them from land and air.” The Israeli Defense Forces’ statement said: “A special force that carried out an ambush in the area of ​​the southern Golan Heights near a military site monitored a cell that… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Syria

Two rockets allegedly land near Iraqi base hosting US forces

Published 2020-08-04 10:00:40 by News Desk in Iraq

Two rockets fell in the vicinity of Iraq’s Taji military base, which is located north of the Baghdad capital and hosts US-led coalition troops, but did not explode, Al Sumaria broadcaster reported on Monday. “The security forces found two rockets near Camp Taji and in the vicinity of the district of Al Moshahda”, a source told Al Sumaria broadcaster, adding that the landing did not result in a blast. The base repeatedly comes under rocket fire attacks, as does Baghdad’s international airport and the so-called green zone of the Iraqi capital, where government buildings and embassies are located. The most… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Taji

Hezbollah forming new ‘cyber army’ across the Middle East: Telegraph

Published 2020-08-04 09:30:22 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Telegraph said in a detailed report published on Sunday that Hezbollah is training a “cyber army” whose influence will stretch to the Gulf. According to the report published by the British newspaper, Hezbollah has conducted training sessions for some individuals since 2012, during which they learned how to digitally manage photos, manage large numbers of fake social media accounts, create videos, and avoid censorship on Facebook content. The operatives are allegedly training in several countries, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Syria. According to the newspaper, which quoted a person named Mohammad (a nom… Read on ->

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Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon

Iranian general calls US presence in Middle East ‘ineffective and illegitimate’

Published 2020-08-04 09:00:33 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The deputy commander of the Iranian army’s naval force for coordination affairs, Admiral Hamzah Ali Kawayani, criticized the American presence in the region, describing it as “ineffective and illegitimate.” “The rulers of America themselves know that their presence in the region is meaningless and ineffective,” Kawayani was quoted as saying by the Fars News Agency. “If they want security in the region and the seas, the countries of the region and the peoples have the ability to provide security, so America’s rulers know very well that their presence and interests in the region are illegal… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Foreign jihadists launch big attack in northern Latakia

Published 2020-08-04 08:30:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The northern Latakia countryside witnessed a heavy battle on Monday after the foreigner-led Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Jabal Turkmen region. According to a field report from the Latakia Governorate, the Turkestan Islamic Party began their attack on Monday by attempting to infiltrate the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the mountaintop of Jabal Hassan Al-Rai The jihadist rebels attempted to utilize the dense forest and mountain terrain to overwhelm the Syrian Arab Army troops in the area. However, according to a source in Latakia, the Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Egypt is preparing to unveil the largest electrical project in Africa

Published 2020-08-04 08:00:21 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The local press sources revealed that the Egyptian government is preparing a power generation project, describing it as the largest in Africa and the Middle East. The Egyptian newspaper “Al-Shorouk” quoted an official source in the Water Stations Authority for Electricity Production as saying that Egypt is in the process of signing the final contracts for a power plant that is the largest in the continent of Africa and the Middle East and the fourth of its kind in the world. The official source said: “All the amendments and technical notes of the studies, which… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt

Largest cargo plane in the world arrives in Israel to transport Iron Dome to US: video

Published 2020-08-04 07:30:06 by News Desk in Middleeast, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The largest cargo plane in the world landed on Monday, at Ben Gurion International Airport, in preparation for the transportation of one of the most powerful air defense systems in existence. According to the Times of Israel, the Antonov An-225, which was produced in the eighties in Soviet Ukraine, is the only one remaining so far of the same model. The plane arrived from the United States and has begun to transport parts of the Iron Dome system, so that it can be used by the U.S. military in the future. Hundreds of aviation enthusiasts… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, US

Pompeo says Iranian-Chinese agreement will ‘destabilize’ Middle East

Published 2020-08-04 07:00:48 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the 25-year agreement between Iran and China would lead to instability in the Middle East. Pompeo said in an exclusive interview with Fox News that they “should not come as a surprise that the governments that violate freedom in their country and create security challenges beyond its borders like to work together.” Pompeo continued, “I think the Middle East countries should see this as it is. The entry of China into Iran will destabilize the Middle East.” He added, “Iran remains the largest state sponsor of… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran

Syrian Air Force destroys largest jihadist ammo depot in Idlib: video

Published 2020-08-04 06:27:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 A.M.) – On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) destroyed one of the largest ammunition depots belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the Idlib Governorate. According to a field report from the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Air Force launched several strikes on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions on Sunday, causing significant destruction to the latter’s defenses and installations in northeast Idlib. The report said the Syrian and Russian reconnaissance planes provided the SyAAF warplanes with the locations of these HTS sites, which was evident after the latter blew up Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s largest ammunition depot. Furthermore,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Iran’s intelligence chief says arrested terrorist leader boasted about being protected by FBI

Published 2020-08-04 06:02:48 by News Desk in Iran

On Saturday, Iranian authorities apprehended Jamshid Sharmahd, the leader of the Tondar (‘Thunder’) terrorist group. The US-based group has carried out several terror attacks inside Iran, including the bombing of a mosque and the assassination of a nuclear scientist, and has called for the violent overthrow of the Iranian government. US officials were confounded by the Iranian intelligence services’ operation to capture Tondar leader Jamshid Sharmahd, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi has said. “The reason why they first denied [his arrest] was that they knew he was strongly supported by American and Israeli services, and they considered it unlikely for Iran’s… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

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