This is a summary of 20 AMN articles on the following subjects: EU, Mediterranean, Beirut, Lebanon, Idlib, Syria, Libya, Mitiga, Esper, US, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, Bolton, Iran, China, NASA, Venezuela, Turkey, Pakistan, Hezbollah.

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European Union is worried about ‘military movements’ in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-09 20:44:12 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.)- The European Union’s foreign policy official, Joseph Borrell, said on Sunday, that the European Union is concerned about what he called “sea [military] movements” in the eastern Mediterranean recently, amid an escalation of the dispute accompanied by tension between Ankara on the one hand, and Cairo and Athens on the other hand, over the demarcation of the maritime borders. “The recent sea movements in the eastern Mediterranean are extremely worrying, and will not contribute to finding solutions, but rather lead to greater enmity and lack of confidence,” Borrell said in a statement. He stressed that “determining… Read on ->

Tags: EU, Mediterranean


Fire breaks out in central Beirut as clashes erupt between protesters and security forces

Published 2020-08-09 20:21:24 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – On Sunday evening, a fire broke out at the entrance of Parliament Square in central Beirut after protesters were trying to penetrate an area surrounded by a fence. Clashes renewed on Sunday between the security forces and protesters demonstrating against the government, prompting the ISF to deploy more troops to central Beirut to quell the upheaval. The National News Agency (NNA) reported that violent confrontations are currently taking place between the security forces and demonstrators in the vicinity of the House of Representatives, confirming that the protesters threw stones at security personnel, while the security… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Turkish forces attack Syrian Army troops in Idlib

Published 2020-08-09 19:49:28 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – For the second time in the last 72 hours, the Turkish military has shelled the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Idlib Governorate. According to a report from the Idlib Governorate, the Turkish military shelled the Syrian Army troops in southern Idlib after their drones circled the latter’s positions in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The report said the Turkish troops fired the artillery shells from one of their observation posts in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate; this area has been the scene of several intense exchanges between the Syrian Army and jihadist… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Libya airport that hosts Turkish military reopens in Tripoli

Published 2020-08-09 19:31:53 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – On Sunday, the first flight took off from Libya’s Mitiga International Airport, after a four-month-long hiatus. Libyan Airlines announced on Sunday that the first flight took off from Mitiga Airport, which is located the outskirts of Tripoli, bound for Istanbul International Airport. On August 4, the Airports Authority of the Government of National Accord announced the suspension of all services to commercial airlines from the Misrata International Airport, and the resumption of commercial airline flights from Mitiga International Airport, starting on Sunday, August 9th. This is an important move for the Government of National Accord,… Read on ->

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Tags: Libya, Mitiga


It’s not clear if Beirut Port explosion was accident or attack: Esper

Published 2020-08-09 19:21:36 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that it was not clear whether the Beirut Port explosion was a “deliberate attack or an accident,” stressing that the U.S. government would do its utmost to help the Lebanese. Esper said, in an interview with Fox News, that the Beirut Port explosion “is devastating and I feel sad for the people.” He said, “I already have planes lined up to deliver aid, and we want to do everything in our power to help the Lebanese people in this hour of need.” “The bottom line is that we still… Read on ->

Tags: Esper, Lebanon, US


Israeli forces launch attack on several sites inside Gaza

Published 2020-08-09 17:56:28 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Israeli army fired artillery shells at several sites east of the city of Deir Al-Balah, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian News Agency “Wafa” reported that the Israeli army artillery targeted the agricultural lands southeast of Deir Al-Balah. The news agency said that several shells hit the agricultural lands of the citizens and a site in the area, which led to the destruction of the site, but no casualties. This latest incident was preceded by a gunfire exchange at the southern border fence of the Gaza Strip. The… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


John Bolton hopes those responsible for explosions in Iran continues work

Published 2020-08-09 17:24:17 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – Former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton commented on the series of explosions that swept through Iran last month. Bolton said in a lengthy interview with the Hebrew-language newspaper “Makor Rishon”, yesterday, that he does not know who is responsible for the series of bombings in Iran, but he hopes that those who carry out these bombings will continue their work, claiming that it is important to show that there is no place in Iran that can’t be reached, and that the international community must know what Iran is doing about its nuclear program. Bolton… Read on ->

Tags: Bolton, Iran, US


Libya’s top oil official warns bigger disaster than Beirut blast is on its way

Published 2020-08-09 15:47:24 by News Desk in North-Africa

The Tripoli-controlled oil corporation says it has incurred losses worth billions of dollars due to Marshal Haftar’s protracted blockade of key terminals and the shutdown of major pipelines. Libya may face more disastrous events than the explosion that devastated Beirut this week, the North African country’s top oil official has warned. “The militarisation of oil facilities, the presence of mercenaries as well as the military escalation increase the risks that hydrocarbons and chemicals stored at oil ports pose to workers and the local population,” Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of the state-run National Oil Corporation, said in a statement on Friday. He… Read on ->

Tags: Libya


Massive fire breaks out at Iranian island in Persian Gulf: video

Published 2020-08-09 13:55:40 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – A huge fire broke out on Sunday morning at the Pardis commercial complex on the Iranian island of Kishin the Persian Gulf. According to RT, the president of the Kish Merchants Club said that the cause of the fire was a short circuit in the air conditioner at the clothing store. https://youtu.be/9Wvxwwj_riM

Tags: Iran


Israeli and Palestinian forces trade cross border fire

Published 2020-08-09 13:48:28 by News Desk in Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Israeli army spokesman reported that there were exchanges of fire between the army and the Palestinian forces near the border fence with the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, tweeted on Sunday that gunfire was heard at the security fence in southern Gaza, which resulted in the suspension of work there. Adraee said that gunfire was fired  from the Gaza Strip towards an Israeli military force that rushed to the area without causing any casualties. No further details were released. Last week, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched airstrikes over the Gaza… Read on ->

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Tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine


Chinese military launches new guided missile: video

Published 2020-08-09 13:30:10 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – A new video clip posted this week shows a Chinese long-range guided missile launch from the Z-10 attack helicopter. In the video shown by CCTV 13, the viewer can see how long-range missiles are fired from their helicopter and their launch process. The missiles successfully hit all ground targets. According to the Dambiev Journal, this is presumably a missile called the Blue Arrow 21 (BA-21), which was first presented at the Zhuhai Air Show in 2018. https://youtu.be/pBhsC37tD5I The missile is believed to have a working range of about 18 kilometers and is oriented with a… Read on ->

Tags: China


NASA publishes aerial shot showing extent of damage in Beirut

Published 2020-08-09 12:57:03 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The U.S. space agency “NASA” has published special pictures that reveal the extent of the damage caused by the Beirut Port explosion. Pictures released by the agency’s Rapid Advanced Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team, in cooperation with the Earth Observatory in Singapore, revealed the extent of the damage caused by the Beirut Port explosion. On the attached map, the dark red points, such as those in and around thePport of Beirut, represent the most severe damage, according to what was reported by Al-Nashra. https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1292099750058176517?s=20 The orange areas were clearly damaged, while the yellow areas were… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon, NASA


Venezuela sentences 2 US mercenaries from ‘Bay of Piglets’ invasion to 20 years in prison

Published 2020-08-09 12:40:58 by News Desk in World-News

On May 3-4, a group of mercenaries and anti-government militia attempted to land in Venezuela by sea, kidnap President Nicolas Maduro, take control of an airport, and fly him to the United States to face prosecution. The operation failed, eight mercenaries were killed, and several dozen others, including two American nationals, were captured. US mercenaries Luke Denman and Airan Berry have each been sentenced to twenty years in prison for their roles in ‘Operation Gideon’, the botched May incursion into Venezuela, the country’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced late Friday. According to the official, the two US nationals had… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Lebanese Information Minister resigns from post

Published 2020-08-09 12:28:11 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel-Samad announced on Sunday, her resignation from Hassan Diab’s government. The minister said in a statement: “I apologize to the Lebanese who were unable to fulfill their aspirations. Change has remained elusive, and since the reality did not match the ambitions, and after the horror of the Beirut disaster, I submit my resignation from the government.” The Prime Minister said yesterday in a speech coinciding with popular protests, that he would propose early parliamentary elections to the Council of Ministers on Monday, stressing that Lebanon can only get out of… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


Maronite Patriarch calls for Lebanese government’s resignation: LBC

Published 2020-08-09 11:58:18 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Lebanese Broadcasting Channel (LBC) reported that the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi called for the resignation of the Lebanese government and the holding of early parliamentary elections, against the backdrop of the Beirut Port explosion last Tuesday. According to the LBC report on Sunday, “Patriarch Al-Rahi is calling for the resignation of the government, if it is not able to help the country recover and hold early parliamentary elections.” “The explosion at the Beirut p=Port is a disaster that shook the countries of the world,” he said, stressing “the need to seek the help of… Read on ->

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Tags: Lebanon


China’s entry into Iran will destabilize Middle East: US State Dept.

Published 2020-08-09 11:42:55 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a new attack against China and Iran, in which he accused the two eastern powers of destabilizing the Middle East, while blasting Iran as the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world. The U.S. State Department account on Twitter quoted Pompeo as saying that China’s entry to Iran would destroy stability in the Middle East, explaining that Tehran’s possession of the opportunity to obtain weapons and money from the Chinese Communist Party would endanger the region. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed, last month, that… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran, US


Turkish drones stalk Syrian Army forces in Idlib as militants move in reinforcements

Published 2020-08-09 10:49:54 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Turkish drones have been harassing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate recently, as they continue to hover over their positions and capture their movements. According to a field source in nearby Hama, the Turkish drones are mostly conducting reconnaissance missions over the Syrian Army-held areas, which is one of the reasons why they are moving their forces towards specific areas in the Idlib Governorate. At the same time, new reports have surfaced about the Turkish-backed militants and their jihadist allies moving reinforcements to the southern countryside of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey


Lebanese soldier killed and 70 wounded during Beirut demonstrations

Published 2020-08-09 10:01:07 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The Lebanese security forces announced on Sunday, that a conscript was killed and more than 70 security personnel were wounded during demonstrations in the capital city on Saturday evening. The General Directorate of Internal Security Forces said in a statement this morning that one of their conscripts was killed by some of the demonstrators in the central part of the city. The conscript was identified as First Sergeant Tawfiq Al-Duwaihi, who was killed while trying to break up some rioters in Beirut on Saturday night. The General Directorate added that 20 people were arrested, one… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon


Pakistan seizes Iranian oil tanker at US request

Published 2020-08-09 09:44:43 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Fars News Agency quoted a Pakistani senator as saying that the Pakistani government had seized an Iranian oil tanker in the port of Karachi at the request of the United States. Senator Rahman Malik, Secretary of the Internal Affairs Committee of the Pakistani Senate, said: “We have warned against the transfer of Iranian oil to Pakistan. This is an important international issue and will lead to pressure on Pakistan,” noting that “the transfer of oil to Pakistan is a violation of the embargo on Iran.” Rahmani added that “the Iranian oil tanker was monitored… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Pakistan, US


Russian ambassador says US attempts to pressure Lebanon will strengthen Hezbollah

Published 2020-08-09 09:33:09 by News Desk in Lebanon

Washington is likely to seek new ways of pressuring Lebanon to weaken the radical Islamist Hezbollah movement, even though its involvement will probably only serve to strengthen the militants, Russian Ambassador to Beirut Alexander Zasypkin said. “The way Americans think, sanctions must affect Hezbollah, damage it, one way or another. However, they cannot affect it financially, as the party does not have bank accounts. So we are talking about likely harm to those ‘appointed’ as people or organizations involved in Hezbollah’s activity. Occasionally, there are signals about future restrictions against Hezbollah’s political allies,” Zasypkin said. The ambassador added that the… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, US


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