Saudi-led Coalition Rejects UN Yemen Report as "Imbalanced"

The Saudi-led coalition launching air campaign against Yemen rejected on Sunday a UN report that placed it on an annual blacklist over the deaths of hundreds of children in air strikes. "The report is imbalanced and does not rely on credible…

Iraq: ISIS terrorists publicly burn alive 19 Kurdish women for rejecting sex slavery – report

Fighters of the terrorist group Islamic State have publicly executed 19 Kurdish women, local activists in Mosul reported. They were burned alive in iron cages in one of the city squares, sources told Kurdish ARA News agency. The women,…

Iraqi PM vows legal action against TV networks supportive of Daesh

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed punitive legal action against television networks that disseminate erroneous and misleading reports in support of the Daesh terror group. Addressing the nation in a live broadcast late…

Syrian Army enters ISIS-held Raqqa

The Syrian Army crossed the boundary of Raqqa Province, home to the de facto capital of the Daesh terrorist group, after a major Russian-backed offensive against the terrorists, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The…

Iraq PM urges lawmakers to stop squabbling, rally behind army

SHAFAQNA - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has appealed to politicians to "freeze" their wrangling over his anti-corruption reforms and unite behind the army as it battles ISIS in Fallujah, near Baghdad. Abadi has been grappling with…

Sheikh Ali Salman vows to continue fight for justice in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - Jailed Bahraini opposition leader has vowed to continue demanding people's rights despite ruling monarchy extending his prison term. In a statement released from prison on Wednesday Sheikh Ali Salman, he secretary general of the…

Zainab al-Khawaja to be released - Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - A court in Bahrain has ordered the release of a prominent female rights campaigner, Zainab al-Khawaja, who has been in prison with her baby son since March. According to the public prosecution statement carried by state news…

Muslims in Turkey demand right to pray at Hagia Sophia

SHAFAQNA - On Saturday thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul's world famous Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum, to demand the right to pray there, Turkish media reported. An imam led a…

"Israel s the bastion of fascism, racial discrimination" says Arab League chief

SHAFAQNA - Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi blasted Israel as a bastion of "fascism and racial discrimination" on Saturday at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers. The Arab ministers at the end of the meeting adopted a resolution backing "the…

Federalism they say … How Yemen’s partition is being sold as the road to peace

SHAFAQNA - Under the unforgiving Sun of Southern Arabia, Yemen has been earmarked for much than just political annihilation … today, as a nation continues to face the barrel of Saudi Arabia’s gun, Western powers have devised the territorial…

More arrests in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini court has handed down jail terms to scores of people over their involvement in anti-government protests, as the Manama regime steps up crackdown on dissent. Bahrain’s al-Wassat newspaper reported on Thursday that…

Al-Khalifa regime imprisons the innocent

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini regime has jailed 38 opposition activists, including three children, within the last week. The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) said Saturday that regime courts have handed down lengthy jail terms totaling 231…

Bahraini Shiite cleric 'Sheikh Al-Mansi in Isolation waiting for Medical Results

SHAFAQNA - The Reform and Rehabilitation Department at the Bahraini Ministry of Interior denied holding Shiite cleric Sheikh Mohammad Al-Mansi in solitary confinement, claiming that it placed him in "isolation" to await his medical results. It…

Ansarullah: ’US Support, Saudi Crimes Gave Rise to Terrorism in Yemen’ INTERVIEW

SHAFAQNA - An interview with Sadeq abu-Shwareb, the member of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, with a focus on an array of cases including recent deployment of the US forces to southern Yemen and the propaganda behind the deployment,…

Syrian war refugees' agony at Jordan border

SHAFAQNA - Around 64,000 Syrians are stranded at the border with Jordan after intensified violence around Aleppo, Jordanian border guards said on Thursday. The kingdom, which is already home to more than 630,000 Syrian refugees, introduced…

Iraq's dam could be collapsed by Daesh militants

SHAFAQNA - While Washington and the UN are busy playing Syria's humanitarian crisis to their advantage - wielding outrage and self-righteous political grand-standing Daesh could be planning its most deadly attack yet in northern Iraq. Iraqi…

Lebanon Shows Christians and Muslims Can Live Together in Peace in the Middle East

SHAFAQNA - " Ithas been an explosive situation in the Lebanon for the past four years. But I’m amazed that while Lebanon is on the brink of an explosion the miracle is that there is no explosion,” Michael Zammit, S.J., Jesuit Refugee Service…
Russia humanitarian aid

Russian plane loaded with relief aid arrives in Damascus, Syria

SHAFAQNA - A Russian Plane arrived in Damascus International airport on Saturday loaded with humanitarian aid from Russian people and government to enhance Syrians’ steadfastness in facing the terrorist war and the unjust economic embargo…

Crackdown against al-Wefaq in Bahrain reaches new heights

SHAFAQNA - The Freedoms and Human Rights Department at Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society issued a report revealing the widespread human rights and religious freedoms violations practiced by the Bahraini authorities in 2015. The department…

Iraqi authorities kick al-Jazeera out of the country

SHAFAQNA - The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission has banned the Qatari-owned “Al-Jazeera” news network, citing “violations of the official codes of conduct and broadcasting rules and regulations.” Surprised by the decision,…
Ramadi

Dozens of Iraqi Civilians Returning to Ramadi Are Getting Blown Up By Islamic State Mines

SHAFAQNA - Explosives planted by Islamic State have killed dozens of Iraqi civilians who returned to Ramadi despite warnings that much of the western city remains unsafe nearly four months after its recapture from the militants. Tens of…

Saudi King Salman’s Son Met Netanyahu in Jordan

SHAFAQNA - The Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, has secretly met Israeli regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba. According to sources, the meeting was also attended by the Jordanian…

Yemen Resistance gets its way - Peace Talks

SHAFAQNA - Yemen’s Houthis say they will be joining talks with representatives of the country’s former government in Kuwait after previously avoiding participation due to truce violations by Saudi Arabia. They agreed to join the UN-mediated…

Egyptian Expert: "Need of Money behind Islands Handover"

SHAFAQNA - The Egyptian scene these days is seeing new developments the latest of which were the protests that sparked after the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi has handed over two Egyptian islands at the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, causing…

Muslims murdered for helping Syrian Christians escape

SHAFAQNA - Muslims who helped Christian residents of Al-Qaryatain escape from the city were reportedly murdered by a group of armed men who attacked their hiding place, based on new reports that surfaced recently. After Syrian troops were…

Syria: 500 displaced people return to their town in southern Hama

SHAFAQNA - Some 115 displaced families have returned to their town Hor Binafso in the southern countryside of Hama province. Governor of Hama Ghassan Khalaf said that the number of those who returned today to their homes reached 500 people,…