Insurgents attack Syrian-government areas near Hama-monitor

A picture taken during a press tour provided by the Russian Armed Forces on September 15, 2017 shows a general view of destruction, in the town of Uqayribat in Syria's eastern Hama countryside. (AFP)
Updated 19 September 2017
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Insurgents attack Syrian-government areas near Hama-monitor

BEIRUT: Insurgent groups launched a big attack on Syrian government-held areas north of the city of Hama on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported.
Several groups participated in the well-planned attack on government-held villages, the Observatory said, including Tahrir Al-Sham — an alliance of Islamist groups spearheaded by the jihadist group formerly known as the Nusra Front.
The Hezbollah-run military news outlet said the army and its allies were repelling what it described as a large-scale attack in the area by the Nusra Front and factions affiliated to it. The Nusra Front denounced cease-fire talks in Kazakhstan last week, and vowed to keep fighting.


Secretary-General of Arab League warns Palestine situation critical

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Secretary-General of Arab League warns Palestine situation critical

  • The United States recently announced that it is ending all funding for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA
  • The Secretary-General stated that this deprives Palestinians of any political solution in the future

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned of the deteriorating situation of Palestinians in occupied territories, pointing out that the current situation is cause for concern.

Aboul Gheit said in a statement: “The US administration is exerting unprecedented pressure on the weakest party in this conflict, and it is not understood how such an approach could eventually lead to peace, which actually distances us from the two-state solution.”

The United States recently announced that it is ending all funding for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA. Washington’s aid cuts to the Palestinians also affects cancer patients and peace groups.

The Secretary-General stated that this deprives Palestinians of any political solution in the future and puts them under unprecedented pressure, both at a political level and on a humanitarian level with regards to the standard of daily life of millions of people living in occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Aboul Gheit stressed that the explosion of the situation in Palestine will not be in the interest of any party, and that there is a responsibility on the international community to prevent the situation to deteriorate even more.

Aboul Gheit blamed the US, calling Washington responsible for creating this state of anger and despair among Palestinians, stating that the situation has negative consequences for stability in the region.