Category Archives: Middle East

Lebanon votes in first election since Beirut blast, economic crisis

Polls opened on Sunday in Lebanon’s first election since the deadly Beirut port blast and the country’s economic collapse, making it a test of whether Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies can preserve their parliamentary majority amid soaring poverty and public anger.

UN Security Council unanimously condemns killing of Palestinian-American journalist

The UN Security Council on Friday night strongly condemned the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and fair and impartial investigation.” The unanimous condemnation came hours after Israeli police charged and beat mourners at her funeral in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Fraudulent Twitter account claims to be Shireen Abu Akleh’s brother

A phony account on Twitter, with at least four different identities since February, claims to be the brother of slain Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. In this edition of Truth or Fake, we explain how we uncovered this fraudulent Twitter account with over 35,000 followers. 

After Syria trip, ICRC head says Assad ‘very aware of international environment’

Eleven years after the start of the conflict in Syria, the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequences of the war in Ukraine have made the economic situation in the war-torn country even worse. FRANCE 24 interviewed Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who recently met President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Maurer said Assad was “very aware of the international environment and the pressure it exerts on Syria” and that the Syrian leader was “grateful for the humanitarian work” but “crystal clear in his vision that things cannot go on this way”.

After Syria trip, ICRC head says Assad ‘aware of pressure of international environment’

Eleven years after the start of the conflict in Syria, the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of the war in Ukraine have made the economic situation in the war-torn country even worse. FRANCE 24 interviewed Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who recently met President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Maurer said Assad was “very aware of the international environment and the pressure it exerts on Syria” and that the Syrian leader was “grateful for the humanitarian work” but “crystal clear in his vision that things cannot go on this way”.

Funeral for Shireen Abu Akleh: “There must be an immediate international investigation”

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral on Friday in Jerusalem of an Al Jazeera journalist shot dead while covering a military operation in the occupied West Bank.Yossi MEKELBERG, Professor of international relations, and associate fellow at the MENA programme, Chatham House, says to FRANCE 24 that “there must be an immediate international investigation”.