Category Archives: Middle East

US asks Israel to provide ‘justification’ for strike on media building in Gaza

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday he hasn’t yet seen any evidence supporting Israel’s claim that Hamas operated in a Gaza building housing The Associated Press and other media outlets that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike. Blinken said he has pressed Israel for justification.

Israel launches deadliest attacks so far in Gaza as UN Security Council meets

Israeli air strikes killed at least 42 people on Sunday in the worst daily toll since the start of clashes, Gaza officials said, as UN Security Council members held talks on the escalating conflict amid mounting international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire.

UN Secretary General ‘deeply disturbed’ by Israeli strike on Gaza media building

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “dismayed” by civilian casualties in Gaza and “deeply disturbed” by Israel’s strike on a building containing international media outlets, a spokesman said Saturday in response to reporters’ questions.

Palestinian worshippers, Israeli police clash amid tensions over east Jerusalem neighbourhood

Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday evening, and Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians and wounded a third after the men opened fire on a base in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day.

Syria’s Rifaat al-Assad: From ‘butcher of Hama’ to real estate tycoon

The appeals process for the trial of Rifaat al-Assad goes ahead in Paris on Thursday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle was initially convicted of money laundering as part of an organised gang, embezzlement of public funds and aggravated tax evasion. FRANCE 24 looks back at the long career of this Assad dynasty scion who amassed a colossal European property empire.

Baghdad’s crumbling heritage: Buildings in Iraqi capital under threat

After decades of conflict, terrorism and government mismanagement, Baghdad’s monumental buildings are increasingly dilapidated and under threat. Many fear that without laws and protection, they could gradually perish, taking much of Iraq’s cultural heritage with them. Our correspondents Jack Hewson and Lucile Wassermann report.