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Saudi-led coalition hits Houthi-held areas in renewed air raids (02.07.2020)

Fighter jets belonging to a Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Houthi rebels have launched dozens of air raids on several Yemeni provinces, as the kingdom announced the start of a new military operation.

Israel signals occupied West Bank annexation move not imminent (01.07.2020)

An announcement on Israel's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank was not imminent on Wednesday, the date set by the coalition government to start the widely criticised process, its foreign minister said.

Council extends mandates of EUBAM Rafah and EUPOL COPPS until 30 June 2021 (30.06.2020)

[…] EUBAM Rafah was launched on 25 November 2005 following the Israeli disengagement from Gaza. It is tasked with providing a third party presence at the Rafah Crossing Point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt and contributing to strengthening Palestinian Authority’s border capacities. EUPOL COPPS...

UN chief urges Israel to abandon annexation plans (24.06.2020)

The UN Secretary-General has called on Israel to scrap plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, a move that could occur as early as next week. “We are at a watershed moment”, António Guterres told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday. “If implemented, annexation would...

Saudi coalition announces ceasefire with southern separatists (22.06.2020)

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen announced Monday a ceasefire between the internationally recognized government and southern separatists who have declared self-rule after a series of military gains. … The southern separatists and the government are technically allies in the fight against...

Saudi proposes framework to end standoff between allies in southern Yemen: sources (18.06.2020)

Saudi Arabia has proposed a framework to end the latest standoff in southern Yemen between nominal allies under a Saudi-led coalition, three sources said, as violence escalates with the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in the north of the country.

Rights experts call for global opposition to Israel’s annexation plans (16.06.2020)

Nearly 50 independent human rights experts are calling for the international community to oppose Israel’s plan to annex significant parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank beginning as early as next month.

UN probe into ISIL atrocities making ‘real progress’, Security Council hears (15.06.2020)

The special UN Investigative Team probing ISIL atrocities in Iraq is making “real progress,” its chief said on Monday, as it begins to pinpoint the perpetrators of some of the worst crimes committed by the terrorist group during its years-long occupation of large swathes of the country.

German FM voices ‘serious concerns’ over Israeli annexation plan (11.06.2020)

Germany and its European partners have “serious concerns” over Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Jerusalem. … Israel has signalled it intends to annex West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley, as proposed by US President Donald...

Iraq, US launch strategic talks after months of tensions (11.06.2020)

After months of tensions, Baghdad and Washington are poised to launch strategic talks Thursday to reset ties - but even with a new US-friendly Iraqi premier, a major breakthrough is unlikely.