Middle East Observer

2020 Aug 11 - 1:10am
Saudi Arabia has ended a loan and oil supply to Pakistan due to the latter’s criticism that the Saudi-led Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is not doing enough to pressure India on the Kashmir issue. Pakistan was last week forced to repay a Saudi loan of $1 billion that the kingdom called in after Pakistan insisted it be allowed to lead the OIC’s support for Kashmir, a region largely under Indian occupation and which was annexed by...
Tags: Saudi Arabia News, junktag (ignore), Loan, oil supply, Pakistan, saudi
2020 Aug 10 - 2:57am
Egyptian opposition prominent figures issued on Saturday, August 8, 2020, a statement addressed to the Egyptian people rejecting what they called “the crime of demarcating the maritime borders with Greece”, according to the statement. A group of Egyptian opposition figures from across the Egyptian spectrum abroad issued a statement that they addressed to the Egyptian people titled “An official statement to the Egyptian people about the crime...
Tags: Egypt, demarcation, junktag (ignore), Egypt, Greece, maritime border
2020 Aug 7 - 11:24pm
Saad al-Jabri, a former veteran figure in the Saudi government, said to be target of assassination plot Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has been accused of sending a hit squad to Canada to hunt down and kill a former top-ranking Saudi intelligence official. Saad al-Jabri, a former veteran figure in the Saudi government, was the alleged target of the assassination plot, according to a lawsuit filed in a US court on...
Tags: Saudi Arabia News, Canada, junktag (ignore), hit squad, MBS, Saad al-Jabri
2020 Aug 7 - 12:23am
Egypt and Greece signed an agreement Thursday designating an exclusive economic zone in the Eastern Mediterranean between the two countries, an area containing promising oil and gas reserves, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said. Shoukry made the announcement at a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in Cairo. “This agreement allows both countries to move forward in maximizing the utilization of...
Tags: Egypt, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, agreement, demarcation, junktag (ignore), EEZ
2020 Aug 5 - 10:29pm
Ethiopia‘s Renaissance Dam could displace millions of Egyptians and Sisi should be held fully responsible for this national disaster, an article by David Hearst in the Middle East Eye states. Hearst says the disaster of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) struck not so much with a bang, but with a trickle – when at first, Ethiopia denied the very thing that 100 million Egyptians living downstream on the Nile feared – that the...
Tags: Column, Egypt, Egypt, ethiopia, GERD, Nakba
2020 Aug 5 - 10:28pm
Egypt and Sudan suspended talks with Ethiopia after it proposed linking a deal on its newly constructed reservoir and giant hydroelectric dam to a broader agreement about the Blue Nile waters that would replace a colonial-era accord with Britain. The African Union-led talks among the three key Nile basin countries are trying to resolve a years-long dispute over Ethiopia’s construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile...
Tags: Egypt, ethiopia, Sudan, junktag (ignore), Egypt, GERD
2020 Aug 5 - 2:07am
Dozens of people are feared dead and hundreds have been wounded in a massive explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. The exact cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Mohammed Fahmi, Lebanon’s interior minister, said it appeared to have been caused by ammonium nitrate that was stored in a warehouse at the port. Among the dead is the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Kataeb Party, the party has announced...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Lebanon, Beirut, explosion, Middle East
2020 Aug 5 - 12:21am
More than 100 civilians including women and children were killed by ground fighting, explosive remnants and airstrikes in Libya between April and June, an increase of 65% from the first three months of the year, the United Nations has said in a report. The U.N. Support Mission in Libya said in a report that more than 250 civilians were wounded during the period. That was an increase of 276% from the first quarter. Most of the casualties...
Tags: Libya, civilians, junktag (ignore), Haftar, killed, Libya
2020 Aug 3 - 10:46pm
After five years of conflict, the crisis in Yemen has reached an unprecedented level whereby children are battling life and death. UNICEF has declared a state of emergency for Yemeni children who are facing starvation as a result of aid shortages which have devastated the country. Furthermore, millions of children in the country are suffering due to shortfalls in humanitarian aid during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is unacceptable. Where is...
Tags: Column, Yemen junktag (ignore) News, Children, lives, save, War
2020 Aug 3 - 12:12am
Egyptian authorities said they were building a flyover through the capital’s sacred necropolis, while they were exhuming graves and erasing history in the process, a report by MEE says Cairo’s vast necropolis is a sacred place for Egyptians. Also known as the City of the Dead, it contains tombs that date back to the time of the Mamluks, who ruled Egypt for over 250 years before the Ottoman conquest in 1517, as well as the shrines...
Tags: Egypt, Cairo, History, Military, razed, tombs
2020 Jul 30 - 8:27pm
Ankara and Baku are launching on Wednesday large-scale military exercises as part of the Agreement on Military Cooperation between both countries after the Azerbaijani defense ministry announced that a group of servicemen and the aircraft of the Turkish Armed forces (TSK) arrived in Nakhchivan the previous day. During the solemn welcoming ceremony for the servicemen participating in the exercises, which took place at the military airfield of...
Tags: Turkey junktag (ignore) News, Azerbaijan, exercise, start, turkey
2020 Jul 29 - 11:33pm
Egyptian authorities have executed seven men for their alleged involvement in the killing of a police officer in the Ismailia governorate in 2013. “The prison service on Tuesday carried out the sentence of death by hanging against seven people convicted of killing Captain Ahmad Abu Douma,” the security official told AFP. Their bodies had been handed to their families, he added. Abu Douma had been on patrol in Ismailiya,...
Tags: Egypt, junktag (ignore), Egypt, execute, killing, policeman

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