Middle East Observer

2019 Oct 15 - 10:59pm
Esraa Abdel Fattah was detained on Saturday, October 12 by plainclothes police officers and the following morning another journalist Mostafa al-Khatib was also arrested. These arrests came after Italian journalist Francesca Borri was detained on arrival at Cairo Airport on Friday, October 11. The journalist, who was released and sent back to Italy hours later said that she was denied entry to the country by Egyptian national security...
Tags: Egypt, arbitrary arrest, journalist, Media, Protests
2019 Oct 15 - 9:10pm
Designation follows Trump’s pledge to issue executive order authorizing possible imposition of sanctions The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Monday on two Turkish ministries and three senior government officials over Turkey’s anti-terror operation in northeastern Syria. Washington imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and also on Minister of National...
Tags: Syria junktag (ignore) News, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, operation, PKK, Sanctions
2019 Oct 14 - 11:41pm
Kais Saiid is Tunisia new president, He won in the runoff election by landscape The one country you can see the Arab spring still hanging on 75% of voters chose Saiid, a low-profile law professor He beated a charismatic media magnate Nabil Karoui Thousands take to streets for celebration Saiid thanked the youth 90% of 18- to 25-year-olds voted for Saied according to estimates He thanked all who voted Even...
Tags: Lite Media, Video, Arab Spring, election polls, freedom, presidential election
2019 Oct 14 - 9:14pm
Riyadh moves into city’s airport and military bases in an attempt to end confrontation between Hadi and UAE-backed separatistsSaudi Arabia’s armed forces have taken control of the southern Yemeni port of Aden, in an attempt to end a power struggle between the Riyadh-allied Yemeni government and UAE-backed southern separatists. Last week, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Riyadh’s main partner in the battle against Yemen’...
Tags: Saudi Arabia News, Yemen junktag (ignore) News, Aden, houthis, Saudi Arabia
2019 Oct 14 - 3:31am
Independent candidate Kais Saied won a landslide victory in Sunday’s presidential election in Tunisia, two exit polls projected, although no official results had yet been announced, reported Reuters. Saied, a retired law professor with conservative social views, spent barely any money on an election campaign that has seized the imagination of voters with its promise to bring back the values of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution that introduced...
Tags: Tunisia, elections, independent, Kais Saied, President
2019 Oct 13 - 7:24pm
Egypt has detained two prominent activists who played key roles in the 2011 revolution, activists and a rights group said, the latest in a wave of arrests in recent weeks. Blogger and journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah, 41, was detained on Saturday evening, a fellow activist said. Mohamed Salah wrote on his Facebook page that shortly after meeting Abdel Fattah “two cars full of plainclothes police officers took her in one car and me in...
Tags: Egypt, crackdown, demonstrations, state of emergency, the military
2019 Oct 12 - 4:33pm
Suspected rocket attack damages Iranian vessel causing an oil leak off Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah. An Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea was hit by two suspected rockets on Friday off the coast of Saudi Arabia, raising fears of further escalation in the already-volatile Gulf region.  Oil prices rise after Iran oil tanker explosion! The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said in a statement the hull of the ship...
Tags: Iran junktag (ignore) News, Saudi Arabia News, attacks, escalation, Iran, oil tanker
2019 Oct 11 - 9:34pm
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has discussed development in northern Syria, Turkey’s operation in closed session at request of some European Union countries. The U.S. and Russia did not approve Thursday a proposal issued by five European countries in UN Security Council (UNSC) to condemn Turkey’s ongoing Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria. At the request of England, Germany, France, Belgium and Poland, UNSC...
Tags: Syria junktag (ignore) News, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, condemn, reject, Russia
2019 Oct 10 - 7:17pm
Turkey’s cross-border operation into northern Syria has so far neutralized 109 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists since it was launched on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. Ankara launched on Wednesday the operation east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria to secure its borders by eliminating terror elements, and to ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees and Syria’s territorial...
Tags: Syria junktag (ignore) News, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, Op. Peace Spring, PKK, Syria
2019 Oct 9 - 8:49pm
Turkey and the Syrian National Army have launched their much-awaited operation against Daesh and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) terror groups in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday. “Our aim is to destroy the terror corridor, which is trying to be established on our southern border, and bring peace to the region,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter. The operation, dubbed “Peace...
Tags: Syria junktag (ignore) News, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, launch, operation, PKK
2019 Oct 8 - 9:39pm
The Israeli army detained 13 Palestinians, including two brothers, a father and his son and a man and his wife, during raids early today at their homes in various parts of the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS). The Israeli forces also prevented today Palestinian farmers from harvesting their olive trees in the West Bank, according to the farmers. It said four people were detained in the district of Hebron in the...
Tags: Israel junktag (ignore) News, Palestine junktag (ignore) News, detain, harvest, israel
2019 Oct 7 - 10:15pm
The United Nations is prepared for “very close” coordination with Turkey on a possible operation in Syria, the U.N. assistant secretary general said Monday. Panos Moumtzis, who is also the regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, said that Ankara has provided the necessary guarantees to the U.N. on humanitarian issues related to the operation. The White House said Sunday that the U.S. military will withdraw from...
Tags: Syria junktag (ignore) News, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, forces, operation, Syria

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