Middle East Observer

2019 Dec 8 - 11:34pm
Turkey’s maritime boundary delimitation agreement with Libya was sent to the United Nations, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Dec. 7. Erdogan said the deal — already signed by the president — was ratified by the parliament and published on Dec. 7’s Official Gazette, going into effect On Nov. 27, Turkey and Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) signed the bilateral memorandum of...
Tags: Libya, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, junktag (ignore), Erdogan, Libya, maritime pact
2019 Dec 6 - 9:54pm
The United States Congress has advanced a new resolution supporting a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, which can be brought to the floor for a vote. According to a report in The Hill, lawmakers “adopted two amendments meant to satisfy Republican and Democratic demands to achieve bipartisan consensus”. Ultimately, however, the report continued, “only about a dozen Republicans are likely to cross the aisle in a final vote...
Tags: Israel junktag (ignore) News, Palestine junktag (ignore) News, Congress, junktag (ignore), endorse, Israelis
2019 Dec 6 - 5:42pm
In a shattered villa south of the Libyan capital that serves as his field headquarters, a middle-aged militia commander named Mohammed al-Darrat, an engineer in another life, fretted over incoming ordnance, said the Foreign Policy. These were not just any artillery shells, he explained during a lull in the fighting late last month: They homed on their target through a laser designation from a ground spotter. The projectiles had forced him...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Libya, Airstrikes, civil war, GNA, Haftar
2019 Dec 5 - 8:44pm
The UN General Assembly yesterday officially asked Israel to leave the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The request was made after the resolution was adopted after 91 UN member states voted in favor, nine rejected and 65 abstained, according to the Middle East Monitor.. The resolution stipulates that Israel leaves all the Syrian Golan Heights occupied in June 1967, stating this is an implementation of the UN Security Council’s resolution...
Tags: Israel junktag (ignore) News, Syria junktag (ignore) News, junktag (ignore), israel, Syria, UN
2019 Dec 4 - 11:08pm
The irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have met in Cairo for a new round of talks aimed at resolving a dispute over a multibillion-dollar dam being built by the Ethiopian government. The two-day meeting, which got underway on Monday in the Egyptian capital, comes almost a month after the three sides agreed to work towards resolving the issue at a US-brokered meeting in Washington, DC. Talks had previously broken down over...
Tags: Egypt, junktag (ignore), Electricity, Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), mediation, the Nile
2019 Dec 4 - 9:12pm
A memorandum on maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean Sea is important to secure Libya’s natural resources, the country’s High Council of State said Tuesday. Libya’s UN-recognized government has a right to sign memoranda with any country to ensure the country’s security and the protection of its resources, the council said in a statement. Regarding condemnations by Egypt, Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration as strange,...
Tags: Libya, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, junktag (ignore), Erdogan, hail, Libya
2019 Dec 3 - 9:47pm
The UAE representative in Damascus, Abdul-Hakim Al-Naimi, reportedly hailed the “wise leadership” of Syrian regime leader Bashar Al-Assad and stressed that his country maintains “strong” relations with Syria. He hoped that “safety and security prevail across Syria” under the “wise leadership” of Al-Assad. Al-Naimi delivered his remarks during a celebration organized in Damascus to mark the 48th National Day of the UAE, Syrian news agency...
Tags: Syria junktag (ignore) News, Uae junktag (ignore) News, Bashar al-Assad, hail, Leadership
2019 Dec 3 - 8:04pm
Under a US law known as CAATSA, states that buy military hardware from Russia must be sanctioned. US politicians pressed the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defence system, saying the failure to do so sends a “terrible signal”. A key Senate committee is set to vote on additional legislation to punish Ankara this week. “The time for patience has long...
Tags: Turkey junktag (ignore) News, Russia-Turkey relations, turkey, US Senate
2019 Dec 2 - 8:42pm
Western correspondents get to choose when they face danger. Journalists in Egypt deal with it every day – Richard Hall’s Independent Article There are no safety provisions for independent journalists in Egypt and other authoritarian countries. At any moment they might be taken away, never to be heard from again. Last Sunday afternoon, journalists at the Egyptian news outlet Mada Masr were working at their Cairo office when a large group...
Tags: Egypt, arrest, danger, Egypt, journalists
2019 Dec 2 - 4:59am
Tunisian police used tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who blocked roads in the southern town of Jelma on Saturday following the death of a young man who burned himself to death, witnesses said. Abdelwahed Hablani died on Friday after setting himself on fire in Jelma, Tunisia, in protest against poverty and poor living conditions. Dozens of demonstrators blocked roads in Tunisia’s south on Saturday following the death of a...
Tags: Tunisia, Jelmy, Protests, set fire, Tunis
2019 Dec 1 - 2:58pm
Parliament to meet on Sunday to decide on Iraqi PM’s fate amid continuing anti-government protests. Iraqi PM resignation would only be ‘first step’, protesters say Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi submitted his resignation to parliament amid continuing anti-government protests in the capital Baghdad and in southern Iraq. The prime minister announced on Friday he would resign amid mounting pressure a day...
Tags: Iraq junktag (ignore) News, freedom, Human Rights, Iraq, Middle East, Protests
2019 Nov 29 - 8:40pm
U.S. officials appealed to a renegade Libyan commander in recent talks to forgo what they said would be a destructive offensive into the capital, Tripoli, a senior official said, signaling the Trump administration’s heightened focus on Libya, according to the Washington Post. Meanwhile Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly urged end to Hafter’s attacks. The unusual interaction between a high-level delegation...
Tags: Libya, Hafter, Libya, renegade, stand down

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