<div>US presence in Syria against int'l laws, revs up extremism: Senior official</div>

December 14, 2017 - 2:21 PM News Code : 872479 Source : IRNA Link: (AhlulBayt News Agency) - A senior Iranian official said on Thursday that the military presence of the United States in Syria is against the international laws and revs up extremism.

Peace will never be established in Syria until when the US is present in that regional country, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the special aide to Iran's Majlis (Parliament) speaker, said through his twitter account.

On Wednesday (Dec 13), the US fighters attacked residential buildings in a village near Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria and killed 23 civilians.

Since March 2011, Syria has been suffering from unrest and terrorist acts.



Iranian nation to respond strongly to any aggression by US, allies: Larijani

“The Iranian nation will respond strongly to any aggression of US and its allies,” said Ali Larijani on Wednesday in Rasht.

He made the remarks at a ceremony organized to commemorate Mirza Kouchik Khan Jangali, a popular leader who mobilized volunteer forces to restore the independence of Iran at the time Russian forces were occupying the northern Iran and Reza Pahlavi was suppressing patriotic forces in around a hundred years ago.

Hailing the anti-colonialist and ant-imperialist nature of Kuchik Khan’s Uprising, the top lawmaker underlined that all the dimensions of Mirza Kuchik Khan Uprising have not been clarified yet.

“The British and Americans should know that if insist on occupation, the Muslims will not let them escape,” asserted the top legislator after describing Trump remarks on al-Quds as absurd and insulting.

He then affirmed that terrorists are “the output of the same aggressive and occupying countries”. He defended the Lebanese to have the right to defend their country saying that, “when Zionists want to oocupy Beirut, the Lebanese have the right to defend themselves.”



Islamic resistance front to celebrate victory in Yemen in near future: IRGC chief

Addressing an academic conference in Tehran on Thursday, Major General Jafari pointed to the Islamic Revolution’s internal and external areas of activity, saying the Revolution’s external aspect has materialized in the Islamic resistance front.

The Islamic resistance is gaining more victories in a surprisingly way and expanding its influence in the region and the world, the general added.

“Over the past 20 years, we have been witnessing successive victories for the axis of resistance and defeat of the enemies of the Islamic Revolution in all Middle East countries, and by God’s grace, we are going to see victory in Yemen in the near future,” he underscored.

The commander also noted that the axis of resistance front has achieved victories under the inspiration of experiences of the Sacred Defense (the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in the 1980s), saying the regional nations have realized that they can stand against tyranny by relying on their own capabilities.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

In late November, the IRGC commander said Iranian military advisers are providing assistance for Ansarallah movement at the request of Yemen.

“Our assistance to the Resistance Front has been provided at the request of their people and their governments, and Yemen is one of the examples (of such assistance),” Major General Jafari said.

“Today, Yemen is ruled by the Ansarullah (Houthi Resistance Movement), and Iran’s assistance is confined to advisory missions and spiritual support, which Yemen needs most,” he noted.



Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Katz revealed his wish during an interview with a Saudi-run news website, said the minister's spokesman, Arye Shalicar, on Wednesday.

"He said that he asks the king to invite (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu officially to Riyadh, and he asks MBS, Mohammed bin Salman, the son, to come and visit Israel," AFP quoted Shalicar as saying.

Katz's request is aimed at bolstering regional peace and boosting security and economic cooperation, Shalicar added.

In recent years, there have been numerous reports of behind-the-scenes contacts between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, despite the fact that Saudi Arabia, along with other Arab League states, does not formally recognize the occupying entity.

In November, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz revealed for the first time that Tel Aviv has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara extended a warm invitation to Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh to visit Israel for what he said were his friendly comments about the kingdom.

The Israeli minister of military affairs has also recently extended the hand of friendship to Arab countries, calling on them to form an alliance against Iran.

Affected by succession plans and the failure of its aggressive policies, the Riyadh regime has engaged in a process of normalizing relations with Israel.



More than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar in one month: MSF

The figure, published on Thursday in an MSF report, is significantly higher than the numbers reported by Myanmar military officials relating to the same period.

Sidney Wong, MSF's medical director, said the organisation gathered the data in six surveys of survivors of the violence in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state, based on research and interviews from a sample population of more than 600,000 people.

Many of these refugees are now sheltering in overcrowded and unsanitary camps in the Myanmar-Bangladesh border area.

"What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence, and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured," she said.

"The numbers of deaths are likely to be an underestimation as we have not surveyed all refugee settlements in Bangladesh and because the surveys don't account for the families who never made it out of Myanmar."

The report states that at least 9,000 Rohingya died in Rakhine state between August 25 and September 24, with 71.7 percent of those deaths caused by violence.

More than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled what the UN has labelled "ethnic cleansing" in Rakhine State.

Myanmar's government has denied allegations of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, but it has refused UN investigators' and journalists' access to areas of the country affected by the violence.

MSF's research, based on the "most conservative estimations", revealed that at least 730 Rohingya children below the age of five-years-old were violently killed between in the month following August 25.

More than 59 percent of those under the age of five killed during that period were shot, 15 percent were burned to death, 7 percent were beaten to death and 2 percent killed in landmine blasts, according to MSF.

Those still entering Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar continue to "report being subject to violence in recent weeks", Wong said.

"With very few independent aid groups able to access Maungdaw district in Rakhine, we fear for the fate of Rohingya people who are still there," she added.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a deal last month for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, but little is known of its provisions.

State Chancellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the de facto leader of Myanmar, has refused to really discuss the plight of the Rohingya.


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