Syria’s UN envoy says US-led coalition protects terrorists

syria-s-un-envoy-says-us-led-coalition-protects-terroristsPublished in: Middle East

Syria's Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja'afari says the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group is targeting Syrian infrastructure and protecting terrorist groups.

His remarks came during a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria on Wednesday.

The UNSC is scheduled to vote later on Wednesday on a resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States that urges the Damascus government to cooperate with an investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. Russia is expected to veto the resolution.

The new motion is the revised version of last week’s three separate draft texts proposed by London, Paris and Washington that condemned the purported gas attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib province on April 4 and demanded a full investigation into it.

Ja'afari has stressed that the Damascus government does not have any chemical weapons.

He said the recent chemical assault aimed to sabotage progress made in the intra-Syrian negotiations organized by Iran, Russia, and Turkey in the Kazakh capital city of Astana earlier this year that sought to bring an end to foreign-sponsored militancy that has been gripping Syria since 2011.


Israeli forces attack Palestinian university students

israeli-forces-attack-palestinian-university-studentsPublished in: Palestine

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israeli forces stormed the School Street near the Al-Quds University campus in Abu Dis town on Thursday morning, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and teargas canisters at stone-throwing students, Arabic-language Palestine al-Yawm news agency reported.

The sources added that six students were struck with bullets, while 18 others suffered excessive tear gas inhalation during the mayhem.

Medics from the Palestine Red Crescent Society rushed to the site and offered essential treatment to all wounded students, with no need to hospitalize any of them.

Al-Quds University and other Palestinian educational centers were raided several times last year.

Israeli forces destroyed the buildings’ properties, and confiscated their equipment and documents during the raids. Scores of students were also injured in ensuing skirmishes.


At least 13 civilians killed in US led-airstrike in western Mosul

at-least-13-civilians-killed-in-us-led-airstrike-in-western-mosulPublished in: Iraq

A US-led coalition airstrike in western Mosul has claimed the lives of 13 civilians, says an Iraqi air force pilot.

According to a report published by the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, the strike targeted several civilian homes in a residential area of Mosul’s al-Yarmouk neighborhood, which was recently liberated from Daesh.

"The strike also left 17 people injured, mostly seriously," the news agency quoted Yazan al-Duberdani, the Iraqi pilot, as saying.

The latest civilian causalities came just a day after three members of one Iraqi family were killed in a US airstrike in the city.

The United States and some its allies have been carrying out airstrikes in Iraq since June 2014 allegedly targeting Daesh terrorists. The raids, which have done little to dislodge the terror group, have on numerous occasions claimed many civilian lives and inflicted damage on the country’s infrastructure.

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