UNIFIL mandate renewed, bypassing Lebanese concerns 

The US insisted on a provision in the UNIFIL mandate which allows it to conduct unannounced patrols, despite the Lebanese government calling it a violation of country’s sovereignty  

Israeli airstrikes in Syria At least four killed and four injured in another Israeli missile attack in Syria 

The UN Security Council has so far failed to take any action on Syria’s repeated complaints about Israeli violations of its sovereignty which is endangering regional peace

Mossad spy ring Turkey Mossad spy ring busted in Turkey, 11 arrested

Following months of surveillance, the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) discovered a “ghost cell” made up of 56 special operatives working for the Israeli Mossad. The operation, divided into nine different smaller networks, was reportedly working to gather intelligence against Hezbollah, Syria, and others

Palestinian boy dies in fresh Israeli raids, Al-Aqsa stormed again

The Israeli forces were carrying out a raid at the Aqbat Jabr refugee camp in the occupied West Bank city of Jericho when the child was killed

Israel strikes in Gaza, Lebanon following rocket fire in response to Al-Aqsa violence

For the last four days, Israeli security forces have been invading the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and unleashing violence on Palestinian worshippers

Saudi-Iran ties Iran, Saudi Arabia seal deal to restore ties, reopen embassies

The announcement came during a meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries in Beijing, less than a month after the historic China-brokered agreement to restore bilateral relations was announced

Israeli airstrikes in Syria Fourth Israeli airstrike inside Syria in less than a week kills two civilians

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has recently stated that the repeated Israeli airstrikes inside its territory were coordinated with extremist forces in the country that are fighting the government 

Saudi-Iran ties Revival of Iran-Saudi Arabia ties may have an impact on the wider West Asian region  

The China-brokered rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia may signify the onset of peace and stability in the larger West Asian region, as well as blunt the influence of imperialist interventions

Israeli airstrikes in Syria Israel strikes Damascus international airport again, kills two Syrian soldiers 

Damage caused by the unprovoked Israeli air strike made Damascus international airport non-operational for a few hours for the second time in under a year  

Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute Lebanon and Israel set to resolve dispute over Mediterranean gas field

Hezbollah has however cautioned that the deal does not mean any formal links with Israel, and warned its supporters to be vigilant against the Zionist enemy “who can change their mind anytime”

Refugee deaths in Mediterranean Sea Over 70 dead and scores missing after boat full of migrants sinks off Syrian coast

Most of the refugees were Lebanese or Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The boat had left the Miniyeh region a few days before and was headed for Europe

US to close Red Hill facility that poisoned Hawaii’s water supply and other stories

Today we look at a missile attack by Israeli on Syria, the Pentagon’s decision to shut down the Red Hill tank farm in Hawai’i, and more