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Iran-backed Palestinian leader vows victory over Israel in the war in Gaza The leader of the Iran-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad vowed victory over Israel in the war in Gaza as he met Iran’s foreign minister for talks in Tehran Saturday. “I promise you that we will be the victors in the war,” Ziad al-Nakhalah told reporters, according to the official IRNA news agency. He called his meeting with Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian “important” and thanked Iran for its support for the Palestinians. Iran hasn’t directly intervened in the Israel-Hamas war, despite long describing Israel as its archenemy.…
RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE Putin signs decree on spring draft to armed forces Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on spring draft for military service in Russia. The document was published on the official legal information portal. According to new rules, in effect since January 1, the conscription will involve those aged 18-30, with the exception of those who turned 27 before the end of 2023 and those who are 28 or 29 or are in reserve. "[I hereby decree to] carry out the conscription of Russian citizens aged between 18 and 30, not in reserve and eligible for conscription,…
Ships with a second round of aid for Gaza have departed Cyprus as concerns about hunger soar A three-ship convoy left a port in Cyprus on Saturday with 400 tons of food and other supplies for Gaza as concerns about hunger in the territory soar. The World Central Kitchen charity said the vessels and a barge carried enough to prepare more than 1 million meals from items like rice, pasta, flour, legumes, canned vegetables and proteins. Also on board were dates, traditionally eaten to break the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. It was not clear when the…
Zelenskiy says without US aid, Ukraine forces will have to retreat President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview published on Friday that if Ukraine does not get promised U.S. military aid blocked by disputes in Congress, its forces will have to retreat "in small steps". "If there is no U.S. support, it means that we have no air defence, no Patriot missiles, no jammers for electronic warfare, no 155-milimetre artillery rounds," Zelenskiy told the Washington Post. "It means we will go back, retreat, step by step, in small steps," he said. "We are trying to find some way not to…
In Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians observe scaled-down Good Friday rituals Hundreds of Christians participated in a customary Good Friday procession through the limestone walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, commemorating one of the faith’s most sacred days with noticeably thinner crowds amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The procession, which normally draws thousands of foreign visitors, was unusually local — mostly Palestinian Christians, joined by some foreigners living in Jerusalem and a few undeterred tourists. The procession passes along the Way of the Cross, or Via Dolorosa, the route believed to have been walked by Jesus to his crucifixion. Squads of Israeli police…
RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE Zelensky changes stance on talks with Russia President Vladimir Zelensky has indicated that a return to Ukraine’s 1991 borders is no longer a precondition for holding peace talks with Moscow, even as he continues to push forward with his so-called peace formula, which has been dismissed by the Kremlin as absurd. Zelensky banned all negotiations with the current leadership in Moscow back in 2022, after four former Ukrainian regions overwhelmingly voted to join Russia. Since then, he has been rallying Western support for his 10-point ultimatum, which includes the full withdrawal of Russian troops and a return to…
UN top court orders Israel to open more land crossings for aid into Gaza The top United Nations court on Thursday ordered Israel to take measures to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza, including opening more land crossings to allow food, water, fuel and other supplies into the war-ravaged enclave. The International Court of Justice issued two new so-called provisional measures in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of acts of genocide in its military campaign launched after the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas. Israel denies it is committing genocide and accused South Africa of trying to “undermine…
RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE Russian forces destroy another US-made Abrams tank in Avdeyevka area over past day Russian forces destroyed another US-made Abrams tank of the Ukrainian army in the Avdeyevka area over the past day in the special military operation in Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Thursday. "The enemy lost as many as 95 personnel, 3 tanks, including a US-made Abrams tank, 2 infantry fighting vehicles, 9 motor vehicles, 2 US-manufactured M777 howitzers and 2 D-30 artillery guns," the ministry said in a statement. Russian forces destroy 30 Ukrainian troops in Kupyansk area over past day Russian forces destroyed roughly…
Israeli strikes in Lebanon kill 16, militant rockets kill 1 Israeli as cross-border violence soars A series of Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon killed 16 people and a barrage of rockets fired by the militant group Hezbollah killed one Israeli man, making Wednesday the deadliest day in more than five months of fighting along the border. Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, concerns have grown about further escalation along the Israel-Lebanon frontier. Tens of thousands of people on both sides have been displaced by the violence. Wednesday’s Israeli strikes targeted a Lebanese Sunni political and militant organization,…
RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE Putin issues F-16 warning to Ukraine sponsors Should the US-made fighter jets make it to Ukraine, Russia will destroy them just as it has other Western equipment so far, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. Several NATO members have promised to donate their F-16s to Kiev and have trained Ukrainian pilots to fly them, but no deliveries have been made as of yet. Russia has repeatedly warned the West that fielding the nuclear-capable jets will be an unacceptable escalation of the Ukraine conflict. “If they deliver the F-16s, I think you know better than others that this will…
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