Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Tuesday, 02-Apr-2024 20:50

On the southern front, clashes between Hezbollah and Israel persisted.


Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned "the Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate building in Damascus," affirming that "targeting diplomatic premises and missions constitutes a clear violation of international law."


On a regional level, on the 179th day of the war on Gaza, Israel continued its airstrikes on several areas, resulting in casualties and injuries.


Simultaneously, World Central Kitchen announced a temporary suspension of its operations in the sector following the killing of several team members in an Israeli airstrike. This led to international condemnation of the incident, with calls for Israel to clarify the circumstances, and while Poland opened an investigation into the matter, other countries summoned their Israeli ambassadors.


The Israeli army acknowledged that the killing of foreign relief workers was "a tragic result of an Israeli airstrike."


Furthermore, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant stated, "We are engaged in a multi-front war, and the security challenges facing us are significant, and the price of an operation against Israel will be high."


Regarding the ongoing ceasefire negotiations between Hamas and Israel in Cairo, Israeli broadcasting authority noted that the negotiations are progressing positively, with participating negotiators displaying more flexibility.


Following the Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threatened that his country would punish "the Zionist regime, and make it regret this crime and others."


On a different note, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took the constitutional oath for a new term of six years, renewing the commitment to "continue the nation-building process," stressing that Egypt is surrounded by crises.


Internationally, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, from Paris, emphasized the need to prevent the expansion of the war in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the French Foreign Minister stated that regional escalation, especially in Lebanon, must be avoided, indicating that all regional parties, including Iran, should refrain from escalation.


On another front, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his American counterpart Joe Biden that the Taiwan issue is a red line that cannot be crossed, according to local Chinese media reports.


Economically, Fitch Ratings maintained Israel's sovereign credit rating at A+ and lifted the "negative watch" despite concerns related to the Gaza war with Hamas.