Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Thursday, 18-Apr-2024 22:16

Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanese airspace continue unabated, met with Hezbollah targeting Israeli sites and gatherings, resulting in direct casualties.


In pursuit of finding a solution to pave the way for the presidential election session, the "Quintet" committee continued its meetings with the head of the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, MP Mohammed Raad, and the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil.


In Bkerké, Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi received the head of the Marada Movement, Suleiman Frangieh, who stated after the meeting: "I do not see my nomination as undermining the democratic process of electing the president but rather solidifying it."


Regionally, the war on Gaza entered its 195th day, with ongoing Israeli airstrikes in several areas. The Israeli army deliberately committed brutal massacres and executed medical staff and patients directly at the al-Shifa Medical Complex and hospitals in northern Gaza.


Simultaneously, the Israeli army announced the destruction of underground pathways and missile manufacturing sites in the Gaza Strip.


Israeli National Security Advisor Eytan Ben Ghafer stated that Israel faced a significant attack after October 7, resulting in the destruction of two key air force bases and the killing of a large number of soldiers.


Iranian Brigadier General Ahmad Haq, commander of the nuclear security and protection headquarters in Iran, emphasized that they are ready to confront any threats against their nuclear facilities, affirming their complete protection.


Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi movement in Yemen, stated that the Iranian response to the attack on the consulate in Damascus "targeted one of the most important military bases owned by Israel in occupied Palestine."


After the end of the exceptional weather conditions that hit the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, affirmed the safety and well-being of the country.


Additionally, some rural houses collapsed in the Tokat province of northern Turkey following an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, centered in the Solosaray area.


Internationally, US President Joe Biden announced that the United States and its allies have imposed sanctions on Iran due to its attack on Israel.


UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the Middle East is "on the verge" of slipping into a "comprehensive regional conflict," calling for maximum restraint in this "extremely dangerous moment."


France witnessed a stabbing incident near a school in Soultz-Haut-Rhin in the east of the country, where two girls were injured.


Furthermore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso declared three French diplomats at the embassy in Ouagadougou as "undesirable persons" due to "subversive activities" and requested them to leave the country, a decision France deemed unsupported by "any legitimate basis."


In another context, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasized that the United States should stop "considering itself above everyone" and respond to the international community's call.


Economically, Standard & Poor's credit rating agency warned that the widening and prolonged conflict in the Middle East could significantly increase the risks associated with the credit ratings of the region's countries.