Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Saturday, 20-Apr-2024 21:49

Israeli raids on southern Lebanese villages and towns continued, met with retaliatory strikes from Hezbollah targeting multiple Israeli positions and gatherings.


Regionally, the war on Gaza entered its 197th day, with Israeli forces continuing operations for the second consecutive day in the Nour Shams camp in Tulkarem, resulting in casualties among both Palestinians and Israelis.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the United States must realize that the Middle East will not stabilize without a just solution to the Palestinian issue. He described the recent American veto in the Security Council against full Palestinian membership in the United Nations as "a disappointing stance."


Meanwhile, the political leadership of Hamas discussed the possibility of relocating its headquarters outside Qatar, amid increasing pressure from members of the US Congress on Doha regarding its mediation between Israel and the movement. Hamas also engaged with at least two countries in the region, including Oman, regarding the potential relocation of its political leaders to their capitals.


In another context, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan held extensive talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the Turkish Foreign Ministry office in Istanbul, addressing various issues, notably the escalating tension in the Middle East.


In a separate incident, an explosion occurred at a Popular Mobilization Forces headquarters at the "Kalsu" military base in the Al-Mashru area on the highway north of Babylon, resulting in casualties.


Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian downplayed the significance of the "Isfahan attack," stating that Tehran will not retaliate as long as its interests are not harmed.


Internationally, the US Senate approved an extension of the surveillance program targeting citizens of other countries.


Senior UN officials warned of the risks of a new front emerging in Sudan.


Additionally, Danish police announced the arrest of a man in connection with a bomb threat at Billund Airport, the country's second-largest airport, prompting its evacuation.


Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, condemned the violence of extremist settlers in Israel and called for the prosecution of the perpetrators.


Economically, the World Bank increased lending by $70 billion to the poorest countries over the next ten years.