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A Hamas spokesman, confirming the Israeli attacks, said Palestinians would continue to pursue their "brave resistance and defend their rights and sacred sites" in Jerusalem. read moreIsrael, which occupied East Jerusalem in a 1967 war and later annexed it in a move that has not won international recognition, regards the entire city as its capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state that would include the West Bank and Gaza. Prior to Tuesday's march, Israel beefed up its deployment of the Iron Dome anti-missile system in anticipation of possible rocket attacks from Gaza. The procession was originally scheduled for May 10 as part of "Jerusalem Day" festivities that celebrate Israel's capture of East Jerusalem.
Persons: Khan Younis, Israel beefed, Nidal al, Jeffrey Heller Organizations: West Bank, Thomson Locations: GAZA, Israel, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Gaza City, Jerusalem, Damascus, Jerusalem's Old City
Youths wave Israeli flags during a parade marking Jerusalem Day amid Israeli-Palestinian tension as they march along the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Nir Elias/File PhotoFar-right Israeli groups will march in and around East Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday in a flag-waving procession that risks igniting tensions with Palestinians in the contested city and rekindling violence between Israel and Gaza militants. Assailing the march as a "provocation", Palestinian factions have called for a "Day of Rage" in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Israeli rightists accused their government of caving into Hamas by changing its route. Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, to be the capital of a state they seek to establish in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
Persons: Nir Elias, Mohammad Shtayyeh, Naftali Bennett, Benjamin Netanyahu's, Netanyahu, Itamar Ben, Gvir, Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Organizations: REUTERS, West Bank, Palestinian, Twitter, U.S, Embassy, Old, Thomson Locations: Jerusalem, City, East Jerusalem's, Israel, Gaza, Damascus, Old City, East Jerusalem
Workers unload boxes containing the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, donated by China, at the Damascus International Airport on April 24, 2021, in the Syrian capital. U.S.-China competition may be heating up on another front: Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy. China has been a major Covid vaccine supplier to much of the developing world, an effort that some experts said could bolster Beijing's global influence and deepen its ties with other nations. "We're going to see that China is going to face a more formidable competitor," Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." In the last few months, China has been "almost the only primary player" sending Covid vaccines to other countries, said Huang, who is also a professor at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
Persons: Joe Biden, Huang, CNBC's Organizations: Airport, CNBC, Council, Foreign Relations, Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy, International Relations Locations: China, Damascus, U.S
Israel to permit right-wing march through Jerusalem's Old City
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Youths wave Israeli flags during a parade marking Jerusalem Day amid Israeli-Palestinian tension as they march along the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Nir Elias/File PhotoIsraeli officials said on Tuesday that they will allow a far-right march through Jerusalem's Old City to go ahead, a day after scrapping the event over fears it would rekindle fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. The original march on May 10 was re-routed at the last minute as tensions in Jerusalem led Hamas to fire rockets towards the holy city. Israel annexed East Jerusalem, in a move that has not won international recognition, after capturing the area in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a state they seek to establish in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Persons: Nir Elias, Benjamin Netanyahu's, Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid, Tal Schneider, Naftali, Sheikh Jarrah Organizations: REUTERS, Palestinian, Twitter, West Bank, Thomson Locations: Jerusalem, City, Jerusalem's, Israel, Gaza, Damascus, East Jerusalem, Sheikh
Syria intercepts Israeli missile strike over Damascus -state media
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Syrian air defences on Tuesday intercepted an Israeli missile strike over the capital Damascus, state media reported, while military defectors said the missiles may have targeted Iranian-backed militias. "Syrian air defences intercepted an Israeli aggression coming from Lebanese airspace," state media said. Earlier, state media said large explosions were heard. A Syrian military source was quoted on state media as saying the strikes targeted parts of central and southern areas, without elaborating on the locations, adding they left only material damage. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.
Persons: Israel’s, Bashar al Assad Organizations: Thomson Locations: Damascus, Homs, Lebanon, Latakia, Russian, Syria, United States, Iran, Israel
Israeli police bar right-wing march through Jerusalem's Old City
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
A Palestinian man gestures as he argues with an Israeli border policeman by the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, May 9, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File PhotoIsraeli far right groups scrapped a planned march through Jerusalem's Old City after police refused to authorise it amid fears it would rekindle strife that led to 11 days of intense fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants last month. Israel annexed East Jerusalem, in a move that has not won international recognition, after capturing the area in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a state they seek to establish in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. Protests have flared in Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families face possible eviction after an Israeli court accepted Jewish settler land claims.
Persons: Ronen, Sheikh, Itamar Ben Gvir, capitulating, Benjamin Netanyahu's, Amir Ohana, Sheikh Jarrah, Avichai Mandelblit Organizations: REUTERS, Palestinian, Police, Israel's Public, Likud, Twitter, West Bank, Thomson Locations: Israeli, City, Jerusalem's, Israel, Damascus, Jerusalem's Al, Aqsa, East Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Gaza, Sheikh
Israeli police detained two prominent Palestinian activists on Sunday who have become the face of a campaign to halt Palestinian evictions from a flashpoint East Jerusalem neighbourhood. Police did not immediately comment on her twin brother Mohammed, who turned himself in at a police station in East Jerusalem after receiving a police summons. The detentions comes a day after police in Sheikh Jarrah arrested a reporter with Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera who had been covering a protest there. read moreIn October last year, an Israeli court ruled in favour of Jewish settlers who say some eight Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah are living on land that used to belong to Jews. Israel captured East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza, in the 1967 Middle East war.
Persons: Muna, Mohammed El, Sheikh Jarrah, Muna El, Mohammed, Nabil El, East Jerusalem's Salah Al Organizations: Sunday, Sunday . Police, East Jerusalem's, Israel's, West Bank, Thomson Locations: Jerusalem, Sheikh, El, East Jerusalem, Israel, East, Qatar, Jazeera, Gaza, Damascus
Prominent Palestinian activist Muna El-Kurd sits in the courtyard of her house in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, June 6, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar AwadIsraeli police detained two prominent Palestinian activists on Sunday who have become the faces of a campaign to halt Palestinian evictions from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Anger over the proposed evictions helped spark 11 days of violence in May between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, whose Islamist rulers Hamas have called Israeli policy in East Jerusalem a "red line". read moreThe detentions came a day after police in Sheikh Jarrah arrested a reporter with Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera who had been covering a protest there. Israel captured East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza, in the 1967 Middle East war.
Persons: Muna El, Sheikh Jarrah, Ammar Awad, Mohammed El, Nabil El, Kurd Organizations: Kurd, REUTERS, Sunday, Jewish, West Bank, Thomson Locations: Palestinian, East Jerusalem, Sheikh, Sheikh Jarrah, El, Israel, Gaza, Qatar, Jazeera, Jerusalem, Damascus
REUTERS/Ammar Awad/Amir Cohen/File PhotoThe head of Israel’s domestic security service issued a rare warning on Saturday of possible violence during one of the most politically charged periods in decades, with the country on the verge of unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, its longest serving leader. Before the election, Bennett had promised he would not join the centrist Lapid, or any Arab party in a coalition. Israel's left has for years pointed the finger at Netanyahu, then head of the opposition, for playing a part in incitement that preceded the assassination. Lapid and Bennett have said they hope their "unity government" will heal deep political divides among Israelis and end hate. Tensions could flare further this week, when a Jewish right-wing march is expected to pass through Jerusalem's Old City's Damascus gate.
Persons: Naftali Bennett, Yesh, Yair Lapid, Ammar Awad, Amir Cohen, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Bennett, Argaman, Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's, Rabin's, Lapid, Sheikh Jarrah, scuffles, Al Jazeera, Givara Budeiri, Budeiri Organizations: REUTERS, Lapid, Shin, Press, . Media, Al, Thomson Locations: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jerusalem's, Damascus, Gaza, Old City, Sheikh
Watch the exclusive interview with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on "Andrew Mitchell Reports" at noon ET. If the crossing, which goes into the Syrian rebel-held province of Idlib, were to close, millions of Syrian refugees would lose access to critical humanitarian assistance. Thomas-Greenfield said she felt “a sense of desperation” as she witnessed what was happening at the crossing, which is the only way coronavirus vaccines can be sent across the border into Syria. The Security Council will have to vote to extend the resolution authorizing the use of the crossing past July 10, when it expires. Thomas-Greenfield’s said she has a positive message for her Russian counterpart: “I have seen firsthand the importance of this border crossing, and the needs that are being addressed in this border crossing, and you don't want on your shoulders the desperation of the people on the other side of the border.”
Persons: United Nations Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Andrea Mitchell, Bab, Linda Thomas, Andrew Mitchell, ” Thomas, , , Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Greenfield’s Organizations: WASHINGTON —, United Nations, NBC, Security Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON — U.S, Syria, Thomas, Turkey, Russia, Idlib, Switzerland, Bab, Damascus, U.S
Assad vaccinated as Syria receives first shipment of Russian shots - report
  + stars: | 2021-06-03 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad addresses the new members of parliament in Damascus, Syria in this handout released by SANA on August 12, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERSPresident Bashar al-Assad was among those to be vaccinated after Syria received a first shipment of Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing the Syrian ambassador to Russia. Ambassador Riad Haddad did not say how big the shipment was but said the vaccine was now being administered to the public after doctors and the country's senior leaders were among those to get the first shots. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, SANA, Handout, Riad Haddad Organizations: Russian Sputnik, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, Russian, Syrian, Russia
Millions in Syria face disaster if aid crossing is shut - UN
  + stars: | 2021-06-03 | by ( Tuvan Gumrukcu | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Millions of people in northwest Syria face disaster if the United Nations fails to approve an extension of cross-border humanitarian operations next month, a senior U.N. aid official said on Thursday. Access for cross-border aid from Turkey was reduced last year to just one crossing point after opposition from Russia and China - permanent Security Council members - to renewing other crossings. "It's going to be a disaster if the Security Council resolution is not extended. "In northwest Syria you have some of the most vulnerable people anywhere in the world." Take that back with you to the United Nations Security Council,” Cutts told Thomas-Greenfield.
Persons: Bashar al, Mark Cutts, U.N, Cutts, Bab, United Nations Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Assad, ” Cutts, Thomas Organizations: United Nations, Security, UN, United Nations Security Council, Thomson Locations: Syria, United, Turkey, Russia, China, Turkish, Reyhanli, U.S, Thomas, Damascus, Greenfield
Assad's ability to cling to power, like other Middle East misadventures, shows the limits of the US's power to remake the world. Washington's regime change projects over the past 20 years have failed. And they failed when they failed, as in Syria, where Assad continues to hold on to power. But both also suffered enormously in the aftermath of regime change. For the sake of the Syrian people, Assad should go, but this regime change isn't going to happen at our behest.
Persons: Bashar Assad's, Bonnie Kristian, Bashar Assad, Assad's, Assad, Bassam Khabieh, autocrats, John Bolton, George W, Bush, Trump, Bolton, Donald Trump, , Kim Jong, Robert Ford, Ford Organizations: Defense, US, Bradley Infantry Fighting, US Army Reserve, Washington, Christianity Today, CNN, NBC, USA, Los Angeles Times Locations: United States, France, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Douma, Damascus, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Washington
Vaccine lollipops will give way to bitter medicine
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( Jeffrey Goldfarb | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Companies and governments around the world are rolling out a growing list of creative perks to spur sluggish immunisation rates. Someday soon, however, rewards for the uninoculated will need to give way to harsher measures. Qantas (QAN.AX) plans to provide fresh lollipops for laggard Australians in the form of travel vouchers and frequent flyer points. Basketball’s New York Knicks, for example, said if the team advances in the playoffs it will only sell tickets to fully vaccinated fans. - Basketball’s New York Knicks said on May 28 that if the team advances in the playoffs, it would only sell tickets to fully vaccinated individuals.
Persons: Yamam Al Shaar, there’s, Basketball’s, Ron DeSantis, Alan Joyce Organizations: Valentine's, REUTERS, Covid, Companies, Qantas, Australians, Kroger, D.C, Basketball’s New York Knicks, U.S, Commission, Republican, Australian, Hong Kong’s Securities, Futures Commission Locations: Damascus, Syria, Hong Kong, Washington, New Jersey, Texas
Qatar sees no reason for normalising ties with Syria, says foreign minister
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, is pictured at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed AzakirQatar has no plans to normalise ties with Syria, the Gulf state's foreign minister said, after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won a fourth term in office last week in an election derided by the opposition and the West as a farce. "There is no motivation for us to re-establish ties with the Syrian regime at this time," Sheikh Mohammed said. read moreGulf Arab states downgraded or shut missions in Damascus in 2012 over attacks by the government on protests at the start of the conflict. Oman, one of the rare Arab countries that had maintained diplomatic ties with Damascus, sent an ambassador in 2020.
Persons: Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Mohamed Azakir, Bashar al, Assad, Sheikh Mohammed Organizations: REUTERS, Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Qatari, Thomson Locations: Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al, Thani, Baabda, Lebanon, Mohamed Azakir Qatar, Syria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria's, Damascus, UAE, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Oman
Supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad celebrate before the results of the presidential election in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Omar SanadikiLebanon’s Hezbollah on Friday congratulated Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on winning a fourth term in office, it said in a statement. "We hope that upcoming years will be a great opportunity for Syria to return to playing its natural and leading role globally and regionally," it said. Assad won the election on Thursday with a majority of 95.1%. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, Omar Sanadiki Lebanon’s, Syria's Organizations: Syria's, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria
Syria's Assad hails vote, derided by opponents, as re-defining revolution
  + stars: | 2021-05-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
"You have saved its reputation and relaunched it," Assad said in a televised speech one day after he was announced as the winner with 95% of the vote. The win delivers Assad, 55, seven more years in power and lengthens his family's rule to nearly six decades. The United States also has a small military presence in the northeast that underpins Kurdish forces in a region where major oilfields are located and much of the country's wheat is grown. The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States criticised Assad ahead of the election saying the vote would not be free or fair. Assad on Thursday dismissed the criticism, saying that his enemies had "blindness of reason".
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, Omar Sanadiki, Hafez al, Assad's Organizations: REUTERS, United, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Ankara, United States, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, China, Lebanon's Iran
Lawyer Hassan Abdul Azim of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change added that Wednesday's vote would only worsen the plight of a country afflicted by hunger, poverty and an "authoritarian regime". "These sham elections show the regime does not want a political solution and the situation will worsen," said Abdul Azim, the committee's general coordinator. Unrepentant, Assad says Syrians made their feelings clear by coming out in large rallies to support the election. It is a coalition of mainly outlawed opposition parties inside Syria bringing together liberals, leftists and nationalists who demand real democratic change. Abdul Azim and his allies had earlier parted ways with other opposition figures over the nature of opposition to Assad, with Abdul Aziz and his partners advocating peaceful protests and rejecting foreign intervention and an armed insurgency.
Persons: Hassan Abdul, Azim, Rodi, Bashar al, Hassan Abdul Azim, Abdul Azim, Assad, Syrians, Abdul Azim's, Abdul Aziz Organizations: REUTERS, National, Committee, Democratic, Reuters, Security, Thomson Locations: Qamishli, Syria, Damascus, Geneva, Riyadh, Istanbul, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
A poster depicting Syria’s president Bashar al- Assad is seen as supporters of of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad celebrate after the results of the presidential election announced that he won a fourth term in office, in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021. read moreThe foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States said in a statement criticising Assad ahead of the election that the vote would not be free or fair. Turkey, an Assad adversary, has also said the election was illegitimate. The win delivers Assad, 55, seven more years in power and lengthens his family's rule to nearly six decades. ... For the future of Syria's children and its youth, let's start from tomorrow our campaign of work to build hope and build Syria," Assad wrote on his campaign's Facebook page.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, Omar Sanadiki, Hammouda Sabbagh, Hafez al, let's, Abdallah Saloum Abdallah, Mahmoud Ahmed Marei, Marei, Sabbagh Organizations: REUTERS, Facebook, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, United States, Turkey, Russia, Iran, U.S, Kurdish, Idlib, Saloum
Syrians go to the polls in election that Assad is set to win
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
A woman prepares a ballot box during the presidential elections at a polling centre in Damascus, Syria May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Omar SanadikiPolling stations opened on Wednesday across Syria in a presidential election that is set to usher Bashar al-Assad into a fourth term in office. "We came to elect president Bashar al-Assad...without him Syria would not be Syria," Amal, a nursing student, said. Assad first took power in 2000 on the death of his father Hafez, who had ruled for 30 years before that. Assad's rule has been defined by a decade-long war that erupted after peaceful protests against his authoritarian rule in 2011.
Persons: Omar Sanadiki, Bashar al, Assad, Amal, Bashar, Hafez, Abdallah Saloum Abdallah, Mahmoud Ahmed Marei Organizations: REUTERS, Damascus University's Faculty of Arts, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, United States
Factbox: The cost of ten years of devastating war in Syria
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
THE HUMAN TOLL:*Death count and detainee estimates:The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), which has been documenting the war from outside Syria and briefs UN agencies, has documented 227,749 civilians who were killed from March 2011 until now. Many have been arbitrarily detained for participating in peaceful protests or for expressing dissenting political opinion, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Those figures match estimates by groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty. The report also cites official data which showed by the end of 2018 real GDP had lost 54% of its pre-conflict level. U.K. based aid group World Vision International said this year a child's life expectancy in Syria has been reduced by 13 years.
Persons: Bashar al Assad's, Assad, SNHR Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, Rights Watch, UNHCR, Bank, World Bank, Thomson Locations: Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan
U.N. aid chief warns: don't cut Syria cross-border 'lifeline'
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly high-level debate, which is being held mostly virtually due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in New York, U.S., September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike SegarUnited Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock appealed to the Security Council on Wednesday not to cut a cross-border aid "lifeline" to some 3 million Syrians in the country's north as veto-power Russia questioned the importance of the long-running operation. The cross-border operation – which is a lifeline for more than 3 million people – cannot be substituted," Lowcock told the council. The 15-member Security Council first authorized a cross-border aid operation into Syria in 2014 at four points. Several council members are pushing to increase the number of cross-border aid access points.
Persons: Mike Segar, Mark Lowcock, Lowcock, United Nations Richard Mills, Dmitry Polyanskiy Organizations: United, United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, Mike Segar United, Security, U.S, Western, Thomson Locations: United Nations, New York, U.S, Mike Segar United Nations, Russia, Syria, Turkey, China, United States, France, Britain, Damascus, Idlib
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, sits in the backseat of her friend's car in Damascus, Syria, January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Yamam al ShaarTrainee flight attendant Ghenwa, engineering student Ali and electronic music DJ Jawad are among a generation of young Syrians to have come of age during the war. Away from her hometown, Sweida in southern Syria, Ghenwa has had to work multiple jobs to support herself, doing everything from working with children with cancer to modelling. She finds a sense of release with her friends who share a passion for electronic music. Yara, 33, a lawyer by day and a music DJ by night, lives alone with her parents after three of her siblings left to live abroad.
Persons: al Shaar, Ali, Jawad, Ghenwa, Yara Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, DJ, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, Aleppo, Lebanon, Sweida, Dubai, Syrian, Europe, Spain
Homs, former rebel stronghold, prepares to vote
  + stars: | 2021-05-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Bashar al-Assad" is seen near damaged buildings, ahead of the May 26 presidential election, in Homs, Syria May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Omar SanadikiAt the entrance to Bab Tadmor, a neighbourhood of Homs that was once a rebel stronghold, an election billboard showing a smiling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hangs down the side of a bombed out building. Homs, 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Damascus, suffered severe damage during Syria's ten years of war. On May 26, Homs will be voting in presidential elections for the first time since the war. In her home in Al Waer, Om Ali, a 38-year old mother of six, recounts the suffering of those years.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, Omar Sanadiki, Bashar, Al Wa'er, Al Waer, Om Ali, Mohamed Khalaf, Mohamed Shamlas, Ali, Hafez al, Shamlas Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Homs, Syria, Damascus, Al, Jarablus, Turkey, Nazha, Assad
Conflict Strengthens Netanyahu, but the Price is High
  + stars: | 2021-05-22 | by ( Roger Cohen | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
“He has a Trumpian base he can rely on — traditional, conservative, nationalistic — and his perennial question to Israelis, even when he looks bankrupt, is: ‘Who else can do it?’”Of course, Mr. Netanyahu did not win those repetitive elections, either. He was unable to form a government after the March elections, leaving him as a caretaker prime minister with diminished legitimacy. “But the concrete reason this time is that Mr. Netanyahu is willing to burn everything to stay in power. He managed the situation in a way that led to an escalation for his benefit.”The government insists Mr. Netanyahu did all he could to calm the situation, but finds itself confronted by an implacable enemy. But Mr. Netanyahu has ridden out such surges of indignation before.
Persons: Netanyahu, ” Ayman Odeh, Tzachi Hanegbi, Organizations: West Bank, Biden’s Democratic Party Locations: Al Aqsa, Damascus, East Jerusalem, Gaza
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