Caspian Sea summit
Iran says the fact that the United States uses economic means to exert pressure on independent countries clearly violates human rights. The Foreign Ministry says Washington is resorting to economic terrorism to achieve its political goals. The ministry has released a statement on the occasion of the American Human Rights Review and Exposure Week. The statement says the US unilateral sanctions meant to force governments to change their policies is a clear and systematic violation of human rights. According to the ministry, sanctions have become a tool in Washington's hands for violating the legitimate rights of the Iranian people. The ministry has also listed a number of crimes the US has committed directly and indirectly, against the Iranian people.
Palestinian killed in Jenin
Israeli forces have killed another Palestinian man during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Mohammad Maher Marei died in hospital after being shot in the chest by the regime’s troops. Another Palestinian was injured during the confrontation. Israeli forces have also detained a total of 20 Palestinians as they stormed different neighborhoods across Jenin and Silwad since early morning. Jenin has been a focal point of Israeli attacks in recent months. More than 20 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in and around the refugee camp since the beginning of the year.
Hunger in Yemen
Widespread starvation is looming on the horizon as the United Nations has slashed its funding for the war-ravaged Yemen. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says over 19 million people are going hungry in Yemen. The figure is the highest since the start of the Saudi-led war on the impoverished country. According to the UN children’s agency, about 2.3 million children are also suffering from acute malnutrition as Yemenis are scrambling to get enough food due to eight years of Saudi-led war and famine. Riyadh’s military action has pushed Yemen into what the UN has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis. World Food Program currently provides food aid to 13 million Yemenis. But the agency has announced drastic cuts, meaning only five million of them will be able to access to the assistance.