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Israeli crimes in Negev

Hundreds of Palestinians are protesting the demolition of their homes by the Israeli regime in a Bedouin village in the Negev desert. Protesters are objecting to an Israeli plan to relocate thousands of Palestinians in the region to other places. Israeli forces have reportedly attacked peaceful protesters, and used tear gas and water cannons to disperse them. Reports say regime forces opened fire on the protesters, shooting one Palestinian in the head. Several others also were arrested. The Negev desert is historically inhabited by Arab tribes, socially related to the tribes of Sinai, the Arabian Peninsula and Jordan. The Palestinian Authority says Israel is committing crimes against Palestinians in the Negev region.

Russia-NATO talks impasse

Tensions are heating up between Russia and the West. Moscow says sanctions against President Vladimir Putin would mean a complete breakdown of ties. The Kremlin spokesman has described as unsuccessful Wednesday’s talks with NATO in Brussels. Separately, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says the talks led to no progress, and thus there is no need for further discussion in the coming days. The senior diplomat says the US and its allies rejected Russia’s key demands, including guarantees that NATO will not further expand eastwards. He has accused the Western side of lacking flexibility and refused to rule out the possibility of Russian troop deployments to Venezuela and Cuba. In recent months, Moscow’s ties with the West have taken a turn for the worse, with both sides warning about a new armed conflict in Europe. 

Iran-Syria ties

Iran says the end of the conflict in Syria has ushered in a new era of economic cooperation between Tehran and Damascus. The minister of roads and urban development says the two countries have agreed to establish a free trade area. Rostam Ghasemi says Iran and Syria have also decided to set up a joint committee to review and implement their previous agreements. According to the official, the two sides have also agreed to establish a joint bank to facilitate bilateral trade cooperation. Ghasemi made the remarks after meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. He is on a three-day visit to the Arab country for talks on bilateral ties.


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