The Turkish forces bombed on Thursday evening villages in the western countryside of Kobani, north Syria, as well as military posts of the Syrian government forces.

The village of Seftak, 10 km west of Kobani, was hit by the Turkish artillery shelling and heavy gunfire from a Turkish forces’ outpost.

“Four shells hit the government forces’ posts in the village, but no injuries were reported,” Ahmed Daban, a resident of Seftak village, told North Press.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on Sunday that the Turkish forces bombed more than 50 towns and villages in northeast Syria during the last 72 hours.

Turkey has violated the ceasefire agreement in northeast Syria more than 310 times since the beginning of this year according to the Violations Documentation Center in northern Syria

Turkey signed a ceasefire agreement with the Russian and American guarantors in October 2019.

Yemen’s government will permit citizens living in areas controlled by Huthi rebels to travel on Huthi-issued passports, an official told AFP, removing a barrier to long-awaited commercial flights out of the capital Sanaa.

Yemen’s embassy in Washington said on Twitter that Yemeni authorities had accepted “a UN proposal to use (Huthis’) docs on an interim basis & only during the #truce”.

There was no immediate word Friday on when the first flight would take place, though the transport minister in Sanaa said the airport was ready.

Iran abruptly raised prices as much as 300% for a variety of staples such as cooking oil, chicken, eggs and milk on Thursday. Scores of alarmed Iranians waited in long lines to snatch up bundles of food and emptied supermarket shelves across the country in the hours before the price hike took effect.

The scenes revealed not only deep anxiety gripping the country and frustration with Iran’s leaders, but also underscored the staggering economic and political challenges facing them.

Human Rights Watch wrote to the Interior Ministry on April 12 asking about the measures the ministry was taking to ensure people with disabilities could exercise their right to vote.

While Lebanon’s electoral law requires the Interior Ministry to take measures to ensure that people with disabilities can vote, in Lebanon’s previous elections it is estimated that only a few thousand voted, and many reported serious obstacles to voting.

Polling stations are often located in school buildings, many of which lack suitable access for people with disabilities. Polling stations are also regularly located on higher floors, creating obstacles for people who cannot climb stairs.

Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier, Saudia, has restarted flights to the Turkish city of Istanbul, after being halted for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline’s flights to Istanbul were halted over the past two years due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and the measures imposed by countries in efforts to contain and control the virus. Saudi Arabia was one of the strictest countries in implementing and enforcing measures to combat the pandemic, but is increasingly looking to open up after the virus has largely come under control.

The restarting of the flights also comes amid a reset in relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Heavy clashes between suspected Al-Qaeda militants and Yemeni security forces in the province of Dhale have left 10 people, including two officers and seven militants, dead, local officials and media reports said.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as AQAP, has been significantly weakened during the past six years after local military and security forces, trained and armed by the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, pushed them out of their major havens and strongholds, and killed and arrested dozens of fighters.

The militants’ deadly attacks have largely decreased and their attempts to return to southern provinces have been foiled.

Thousands of Syrians have been waiting near an iconic bridge in Syria since a presidential amnesty was issued earlier this week, to see if their loved ones might be among those released as a result of the amnesty decree.

A presidential amnesty decree issued by Syrian President Bashar al Assad to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has many families anxiously waiting to see if their loved ones will benefit from the pardon.

Khattar Abou Diab, who teaches political science at the University of Paris, told VOA that he thinks the Syrian president issued his amnesty decree in order to improve his government’s image abroad after a video appeared in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper showing a 2013 massacre of prisoners in the Damascus suburb of Tadamon.

The US Congress edged closer on Wednesday toward completing a long-stalled bill authorizing hundreds of billions of dollars to boost the country’s ability to compete with Chinese technology, with Senate votes on motions addressing issues including energy policy and Iran sanctions.

Congress has been working on China competition legislation for more than a year. The Senate first passed a version in June 2021, with strong bipartisan support. That $250 billion bill was hailed as potentially the most significant government intervention in manufacturing in decades, but stalled in the House of Representatives.



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