Permalink Yemeni army shoots down fourth advanced US drone

Yemen’s Armed Forces continue their pro-Palestine naval operations and remain undeterred despite continuous US airstrikes on the country | Yemeni Armed Forces announced on 17 May shooting down a US MQ-9 Reaper over the country’s Marib province the day before, the fourth drone of its kind shot down by Sanaa’s army.  “Yemeni air defenses were able to shoot down an American MQ9 aircraft yesterday evening, Thursday, while it was carrying out hostile actions in the airspace of Marib. It is the fourth aircraft that was shot down during the Battle of the Promised Conquest and the Holy Jihad in support of Gaza,” said military spokesman Brigadier-General Yahya Saree.

💬 “The plane was targeted by a locally made surface-to-air missile,” Saree added. The MQ9 is worth around $30 million.  “The Armed Forces confirm their full readiness at all levels, land, sea and air, and confirm that all attempts of the enemy will fail.”

The downing of the drone came a day after the Yemeni army announced targeting two ships in the Red Sea, one of them a US warship.

Houthis Take Down Another US Reaper Drone, Reiterate Threat to Target Ships in Mediterranean (Sputnik News)
Yemeni air defenses shoot down US MQ-9 drone over Marib: YAF Spox (Al Mayadeen)
US spy balloon crashes in northeast Syria (The Cradle)


Permalink Ansarullah downs US MQ-9 Reaper drone

Ansarullah downed a US MQ-9 Reaper drone in Yemen's northeast. | The US drone was downed in the Wadi Ubaidah region in Marib province. Ansarullah's official sources claimed responsibility for downing the US drone.  Yemenis have declared their open support for Palestine’s struggle against the Israeli occupation since the regime launched a devastating war on Gaza on October 7 after the territory’s Palestinian Resistance movements carried out a surprise retaliatory attack, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, against the occupying entity. Yemeni Armed Forces have said that they won’t stop their attacks until unrelenting Israeli ground and aerial offensives in Gaza, which have killed at least 27,948 people and wounded another 67,459 individuals, come to an end.  The United States and Britain in December announced a military coalition to target Yemen in support of Israel.

Yemeni air defenses shoot down US MQ-9 drone over Marib: YAF Spox (Al Mayadeen)
US spy balloon crashes in northeast Syria (The Cradle)

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Permalink Erdoğan on halting trade with Israel: “Aims to pressure Netanyahu government”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Ankara’s decision to completely halt trades with Israel aims to put further pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu government for ceasefire. | Since October 7, 2023, Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip have resulted in the deaths of at least 34,596 Palestinians, including 14,685 children and 9,670 women, with 77,816 others injured, Gaza Health Ministry stated on May 2. Despite ongoing international efforts to mitigate the crisis, civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and educational institutions, continues to be targeted.


Permalink Iraqi Resistance Strikes Mossad Center in Tel Aviv

Iraq’s Islamic Resistance has carried out a series of daring strikes against the “Israeli” entity in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, whom the entity has brought under a genocidal war. | The umbrella group of anti-terror fighters announced the strikes in separate statements on Friday.  The coalition said it had hit Mossad’s “Glilot” intelligence center in Tel Aviv with advanced Al-Aqrab cruise missiles. Using the same type of projectile, the group also targeted the "Abraham" intelligence headquarters in the occupied city of Bir as-Sabe [Beersheba] in the southern part of the occupied territories, it added.  Lastly, the resistance said, it carried out an operation against an “Israeli” target in the Dead Sea, using “appropriate weapons.” The strikes were conducted “in continuation of our path to resisting the occupation, in support of our people in Gaza, and in response to the massacres committed by the usurping entity against Palestinian civilians, including children, women, and the elderly,” the group asserted. The fighters vowed to keep up their attacks as long as the regime sustained the war.

Permalink Eight Syrian Troops Wounded In Israeli Strikes On Damascus Outskirts

Israeli strikes hit a site in the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, late on May 2, wounding eight Syrian soldiers and causing material losses, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported, citing a military source. | The unnamed source said that Israeli warplanes launched missiles from over the Golan Heights in northern Israel at a site around 10:05 p.m. local time [7:05 p.m. GMT].  Speaking to Reuters, a security source in the Iran-led alliance that backs the Syrian government alleged that the targeted site was a building, situated just south of the Sayyeda Zeinab Shiite shrine in southern Damascus, that was used by Syrian security forces.  Nevertheless, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based pro-opposition monitoring group, alleged that the building hit by the strikes had been used by members of the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah group as a detention center since 2014.

Israel strikes target near Damascus (RT.com)


Permalink Al Mayadeen obtains a copy of the mediated Palestinian-Israeli deal

The details of the comprehensive 'framework deal' between the Palestinian Resistance and the Israeli occupation have been provided to Al Mayadeen. | Al Mayadeen has acquired the details of the latest proposed deal between the Palestinian Resistance and the Israeli occupation, specifically related to the prisoner exchange deal and related clauses.  The framework of the agreement aims to achieve the release of all Israeli civilian and military captives, be they dead or alive, held in the Gaza Strip. The agreement will not only encompass captives taken on October 7 but all Israeli captives.  Primarily, the deal's objective is to achieve calm in the area and work on reaching a ceasefire, the document acquired by Al Mayadeen explains.

Permalink Turkey to join South Africa's genocide case against Israel before ICJ

Move comes following growing domestic pressure and a meeting between Erdogan and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh | Turkey will join South Africa in its genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan announced on Wednesday. Fidan said that Turkey has been deliberating how to respond to Israel's actions during the war on Gaza for a while and has already taken steps against Israel, such as restricted some exports. “Our legal experts have been studying how to participate in the legal case against Israel at the ICJ,” Fidan during televised remarks. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved the officials’ plan, Fidan added, so Turkey “will legally support South Africa’s case against Israel at the ICJ, and file our application to the court soon”.

Russia Calls for Independent International Investigation of Mass Graves in Gaza - Russian Envoy (Sputnik News)

Permalink An Egypt firm is making $2m a day from Palestinians fleeing Israel's war on Gaza

Investigation by Middle East Eye reveals that a company owned by an ally of the Egyptian president may have earned at least $118m in three months | A company owned by an influential Egyptian businessman and ally of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is making around $2m a day from Palestinians fleeing Israel's war on Gaza, Middle East Eye can reveal.  Hala Consulting and Tourism Services, a firm owned by Sinai tribal leader and business tycoon Ibrahim al-Organi, has been charging Palestinians crossing from Gaza's Rafah to Egypt at least $5,000 per adult and $2,500 for children under 16.  It has a monopoly on providing transfer services at the Rafah crossing, the only Gaza exit not bordered with Israel and the single route out of the coastal enclave for Palestinians.


Permalink Yemeni armed forces strike British oil tanker, shoot down US MQ-9 drone

The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces says it has carried out new operations against American and British targets in retaliation for their aggression on the country. | Brigadier General Yahya Saree said on Friday that Yemen’s naval forces struck a British oil tanker in the Red Sea with missiles. Saree also said the military also shot down an American MQ-9 drone in Sa’ada province. He added that the new operations were also a show of solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, amid the Israeli genocide there.

'Incident' reported off coast of Yemen in Red Sea (Al Mayadeen)
USS Dwight D Eisenhower leaves Red Sea after failing to stop Yemenis (Al Mayadeen)


Permalink Iran threatens to wipe out Israel

President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran has issued a stern warning to the Israeli regime in the event of any act of aggression against Iranian territory.

President Raisi has sent a pointed warning to West Jerusalem | Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has threatened Israel with annihilation if it attempts to attack Iran again.  Raisi arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a three-day visit. He addressed the recent tensions between Tehran and West Jerusalem at an event in Punjab on Tuesday.

💬 “If the Zionist regime once again makes a mistake and attacks the sacred land of Iran, the situation will be different, and it is not clear whether anything will remain of this regime,” the state news agency IRNA quoted Raisi as saying.

Nothing will remain of Israeli regime if it attacks Iran: Raisi (IRNA)


Permalink Revealed: Israel's Hidden History Of Attacks On Iran

Robert Inlakesh | Iran’s retaliatory attack on Israel was framed in the West as a reckless attempt to spark a major regional war, but in reality, Israel has been attacking Iran for decades. | As is routinely the case with Western-backed wars, the corporate media’s timeline begins at the moment that suits their narrative. We have seen this play out recently, with the attempt to rob the Gaza war of all contexts before October 7, 2023. Similarly, when it comes to Israel’s conflict with Iran, the two have been embroiled in what is referred to as a “shadow war,” the details of which are pretty shocking.  While the international media’s attention was riveted on Iran’s retaliatory strikes against Israel, drawing great focus to some 300 drones and missiles used in the attack, no major deal was made of Israel’s strike on April 1 against the consular segment of Iran’s embassy in Damascus, Syria, that killed a dozen people, including seven Iranian officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). In this unprecedented act of aggression against Iranian soil, breaking international diplomatic norms, the Israelis were shielded by the U.S. government at the United Nations Security Council, blocking any condemnation of this act.


Permalink Major US Military Bases in Eastern Syria Attacked by Missiles, Drones

According to reports from local media, the largest and most important US military bases in eastern Syria have been targeted by missile attacks. Four missiles were launched at the al-Omar oil field base. The Kharab al-Jir base was targeted with three missiles and a drone was also sent to the location. | At least one of the missiles struck the Kharab al-Jir base is reported to have caused a fire. The missile attack comes after two months in which US bases in eastern Syria were not targeted. Reports of casualties at the Kharab al-Jir base remain unconfirmed.  The attacks on the al-Omar and Kharab al-Jir bases, which occurred less than an hour apart, amount to a major increase in tensions. In February, the al-Omar oil field base was targeted with rocket shells, causing only material damage.

Missiles, drone hit two US military bases in eastern Syria (PressTV)
Rockets fired at US base in Syria – Reuters (RT.com)


Permalink Netanyahu brushes off calls for restraint, saying Israel will decide how to respond to Iran’s attack

Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s unprecedented attack without saying when or how, leaving the region bracing for further escalation after months of unrest linked to the ongoing war in Gaza. | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his country would be the one to decide whether and how to respond to Iran’s major air assault earlier this week, brushing off calls for restraint from close allies.  Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s unprecedented attack without saying when or how, leaving the region bracing for further escalation after months of unrest linked to the ongoing war in Gaza.  Israel’s allies have been urging Israel since the attack to hold back on any response that could spiral. These calls were repeated on Wednesday during visits by the British and German foreign ministers.

Mediators urge Israel for a face-saving response, while Israel outlines 3 scenarios (albawaba.com)
Israel 'will make own decisions' in response to Iran attack, says Netanyahu after meeting with Cameron (LBC News)
Israel: "The Decision has been made" - Timing is now the issue for Iran Attack (Hal Turner)
US and UK Put Air Refueling Tankers up - Middle East . . . For Israel to Attack Iran (Hal Turner)
Jordan opened airspace for Israeli jets to counter Iran (The Cradle)
Iran warns Israel it knows where its nukes are hidden (RT.com)
IRGC warns of 'tit-for-tat' retaliation if Israel attacks Iran's nuclear facilities (PressTV)
Iran readies 1000 ballistic missiles, declaring, "We're crazier than you think" (albawaba.com)


Permalink Erdoğan accuses Israel of seeking to spread conflict throughout entire region

The Turkish leader slammed Israel’s actions in Gaza as genocide and said that the only way to ease tension in the region is to stop it 💬 [Erdoğan] stressed that it is necessary to identify the root of the problem in the region "rather than judge only by what happened on the night of April 13," when Iran conducted its operation against Israel. "No one spoke up after the attack on the Iranian embassy, but for several countries. But a race of accusing Iran’s retaliation started immediately. But first of all, it is necessary to blame [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu who killed 34,000 innocent people in Gaza. Netanyahu and his cannibalish administration are the ones who are responsible for what happened on April 13." [...] "Long before the current developments with mass killings, Turkey banned the sale of any materials that can be used for military purposes to Israel."


Permalink Israeli authorities release Palestinian after amputating his leg in custody

Israeli authorities released dozens of Palestinians back to Gaza today, having arbitrarily arrested them at different points throughout the war. One of them, Sofian Abu Saleh, had his leg amputated by Israeli forces during custody. "My leg got infected [in custody], and [the Israelis] refused to take me to a hospital," he said. "After seven days, the infection spread quickly, like gangrene, they then took me to the hospital on did an operation." Abu Saleh says he never suffered of any diseases that could have led to this infection. "I went into [detention] with my two legs, and have returned like this," he said, alluding to this one remaining leg.


Permalink Regional War in Mideast Unavoidable If Israel Continues Strikes on Iran - Ex-Iranian Envoy

A regional war in the Middle East will be unavoidable if Israel continues strikes against Iran, former Iranian Ambassador to Germany Seyed Hossein Mousavian told Sputnik.

💬 "The current Iranian retaliation should be the end," former Iranian Ambassador to Germany Seyed Hossein Mousavian told Sputnik. "If Israel repeats attacking Iran and/or the US joins Israel; a regional war would be unavoidable."

Iran says concluded retaliatory strikes on occupied territories, warns against Israeli response (04/14/24)
Statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the attack on Israeli territory


Permalink US sends reinforcements to ‘defend Israel’

American ships and troops in the Middle East prepared for a likely Iranian attack on Israel on Friday, as US President Joe Biden urged Tehran to think twice. | Iranian leaders have vowed to “punish” Israel for the April 1 airstrike on the consulate in Damascus, Syria that killed seven officers of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, including two of its generals. [...] The Pentagon is moving additional troops and equipment to sites in the Middle East, to “bolster regional deterrence efforts and increase force protection,” an anonymous official said in a background briefing.

Russia trolls U.S and Israel with new Ballistic Missile test (The Times of India)
Turkey DENIES U.S. Permission To Use Airspace to Attack Iran (Hal Turner)
Qatar and Kuwait Forbid US From Using their Bases to Attack Iran (Hal Turner) (12 April 2024)
Iran readies '100+ cruise missiles' for possible retaliation against Israel (TRT World)
Iran Warns It Will Attack US Forces in Mideast If It Helps Defend Israel (Sputnik News)
US Moving More Assets to Mideast to Bolster Deterrence Ahead of Iran Retaliation (Sputnik News)
Iran: UN condemnation of Israeli airstrike could have 'obviated' retaliation (04/12/24)


Permalink Iranians, Muslims in other countries celebrate Eid al-Fitr at end of Ramadan

Muslims in Iran and many other countries are celebrating Eid al-Fitr at the conclusion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, after the new moon of the lunar month of Shawwal was sighted the previous night. | Naqareh drums were played at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Shia Imam, in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad on Wednesday morning, and Muslim worshippers who had fasted for a month took part in Eid prayers there and across the country early in the morning of the occasion of the festive event, which marks the end of Ramadan – the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.  In the capital, Tehran, people gathered at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla (Congregational Prayers Site) to perform Eid al-Fitr prayers. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led the prayers.

Palestinians commemorate Eid al-Fitr amid oppression, genocide (Al Mayadeen)

Permalink Videograph | Unveiling Yemeni Naval Operations in Support of Gaza since Oct.7

Unveiling Yemeni Naval Operations in Support of Gaza since Oct.7 | In a series of decisive actions, the Yemeni Armed Forces have undertaken 19 naval operations, targeting 22 commercial vessels, along with US and British military ships, en route to the Zionist entity in the occupied Palestinian territories. These operations were specifically aimed at intercepting vessels heading towards the ports in the occupied Palestinian territories.  Earlier in November 2023, responding to severe attacks initiated by the Zionist entity on the Gaza Strip, the Yemeni Armed Forces made a resolute announcement, declaring their intent to target any vessel en route to the Zionist entity. This proclamation underscores the Yemeni Armed Forces’ unwavering readiness to counter the aggression, emphasizing both their capability and determination to retaliate against Israeli brutality against civilians in the Strip. The video [...] documents Yemeni naval operations since the onset of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood until the present day.


Permalink US Wants ‘Another Kosovo’ in Syria’s Northwest, Keep Control of Oil, Wheat in Northeast

13-years into a bloody civil war the US has financed, Syria remains fractured, controlled in parts by no less than seven factions. | The United States wants to create “another Kosovo” in Syria while cutting off the country’s resources from its adversaries in the region, investigative Syrian-American journalist Hekmat Aboukhater told Sputnik’s Political Misfits on Wednesday.  Aboukhater was speaking about the fractured state of Syria and the US control in the northeast of the country, ”This area happens to be the place where we have our oil derricks, all of Syria’s natural resources are there, along with the wheat,” he explained, noting that Syria produces 350-400,000 barrels of oil a day. “These revenues are going [towards] sustaining this Kurdish enclave that’s supported by the US and funds the operation.”

Permalink Global Condemnation Pours in Over Terrorist “Israeli” Attack on Iranian Consulate

Global condemnation of the apartheid “Israeli” entity’s attack on Iran's consulate in Syria surges as the UN Security Council has held an emergency meeting over the deadly strike. | The UNSC session was held at the request of Russia on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the deadly “Israeli” aggression on the Consular Section of the Iranian Embassy in the Mezzeh neighborhood in Damascus on April 1. “Israeli” warplanes bombed the diplomatic building, killing seven military advisors of the Islamic Revolution Guards [IRG]. Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a commander of the IRG’s Quds Force, and his deputy General Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi were among the martyrs of the terrorist attack. Khaled Khiari, assistant secretary general for the Middle East at the UN, said in his address that the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises and personnel must be respected in all cases and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states must be respected under international law.

Israeli attack on humanitarian aid workers in Gaza draws ire from EU, Belgium (Yeni Şafak)
'Horrified and heartbroken': Aid NGOs suspend ops after WCK massacre (Al Mayadeen)

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