ARCHIVE FOR 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July SUBMIT Human Rights 2020-07-15 Coronavirus: yet another crisis for Syrian refugees in Jordan The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on Syrian refugees in two Jordanian camps. Soaring unemployment, poverty and lack of access to medical care present a serious humanitarian crisis. Politics 2020-07-15 Ukraine unsure Iranian 'human error' led to downed airliner Foreign Minister says it is 'too early to state that the plane was shot down due to human error', and that 'all the facts should be established'. Security 2020-07-14 Strong regional support for Iran arms embargo People across the Middle East are calling for the extension of an arms embargo on Iran to prevent it from disrupting the region's security. Politics 2020-07-13 Yemen officials skeptical of Houthis' reversal on Safer FSO The Iran-backed militia has finally given permission for UN inspectors to board the troubled oil terminal, just days ahead of a crisis meeting. Refugees 2020-07-13 With Lebanon in crisis, Syrian refugees head home Faced with the double impact of Lebanon's economic crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, some Syrian refugees have decided to go home. Politics 2020-07-13 Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing A high ranking Ukrainian official said the announcement lacked credibility, noting that Iran had given many different versions of the story. Economy 2020-07-10 Growing concern in Lebanon as IMF talks stall The government pledged reforms and started talks with the IMF to unlock billions in aid. But 16 meetings later, the negotiations are stalling. Politics 2020-07-10 UN Security Council to discuss corroding Yemen oil terminal The council will discuss what to do about the disintegrating Safer terminal, moored off the coast of Yemen, and the crude oil stored on board. Politics 2020-07-10 Iran and proxies face mounting setbacks: experts The network of regional allied militias nurtured by the IRGC has faced increasing setbacks as Iran's ability to funnel support to them declines. Health 2020-07-09 Yemen on brink of famine amid war, COVID-19 The pandemic has driven up food prices and triggered displacement as Yemenis flee areas seeing spikes in infections and military clashes. Security 2020-07-08 Houthi leaders on trial in Yemen military court The 175 defendants face charges that include staging a coup against the government and entering into a treasonous relationship with Iran. Politics 2020-07-08 Nasrallah serves Iran at Lebanon's expense: experts Hizbullah has harmed Lebanon and its people by participating in regional conflicts that serve Iran in violation of its policy of dissociation. Security 2020-07-07 Mysterious blasts in Tehran area, nuclear site A mysterious incident on July 2nd badly damaged a building at Iran's Natanz nuclear complex and sparked speculation over the cause. Politics 2020-07-07 IRGC funds dwindling, regional influence in decline Middle East observers say dwindling funds, due to biting sanctions on Iran, likely resulted in the declining influence and popularity of the IRGC and Iranian leadership in the region. Security 2020-07-06 Moscow mercenaries continue to back Libyan warlord as civilian deaths mount Despite major losses to military strongman Khalifa Haftar, the Wagner Group continues to sow chaos and death, and is vying for a share of Libya's oil fields. Youth 2020-07-06 Houthis open summer camps despite COVID-19 spread The camps aim to indoctrinate Yemeni children and prepare them to fight on the front lines, observers say. Politics 2020-07-03 Khamenei leadership mired in miscalculation: experts Iran's global relations are suffering due to the Supreme Leader's missteps, but he continues to put the Iranian people at risk, experts say. Health 2020-07-02 WHO says Mideast at 'critical threshold' in virus numbers The organisation urged governments to 'strengthen healthcare systems' as the region records over a million coronavirus infections and more than 20,000 deaths. Politics 2020-07-02 IRGC erects statues as Iranian people suffer As hardships mount inside Iran, the regime continues to place priority on its foreign agenda and on financing the IRGC, political analysts say. Security 2020-07-02 Saudi-led coalition launches operation against Yemen's Houthis The operation comes in response to the militia's targeting of the kingdom with missiles and drones in recent weeks. Terrorism 2020-07-01 Hizbullah faces mounting death toll in Syria The Lebanese militia is seeing its fortunes fall as tension between its backer Iran and fellow regime ally Russia leave it vulnerable. Security 2020-07-01 Arab coalition intercepts Iranian arms shipments bound for Houthis Two recent operations have led to the seizure of hundreds of various weapons intended for the Iran-backed Houthis, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.