Lebanon : renewed clashes in Ain al-Hilweh camp, and the death toll rises to 35

Clashes renewed in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon between the Fatah movement and armed groups, while the death toll rose to more than 35 in addition to significant material damage, according to the official Lebanese media agency.

Clashes renewed this Saturday morning in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon between the Fatah movement and armed groups.

The death toll has risen to more than 35, in addition to significant material damage since its outbreak on Thursday, according to what was announced by the official Lebanese Information Agency.

The agency said that the calm that prevailed in the past few hours came after efforts by the Army Intelligence Directorate and the Lebanese and Palestinian forces (partisan and factions).

On Thursday evening, armed clashes broke out in the camp after a calm that lasted about a month, following bloody confrontations between Fatah members and Islamic factions at the end of last July, which resulted in the killing of 14 people, including the commander of the National Security Forces in the camp affiliated with the Fatah movement, Abu Ashraf Al-Armushi, and 4 of his companions.

The Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp was established in 1948, and it is the largest in Lebanon, as it includes about 50,000 registered refugees, according to the United Nations, while unofficial estimates indicate that its population exceeds 70,000.

The Lebanese army or security forces do not enter the camps according to previous implicit agreements, leaving the task of maintaining security there to the Palestinians themselves, while the Lebanese army imposes strict measures around them.

Iraq : Turkish planes target militants affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party

The Counter-Terrorism Service in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq announced today, Saturday, that Turkish military aircraft targeted militants affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Sulaymaniyah Governorate.

He said in a press statement, "According to our information, at 10:00 a.m. today, Iraqi time, Turkish military forces aircraft targeted Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in the vicinity of Basawi village in Mawati District, Sulaymaniyah Governorate."

He added, "The bombing led to the death of two members of the Workers' Party and the wounding of another." 

Saudi Arab : The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia receives a phone call from the Ukrainian President

The Saudi Press Agency reported that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz received a phone call on Saturday from Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, discussing efforts to find a settlement to the Ukrainian crisis.

According to the agency, Zelensky “thanked the Crown Prince for the Kingdom’s hosting of a meeting of national security advisors and representatives of a number of countries in the city of Jeddah to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and for Prince Mohammed’s personal efforts in this regard.”

For his part, the Saudi Crown Prince affirmed "the Kingdom's keenness and support for all international efforts aimed at resolving the Ukrainian-Russian crisis and reaching peace, and continuing efforts to contribute to alleviating the resulting humanitarian impacts."

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that “friends in Saudi Arabia” informed Russia, which did not receive an invitation to attend the Jeddah meeting on Ukraine, that this meeting was aimed at convincing everyone “of the futility of negotiations without Moscow.”

It is noteworthy that Zelensky’s call with Prince Mohammed bin Salman came a few days after the phone call between the Saudi Crown Prince and Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Prince Mohammed expressed his thanks to the Russian President for the support provided to the Kingdom in the process of joining the BRICS group, according to the Kremlin. In his statement on Wednesday.

The two parties also praised the high level of coordination within the framework of "OPEC+ " and reviewed "the distinguished bilateral relations between the two countries and the opportunities for developing them in various fields."

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