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A Palestinian official says Iran’s president has met with senior Palestinian officials in Damascus and expressed his country’s support to them. Damascus-based Palestinian official Khaled Abdul-Majid told The Associated Press that the delegation briefed Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi Thursday on the situation in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Iran has been a main backer of some Palestinian factions, supplying them with weapons and money. Raisi began a two-day visit to Syria during which the two countries signed a series of long-term cooperation agreements on oil and other sectors to bolster economic ties between the two allies.
CAIRO (AP) — Heavy shelling in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Thursday disrupted efforts to deliver badly needed aid to trapped civilians , after yet another fragile and frequently violated truce ran out, residents said.
A U.S. report says a Taliban fighter fired his rifle into the air during a food distribution event recently in Afghanistan, citing it as an example of their harassment of nongovernmental groups working in the country. The Taliban have barred Afghan women from working at NGOs and the U.N. in Afghanistan, allegedly because they were not wearing the hijab, or Islamic headscarf, correctly, or observing gender segregation rules. Wednesday's report said the firing incident was one example of recent confrontations between the Taliban and NGOs. Others include Taliban requests for information on personnel and budgets and demands for more involvement in NGO's decision-making.
Officials say diplomats from Arab nations are planning an emergency meeting in Cairo over the weekend about fighting in Sudan and Syria's potential return to the Arab League. A spokesman for the Arab League confirmed Sunday’s meeting. It comes as some Arab countries have been opening up relations with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syria’s membership in the 22-member Arab League was suspended in the early days of the war 12 years ago and Arab countries later imposed economic sanctions. In recent years, Assad consolidated control over most of the country with help from his main allies, Russia and Iran.
Abu Hussein al-Qurashi was the third ISIS leader to die during a raid since 2019.