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Strong confrontations in the Palestinian territories, 2 Palestinians killed, 15 wounded
Amid news reports on Israel's withdrawal from Beit Jala to the surrounding of the city, the Israeli forces once again incurred into the city of Hebron where the Palestinians hurried to defend their city. Strong clashes erupted in which two Palestinians were killed and many others wounded. Heavy losses were also inflicted on the Israeli side.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/31/2001
Syrian military source: Syria is concerned with maintaining security on its territories
The United Arab Emirates UAE al-Khaleij ( the Gulf) daily quoted a Syrian military source as saying that Syria is concerned with maintaining security and stability on its territories and will not permit this security to be violated, noting this very concern does not mean that Syria is responsible for any threats to the American interests in the world.
Syria-USA, Politics, 8/31/2001
Human rights violations in Tindouf camps to be denounced before Durban conference
The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance provides opportunity to remind the whole world of the various forms of human rights violations and discrimination perpetrated against the Sahrawi population sequestered in the Tindouf camps, south-western Algeria, said chairwoman of the committee for Sahrawi families reunion (COREFASA).
Morocco, Politics, 8/31/2001
Al-Assad to visit Yemen in the mid of September
A Yemeni source said on Thursday that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will hold an official visit to Yemen in the mid of September.
Yemen-Syria, Politics, 8/31/2001
A new secretary for the people's front for liberation of Palestine
In a statement to the Lebanese daily al-Nahar issued on Thursday, Dr George Habash said that he ultimately does not think of returning back to the post of the secretary general of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine after the assassination of its secretary general Abu Ali Mustafa on Monday.
Palestine, Politics, 8/31/2001
Active Arab participation at the 48th DIF
The 48th Damascus International Fair (DIF) which will continue until September 7th is attended by 30 countries and 127 Arab and foreign companies.
Syria-Regional, Economics, 8/31/2001
Israeli security official visits Amman
The Jordanian weekly Sheihan said in its recent issue issued on Thursday in an exclusive report that the chairman of terrorism- fighting in Israel Yahyam Sasoun visited Amman on Monday and met at the Israeli embassy with 20 Israeli businessmen who have factories and businesses in Jordan.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 8/31/2001
Israel and Beit Jala
The Israeli prime minister has presided over a session of consultation with several ministers of his Cabinet on Wednesday evening. The meeting lasted until Thursday at dawn in order to evaluate current developments in the Palestinian territories, according to the Israeli radio.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/31/2001
Israeli soldiers block UN convoys from Palestine refugee camp
Two separate United Nations convoys travelling to a refugee camp in Gaza were blocked by an Israeli checkpoint Friday and forced to turn back without reaching their destination, reported the UN news center.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/31/2001
Turkey and the Israeli esclation
Turkey on Thursday called for the need of putting an end to the policy of escalation pursued by Israel against the Palestinian people and stressed that the crime of assassinating the secretary general of the People's Front For the Liberation of Palestine and the re-occupation of Beit Jala have all intensified tension in the region.
Israel-Turkey, Politics, 8/31/2001
Egypt, Djibouti support for the Somali government
The International cooperation minister in Djibouti Muhammad Ali Youssef held discussions in Cairo with the Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher, after which he stressed the support of the two countries to the provisional government in Somalia so as to be able to establish security and peace, as well as stability.
Djibouti-Egypt, Politics, 8/31/2001
Powell telephones Sharon, Peres
The spokesman for the US state department Richard Boucher has said that the US secretary of State Colin Powell made telephone calls on Wednesday evening with each of the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and with his foreign minister Shimon Peres.
Israel-USA, Politics, 8/31/2001
Belgian business delegation in Morocco early September
A large Belgian delegation of economic operators will pay a work visit to Morocco September 9 through 14 to explore partnership opportunities with Moroccan peers.
Morocco-Belgium, Economics, 8/31/2001
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday in Damascus received the Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. Talks dealt with developments in the region and its reflections on both Syria and Lebanon and the open prospects for the brotherly co-operation between the two countries.
Morocco's King Moahmmed VI, who was accompanied by his brother Prince Moulay Rachid, conferred Friday at the royal palace in the northern city of Tetuan, with Presidednt of Guinea Lansana Conte.
A Palestinian source resides in Amman and who took part in the Palestinian talks in Damascus expected that the Syrian authorities will release a new shift of Palestinian and Arab detainees in the Syrian Jails and this will be prior to the visit of Yasser Arafat to Damascus, according to the Jordanian weekly Sheihan in its recent issue. the paper added that there are some 650 Palestinian prisoners in the Syrian jails.
Assistant secretary of the Saudi foreign ministry for political affairs prince Turkey Bin Muhammad Bin Saud al-Kabeer has denied what was announced by Iraq on that a Saudi patrol had violated the Iraqi borders and described that as null and void.
The Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Shara arrived on Thursday morning in the city of Durban, South Africa leading an official delegation to take part in the third international conference to fighting racism and racial discrimination due to start its deliberations today ( Friday).
The secretary general of the United Nations Kofi Annan on Thursday made a telephone call with the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat. Arafat's advisor Nabil Abu Rudinah said that Annan discussed with Arafat current developments in the Palestinian territories. The Israeli radio reported.
The air defense unit at the Lebanese national resistance on Thursday 10.20 a.m. intercepted the Israeli warplanes after they violated the Lebanese airspace and flying over Bint Jbeil and its surrounding in South Lebanon.
An official source at the Arab League stressed on Thursday that the Arab League (AL) council will discuss in its 116th session to be held at the level of the Arab foreign ministers on September 9 and 10 the issue of the US missiles defense system and its consequences on the Arab states in the light of the existing cooperation between the US and Israel in this system.
An official at the UN Refugees Work Agency for the Palestinians UNRWA in Amman said that the agency has so far received USD 38.5 million out of USD 77 million from the donor states that announced it will give aids to the Agency.
The Jordanian minister of labor Eid al-Fayez has denied the existence of agreements between Jordan and Israel to export Jordanian labor force to Israel.
The French Foreign minister Hubert Vedrine has stressed that the situation in the Middle East raises fears and anger. In a statement to the French daily Le Figaro issued on Thursday, Vedrine described Israel's taking the whole Palestinian people as a hostage is shameful and regrettable.
It was announced in Moscow on Thursday that the Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in the Kremlin on September 4th with the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon who will pay a work visit to federal Russia on September 3 through 6.