Iran's Raeisi: US created ISIS, supported it in Syria and Iraq

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has stressed that the presence of terrorists in Afghanistan pose serious threat to the entire region.

He made the remarks during a press conference on Saturday with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon.

Raeisi said that the Americans, who formed ISIS, went to Afghanistan following evil acts in Syria and Iraq.

He affirmed that Iran and Tajikistan have similar views on Afghanistan, saying "we believe that foreign interference in Afghanistan has caused many disasters and it must come to an end. The foreigners neither established, nor promoted security. They were also not able to solve the problems of the Afghan nation."

Occupation announced 31 settlement building plans in the West Bank during the past three months

During the past three months, the Israeli occupation authorities announced 31 settlement building plans in the West Bank in a blatant violation of international legitimacy resolutions which affirm the illegality of the Israeli settlement building activities in the occupied Palestinian territories and call for halting them.

In its weekly report published on Saturday, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) National Bureau for Defending the Land and Resisting Settlements said that The Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett repeats in his statements to media outlets that settlement expansion will continue in the West Bank and that he will prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state on the basis of the June 4th 1967 line.

The report went on to say that the occupation forces razed areas of Palestinian land in Deir Al-Ghusoun town, north of Tulkarm, and seized lands in Deir Istiya town in Salfit city to expand settlement operations. The occupation forces also razed all the roads leading to Jabal Sabih (Mount Sabih) area in Beita town in Nablus in order to impede the Palestinians’ access to this area to participate in demonstrations protesting against the establishment of a settlement outpost on the top the mountain.

Palestinian prisoners’ battle of empty stomachs continues in protest against the occupation’s crimes

To reiterate their protest against the continuous crimes of the Israeli occupation, six Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails continue with their hunger strike.

According to Hasan Abed Rabbo, the media advisor for the Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission, the prisoners are suffering from a deteriorating health condition, demonstrated in pains in all parts of their bodies, exhaustion, notable weight loss and sharp decrease in fluids and salt.

The prisoners are Kayed Al-Fasfous who has been on hunger strike for 66 days, Mikdad Al-Qawasmeh for 59 days, Alaa Al-Araj for 41 days, Hiusham Abu Hawash for 33 days, Rayeq Bsharat for 28 days and Shadi Abu Aker for 25 days.

Dozens of Palestinians injured as a result of the occupation's suppression of demonstrations in the West Bank

Occupied Jerusalem (ST): Dozens of Palestinians were injured today as the Israeli occupation forces suppressed two demonstrations in the towns of Beita and Beit Dajan in Nablus in the West Bank.

Wafa news agency reported that the occupation forces fired bullets and poison gas canisters at the participants in a demonstration in the vicinity of Jabal Sabeeh in the town of Beita, in refusal to establish the occupation outpost on its summit, resulting in the injury of 5 Palestinians and 25 others suffocated.

Meanwhile, 15 Palestinians s uffocated as the occupation forces fired poison gas canisters at participants in an anti-settlement demonstration in Beit Dajan.

In the village of Al-Mughayyir, east of Ramallah, a number of Palestinians were injured when the Israeli occupation forces suppressed a demonstration.

Wafa indicated that the occupation forces fired poison gas canisters at the participants in the demonstration called by the Palestinian national forces, in refusal of the  occupation closing about two weeks ago, the eastern entrance to the village, which led to a number of Palestinians suffocating.

The entrance, which was closed by the occupation, is considered an essential artery to connect the village with the neighboring villages and areas, forcing the Palestinians to take long and bumpy roads in their transportation.


The occupation escalates its attacks on Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (ST): During the past two days, the Israeli occupation escalated its attacks on Palestinians in the occupied city of Jerusalem, by increasing  its military barriers to isolate neighborhoods and towns from each other, cut off communication between them, closed the Old City markets and restricted movement in them, while providing protection for hundreds of settlers to storm the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

These attacks have increased the suffering of Jerusalemites whom the occupation is trying to forcibly displace  by looting their land and demolishing their homes and properties or seizing them and handing them over to settlers. While the international community continues its silence on the crimes of the occupation, the Palestinians continue to resist in defense of their land and existence. 

Jawad Siyam, director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said in a statement to news reporter that the occupation deployed thousands of its members in the Old City of Jerusalem and on the roads leading to Al-Aqsa to prevent Palestinians from reaching the mosque, indicating that the systematic incursions into the mosque are part of the occupation’s plans to Judaize occupied Jerusalem and obliterate its Palestinian Arab identity.

Siyam pointed out that these incursions are no less dangerous than demolishing Palestinian homes and expanding settlement operations in the city to isolate it from its surroundings. The occupation threatened to demolish it in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the towns of Al-Isawiya and Silwan.

Undersecretary of the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Endowments Hussam Abu Al-Rub stressed that the escalation of the storming of Al-Aqsa, the assault on Palestinian worshipers and their arrest, and the shooting and poison gas bombs in its courtyards is a flagrant violation of international law and international humanitarian law, which guarantees freedom of worship, stressing that the Palestinian people will continue to struggle in defense of their identity, land and sanctities until the occupation is defeated.

The Director of Al-Quds International Center Hassan Khater indicated that the settlers’ incursions into Al-Aqsa under the protection of the occupation forces are increasing and expanding to include attacks on Christian and Islamic sanctities and on Palestinian homes and properties in the Old City and the rest of occupied Jerusalem’s neighborhoods with the aim of displacing Palestinians, changing the demographic situation and falsifying history, civilization and geography, stressing that all occupation attempts to implement its Judaization plans will fail and will not change the established fact that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.

The Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Mustafa Barghouti, warned of the danger of the occupation's plans to Judaize occupied Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian sanctities, because it destroys any opportunity to establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.