Ferry Sinking in Iraq Kills At Least 72 People

At least 72 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris river near Mosul in Iraq, medical sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, said the head of Mosul's Civil Defense Authority Husam Khalil, according to Press TV.

A separate source in the Civil Defense Authority said the boat had been loaded with twice its capacity, causing it to capsize.

Mobile phone footage showed the ferry sinking into the muddy water and people shouting for help.

The rescue team was retrieving survivors and had rescued scores of people so far, Khalil said.

Police and medical sources said earlier at least 40 people had drowned. A source in a nearby hospital and another in a morgue said the toll had risen to 72.

President Aoun Meets Pedersen, Urges Serious Work to Help Displaced Syrians in Lebanon Return Home

BEIRUT, (ST)- Lebanese President, General Michel Aoun and the UN Chief’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen on Wednesday held talks on the issue of the displaced Syrians in Lebanon and the need to facilitate their return to their homeland.

He renewed his call for working hard to help the displaced Syrians return home, stressing that Syria has started to restore its security and stability.

"We must work seriously to take the displaced back to safe and stable areas in Syria, which have actually become wide.. If the countries, which are involved in the war on Syria, allocate 10 percent of the cost of this war to resolve the issue of the displaced, it would help end their humanitarian crisis and spare the world more crises," Aoun said.

Yemeni Army Targets Saudis’ Positions with Missiles

The Yemeni missile unit fired two Badr-1 ballistic missiles toward Saudis’ positions in southern Saudi Arabia.

According to Yemeni media ‘Al-Masirah’, the army and the popular committees of Yemen targeted Saudi forces’ positions in Jizan.

Meanwhile, Yemeni forces have taken control of Saudi military forces’ positions in Najran.

Rights Groups Call for Referring Zionists Involved in Deliberate Killings of Gaza Protesters to Courts

GENEVA - Zionist leaders and soldiers involved in possible “war crimes and crimes against humanity” while disproportionately responding by excessive force to Palestinian protesters near the Gaza separation fence must be held to account, said Solidarité Suisse Guinée and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) in an oral statement delivered before representatives and ambassadors of member states at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) 40th session on Monday.

Israel has violated the principles of international human rights law by using live and explosive bullets and poisonous gas canisters to disperse civilians, journalists and medical crews around the Gaza fence, killing 256 civilians, including 38 children, as well as causing 69 permanent disabilities, and further exacerbated the already unfolding humanitarian crisis in the Strip, the two organizations stressed.

Baqeri: Illegal Foreign Forces Must Leave Syria

Iran's top military commander says foreign forces, who are illegally present in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib and east of the Euphrates, should leave these areas at the earliest.

"Those foreign forces who are present in Syria without any authorization from the country's government must leave the Syrian soil as soon as possible," Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said upon his arrival in Damascus on Sunday, accordign to press TV.

Baqeri added that he plans to take part in a tripartite meeting with senior Syrian and Iraqi commanders to coordinate efforts made by the three countries in their fight against terrorism and also to discuss the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria.