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Israeli Occupation Forces Injure 5 Palestinians in West Bank

Five Palestinians have been injured by Israeli occupation forces escorting hundreds of settlers into a shrine in the occupied West Bank.

Ma’an news agency quoted local sources as saying that clashes erupted between local Palestinians and Israeli forces after hundreds of Israeli settlers attempted to enter the compound of Joseph’s Tomb (Qabr Yusuf), east of Nablus, under Israeli army protection in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to the report, the Israeli forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and sound bombs at the Palestinians

US, Allies Using Terrorists as Tool to Balkanize Syria, Says Analyst

Having failed to seize control of Syria, the US and its allies have switched to a “plan B” and are using the militants they support in the Arab country to advance their goal of breaking Syria into pieces, an analyst tells Press TV.

Janice Kortkamp, independent researcher and journalist based in the US state of Virginia, told Press TV’s The Debate program on Monday that the US and its allies - including the UK and Saudi Arabia - “were literally fomenting and manufacturing sectarian distrust” and violence in Syria to undermine the Damascus government.

Czech journalist: Syrian Army achievements in Idleb will be accompanied by a new Western disinformation campaign

Czech journalist specialized in the Middle EastTeresa Spencerova has warned that the achievements realized by the Syrian Arab Army against terrorists in Idleb will certainly be accompanied by a new misleading media campaign in the West to distort what is really happening on the ground.

Spencerova explained that whenever the Syrian army advances deeper in Idleb,the western politicians and media will name terrorists with new labels to protect them.

Iran Warns US against Trying to Seize its Tanker following Release from Gibraltar

The Islamic Republic says it has warned the United States against any attempt at seizing an Iran-headed supertanker that had been detained by the UK and Gibraltar.

“Should this measure be taken or even spoken of, it would constitute a threat against free shipping,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi told reporters at a presser on Monday.

The Islamic Republic has conveyed “necessary warnings” to American authorities through the official channels at its disposal, especially the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, “not to undertake this wrongheaded action because they will be faced with adverse consequences,” he added.

On July 4, Britain’s naval forces unlawfully seized the Adrian Darya 1 vessel, then known as Grace 1, and its cargo of 2.1 million barrels of oil in the Strait of Gibraltar under the pretext that the supertanker had been suspected of carrying crude to Syria in violation of the European Union’s unilateral sanctions against the Arab country.

Tehran, however, rejected London’s claim about the tanker’s destination and slammed the seizure as “piracy.”

On Thursday, Gibraltar’s government announced it was releasing the supertanker despite pressure from the US for the vessel’s continued detainment.

The announcement came just before the US Department of Justice unveiled a warrant for the seizure of the ship. Gibraltar’s government said last Sunday that it has knocked back the request, arguing that “the EU sanctions regime on Iran is fundamentally different to that of the US."

Mousavi said the US request for the vessel’s prolonged detainment was “illegal.”

Its rejection by Gibraltar’s government as well as a similar move by Brazil to refuel stranded Iranian vessels late last month despite Washington’s objection show that “there is no place for the US bullying in today’s world anymore,” he added.

“We hope that countries respond to the US’s unilateral sanctions law-abidingly and reject them because the sanctions lack all foundation,” the spokesman noted.



Saudi Arabia, UAE Occupied Yemen for US Interests, Says an Analyst

''Saudi Arabia launched the war on Yemen, more than four years ago, to follow orders from the United States, which is striving for dominance in the Middle Eastern region, with the aim of maintaining the security of Israel'', says an analyst.

Author and Middle East expert, Saeb Shaath, made the remarks to Press TV, when he was asked why Saudi Arabia has been spending so much money and so much of its reputation to continue this war against Yemen.

 “The whole thing is not the war for Saudi Arabia,” he pointed out.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, “to dominate Yemen and to destroy Yemen as well for the interest of the United States of America to control the waterways and the strategic position of Yemen.” he said.