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Despite US Pressure, Gibraltar Releases Iran-Operated Tanker

Gibraltar’s government has released an Iranian-operated supertanker, which was seized by British marines in the Strait of Gibraltar on July 4, despite pressure from the United States for the vessel’s continued detainment.

"Authorities in Gibraltar have released the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, which was seized on July 4 on suspicion it was shipping 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions," Reuters quoted the Gibraltar Chronicle as reporting on Thursday.

Spain’s Foreign Ministry reported after the incident that the UK had seized the vessel at the request of the US, which has been trying to trouble Iran’s international oil vessels as part of its campaign of economic pressure against the Islamic Republic.

Zionist Occupation Police Gunfire Palestinians in Occupied al-Quds

At least three Palestinians were shot and injured this afternoon by Israeli occupation police gunfire inside the Old City of occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem), according to witnesses.

They said that police and a Jewish settler opened fire at the Palestinians after they allegedly came under attack, injuring at least three, one of them a guard at Al-Aqsa Mosque identified as Omran Rajabi.

The Red Crescent said while its ambulances were able to transport a Palestinian who was shot in the leg to a hospital in East Jerusalem for treatment, they were not allowed by police to reach the other wounded Palestinians, who apparently were taken away by Israeli occupation ambulances and held in custody. Their situation was not immediately known.

Yemeni Forces, Allies Shoot Down Saudi-Led Surveillance Drone in Jizan

Yemen’s army and allied forces have reportedly intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition, in retaliation for the alliance’s military campaign against the impoverished country.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television network quoted an unnamed military source as saying that Yemeni troops shot down the drone as it was on a reconnaissance mission over the mountainous Jabal al-Doud district in Jizan, situated 966 kilometers south of the capital Riyadh, on Wednesday.

The source said that army forces managed to push back pro-Hadi forces advancing into Yemen, seizing a considerable amount of weapons and causing material damage to them.

Jailed Saudi Woman Activist Rejects Release Deal Tied to Torture Denial

The family of prominent Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul says she has dismissed a proposal to secure her release from prison in exchange for a video testimony denying that she had been tortured and sexually harassed in custody, Press T.V reported.

“The Saudi state security has visited my sister in prison recently. They have asked her to... appear on video to deny the torture and harassment. That was part of a deal to release her,” her brother Walid al-Hathloul, who is based in Canada, wrote on Twitter.

Walid went on to say that Loujain, who recently marked her 30th birthday in jail, had initially agreed to sign a document denying that she had been tortured, as a precondition for her release.

More Palestinian Prisoners Join Hunger Strike against Administrative Detention in Israeli Jails

Thirty Palestinians in Israeli occupation jails have joined a hunger strike in solidarity with six detainees who have themselves been refusing to eat or drink to protest their illegal detention without charge or trial, Press T.V reported.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said on Monday that another group comprising 30 prisoners had joined the open-ended hunger strike to protest against the practice of so-called administrative detention.

The prisoners reject the intake of any food or water to step up pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to meet the demands of the six detainees who have been on hunger strike, particularly Huthaifa Halabiya, whose health condition is deteriorating.