US-Backed Militants Prevent Syrians from Fleeing Rukban Camp

US-sponsored militants are preventing displaced Syrians stranded in a camp near the Jordanian border from leaving the site toward government-controlled areas, a Syrian analyst says.

Mazen Bilal, a political analyst, told Reuters on Monday that the militants had blocked civilians at the Rukban camp from using a safe passage set up by the Syrian government and Russia last month to leave the area.

The camp is located near the US base at al-Tanf which is a key center for training and equipping militants opposed to the Syrian government.

Iraq Will not Be Part of US Sanctions Regime against Iran: President Saleh

Iraq’s President Barham Salih says his country will not be part of a regime of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran and will do its best to reduce the damage done to the Iranian nation as a result of the bans, according to Press TV.

Salih made the remark as he spoke at a press conference in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Sunday, when asked about the impact of the sanctions on Tehran-Baghdad relations.

  “Let me tell you that Iraq will not become part of the US unilateral sanctions regime against Iran. There is no doubt that we will be affected by these sanctions, but it is certain that we will not be part of them,” he said.

Saudis, Allies Violate Hudaydah Truce 678 Times, Says Yemen Army

Yemen’s Army spokesman Brigadier Yahya Sariyah said Saudi Arabia and its allies have stepped up their attacks in breach of an UN-brokered truce in the port city of Hudaydah, violating the truce deal for hundreds of times.

Sariyah told Saba news agency on Saturday that the Saudis have violated the Hudaydah ceasefire 678 times in the past 72 hours.

"The forces of aggression do not want peace, do not abide by the UN resolutions and continue to commit more crimes against the Yemeni people," he said.

Larijani Calls for Better Utilization of Constitution’s Capacities

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran has remarkable potentials which need to be utilized properly.

In an interview with the Persian daily ‘Sazandegi’, Larijani referred to the recent debates over making some changes in the country’s Constitution, saying that the Constitution has remarkable potentials which only need to be implemented properly.

Zionist Forces Demolish Barn, Uproot Trees near al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, Occupied West Bank– Zionist forces on Sunday demolished a poultry barn and uprooted dozes of fruitful trees in al-Arroub refugee camp, to the north of the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, according to local sources.

Mohammad Awad, a local activist, told WAFA that staff from the so-called Israeli Civil Administration accompanied by bulldozers proceeded to demolish the barn and to uproot dozens of trees surrounding it.

The demolished barn belongs to local Palestinian citizen Khalid al-Samahin and is 600-meter-square of size.

The Israeli authorities citied construction without permission as the reason for the demolition, a pretext which Israel has used over the years to restrict Palestinian construction in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which makes up about 60% of the total area of the region.