Daesh Holding over 100k Civilians as Human Shields in Mosul's Old City: UN

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group are holding more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians as human shields in the Old City of western Mosul as government forces are pushing to drive the extremists out of their last bastion in the city, according to Press TV.

“More than 100,000 civilians may still be held in the Old City. We know that Daesh moved them with them as they left... locations where the fighting was going on. These civilians are basically held as human shields in the Old City,” the presiding UNHCR representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo, told reporters in the Swiss city of Geneva on Friday.

US, Qatar Sign $12bn Fighter Jet Deal amid Gulf Row

The US has signed a $12-billion deal to sell F-15 fighter jets to Qatar amid a dispute engulfing the Persian Gulf region, which saw President Donald Trump siding with a Saudi-led bloc of nations facing off against Doha, Press TV reported.

Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country had signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from Washington for $12 billion.

According to Qatar News Agency (QNA), the deal was inked by Qatari Defense Khalid al-Attiyah and his US counterpart, James Mattis, in Washington.

Riyadh main suspect of Tehran terror attacks

TEHRAN– Parliament official Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Saudi Arabia is the main suspect of the dual terrorist attacks on Tehran on June 7 which killed 17 people and injured dozens more.

“Bandar, Riyadh intelligence chief, had directed November 2013 terrorist attack on Iranian embassy in Beirut. Now, Riyadh is the main suspect of Tehran terrorist attacks,” Iranian Parliament's General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a tweet on Wednesday, according to the Mehr News agency.

'10,000 Yemeni Patients Died due to Saudi Siege': Ministry

Yemen’s Health Ministry says Saudi Arabia’s 2015-present aerial embargo against the impoverished country has led to the deaths of around 10,000 patients, who were prevented from travelling abroad for treatment, Press TV reported.

Yemeni media quoted the ministry’s spokesman Abdul-Hakim al-Kuhlani as saying on Tuesday that the deaths were the result of the Saudi regime’s “continued aggression, siege and continued hostile restrictions on Sana’a International Airport.”

He said some 75,000 patients are estimated to be in need of seeking treatment abroad each year, slamming Riyadh and its allies for targeting Yemeni civilians and, at the same time, preventing those injured from leaving the country to receive treatment.

The Saudi-led coalition also blocks the entry of medicine into the country, now hit by a cholera spread, which has killed hundreds of people, said the official.

Iran Will Never Tolerate Saudi Warmongering: Velayati

A senior Iranian official says the comments by “inexperienced” Saudi diplomats against the Islamic Republic show their ignorance about Iran and the region, stressing that Tehran will never tolerate Riyadh’s warmongering policies.

 “The problem that Saudi Arabia has been grappling with over the recent years is the callowness and inexperience of the individuals who are serving in its foreign ministry. They sometimes make comments which indicate [their] lack of knowledge about Iran and the region,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, told reporters on Tuesday, according to Press TV.