Occupation Forces Deatain Over 20 Palestinians from West Bank

Nablus - Israeli occupation forces ransacked a number of houses, seized cash and detained 21 Palestinians in overnight raids across various parts of the West Bank, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) in a press release.

It said Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians from the northern West Bank district of Nablus.

WAFA learned from security sources that Israeli military vehicles raided Asira al-Shamaliya town, north of Nablus city, where soldiers detained five Palestinians.

Security sources added that soldiers also carried out two other separate raids into Tell and Sarra villages, southwest of Nablus, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians, including a former prisoner.

Elsewhere in the northern West Bank, PPS added that five Palestinians were detained from Toubas district.

Iran’s President Praises FM Zarif for Standing against US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lauded Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for standing against the US, one day after the top Iranian diplomat announced his resignation.

In comments at a general assembly of the Central Bank of Iran on Tuesday, Rouhani took a swipe at the US government for hatching plots against Iran’s banking system and sale of oil.

 “Today, the Foreign Ministry, the Central Bank and the Oil Ministry are on our front line against the US,” he said.

The president also expressed his gratitude to Zarif and to the CBI governor and the minister of oil for serving at the front line in the battle against the US.

Hezbollah Denounces UK Move to Ban Lebanese Movement

TEHRAN – Lebanon’s Hezbollah condemned a recent decision by the British government to impose a full ban on activities of the resistance movement, describing the move as mere “propaganda”, according to Tasnim news Agency.

Hezbollah on Monday denounced the “hostile move” by the UK as “propaganda”, Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper reported, citing sources close to the movement.

The decision is not going to affect Hezbollah's ties with London as they have been strained for many years, the sources added.

Iran’s Zarif Unexpectedly Announces Resignation

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has unexpectedly announced his resignation in an Instagram post.

 “I am grateful for magnanimity of the dear and courageous people of Iran and the respectable authorities’ over the past 67 months,” read the post published late on Monday, according to Press TV.

“I sincerely apologize for inability to continue [my] service and all the shortcomings and flaws during [my] tenure,” it added. “May you be happy and proud.”

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, spokesman at Foreign Ministry, confirmed to IRNA that Zarif has resigned.

President Hassan Rouhani is yet to confirm Zarif’s resignation.

Erdogan Responsible for Tens of Thousands of Civilian Casualties in Syria

ANKARA, (ST)- Leader of Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has stressed that President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyib Erdogan is responsible for the continuity of the terrorist war on Syria through his support for terrorist organizations and through facilitating the flow of terrorists into Syria.

In a statement on Monday, Kılıcdaroglu said "Erdogan is directly or indirectly responsible for  tens of thousands of civilian casualties in Syria".