Zionist Entity 'Deliberately Trying to Kill Palestinian Hunger Strikers'

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs says the Tel Aviv regime purposefully seeks to kill Palestinian hunger strikers who are refusing to take their food portions in protest against their administrative detention in Israeli jails.

Issa Qaraqe, the head of the rights group, said in a Thursday statement that Israeli authorities have “deliberately” sought to kill the Palestinian protesters by allowing their health condition to deteriorate, and forcing them into “difficult circumstances” at the same time.

Qaraqe added that 20-year-old Anas Ibrahim Shadid and Ahmad Abu Farah, 29, both residents of the southern occupied West Bank city of Surif, have gone without food for 76 and 77 days, respectively.

Nasrallah: Region Entered New Era and Some Schemes are on the Edge of Collapse and Inevitable Defeat

BEIRUT, (ST)- Hizbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has stressed that the region has entered a new era and some schemes are on the edge of collapse and inevitable defeat, pointing out that the impacts of the promised and imminent victory in Aleppo will reflect on the entire battle in Syria and the region.

Japan backs Iran's stabilizing role in region

TOKYO–Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif who is in Tokyo, the third stop in his regional tour of Asian countries, met with Japanese Economy Minister Sekō on Thursday.

“The official relationship between Iran and Japan is 100 years old, however, the unofficial ties between the traders and people of the two countries dates back to more than a thousand years ago,” said Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on Thursday morning (local time), in his meeting with Hiroshige Sekō, the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, at the headquarter of the Japanese ministry in Tokyo, according to Mehr News.

At the third leg of his regional tour of Asian countries, the Iranian top diplomat is currently visiting the Japanese capital city of Tokyo in a bid to bolster bilateral ties of economic and political cooperation.

Lavrov Calls Attack on Russian Hospital in Aleppo a Planned Campaign

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia considers the attack on the country's hospital in Aleppo a planned campaign, according to Sputnick.

On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that alleged Syrian opposition militants had shelled a Russian military hospital killing a combat medic and injuring two others in Aleppo. One of the injured later also succumbed to her wounds, according to the ministry. "We are convinced that [the attack is a] planned action, planned by those who are trying to preserve their positions in Aleppo, under the shelter of foreign protectors", — Lavrov said during a press conference in Moscow.

Iran’s Zarif urges cultural war on terror

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there is a need to wage a cultural war on terror instead of merely taking a military approach to the scourge.

Speaking at the Peking University in the Chinese capital on Tuesday, the top Iranian diplomat said the military approach was not the perfect means of fighting terrorism, according to PressTV.

“The military approach is not the ultimate approach to resolving extremism, and toward that end, cultural and university programs must be tapped to degrade and destroy this phenomenon,” Foreign Minister Zarif said.