Israeli Settlers Seize Palestinian Land in Northern Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY– Israeli settlers seized today a large area of Palestinian land in the northern Jordan Valley, according  to Aref Daraghmeh, a local rights activist, Wafa news agency reported.

He said the settlers placed barbed wire around the seized land, estimated in the hundreds of dunums, in Khillet al-Oqda and al-Sweideh area of the Jordan Valley.

US Main Cause of Persisting Crisis in Syria: Hezbollah

A high-ranking member of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the United States is the main cause of the persisting crisis in Syria.

In remarks published by Hezbollah’s Media Relations Office on Sunday, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said the US had prolonged the presence of foreign-backed militants in the Middle Eastern country, Press TV reported.

 “The long war in Syria is because of the US, which is now hindering the settlement there,” he said, adding that Washington was also using evil schemes in an attempt to destabilize the Arab country.

Syrian Government Providing all Facilitations to Help Displaced Syrians Return Home: Lebanese Minister

BEIRUT, (ST)- Lebanese Minister of State for the Displaced Affairs Saleh al-Gharib has stressed that Syria provides all facilitations to help the displaced Syrians, who are staying in Lebanon, return home.

In a statement on Saturday, al-Gharib said that all issues relating to the displaced people were discussed with the Syrian government in complete transparency and objectivity.

The minister pointed out that Syria and Lebanon are linked to each other by historical ties, so it is necessary for Lebanon to have distinguished ties with Syria.

Shamkhani Predicts Further Withdrawal of US from Region in 2019

TEHRAN - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council highlighted the US failure to form a regional coalition against the so-called "Islamic Republic" (ISIS, Daesh), predicting that America would have to pull its forces out of more regions in the Middle East in 2019.

In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Ali Shamkhani outlined the major problems that the US is facing in the Middle East, describing Washington’s plan to transfer its military forces from Syria to Iraq as part of a propaganda campaign.

Asked about his view on US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, Shamkhani said it results from the fact that “the realities on the ground in the region have been imposed on the United States.”

“One of the main realities in Syria and elsewhere in the region is that the US allies have been defeated by the wills of nations, and have therefore inflicted heavy political, military and financial costs on the US,” he added, according to Tasnim.

Terrorist Groups Keep Preventing Refugees From Leaving Rukban Camp - Moscow

MOSCOW- Militants are still stopping displaced Syrians and their families from leaving Syria's Rukban camp and providing them false information about true intentions of Russia and Damascus, head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation Lt. Gen. Sergei Solomatin said on Friday.

According to Solomatin, two checkpoints were opened on Tuesday to facilitate the displaced's withdrawal from the Rukban camp, which lies in the area controlled by the United States. Soldiers from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria and crews of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are working at the checkpoints, and are prepared to provide assistance for those who want to leave the camp, he added, according to Sputnik.