Monday, March 8

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An official spokesman at the Ministry of Energy condemned an attempt to target the Ras Tanura Port and the residential area in Dhahran emphasized that such repeated acts of sabotage and hostility target petroleum supplies to the world

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Riyadh, An official spokesman at the Ministry of Energy said that one of the petroleum tank farms at the Ras Tanura Port in the Eastern Region, one of the largest oil shipping ports in the world, was attacked this morning by a drone, coming from the sea. The spokesman added that another deliberate attempt was also made this evening to attack Saudi Aramco’s facilities. Shrapnel from a ballistic missile fell near Saudi Aramco’s residential area in the city of Dhahran, where thousands of the company’s employees and their families from different nationalities live. The spokesman said that both attacks did not result in any injury or loss of life or property. In his statement, the spokesman stressed that the Kingdom condemns and criminalizes such repeated acts of sabotage and hostility. The ...

Citizens in occupied Syrian Golan renew rejection of occupation plan to build wind turbines on their lands

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Occupied Golan, Citizens of the occupied Syrian Golan staged a stand in Masada village in the occupied Golan on Saturday in protest against the Israeli occupation plan to build wind turbines on their agricultural lands. The participants affirming their adherence to their Syrian Arab identity, every inch of the land of their ancestors and defend it, asserting their categorical rejection of all the occupation’s Judaizing plans, on top of which is the Zionist settlement scheme aims at establishing wind turbines on their agricultural lands and confiscating their properties by force. They reiterated that they will continue to confront the Israeli project, asserting that they will foil it as they have thwarted tens of the Zionist settlement projects against the occupied Golan. It is not...

Backed by KSrelief, IOM Continues to Improve Electrical Grid in Marib, Yemen

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Marib, Backed by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) continued to improve the electrical grid in Jafina camp in Marib Governorate, Yemen. The IOM, through the KSrelief's support, aims to provide various humanitarian aid to the displaced families and provide them with basic needs to alleviate the current humanitarian crisis. This comes within the framework of the humanitarian and relief projects being provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the KSrelief, for the Yemeni people.   Source: Saudi Press Agency

Guterres affirms strong commitment to cooperation with Syrian government

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New York, United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, affirmed strong commitment to working for the interest of the Syrian people and cooperation with the Syrian government. Guterres, receiving credentials of Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh as new permanent representative of the Syrian Arab Republic at the UN in New York, extended his warm greetings to President Bashar al-Assad. He appreciated the history and culture of the Syrian people and their generosity and hospitality that he closely touched when he was working as ex-high commissioner for refugees. Ambassador Sabbagh, for his part, conveyed President al-Assad’s greetings to Guterres, expressing aspiration for cooperation with him. He affirmed Syria’s full support to the efforts of UN Secretary General in implementing an...

Timeline of Disaster and Displacement for Iraqi Christians

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BAGHDAD - In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back conflicts have left ancient Christian communities that were once a vibrant and integral part of the landscape scattered and in ruins. Iraq was estimated to have nearly 1.5 million Christians before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. They date back to the first centuries of the religion and include Chaldean, Syriac, Assyrian and Armenian churches. Now, church officials estimate only a few hundred thousand, or even less, remain within Iraq's borders. The rest are scattered across the globe, resettling in far-flung places like Australia, Canada and Sweden, as well as neighboring countries. Many of those who remain in Iraq feel abandoned, bitter and helpless, some wary of neighbors with whom they once shared ...

Missile Strikes Hit Oil Refineries in Northern Syria; 1 Person Killed

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BEIRUT - Missile strikes in northern Syria near the Turkish border killed one person and injured at least 11 others Friday, Turkish state media and a source from the Turkish-backed faction that controls the region said. Explosions rocked local oil refineries near the towns of al-Bab and Jarablus, sparking large fires, a witness and Turkey's state-owned Anadolu news agency said. The source in the National Army, which controls swaths of northwest Syria where Turkish troops have a presence, said missile strikes had caused the blasts, wounding 11 people. Anadolu said they were ballistic missiles and it was not clear who carried out the strikes, which it said injured 18 people. Turkey has backed fighters who sought to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, but the Syrian president, with Russian...