Middle East conflicts - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Middle East conflicts


3 rockets hit U.S. embassy in protest-hit Iraqi capital

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:01 AM

One rocket hit an embassy cafeteria at dinner time while two others landed nearby, a security source says

SMOKE. Iraqi protesters react amid tear gas amid clashes with security forces following an anti-government demonstration in Al-Khilani square in the capital Baghdad, on January 26, 2020. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

TUCP pushes for 'early escape plan' for 1.2M OFWs in Middle East

Jan 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'There is no harm in being prepared, identifying contingency measures, and taking due diligence in anticipation of a worst-case scenario in the Middle East,' says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

EVACUATION PLAN. TUCP Representative Raymond Mendoza urges the Duterte adminisration to craft an evacuation plan for the 1.2 million OFWs in the Middle East to prepare for any eventuality. Photo from TUCP Facebook page

In new pro-Israel shift, U.S. no longer calls settlements illegal

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:24 AM

US State secretary Mike Pompeo tells reporters, the US has concluded that 'the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law'

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. - An Israeli soldier's body was found with multiple stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "terrorist" attack. The incident sparked a manhunt by security forces and risked boosting Israeli-Palestinian tensions weeks ahead of September 17 Israeli polls. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Palestinians reject U.S.-Bahrain peace plan as Israel advises 'surrender'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The Peace to Prosperity economic workshop that begins June 25 is billed as the start of a new approach that will later include political solutions to the long intractable Middle East conflict

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators carry caricatures, during a protest against the US-led Peace to Prosperity conference that opens tomorrow in Bahrain, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on June 24, 2019. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'comprehensive' Gaza operation

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The prime minister says Israel is prepared for a widespread military campaign in Gaza as tensions simmered following the latest flare-up – but only after all other options were exhausted

An Israeli soldier directs a tank during training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The new legislation, which serves as a de facto constitution, provokes fears of discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel

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Israel says first to use F-35 stealth fighter jets in combat

May 22, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Calling the plane by its Hebrew name, an Israeli general says: 'The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions'

FIRST RUN. An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on December 27, 2017. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

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Feb 16, 2017 - 10:24 AM

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Time to rethink our OFW policy in Middle East

Jan 19, 2016 - 9:41 AM

From an employment and security perspective the economic slump in the Persian Gulf isn’t the best news for the Philippines’ labor export policy

epa04696754 Filipino worker Aileen Tatualla (R), who just returned home from strife-torn Yemen, hugs her son, Prinz Leenbert (L), upon arrival at Manila's international airport, Philippines, 09 April 2015. Some 68 Filipino workers returned home after escaping from Yemeni's conflict. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

ISIS at outskirts of Syria's Aleppo despite Russian raids

Oct 09, 2015 - 10:46 PM

UPDATED With Moscow in its 10th day of strikes the United States announces it would halt its troubled program to build up Syrian rebel units to fight ISIS

Palestinian stone throwers wounded by 'undercover Israelis'

Oct 08, 2015 - 12:49 AM

Four masked men one carrying a flag of the Islamist movement Hamas were throwing rocks when others among them suddenly drew pistols

CONFLICT. Palestinian young women from the Birzeit University take part in clashes with Israeli security forces in Beit El, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Protests outside Downing St over Netanyahu's UK visit

Sep 09, 2015 - 9:59 PM

Police officers separated the two groups and took away at least two protesters following minor scuffles and chanting by both sides

Egypt slams 'politicized' HRW report on rights abuses

Jun 09, 2015 - 8:53 PM

Since Morsi s ouster hundreds of his supporters face a brutal government crackdown

ANTI-TERROR LAW. A supporter of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, stands beside the relative of a martyr during events commemorating of the anniversary day of the 2011 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, 25 January 2015. Photo by Almasry Alyoum /Osama Said/ EPA

Paris to host international meeting on Iraq and Syria

May 21, 2015 - 5:23 AM

The announcement of the meeting comes as Islamic State fighters overran part of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra

TOPSHOTS. A general view taken on April 6, 2015 shows destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus after the Islamic State group seized large parts of it, a Palestinian official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / STR

Iraqi president in Tehran for talks

May 13, 2015 - 1:19 AM

Iran backed Shiite militias have taken back Sunni cities such as Tikrit but Iraq remains locked in battles against the militants

ISIS responsible for deadly bombing on Shiite mosque in Iraq

May 09, 2015 - 12:08 AM

The attack is the latest in a series of IS bombings targeting Shiite districts or militias in Iraq

PLO rejects idea of joining Yarmuk fighting

Apr 11, 2015 - 2:26 AM

We refused to drag our people and their camps into the hellish conflict which is happening in Syria

UN calls for 'humanitarian pause' in Yemen violence

Apr 10, 2015 - 11:51 PM

Edwards said UNHCR was making contingency plans to be able to receive up to 100 000 refugees from Yemen in Somalia and another 30 000 in Djibouti

A general view shows smoke rising from a large explosion during heavy clashes between Presidential guards and Houthis in Sanaa, Yemen, 19 January 2015. Stringer/EPA

Israel to release tax funds to Palestinians

Mar 28, 2015 - 4:27 AM

The decision comes 10 days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected and subsequently chosen to form the next government

British ex-marine killed fighting ISIS in Syria

Mar 05, 2015 - 1:02 AM

He is believed to be the second Westerner to have died fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS

Israeli strikes kill senior Hamas commanders in Gaza

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Yet Hamas says the attack will not weaken their resistance to Israel

MOURNING. Palestinian Hamas supporters mourn over the body of one of three Hamas senior commanders killed in an Israeli military strike during their funerals at a mosque in Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, on August 21, 2014. Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief. AFP/Thomas Coex