Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suggested on Thursday he was considering pardoning journalists of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera television station jailed in his country for nearly a year on charges of aiding a “terrorist organisation”. Human rights groups and Western governments have condemned the trial of the journalists and the United Nations questioned Egypt’s judicial […]
The Saudi monarch has called on Egypt to follow its steps in ending a months-long dispute with Qatar after an agreement was reached earlier this week. The agreement, if implemented, promises to put an end to the worst diplomatic rift to hit the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In statements issued on the Saudi official news […]
Key staff from Al Jazeera’s Beirut Bureau have resigned citing “bias” in the channel’s stance on the conflict in Syria.
United Cable Lebanon (UCL) , one of the biggest digital cable operators, shut down all Al-Jazeera channels to protest Al-Jazeera’s demands for the additional fee. Al-Jazeera TV channels in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Kesrouan and the north were replaced by a note broadcasted by a group of cable providers.
Qatar’s emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said Monday that Syrians are determined to keep protesting against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime despite a deadly crackdown.
Qatar’s ambassador to Damascus, Zayed al-Khayarine, has quit Syria and the Qatari embassy in Damascus has suspended its mission indefinitely after pro-government Syrians attacked the building housing it
Syrian Social Nationalist Party leader MP Assaad Hardane a close ally of Syria condemned on Friday “the American arrogance of threats and intimidation, and US President Barack Obama’s administration calls for sanctions against Syria. ”
Syrian security forces opened fire on protests around the country Friday in the latest sign the conflict could be moving toward a long and bloody stalemate as President Bashar Assad shrugs off tighter sanctions and U.S. calls to step aside. Activists said at least nine people were killed.
Another Friday …The authorities in Syria are reportedly bracing for the possibility of huge protests throughout the country as more than 850 protesters have reportedly been killed and thousands have been jailed since the uprising began just over two months ago .
President Assad reaffirms his father’s legacy by quelling dissent with brute force. In two months of protests, Syrian security forces have killed an estimated 850 people.