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Eight civilians among 11 dead in Turkish assault on Syria: monitor

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  • UAE condemns Turkish aggression in Syria
  • Bahrain condemns Turkish military attack on northeastern Syria

The West’s Syrian Kurdish allies announced on Wednesday that they were halting all operations against Isil as they rushed their forces to face the long-awaited Turkish assault on northeast Syria.

Turkish bombardment on Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria killed at least 11 people on Wednesday, eight of them civilians, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 11 of the civilian victims were killed in artillery strikes on the city of Qamishli.

Saudi condemns Turkey’s “aggression” in Syria: ministry

Saudi Arabia condemned on Wednesday the aggression launched by the Turkish army on northeast Syria, an official at the foreign ministry said.

The foreign ministry official said that the Turkish aggression is a blatant violation of the unity, independence and sovereignty of the Syrian territories.

Bahrain condemns Turkish military attack on northeastern Syria

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain strongly condemned the military attack by Turkey on areas in northeast of Syria, “which is a violation of the rules of international law and an attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”

While supporting the call for an emergency meeting of the Arab League to take a unified Arab position toward this aggression.

The Foreign Ministry called on “the UN Security Council to accelerate its responsibilities in confronting this attack, in order to maintain peace and security and to provide a supportive atmosphere to continue efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution in Syria.”

UAE condemns Turkish aggression in Syria

The United Arab Emirates condemned on Wednesday the Turkish aggression in northeast Syria, according to a tweet carried by the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that “this aggression represents a dangerous development and a flagrant and unacceptable aggression against the sovereignty of a brotherly Arab state in contravention of the rules of international law,” according to the statement.

The ministry affirmed the “UAE’s firm stance and rejection of all that affects the sovereignty of Arab national security and threatens international peace and security, warning of the consequences of this aggression on the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and the political process in it.”

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Protests erupt in Iran over fuel price hike

Retaliating to Rouhani’s remark, the protesters shouted: “Gasoline price increased, making the impoverished poorer.”

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Tehran, Nov 16 : Protests have erupted across Iran after the country began rationing on the purchase of gasoline and substantially increased the price of fuel in a move aimed at assisting the needy, media reports said.

The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) said in a statement late Thursday that the price of a litre of regular gasoline had gone up to 15,000 rials (12.7 US cents) from 10,000 rials and the monthly ration for each private automobile was set at 60 litres per month, the Tehran-based Press TV said in a report.

Additional purchases would cost 30,000 rials per litre.

The NIOPDC added that taxis and ambulances would have a 400-litre and 500-litre monthly quota, respectively. The price of CNG and gas oil will remain unchanged.

Addressing the nation on Friday, President Hassan Rouhani said the government had no intention to receive any portion of the hike despite the economic woes in the country.

He added that the government’s move to increase the gasoline prices would be beneficial to the Iranian people, particularly those who are going through economic hardships.

The sudden decision almost immediately triggered a series of angry protests mainly in the oil-rich Khuzestan region and the country’s second-largest city of Mashhad, the Persian-language Radio Farda reported.

Angry protesters in Ahvaz, the capital city of Khuzestan, as well as in Behbahan, Mahshahr, and Omidiyeh chanted slogans against President Hassan Rouhani and his administration.

Retaliating to Rouhani’s remark, the protesters shouted: “Gasoline price increased, making the impoverished poorer.”

Meanwhile, the citizens of Ahvaz called upon each other to turn off the engines and stop buying gasoline.

Furthermore, the city of Gachsaran in Kohgiluyeh and the Boyer-Ahmad province also witnessed widespread protests.

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Kuwait’s government resigns amid parliamentary scrutiny

Parliamentary elections for the 50-member National Assembly are expected in early 2020.

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Cairo, Nov 15 : Kuwait’s Premier Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah resigned on Thursday, days after lawmakers submitted a no-confidence motion against two ministers over claims of mismanagement.

Government spokesman Tareq al-Mizrem told Kuwait News Agency KUNA that the prime minister presented his resignation to the country’s emir so that “he may be able to rearrange the government tasks,” giving no further details, Efe news reported.

Lawmakers on Tuesday filed a no-confidence vote against Interior Minister Khaled al-Jarrah al-Sabah and Minister of Public Work Jenan Ramadan, who announced on the same day that she would step down after a grilling session from parliament.

Some legislators had accused the interior minister of taking “advantage of his powers and using the appropriations of the ministry in winning support and making financial settlements away from the relevant rules and statues,” according to state-run KUNA.

Ramadan was accused of “being inadequate and failing to meet the requirements of major development projects in Kuwait”.

Parliamentary elections for the 50-member National Assembly are expected in early 2020.

Emir Sabah al-Ahmed Al Sabah has previously accepted the government’s resignation and requested forming another cabinet.

Last week, thousands of Kuwaitis staged a sit-in outside the National Assembly following a call to do so by a former parliament member to decry corruption and poor public services.

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Three deadly blasts hit main Kurdish town in Syria

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Three simultaneous bombings rocked a market in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in Syria Monday, killing at least six civilians, a Kurdish security source and a Britain-based monitor said.

An AFP correspondent sees charred cars and smoke rise from the site of the blasts, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor says were caused by two car bombings and an explosives-rigged motorcycle.

More investigations are still ongoing.

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