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Iran Accuses Israel of Sabotage Attack on Natural Gas Pipeline

Iran Accuses Israel of Sabotage Attack on Natural Gas Pipeline

Dubai, UAE —  Iran’s oil minister on Wednesday accused Israel of a sabotage attack on an Iranian natural gas pipeline last week that caused multiple explosions on the line, further raising tensions between the regional archenemies against the backdrop of Israel’s war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The accusations by Iran Oil Minister Javad Owji come as Israel has been blamed for a series of attacks targeting Tehran’s nuclear program. The “explosion of the gas pipeline was an Israeli plot,” Owji said, according to Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency. “The enemy intended to disturb gas service in the provinces and put people’s gas distribution at risk.” “The evil action and plot by the enemy was properly managed,” Owji added, without providing any evidence to support his claims. Israel has not acknowledged carrying out the attack, though it rarely claims its espionage missions abroad. The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a longtime foe of Iran, did not respond to a request for comment. The February 14 blasts hit a natural gas pipeline running from …

‘Every Molecule of Hydrocarbon Will Come Out’ | Adam Hanieh

‘Every Molecule of Hydrocarbon Will Come Out’ | Adam Hanieh

Last December’s UN climate talks (COP 28), held in the UAE, had an unlikely president: Sultan Al Jaber, who for eight years has headed the country’s state-owned oil company. Under his leadership, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has emerged as the world’s eleventh largest oil firm, producing over a billion barrels in 2021. ADNOC plans to invest at least $150 billion in the coming four years on fossil fuel expansion, which Jaber has pledged to keep going over at least two decades. By 2050 it is projected to be the world’s second-largest producer, after Saudi Arabia’s NOC Aramco, with an output nearly 50 percent above that of Shell, BP, and TotalEnergies combined. And yet the UN thought it fitting for ADNOC’s president to oversee an agreement on policies aimed at checking any further rise in global temperatures.  In recent years Gulf National Oil Companies (NOCs) have taken an increasingly prominent part in global climate policy. These firms also loomed large over COP27, convened in Egypt in 2022. There, the Gulf monarchies blocked language about phasing out …

Yemen’s Houthis claim attacks on Israeli, US ships | Houthis News

Yemen’s Houthis claim attacks on Israeli, US ships | Houthis News

Houthi rebels say ships in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea are their latest maritime targets. Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have targeted what they claim to be an Israeli cargo ship, the MSC Silver, in the Gulf of Aden near the entrance to the Red Sea with a number of missiles. Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea did not elaborate, but in a statement on Tuesday said the group had also used drones to target a number of United States warships in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea as well as sites in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat. However, the British maritime security firm Ambrey said the container ship targeted by the Houthis on Tuesday was Liberia-flagged and headed for Somalia. “The Houthis characterised the vessel as Israeli. The operator was publicly listed as [in] cooperation with ZIM and regularly called [at] Israeli ports,” the Ambrey advisory note said. Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, commonly known as ZIM, is a publicly held Israeli international cargo shipping company based in Israel. The Houthis, who …

Gaza’s Health System Hanging by a Thread Amid Ongoing Hostilities, Restrictions

Gaza’s Health System Hanging by a Thread Amid Ongoing Hostilities, Restrictions

Geneva —  The World Health Organization warns that Gaza’s health system is hanging by a thread as health facilities throughout the Palestinian enclave cease to function, restrictions to access increase, medical supplies dwindle and cuts in other humanitarian aid essential for patient care grow. Gaza’s Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, where an Israeli military operation is ongoing, is one of the latest casualties. WHO, together with the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the Palestine Red Crescent Society, recently conducted a high-risk mission to the medical facility to bring fuel and other essential supplies and evacuate patients in danger from the facility. “The transfer of patients was requested by the hospital staff after the facility became nonfunctional following a military raid February 14, after a week-long siege,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said Tuesday. “Weak and frail patients were transferred amidst active conflict near the aid convoy. Road conditions hindered the swift movement of ambulances, placing the health of patients at further risk,” he said. Rik Peeperkorn, WHO representative for the Occupied …

The best beach hotels in Dubai

The best beach hotels in Dubai

In a metropolis well versed in excess, Dubai’s Ritz-Carlton delivers luxury with elegant restraint. Despite its bounty of rooms, suites, swimming pools, restaurants and bars, the air here is intimate and discreet; a lush, tranquil retreat from the hyperactive sprawl surrounding it. Marble, Arabesque arches and trickling water set a soothing tone in the lobby, off which awaits the hushed refinement of the Lobby Lounge, complete with cathedral-like wooden ceiling, harpist (Monday to Saturday) and evening jazz (Thursday). The hotel’s Eden-esque gardens lead to a private beach. Read expert review Source link

Middle East escalation likely as Houthis launch most damaging attack yet

Middle East escalation likely as Houthis launch most damaging attack yet

Armed Yemeni supporters of the Houthi movement sit on the back of an armored vehicle during an anti-Israel and anti-US rally in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa on January 22, 2024, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the militant Hamas group in Gaza.  Mohammed Huwais | Afp | Getty Images The Middle East looks set for a path of escalation on multiple fronts as Israeli forces close in on what is left of southern Gaza, and as Yemen’s Houthi rebels launch their most damaging strike yet on a ship in the Red Sea. The crew of the British-owned, Belize-flagged bulk carrier MV Rubymar were forced to abandon ship in the Gulf of Aden on Monday, receiving help from a nearby merchant vessel and coalition warship to reach a nearby port after “two anti-ship ballistic missiles were launched from Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist-controlled areas of Yemen,” according to U.S. Central Command. Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree claimed the group’s responsibility for the attack, calling it their most severe yet. The group claim to support Palestinian civilians amid Israel’s …

Long winter for Morocco quake survivors | Earthquakes News

Long winter for Morocco quake survivors | Earthquakes News

Long, cold months have passed since an earthquake levelled Abdallah Oubelaid’s impoverished village in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains. Every day, he or other villagers come to inspect the debris. They hope to find pieces of wood for heating and cooking or even to recover objects of value that have so far escaped their searching, and all the while, a bitter Oubelaid wonders when he will get the government aid that he applied for. “Every time I ask, they tell me it’s going to happen,” Oubelaid, 35, said. “But I have children to feed and to clothe.” Moroccan authorities said about 3,000 people died during the magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck on September 8, damaging more than 60,000 houses. From Oubelaid’s village of Douzrou, about 80km (50 miles) southeast of Marrakesh, residents give a death toll of about 80. A pink and white mosque minaret stands out among the rubble of the village that clung to the mountainside. The survivors, 150 families, found refuge a few kilometres away on rocky ground beside a road with a …

How is Israel’s arms industry profiting from the war on Gaza? | TV Shows

How is Israel’s arms industry profiting from the war on Gaza? | TV Shows

Made in Israel, tested in Palestine. The war on Gaza seems to be a testing ground for Israel’s new weaponry, with devastating effect. Despite the country’s relatively small size, Israel is one of the world’s largest weapons exporters. In 2022, its arms sales reached $12.5bn, a 20 percent increase over the previous year. Praised for their innovation, Israeli manufacturers proudly advertise their “battle-tested” products but what is the cost to the test subjects, the Palestinians, especially in the context of the current bloodshed in Gaza? We look at how this brutal business is profiting from the destruction of Gaza as well as how technology, money and the lack of accountability are fueling the flames of war. Presenter: Anelise Borges Guests:Antony Loewenstein – Author, The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the WorldSophia Goodfriend – JournalistMarwa Fatafta – Access Now, MENA Policy and Advocacy DirectorSaleh Hijazi – BDS Movement activist Source link

The Day Before October 7 | Digital Series

The Day Before October 7 | Digital Series

For decades, Gaza has been gripped by a chokehold. Life in the enclave has often been described as an open air prison. No one leaves without the express permission of its neighbour. This is nothing new. But in the weeks and days leading up to October 7, the feeling on the ground was changing. Dareen Abughaida presents this new digital series.Pinch Point, where geography and politics collide. Source link

UK’s Cameron warns fighting in Gaza must stop ‘right now’ – POLITICO

UK’s Cameron warns fighting in Gaza must stop ‘right now’ – POLITICO

Cameron said: “We are calling for a stop to the fighting right now. We think that what we need is a pause in the fighting and the hostages to come out and aid to go in. That should happen straight away.” “Then what we need to do is turn that pause into a permanent, sustainable cease-fire,” he added. The foreign secretary, a former prime minister who was brought back into frontline politics last year, reiterated the U.K.’s call for a longer-term settlement in the Middle East, saying that would require Hamas’ leaders to leave Gaza, the dismantling of the “machinery of terrorism,” and a “proper horizon for the Palestinian people, a new Palestinian government.” “But let’s make that happen, let’s have the stop to the fighting now, have that hostage release and then build on it from here,” Cameron said. “That’s what we need to happen rather than an offensive in Rafah.” Cameron’s comments come as pressure from the U.S. over Rafah mounts ahead of a U.N. Security Council meeting. A resolution proposed by the …