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Israel's national cyber chief revealed that 'if the bad guys had succeeded' Israel would be facing a 'very big damage to the civilian population' amid the coronavirus crisis.

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented coronavirus pandemic that is reshaping our world.

Israel makes women’s ritual baths 'essential' despite coronavirus concerns

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Israel makes women’s ritual baths 'essential' despite coronavirus concerns

Israel has decided to keep nearly 700 mikvahs, or ritual bath houses, open, raising concerns over social distancing and Covid-19.

Libya government accuses Russia's Wagner mercenaries of 'chemical attack'

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Libya government accuses Russia's Wagner mercenaries of 'chemical attack'

Russian private firm Wagner helped mobilise an alleged nerve gas attack by Haftar's forces in the Libyan capital, the GNA said.

Top Syrian generals 'watched chemical attack' on Idlib village

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Top Syrian generals 'watched chemical attack' on Idlib village

A Bellingcat investigation revealed that Syria's top brass likely gathered to watch a chlorine attack on Latamenah hospital.

The New Arab & agencies

In UN session, Syria denounced over chemical weapons

Britain, Estonia and Germany slammed Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons in a closed door Security meeting held over videoconference.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Assad regime finally acknowledged as chemical culprit

The OPCW for the first time attributed blame for Syria chemical attacks, but activists are sceptical about its significance.

The New Arab & agencies

Watchdog 'explicitly blames' Syria regime for chemical weapons attacks

For the first time since the Syria conflict erupted in 2011, the global chemical weapons watchdog explicitly blamed President Bashar al-Assad's ...

Sam Hamad

Report on Assad chemical attacks, too little, too late

Comment: For the victims of Assad's chemical warfare, the damage inflicted by these attacks, and by the Russian propaganda surrounding them, has ...

OPCW to explicitly accuse Syrian regime of chemical attacks

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OPCW to explicitly accuse Syrian regime of chemical attacks

An investigation by the OPCW's new unit is likely to trigger counter accusations and denials from Syria and its allies, Iran and Russia.

Muhammad Shehada

Coronavirus means Israel controls life and death in Gaza

Comment: Israel's blockade already compromises the functioning of Gaza's healthcare. A global pandemic could bring it to breaking point, writes ...

Pilot who launched Syrian chemical attack promoted to commander

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Pilot who launched Syrian chemical attack promoted to commander

The military pilot who launched a deadly sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib has been promoted by the Syrian regime.

10 events that drastically changed the Middle East

Narjas Zatat

10 events that drastically changed the Middle East

From the Arab Spring to the refugee crisis, here are some of the most important events of this past decade.

Chemical watchdog defends Syria attack report despite whistleblower leaks

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Chemical watchdog defends Syria attack report despite whistleblower leaks

The OPCW has stood by its report on an alleged chlorine attack by the Syrian regime on the village of Douma, in face of a Wikileaks ...

Chemical weapons organisation to publish report on Syria attacks

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Chemical weapons organisation to publish report on Syria attacks

The OPCW will prepare a report on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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Syria's heroic underground female medics hailed in 'The Cave'

The Syrian director risked his life to document the atrocities of the longest running siege in Syria’s modern history, suffering torture in prison because of his films.

James Snell

The deadly toll of US indifference in Syria

Comment: From inaction over regime use of chemical weapons, to a callous abandonment of the Kurds, US policy in Syria is a riot of indifference, ...

The New Arab & agencies

US confirms Syria's Assad used chemical weapons in May

The Assad regime used chlorine in a chemical attack near the Idlib village of Kabana in May, Secretary of State Pompeo said.

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Outrage as Hamza Yusuf releases video mocking Syrian refugees

American Muslim cleric Hamza Yusuf has sparked an online backlash after posting a video mocking Syrian refugees and saying they should have ...

Yemen aid meaningless as long as weapons sales continue

Rose Worden

Yemen aid meaningless as long as weapons sales continue

Comment: Instead of salving their conscience by pledging aid, arms sellers should stop peddling their wares altogether, writes Rose Worden.

Amr Salahi

Tulsi loves Assad: Syria and the 2020 US elections

Syria is no longer a major news story in the US, but one Democratic Party presidential hopeful’s record on Syria may come back to haunt her.

Syrians mark sixth anniversary of Ghouta chemical attack

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Syrians mark sixth anniversary of Ghouta chemical attack

Syrians on Wednesday commemorated the sixth anniversary of the deadly Ghouta chemical massacre, which killed hundreds of people in August 2013.

New chemical weapons team to launch first Syria probe

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New chemical weapons team to launch first Syria probe

A new team established by the OPCW to attribute blame for the use of banned munitions will investigate nine alleged chemical attacks during ...

Chemical weapons team to identify Syria attacks culprits: OPCW

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Chemical weapons team to identify Syria attacks culprits: OPCW

The head of the world's toxic arms watchdog said a new chemical weapons investigation team has started work on identifying the culprits behind ...

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