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Turkey Poised to Invade Northeast Syria

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6 Aug 2019 (All day)
Turkey Poised to Invade Northeast Syria
Despite a warning from the Pentagon against any Turkish ground incursion into northeastern Syria, currently under the control of US-backed Kurdish YPG militias, reports from the border region on Monday indicated that preparations for such an incursion are underway. Further complicating the picture, local Arab militias have said they are ready to assist the Turks in an invasion, while US-backed groups condemned the Turkish moves and vowed to resist any military offensive. In related news, reports out of Turkey indicate that authorities have begun to crack down on Syrian migrants in the country, demanding that they leave major cities like Istanbul and Ankara and return to refugee camps along the border. Many people have been arrested by authorities and their relatives say they can’t find out where they have been taken, while some refugee assistance groups claim the government is forcing them to return to war torn Syria.

Meanwhile, forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, under the leadership of Russian military units, has resumed an air, artillery and ground campaign against rebel positions in northwest Syria. A regime spokesman blamed Turkey for failing to keep conditions under which a truce had formally paused fighting in the region.

Israel Having Another Record Tourism Year
In the latest defeat for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) issued a report Monday showing that almost 2.6 million tourist entries into Israel have been recorded since the start of 2019, an increase of 9.8% over the same period in 2018. “Summer begins with a hike in tourist arrivals to Israel,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “I have no doubt that this momentum will continue into the coming months.”

Here is a video about a fun place to visit on your next trip to Israel



Israeli Basketball Team Wins Championship
Israeli sports fans had something to cheer about this weekend as the national Under-18 Basketball Team won the FIBA Division B European Championships, beating the Polish team by a razor-thin score of 81-79 in the final game of the tournament in Oradea, Romania. “I’m very happy and proud that we were able to have such a wonderful tournament,” said head coach Oren Aharoni. “I’m very happy for Israel basketball.”

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Continues Legal Dispute
The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem filed an indictment with the Jerusalem District Court on Monday, demanding an annulment of an earlier decision by Israel’s Supreme Court regarding its years-long dispute with the Jewish organization Ateret Cohanim over ownership of land in Jerusalem’s Old City. The properties in dispute “are for the service of pilgrims and visitors of the Holy City, especially those on the pilgrim route to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,” the Patriarchate said in a statement. “The Patriarchate will continue to exercise its right and duty of defending itself, the holy sites and the Church heritage."

Israel Blesses the World
Researchers at Tel Aviv University announced this week that they believe they have developed a nano-vaccine for Melanoma, one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer. A spokeswoman for the University said that clinical trials of the technique have proven successful and the technique would soon be on its way to full development.

Here is a video about other ways Israel is blessing the world



Egypt Suffers Massive Terrorist Attack
Egyptian authorities on Monday were calling an explosion which killed 20 people and wounded 47 others at the National Cancer Institute in Cairo on Sunday evening a “terrorist incident” despite earlier reports that it had been a simple car accident. In addition to casualties, the medical facility was severely damaged in the incident which authorities were blaming on an armed group affiliated with the Moslem Brotherhood organization.

 

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