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Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Gaza's crossing may open later on in the week, if Hamas commits to a ceasefire, as Israeli bombings continue.

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week includes a look into the causes of the most recent unrest, while Iraqi officials get sent to Riyadh.

This is what collapsing systems look like in Yemen

Henrietta H. Fore

This is what collapsing systems look like in Yemen

Comment: It is the face of a father who has to choose between buying food for his family or buying medicine for his sick wife, writes UNICEF's Henrietta H Fore.

Trump: Russia's junior partner in the White House

Sam Hamad

Trump: Russia's junior partner in the White House

Comment: With Trump and Putin closer than ever, things can only get worse for Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

Putin set to meet Netanyahu and Iranian official

The New Arab & agencies

Putin set to meet Netanyahu and Iranian official

Israeli prime minister is set to meet with the Russian president to discuss Iran's presence in Syria.

Paul Iddon

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Analysis: Tens of thousands of rebels remain in Idlib, Kurds hold several territories and US troops are also active in the north, notes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab

Axis of Least Resistance: Bashar al-Assad 'now Israel's ally'

Israel is keen for Assad to remain in power and defeat his opponents now that it has strong leverage with him through Russia, according to ...

James Snell

Daraa: Assad's violence, western indifference; a painfully familiar story

Comment: The US and NATO are standing by as Assad's regime inflicts death and violence on the Syrian people. We've seen this before, writes ...

Stasa Salacanin

How will Europe deal with returning IS fighters?

In-depth: In the aftermath of the Islamic State group's defeat, the question remains what to do with captured and returning fighters and their ...

Syrian regime forces capture two villages in Daraa

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime forces capture two villages in Daraa

As Bashar al-Assad's forces turn their focus south, the UN has warned that 750,000 people are at risk as a result of a new offensive in Daraa.

The New Arab & agencies

Jordan 'will refuse' Syrians fleeing regime offensive on Daraa

Jordan's government said "we simply cannot receive more" as thousands of civilians flee a looming regime assault on rebel-held towns in Daraa ...

Air strikes kill five as southern Syria assault looms

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Air strikes kill five as southern Syria assault looms

Five were killed in airstrikes in Daraa, as the Syrian regime threatens an assault in Syria's south.

Russia bombards south Syria for first time in year

The New Arab

Russia bombards south Syria for first time in year

Russian warplanes have bombarded rebel-held areas of in the country's southwest in the first air support by Moscow in a widening regime ...

Assad steps up military offensive in Syria's southwest

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Assad steps up military offensive in Syria's southwest

Syrian regime forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel ...

Syrian regime soldier killed in US airstrike targeting IS

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime soldier killed in US airstrike targeting IS

A US-led coalition airstrike targeting the Islamic State reportedly killed at least one Syrian regime soldier on Thursday.

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian rebels vow 'volcanoes of fire' if Assad attacks

Syrian regime forces have been massing troops ahead of a possible attack on Daraa province and the nearby Quneitra region that border Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The New Arab & agencies

US-backed rebels seize 'jihadi pills' in IS drug bust

More than 300,000 tablets of Captagon, an amphetamine that dulls pain, was seized in southeast Syria.

The New Arab & agencies

Syria strikes kill 15 civilians in Idlib

Fifteen civilians, including four children, were killed in Russian airstrikes in north Syria.

Paul McLoughlin

Israel and Russia team up against Iran in Syria

Israeli and Russian leaders have met following recent tensions in southern Syria, where Iran's military presence could be weakened, and Assad's ...

Oman: Neutrality under pressure

Camille Lons

Oman: Neutrality under pressure

Comment: After Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Oman's relationship with Iran and its regional neighbours is coming under mounting ...

The New Arab

Syria backs down from Daraa offensive after US warning

The Syrian regime has said it will not move against rebels in the southwest, after the United States warned it would take "firm measures" to ...

'Firm' measures would follow Daraa ceasefire violations: Washington

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'Firm' measures would follow Daraa ceasefire violations: Washington

The warning comes just weeks after US forces repelled a four-hour regime offensive in a de-escalation zone in ...

Syrians in Daraa warned of impending regime assault

Paul McLoughlin

Syrians in Daraa warned of impending regime assault

Syrians in Daraa fear a new regime assault, as leaflets are dropped on the opposition province warning of an offensive.

Return to Syria? Refugees draft grassroots proposal

Roshan De Stone and David Suber

Return to Syria? Refugees draft grassroots proposal

A group of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is working to buid international support for 'safe return zones' in Syria amid ever-worsening living ...

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