Syrian FM accuses Turkey, Saudi, Qatar of terror support

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem speaks during a press conference on March 12, 2016 in the capital Damascus. (AFP)

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • The Syrian foreign minister accuses Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar of supporting deadly terror attacks on Syrian civilians. Muallem has sent two letters to the UN secretary-general and the Security Council to complain about the issue. On Saturday, two bomb blasts, claimed by Daesh, killed 20 people in Damascus.
  • Iran’s Foreign Ministry has condemned a Canadian court ruling that the Islamic Republic’s non-diplomatic assets must be given to US victims of bombings blamed on Hamas and Hezbollah. US courts accuse Iran of having played a role in the bombings by training operatives of the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance movements.
  • The Iraqi army, backed by popular forces, has retaken two key areas in the city of Fallujah from Daesh. Earlier, the terrorists killed at least 30 Iraqi civilians trying to flee Fallujah. Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in the city. Fallujah fell to Daesh in 2014. 
  • Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has reaffirmed Palestinians' commitment to fight against the occupation despite an upsurge in Israeli crackdown. Hamas also condemned Israel’s arrests of the movement’s members. Israeli forces sealed off the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday following a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv.
  • The Swedish foreign minister has warned that a possible Brexit could have a domino effect on other EU member states, leading to a complete break-up of the bloc. In an interview with the BBC, Margot Wallstrom also said that Britons’ vote to stay in the bloc may prompt other members to demand concessions.
  • Clashes have broken out between soccer fans in the French city of Marseille ahead of a Euro 2016 match between England and Russia. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the fans. The clashes left some people injured. UEFA condemned the violence in Marseille.
  • Air France pilots have started a four-day strike over the government-proposed labor reforms. The pilots’ walk-out threatens to hamper travel for fans attending the 2016 European soccer championship in France.
  • Thousands of Germans opposed to US drone attacks have formed a human chain around an American Air Force Base in southwestern Germany. The US claims the drones only target militants in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. But, evidence shows the victims have mostly been civilians. 

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