Syrian forces battling militants in Aleppo

Smoke billows near Castello road leading to Bani Zeid during an operation by Syrian forces to retake control of the district of Leramun, on the northwest outskirts of Aleppo, on July 26, 2016. ©AFP

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

    • Fighting rages on between Syrian forces and western-backed militants in the west and southwest of the flashpoint city of Aleppo. Syrian fighter jets are significantly active and the militants have so far failed to infiltrate into the army-held areas in the western parts of the city.
    • India has sent one of its deputy foreign ministers to Saudi Arabia to help thousands of Indian workers stranded in the kingdom. Indian Foreign Ministry says the official will bring back the workers, who have been laid off from their jobs.
    • Bahraini demonstrators have rallied in the capital Manama during a funeral ceremony for a man who died while in custody. Bahrain’s Interior Ministry claims Jassim Hassan al-Hayki died of an unspecified medical condition. However his family rejects the claim saying he was tortured to death.
    • Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the United States is not fully committed to the last July’s landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5-plus-one group. Rouhani added that Washington has failed to seize the cooperation opportunities provided after the accord.
    • At least 23 people have been killed and 20 others injured in a bomb attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The blast targeted a gathering of security forces in a residential area that has been the scene of fighting between rebel groups and a regional government controlling eastern parts of the country.
    • US airstrikes on the Libyan city of Sirte continue for a second day. US President Barack Obama said the air raids were important for America’s national security interests. Forces loyal to the unity government in Libya have been engaged in heavy clashes with Daesh terrorists in Sirte over the past weeks.
    • US President Barack Obama has once again stressed that Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump is unfit to serve as president of the country. Obama added that Trump does not have the basic knowledge about political issues in the world.
    • Thousands of people have gathered at a cathedral in the French region of Normandy to attend the funeral ceremony of the priest who was murdered last week. Muslims and Jews were present at the ceremony. On July 26, two men slit father Jacques Hamel’s throat before being shot by the police.

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