Bahrain’s main opposition group and the top cleric have denounced the kingdom’s normalization of relations with the Israeli regime. Bahrain’s dissolved opposition party al-Wefaq said it rejects Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s visit to Manama. It said any Israeli presence in Bahrain is a provocation to the sentiments of Bahrainis, stressing that Lapid must not set foot in Bahrain. Separately, top cleric Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim dismissed Manama’s normalization of ties with Tel Aviv as despicable and against the will of Bahraini people. The reactions came as Lapid arrived in Manama where he is to open the Israeli embassy. Meanwhile, a Bahraini airliner took off for the first commercial flight between Manama and Tel Aviv. Bahrain’s Gulf Air airline is to run two flights per week. Bahrain was one of the four Arab states to normalize relations with the Israeli regime under a deal brokered by the US last year.
Israeli forces have fatally shot a young Palestinian woman in occupied al-Quds. The regime forces claim the woman was hit while trying to stab a soldier near Al-Aqsa Mosque. The victim’s identity remains unknown. Separately, a Palestinian man was killed and two others injured after Israeli forces opened fire during their pre-dawn raid in the West Bank town of Burqin. A large crowd of Palestinians attended the funeral of 22-year-old Alaa Nasser Zayoud just hours after his killing. Israel continues its deadly mayhem in the occupied territories under different pretexts on almost daily basis. Earlier this week, the regime forces killed at least five Palestinians after raiding several West Bank towns.
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The presidents of Russia and Turkey have sat down for talks on regional and mutual issues. They also discussed possible expansion of Moscow's sales of military systems to Ankara despite US objections.