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Iran retaliatory sanctions 

Tehran has blacklisted dozens of individuals and entities in the European Union and the UK in retaliation for the recent anti-Iran sanctions imposed by Brussels and London. Iran’s foreign ministry says the blacklisted persons and organizations instigated terrorism against the Iranian nation. They interfered in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs, fanned violence and instability and spread disinformation. According to the foreign ministry, the sanctioned persons and organizations were also involved in stepping up illegal restrictive measures against the people of Iran. Tehran had vowed to respond to the sanctions imposed by the EU and the UK. On Monday, Brussels and London, together with Washington, announced bans against dozens of Iranian individuals and entities over Tehran's response to the recent riots.

Russia-Germany tensions 

German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has announced his country’s decision to send the long-awaited Leopard-two tanks to Ukraine to help it in its war against Russia. Sholz also approved the re-export of the third-generation tanks from partner countries. Addressing parliament, Scholz, however, cautioned Western states against further inflaming the conflict and escalating it into a war between Russia and NATO. Meantime, Russia says Germany’s extremely dangerous decision to send combat tanks to Ukraine confirms Berlin's involvement in "a war planned in advance" against Moscow. Russia had earlier warned against a US plan to deliver the third-generation Abrams tanks to Ukraine. The Kremlin says such weapons will burn in Ukraine.

Israel West Bank violence 

A young Palestinian man, shot by Israeli forces, has succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the occupied East al-Quds. This is hours after a fellow citizen was killed in the occupied West Bank. Mohammad Ali was shot during an Israeli raid on Shuafat refugee camp. The raid aimed to destroy the home of a Palestinian who was killed months ago. Ali's death came hours after Israeli forces shot dead a man identified as Aref Lahlouh near Qalqilya over a attempt to stab Israeli soldiers. Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has hailed the incident as a heroic operation. The group stressed that the resistance will confront Israeli crimes and raids on the al-Aqsa Mosque with all possible means. Tensions remain high across the West Bank with the Israeli military stepping up its raids. So far this year, 20 Palestinians have been killed there. 

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