Twelve Saudi soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

Twelve Saudi soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

Twelve Saudi soldiers including several officers have been killed in a military helicopter crash in Yemen, the Arab coalition fighting Yemeni rebels says. The Black Hawk crashed in Marib Province east of the capital Sanaa. The cause of the crash was not known and is being investigated, Saudi Arabia’s state news agency said. The coalition […]

Palestinians in Israeli jails hold mass hunger strike

Palestinians in Israeli jails hold mass hunger strike

Image copyright AFP Image caption Barghouti (pictured in the poster) is among 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails Hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli jails are beginning a mass hunger strike in protest against their conditions. The action is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by Israel for life for five murders. […]

Syria war: ‘At least 68 children among 126 killed’ in bus bombing

Syria war: ‘At least 68 children among 126 killed’ in bus bombing

Image copyright AFP Image caption The buses were carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in Saturday’s bomb attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, activists say. A vehicle filled with explosives hit the convoy near Aleppo. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human […]

Egypt court acquits charity worker Aya Hijazi

Egypt court acquits charity worker Aya Hijazi

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Aya Hijazi has been in a Cairo prison since 2014 US-Egyptian charity worker Aya Hijazi has been acquitted by a court in Egypt after almost three years in prison. The charity co-founder was accused of human trafficking and sexually abusing children, but human rights groups called the charges bogus. Supporters […]

Syria war: 112 dead in evacuation bus bombing, observers say

Syria war: 112 dead in evacuation bus bombing, observers say

Media caption“Bodies lying on the side of the road, children among them” – BBC Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher At least 112 people died when a powerful bomb hit buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, an activists’ group say. A vehicle filled with explosives hit the bus convoy from government-held towns near Aleppo on […]

Syria war: Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria

Syria war: Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria

Media caption“Bodies lying on the side of the road, children among them” – Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, killing at least 39 people. It shattered coaches and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies including […]

Iran floods kill at least 30

Iran floods kill at least 30

Floods have killed at least 30 people in north-west Iran, state media reported on Saturday. Others are said to be missing after torrential rains hit four provinces. Video footage shows streets inundated with water, and cars being swept away. The Tehran Times news site reported that the flood had also triggered a landslide. The areas […]

Islamic State mufti killed in Mosul air strike, Iraqi forces say

Islamic State mufti killed in Mosul air strike, Iraqi forces say

Media captionThe battle to retake the Great Mosque of al-Nuri One of the most senior religious leaders in the Islamic State (IS) group has been killed in west Mosul, according to Iraqi forces. Abdullah al-Badrani, also known as Abu Ayoub al-Atar, reportedly died in an air strike by the US-led coalition on Thursday. Al-Badrani issued […]

Egypt’s shaken Copts mark Good Friday after double bombing

Egypt’s shaken Copts mark Good Friday after double bombing

Image copyright EPA Image caption Funerals were held near Alexandria on Monday The head of the Coptic Christian Church has led a Good Friday service in the cathedral in Cairo in the aftermath of last Sunday’s deadly bomb attacks. Pope Tawadros II had been in one of the two churches targeted on Palm Sunday when […]

Jerusalem stabbing: Hannah Bladon named as victim

Jerusalem stabbing: Hannah Bladon named as victim

Image copyright EPA Image caption Officials inspect the scene of the attack near the Old City A British woman has been stabbed to death on a tram in Jerusalem. She has been named as 21-year-old University of Birmingham student Hannah Bladon. Ms Bladon was stabbed several times in the chest while she travelled on a […]