Weekly Roundup: A teenage boy is killed by the IDF in Gaza, upcoming Lebanese elections, and Saudi Arabia screens “Black Panther”

A young teenage boy, Muhammad Ayoub, was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Friday, in Gaza. A Lebanese parliamentary candidate, Ali al-Amine, who will compete against Hezbollah in Lebanon’s elections on May 6th, was assaulted in his hometown of Bint Jbeil. Last week, Saudi Arabia opened a commercial movie theater for the first time in over 30 years for an invitation-only screening of the movie “Black Panther.”

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Weekly Roundup: Israel kills 18 Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, 60 killed and over 1,000 wounded in a suspected chemical attack in Syria, and Turkey delays negotiations over Syria’s Manbij region

Exxon Mobil Corp is in talks with Qatar over a possible deal that could see the country investing in the company’s U.S. shale gas resources, officials from Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia failed to reach an agreement in the dispute over Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Paris on Sunday at the start of a European tour.

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Weekly Roundup: Turkey announces the beginning of military operations in Sinjar, Syrian rebel forces begin evacuations from Eastern Ghouta, U.S. conducts drone strike in southern Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the beginning of Turkish operations in the Iraqi province of Sinjar. Syrian rebel forces affiliated with Failaq al-Sham began evacuations from eastern Ghouta on March 23rd, and the U.S. military carried out a drone strike against al-Qaeda militants in southern Libya.

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Weekly Roundup: Turkish operations in Afrin enter their final stage, Saudi Prince Bin Salman meets with President Trump, and Egyptian President al-Sisi meets with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

The UAE will train Somaliland security forces as part of a deal to establish a military base in the semi-autonomous region, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Rome on March 15 for a donor conference to jumpstart the Lebanon’s economy, and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) announced it had received salaries for its government employees from Baghdad.

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Weekly Roundup: Turkey continues operations in northern Syria, More than 240 expats were arrested in Oman, and Sudan prepares to receive more refugees from South Sudan

The Egyptian parliament’s Committee for Media, Culture, and Antiquities is considering a law aimed at regulating online media activities in Egypt, Shi’ite paramilitary forces will be formally incorporated into the Iraqi military, and the crisis in eastern Ghouta continues.

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