Weekly Roundup: Hariri speaks about his resignation, Saudi blockade intensifies famine in Yemen, and an earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border

Saad Hariri speaks publicly for the first time since the announcement of his resignation. A major earthquake struck near Halabja, Iraq leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured in Iraq and Iran. Saudi Arabia’s closure of all Yemeni ports has prevented aid organizations from entering the country to deliver vital aid to a country facing widespread cholera and famine.

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Middle East Weekly Roundup: Arrests of Saudi princes, Hariri’s resignation, and a Houthi missile fired at Riyadh

Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, resigned from office and Saudi State News Agency al-Arabiya announced that in an anti-corruption probe led by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, eleven princes, fourteen sitting ministers and ‘tens’ of ex-ministers have been detained.

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Middle East Weekly Roundup: Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of interfering in Yemen, a new political party in Turkey, and the return of the formerly displaced to Nineveh

Saudi Arabia hosted its Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh this week, one policeman was killed and eight others injured in an attack in Bahrain’s capital Manama, and The UAE  announced plans for the state owned company Emirates to develop a fleet of driverless vehicles.

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Middle East Weekly Roundup: Tensions between Kurdish leaders and Baghdad, Morocco recalls its ambassador to Algeria, and Egyptian security forces clash with militants in the Sinai

UN-backed talks intended to resolve differences between rival factions in Libya ended on Saturday after a month of activity, dozens of Egyptian police were killed in clashes with militants in the country’s western desert, and the US Department of Defense announced that US forces conducted airstrikes on two ISIS training camps in Yemen.

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Middle East Weekly Roundup: IS Withdrawal from Raqqa, Historic Deal Between Fatah and Hamas, and Trump’s Plans to Exit the Iran Deal

Islamic State militants are withdrawing from Raqqa in response to the continued advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Saudi government has deployed its National Guard to the Yemeni border, and Turkey sent soldiers and armored vehicles into the Idlib Province of Syria.

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