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: 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: Arrests in Bahrain, the continued assault on Eastern Ghouta, and a meeting between Trump and Netanyahu

Bahraini security forces arrested 116 people on charges of terrorism, accusing them of membership in a network established by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. In Syria, the Assad regime continued its assault on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta this week. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Trump met in Washington D.C.

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Weekly Roundup: Heavy bombardment of Eastern Ghouta continues, Netanyahu’s corruption scandal deepens, and a cabinet reshuffle in Jordan

Assad government forces conducted heavy bombardments in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta this week amidst heightening international attention, Senior Emirati, Saudi, and Qatari leaders will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in the next couple of months amid efforts by Washington to try to resolve a dispute between the Gulf neighbors, according to US officials, and Iran’s role in the conflict in Yemen is the central disagreement shaping today’s UN Security Council’s vote to renew targeted sanctions on Yemen.

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Weekly Roundup: Heightened tensions between US and Turkey, violence in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, and investigation of Israeli PM Netanyahu

US-Turkey relations reached a breaking point over Turkish operations against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, Bashar al-Assad’s government continued airstrikes and artillery attacks this week in Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus suburbs, resulting in more than 200 deaths this week, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the country’s police chief for what he alleged was a lack of objectivity in the ongoing investigation of corruption charges against Netanyahu.

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