Weekly Roundup: Middle Eastern leaders react to Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, Libyans show support for military leader Khalifa Hifter, and VP Pence travels to Egypt

In the Middle East this week: leaders in Egypt, Turkey, and Palestine continue to react to Trump’s announcement two weeks ago that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Libyans rally in support of military leader Khalifa Hifter, who is expected to run in Libya’s presidential elections, expected next year. US Vice President Mike Pence travels to Egypt this week, amidst the uproar over Jerusalem and the ongoing imprisonment of 20 American citizens in Egypt.

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Weekly Roundup: Deadly terrorist attack in Egypt, outcry over slave trade in Libya, and shakeups in Saudi Arabia

In this week’s roundup of the most pressing events happening in the Middle East & North Africa: At least 305 people were killed inside a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, in the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history. International outcry builds over the slave trade in Libya, which preys upon African migrants. And, contesting narratives emerge over Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s supposed “reforms” of the country. Read on to understand what’s going on in the Middle East this week!

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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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