Hadya Al Alawi
Assistant Foreign Editor

A handover from US-led coalition troops to Iraqi security forces at Camp Taji, Iraq, in 2020. Reuters
US and Iraq close in on troop withdrawal deal

One sticking point is an airbase in Erbil the US says it needs to fight ISIS in Syria

July 23, 2024, 10:06 PM
The illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem. AFP
Israel 'makes largest land seizure in West Bank in 30 years'

Data from Peace Now indicates that the almost 13-square-kilometre appropriation in the Jordan Valley is the largest land grab since the 1993 Oslo Accords

July 03, 2024, 5:52 PM
Displaced Palestinian children look on as people evacuate the Mawassi area on the outskirts of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 28, 2024. AFP
More than 8,000 Palestinian pupils killed, says ministry

At least 497 educational staff were killed and 3,402 wounded since the start of the war

July 02, 2024, 6:11 PM
Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from the window of his office overlooking Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City on Sunday. EPA
Pope Francis calls for a Gaza ceasefire and for more aid

Jordan to host an international conference with Egypt and the UN next week on the humanitarian situation in the enclave

June 09, 2024, 6:32 PM
Rescued hostage Noa Argamani speaks on the phone with Israeli President Isaac Herzog. Reuters
Israeli forces in Gaza rescue four hostages captured by Hamas

It is the largest number of hostages found alive since the war started, taking the total of rescued captives to seven

June 08, 2024, 11:33 AM
Many Gazans are facing starvation amid a lack of food and aid deliveries entering the enclave. Getty Images
Gazans forced to buy Israeli goods after Rafah crossing closure

Food items are imported through Karam Abu Salem, the only entry point for deliveries to the enclave

May 21, 2024, 3:12 PM
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, gathers with other Arab leaders at the summit in Manama. AFP
Arab League calls for UN peacekeeping mission in Palestine

Arab states ratify and endorse Bahrain Declaration that calls for revival of two-state solution

May 16, 2024, 5:17 PM
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League, at a meeting of foreign ministers in Manama.
Why the Syria conflict still matters to the Arab League

Syrian crisis has been discussed at meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Manama, before annual summit

May 16, 2024, 3:00 AM
Displaced Gazans. Diplomatic sources say Bahraini summit organisers are attempting to build on the resolution drafted at the Riyadh summit and collectively 'announce a tougher stance against Israel'. AFP
Arab League ministers seek consensus on Gaza before Bahrain summit

Secretary General calls for end to 'Israeli crimes' ahead of Manama meeting aimed at forging united Arab front

May 14, 2024, 10:26 AM
Palestinians celebrate in a street in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, after Hamas announced it accepted the truce proposal on May 6. AFP
Hamas accepts truce deal as Israelis head to mediators for talks

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh says 'ball is now in Israel's court' to accept or reject proposal

May 06, 2024, 7:36 PM
Palestinian children walk past a house damaged in an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
'Take the deal': Gazans eager for Hamas to accept ceasefire with Israel

Displaced Palestinians in Rafah desperate to return to the north of the enclave

May 03, 2024, 12:59 PM
Members of the Iraqi Shiite militia, Kataib Hezbollah. The group denied responsibility for the recent attack on US forces based in Iraq. EPA
Iraq truce still holding despite attacks on US forces, sources say

Unannounced cessation of hostilities is likely to continue until the first week of May

April 23, 2024, 2:32 PM
A bomb hit a base used by Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces.
Iraq investigates bombing at military base south of Baghdad

US says its forces were not behind reported strike at site housing pro-Iranian armed groups

April 19, 2024, 10:54 PM
Women mourn loved ones killed overnight in the Israeli bombing of Al Najjar Hospital in Rafah, southern Gaza. AFP
Israeli army surrounds Gaza school with hundreds sheltering inside

Witnesses say soldiers are shooting Palestinians who try to leave the building in Beit Hanoun

April 16, 2024, 11:00 AM
Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on Syria since the country's civil war began in 2011. EPA
Israeli air strike kills 36 Syrian soldiers in Aleppo

Attack came as Israel intensified its strikes against Hezbollah and pro-Hamas groups in Lebanon

March 29, 2024, 5:48 AM