#Middle East

.Baghdad, Iraq
(Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Iraqi airbase in the north of Baghdad hosting US soldiers on Sunday was hit with two rockets
  • The attack on Sunday was the 14th attack against American interests
  • US blamed Iran-linked Iraqi factions for such attacks on its troops and diplomats.

.Marib, Yemen
Friday was the bloodiest day since the start of the offensive on February 8 when over 60 fighters were killed in fighting in Marib. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • The Huthis resumed to attempt capturing Marib city, 120 kilometres  east of  Sanaa
  • Marib lies close to some of Yemen's richest oil fields
  • A Saudi-led coalition launched over 12 air strikes in support of government forces

.Marib, Yemen
Yemeni children are pictured at a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of the northern city of Marib. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Jaw al-Naseem, a camp close to Yemeni city of Marib, is the Saudi-backed government's last northern bastion
  • Marib has been menaced by fighting in recent weeks
  • Huthis have intensified their offensive in the region

.Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said it is "required" for animated women characters to wear hijab. (AFP File Photo)

  • Women in cartoons and animated features in Iran must be depicted wearing a hijab: Ayatollah Ali Khemenei
  • In animation, wearing hijab is "required due to the consequences of not wearing a hijab,” Khemenei issued a fatwa
  • Political activists have criticised the fatwa, saying it “toxic”

.Baghdad, Iraq
US previously threatened to pull back its diplomatic mission from Iraq due to continued attacks (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • Iraq National Security Service premises were hit by the missiles
  • At least two rockets landed in the area where embassies are located
  • This was the third hostile attack in the past week 

.London, UK
Since Syria's civil war broke out in 2011, more than 387,000 people have been killed. (Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • At least 130 airstrikes were carried out near the provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Raqa in Syria
  • The raids, which continued into Saturday, follow a series of IS attacks Friday on government
  • More than 1,300 government troops have been killed in clashes with the ISIS group

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden has recently been active about the foreign policy of US (Photo Credit: AFP File)

  • He reaffirmed that the US is prepared to restart negotiations with the P5+1
  • Iran has maintained a threat of restricting access to UN inspectors 
  • US Secretary of State called the restrictions on UN officials a "dangerous move" 

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden spoke at the Munich Security Conference and the G7 summit (Photo Credit: Twitter/ JoeBiden)

  • Biden urged unity amongst the transatlantic alliance to counter "global assault on democracy"
  • He delivered warnings about the threats posed by China and Russia to the alliance
  • European countries like Germany and France lauded the effort of bringing back "multilateralism"

.Damascus, Syria
Israeli missile strikes against several targets near Syria's capital Damascus killed at least nine pro-regime militia fighters on Monday. (AP/PTI File Photo/Representative)

  • The monitor said all the fighters killed were non-Arab "pro-government" forces
  • The attack began shortly after midnight and lasted for nearly half an hour
  • Syrian state media also reported the strikes but said that air defences had intercepted "most" of the missiles

.Iran
Ever since the outbreak of coronavirus in 2019, 11, 4,991,770 people have been tested positive in the Middle East. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • The Middle East is the fifth-most affected region in the world by the pandemic
  • Death rate has shown an improvement in the last one week as it went down by 19%
  • Iran remains the worst-affected country in the Middle East