Arab press: UN warnings of famine in Syria and possible signs of confrontation in Iraq

The United Nations has warned of starvation in Syria and coronavirus outbreak, while Iraq is witnessing signs of confrontation between al-Kazemi government and those loyal to Iran, while increasing international pressure to stop the fighting in Libya, which will mean Turkey's submission to the Egyptian red lines.

On Saturday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon the living situation in Syria, in addition to the tension in Iraq and the Libyan situation.

Al-Bayan: An international warning against worsening hunger and an "epidemic" in Syria

The Arab newspapers published this morning dealt with several issues in the Syrian issue, the most prominent of which was the living situation. In this context, Al-Bayan newspaper said: "United Nations relief agencies warned yesterday that Syria is facing an unprecedented food crisis, as more than 9.3 million people lack sufficient food, while the outbreak of the new coronavirus is accelerating. "

"The number of people lacking basic foodstuffs has risen by 1.4 million in the past six months," said WFP spokeswoman Elizabeth Byers, adding that prices of food commodities rose by more than 200 percent in less than one year due to the crash. Economic situation in neighboring Lebanon, and the general isolation measures imposed by Syria to contain the coronavirus.

In its turn, the representative of the World Health Organization in Syria, Akjemal Magtymove, confirmed in a separate press statement that after nine years of conflict, more than 90 percent of the Syrian population lives below the poverty line, while the humanitarian needs increase.

And added that less than half of the public hospitals in Syria are operating, while half of the medical workers have fled since the start of the conflict, and the rest face a permanent threat of kidnapping and murder, to that, the director of WHO's emergency operations, Richard Brennan, said the numbers officials for people with coronavirus are probably much less than real numbers.

Noting that this is not limited to Syria at all, he added that the "Covid 19" pandemic started with a slow spread in a number of countries and then accelerated, and that the same thing is expected in Syria.

Al-Arab: Raiding the Hezbollah militia HQ: Has al-Kazemi started a confrontation with Iran's allies?

On the Iraqi issue, Al-Arab newspaper said: "The Iraqi capital witnessed a hot night of mutual challenges between the military and militias, which ended in the arrest of 14 members of the Hezbollah Brigades, the fiercest Shiite armed group established by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Iraq.

And Iraqi security sources told Al-Arab that the Hezbollah Brigades militia pushed about 80 vehicles loaded with people and weapons at dawn on Friday, to surround the headquarters of the Anti-Terrorism Agency, and to force it to free its detained personnel, confirming that the operation was carried out directly by “Abu Fadak”, who took over supervising militias affiliated with Iran, succeeding Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, who was killed along with Qassem Soleimani in a US raid early this year.

Heavily-armed vehicles with medium and heavy weapons roamed the streets surrounding the Green Zone, while the members of their vehicles chanted the fall of al-Kazemi.

The sources said that one of the detainees is an Iranian expert, specialized in missile engineering, confirming that Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr Organization, interfered personally with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi with the aim of releasing him.

It was the most daring raid in years of Iraqi security forces against a powerful armed faction backed by Tehran, which targeted the Hezbollah Brigades, which US officials accuse of firing missiles at bases hosting American forces and other facilities in Iraq.

Observers expect that this confrontation will intensify within the coming days, especially with the tremendous show of force carried out by the Hezbollah Brigades militia in Baghdad at dawn on Friday.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Sirte city waits decisiveness…. Turkey in front of Egyptian red line.

In Libya, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said: "American officials stressed, in statements to" Al-Sharq al-Awsat ", the need to adhere to an" immediate "cease-fire in Libya, and return to the path of negotiations for a political solution.

This position came at a time when the Accord Government Tripoli, and its Turkish supporters, refused to stop the anticipated attack on the cities of Sirte and al-Jafra before the withdrawal of the "National Army" forces from them, knowing that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi drew a "red line" around them, threatening military intervention. If they are attacked.

And if Turkey and its allies acquiesced in the Americans' request for an "immediate" truce, this would be seen as a dedication to the Egyptian "red line" and a setback for Ankara.

American officials, politicians and military personnel, explained their position regarding what is happening in Libya, in response to questions posed to them by the "al-Sharq al-Awsat", but their responses were characterized by a determination not to address the Turkish role in Libya by name, and only referring to it through a public conversation on "all external parties" That interfere in this country.



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