The Jordanian cabinet approved, last month, the recommendation of the Committee on Economic Development, calling for supplying Jordan with natural gas from the gas field discovered in the Palestinian water of the Gaza Marine
A memorandum of understanding is due to be signed between Israel and Jordan in the reservoir of Leviathan to export Israeli natural gas to Jordan during the next 15 years with a total value of $15 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported yesterday.
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal has brought a weeks-long Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip to an indefinite halt but the crippling onslaught had left its toll on the embattled enclave.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the relentless Israeli attacks had left at least 2145 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead since hostilities first erupted on June 7.
More than a million people in Sri Lanka are struggling to find clean drinking water, after a 10-month drought enveloped parts of the island nation. Authorities are predicting that draught will trigger the paddy harvest to fall by around 17 percent, from the 4 million tons recorded in 2013. The government is renovating irrigation tanks to help deal with the crisis. It is spending millions of dollars to clean up and repair the irrigation network. Al Jazeera’s More than a million people in Sri Lanka are struggling to find clean drinking water, after a 10-month drought enveloped parts of the island nation. Authorities are predicting that draught will trigger the paddy harvest to fall by around 17 percent, from the 4 million tons recorded in 2013. The government is renovating irrigation tanks to help deal with the crisis. It is spending millions of dollars to clean up and repair the irrigation network. Al Jazeera’s Minelle Fernandez reports from southern Sri Lanka. reports from southern Sri Lanka.
By: Joshua Keating
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the fairly obvious point yesterday that it will be impossible to deal a definitive blow to ISIS by attacking it on only one side of the increasingly irrelevant Syrian-Iraqi border. Here’s the New York Times:
“This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated,” said the chairman … in his most expansive public remarks on the crisis since American airstrikes began in Iraq. “Can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no.”…
“It requires a variety of instruments, only one small part of which is airstrikes,” he said. “I’m not predicting those will occur in Syria, at least not by the United States of America. But it requires the application of all of the tools of national power—diplomatic, economic, information, military.”
Despite Dempsey’s remarks, it’s not really clear that “defeating” ISIS is actually President Obama’s goal in this conflict. But that could change. Assuming that the U.S. does reluctantly take on the project of defeating ISIS, or at least substantially degrading it, that decision will inevitably deepen America’s even-more-reluctant involvement in the conflict in Syria.
Israel and the Palestinian factions, including Gaza’s Hamas movement, have accepted an Egyptian proposal to cease fire from 0500 GMT on August 5 for at least three days.
Egypt also invited Israel and the Palestinians to attend high-level talks in Cairo aimed at securing a longer-term deal to end a war that has killed over 1,800 Palestinians as well as dozens of Israeli soldiers.
Three similar agreements have collapsed since the violence began. Israel had resumed air strikes on Gaza after a patchy and limited seven-hour humanitarian truce ended on Monday, one attack killing two people and wounding 16, according to officials.
“We hope this will secure a permanent ceasefire and restore stability,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Dozens of dead bodies remain under the rubble in Rafah, as Israel’s assault on southern Gaza kills scores of civilians.
Local medics said that at least 110 people have been killed in Rafah in the past 24 hours.
By: Mohammed Omer
Rafah, Gaza Strip – Under continued Israeli air strikes and artillery fire, Issa Akel has no other choice: The 50-year-old bulldozer driver must stop unearthing the dead bodies buried beneath the rubble in this southern Gaza town and seek safety for himself.
In Hay al-Junina, east of Rafah, Akel went on a mission to rescue the dead, but he soon realised that his life was in danger. On Saturday, the town’s roads were littered with dead bodies, left bleeding for hours without any ambulance crew arriving to rescue them.
The United States is preparing to sell the Iraqi government 5,000 Hellfire missiles through a proposed $700 million deal intended to equip Baghdad with additional power as militants from the Islamic State continue to wage a campaign across the region. RT’s Anastasia Churkina explains.