On Wednesday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon the bombings that took place in Afrin occupied by Turkey, in addition to the confrontations in Lebanon, and the crisis of forming the Iraqi government.
Al-Arab: The attacks in Afrin are Turkey's pretext for the occupation of Tal Rifaat
The Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with several topics, the most prominent of which was the bombing in the city of Afrin occupied by Turkey. In this context, Al-Arab newspaper said, "Turkey and its loyal Syrian factions are facing difficulty in controlling the security conditions in the areas they controlled in northern Syria, especially in Afrin, where the city of Aleppo governorate is witnessing an increase in the pattern of attacks and bombings. "
"Turkey accuses the People's Protection Units (YPG) of being behind the operations targeting its soldiers and loyalists in Afrin, from the adjacent Tel Rifaat, amid questions about whether these accusations are presented to a new Turkish operation targeting Tel Rifaat, and analysts say such questions seem legitimate, especially and he notes a remarkable focus in the Turkish media on the area of Tal Rifaat and the need to control it. "
And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously promised to occupy the region after his country occupied Afrin in 2019.
According to the newspaper, there is a fear that there will be a Russian-Turkish consensus that Ankara will occupy the region, within the framework of the agreement concluded between the two parties last March regarding Idlib and its environs.
Concerns are reinforced with previous statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt ÇavuşOglo, who told Turkish NTV channel that his country and Russia are "seeking to take joint measures against foreign fighters in Idlib governorate, northern Syria."
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: "Hunger protests" surrounding Diab government
On the Lebanese issue, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "The government of Hunger protests which witnessed more than one region in Lebanon is besieging the government of President Hassan Diab, as the demonstrations expanded to block roads, and burn bank branches in Beirut and the north, and witnessed direct confrontations with the army, which sparked fears of the deteriorating security situation in the country.
The confrontations were renewed in Tripoli yesterday after the funeral of the young Fawaz al-Samman, who was killed in confrontations with the army the night before last, and the city witnessed popular movements, as the army fired tear gas to disperse them after they set fire to a number of bank branches, and some of them threw stones at the army.
With the growing tensions that revitalized in downtown Beirut last night to protest against the deteriorating living conditions, widespread unemployment and weak purchasing power, the Prime Minister said that "what happened in some areas of property attacks and targeting the army indicates that there are malicious intentions behind the scenes to shake security stability."
Yesterday evening, Diab received a call from French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in which the latter expressed "France's support for the government's reform program, and its willingness to assist Lebanon with the International Monetary Fund," noting that "France intends to hold a meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon as soon as possible, after finishing the lockdown which is related with Covid 19.
Al-Bayan: Iraqi parliament is at risk of dissolution if al-Kazemi mission fails
Iraqi political sources confirmed that President Barham Saleh entered the crisis line as a "mediating party" to bring the points of view between the different parties together, warning at the same time, during his recent meetings with the leaders of the blocs, of the danger of thwarting the task of Mustafa al-Kazemi, similar to the previous candidates who were assigned to the last three months have formed the government and they are Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi and Adnan al-Zurfi, waving at the same time the option to request the dissolution of Parliament and early elections if the government does not form.
Political observers have expressed their fear several times over the existence of a scenario by al-Kazemi similar to that of al-Zurfi and before him Allawi, and that the failure of the task of every assigned Prime Minister to be nominated may be deliberate and agreed upon in order to keep the current government, headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi, and keep the situation as it is However, “There is hope after the President of the Republic, Barham Saleh, moved towards the political blocs to persuade them to reduce their conditions and demands from al-Kazemi”, and that “the next two days will be decisive to resolve disputes and agree to pass al-Kazemi’s government, or thwart these efforts, and provide al-Kazemi’s apology, but likely President’s intervention will solve many situations.