On Thursday morning, the Arab newspapers focused on the situation in Idlib, in addition to the Iraqi crisis, and the Yemeni situation
Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper: Moscow accuses "terrorist factions" of trying to undermine the Idlib truce
The Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with several topics on the Syrian issue, the most prominent of which was the situation in Idlib. In this context, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said: "The talk about the escalation of concerns about the repercussions of the Corona virus in Syria coincided with the warning of the Russian Ministry of Defense of attempts to undermine Russian-Turkish agreements on Idlib, the ministry announced that "forces outside of Ankara's control" continue to launch "provocative" operations, and called on all parties to stop the escalation".
And Russian Federal newspaper "Vedomosti" quoted military sources as saying that the recent visit of Defense Minister Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu to Syria was linked to efforts to combat the spread of the Corona virus.
It quoted a source close to the Russian Defense Ministry referring to the importance of the timing of the two-day visit that ended on Tuesday, during which Minister Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu discussed with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the situation in Idlib governorate, and the implementation of the agreement concluded between it and Russia, Turkey, in conjunction with the continued spread of the new virus in various parts of the world.
The source pointed out that the aim of this visit lies in "preventing any escalation that would distract the efforts of Russia, Turkey and Syria from more serious challenges caused by the Corona virus".
And sources that Al-Sharq al-Awsat spoke to indicated that this file was essential during the talks held by Shoygu in Damascus, especially in terms of the possibility that Moscow would resort to withdrawing an important part of its forces from Syria, in the event of increased rates of disease, as well as measures to provide wide support to the Syrian government to face the possibility of a virus outbreak.
The Ministry of Defense announced that Shoygu was subjected to a corona examination upon his return from the visit, and the official announcement by the Ministry increased the focus of attention on this file, especially with the announcement by the media yesterday that a cargo ship belonging to the Russian Navy was seen crossing the Turkish Bosphorus strait on its way to Syria, where was loaded with ambulances, and according to the data, the Russian military ship "Devnica-50" crossed the strait carrying at least three military ambulances with a huge container.
Moscow attaches special importance to this file, especially since it has thousands of military personnel in Syria, and the Ministry of Defense confirmed a few days ago that it had "not recorded any infection with the virus among the Russian military".
With a focus on the "Corona" file, the Russian newspaper drew attention to developments in Idlib, as one of the main priorities for Moscow, and said that Moscow and Ankara nine days after their conducting the first mutual patrol on the "M-4" road in Idlib had not yet been able to prolong the course of this patrol.
It quoted two sources close to the Russian Defense Ministry that the second patrol, which was organized on March 23, came at a low distance, due to problems the Turkish side faced in ensuring its security.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, "The elements of terrorist formations detonated, on Tuesday, two military armored vehicles for the Turkish forces in the Idlib area, northwest of Syria.
Al-Bayan: Corona imposes a military truce in Yemen
On the Yemeni issue, Al-Bayan newspaper quoted Yemeni political sources as confirming that "a military truce will be announced within days between the legitimate government and the Iranian Houthi militia, under the auspices of the United Nations, with the aim of uniting efforts to confront the Corona virus".
The sources said to the Al-Bayan: "The contacts made by the United Nations led to the approval of a comprehensive truce on various fronts of fighting to unify local and international efforts to confront the potential for the spread of the Corona virus in Yemen".
In the context, the Yemeni government welcomed the call by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, for a ceasefire, to fully confront the consequences of the spread of the Corona virus and reduce escalation at the country level, as well as the call of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Martin Griffiths, to restore calm and face military escalation.
Al-Arab: Shiite forces discuss proposed alternatives to al-Zarafi before his overthrow
In Iraq, Al-Arab newspaper said: " Saeroun Bloc, affiliated to Shiite religious man Moqtada Al-Sadr, has moved to the stage of negotiating the alternative personalities of Prime Minister-designate Adnan al-Zarafi after it was initially among his most prominent supporters.
This move comes as the leader of the Al-Hikma Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, withdrew from the negotiations once and for all after failing to persuade the remaining currents of the correctness of seeing al-Zarafi choose to lead the next stage, especially with the escalation of economic and security crises.
A senior Iraqi political source said in a statement to "Al-Arab": Saeroun Bloc as yielded to the pressure of the political forces close to Tehran and started to listen to the proposals regarding the potential replacements of al-Zarafi".
The source emphasized that the bloc of Sadr refused to nominate a university president in the city of Karbala for the post of prime minister after it was found that he was linked to the State of Law coalition led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
The forces close to Iran insist on pushing an academic or university president to the position of prime minister in the next interim government, under the pretext of ensuring his independence.