The Arab press reported today that the United Nations has asked for answers from Russia about its bombing of hospitals and targeting the Turkish authorities for the opposition.
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: UN seeks answers from Russia about bombing hospitals in Syria
Regarding Syria, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, "The UN humanitarian official said that he requested clarifications from Russia on how to use the data on the locations of Syrian clinics and hospitals, after a series of attacks on medical facilities
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lockock told the UN Security Council that he was "not sure" that hospitals that share the coordinates of their locations within the UN's "conflict resolution" system would be protected.
According to the United Nations, more than 23 hospitals have been hit since Russian-backed Syrian forces launched an offensive in the Idlib area in late April.
Washington calls on the government of Lebanon to confront Hezbollah
The US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, called on the Lebanese government to intensify its presence in all its files and not to allow Hezbollah to take the initiative on behalf of the Lebanese government, because it puts Lebanon at risk. He warned that Hezbollah would not stand by Iran in the event of escalating tensions in the region "because in this case it is dragging the woes on Lebanon."
Al-Arab newspaper: New Internet regulations in Turkey block the opposition and threaten freedom of opinion
"The new rules imposed by the Turkish government on the Internet raise fears of increased pressure exerted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the opposition and freedom of opinion, as the criticism against his domestic and foreign policies expands," Al Arab newspaper said.
Turkey recently granted the Censorship Body on Radio and Television the right to supervise all Internet content, including broadcasting platforms and news outlets.
The move to strengthen the role of the Supreme Council for Radio and Television, a government-controlled institution, has raised fears that the authorities are tightening control over the media and that they plan to seize alternative media after they have taken control of traditional media.