DAMASCUS -- Israeli strikes targeted positions of Iranian-backed fighters in the Syrian eastern province of Deir al-Zour on Thursday, killing 19, a war monitor reported.
The strikes targeted the fighters' positions west of the city of al-Bukamal in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Israel-Strikes)
- - - -
RAMALLAH -- A senior Palestinian official said on Thursday that the disagreements with the Islamic Hamas movement over holding the general elections in Palestine would not stop the Palestinian reconciliation dialogue.
Jibril Rajoub, secretary-general of Fatah Movement's Central Committee, told reporters in Ramallah that Hamas and Fatah leaders will meet again "very soon" to discuss overcoming the previous disputes between the two movements. (Palestine-Hamas-Dialogue)
- - - -
TEHRAN -- Iran has released a British-Australian citizen in a prisoner swap, Iran's Press TV reported on Thursday.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert was arrested in Iran in 2018 on charges of "spying for Israel" and was released on Wednesday after serving about two years of her 10-year jail term, according to the report. (Iran-UK-Prisoner Release)
- - - -
TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 13,961 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising the total nationwide infections to 908,346.
The pandemic has so far claimed 46,689 lives in Iran, up by 482 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education during her daily briefing. (Iran-COVID19)