Domestic politics in Israel and Lebanon could scuttle talks about their claims in the Mediterranean – and to the gas riches underneath. With the U.S. mediator’s help, the two countries should refocus on achieving an accord that serves their mutual interest and spares them a confrontation.
Clashes on 14 October over a judicial investigation into the 2020 Beirut port blast evoked the sectarian divisions of Lebanon’s civil war and threatened what's left of the rule of law. Hizbollah must allow the investigation to proceed or risk further weakening of the state.
استحضرت صدامات وقعت في 14 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر بشأن تحقيق قضائي في انفجار مرفأ بيروت عام 2020 الانقسامات الطائفية للحرب الأهلية اللبنانية وهددت ما تبقى من سيادة القانون. يجب أن يسمح حزب الله بأن يتم إجراء التحقيق وإلا فإنه سيخاطر بإضعاف الدولة أكثر.
Clashes in Mogadishu following the expiry of the president’s term highlight the risks of the standoff between the federal government and the opposition over electoral preparations. To avert a further breakdown, the African Union and UN should quickly step in to mediate.
Four days of violent unrest in Tripoli on Lebanon’s northern coast could presage more to come, as a new coronavirus outbreak deepens the country’s severe socio-economic crisis. Humanitarian aid is urgently needed to keep the worst-case scenarios at bay.
أربعة أيام من الاضطرابات العنيفة في طرابلس على الساحل الشمالي للبنان قد تنذر بالمزيد في المستقبل؛ حيث يؤدي تفشي فيروس كورونا الجديد إلى تعميق الأزمة الاجتماعية والاقتصادية الحادة في البلاد. ثمة حاجة ماسة للمساعدات الإنسانية لتفادي تحقق أسوأ السيناريوهات.
Fighting between the Ethiopian army and Tigray forces has arrived near the region’s biggest city, home to half a million residents. Addis Ababa should pause hostilities, all sides should minimise harm to civilians and the AU should step up efforts to avert further bloodshed.
With Ethiopian federal troops and Tigray’s paramilitary forces engaged in armed conflict, local, regional and international actors should press for a ceasefire and chart a path to comprehensive dialogue to avert civil war in Africa’s second most populous country.
The Syrian regime’s deliberate but devastating campaign to retake Idlib has picked up in intensity, threatening death and displacement at levels unseen in Syria’s conflict, terrible as it has been to date. Damascus and its Russian backers must conclude an immediate ceasefire with rebel forces.
Heavy fighting has started again in Yemen after one of the war’s quietest months. Battles on the northern front lines highlight the flaws of the piecemeal approach to negotiating an end to the war – and the pressing need for a coordinated multi-track effort.
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