Here is a brief look at Press TV newsroom’s headlines from 18:00 GMT, June 18, to 08:00 GMT, June 19, 2017.
Leader on US intervention
The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution has dismissed the US claim of seeking regime change in the Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the hollow rhetoric of the US government is not worthy of attention. He said Washington has always sought to topple the Islamic establishment in Iran but it has always suffered humiliating defeats. The Leader described the new US administration as a novice stabber who will come to its senses after getting slapped in the face. Ayatollah Khamenei likened Iran to a deep-rooted tree which cannot be dislodged. He reminded the fact that even when the nation was a like sapling decades ago Washington was not able to deal a blow to it. The leader stressed that Iran stands strong and the enemies cannot harm it.
Quds Day in London
People in the British capital London have gathered to voice support for the Palestinians and their cause on the last Sunday of the holy month of Ramadan. Our correspondent in London has conducted an interview with Massoud Shadjareh from the Islamic Human Rights Commission.
Food poisoning in Turkey
Turkey detains 21 people after an outbreak of food poisoning sends hundreds of soldiers to the hospital. Those detained were employees of a catering firm in the west of the country where 731 soldiers required medical attention after mass poisoning. The troopers at a military barracks in Manisa province were rushed to the hospital shortly after eating. The same barracks was struck by food poisoning less than a month ago, leaving a solider dead. Authorities say a salmonella bacterium was responsible for the food poisoning.
Iran hits Daesh with missiles
Iran has fired a number of missiles at positions of Daesh terrorists in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr inflicting heavy casualties on the Takfiri group. The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said several medium-range surface-to-surface missiles, fired by its Air Force, targeted Daesh fortifications from two Iranian western provinces. The IRGC said a large number of Daesh terrorists were killed in the attack. It added that weapons of the terror group were also destroyed. The IRGC said the missile strikes were in response to the recent Daesh-claimed terror attacks in Tehran which killed 18 people.
War on Syria
The US military has downed a Syrian fighter jet in the northern province of Raqqah. The Syrian army said the plane was targeted in the town of Resafa some 40 kilometers southwest of Raqqah’s provincial capital. The attack came amid Syrian troops’ advances into the province. The army said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing. Damascus condemned the move as a flagrant attack which happened while the plane was on a combat mission against Daesh terrorists. The US military confirmed the attack, accusing the Syrian side of bombing Washington-backed militants. Meanwhile, clashes have reportedly erupted south of Raqqah city between Syrian troops and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
Militant attack in Mali
At least two people have lost their lives in a suspected terrorist attack at a luxury resort on the edge of Mali’s capital Bamako. Malian Security Ministry says at least two people, one civilian and a policeman, were also injured as gunmen stormed the popular tourist spot east of the capital. The attackers briefly took a number of hostages. But the ministry says security forces have managed to rescue 36 guests so far. It is believed there are still several people inside the Campement Kangaba area. One of the attackers was reportedly wounded and fled the scene. The United Nations soldiers and troops from a French counter-terrorism force are helping local forces. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Attack in London
A van has rammed into Muslim worshippers outside a mosque in northern London. Police say at least one person has been killed and eight others injured in the incident. The Muslim Council of Britain said the vehicle driver intentionally plowed into the worshippers as they left the mosque after night prayers in the holy month of Ramadan. It added the van incident is violent manifestation of Islamophobia. Reports also said that the van driver later attacked the pedestrians with a knife. Police say one person has been arrested in connection with the incident and British counter-terrorism forces have started a probe into the incident. While the eyewitnesses say the incident was a terrorist act, officials have yet to call it a terror attack.
Israel aiding militants
Israel has reportedly been assisting anti-Damascus militant groups for years in the occupied parts of the Golan Heights. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Tel Aviv provides funds, medical supplies and assistance to the militants to ensure a buffer zone in Syria’s Golan Heights. The report also says that an Israeli military unit was set up in 2016 to facilitate the transfer of aid to the armed groups and help them buy weapons and ammunition. The Wall Street Journal quotes the anti-Syria militants as saying that they would have not survived without Israel’s assistance. The revelations come as Tel Aviv has long been accused of assisting armed groups and treating injured militants who fight Syrian government forces.
Wars and displacement
The United Nations’ refugee agency says the number of displaced people worldwide has risen to a record of nearly 66 millions. The office of the U-N High Commissioner for Refugees, in its annual report, says the estimated figure of the displaced for the end of 2016 rose by 300-thousand, compared to the previous year. The figure includes refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people, with children below 18, making up just over half the population. According to the UNHCR, more than half of refugees globally come from Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan, which have been war-torn for years. Meanwhile, the refugee agency’s chief says the international diplomacy has failed to resolve conflicts that produce displacement.
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