IS leaves trail of destruction in Syria’s Palmyra

The BBC’s Lyse Doucet says the trail of destruction left by Islamic State militants in Palmyra extends beyond the ancient Syrian city’s famous Roman-era ruins. She finds the city council building in utter ruin and the basement of a deserted building filled with a paperwork detailing the jihadist group’s brutal rule. IS leaves trail of […]

Israel holds 19-year-old over threats against Jewish centres

Israel holds 19-year-old over threats against Jewish centres

Image copyright Reuters Image caption More than 120 threats have been made against Jewish centres in 2017 Israeli police say a 19-year-old man with American and Israeli citizenship is suspected of making threats against Jewish institutions worldwide. Police arrested the suspect in the south of Israel on Thursday morning over threats against Jewish communities in […]

Roadside bombings kill 10 Egypt soldiers during Sinai raid

Roadside bombings kill 10 Egypt soldiers during Sinai raid

Image copyright Egyptian mliitary Image caption The military said seven militants were arrested during the raid in central Sinai Ten Egyptian soldiers have been killed by two roadside bomb blasts during a raid against jihadist militants in the Sinai peninsula, the military says. Fifteen militants were killed and seven others arrested during the operation, according […]

Video of Israeli policeman hitting Palestinian driver draws anger

Media captionA video shows the Israeli policeman headbutting the Palestinian lorry driver during a quarrel Israeli police are investigating after a video emerged showing an Israeli policeman beating up a Palestinian lorry driver. In the footage, which has been widely shared on social media, the policeman headbutts, slaps and kicks the driver as they quarrel […]

IS conflict: US airlift backs new assault near Raqqa stronghold

IS conflict: US airlift backs new assault near Raqqa stronghold

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Syrian Democratic Forces said its fighters had seized four villages near the dam US-led coalition aircraft have for the first time carried out an airlift of allied fighters battling the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The Pentagon said members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance were […]

Holy Sepulchre Church: Discovery at ‘Jesus’s tomb’ in Jerusalem

The church built on the spot where tradition has it that Jesus was buried has reopened after extensive renovation work. While working on a small shrine known as the Edicule, the renovation team exposed two layers of marble slabs over what is said to have been the burial chamber of Christ. The slabs have now […]

IS conflict: Strike on Raqqa school ‘kills displaced civilians’

IS conflict: Strike on Raqqa school ‘kills displaced civilians’

Image copyright Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently Image caption An activist group posted a photograph of what it said was the destroyed school in al-Mansoura At least 33 people have been killed in an air strike on a school in a village west of the Islamic State-held Syrian city of Raqqa, a monitoring group says. […]

British WWI alcohol stash unearthed in Israel

British WWI alcohol stash unearthed in Israel

Image copyright Israel Antiquities Authority Image caption The bottles contained a range of tipples, including gin and whisky. Hundreds of alcohol bottles belonging to British soldiers during World War I have been unearthed in Israel. The discovery was made near the city of Ramla, where soldiers had been garrisoned during the conflict. Other artefacts, including […]

IS conflict: Air strike ‘kills dozens in village near Raqqa’

IS conflict: Air strike ‘kills dozens in village near Raqqa’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of civilians have been displaced by the battle to oust IS from Raqqa At least 33 people have been killed in an air strike on a school in a village west of the Islamic State-held Syrian city of Raqqa, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]

Flight ban on laptops ‘sparked by IS threat’

Flight ban on laptops ‘sparked by IS threat’

Image caption The UK ban applies to direct inbound flights from six countries; the US ban lists eight countries An aircraft cabin ban on large electronic devices was prompted by intelligence suggesting a terror threat to US-bound flights, say US media. The US and UK have announced new carry-on restrictions banning laptops on certain passenger […]