These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Arming the Saudi regime
The Saudi military is coming under increasing fire over the rising civilian casualties in Yemen. According to a report by the United Nations, the Saudis and their allies were responsible for 60 percent child casualties in 2015.
A group that campaigns for stricter arms sales controls has slammed Western powers including the US, UK and France over breaking international law by selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. The Control Arms Coalition says the arms are being used to kill civilians in Yemen. It argues the arms trade with Saudi Arabia is the violation of 2014 Arms Trade Treaty.
War on Syria: Doctored story?
The controversy continues over footage purportedly showing a boy who survived an airstrike in the Syrian of city of Aleppo. In the video which has been aired numerous times by Western media, the boy identified as Omran has his forehead soaked in blood and appears dazed. Mainstream media in the West and militant groups blamed the alleged air attack on Russia. The militant who has filmed the wounded boy is the same man who filmed another boy who was beheaded recently by Nour al-Din al-Zenki in Syria. This has cast doubt on the authenticity of the footage, with critics say part of the Western propaganda campaign which aims to create a humanitarian excuse for intervention in Syria.
Philippines drug killings
A shocking revelation that hundreds of drug suspects have been killed in what looks like a bloody crackdown in the Philippines has already put the country in the spotlight. The killings are reported to have taken place in police operations within only seven weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte took office. The country’s senators have now opened an investigation into the killings. They started questioning top police and anti-narcotics officials to explain what they have described as the unprecedented rise in killings. The United Nations has shown an immediate reaction to the reported killings of drug suspects in the Philippines. It urged Manila to end what it described as a wave of extrajudicial executions and killings.