These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
For the first time in history, Israel blocks Nakba Day march
Israel continues its repressive methods to silence Palestinians who have been fighting for their land against Israeli occupation and struggling to make their voice heard worldwide. The "March of Return" which is held by Palestinians each year to mark Palestine's occupation by Israel has been blocked by Israeli police for the first time in history. The creation of Israel in 1948 is known among Palestinians as Nakba – which is Arabic for catastrophe as it coincided with the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the demolition of more than 500 villages in that year. The Israeli police say they have denied the organizers of the march permit as there is a shortage of officers to oversee the march.
Russia's veiled threat of war
Tensions continue between Russia and the west over Syria. the Russian embassy in London has suggested that British and US attempts to deliver give an ultimatum to Moscow over its support of Syria could result in a “real war”. In a tweet the embassy said: If yesterday's statement by British foreign secretary Boris Johnson is trusted and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson delivers G7 ultimatum to Russia next week, what are the probable outcomes? The Russian embassy also mocked Johnson asking whether he will be fit to work as a wartime lieutenant for the US president.
Egypt terrorist attack
It’s been described as one of the worst terrorist attacks against Egypt’s Christian minority. Terrorists attacks targeting Christians killed over 40 people and injured dozens more. The first incident happened inside a Church in the northern city of Tanta. The second explosive device went off outside a Coptic church in the city of Alexandria. The Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for both incidents. The blasts prompted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to announce a three-month state of emergency. Sisi has issued a statement saying the attacks “will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil.”