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May 26, 2016

Refugees stand near a bus as they wait to be transferred to a hospitality center during a police operation at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and Macedonia, near the village of Idomeni on May 25, 2016. (AFP/Yannis Kolesidis)
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Leaders from G7 countries were notably absent from the summit aimed at addressing the world's most pressing humanitarian crises.
Anti-government protesters are seen at a demonstration in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The prison terms range from three to 15 years, while other activists have been stripped of their nationality in court rulings.
Migrants protect themselves from the cold with blankets as they wait to arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016 aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius", two day after their rescue off the Libyan coasts. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)
15:11 GMT
The Italian coast guard said it was coordinating about 20 rescues on Thursday for boats that had capsized.
A general view shows graffiti in Gaza City commemorating the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" in Arabic in reference to the establishment of the state of Israel 68-years-ago. (AFP/File)
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A general view shows graffiti in Gaza City commemorating the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" in Arabic in reference to the establishment of the state of Israel 68-years-ago. (AFP/File)
Egyptian journalists take part in a candle light vigil in memory of EgyptAir MS804 victims in front of the Journalists' Syndicate in Cairo on May 24, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed el-Shahed)
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Investigators are working against the clock to recover the plane's black boxes, which will cease to emit a signal after about 30 days.
Yemenis gather at the site of a twin bombing that targeted Yemeni forces in the southern city of Aden on May 23, 2016. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
13:30 GMT
The delegation has called for militias to be disbanded before reaching any political agreement.
The 12-year-old Muhammad Ismail Hushiyeh was detained in January for alleged involvement in a stabbing attack. (File photo)
13:00 GMT
There are curently 438 Palestinian children locked up in Israeli jails.
Jaysh al-Islam fighters in Eastern Ghouta. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Jaysh al-Islam and al-Rahman Legion signed a ceasefire agreement and decided to unite rebel forces in Eastern Ghouta.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Lebanon to elect a new president, saying the country's protracted political crisis put its sovereignty and stability at risk. (AFP/File)
11:53 GMT
The EU foreign policy chief called on leaders to put aside partisan differences and not let regional conflicts hold sway over electing a President.
A Yemeni child walks through the rubble of a building hit by a Saudi airstrike. (AFP/File)
10:33 GMT
A Saudi airstrike on a Yemeni family home killed 11 people, leaving one child still alive.
Afghan police on patrol in Herat, near the Afghanistan-Iran border, in 2012. (AFP/File)
10:17 GMT
Iran and Afghanistan met on the sidelines of the International Security Conference to discuss strengthening their ties.
Smokes rises from the city of Raqqa after a US-backed airstrike. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Arab and Kurdish forces recaptured two villages from Daesh control north of Raqqa.
A file photo of the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike outside of Rafah. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Israeli forces conducted two airstrikes after a rocket was fired from Gaza.
A father and daughter wait for aid distribution aboard a rescue ship, after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)
06:30 GMT
A fish boat full of migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, with almost two dozen people still missing.
Egyptian security forces are seen on patrol in Sinai. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The offensive comes days after Daesh carried out multiple attacks against police officers across Egypt.
Egyptians protest a controversial deal to give two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia on Friday in Cairo. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
05:00 GMT
More than 150 protesters have been given prison sentences since the beginning of May, 47 of whom are now on hunger strike.

May 25, 2016

A boy walks acros rail tracks during a police operation to clear a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants at the border between Greece and Macedonia near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece on May 25, 2016. (AFP/Yannis Kolesidis)
17:52 GMT
A potential agreement reached during the summit could help fill a $15 billion funding gap.
This file photo taken on October 29, 2012 shows Honoree Khadija Ismayilova attending the 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards hosted by the International Women's Media Foundation held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California. (AFP/Getty Images/Jason Merritt)
17:22 GMT
Khadija Ismayilova was jailed in September 2015 on corruption charges, which rights group denounced as politically-motivated, calling her a 'prisoner of conscience.'
Palestinians gather at an UNRWA aid distribution. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Palestinians shut down two UNRWA offices over the decision to switch from food distribution to cash cards without consulting the refugees.
IDF soldiers are seen on patrol in Hebron. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
In a new report, B'Tselem said it had become 'subcontractors to the occupation' by upholding the credibility of internal investigations carried out by the IDF.
Lebanese forces deployed in a military operation in Arsal. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Lebanese forces arrested Sameh al-Breidy during a military operation in Arsal.
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference on May 15, 2016 at the information ministry in Kuwait City.  (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
15:00 GMT
His comments today contrast with remarks made a day earlier in which he said a political solution would likely 'take a long time.'
Rotana tower in the new downtown of Amman lights up as part of Jordan 70th independence anniversary. (Facebook Photo)
14:17 GMT
Rotana tower
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, the head of hardline nationalist party Israel Beiteinu, are seen during a ceremony signing a coalition agreement on May 25, 2016 at the Knesset. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
14:00 GMT
Netanyahu's Likud party has a razor-thin majority hold on power in the Knesset, but Israel Beiteinu, favors far-right policies supporting settlers and opposing peace talks.
A woman and her daughter protect themselves with a blanket aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius", on May 25, 2016 a day after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees off the Libyan coast. (AFP/Gabriel Buoys)
12:56 GMT
Another overcrowded boat has sunk trying to cross the Mediterranean.
Daesh militants drive through the streets of Raqqa. (AFP/File)
11:15 GMT
Daesh militants are embedded in civilian buildings in Raqqa, making it difficult for Iraqi forces to target them without massive civilian casualties.
Daesh-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
Philippine troops seized a major encampment of Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu.
Tunisian special forces on patrol in Ben Guerdane after a Daesh attack in March. (AFP/File)
09:05 GMT
Tunisian forces uncovered a Daesh weapons stockpile in the border town of Ben Guerdane.
A man lifts his hands in prayer while overlooking pilgrims on Hajj. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Iran have agreed on terms to allow Iranian pilgrims to participate in Hajj this year.
Afghan officials examine the remains of roadside bombing from a suicide attack in Kabul earlier this year. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
A suicide bomber attacked a bus of court employees, killing at least ten people in Kabul.
A file photo of cluster bombs. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The UK is investigating the usage of British cluster bombs on Yemeni civilians.
Refugees line up next to a bus in the Idomeni refugee camp. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Over 1,500 people were relocated to better refugee camps inside Greece on the first day of dismantling the Idomeni refugee camp.
The grenade was set to detonate when the car turned on. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
A grenade was planted and set to explode on the car of a Palestinian official's son.

May 24, 2016

Pilgrims on Hajj at Mecca. (Wikimedia Commons)
17:30 GMT
Iran is sending a delegation to Saudi Arabia to reopen the discussion of sending Iranian pilgrims on Hajj this year.
Illegal migrants sit in front of a painted wall on May 19, 2016 at the Abu Salim detention center in Tripoli, Libya. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
14:30 GMT
As the weather improves, hundreds of African migrants are attempting to make the trip from the Libyan coastal town Zawiya to Italy.
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. (AFP/Yasser Al-Zayyat)
13:30 GMT
Yemen peace talks have resumed in Kuwait, under the shadow of al-Qaeda attacks in Mukalla.
An EgyptAir plane seen on the tarmac. (AFP/File)
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The assessment is based on the small size of human remains found, although no traces of explosives have been detected yet.
Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication and new chairman candidate for ruling AK Party Binali Yildirim throws red carnations to supporters as he arrives for the second extraordinary congress in Ankara, on May 22, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
12:00 GMT
Omer Celik will be replacing Volkan Bozkir as Turkey's EU Minister.
Yemeni students shout slogans during a rally at a school in the capital Sanaa protesting the deployment of US Special Forces to their country, amid the ongoing conflict in the impoverished Arab state, on May 23, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The explosion comes a day after twin blasts killed at least 45 in Aden.
Palestinians mourn over the bodies of Maram Abu Ismail, 23, and her brother Ibrahim Taha, 16, who were shot dead by Israeli police last month at the Qalandiya checkpoint, during their funeral in the West Bank village of Qatanna, on May 23, 2016. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
10:30 GMT
One was the body of 15-year-old Hassan Manasra who was shot dead by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem.
Iraqi pro-government forces advance towards the city of Fallujah on May 23, 2016, as part of a major assault to retake the city from Daesh. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
09:30 GMT
A day into the offensive, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said the operations were progressing 'successfully.'
People board in a bus in order to leave the refugee and migrant makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonia border near the village of Idomeni on May, 23 2016. (AFP/Sakis Mitrolidis)
09:00 GMT
More than 8,400 migrants are still stranded at the border with Macedonia in poor living conditions.
Saudi border guards look out across the Yemen border in April 2015. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Three others were injured in the blast as the soldiers patrolled near the border.
Some 750 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention, an Israeli policy of imprisonment without charge that can be renewed indefinitely. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Sami Janazreh is set to be released next Monday after a 70-day hunger strike.
The security council says granting passports to married and unmarried women would reduce problems they face while traveling. (Shutterstock)
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The discussion comes after deciding to allow women to have their own national ID cards and to give them a copy of their own marriage contracts.
EgyptAir employees arrive to the in-Flight services hall at Cairo airport on May 19, 2016. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
07:00 GMT
Egyptian and Greek officials continue to make contradictory statements as the search for the missing plane continues.
A Turkish Airlines flight leaving from Istanbul was forced to return to a parking area to be searched following a bomb threat. (Flickr)
06:00 GMT
The bomb scare was the latest incident to disrupt a Turkish Airlines flight.
Israel's dual legal system typically tries Israelis in civilian courts and Palestinians in military courts, meaning Palestinians would likely only face the death penalty. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Israel's dual legal system means Israelis involved in 'terrorism' cases killing Palestinians would not face the death penalty.

May 23, 2016

A man sits on a rock in a flooded street following heavy rain in the city of Amran, 50 kms north of Yemen's capital Sanaa on April 15, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Rescue workers have so far been unable to reach the affected area due to rough terrain.
This file photo taken on April 12, 2016 shows members of the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) exiting their vehicle at the Zamzam camp for internally displaced persons in Northern Darfur. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)
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A tribal leader said the attack was the result of a dispute between an Arab man and a Masalit member over a payment in a market.
Israeli police at the scene of an earlier stabbing incident in which the assailant was shot dead. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
The identity of the Palestinian woman, killed on the scene at the Ras Biddu checkpoint, remains unknown.
Syrian refugee children prepare to board a school bus at an unofficial refugee camp in Lebanon's town of Bar Elias in the Bekaa Valley on May 13, 2016. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
15:00 GMT
The first-ever summit has been described as 'necessary,' but that charities alone cannot fully address the world's most pressing crises.
The body of a Palestinian assailant who was allegedly shot in the head by an Israeli soldier as he lay wounded on the ground Hebron on March 24, 2016. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
13:30 GMT
Azaria's lawyers have said the IDF singled him out unfairly for non-legal reasons, while other soldiers involved in similar killings have not received criminal charges.
People evacuate the scene after a suicide bombing near Aden earlier in 2016. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Daesh claimed the suicide bombing that killed at least 30 Loyalist army volunteers in Aden, Yemen.
Yehuda Glick, a right-wing American-born rabbi, is heavily involved in an initiative to build the Third Jewish Temple in the place of the Dome of the Rock on the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
As all MKs - including Palestinians and Muslim lawmakers - are banned from entering the compound, Yehuda Glick made his last legal visit to the site before being sworn into the Knesset.
A Bulgarian border police officer stands near a new barbed wire fence at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey near the town of Malko Tarnovo on May 22, 2016. (AFP/Nikolay Doychinov)
12:00 GMT
A deal reached in March that sends asylum-seekers back to Turkey in exchange for financial support and visa-free travel to Europe has hit a deadlock as Turkey has refused to alter its broad-reaching anti-terror laws.
Relatives of the passengers killed in the EgyptAir crash attend a mourning service on May 22. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:36 GMT
The Egyptian air control center denied earlier media reports of contact with the crashed EgyptAir MS804 flight.
People gather at the site of one of the suicide bombings in Jableh, Syria on May 23. (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT
Seven bombs in two Syrian cities killed over 100 people, mostly Alawites, on Monday.
Daesh militants pose with their weapons at sunset. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
A Daesh recruitment drive in eastern Afghanistan has attracted thousands of young people to the militant group.
A group of Loyalist soldiers riding through Aden, Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT
A car bomb struck a group of Loyalist army recruits, with dozens killed.
A member of the Tunisian Coast Guard observes a fishing boat. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
A group of Tunisians, some already wanted by authorities, were stopped while trying to sail to Italy.
A file photo of partially-exploded cluster munitions, half-buried but still active. (Twitter)
07:29 GMT
A new report reveals that large portions of northern Yemen are uninhabitable due to unexploded cluster bombs.
Lebanese security forces guard a polling station in Beirut on May 8. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Election monitors recorded hundreds of violations and were harassed at polling stations.
Iraqi soldiers on the outskirts of Fallujah. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
The Iraqi coalition is helping civilians exit Fallujah or mark their homes before an impending invasion to liberate the town.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi speaks to the press at the Yemeni embassy in Kuwait City on May 17, 2016. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
06:00 GMT
The UN-sponsored peace talks hit a snag on Tuesday when the Yemeni government delegation walked away from negotiations.
Migrants sit in front of a painted wall on May 19, 2016 at the Abu Salim detention centre in the Libyan capital Tripoli during a visit of United Nations' special envoy to Libya. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
05:00 GMT
The seven boats included 79 women and 11 children.

May 22, 2016

Egyptian protests chanting slogans against the transfer of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
20:00 GMT
At least 21 detainees have joined a full hunger strike at Giza Central Prison to protest their five-year prison terms.
Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication and new chairman candidate for ruling AK Party Binali Yildirim greets supporters as he arrives with his wife Semiha Yildirim for the second extraordinary congress of the AK Party in Ankara, on May 22, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
18:00 GMT
The new chairman was elected with an overwhelming 1,405 out of 1,411 votes in an AK Party congress.
Rebel fighters fill bags with rubble from destroyed buildings they will use to strengthen a front-line position in a rebel-held area of Daraa, southern Syria, on May 18, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Abazeed)
17:00 GMT
Individuals have perished in Syrian government jails due to torture, 'horrible' conditions, lack of medication and food during five years of war.
Huge hunt for wreckage of EgyptAir MS804 in Mediterranean ongoing. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
The submarine, operated by the Oil Ministry, was dispatched earlier on Sunday to the Mediterranean Sea where the Airbus A320 had crashed.
Emirati sailors on board the Zilzal celebrate after being crowned the champions of the Al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race between the island of Sir Bu Nair, near the Iranian coast. (AFP/File)
14:13 GMT
Emirati sailors on board the Zilzal celebrate after being crowned the champions of the Al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race between the island of Sir Bu Nair, near the Iranian coast
Muslim women pray at a mosque in California. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
France is home to a Muslim community of nearly six million, the largest in Europe.
Moqadem refused to comment on reports about warnings purportedly sent from the plane about smoke detected on board. (Facebook/Egyptian military)
13:00 GMT
Ayman al-Moqadem, the head of Egypt's Air Accidents Investigation department, was quoted in Ahram as saying that the report will present all data gathered by the date of its publication.
A general view taken on May 16, 2016 shows graffiti in Gaza City commemorating the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" in Arabic in reference to the establishment of Israel 68 years ago. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
12:30 GMT
Gazan fishermen are regularly detained or come under fire from Israeli forces while working in the fishing zone.
A displaced Iraqi collects boxes of food donated by the World Food Program. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT
At least 125 United Nations member states to gather in Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday.
An Egyptian military checkpoint in Sinai. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Daesh militants have been targeting Egyptian police officers in a series of attacks in Sinai and south Cairo.
Jordan reinforced its borders with Iraq and Syria after Islamic jihadists captured a large swathe of territory (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT
Late Thursday, Iraq's military announced it had retaken the remote western town of Rutba, an Iraqi town across the border with Jordan, in an operation launched this week to cut off the militants' supply route to neighbouring Syria.
A man walks on a bombed building in Benghazi, Libya. (AFP/File)
10:48 GMT
The road to peace in Libya is thrown off-track by other countries' policy priorities, internal politics, and the failure of the GNA.
Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp, near the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT
Jordan opened its border to over 1500 Syria refugees this weekend, many needing urgent medical care.
Images of debris collected from the wreckage were published by the Egyptian Army. (Facebook/Egyptian military)
09:30 GMT
The BEA spokeswoman told dpa that smoke was detected in a forward lavatory, according to the information sent via ACARS, or Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, which transmits short condition updates to ground stations by radio or via satellite.
Daesh fighters in Iraq display their flag. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT
Daesh executed 25 suspected spies by lowering them into a tub of corrosive acid.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hadeel al-Hashlamon,18, during her funeral in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Sept. 23, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
08:13 GMT
The body of Bashar Masalha, 22, was laid to rest in his village after Israeli forces returned his body almost three months following his death under the condition that the funeral be held at night.
Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has pulled out of a UN-backed World Humanitarian Summit, saying the gathering would fail to pressure governments that are denying basic help to victims of conflict and disease. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT
'The structure of humanitarian aid system should be changed,' Chief of World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat Mahmood said.
Gush Etzion Junction, the entry point to a series of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
The IDF is searching for a person who opened fire at an Israeli bus in the Gush Etzion settlement.
Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A US airstrike targeting Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor appears to have been successful.
A police officer in Bangladesh watches over a busy street. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Daesh militants attacked a doctor on a motorbike, hacking him to death.
A man helping transport militants from Lebanon to Syria is now under arrest. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Lebanese security arrested a man providing logistical assistance for militant groups, smuggling fighters across the border into Syria.
Daesh spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani recorded his first message since October. (AFP/File)
05:34 GMT
A new Daesh audio recording calls for attacks across the west during Ramadan and mocks the US airstrikes.
A file photo of Egyptian military vehicles rolling through a major street in Sinai. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Egyptian military conducted "Operation Martyr's Right Three" in Sinai, killing 51 militants and destroying multiple hideouts.

May 21, 2016

A file photo of an aerial bombing in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Two Syrian regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs onto opposition-held towns in Aleppo.
A Palestinian farmer on his land in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT
Israeli forces fired warning shots at Palestinian farmers in two locations in the southern Gaza Strip.
An early photograph of delegation arriving to Kuwait City to participate in the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The pro-Hadi Loyalists have six demands for the Houthi rebels before rejoining the peace talks in Kuwait.
A file photo of Salah Abdeslam. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Salah Abdeslam refused to speak in court, derailing the hearing.
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Malaysia is in the final stages to take in 24 Syrian refugee families from Lebanon next week.
EgyptAir planes wait on the tarmac at Cairo International Airport on May 19 2016. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
08:57 GMT
Leaked data reveals that smoke alarms went off aboard the missing EgyptAir flight for three minutes before losing contact.
Sadrist protesters outside of Baghdad's Green Zone react to canisters of tear gas. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
07:00 GMT
Police launched tear gas and clashed with protesters attempting to break into Baghdad's Green Zone.
Daesh militants hold their flag on display. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A Daesh commander turned on his own men in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, killing almost a dozen fellow militants.

May 20, 2016

The Turkish parliament in session. (AFP/File)
13:44 GMT
New legislation will allow prosecution of MPs while still in office in the Turkish parliament.
Gazans praying at Al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Three hundred Gazans traveled to Al-Aqsa mosque for the third week since the Passover banned was lifted.
Sirte, Libya. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The Libyan army continued their push toward the Daesh-held Sirte, and retook the city of Bawirat al-Haswon.