A Palestinian holds up a Palestine flag as he chants slogans during a demonstration in Beirut, Lebanon. AP
Palestinians in Gaza are on general strike, with stores and public institutions shuttering in protest of the Trump administration's conference in Bahrain, which focuses on the economic portion of the White House's plan for Mideast peace.
Gaza's Hamas rulers have called for mass protests across the coastal enclave on Wednesday, the second day of the gathering.
A black-and-white banner declaring a strike replaced the usually illuminated billboard over Gaza City's central Omar al-Mukhtar street.
Residents of the impoverished territory, where unemployment exceeds 50%, voiced opposition to the $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal, which does not deal with the Israeli occupation of the West Bank or blockade of Gaza. Physician Said Jadba says: "We don't need money. We are not hungry for bread. We are hungry for dignity."
The announcement comes as Bahrain hosts a summit on a US Mideast peace plan by the Trump administration, focusing on the Palestinian economy.
The United Arab Emirates has expressed its deep regret and condemnation of the recognition by the United States of the Syrian Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory, describing it as a move that disrupts all efforts to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East.
The video, published on Thursday on the US Central Command's website, purports to show the crew of an Iranian patrol boat removing an object from the hull of a vessel whose markings appear to match archive footage and pictures of the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous.
The Ports Police Station of the Dubai Police issued 721 violations against beachgoers for flouting Resolution No. 38 of 2020 issued by the Attorney General of the United Arab Emirates on enforcement of penalties for violations following Cabinet Resolution No. 17 of 2020 to contain the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.
The Dubai Criminal Court ruled that a European woman, 19, be sentenced to two years in jail and fined Dhs50,000 to be followed by deportation after being convicted of importing over 4 kilogrammes of narcotics via Dubai Airports.
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced a Gulf citizen to one year in jail to be followed by deportation. The Gulf citizen was convicted of stealing Dhs1 million from an Asian by coercion in a fake bag deal.