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Palestinian presidency on Friday warned that recent aggression by Jewish settlers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) could "transform the current conflict from a political to a religious one."

 Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the escalation of violence in Gaza is “a warning to all how close to the brink of war the situation is,” and he is urging Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers to recommit to the cease-fire that ended their 2014 war.

 Tens of thousands of residents fled the fighting along Yemen's Western coastline where fighters backed by Saudi-led coalition are engaged in fierce battles with Ansarullah forces.

UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has called for setting up an inquiry commission for a comprehensive investigation of the human rights situation in Kashmir.

 Nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi condemned the meddlesome US’ statement about the execution of a rioter sentenced to death for running over and killing a number of police forces in Tehran during February protests.

Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States has evidently failed in achieving its intended policies in the region, stressing that Muslim nations worldwide are now more united than ever before in pursuing their common goals despite enemies' plots.

"The killing of children, as well as of clearly identified journalists and medical staffers by security forces during a demonstration are particularly unacceptable," Guterres said. "They must be allowed to perform their duties without fear of death or injury."

Americans make up 4 percent of the world’s population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, Reuters reported a survey as showing on Monday.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Israeli troops’ unrestricted use of live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip has left the enclave’s health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis.

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