World Bulletin / News Desk
Head of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (IOC) said Sunday that organization was set to discuss the Syrian crisis as the top item on its agenda during an upcoming emergency summit meeting in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that begins on Tuesday.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told reporters that thousands of people had been killed and hundreds of thousands had been forced to leave their homes in Syria, adding that the Syrian regime continued to kill its own people with heavy weapons, tanks, artillery and aircrafts.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which does not include troops in its toll, has estimated that some 19,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011.
Sources close to the summit meeting have told the Anadolu Agency that the extraordinary meeting would discuss suspension of Syria's membership and that high level officials took up the issue in Jeddah on Saturday but Iran had objected to the idea.
Ihsanoglu also said the situation of Rohingya Muslims would also come up during the two-day summit meeting.
'If things improve with Turkey... gas could both be sold to Turkey, and to Greece via Turkey,' Israeli energy minister says
A monitor says regime troops want to push north to the border with Turkey to prevent opposition and weapons from entering Syrian territory
Security coordination between Egypt and Jewish state is 'better than ever', Israeli infrastructure minister asserts
A Saudi soldier and a civilian have been killed as a result of cross-border shelling from Yemen
Iran is has weighed in on the ground troops debate saying that Saudi wouldn't dare to deploy ground troops to Syria
Syria's foreign minister has issued a dire warning warning against any foreign troops entering Syria.
According to the UN, up to 20,000 people have gathered at the Bab al-Salam crossing.
No likelihood of peace with emboldened Assad, says State Dept.
'I won't talk for the sake of talking, it's not acceptable. We negotiate in order to find an agreement,' UN Syria envoy says
Ministers sign pact after Tokyo lifts sanctions following Tehran’s implementation of measures promised under nuclear deal
Tens of thousands of civilians are reported to have joined the exodus after fierce fighting by advancing regime forces who severed the opposition's main supply route into Syria's second city
Ahmad Saiful Islam, Hassan al-Banna's son, passed away in Cairo aged 82
Heavy Russian air raids over the past two days have helped regime fighters to make fresh gains in southern Syria
Israel will continue to keep its focus on Iran irrespective of any nuclear deal for fear of any possible conflict.
'What we have seen is that the intense Russian air strikes mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria are undermining the efforts to find a political solution,' NATO chief says
The Syrian war and its effect on Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt 'have cost close to an estimated $35 billion in output,' according to the World Bank