02:03 02 April

The White House is "concerned" that Israel wants to shut down Al Jazeera

If the reports are true, it is "deeply worrying" that Israel intends to shut down Al Jazeera: White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said this in response to a question in the daily briefing.

02:03 02 April

Tehran: "The response to the raid on Damascus will be harsh"

The Iranian ambassador to Damascus, Hossein Akbari, said that "Tehran's response will be harsh" after the attack in Damascus attributed to Israel which killed 11 people including Mohammad Reza Zahed, senior commander of the Pasdaran. The Iranian media reported it. The diplomat then added that "after having removed the rubble of the building destroyed by the raid, the exact number of victims will be made known".

02:03 02 April

Israel bombs the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing 11, including a Pasdaran general

The death toll from the Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus has risen to 11. Among the victims was also a general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Reza Zahedi. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that in addition to the Iranian brigadier general, two Iranian advisors and five members of the 'Pasdaran' were killed. Hossein Akbari, Iranian ambassador to Syria, escaped unharmed from the attack. An anonymous military source told the official Syrian news agency SANA that the attack by the "Israeli enemy" on the Iranian consulate building in Damascus "completely destroyed the building and affected everyone inside", causing "deaths and wounded" inside the consulate.

02:03 02 April

The Israeli parliament approves the law that allows a broadcaster to be closed for security reasons

The Israeli parliament has approved legislation allowing the closure of a foreign broadcaster in Israel that harms state security. This was reported by the media according to which the decision on the closure of a network - the Qatari TV Al Jazeera is in the crosshairs - will have to be signed by Communications Minister Shlomo Karai.

Greeting the passing of the law, Minister Karhi said that "there will be no freedom of speech for Hamas spokesmen in Israel. Al Jazeera will close in the next few days". The law - the media recalled - authorizes the Minister of Communications to order "content providers" to stop broadcasting the channel in question, to close the channel's Israeli offices, to confiscate the channel's equipment and for the website to be taken offline, if the server is physically located in Israel, or otherwise block access to the website. Closing orders will be valid for 45 days but may be renewed for additional 45 day periods. The legislation was approved on first reading by the Knesset plenum in February and was approved on second and third readings after a debate in the Knesset National Security Committee.

02:03 02 April

Netanyahu wants to close Qatari TV Al Jazeera in Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again proposed the closure of the headquarters of the Qatari satellite television broadcaster Al Jazeera in Israel, saying through his party's spokesperson that Parliament would meet to ratify the necessary law. Subsequently, Netanyahu "will take immediate measures to close Al Jazeera in accordance with the procedure established by law," the Likud party statement said. Israel has previously accused the channel of "collaborating with Hamas" in the Gaza war.