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Turkey accused of cynical motives for restoring churches in north Syria by @_MohammedHardan 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP says it won't allow "fifth column" activity from independent media organizations by @amberinzaman 

Has Erdogan started a journey of no return in Cyprus? by @fehimtastekin 

The phone numbers for Princess Latifa and some of her friends appeared on a leaked database of surveillance targets reportedly selected by customers of the Israel-based NSO Group.

Here are our top stories from the past week in the Middle East.

Egypt has discovered the wreck of a warship from the Ptolemaic era and the remains of a Greek funerary area dating back to the 4th century BC in the sunken city of Heracleion near Alexandria. via @AhmedGomaa252 

Iraq still needs US help to defeat Islamic State, foreign minister says

Evidence recovered from the site of a 2018 chemical attack on civilians in the Syrian city of Douma has been destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, Syria’s government told the UN.


Gazan medical staff received training inside #Israel  on the novel #coronavirus  in unpublicized coordination between #Hamas  and Israel

The Turkish government has been holding secret talks with Israeli officials in recent weeks in an effort to normalize relations via @amberinzaman 

Turkey has again cut water supplies to northeast Syria, risking hundreds of thousands of lives in the midst of the pandemic and soaring temperatures via @amberinzaman 

#Egypt announces international anti-Turkey alliance

Turkish cop photographed killing Kurdish student walks free by @PinarTremblay 

Iraq is witnessing an alarming spike in cancer cases, mostly in provinces that are home to the country's oil and gas industries.

An #Israeli  tech company accused of helping #SaudiArabia  spy on murdered journalist #JamalKhashoggi  has hired its first #US  lobbying firm @atallmanonearth