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The IDF said Saturday that the drone arrived in Israel from the west after flying over the Mediterranean and the Gaza Strip. It said the incident is under investigation.
“The sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran have had significant effects on the general population, including an escalation in inflation, a rise in commodities and energy costs, an increase in the rate of unemployment and a shortage of necessary items, including medicine," Ban said in a report to the UN General Assembly on Friday.
The embargoes have also hampered humanitarian operations, as the imposed restrictions on Iran’s banking system have halted the exports of medicines needed for treating diseases like cancer and heart and respiratory conditions, the report added.
The embargoes on Iran’s banking sector have been unilaterally imposed by Washington and they come on top of the previous four rounds of US-sponsored sanctions levied by the UN Security Council against Tehran.
The US and the European Union have also adopted unilateral measures against Iran's energy sector.
“I think this is an overall really harmful to journalism [sic] theme of these mainstream outlets following in the steps of US government and kind of shadowing how the US government feel about these areas.”
Lyon went on to say that Iran, in particular, is regularly demonized by mainstream US media outlets, describing the attitude as “dangerous to the American public because they are not being given the accurate story and accurate picture of our foreign policy.”
“I fear that we are starting to see a constant demonization of Iran on US networks,” she said, “in what appears to be a systematic matter.”
The American journalist pointed to emerging concerns among “many” [US] journalist that “we are going to head into Iraq-Number-Two, except this time it’s with Iran.”
Lyon also said that CNN was bribed by Bahrain’s regime to censor a documentary on its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
The former CNN correspondent produced the documentary on the brutal suppression of nationwide protests in the Persian Gulf kingdom over six months ago and although it was aired domestically within the US, its broadcast on CNN International was suspiciously withheld, raising charges that the management of the mainstream TV network had pulled the plug on the news story.
During the interview Lyon also revealed that CNN gets paid by despotic regimes to produce and broadcast what she referred to as “infomercials for dictators,” saying that the sponsored content of such pieces aired on CNN International “is actually being paid for by regimes and governments.”
“This violates every principle of journalistic ethics, because we’re supposed to be watchdogs on these governments,” she added. “And that’s the issue here, that CNN is feeding, then, this propaganda to the public and not fairly disclosing to the public that this is sponsored content.”
She further noted that other than some Persian Gulf Arab regimes, CNN has also produced such sponsored ‘infomercials’ for governments of Georgia and Kazakhstan.
The army said in a statement that the government troops targeted the hideouts of the insurgents in the areas of Bustan al-Qasr, Bustan al-Basha and al-Sheikh Khudr, killing a number of the "terrorists" there on Saturday.
It added that the army also has destroyed a number of cars belonging to the insurgents during separate operations in the three neighborhoods of Aleppo.
The Syrian army has been stepping up its effort to clear more Aleppo neighborhoods of the insurgents fighting the government forces.