Somali pirates release Iranian held hostage since 2015 Sep 22, 2019 0 277 12345 Nairobi: An Iranian held for more than four years by Somali pirates has been released, a humanitarian organization that helps hostages said on Saturday. Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh was a crew member on the FV Siraj, an Iranian fishing vessel that was captured off the coast of Somalia in March 2015, the Hostage Support Partnership said in a statement. He was one of the last four hostages being held by Somali pirates. “Mr Sharif was very seriously ill and would not have survived much longer,” said Leslie Edwards, who negotiated the release on behalf of the partnership. Following medical tests, he will be flown home to Iran in the coming days, the Nairobi-based group said. (dpa) RELATED ARTICLES Iran issues warning as US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia Sep 22, 2019 0 1584 Hundreds of protesters call for Egypt President Sisi to step down Sep 22, 2019 0 362 Hong Kong police, protesters clash in 16th weekend of rallies Sep 22, 2019 0 648 Saudi vows response to oil attacks ‘aggression’ Cairo: Saudi Arabia on Saturday vowed to take “appropriate measures” in response to last weekend’s attacks on its oil facilities that the kingdom blamed on Iran. Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels have claimed .. Rights group urges restraint after protests against Sissi dpa Cairo An international rights group has called on Egyptian authorities to protect the right to peaceful protest and to immediately release those detained, hours after the country saw rare protests against .. Second drone downed in 48 hours over south Syria, says Damascus AFP Damascus A drone was shot down on Saturday in Quneitra province in southern Syria, the second such incident in 48 hours, state media said. Authorities “dismantled a drone” after it was shot down on the edge of Jaba .. Nigeria rejects United Nations report on violence Abuja: Nigeria on Friday rejected the findings of a UN report on violence in the country accusing it of simply blaming the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. “While we agree that the violence in Nigeria, or in any .. Ready for Syria operation ahead of Trump talks, says Turkey’s Erdogan Ankara: Turkey’s preparations on the border with Syria ahead of a possible operation have been completed, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday ahead of talks with US counterpart Donald Trump. “Our ..