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In purge crackdown, Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests, freezes royals’ accounts

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Saudi Arabian authorities have carried out further arrests and frozen more bank accounts under an expanding anti-corruption crackdown that was announced last Saturday against the Kingdom’s political and business elite, Reuters reported, quoting official sources. Since the campaign kickoff, dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have already been held in the purge. They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting public office for personal gain. According to the sources, the anti-corruption authorities have also frozen the bank accounts of Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, one of the most senior members of the ruling Al Saud, and some of his immediate family members. Read More: Saudi corruption crackdown could raise $800bn Nayef, known as MbN, was ousted as […]

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30 killed in Saudi offensive against Yemen’s Houthis

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Saudi Arabia targeted the Houthi territory in north Yemen today, killing civilians including women and children, reported Al Jazeera. The air strikes targeted a village in Hiran, located in the Hajjah region in the north of the country. Thirty people died in the strikes, Hussain Al-Bukhaithi, a Yemeni-based journalist told Al Jazeera. Air strikes began at midnight and continued for five hours, according to locals on the ground. The first strike targeted Sheikh Hamdi’s family home, a Houthi loyalist, killing him and his family. The strikes prevented rescue workers and the relatives of those injured or killed from accessing the site to rescue those affected, Al-Bukhaithi said. Read: Houthis threaten to target ports, cities of Saudi coalition members Ten paramedics […]

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Sudan, Egypt review visa, residency agreement

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The joint Sudanese-Egyptian Consular Committee yesterday reviewed the implementation of previous decisions and recommendations concerning immigration issues such as residency permits, visas and following-up on issues concerning citizens of both countries. The Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement that it had hosted at its headquarters in Khartoum the third session of the Sudanese-Egyptian Consular Committee on 5-7 November. “The committee has also discussed a number of consular issues which aim to remove the obstacles facing the citizens of both countries,” the statement added. According to the statement, the committee meeting was co-chaired by the Sudanese Undersecretary of the Foreign Minister, Ambassador Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeim, and Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, Ambassador Khaled Yusri Rizg. The officials are due […]

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PA resumes security ties with Israel

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Palestinian Authority today said it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July as a result of Israel’s increased surveillance around Al-Aqsa. Police chief Hazem Attallah told foreign reporters in a briefing that the suspension of ties had ended two weeks ago. “Security coordination between Palestinian and Israeli services have resumed as it used to be before it stopped,” Attallah said, adding that he was referring to joint efforts to prevent militant attacks, as crime-fighting police cooperation between the sides had never stopped. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas halted security coordination with Israel on 21 July, demanding it remove metal detectors it had installed outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Amid mass protests across the world […]

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Yemen’s Houthis will provide asylum to Saudi princes

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Houthi armed group has offered Saudi princes political asylum in Yemen after Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrested 11 last Saturday, Al Jazeera reported. Sources close to the Houthi leadership told the news site that Saudi princes or any national seeking refuge would be “welcomed” by Yemen. “We are ready to offer sanctuary to any member of Al Saud family or any national that wants to flee oppression and persecution,” said the source. Dozens of Saudi nationals were detained on Saturday in an alleged anti-corruption crackdown, including billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, Saudi Arabia’s richest businessman and investor. Read more: Is Saudi’s Bin Salman tacking corruption or making money? “To our fellow Al Saud royals, to anyone in the […]

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Daesh blast kills more than 75 in eastern Syria

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

At least 75 displaced civilians have been killed after a car bomb exploded in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ez-Zor on Saturday, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The attack, which took place one day after the Syrian army wrestled control of most of the region, also injured some 140 refugees gathering on the east side of the Euphrates River. The blast took place between the Conoco and Jafra energy fields; an area controlled by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Daesh is currently battling both the Russian allied Syrian regime, and the SDF in separate offensives in the region. Whilst the group has lost vast swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq in recent months, […]

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Algeria: 6 jailed for attacks on teachers

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Five students and a security guard have been sentenced to between 12 and 18 months in prison by a court in Bir Mourad Rais in a case of the aggression against teachers in the Algiers 3 University earlier this year. In February, teachers from the Faculty of Political Science and Information in the Algiers 3 University were targeted by a number of students which included interrupting the National Council of Higher Education Teachers (CNES)’s meetings and physically assaulting teachers. “We were between professors debating issues relating to our job, we suspected nothing, things quickly deteriorated when this group of criminals landed in the room,” one of the teachers explained. Read: Algerian Professor beaten unconscious by university students Teachers have openly […]

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Egypt’s judiciary announces review into notorious Scorpion prison

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egypt’s judiciary has decided to review one of the country’s most notorious prisons, according to the Associated Press. The 12-page document indicates that the State Commissioners’ Committee reportedly ordered Cairo University to put together a team of medical and human rights specialists in order to assess whether the infamous “Scorpion” prison is suitable to hold prisoners. The Scorpion prison, linked with the Tora prison complex in Cairo, has become notorious for being one of the main jails where political prisoners are often sent and where abuse has become prevalent. According to the document, the interior ministry declined to provide prison records of visits by prisoners’ families and other documents that show how the prison was constructed and furnished. Read more: […]

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US faith groups publish statement defending right to boycott Israel

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

US faith groups have published a statement in support of the right to boycott, asserting that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is protected by the First Amendment. The statement was backed by the Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ, Alliance of Baptists, American Friends Service Committee and dozens of other faith organisations. “We are alarmed by legislation recently passed in a number of states penalising participation in the nonviolent, grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights,” the groups said, “and by similar legislation that is proposed in the US Congress.” “As faith leaders, we have long used the nonviolent instruments of boycott and divestment in our work for justice and peace.” Read: Israeli ministers […]

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Ex-Israel PM referred Weinstein to ex-Mossad agents to quash sexual assault claims

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has admitted to recommending ex-Mossad agents to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who were then used to suppress news stories detailing allegations of sexual assault against dozens of women, Israel’s Channel 2 reported yesterday. Earlier this week it was revealed that Weinstein, who has been accused of harassment and rape by over 82 women, hired a network of spies last year, which included former Mossad agents, to investigate women who accused him of assault, specifically actress Rowan McGowan who detailed his abuse in her autobiography. Barak confirmed yesterday that he referred Weinstein to the Israeli firm Black Cube, which claims its employees are “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units”. […]

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