Saudi warns against defying Yemen travel ban

Yemeni security sources have warned that the amount of Saudi citizens defying the Saudi travel ban on Yemen has increased. Some of whom have joined Daesh and other extremist organisations. “Security agencies in Yemen have noticed that a number of Saudis aged between 20 and 30 come to Yemen violating the travel ban to join terrorist organisations as they subscribe to extremist thoughts and ideologies,” a Yemeni security source from Al-Mukalla told Al-Watan newspaper. The spokesman of the Saudi Passports Department, Lieutenant Colonel Talal Shalhoub, confirmed to the Saudi Gazette that Yemen is one of the countries that Saudi nationals are banned from visiting. “We have various methods to identify individuals who have violated the travel ban and visited banned […]

27 injured as police class with protesters in Morocco

Protesters clashed with riot police in northern Morocco on Sunday evening as people marked the anniversary of the death of an anti-colonial hero, leaving 27 injured, according to authorities. Hundreds took to the streets in the city of Al-Hoceima and other towns of the Rif region, a Berber majority area which has been the scene of dissent over the last few decades. Al-Hoceima witnessed mass protests in October last year when thousands protested against corruption and official abuses after a fishmonger was crushed to death in a garbage truck as he attempted to retrieve fish that had been confiscated by authorities. The anniversary commemorated on Sunday was in honour of Mohammed Ben Abdelkerim El-Khattabi, a regional hero who had fought […]

No going back from lifting US sanctions on Sudan, insists minister

Sudan’s finance minister insisted on Monday that there is no going back on the process of lifting the financial sanctions imposed by the United States, Anadolu Agency has reported. Badr El-Din Mahmoud made his comments after a meeting with Abdullah Al-Shahi, of the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, who is on a visit to Khartoum. The lifting of sanctions is taking place in an institutionalised manner, explained Mahmoud. He laid stress on Sudan’s “institutional linkage” to the US through influential committees “via the roadmap.” The minister added that Sudan and the US have reached certain understandings and will continue to normalise bilateral relations. The government in Khartoum, he pointed out, is keen to open the door for US and other foreign […]

Egypt’s Al-Azhar rejects Sisi’s divorce reforms

Egypt’s ruling Islamic authority has rejected President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s move to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives. The Council of Senior Clerics Al-Azhar voted unanimously on Sunday that verbal divorce, when meeting all requirements, remains a necessary component of divorce in Islam as per the undisputed practice of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The decision overrides Al-Sisi’s comments last month against verbal divorce. Muslim women in Egypt cannot verbally divorce their husbands but instead have to seek to divorce through a court. The statement released by the council was worded carefully, making sure to address “the people” with no mention made of Al-Sisi or his comments last month. Al-Azhar’s contradiction of the president […]

15 dead following Russian airstrikes in opposition-held Idlib

At least 15 people died in airstrikes on the opposition-held Syrian city of Idlib today, in some of the heaviest raids there in months. Residents and rescue workers told Reuters that around eight attacks, by what were believed to be Russian jets, wounded scores of people and levelled several multi-storey buildings in residential areas of the north-western city. “We are still pulling bodies from the rubble,” Issam Al-Idlibi, a volunteer civil defence worker, said. Most of the casualties were civilians and the death toll will probably rise, he added. Read: Amnesty: Syria carried out mass hanging The extent of the damage and the debris bore the hallmarks of a Russian attack, two witnesses said. There was no immediate comment from […]

Journalist Syndicate: Israel’s arrest of Al-Qeq ‘arbitrary measure’

The Israeli arrest of former hunger striker Mohamed Al-Qeq is an “arbitrary measure”, stressing it came on grounds of “suppressing free speech”, Palinfo.com reported the head of the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate saying yesterday. During a conference held in Ramallah, Naser Abu-Baker said: “Al-Qeq’s arrest is a retention of the Israeli occupation’s policy which targets Palestinian journalists in an attempt to supress the facts and hide the real image of the Israeli violations on the ground.” Head of the Legal Committee in the Syndicate Mohamed Al-Laham reiterated that his committee continues its efforts to defend Al-Qeq and the other journalists held in prison. Al-Qeq’s wife, journalist Fayha Shalash, said her husband’s detention is “part of the Israeli occupation’s attempts to get […]

Balfour Declaration ‘a humanitarian act’, says current Lord Balfour

In the year marking a century on the passing of the Balfour declaration, a descendant of signatory of Balfour Declaration exalted his family’s role in founding a national homeland for Jews in Palestine. Roderick Balfour, the great-grandson of the then UK Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour’s brother Gerald William Balfour, sent a letter to a conference on Jewish life labelling the declaration as “first and foremost a humanitarian act trying to repatriate a talented but much-persecuted people to the land of the original Judaic roots.” The letter was sent to the Limmud FSU conference in Britain, which promotes itself as being “an educational conference for people of all ages and interests that is dedicated to Jewish life”. Watch: Explained: The […]

Saudi women use social media to expose harassment

A campaign using the hashtag #Break_Your_Silence_Speak_Up has been started to encourage Saudi women to expose examples of harassment, rape, physical abuse and suppression against them. While abuse against women is naturally shocking, the women have explained, the fact that it continues to happen in a conservative Muslim society is even more shocking. One woman revealed that she was raped by her father for three years and when her mother learnt of the abuse, she locked her up inside the house for a full year. She pointed out that she now has to be treated for depression because of what happened to her. Sarah said that her brother has sexually molested her while her father slapped her. “I was eight years […]

Israel confiscates personal belongings alleged to be ‘assistance’ from Hamas

Israeli police confiscated cash and property on Monday belonging to seven Palestinian families whose sons were either arrested or killed by the security forces, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed news has reported. According to the London-based website, the Israeli occupation authorities claimed that these families received the money and property, including vehicles, as “assistance” from the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas. The police used dogs to search the Palestinian homes. Official film of the operation showed that extensive damage was caused to the properties. A number of people were arrested during the raid, including the father of martyr Ghassan Abu-Jamal, and Jamal Faraj, the father of martyr Sifyan Faraj. Read: Israeli bill to boycott Israeli firms who shun settlements The head of the […]

Israeli bill to boycott Israeli firms who shun settlements

Israel’s Jewish Home party is preparing a new bill to boycott enterprises which boycott settlement businesses, leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported yesterday. According to QudsPress, Haaretz reported the Jewish Home MK Shuli Muallem saying that her party is preparing a bill which could ensure all firms which refuse to do business with settlements would be labelled and fined up to 10,000 shekels ($2,630). Read: BDS is the French exception to international boycotts The bill aims to help settlers in the wake of increasing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Muallem said this would create a list for settlers to boycott those who boycott them. Losses caused by the international boycott activities are thought to amount to $23 billion […]