4 Saudis sentenced to death in Yemen

A court in Sana’a has sentenced to death four Saudis convicted of belonging to Al-Qaeda and beheading 14 Yemeni soldiers in a 2014 attack, according to media run by the Houthis. The 2014 attack was one of many carried out by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on state security targets. “The criminal court in charge of terrorism cases in Sana’a on Sunday sentenced four Saudi nationals to death for belonging to Al-Qaeda and killing and beheading 14 soldiers of the 135th Brigade,” Al-Masirah television reported. Read: Saudi soldier killed near Yemen border The Houthis seized control of Sana’a in September 2014, forcing the then government into exile. In March the following year, a Saudi-led coalition launched a campaign to try […]

Sisi’s terrorism

The Egyptian people woke up on Friday morning to the news of a terrorist bombing in northern Sinai, killing 26 officers and soldiers and wounding 40 others. Among the dead was Brigadier General Ahmad Al-Mansi, commander of the Thunderbolt Forces. This raises a serious question, as the Thunderbolt Forces do not enter this area. Then, the military statement suddenly changed and did not mention the same things mentioned in their first statement regarding the bombing of a military unit in a suicide bombing. They announced the death of 40 takfirists who attacked the unit. They then leaked a voice recording of Brigadier General Ahmad Al-Mansi asking for help after the unit was destroyed, saying that they will not leave their […]

Sisi’s terrorism

The Egyptian people woke up on Friday morning to the news of a terrorist bombing in northern Sinai, killing 26 officers and soldiers and wounding 40 others. Among the dead was Brigadier General Ahmad Al-Mansi, commander of the Thunderbolt Forces. This raises a serious question, as the Thunderbolt Forces do not enter this area. Then, the military statement suddenly changed and did not mention the same things mentioned in their first statement regarding the bombing of a military unit in a suicide bombing. They announced the death of 40 takfirists who attacked the unit. They then leaked a voice recording of Brigadier General Ahmad Al-Mansi asking for help after the unit was destroyed, saying that they will not leave their […]

Rights group to appeal ruling declaring UK arms sale to Saudi lawful

Campaigners who today lost their case in the British High Courts to suspend arms trade with Saudi Arabia will appeal the decision. This morning, a British court ruled that the UK can continue to sell arms to Saudi Arabia despite “overwhelming evidence” that UK-made weapons are being used during military campaigns that violate International Humanitarian Law, including the bombing of hospitals. “This is a very disappointing verdict,” said Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), “and we are pursuing an appeal.” If this verdict is upheld then it will be seen as a green light for government to continue arming and supporting brutal dictatorships and human rights abusers like Saudi Arabia that have shown a blatant disregard for international […]

Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council recognises Hadi’s authority

The Aden-based Southern Transitional Council is ready to govern the provinces in the south of the country if the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fails to do so, the group said yesterday. The Council warned that it may resort to taking the necessary steps to manage the south and provide the necessary services to its citizens after the failure of the legitimate government to perform its duties.  Read: South Yemen leader accuses Muslim Brotherhood of turmoil It held the legitimate government responsible for the deteriorating situation in the southern governorates. Announcing the formation of its internal services, the Council said: “The next few days will witness the completion of its organisational structure and the announcement of its bodies […]

Remembering Israel’s war on Gaza

Three years on since the Israeli bombardment of Gaza Julie Webb-Pullman recalls a makeshift morgue outside Al-Shifa Hospital, the lack of medical supplies to treat the wounded and the screams of children whose parents who have already been killed. The scenes as I go to work each day are harrowing as I must walk past the morgue of Al-Shifa Hospital. For the first few days I didn’t even realise it was a morgue. There were a few cars parked outside, small groups of people clustered against the walls and family members grieving in the hospital grounds during a war. Not an uncommon sight. Each day the numbers of cars and people grew and one morning the stark reality of what […]

Palestinians rescue settler family after car crash

Palestinian men rescued an Israeli settler family after it was involved in a deadly car accident in occupied Hebron, West Bank. A video posted online shows the men running to the car after it crashed and working to rescue its passengers, the majority of whom were very young children. The car had rolled and was turned on its side when the Palestinian men reached it. Read: Israeli settlers set up illegal outpost in West Bank “He has young children in the car! He has young children in the car! Go check the other car! Guys! Call the ambulance! Hurry,” the men can be heard saying in Arabic. A toddler and two young children were rescued along with their mother. The children […]

Egypt passes 217 laws in eight months

Egypt has passed 217 draft laws since October last year, the highest number since 1886, according to Daily News Egypt. Parliament Speaker Ali Abdul Aal made the announcement following the end of the second legislative term last week. Egypt has passed a number of controversial laws in the past term, including a law aimed at regulating the work of non-governmental organisations. The law was harshly criticised by human rights organisations who argued it imposed draconian sanctions on those that ventured to provide services outside of the developmental needs identified by the Egyptian government. Foreign organisations were also quick to condemn the law. In a statement, the European External Action Service said: “The new NGO law in Egypt is bound to put […]

Former Yemen president incites fight against Saudi Arabia

Former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh has called on people to rise up against the Saudi-led coalition which is strikes targets linked to forces allied to him and the Iranian-backed Houthis, Saba News reported. Saleh told tribal leaders in Baydah province yesterday that Yemen needs to be steadfast against the Saudi coalition’s attacks which began two years. Saleh encouraged the tribal leaders to continue to fight for the sake of the revolution, republic and unity. Read: 25 killed in Saudi air strikes on Yemen market Propaganda campaigns should not impact the Yemeni people’s morale, he added. The Saudi-led coalition has been striking targets of Saleh and Houthi fighters in an effort to reinstate the internationally backed Yemeni government of President […]

Government report: Harsh conditions inside Israel’s prisons

Prisoners being held in Israeli jails and detention centres are subjected to harsh conditions, a report by the country’s Public Defender’s Office said. According to Quds Press, Israeli newspapers said the report examined 24 Israeli prison facilities and ten detention centres last year. The report found that there is a big gap between the detention conditions inside Israeli jails and in prisons in the West, noting that Israeli prisons have cramped cells, are unclean, there are no rehabilitation programmes, and there is a shortage of basic prison equipment. Read: ‘Most Palestinian minors arrested by Israeli forces claim physical violence during detention’ Cells are only three metres wide in Israeli prisons, compared to eight metres in Western countries. The Israeli prison authority […]