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Israel releases Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday released Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq after he completed his sentence, Quds Press reported. Thirty-five-year-old Al-Qeeq was arrested in 2015 and placed under administrative detention – detention without charge or trial. He went for a hunger strike that lasted 94 days in protest against his detention. He was released in 2016, but in January 2017, he was re-arrested at an Israeli military checkpoint in the north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli authorities once again placed him under administrative detention; he began a hunger strike in protest. This came to an end when his lawyer agreed with occupation forces that he would be sentenced to ten and a half months over claims of incitement. Al-Qeeq […]

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Moroccans condemn Israeli participation in Marrakech judo championship

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A number of Moroccan groups have condemned Israeli participation in the Open Weight World Judo Championships starting on Thursday in Marrakech, Anadolu has reported. In a joint statement, a number of Moroccan political and student bodies, including the ruling Justice and Development Party, condemned the arrival of Israeli judo player Ori Sasson in the country. Sasson waited until Wednesday to receive an official confirmation letter for his participation in the championship so that he could travel to Morocco. The statement opposing his participation in the championship described Israel as a “rapacious entity” and called upon Moroccan government institutions and other interested parties to deal with the issue of “increasing manifestations of normalisation with the Israeli entity and to take the […]

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Israeli occupation forces destroy commercial building in Jerusalem

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli occupation forces destroyed a Palestinian-owned commercial building in the French Hill district of occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, Quds Press has reported. The building was occupied by Harhash Car Exhibition, whose staff were evacuated before the demolition took place. This is the third time that the building has been destroyed by the Israelis. The facility covers an area of around one dunam (a quarter of an acre) and it was built by the Harhash family in 2006; a building licence was obtained in 2008. Local sources said that the Israeli-run municipality has been trying to seize the land since 2012 in order to build a car park for illegal settlers who visit the French Hill Park. The park is […]

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Israel announces ‘closed military zone’ near Gaza border

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Israeli occupation authorities announced on Wednesday that the area near the border of the Gaza Strip is now a “closed military zone”, Quds Press has reported. Israeli citizens are now forbidden from approaching or entering the zone. The decision was taken because Israel is afraid of surprise attacks by Palestinians following its bombing of a tunnel which killed 12 Palestinians on 30 October. Immediately after the bombing, Israel declared the area to be a closed military zone, but on 5 November, that decision was rescinded. No details have been given about why the Commander of Southern District in the Israeli Army, Major General Eyal Zamir, has announced that the area is again a closed military zone. Palestinian civil defence […]

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Arab League chief rejects attempts to sow unrest in Lebanon

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Arab League chief has condemned any attempts to instigate unrest and spread tension and strife in Lebanon, calling on all Lebanese parties to uphold the country’s interests over any other considerations. Arab League Secretary General spokesman, Mahmoud Afifi, said Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit held a series of telephone calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss with them the possible repercussions of Hariri’s resignation. Aboul Gheit expressed hope that Lebanon will overcome the current crisis without affecting the country’s peace or stability. Last Saturday, in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon’s prime minister unexpectedly resigned. Hariri blamed Iran and Hezbollah for his decision and alluded to information about […]

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Al-Bashir: People are trying to distort Sudan’s history

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir yesterday accused unnamed parties of attempting to distort and falsify his country’s history. “Some entities organise systematic campaigns to falsify Sudanese history and civilisation because of the historical, geographical and cultural dimension enjoyed by our country,” Al- Bashir said during a visit to the Sudanese National Museum in the capital Khartoum. The president announced the formation of a government committee to address the problems facing the local tourism sector and its development and rehabilitation. He added that the government is working to restore the Sudanese antiquities which are abroad or to compel international museums to highlight their ownership. In March, the Sudanese Information Minister and government spokesman, Ahmed Bilal, announced that a number of Sudanese history […]

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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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