Author: Middle East Monitor

  • Calls for France to apologise for massacre of Algerians in Paris

    President Emmanuel Macron was called on yesterday to officially condemn the crimes of the French state 56 years after the bloody repression of peaceful protests held by Algerians in Paris. “Colonialism is part of French history, it is a crime against humanity, an actual brutal atrocity and a part of this past that we must face by apologising to those who were subjected to these practices,” Macron said during a visit to Algeria in February this year. A few days ago, the October 17 1961 Association, which consists of a group of historians and civil society activists, sent a letter to Macron urging him to clarify his position on the state crimes that  France committed. Read: Remembering the massacre of […]

  • Kuwaiti official orders Israel delegates to ‘get out’

    A Kuwaiti official yesterday told the Israeli delegation to leave the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference which is being held in Russia. Speaker of Kuwait’s National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim told the Israeli delegation: “You should pack your bags and get out of the hall after you saw the reactions of the world’s honourable parliaments.” Get out of the hall right now if you have an atom of dignity … You occupier, child killers. He continued: “I say to the brutal occupier, if you do not feel shame, then do as you please.” Al-Ghanim said the Israeli delegate “represents the most dangerous form of terrorism; state terrorism”. The head of the delegation of the Palestinian National Council at the IPU, Azzam Al-Ahmad, […]

  • Rights group: 1,873 civilians killed in Syria’s Raqqa

    Some 1,873 civilians were killed and thousands were wounded in the Syrian city of Raqqa during the latest military operation carried out by the US-backed Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) against Daesh, a rights group revealed yesterday. The Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently network said on Facebook that the bombing and attacks carried out by the international coalition led by the US and PYD militants against Daesh have destroyed 90 per cent of the city. The group, which documents violations committed by the warring groups in Raqqa, pointed out that 450,000 civilians have been displaced since the start of the military operation on 6 June. The bombing of Raqqa has caused the destruction of eight hospitals, 29 mosques, 40 […]

  • Brotherhood leader demands Sisi regime be prosecuted

    A senior leader in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Essam El-Erian, who has been imprisoned by the Egyptian authorities, yesterday asked the court to allow him to meet with international lawyers to file lawsuits against the government regarding human rights violations in prisons. El-Erian said he wished to meet with lawyers Ramsey Clark from the US, Mustafa Al-Ramid and Khaled El-Sufayani from Morocco, Ali Abu El-Sukkar from Jordan, Asaad Harmoush from Lebanon and Mubarak El-Mutawaa from Kuwait. He requested the men be allowed entry to Egypt and not be stopped at the airport in order for them to meet with him and file lawsuits in international courts. The defendant, who was in court for a session in the case on the Rabaa […]

  • US firm to build solar plants in Gaza

    The Gaza Strip will have three new solar energy plants operating by April, the US-based energy firm behind the project said yesterday, providing the territory with some relief from daily blackouts but far from meeting its severe power shortages. Gaza’s daily power needs are estimated at nearly 600 megawatts. Israel, Egypt and the enclave’s only electrical generating plant currently supply 165 megawatts, with the electricity supply from Israel being cut after the Palestinian Authority refused to pay for Gaza’s electricity needs. The Strip has also suffered as a result of Israel’s siege which has limited the entry of diesel for its only electricity plant. Solar power plants will be built in three areas in the Gaza Strip and in total […]

  • Russia agrees to limited Israel demands in Syria  

    Russia has agreed to Israeli demands that a buffer zone in Syria in which Iranian forces and Hezbollah fighters are not allowed to operate should be widened. Israel reportedly asked Russia and the United States to install a 60 kilometre buffer zone in any ceasefire agreement for the Syria conflict. Israelis wants the border on the Golan Heights to be off-limits to all Iranian backed forces. Tel Aviv’s worst fear in Syria is a solution to the crisis that would allow for a permanent Iranian and Hezbollah presence in the country. The issue was on the agenda when Netanyahu visited Russia in August. It’s also tops the list of issues being discussed with the Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, who […]

  • US Supreme Court declines to hear Guantanamo detainee’s case

    The US Supreme Court yesterday refused a request by a Saudi prisoner in Guantanamo Bay that it take up his case. He is accused of masterminding the bombing of the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole in 2000. Seventeen US sailors were killed in the attack. Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri’s lawyers argued that the military commission he is being tried before, which is taking place in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, is unconstitutional on the grounds that the United States was not engaged in direct combat with Al-Qaeda when the USS Cole bombing took place. The bombing, therefore, cannot be considered as a war crime that warrants a military commission trial. In August 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the District of […]

  • Egyptian military court reduces sentences against 34 Brotherhood defendants

    An Egyptian military court has reduced the life sentences imposed on 34 defendants to between five and seven years, their lawyer has told Anadolu. They had originally been found guilty of being members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, committing acts of violence and vandalising public property in the southern province of Minya in 2013. A life sentence in Egypt normally means 25 years in prison. Lawyer Khaled Al-Koumi said that the court in the Assiout Province also acquitted five other defendants due to a lack of evidence against them. Al-Koumi told Anadolu that the fact that one of the defendants is a Coptic Christian highlights the illogicality of the case, because he cannot possibly have been a member of the […]

  • UAE pilots killed in Yemen

    Two Emirati pilots were killed after their aircraft crashed in Yemen, Emirates News Agency reported yesterday. The General Command of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces announced the death of Major Pilot Ali Saeed Saif Al-Mesmari and First Lieutenant Pilot Badr Yahiya Mohammed Al-Marasheda in Yemen. The pilots’ aircraft crashed 110 kilometres north of the capital, Sana’a, in Jawf province as a result of a technical failure whilst engaging in hostilities alongside the Saudi-led coalition’s “Operation Restoring Hope”. It is unclear what aircraft the men were flying when it crashed and whether an investigation will follow. The United Arab Emirates entered the Yemen civil war as part of a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia in March 2015. […]