UN Experts Declare Detention of “Brutalized” Activist Najah Yusuf to have been Arbitrary; Calls for Compensation from Bahrain


Yemeni Ballistic Missile Hits Saudi Mercenaries’ Camp in Asir


TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Yemeni army forces and their allies fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at a camp in Saudi Arabia’s southern region of Asir belonging to Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president, killing dozens of them and injuring several others.

September, 20, 2019 

An unnamed Yemeni military source told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni missile defense units launched a Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missile at a position of Saudi mercenaries near al-Alab border crossing on Thursday afternoon.
He added that the missile hit the designated target with great precision, leaving dozens of Saudi-paid militiamen dead or injured.
Earlier in the day, Yemeni snipers fired shots at a group of Saudi troopers south of Harad district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, killing and injuring several of them.
Separately, Yemeni forces targeted a dozen Saudi-paid militiamen with a roadside bomb as they were traveling along a road south of Hayran district in the country’s northern province of al-Jawf. A number of the Riyadh regime’s mercenaries were killed or injured as a result.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 91,000 lives over the past four and a half years.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.


Saudi oil explosions: Amateur footage captures plant ablaze


The world's largest oil processing facility is one of two sites targeted by drones in attacks claimed by Houthi rebels.
by Osama Bin Javaid

Yemen's Houthi rebels say they are responsible for drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia run by Saudi Aramco.
The state-owned energy giant says exports are continuing, however, the Reuters News Agency is quoting sources saying production has been disrupted.
The drones hit as the kingdom's energy giant has been preparing for a much-anticipated stock listing.
Amateur videos have captured the fire and smoke at Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq unit.
Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports.


Saudi Arabia accidentally prints textbook showing Yoda sitting next to the king


The photograph of King Faisal and the Star Wars character ended up in a history textbook

The founding of the United Nations was a Thistoric moment that saw leaders from across the planet join together to commit to a more peaceful world.
But most historians don’t remember the Jedi master Yoda being among them.
The Saudi government is scrambling to withdraw a history textbook that accidentally included a doctored photograph of King Faisal sitting next to the little green Star Wars character.
The picture was supposed to illustrate a section on the King’s rule but somehow the book’s editors used a version that showed Yoda perched next to the monarch as he signed the UN charter. 

“The Ministry of Education regrets the inadvertent error,” said Ahmed al-Eissa, the Saudi education minister. 
“The ministry has began printing a corrected copy of the decision and withdrawing the previous versions, and has formed a legal committee to determine the source of the error and to take appropriate action.”
The black-and-white photograph of Faisal and Yoda is the work of a 26-year-old Saudi artist named Abdullah al-Sheri. 
“I am the one who designed it, but I am not the one who put it in the book,” he told the New York Times
Mr al-Sheri goes by the nickname Shaweesh and the picture was part of a series that showed film characters discreetly added to photographs of major moments in Arab history.
One image shows Darth Vader standing behind Lawrence of Arabia and the king of Iraq at the Paris peace conference in 1919, which divided up much of the Middle East.
Another has a young Arab boy looking down at Captain America from the back of a truck. 
Mr al-Sheri said that he paired up the king and Yoda because both were intelligent and because Yoda’s green skin and green lightsaber matched the green of the Saudi flag. 
“He was wise and was always strong in his speeches,” Mr. Shehri said of the king. “So I found that Yoda was the closest character to the king. And also Yoda and his light saber – it’s all green.”
He only became aware that his picture had found its way into a textbook when his mother, who is a teacher, texted him after seeing a copy. 
“I meant no offense to the king at all,” he told the New York Times.

Bahrain files complaint against Al Jazeera with Arab League


Sources tell Al Jazeera Manama's complaint will be received by meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on Tuesday.

Bahrain has lodged a complaint with the Arab League against Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network after the airing of a documentary that they say was critical of the Gulf state, sources have told Al Jazeera.
The complaint will be discussed during a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers scheduled for Tuesday at the body's headquarters in Cairo, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
The 152nd session of the Arab League Council kicked off on Sunday in the Egyptian capital.
The documentary, which aired on Al Jazeera in July, revealed that Bahraini intelligence recruited al-Qaeda members to assassinate Bahraini dissidents and opposition figures in 2003. The government in Manama has denied the allegations.
Bahrain was among four countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, which cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017. The four nations accused Qatar of "funding terrorism" and fomenting regional instability. Doha has vehemently denied the accusations.
The blockading countries continue to impose an air, land and sea blockade against Qatar.
They have asked Doha to meet a list of conditions, including the closure of Al Jazeera and other media outlets, before they consider ending the blockade. 
Doha has rejected the demands, denouncing them as attempts to infringe on Qatar's sovereignty.