Leaders of the Iran-backed Houthi militia have told Saudi Arabian officials that they did not carry out the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities and covered for Iran by claiming responsibility, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) quoted two Saudi Arabian officials who are in talks with the Houthis as saying on Sunday. “The Houthis informed us that they did not carry out the operation on Abqaiq and Khurais, and they did not expect the gravity of what Iran has asked them to do by claiming the responsibility,” the WSJ reported one of the Saudi Arabian officials as saying.
A man filmed repeatedly hitting his infant daughter in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after the footage went viral on social media. Police in Riyadh said he was identified as a Palestinian resident of the country, aged in his forties. “He was arrested in Riyadh and his four children were provided with the necessary care in coordination with the concerned authorities,” the police statement added. The video, which went viral on Saturday, showed a man repeatedly slapping his daughter for being unable to stand on her own.
- Al Jazeera
In an April 2016 interview with Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, President Barack Obama outlined his views on US Middle East policy in brutally frank terms. His obvious impatience with Middle Eastern affairs and his unconcealed disdain for regional partners - "freeloaders" is how he described them - aroused much criticism in the US and across the Middle East, where he was already viewed with considerable contempt by several Arab states, as well as Israel, for his Iran and Syria policies. One of Obama's less barbed and more sensible comments also proved controversial. He was criticised for saying that "our friends as well as ... the Iranians ... need to find an effective way to share the neighbourhood." His
Flights at Dubai's international airport, one of the world's busiest, were briefly disrupted on Sunday due to “suspected drone activity,” officials said. Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said, while media reports said the planes had landed at a smaller airport in the neighboring emirate of Sharjah. “Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity,” a spokesperson said in a statement Sunday. Flights at the airport have been disrupted several times in recent years by recreational drones, with the last incident occurring in February.
- Al Jazeera
Ten Syrian refugees posing as a men's volleyball team have been arrested at the airport of Greece's capital after attempting to travel to a European country. Police said in a statement on Sunday the refugees were dressed in identical athletic uniforms and carried the same sports bags, as well as two volleyballs. They were reportedly hoping to make it to Zurich in Switzerland, but were questioned and later arrested after police at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport determined that they did not belong to a sports club, according to the statement. Police said they had entered Greece without legal documents and were found out carrying Ukrainian passports that had been reported stolen or lost.
- Egypt Independent
The Huthi plan to cease drone and missile attacks in Saudi Arabia “could send a powerful message of the will to end the war,” Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Saturday. The Yemeni rebel group made the announcement as part of a peace initiative a day earlier, saying that “war is not in anyone's interest.” End to war in sight? A Saudi-led military coalition has been waging a brutal war against the Huthi insurgency in Yemen since 2015. Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict and the UN has called it the world's worst humanitarian crisis. In a statement from UN headquarters in New York, Griffiths welcomed “the desire for a political solution to end the conflict.” He
Tunisia's former president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was buried in the Muslim holy city of Medina on Saturday after he died in exile in Saudi Arabia. Ben Ali died Thursday in the city of Jeddah. Some of his family were to receive condolences on Sunday in an upmarket suburb of Tunis, according to a small notice published in Tunisia's La Presse newspaper.