Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen updates as of today July the 7th.
European Parliament urges Bahrain to end rights abuses
The European Parliament has called on Bahrain to put an end to all human rights abuses in the Persian Gulf kingdom, calling for a ban on the export of tear gas and crowd control equipment to the country.
The resolution also said the European Parliament “regrets the continuing human rights violations in Bahrain and urges the Bahraini government to swiftly” improve the situation of human rights in the country.
The resolution particularly urged the release of jailed political activist, Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR).
Qatari offshore rig has accident in Gulf oil field, months of repairs needed (Source: Usnews.com)
A newly built Qatari offshore rig will need several months of repairs and maintenance after an accident off the Gulf nation’s coast, its owner said Tuesday the 7th.
The accident involved the jack-up accommodation rig “Rumailah” and happened Sunday in the al-Shaheen oil field, off Qatar’s northeastern coast, according to a statement from Doha, Qatar-based Gulf International Services.
The rig is owned by the company’s Gulf Drilling International division, while Denmark-based Maersk Oil operates the overall al-Shaheen field.
Yemen’s warring parties endorse truce from midnight as fighting rages
Yemen’s main warring factions endorsed a U.N.-brokered humanitarian truce from midnight on Friday although heavy fighting on the ground and Saudi air strikes carried on relentlessly.
The week-long truce will end at the same time as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and aims to get aid to some 21 million Yemenis. All sides said they hoped a full ceasefire would follow.
A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement since late March in a bid to restore to power Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.
The dominant Houthis shelled residential areas in the southern port of Aden overnight and pushed further into Yemen’s eastern Hadramawt desert, the center of the country’s modest oil resources, fighting tribal militiamen, a local official said.
The Saudi-led campaign of air strikes targeted the capital Sanaa on Friday and hit mainly central and southern cities overnight. On Thursday night, an air strike hit a school where internally displaced people have taken refuge in the southern province of Lahj, killing nine people and wounding 14 others, residents said. (Source: Reuters)
Chanting ‘Death to America, Israel,’ millions march in Iran on al-Quds Day
Millions of Iranians took part in anti-Israel and anti-US rallies across Iran on Friday, chanting “Down with America” and “Death to Israel” on Al-Quds Day, internationally observed annually on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan.
The controversial holiday was proclaimed in 1979 by Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a religious duty for all Muslims to rally in solidarity against Israel and for the “liberation” of Jerusalem. Tehran says the occasion is meant to express support for Palestinians and emphasize the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attended the protest on Friday but did not speak at the main rally in Tehran, which coincided with seemingly deadlocked nuclear talks between Iran and world powers led by the United States.
Large demonstrations were also held in Iraq and Lebanon. Photos unfortunately speak by their own.
Some protesters in Tehran burned Israeli and American flags. Posters showed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi King Salman and US President Barack Obama in flames. (Source: Times of Israel)
Saudi Arabia Joins Israel as Target of Jerusalem Day Protests
Tens of thousands marched in Tehran and Baghdad today in annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day demonstrations in support of Palestinians, but Saudi Arabia this year joined arch-foe Israel as the target for protesters.
President Hassan Rouhani attended but did not speak at the main rally in Tehran, which coincided with seemingly deadlocked nuclear talks between Iran and world powers led by the United States.
In Iraq, thousands of people marched including hundreds of fighters in military uniform on Palestine Street in the capital Baghdad.
A massive solar farm will help produce oil in Oman
One of the world’s largest solar farms is planned for the deserts of the Persian Gulf country Oman. But unlike most solar plants that produce electricity to power homes and buildings, the gigantic solar farm will use the sun’s rays to create steam that will help the Arab nation extract oil out of the ground.
The project called Miraah (mirror in Arabic) will be built across more than a square mile — 360 soccer fields — at the Amal oil field. When completed the solar plant will produce 6,000 tons of steam every day that will be used for oil production, and have a capacity for over a gigawatt of energy (the equivalent of a large natural gas or nuclear plant).
The US and United Arab Emirates Built an Anti-Jihad Propaganda Center
The US and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are teaming up to to convince would-be jihadists to reconsider joining the so-called Islamic State (IS).
On Wednesday, US Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel, and Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargas announced the launch of the Sawab Center, a social media campaign to “amplify moderate and tolerant voices from across the region.”
“What the Sawab Center will do is, it will begin to rectify the wrong impression that IS is beating us in the information war and the social media war,” Stengel told the Associated Press.
IS is widely recognized for its slick social media presence, which includes well-produced videos and a glossy English-language magazine.