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Saudi Arabia to dig canal along Qatar border turning it into an island

SHAFAQNA - A Saudi official has confirmed reports of plans to dig a maritime channel along the kingdom’s border with Qatar — a move that would effectively turn the Qatari peninsula into an island. Saoud al-Qahtani, a counselor at the…

Saudi Arabia censors Mecca's religious authority

SHAFAQNA - Under order of the Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia government closed down the Twitter account of Mecca's highest religious authority: Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim, imam in the Grand Mosque AlKhaleejonline.com confirmed. Al-Shuraim openly…

Saudis condemned on 3rd anniversary of war, Scores of Bahrainis detained

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SHAFAQNA - The third anniversary of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen has been marked worldwide with indignation, revulsion and calls for an immediate halt of American and British arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.…

Canadian MP stands with Yemen - calls for a weapon ban on Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Canadian-based NGO CD4HR (Canadian Defenders for Human Rights) and the Yemeni Community in Canada (@YemeniCanada) hosted MP Helene Laverdiere at their protest in Ottawa calling for an end to all weapon sales to Saudi Arabia on the…

Saudi Arabia set to brutally execute Shia Muslims - UN calls foul

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SHAFAQNA - In yet another display of complete disregard for human rights, Saudi Arabia is said to be ready to carry out the execution of 13 Shia Muslims on the basis they represent a threat to national security. Under Saudi Arabia’s strict…

CANADIAN DEFENDERS 4 HUMAN RIGHTS call to end weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

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PRESS RELEASE - Coming March 26, 2018 Saudi Arabia will have been at war with impoverished Yemen for a punitive 3 years. Three years of an implacable and murderous military campaign that witnessed the death of over 15,000 people - of…

Saudi Arabian court sentences famous columnist to 5 years in prison

SHAFAQNA- The ruling, according to some state-linked media, was issued against Saleh al-Shehi on Thursday. Furthermore, the court also ruled that the writer was banned from traveling abroad for five years after completion of his prison term,…

Saudi aggression warplanes wage 2 strikes on Marib

SHAFAQNA - The US-backed Saudi aggression coalition launched two air strikes overnight on Serwah district of Marib province, a security official told YemenNews Agency on Sunday. The strikes targeted areas east of Serwah, damaging civilians'…

Germany stops selling weapons to Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Germany has stopped selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and almost all of its allies waging war on Yemen, in a decision likely to have both an impact on the Riyadh regime and a domino effect on other Western and non-Western countries…

Over 5,000 children killed, injured in Saudi aggression on Yemen: UN

SHAFAQNA - The war in Yemen has killed or injured more than 5,000 children and left another 400,000 severely malnourished and fighting for their lives, according to the UN children’s agency. In a report unveiled on Tuesday, Unicef said…

Analysis: Is Jordan Breaking Alliance with Saudi Arabia, West?

SHAFAQNA - Sources at Jordan's parliament have reported that the speaker of Jordanian House of the Representatives Atef Tarawneh is completing arrangements for a high-ranking delegation visit to Tehran. The same sources have added that the…

11 Saudi Princes arrested over demonstrating in Riyadh Royal Palace

SHAFAQNA - Saudi authorities made a fresh round of arrests of royal-family members as a group of princes staged a protest at the royal palace over the non-payment of their electricity and water bills, Okaz newspaper reported. The royal guard…

Londoners protest outside Saudi embassy to mark Sheikh Nimr's execution

SHAFAQNA - Londoners protest outside Saudi embassy to mark Sheikh Nimr's execution. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was executed by Saudi Wahhabis on 2nd January 2016.  

Turkish Scholar Deplores Riyadh’s Negative Role in Muslim World

SHAFAQNA - Speaking to IQNA, Cuneyt Akalin, a professor of political sciences at Istanbul Arel University, said the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are also following Saudi Arabia in their policies. The Saudis need to change their path…

Saudi warplanes kill 23 civilians in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - Nearly two dozen civilians have been killed and several others injured when Saudi military aircraft carried out separate airstrikes against residential areas in Yemen as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious bombardment…

SHAFAQNA's Analysis: Saudi Arabia confirms death of Shia judge Mohammed Al-Jirani

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SHAFAQNA - [Persian] Gulf News : A Shiite judge abducted in eastern Saudi Arabia a year ago has been killed by his kidnappers, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Monday. Saudi police have recovered the body of a kidnapped Shiite…

Over 70 Yemeni civilians killed by Saudi aggressors in 48 hours

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SHAFAQNA - Abdul Malek al-Fadhl, a pro-Houthi activist, said two buildings were flattened in Hay Asr, a residential neighbourhood to the west of Sanaa, as coalition raids targeted the home of Mohammed al-Raimi, a local Houthi leader. At least…

37 Saudi-led coalition aircraft, 1,200 tanks destroyed in Yemen war

SHAFAQNA - Dozens of Saudi-led coalition military aircraft in addition to hundreds of battle tanks and armoured vehicles have been destroyed in the military campaign against Yemen as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious airstrikes…

Anti-Saudi rally in Bahrain in solidarity with oppressed Shia Muslims

SHAFAQNA - According to the Manama Post, Buri, al-Malikiya, and al-Murkh are among the areas in Bahrain that have been the scene of demonstrations against the Al Saud regime’s crimes against Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif and al-Awamiyah. People…

KSA bombs Yemen TV station - war crimes

SHAFAQNA - The Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen has attacked the headquarters of the Yemen al-Youm TV channel in the capital, Sana’a, killing four people and injuring five others. Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported…

May urges Saudi Arabia to avert Yemen catastrophe

SHAFAQNA - British Prime Minister Theresa May has implored Saudi leaders to ease a blockade on war-torn Yemen to "avert a humanitarian catastrophe", her office said on Thursday, echoing urgent appeals from the United Nations. May met both…

Saudi anti-terrorism summit uses Palestinian intifada clip, draws angry response

SHAFAQNA - Social media users have reacted to a Saudi Arabian anti-terrorism summit in which a video was played showing a Palestinian fighting Israeli occupation forces. Palestinians and Arabs on social media have reacted with anger after a…

HRW slams Saudi law that defines king’s critic as terrorist

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced Saudi Arabia's new counterterrorism law as "ludicrous", as the law criminalizes criticizing the king or crown prince. The law, introduced earlier this month, includes penalties of up to 10 years…

Inside Saudi Arabia’s gilded prison at Riyadh Ritz-Carlton

SHAFAQNA - The BBC was granted a rare access to the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, where dozens of Saudi elites have been held. Within its gilded walls, 200 VIPs have been held since November 4, accused of corruption, money-laundering,…

‘Union of Muslim Scholars’ Official Slams Saudi Move

SHAFAQNA -  The deputy head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars slammed Saudi Arabia and its allies for blacklisting the union. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on Thursday added two Islamic organizations,…

Riyadh-Baghdad relationship in shadow of new regional order

SHAFAQNA - The Saudi-Iraqi long-term chilly relationship has sailed out of the doldrums following exchange of visits by the two countries' officials, including Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s trip to Baghdad in late February and two…

Saudi Arabia to buy $7 Billion in weapons from U.S. firms

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy about $7 billion worth of precision guided munitions from U.S. defense contractors, sources familiar with the matter said, a deal that some lawmakers may object to over American weapons having contributed…

Saudi blockade in Yemen kills 100s every week

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SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of humanitarian staffers from nearly 50 agencies are stranded in Yemen or unable to enter the country after a Saudi-led military coalition shut down Yemen's air, land and sea ports, a U.N. spokesman said Wednesday. Ahmed…