Arabic press review: Saudi Arabia on UN 'shame list' of child killers


A UN report is to condemn Saudi actions in the Yemen war. Elsewhere, Algeria is printing money, while Jordanian police beat up cafe patrons

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Thursday 5 October 2017 16:31 UTC

Saudi Arabia on UN 'shame list' of child killers

A UN report on violators of children’s rights in the world will include Saudi Arabia on the basis of its leadership of a war against Yemen which has killed a large number of children, according to the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi.

The Security Council is holding a session on 31 October to discuss the report of the secretary general on children in conflict.

Al-Quds al-Arabi learned from trustworthy sources that the report includes the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

In addition, Saudi Arabia will be included on a “shame list” because of the Yemen war.

Cafe patrons beaten

Jordanians circulated pictures taken by a surveillance camera in a cafe in Irbid city, northern Jordan, where security forces attack a number of people in a "savage" manner.

This video sparked a wave of anger on social media networks in Jordan, according to the Arabi 21 news website.

The footage shows a group of people wearing civilian clothes entering a cafe to arrest several patrons. They violently hit them with the shop’s seats before pulling them out. One of the patrons is covered in blood from an injury to the head.

Jordanian sources said the attack happened a few days ago as police raided the cafe to arrest members of an extortion racket. Warning: the following video contains potentially disturbing scenes of violence.

Mo' money, mo' problems

Algeria's finance minister, Abdel Rahman Riwaya, stated that Algeria needs $70 per barrel of oil as a price to balance its national budget, according to a report of the Algerian newspaper, El-Khabar.

The minister added that printing money was the only solution left to overcome the country’s revenue shortage.

A severe case of wind?

Air travel is likely to get more bumpy due to climate change, according to the Saudi newspaper, al-Sharq al-Awsat.

A study by the American Geophysical Union shows severe atmospheric disturbances will increase in the world between 2050 and 2080 if temperatures continue to rise. 

The study predicted a rise in "severe turbulence" involving forces stronger than gravity, that can throw people and luggage around an aircraft cabin.

* Arabic press review is a digest of reports that are not independently verified as accurate by Middle East Eye