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Arabic press review: Come to Saudi Arabia - you'll never leave

Anti-UAE group calls for arrests for Yemen war crimes, while Yemeni religious chief's exile in Saudi Arabia becomes permanent
Yemen's top preacher, Abdul Majid al-Zindani, now silenced by Saudi Arabia (supplied)


A UK-based, anti-UAE organisation is calling for the arrest of senior UAE officials and prosecuting them internationally for "war crimes committed in Yemen," according to the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi.

The newspaper stated that the international campaign for boycotting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has called for the prosecution of Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, and Hamad Mohammed al-Rumaithi, the commander of the army, and the defence minister, Mohammed bin Ahmed al-Bowardi.

The campaign, launched last week, said they discussed with legal experts the possibility of arresting UAE officials if they travel to the UK.

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A leading Yemeni preacher in exile in Saudi Arabia has been silenced by authorities, according to the Arabi21 website.

Abdul Majid al-Zindani is now restricted to Mecca and Riyadh, and he is now denied meetings with Saudi figures and the media.

Zindani, the head of Yemen's top religious body, the Scholars' Association, had taken refuge in Saudi Arabia in July 2015.

Raqqa and ruin

Only 300 Islamic State militants remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa, according to al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper.

A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said 275 Syrian fighters had left the city under a withdrawal agreement and left behind them 200 to 300 fighters, mostly foreigners.

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdul Rahman told al-Sharq al-Awsat that "foreigners have not been registered and are still in one battleground in the city".

An ill wind blows

The Kuwait Human Rights Society has called on the country's health ministry to reconsider raising fees for healthcare services for non-citizens, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai.

The association said increased fees had prevented sick patients from pursing their treatment for financial reasons.

The group said one heart-attack victim died a day after leaving hospital because he was unable to pay for further treatment.

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

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