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Arabic press review: Kuwait has a betting problem

Kuwaiti police break up a betting syndicate, while a woman says she's glad her IS fighter husband was killed in Syria
Kuwaiti police turn the tables on gamblers (Reuters)

He's dead. I'm happy

The wife of a foreign IS fighter said she was happy when she heard of his death, according to the Saudi newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat, which interviewed several women who fled the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Habiba Afif, 33, said: “Yes, I was very happy when my husband was killed. I could not believe I got rid of him and his oppression.” 

Habiba, a Spanish woman of Moroccan origin, said her husband forced her to travel to Syria. 

He was killed in an air strike and left his wife with five children to raise, according to al-Sharq al-Awsat.

When the chips are down in Kuwait

Kuwaiti security forces have broken up an illegal gambling syndicate and arrested 26 people from a host of nationalities

Legal measures were taken against them in preparation for their expulsion from the country, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper, al-Rai.

Kuwaiti security forces found that the room was run by an Asian man and his customers were of different nationalities. 

The room contained four gambling tables that were confiscated.

Palestinian Authority demands Balfour apology

The Palestinian Authority has reiterated plans to sue the UK and force it to apologise for the Balfour Declaration, which was published 100 years ago today.

The PA's foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, criticised the UK's celebration of the anniversary, the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi reported.

It added that Palestinian communities in foreign capitals, including in London, would protest against the declaration. 

Jordan: No return for Israeli ambassador

Jordan said there will be no Israeli embassy in Amman, and stressed that the situation had not changed and that the ambassador could only return after the trial of the guard who killed two Jordanians and was extradited to Israel, according to the Jordanian newspaper, Assabeel.

Mohammad Momani, a government spokesman, said: “The Jordanian position is still the same and the Israeli embassy in Amman will not reopen until Israel abides by international law".

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