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Arabic press review: Saudi summit rolls out war debris display for leaders

Meanwhile Algerian courts may be overwhelmed by dozens of fraud cases.
Screengrab from video distributed by pro-Houthi Al Masirah TV in November 2017, showing a missile launch (Reuters)
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Missiles and drones among exhibition

Dignitaries at a summit in Mecca have been greeted by an exhibition of debris from Iranian missiles, drones, remote control boats and weapons used by Houthis in Yemen, according to al-Quds al-Arabi.

Riyadh has called the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) conference due to what it describes as interference by Tehran in the internal affairs of other countries.

The London-based newspaper reports that the weapons on display at the summit include Burkan missiles, which were fired at Mecca and Riyadh airports.

The exhibition is located at the entrance to the Royal Hall, where a giant screen displays short video clips of Houthis’ attacks and a coalition spokesperson is on hand to discuss Houthi groups’ attacks on Saudi cities. Houthi forces have been backed by Iran during the conflict.

Al-Quds al-Arabi also reported that a media team was present in the hall, noting the reaction and conversations of visitors to the exhibition.

Sudan’s former spy chief in Egypt

Salah Gosh, Sudan’s former intelligence director, is in Egypt, according to Arabi21, as attempts continue to secure his detention.

Sources say that the military is protecting Gosh, despite attempts by the attorney general to execute an arrest warrant and search his home. Supporters of the former spy chief say that the move was illegal.

The sources also say that Sadiq al-Mahdi, the head of the opposition Umma Party, will visit Egypt soon, as the country tries to rebuild following the overthrow of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in April.

Corruption cases may tie up Algerian courts

There are more than 50 cases of corruption involving ministers and former senior officials, according to a report in Algerian newspaper El Khabar.

Experts say that this number of cases exceeds the capacity of the courts, due to the limited number of judges and specialised investigators as well as the huge files that each case involves.

The alleged offences occurred during rule of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a source told the website, and will likely proceed through the Algerian judiciary for several years to come.

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