Right here’s a round-up of Al Jazeera’s Center East protection this week.
Alaa Abd el-Fattah calls for his launch in Egypt, a rocket assault on a Syrian IDP camp, and a household accusing Sudan’s police of killing their son. Right here’s your round-up, written by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Al Jazeera Digital’s Center East and North Africa editor.
Internet hosting the COP27 local weather convention was imagined to be a possibility for the Egyptian authorities to point out a good face to the world, one that may perhaps assist eclipse the headlines of latest years about massacres, mass trials, financial crises and political repression. However with world leaders in attendance — together with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — the Egyptians have as a substitute created a ready-made present to spotlight the hundreds of political prisoners at present behind bars.
A big a part of that has been all the way down to Alaa Abd el-Fattah and his household. He’s an activist, with twin Egyptian and British citizenship, identified for his essential function in the course of the 2011 revolution. He’s been on a starvation strike to protest in opposition to his imprisonment. However on Sunday, simply as COP27 started, he additionally stopped consuming water. His household are actually extremely nervous, and are calling for the UK to safe his instant launch.
Abd el-Fattah’s sister, Mona Seif, instructed Al Jazeera’s podcast, The Take, that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi doesn’t need Alaa out of jail for so long as he’s in energy. However the strain is ramping up. The UN’s rights chief has mentioned that the activist’s life is in nice hazard, and the case has grow to be a significant focus for the worldwide media in attendance on the convention.
Rocket assault hits Syrian camp for displaced folks
Syria has largely slipped from the headlines, and whereas the entrance traces have been comparatively quiet over the past two years or so, demise it appears isn’t distant. On Sunday, authorities forces fired 30 rockets on the Maram camp for displaced folks, situated in opposition-held Idlib province, killing 9 folks and injuring 25.
The assault was the most recent violation of a March 2020 truce between Russia (which helps the Syrian authorities) and Turkey (which helps the opposition). Proper now, although, a peace deal doesn’t look even remotely attainable any time quickly.
Police accused of brutality in Sudan
On October 11, Mudasser Kamal’s automobile broke down. The police stopped, to not assist him, however to arrest him. Why that occurred, his household doesn’t know. They think it’s as a result of he was a Sudanese-Ethiopian, and subsequently represented a possibility for the police to extort somebody with international ties, and cash.
However the subsequent factor his household knew, Kamal was lifeless. They’ve accused the police of being accountable, and rights teams assume he’s simply the most recent sufferer of a tradition of impunity that prevails among the many police, who’re immune from prison prosecution. Learn Mat Nashed’s report from Khartoum on the household’s seek for justice.
And now for one thing totally different
Cricket isn’t a sport folks normally affiliate with the Center East. And but, in a single nook of the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Syrian youngsters have taken up the sport with a ardour. And, as this story from Laure Delacloche tells us, the game has helped them address their unstable surroundings.
Turkey calls for Sweden deal with “terrorist” threats earlier than permitting it to affix NATO – MSF requires Western nations to repatriate residents held in Syria’s Al-Hol camp resulting from rampant violence and exploitation – US help employee shot lifeless in Baghdad – Households of Bahraini prisoners stage protests throughout Pope Francis’ go to to the dominion – Iran’s forex plunges to historic low throughout protests – Iran confirms drone gross sales to Russia – Soccer is for everybody, says Qatari minister in response to World Cup critics – Israeli fighter jets hit Gaza Strip in first assault since August – Human Rights Watch criticises new Tunisian electoral regulation that eliminates gender parity.
A ‘fanatical’ new Israeli authorities
Marwan Bishara is sure to upset a number of folks with this opinion piece. In gentle of the involvement of far-right, ultranationalists within the new Israeli authorities, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst says that Israel has “given beginning to a probably extra excessive sort of ‘Jewish state’ akin to a extra refined and trendy model of the ‘Islamic state’”. The primary distinction, he provides, is that Israel has nuclear weapons.
Quote of the Week
“[The interrogator] mentioned I’ve interrogated main political folks for a lifetime, however my most troublesome interrogations have been of a number of hundred folks arrested on the streets. Neither might I perceive what they have been saying, nor did they perceive what I’m saying,” – Iran’s tourism and tradition minister, Ezzatollah Zarghami, on the difficulties interrogators face with youngsters arrested in the course of the nation’s ongoing protest motion.