Saudi Arabia, United States Designate Terrorist Fundraising and Support Networks

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RIYADH, 31st March, 2016 (WAM) – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America have jointly took action to disrupt the fundraising and support networks for terrorist purposes by imposing sanctions on four individuals and two organizations as follows (James Alexander McLintock, Al-Rahmah Welfare Organization, Abdul Aziz Nuristani, the Jamia Asariya Madrassa, Naveed Qamar, and Muhammad Ijaz Safarash) in accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

As a result of today’s action, any property or interest in property of these designated individuals and entities subject to U.S. jurisdiction is frozen, according to Saudi Press Agency, SPA. Additionally, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia designated these individuals and entities under its Law of Terrorism Crimes and Financing and the Royal Decree A/44, as a result of this action, any property or interest in property of these designated individuals and entities under Saudi jurisdiction are also frozen, and Saudi citizens are generally prohibited from doing business with it.

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Yemeni national army, popular resistance seize historic city of Baraqish in Marib

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Yemeni national army, popular resistance seize historic city of Baraqish in Marib ADEN, 31st March, 2016 (WAM) – The Yemeni national army backed by local fighters seized control of the historic city of Baraqish, Marib Governorate, following heavy fighting against the Houthi militia and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The city has been under the control of rebels since 2011 who turned it into barracks, training camps and a centre for combat operations.

A resistance source said the victory had come one day after the government and resistance fighters seized the strategic Safra area between governorates of Marib and Jawf, where tens of rebels were killed and others fled towards Al-Ghail Directorate, west of Jawf.

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34 hospitals blocked due to war caused by Al Houthi and Saleh militias

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ADEN, 31st March, 2016 (WAM) – The Medical Committee in Taiz has disclosed a closure of 34 government and private hospitals in the Government of Taiz due to the war launched by the forces of Al Houthi and those loyal to the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh against populations in the governorate.

The committee also said that due to the violations committed by the rebels, 65 medical centres and 43 pharmacies were closed.

The besieged city is suffering from a number of humanitarian disasters including the increase of prices, the weak purchasing power of the population and the disappearance of basic materials in the markets which has resulted in a number of deaths due to shortage of oxygen gas cylinders and medicines for chronic diseases in hospitals.

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Arab Coalition leaders' photos decorate Aden streets

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ADEN, 31st March, 2016 (WAM) – The streets of Aden have been decorated by banners which express thanks and appreciation to the Arab Coalition for its efforts aimed at putting an end to chaos and war as well as turmoil caused by the forces of Al Houthi and those loyal to the ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Official Yemeni News Agency said that the “Thank You Decisive Kingdom” and ”Thank You UAE” campaigns have prepared and distributed various banners for the leaders of the Arab Coalition in the streets of the city.

They also named a number of main streets, in implementation of presidential resolutions, after rulers of these countries, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, due to their honest stance and unlimited support for Yemen and its people.

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Government of Qatar responds to Amnesty International report

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DOHA, 31st March, 2016 (WAM) — The Government of Qatar has said that it considers the welfare of its guest workers a top priority and is committed to the ongoing, systematic reform of Qatar’s labour laws.

“Our goal is to create a legacy of improved conditions for workers in Qatar and to set the standard for both labour rights and human rights in the Gulf region. We acknowledge the progress that has been made by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy,” said a government statement responding to the Amnesty International report.

The statement which was carried by the Qatari news agency, further stated, “To that end, we are well aware that our efforts are a work-in-progress, and we welcome the efforts Amnesty and other NGOs are making to help us identify areas for further improvement.”

“Though many of the points raised by Amnesty have already been addressed through recent legislative changes, we are concerned by a number of allegations contained within the report.”

“The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs intends to investigate the contractors named in the report,” the statement concluded.

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