Center East round-up: President Xi’s journey to Riyadh | Information


Right here’s a round-up of Al Jazeera’s Center East protection this week.

How shut can Saudi Arabia and China get, Iran’s morality police get suspended and a Palestinian killed by an Israeli soldier on digicam. Right here’s your round-up, written by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Al Jazeera Digital’s Center East and North Africa editor.

For the primary time in six years, Chinese language President Xi Jinping is in Saudi Arabia. That’s pretty vital as a result of a) Xi has solely lately began travelling overseas once more after suspending all journeys due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and b) due to the welcome he’s obtained in Riyadh, one which noticeably included extra fanfare than US President Joe Biden obtained just a few months again.

An indication of the instances? Possibly. Actually, Saudi relations with the US may be described as frosty in the meanwhile, what with Biden in October saying Riyadh would face “penalties” for chopping oil manufacturing. Saudi Arabia – beneath the de facto management of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – is certainly seeking to increase its partnerships. And China is actually attempting to increase its affect in a area that’s important for securing its personal vitality future. However as Giorgio Cafiero and Shehab Al-Makahleh clarify, when push involves shove, Saudi Arabia is predicted to nonetheless look west for assist, moderately than east – for now at the least.

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Has Iran abolished its morality police?

Lots of people have been confused over whether or not Iran has abolished its morality police. Has it? Nicely, the brief reply is not any.

Since September, the drive has been far much less seen on the streets after turning into a lightning rod for fashionable anger — anger directed at them after its members detained 22-year-old Mahsa Amini for allegedly not adhering to Iran’s costume code for girls. Her subsequent dying whereas of their custody is what has led to the final three months of protests.

The reporting on this one has admittedly been a bit fuzzy. Plenty of information shops seized on feedback by Iran’s prosecutor basic. He was quoted on Saturday as saying that the morality police had been “shut down”. That, in flip, was maybe understandably taken to imply that the drive had been abolished.

And what’s extra, the authorities had been contemplating scrapping obligatory hijab legal guidelines, too. However, as our Iran correspondent Maziar Motamedi explains, the feedback made by the prosecutor basic haven’t been confirmed by the police, nor did he point out whether or not the shutdown can be indefinite.

Since then, there have been extra protests, and on Thursday Iran carried out the first execution linked to the demonstrations.

‘Executed’ on digicam

A video of the final moments of 23-year-old Ammar Mufleh’s life has outraged Palestinians. The sequence reveals him being shot and killed by an Israeli soldier at point-blank vary. Palestinians have referred to as the killing an execution, whereas Israeli police stated the soldier was defending himself.

And now for one thing totally different

Because the World Cup enters its latter phases, there’s just one staff left from the Arab world and Africa: Morocco. On Tuesday, the Atlas Lions eradicated the 2010 world champions, Spain, on penalties, sparking a celebration in Morocco, and different elements of the Arab world, Africa and Europe that I’m not fairly positive has completed but. They’ve now arrange a quarter-final conflict with one other Iberian soccer superpower – Portugal.

Morocco’s matchwinner, Achraf Hakimi, was truly born in Spain, and his backstory typifies that of lots of the Moroccan diaspora in Europe, in addition to the intriguing – and typically maddening – query of nationwide identification that usually raises its head throughout the World Cup.

In short

The Israeli military kills three Palestinians in Jenin – Individuals flee from authorities after Morocco-Turkey airplane lands in Spain because of an apparently staged emergency on board the flight – US court docket cites MBS immunity in dropping Khashoggi lawsuit – Al Jazeera asks ICC to analyze the killers of its personal journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh – Incoming far-right Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Gvir requires expulsion of Al Jazeera from the nation over request for ICC to take Abu Akleh case – Turkey units two-week deadline for SDF withdrawal from northern Syria – Israeli President Isaac Herzog visits Bahrain and the UAE – Uncommon anti-government protest turns lethal in southern Syrian metropolis of Sweida – US Navy says trawler carrying arms from Iran was certain for Yemen – Tunisia’s fundamental commerce union says it now not accepts President Kais Saied’s agenda forward of elections – Paraglider suspected of being a refugee or migrant crosses border between Morocco and Spain – Yemenis use the World Cup to attempt to overlook the warfare

The ‘33rd nation’ on the World Cup

Some of the widespread flags within the stands on the World Cup represents a rustic that isn’t even participating — Palestine. Dima Khatib, managing director at AJ+, argues that’s as a result of Arabs from totally different nations, given the uncommon alternative to assemble in a single house, have chosen to offer Palestine a chance to take centre stage.

Quote of the Week

“We negotiated with them [the military] earlier than. We gave them many probabilities. However what did they do ultimately? A navy coup.” — Dania Atabani, spokesperson for a resistance committee in Khartoum, reacting to the information of a deal between the Sudanese navy and main political events. The deal is geared toward ending months of unrest following a coup in October 2021, however protest teams have rejected the deal, saying it ignores points similar to transitional justice.

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