Newspaper Review: End of Saudi-Led Operation in Yemen Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, April 22, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused Wednesday on the declared end of the Saudi Arabia-led Operation Decisive Storm against the Houthi group rebels in Yemen.

Al-Ayyam highlighted in its main headline: “Riyadh [government] announces an end to its military operations in Yemen: We will focus on security, counter-terrorism and a political solution.”

Al-Quds also highlighted the same topic in its main news story, saying Saudi-led coalition declared an end to the operation against Houthi fighters who had taken over the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Al-Quds reported on UNESCO’s executive board adopting a resolution submitted by Jordan and Palestine that reaffirms the definition of Al-Aqsa Mosque as the entire sacred complex surrounding it.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said three Palestinians were injured with live bullets during an Israeli army raid on Nablus.

It said illegal Israeli settlers uprooted 450 Palestinian-owned olive saplings in the central West Bank village of Deir Istya.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said settlers broke into the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and waved the Israeli flag atop the Mosque’s building.

Al-Ayyam said the Egyptian Criminal Court sentenced former President Mohammad Morsi to 20 years in prison. Morsi was convicted on Tuesday of ordering the arrest and torture of protesters in clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

It reported on the father of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, a 17-year-old Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem who was burnt to death after being kidnapped by three Israeli settlers, asking the government to take off his son’s name from a terror victim’s memorial. He said, “I am interested in justice.”

Moreover, the paper said that the Palestinian factions are seeking to contain the consequences of the failing cabinet’s visit to the Gaza Strip and Hamas’ ongoing rejection to register public sector employees who were appointed prior to 2007.