Saudi Crown Prince Renews Call to Recognize State of Palestine

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, is seen at the Mina palace on Monday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, is seen at the Mina palace on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Renews Call to Recognize State of Palestine

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, is seen at the Mina palace on Monday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, is seen at the Mina palace on Monday. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, held on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz the annual reception of heads of state, Islamic figures, and government officials, who performed the Hajj this year, at the Mina palace.

He congratulated the gatherers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. He added that Saudi Arabia was proud in organizing the Hajj every year, stressing its keenness on ensuring that the pilgrims perform the rituals safely and securely.

He noted that Eid was observed as the “heinous crimes continue to be committed against our brothers in the Gaza Strip.”

“We underscore the need for an immediate end to this assault and the importance of the international community mobilizing to take all measures that protect lives in Gaza,” he added.

Crown Prince Mohammed called for implementing the recent United Nations Security Council on a ceasefire in Gaza, reiterating Saudi Arabia’s call on the international community to recognize an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.



Oman Terror Attack: Perpetrators Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

Muscat, Oman (AFP)
Muscat, Oman (AFP)
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Oman Terror Attack: Perpetrators Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

Muscat, Oman (AFP)
Muscat, Oman (AFP)

The identities of the “three terrorist brothers” who attacked a mosque in Muscat on Monday night have shocked Oman, a country not used to such incidents.

A video from ISIS showed the brothers pledging allegiance to the terror group’s leader before the attack.

The Royal Oman Police said the brothers, who were Omani, died after resisting security forces. Investigations revealed they were influenced by extremist ideas.

According to available information, the three brothers held prestigious positions.

One had a PhD and worked in a key government ministry, and he had hosted television programs about Oman’s development, which are available on YouTube.

The second brother worked at the central bank, and the third was employed by the municipality.

A video featuring their fourth brother, Sultan Al-Hasani, a former singer who had renounced his career, showed him condemning his brothers, denouncing their actions as bloodshed and a threat to national security.

On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Imam Ali Mosque in Wadi Kabir, Muscat.

The attack targeted residents observing Ashura, killing six people, including a police officer, and injuring around 28 others. The three attackers were also killed.

A video released by ISIS’s Amaq news agency, which has not been verified by official sources, showed the three brothers who carried out the attack standing in front of the group’s black flag, pledging allegiance to “Abu Hafs,” referring to the group’s leader, Abu Hafs al-Hashimi.

Abu Hafs became the fifth leader of ISIS on August 3, 2023, following the death of his predecessor, Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi, in battle, as announced in an audio recording by ISIS spokesman Abu Hudhayfah al-Ansari.

In a video released by ISIS, a speaker believed to be Hamad Al-Hasani justified the mosque attack with sectarian rhetoric, inciting Arab youth to rebellion and criticizing religious scholars.

He also attacked the West, led by the United States, accusing it of waging “the greatest ideological, military, media, and economic war against Muslims in general, and ISIS in particular.”