Britain Designates 2 Bahraini, 2 Egyptian Groups as Terrorist

The British government designated on Friday two Bahraini and two Egyptian groups as terrorist. (Reuters)
The British government designated on Friday two Bahraini and two Egyptian groups as terrorist. (Reuters)
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Britain Designates 2 Bahraini, 2 Egyptian Groups as Terrorist

The British government designated on Friday two Bahraini and two Egyptian groups as terrorist. (Reuters)
The British government designated on Friday two Bahraini and two Egyptian groups as terrorist. (Reuters)

The British government designated on Friday two Bahraini and two Egyptian groups as terrorist.

The Ashtar Brigades and Saraya al-Mokhtar of Bahrain and the Hasm and Revolution Brigade of Egypt were approved to be blacklisted during a vote at the British parliament.

The ruling prohibits carrying out any deals or contacts with the organizations. The assets of the Bahraini and Egyptian groups will be frozen.

The Home Office said that the blacklisting sends a strong message against terrorist recruitment and financing.

Home ministers said that the Ashtar Brigades was responsible for several terrorist attacks in Bahrain. The Saraya al-Mokhtar was responsible for glorifying terrorism through social media.

The British Embassy in Cairo said London’s blacklisting of the two Egyptian groups came in wake of the attacks they carried out against the people and Egyptian security.

The British decision would help hinder these groups’ terrorist activity, it added.

British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson declared that London will not abandon Cairo in its battle against terrorism.

“Today, we are using complete British legal power against terrorist organizations that have killed several people in Egypt and that are enemies to us all,” he added.

For its part, Bahrain welcomed the British parliament decision, saying that the two blacklisted groups are a threat to the kingdom’s security and stability, reported the Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

Bahrain praised the United Kingdom as the first NATO member country to proscribe these groups as terrorist organizations, noting that the order reflects the UK government’s long-standing commitment to combatting terrorism and extremist ideologies on the global level.

Bahrain stressed the importance of continued collaboration between international partners to counter terrorism in all its forms, highlighting that global security can only be upheld through common strategic and operational approaches.

It called for the international community to follow the United Kingdom’s responsible action in the fight against terrorism by proscribing these groups as terrorist organizations.



UN Human Rights Chief: Unconscionable Death and Suffering Happening in Gaza

A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
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UN Human Rights Chief: Unconscionable Death and Suffering Happening in Gaza

A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)

Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are suffering a drastically worsening human rights environment, alongside "unconscionable death and suffering" in the Gaza Strip, the UN human rights chief said on Tuesday.

"The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating," Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The West Bank, where the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule under Israeli occupation, has seen the worst unrest for decades, in parallel with the war in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas.

Turk said that from the start of the Gaza war in October through mid-June, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers in the West Bank, in some cases raising "serious concerns of unlawful killings".

Twenty-three Israelis have been killed in the West Bank and Israel in clashes with or attacks by Palestinians, he said.

In Gaza, Turk said he was "appalled by the disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law" by parties to the war.

"Israel's relentless strikes in Gaza are causing immense suffering and widespread destruction, and the arbitrary denial and obstruction of humanitarian aid have continued," Turk said.

"Israel continues to detain arbitrarily thousands of Palestinians. This must not continue."

He added that Palestinian armed groups were continuing to hold hostages, including in populated areas, which put both the hostages and civilians at risk.

Israel's permanent mission to the UN in Geneva accused Turk of "completely omitting the cruelty and barbarity of terrorism" in his address to the UN Human Rights Council.

"Hostilities in Gaza are the direct result of Hamas terrorism, decades of rocket-fire and incitement against the Jewish people and the State of Israel, culminating in its brutal attacks against Israel on October 7," the diplomatic mission said in a statement.

Israel's ground and air campaign was triggered when Hamas-led fighters stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel's offensive has killed more than 37,400 people in Gaza, according to its health authorities, and left much of the enclave's population homeless.