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.



13 Palestinians Killed in Central Gaza Strikes

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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13 Palestinians Killed in Central Gaza Strikes

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

At least 13 people were killed in three Israeli airstrikes that hit refugee camps in central Gaza overnight into Saturday, according to Palestinians health officials.

Among the dead in Nuseirat Refugee Camp and Bureij Refugee Camp were three children and one woman, according to Palestinian ambulance teams that transported the bodies to the nearby Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital.

The 13 corpses were counted by AP journalists at the hospital.

The latest casualties follow a rare moment of hope in war ravaged Gaza, after a medical teams recovered a live baby from a heavily pregnant Palestinian mother killed in an airstrike that hit her home in Nuseirat late Thursday evening.

Heavily pregnant Ola al-Kurd, 25, was killed along with six others in the blast, but was quickly rushed by emergency workers to Al-Awda Hospital in northern Gaza in the hope of saving the unborn child. Hours later, doctors told The Associated Press that a baby boy had been delivered.

The still-unnamed newborn is stable but has suffered from a shortage of oxygen and has been placed in an incubator, said Dr. Khalil Dajran. The baby boy's father was wounded in the same strike, but survived.

At least 38,919 Palestinians have been killed and 89,622 have been injured in the Israeli military offensive in Gaza since Oct. 7, the Gaza health ministry said in a statement on Saturday.