Middle East tensions: Kuwait recalls ambassador from Tehran

  • Kuwait recalled its ambassador to Tehran on Tuesday, becoming the latest ally of Saudi Arabia to take diplomatic action against Iran following the storming of the Saudi embassy over the weekend. 
  • The crisis was sparked by the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite cleric, over the weekend for alleged terror offences.  

  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saudi Arabia would face 'divine revenge' for the killing. 

  • Yesterday, UN chief Ban-Ki moon called on Iran and Saudi Arabia to avoid any actions that could further exacerbate the situation. +

The regional response

 
 

UNICEF: 13 million children in MENA region denied schooling by conflict

A region which, until just a few short years ago, had the goal of universal education well within reach, today faces a disastrous situation: more than 13 million children are not attending school.
— UNICEF report on conflict in the Middle East and North Africa

Amnesty says Israeli actions in Gaza may amount to war crimes

  • In a report entitled 'Black Friday', Amnesty International says there is 'overwhelming evidence' that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) committed war crimes in the city of Rafah after Hamas militants captured an Israeli soldier on August 1st 2014. 

(The IDF) unleashed massive firepower in the neighbourhood surrounding the tunnel, despite the risk to civilians and the captured soldier.

The four-day bombardment killed at least 135 civilians, injured many more and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes.
— Amnesty International
  • The soldier was declared dead by Israel on August 2nd. 

  • Israel's Foreign Ministry said Amnesty's report was 'fundamentally flawed' and depicted a false narrative.