Bahrain arrests 116 alleged members of 'Iran-linked cell'

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday that a number of terrorist operations have been thwarted, and 116 Iran-backed terrorist elements have been arrested. (AFP)
Updated 03 March 2018
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Bahrain arrests 116 alleged members of 'Iran-linked cell'

DUBAI: Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday that a number of terrorist operations have been thwarted, and 116 Iran-backed terrorist elements have been arrested.
“The roles of terrorist elements have varied in planning, preparation and execution between explosive carriers and field outlet, they were responsible for manufacturing, transporting and storing explosive materials,” the interior ministry said.
Leaders and employees of the security services, patrols and buses transporting security forces were targeted, as well as oil and vital facilities, all caused to disrupt security and order, hit the economy and endanger the country's security and safety, the ministry stated.
“Iran’s Revolutionary Guards worked to form these terrorist elements by uniting several terrorist organizations and collecting them in a single framework and are behind the support, funding and training of elements of terrorist organizations,” it continued.
“Iran's Revolutionary Guards have intensified recruitment of terrorist elements and provided them with funds, firearms and improvised explosive devices.”
48 out of 116 terrorists trained in IRGC camps in Iran and its foreign arms in Iraq and Lebanon.
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Arab Parliament classifies Houthis as a terrorist group, calls on UN and Arab League to do the same

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Arab Parliament classifies Houthis as a terrorist group, calls on UN and Arab League to do the same

  • The Parliament will vote on the draft resolution before submitting it to the UN and Arab League
  • The spokesperson called the Houthi attacks a war crime

DUBAI: The Arab Parliament on Wednesday designated the Iran-backed Houthi militia as a terrorist group and called on the United Nations to take similar action, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

The Parliament will vote on the draft resolution before presenting it to the secretary general of the UN and the Arab League’s secretary general, Meshaal bin Fahm Al-Sulami, spokesperson of the Arab Parliament, said.

The Parliament will not condone any group targeting civilian areas, such as Houthi attacks in neighboring countries like Saudi, he said.

These attacks are a war crime, Al-Sulami said.

He also mentioned that Houthi militias are threatening Yemeni MPs for attending Parliament sessions.

The announcement came during a press conference, as the latest session of the Parliament, headed by Al-Sulamai and in the presence of the speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, Sultan Al-Burkani, kicked off.

The Parliament’s session will focus on the current crises, challenges and developments in Arab countries, and will discuss the efforts of the Parliament to support joint Arab action against the dangers and threats facing the Arab national security.