Islamic Military Alliance meeting to be held in Saudi Arabia next month

Updated 12 February 2016

Islamic Military Alliance meeting to be held in Saudi Arabia next month

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host the first meeting of the 34-member Islamic Military Alliance next month. According to a report in the local media, the meeting will bring together all nations of the newly formed coalition, led by Saudi Arabia.
The alliance members are Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, Malaysia, Tunisia, Sudan, Nigeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Senegal, Benin, Chad, Togo, Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger and Yemen. More than 10 other (Muslim-majority) countries have expressed their support for the alliance.
At the time of its formation, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had announced that the alliance would protect all member states.
He said the alliance consists of nations making up most of the Islamic world, which are committed to fighting this “disease (of terrorism) which affects first” the Islamic world and then the international community.
He said that the alliance would not focus only on certain groups, such as Daesh, but confront terrorist operators across the world.


Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

Updated 40 min 44 sec ago

Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

  • Saudi prosecutor warned of legal consequences earlier
  • Violators could be fined up to $796,880 and jailed for up to 5 years

DUBAI: Saudi police arrested a man in Al-Qassim who violated coronavirus regulations by bringing a barber into his home, state news agency SPA reported.
Videos circulating on social media showed the man as he asked a barber to come into his house after authorities temporarily closed down barber shops and salons to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Saudi public prosecutor has previously warned that anyone posting content on social media, including photos or videos showing curfew violations, or the flouting of any rules enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 face prosecution.
In a message posted on Twitter, the bureau said that perpetrators will be charged under Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $796,880. 
The punishment will be applied to violators but informers will not be questioned, it added.