Briefly: Middle East
But Mr. Saleh vowed Tuesday he would return home, telling his supporters via a televised address: “See you soon in Sanaa.”
He also said he is willing to transfer power to his vice president if the opposition pulls armed tribal fighters from the streets and opposition ends its street rallies.
Al-Jazeera reporter appears in military court
JERUSALEM — A senior Palestinian journalist with the Arabic language Al-Jazeera satellite network was brought before an Israeli military court Tuesday, nearly a week after soldiers arrested him at a border crossing in the West Bank.
Video footage filmed by Al-Jazeera at the military court showed Samer Allawi, the station’s bureau chief in Afghanistan, wearing an olive green prison uniform and speaking to his lawyer.
Under Israeli procedures, Palestinian nationals in the West Bank are tried in military courts.
A spokeswoman for the Shin Bet internal security service refused to release any details about why Mr. Allawi was detained, saying nothing would be made public until the investigation was complete.
Al-Jazeera said Mr. Allawi was detained Aug. 10 along the West Bank border with Jordan as he tried to leave to return to Afghanistan.
Mr. Allawi was in the West Bank spending his annual vacation with his family in his native village of Sebastia, near Nablus.
Hamas restricts aid workers
JERUSALEM — Palestinian rights groups are condemning new orders by Gaza’s Hamas rulers that employees of civil society groups register with authorities before traveling for work outside the Gaza Strip.
Gaza rights activist Hamdi Shakoura says the move aims to restrict the freedoms of nongovernmental groups. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights issued a statement Tuesday criticizing the new orders after meeting with a network of aid groups in Gaza.
Hamas‘ Deputy Interior Minister Kamel Abu Madi says employees must register with authorities two weeks before leaving and explain why they are traveling. They also must identify their hosts and list the names and details of all participants in any program they will attend.