The London newspaper «al-Sharq al-Awsat» reports that Iran has started the withdrawal from Syria of the units of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps. According to the newspaper, the reason for this disagreement with Russia about the conduct of operations. The Iranians don’t want to carry the burden of ground operations, resulting in significant losses, including among senior commanders. «Al-Sharq al-Awsat» recalls that in November in Aleppo was seriously wounded the commander of division «al-Kuds» Qassem Soleimani.
The TV channel «al Arabiya» reports that an Egyptian court has sentenced to five years of imprisonment of two police officers accused of that beaten to death a detainee by the police of Luxor lawyer Karim hamdy, suspected of belonging to the «Muslim brotherhood». During the trial the defendants were released on bail. Their lawyers have already announced that they intend to appeal the verdict.
The Agency Maan reports that Israeli authorities did not allow the administration of the University of Tul-karema around campus to build a protective wall. The administration considered that the wall will put an end to the clashes on campus, preventing outsiders to enter the campus. The military is not only dispersed workers, but also confiscated construction equipment.
Egyptian «al-Ahram» draws attention to an incident that occurred during the Khartoum conference on the construction of a dam on the Nile. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Shukri during a press conference cleared the table microphone channel «al Jazeera». Egypt accuses funded by the government of Qatar, the channel in the support of terror.
The TV channel «al Jazeera» reports that at least four women were elected to the local authorities in Saudi Arabia. The vote was the first in which women could participate as voters and as candidates. The voter turnout was only 25%. Experts attribute this to the fact that the elections in the Kingdom are only for the third time.