Babylon Reports – Iraqi Forces in Tal Afar, NRT studio blocked, Saudi arrests Macarena dancer
Written by Gabrielle Renaud on 2017-08-23
Iraqi forces have entered the al Jazeera neighborhood in southeast Tal Afar on Tuesday, according to video footage released by Hashd al-Shaabi, claiming clashes are fierce and progress is ongoing. On the other hand, counter-terrorism units have entered the south-western Kifah district, the Iraqi military added.
Meanwhile in Erbil, security forces reportedly shut down a NRT TV studio in which the composition of an outgoing program “No for now” campaign on the Kurdistan referendum was set to take place. The NRT teams of journalists were allegedly blocked from entering the network’s office, despite having permission from the Kurdistan Region’s Interior Ministry and security institutions in the city to operate.
Lastly, a 14-year-old boy who went viral on Twitter for dancing the Macarena in a busy Saudi Arabian street has been arrested by authorities. The teenager is being questioned after being accused of “improper public behavior” in Jeddah. It is not clear what his nationality was or if he will be formally charged by the public prosecutor.