Section 144 Imposed On Mosque Activities in Islamabad
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Dar Al-Ifta Says Holding Prayers at Mosques despite Ban Is 'Forbidden' In Islam
Dar Al-Ifta, the central authority issuing religious rulings, has said that
holding daily prayers or Friday congregations at mosques despite a recently announced
ban over coronavirus fears is religiously "forbidden".
on Saturday ordered mosques and churches to shut to worshippers in an attempt
to contain the spread of the coronavirus, joining other countries who have
taken the same step.
on holding Friday and mass prayers in mosques, under the pretext of practicing
rituals and preserving obligatory [duties], despite authorities banning them, is prohibited," Dar Al-Ifta said
in a statement on Sunday.
religious institution said that "preserving lives" is a main aspect
of Islam while calling on the faithful to comply with preventative measures
taken by the government.
has reported 294 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 10 deaths.
had earlier imposed restrictions on the time allocated for prayers and sermons,
and religious authorities, including the top authority of Al-Azhar, said
Muslims are "permitted" to pray at home to minimize the risk of virus
transmission. But last Friday, believers crowded mosques during the weekly prayers.
Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments said a special 'azan', call to Islamic prayer,
would be broadcast on radio and TV starting Sunday noon.
move to change to the "cataclysm azan" is aimed to "deliver an
awareness message that we are in an emergency and exceptional situation that
requires all of us to take the utmost care and caution in preventive and
precautionary" measures, the ministry said.
scholars say the special azan was used during the time of natural disasters,
pandemics, or at risk occasions at earlier times in the history of Islam when
people were demanded to perform prayers at home.
Friday prayer is a congregational prayer that must be held and attended at
mosques every Friday at noon. In Islam, group prayers are considered preferable
to praying by oneself.
the customary five daily prayers in Islam are also held as congregational
prayers at mosques across the country, but it is not an obligation.
Coptic Orthodox Church, to which the majority of Egypt's Christians belong, on
Saturday shut all its churches and suspended masses for two weeks over
coronavirus concerns. The church also closed condolences halls attached to
churches and halted visits to monasteries.
Jakim sets up special team to handle Muslim remains
LUMPUR, March 22 — The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has
set up a special team to assist with the handling of the remains of Muslims in
light of the rising number of deaths due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
deputy director-general (policy) Hakimah Mohd Yusoff said the team has been
briefed on the method to manage the remains based on the decision made by the
National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs Malaysia (MKI) on March 15.
(the council) have agreed that the management of the remains of Covid-19
victims will be carried out according to the decision made during the 107th MKI
Fatwa Committee meeting from February 10 to 11, 2015, on the handling of
remains of Muslims suspected or confirmed to have contracted the Ebola Virus
Disease (EVD) in Malaysia,” she said in a statement today.
are 18 members of the special team comprising 12 men and five women and a
coordinator from Jakim, main mosques under Jakim and the Federal Territories
Islamic Religious Department (JAWI).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr
Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on March 16 and His
Majesty consented to the method being used in the Federal Territories.
special team managed the remains of the seventh victim in Malaysia who
succumbed to Covid-19 at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital yesterday.
victim was a 57-year-old Malaysian man with a travel history to Vietnam, and
who had been in contact with a patient who tested positive for Covid-19 from
the ‘tabligh’ cluster. — Bernama
144 imposed on mosque activities in Islamabad
The capital administration has imposed section 144 to ban all activities in
mosques after sealing two in the Bhara Kahu area.
restriction has been imposed for a week, and all gatherings related to
Shab-i-Meraj have been stopped as well. This move will also stop group sittings
of the Tableeghi Jamaat, after one foreign participant tested positive for
Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat has criticised the casual attitude of the cleric of
the mosque where the patient and his group were staying.
Twitter on Sunday, Mr Shafqaat said: “Terrible lapse and criminal carelessness
on part of the khateeb and Tableeghi Jamat. They knew that one of them had
symptoms and they kept on roaming around.”
member of the Tableeghi Jamaat staying at a mosque in the area has tested
positive for Covid-19
to Dawn, Mr Shafqaat said that the mosques where the Jamaat was staying were
disinfected and then sealed. The patient, who is from Kyrgyzstan, has been
taken to a quarantine facility set up at the Haji Camp.
other members of the cohort have been quarantined in the same sealed mosque,
Bilal Masjid, where they had initially been staying.
outside main Islamabad, Bhara Kahu is a densely populated area and the
authorities are concerned that the coronavirus could spread in that part of the
administration is already facing resistance from some clerics about
implementing the precautions and guidelines issued by the authorities to
prevent the spread of the virus.
those openly opposing government directives is Maulana Abdul Aziz, who
ridiculed prevention measures during the Friday sermon at Lal Masjid. Footage
of him mixing with people after Friday prayers has also circulated on social
the wake of the pandemic, the administration and police have lifted the
blockade around the state-owned Lal Masjid, which is currently occupied by Mr
Aziz and students of the Jamia Hafsa seminary.
police have been tasked with persuading clerics to tell people to pray at home
instead of visiting the mosque every time.
Ajmal, thekhateebof Bilal Masjid, said: “While the Jamaat was staying in Makki
Masjid, our brother and guest Abdul Momin developed some nausea, headache and
allergy symptoms, and was taken to Pims by one of the local members of the
Tableeghi Jamaat where he was tested.”On March 21, authorities called the
person who brought Mr Momin to Pims, and learned that the group had moved to
Bilal Masjid on March 20.
came with the assistant commissioner, police and ambulances as if there was some
trouble around here and sealed the two mosques,” Mr Ajmal said.A senior capital
administration official said that the Ministry of Interior is reviewing the
situation and planning measures regarding mosques following the Bhara Kahu
incident. However, there is no immediate decision to shut down mosques in the
144 does not apply to prayers in mosques, and the decision to stop collective
prayers or shut down mosques can only be taken by the interior ministry,” he
Islamic Foundation Urges Muslims To Pray At Home on Shab-e-Meraj
Islamic Foundation has urged all Muslims to say Shab-e-Meraj prayers at home in
view of the threat of the coronavirus.
event will be observed across the country on Sunday night.
the occasion, Muslims around the world offer special prayers all night in
mosques and homes seeking blessings of Allah for the welfare of the entire
nation and the Muslim Ummah.
have asked everyone who goes to mosques to offer prayers five times a day to
perform ablution and Sunnah prayers at home and then head to the mosques to
offer Fard prayers. This is temporary,” Islamic Foundation Director Anisur
Rahman Sarkar told bdnews24.com on Sunday.
on the occasion of Shab-e-Meraj, the imam will only perform Munajat after
Maghrib. We are calling upon everyone to perform their night prayers at home.”
year on the ocassion of Shab-e-Meraj, a Milad and Waz-Mahfil is organised by
the Islamic Foundation at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.
there will be no such events this year due to coronavirus.
far, two people have died from virus infections in Bangladesh and 24 cases have
been reported, according to IEDCR, the government’s disease control agency.
global death toll from coronavirus has hit 13,049 with the number of infections
rising to 307,280, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Groups of UK Have Repeated Calls for Mosques to Close During the Coronavirus
Crisis after Some Held Friday Prayers
groups have repeated calls for mosques to close during the coronavirus crisis
after some held Friday prayers.
follows social media footage showing worshippers queuing for prayers at a
mosque in Leicester.
mosques have suspended gatherings following guidance from the Muslim Council of
Britain. However some congregations are continuing to meet.
Federation of Muslim Organisations said there was a "duty to protect one
another from harm".
footage drew widespread condemnation and was shared by university researcher
Yahya Birt, who described the scenes as "shameful incompetence".
a statement on Saturday, the Leicestershire-based Federation of Muslim
Organisations said it "strongly recommends that Muslim institutions [...]
suspend all congregational activities with immediate effect".
the increasing rate of transmission and the rising number of deaths, we all
have a public and an Islamic duty to protect one another from harm, and it is
evident the most effective way to do this is to avoid social contact as much as
group of Muslim doctors, based in northwest England, also called on mosque
officials to "adhere to the guidance", advising that people pray at
a statement, the doctors urged community leaders to "take drastic action
to avoid the scenario where there are thousands of deaths due to the inaction
of the masaajid" (mosques) .
and cathedrals in England are planning to stream services after being
instructed to close for three months because of coronavirus.
Church of England has restricted wedding ceremonies to five people, while
baptisms are also limited to the candidate, their parents, guardians or carers,
the godparents and the minister.
main churches have said only close family should attend funerals.
India Affiliate Hints at Shifting Focus to Kashmir
H Laskar and Aadil Mir
al-Qaeda affiliate for the Indian subcontinent, which has struggled to gain a
foothold in the region, has signalled its plans to focus on Kashmir and India
in a special edition of its magazine Following the deal struck by the US and
the Afghan Taliban.
latest edition of Nawai Afghan Jihad, the online publication of al-Qaeda in the
Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), outlined plans to rename the magazine as “Nawai
Ghazwa-e-Hind” – a move that experts said pointed to the terrorist group’s
decision to focus on India, especially Kashmir.
latest issue of the magazine, released online this week, was described as a
special edition focused on the US-Taliban deal of February 29, which was
referred to as a “magnificent victory”.
135-page magazine also carried an article titled “Kandahar to Doda: The season
of hopes”, purportedly written by a Kashmiri man named Mohammed Shakir Trali,
that spoke of AQIS’ efforts to strengthen its presence in Kashmir and made
tacit references to last year’s revocation of the special status of the
to the group’s efforts to propagate Islam in the subcontinent and wage jihad
for “suppressed Muslims”, the magazine said it would be renamed as Nawai
Ghazwa-e-Hind from the next edition. It also spoke of the need to retain the
Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan for the success of jihad in the subcontinent.
terror groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed often invoke the concept of
Ghazwa-e-Hind, or holy war against India, that they claim is derived from the
“hadith” or sayings of Prophet Mohammed. However, some Islamic scholars have
disputed the interpretation.
article “Kandahar to Doda” referred to alleged “recent atrocities” in Kashmir
and the killing of terrorists such as Zakir Musa, the founder of an Indian
chapter of al-Qaeda called Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind who was killed by security forces
in Tral area of south Kashmir in May 2019.
article claimed AQIS leaders and cadres had overcome difficulties to regroup
and mobilise even as the Afghan Taliban had forced the US to “concede”. It also
claimed the internet shutdown, imposed last August, had not snapped the group’s
“external contacts” or “diminished public support”. The formation of AQIS was
announced by al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2014. The group has close
links with Afghan Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada. It has claimed attacks
in Kashmir, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
have questioned AQIS’ capabilities. “Al-Qaeda first mentioned India as a target
in 1996, when Osama bin Laden made a reference to Jammu and Kashmir and Assam,”
said Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management. “Since then, it has
not been able to achieve anything significant in both these states.”
Islamic Movement holds ceremony to commemorate Shuhada
22 March 2020
Shuhada Foundation of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria said available statistics
show one thousand and twenty seven of its members have been killed in violent
attacks by the security forces.
Islamic Movement said these people have left behind over two thousand two
hundred and eight children for the Shuhada Foundation to cater for. Will the
victims and their children get justice?
were prayers and solemn music at the occasion to remember the victims. The
Islamic Movement said the number significantly increased after the 2015 Zaria
Massacre, where more than three hundred and forty of Zakzaky supporters were
killed when the residence of the Islamic cleric was attacked by security
four years after the violent incident, the spiritual leader of the Islamic
Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Zakzaky has remained in detention despite his
December 2016, a Federal High court ruled that the detention of the Sheikh and
his wife is “illegal and unconstitutional” and therefore ordered their release
immediately and unconditionally. The Nigerian government, however refused to
comply with the court order till now.
in a statement, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has lashed out at the
authorities of the Kaduna Central Correctional Center for refusing to allow
Sheikh Zakzaky’s doctors to properly examine him. The statement says the only
way out for the government is to abide by the December 2016 ruling of the
Federal High Court Abuja which ordered the release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his
at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound suspended over virus
Muslim prayers at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound will be suspended from
Monday until further notice in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus,
religious officials said on Sunday.
doors of the mosque and the adjoining Dome of the Rock had already been shut,
but worshippers were still able to gather in the open areas of the hilltop
compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple
was decided to suspend the arrival of worshippers to prayers through all the
gates to al-Aqsa mosque starting Monday," said a statement issued by the
Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs in Jordan, which acts as custodian
of the site, the third holiest in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
new edict suspends the outdoor prayers as well. Those sessions usually draw
large crowds, though the numbers have dwindled in recent weeks.
Palestinian director of the mosque, Sheikh Omar Kisawni, confirmed the decision
leaders at other holy sites in Jerusalem's walled Old City, such as the
adjacent Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, have also set
compound’s religious workers and guards will continue to be allowed entry and
the Muslim call to prayer will continue as normal, said the Waqf council, which
oversees Jerusalem's Islamic sites.
Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Orders Curfew for 21 Days to Limit the
Spread of Coronavirus
Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz orders curfew from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. for a
period of 21 days, effective from Monday evening, to limit the spread of
coronavirus in the Kingdom.
Ministry of Interior shall take the necessary measures to implement the curfew,
and all civil and military authorities must cooperate fully with the Ministry
in this regard, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
urged citizens to stay at home during the curfew, and not to venture outside
except in cases of extreme necessity in the period when the ban does not apply,
as preserving public health has become one of the most important duties, and
not to expose themselves and their country to the risk of coronavirus pandemic.
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of vital public and private sectors are excepted from the curfew.
include people working in the security, military, and media.
in the sensitive health and service sectors, such as those who work in clinics
or pharmacies, in the financial sector, the telecommunications sector, and the
water sector have also been excluded from the curfew.
in the food sector, the media sector, the residential sector, and the
e-commerce sector are also excluded from the curfew.
the latest updates in our dedicated coroanvirus section.
Arabia moves to slow the spread
curfew is the latest measure aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus in the
Sunday, the Kingdom confirmed 119 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number
of cases in the country to 511, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health
Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said.
response to the global pandemic, the Kingdom has introduced far-reaching
measures aimed at protecting its residents from the deadly virus. Malls and parks
have been closed, citizens urged to stay at home, and restaurants banned from
serving food on their premises.
the full list of facts on what is banned and canceled in the Kingdom here.
measures appear to be having an effect. On Sunday, footage from the city of
Jeddah showed it nearly deserted, with data reporting a massive drop in traffic
as people stay indoors.
in conservative Mideast adapts to Covid-19 fears
the Middle East, where the three main monotheistic faiths shape daily life, the
Covid-19 pandemic has seen religious leaders support constraints unthinkable
just a few weeks ago.
Islamic clerics in the region and in majority-Muslim North Africa have endorsed
the closure of mosques to avoid large gatherings where the risk of
contamination could be high.
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, custodian of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre –
believed by Christians to house Christ’s tomb – has told congregations to
receive communion in their hand, instead of on their tongue.
Israel’s chief Sephardic rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, issued a decree ordering
followers to keep their mobile phones on through Shabbat so they can receive
urgent information about the Covid-19 disease.
Muslim clerics have widely backed scientifically-based measures to contain the
virus, notably by supporting crowd size restrictions through promotion of home
in the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab states of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,
Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain have halted prayers in mosques.
Egypt, the most populous Arab country, religious authorities have ordered a
two-week closure of mosques and churches and banned mass communal prayers.
government in Tunisia – where some worshippers have been praying in front of
shuttered mosque doors – said messages from imams will be broadcast to
reinforce essential health protections.
Algeria, the azan, or call for prayer which the muezzin issues for the
obligatory five daily Muslim prayers, has been modified. Muezzins are now
encouraging worshippers to pray at home.
Iran, authorities closed four key Shiite religious sites. The Islamic republic
is one of the three countries hardest hit by the virus with an official death
toll of more than 1,500 and over 20,600 confirmed cases.
pandemic re-ignited a long-standing dispute between the roles of science and
religion in Iran, but supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei intervened in
support of medical professionals, effectively closing the debate.
Lebanon, the head of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah urged
people to abide by government measures.
virus can be defeated if everyone takes responsibility and plays their part,”
he said, calling on people to come forward if they develop Covid-19 symptoms.
churches in Lebanon, a country home to 18 recognised religious sects including
a large Christian community, have begun broadcasting the Sunday mass live on
has banned gatherings of more than 10 people, making it impossible for Jews to
form the quorum of ten needed for prayer known as a miyan.
chief rabbinical authorities have decreed that following health ministry
guidelines is a religious duty and authorised prayer at home.
while top clerics have largely backed containment strategies, resistance has
continued among the region’s deeply religious and conservative population.
top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has urged citizens not to gather
in large numbers for prayers, where the risk of contamination could be high.
on Saturday tens of thousands turned out to commemorate a revered imam Musa
al-Kadhim, who died in 799 in the custody of Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid.
followed a call from influential cleric Moqtada Sadr for his followers to take
part in the pilgrimage, defying government advice.
anniversary of the death normally attracts millions to the golden-domed
mausoleum of Imam al-Kadhim in Baghdad.
voices in the region have dismissed guidance from health officials and leading
Morocco closed mosques and announced a ban on all non-essential movements,
outspoken Salafist preacher Abou Naim decried those moves as “apostasy”. He was
arrested on terrorism charges.
has also been a proliferation of faith-based responses to the pandemic with no
supporting medical evidence.
the first case emerged last month in Lebanon, many Christians visited the tomb
of St Charbel, the country’s patron saint, and collected soil from the holy
site, believing it would heal those infected.
last week, a Christian priest flew over Beirut in a helicopter to “bless” the
the decrees of top rabbis to follow medical guidelines, some Jewish leaders in
Israel have offered alternative solutions to the pandemic.
Rabbi Simcha Halevi Ashlag has encouraged people to drink the Mexican beer
Corona, to fortify their prayers.
Kurds Release over 80 ISIL Terrorists in Syria
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) website affiliated to the dissidents
reported on Sunday that the NES has released the ISIL terrorists who were all
Syrian nationals residing in Raqqa, Hasaka and Deir Ezzur.
said some of the freed terrorists had not yet ended their prison terms, adding
that the move has infuriated residents of the Kurdish-ruled regions.
to the report, people are concerned that the freedom of the terrorists would
pave the ground for them to rejoin the ISIL.
SOHR had also last year accused the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of
cooperation with ISIL commanders in North-Eastern Syria, saying that the
Kurdish-majority militia group had helped an ISIL emir to become a major trader
in Raqqa province.
reported that ISIL's most notorious commander in Raqqa had turned into the most
influential trader in the province and in charge of development projects in
SOHR noted that the ISIL emir had secured release of ISIL's jailed commanders
to join him in carrying out reconstruction projects.
mother, new-born quarantined at Lebanese hospital
pregnant woman infected with the novel coronavirus gave birth through C-section
in a Lebanese Hospital where coronavirus patients are being treated in the
mother and the new-born, who is in an incubator at Rafic Hariri University
Hospital, have been both isolated in the same room where they are receiving
extensive treatment and tests, according to Al Hadath correspondent.
a related development, Lebanese health officials said on Sunday that confirmed
coronavirus cases have increased to 248, with an increase of 18 cases from
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total number of confirmed Corona patients until today, March 22, has reached
248 cases,” the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement carried by the
National News Agency (NNA).
figures indicate the start of the outbreak phase of the disease, and
accordingly, the Ministry emphasizes the crucial need to implement of all
preventive measures,” the statement added.
new reported cases came as the government called upon the army and security
forces to implement strict measures to prevent further spread of the virus
among the population.
imposes nation-wide lockdown to contain coronavirus
on Sunday imposed a total nationwide lockdown until March 28 to fight the novel
coronavirus, as the number of cases grew and the death toll climbed to 20.
of Iraq’s 18 provinces had so far imposed their own local curfews but the new
measures would include the whole of the country, according to a new decision by
the government’s crisis cell.
universities and other gathering places would remain closed, as would the
country’s multiple international airports, it said in a statement seen by AFP.
had feared a potential influx of cases from neighboring Iran, where 1,685
people have died after contracting the COVID-19 respiratory illness.
first shut it 1,500-kilometre border with Iran about a month ago and deployed
troops to enforce the decision.
Airways to provide free flights to transport global medical aid to Iran: CEO
Airways chief executive Akbar al-Baker said his carrier will carry any donated
medical supplies and equipment from all around the world to Iran on its
aircraft “free of charge.”
sent on Friday a second shipment of medical aid to Iran to help the latter
fight the spread of the coronavirus.
second shipment of urgent medical aid provided by the State of Qatar, represented
by Qatar Fund for Development and Qatar Airways, arrived to the Islamic
Republic of Iran as part of the effort to combat the spread of the novel
Coronavirus (COVID-19),” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
first shipment was sent on March 13 and had six tons of medical equipment and
Baker said: “We at Qatar Airways are also going to carry, free of charge, from
all over the world, from people and governments who want to donate… supplies
and medical equipment to the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
PM calls in army to enforce coronavirus lockdown
Prime Minister Hassan Diab Saturday called in the army and security forces to
ensure people stay at home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that has
killed four people nationwide.
a televised address, Diab said the number of cases had risen to 230 in the
country despite a call almost a week ago for all to remain at home.
of a further spike to epidemic levels if people continued to flout social
distancing rules, he said the government was calling in the army and security
administration decided to “task the army, Internal Security, General Security
and State Security to... implement the order for citizens not to leave their
homes, except out of extreme necessity, and prevent gatherings contravening”
the order, Diab said.
would take the form of patrols and road blocks, and those found disobeying
would be pursued.
again called on all Lebanese to observe a curfew, “as the state cannot face
this creeping epidemic on its own.”
Saudi Arabia reports 119 new cases, bringing total to 511
Arabia on Sunday confirmed 119 new cases of the deadly coronavirus, raising the
total number of cases in the country to 511, the spokesman for the Ministry of
Health Mohammed al-Abd al-Ali said.
of the 119 cases, 72 of them are located in Mecca, 34 are located in Riyadh,
four are located in Dammam, another four are located in al-Qatif, and three are
located in al-Ahsa, according to al-Abd al-Ali.
has also been three cases of coronavirus in Khobar, one case in Dhahran, and
one case in Qassim, he added.
those who mixed with confirmed cases are being isolated,” al-Abd al-Ali.
Kingdom has also reported that 17 people have recovered from the novel virus,
also known as COVID-19 and corona.
total of 23,000 tests were conducted in Saudi Arabia, the ministry spokesman
said, adding strict measures will continue to be implemented in the country to
contain the outbreak.
percent of coronavirus infections in Saudi Arabia are a result of people coming
into contact with previously infected individuals and taking part in social
gatherings, like weddings, funerals, and family get-togethers, the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs reported on early on Sunday.
told to ‘prepare for the worst’ as virus cases rise
Lebanese troops began patrolling city streets and major roads on Sunday,
setting up roadblocks and urging people to stay at home amid official warnings
that the country is struggling to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
the number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 248, an increase of 18
on the previous day, Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi said: “The situation is
worrying. We must save ourselves, our families and our country before it is too
told people to “prepare for the worst while maintaining hope and faith that we
will overcome this crisis by doing the right thing.”
helicopters circled Beirut and other major cities, using loudspeakers to urge
people to stay home.
Ministry of Health said that people waiting on test results for the virus
should commit to home quarantine.
quarantine has become an individual and social moral responsibility, and any
compromise in its implementation will expose violators to legal and criminal
prosecution,” the ministry warned.
army and security forces, together with police, set up checkpoints on major and
and secondary roads to deter people from traveling. Troops are also keeping
watch to prevent overcrowding in bakeries, pharmacies and grocery stores.
told a press conference on Sunday that strict measures were taken because “some
people are not complying with the necessary preventive measures to protect
their relatives, families, friends, community and even their neighbors.”
added: “Seven days ago, the government announced a general mobilization and
took strict measures on all levels.
we have passed the stage of containing the coronavirus, and we will slip into
the unknown if self-conviction is not present in every citizen to overcome this
crisis. The law will apply to everyone, and every violation that poses a threat
to public safety will be suppressed.”
Interior Ministry has issued a timetable allowing shops and factories to work
for short periods each day. It has also registered more than 300 cases of
quarantine and closure violations.
strict quarantine has turned Beirut and other cities into “ghost towns,” with
little activity and few vehicles on the roads.
Abdul Rahman Bizri, a member of the Ministry of Health committee monitoring
coronavirus, told Arab News: “The home quarantine period might be extended for
a month or two. What is required is to limit social contact between people and
reduce the burden on the health system.”
added: “No area is free of the epidemic and no area is fully infected. Some
areas have a higher number of cases. Home quarantine aims to stop the transfer
of the virus between regions.”
Minister Hassan Diab issued a warning on Saturday that “the number of
coronavirus cases is rising in an alarming manner, which suggests that a grave
danger threatens our society.”
Cordone, director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, addressed Palestinian refugees
in Lebanon and announced “a state of emergency because of coronavirus.”
is ready to help those who need testing or treatment at Rafik Hariri University
Hospital, he said.
decline in new coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif
Following strict precautionary measures, the number of new coronavirus cases in
the eastern Saudi city of Qatif has drastically fallen.
city was locked down two weeks ago to contain the spread of the virus, and so
far only four new cases have been reported, said Saudi health authorities on
current situation in Qatif shows that the spread of the virus in the city has
been contained due to the steps taken by the authorities, said Health Ministry
spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly at a press conference. “The infection rate
has fallen, which is very reassuring for the people of Qatif,” he added.
ministry confirmed 119 new cases nationwide on Sunday, pushing the total number
in the country to 511.
of the cases reported on Sunday had been in contact with those who had earlier
contracted the virus, a trend the spokesman described as “worrying.”
the 119 new cases, 72 were reported in Makkah and are Turkish nationals. “All
of them were infected from people who had earlier tested positive for the
virus,” the spokesman said.
40 of the new cases were involved in a social gathering with previously
stressed that people must limit their movements, stay home, and avoid
gatherings and activities of any kind.
is unfortunate. We’ve repeatedly warned against social gatherings, whether
inside or outside homes. Even a group of 10 people or less is dangerous,” he
said, adding that further preventive measures, such as a curfew in any other
area of the country, cannot be ruled out.
stressed that everyone who is instructed to remain in quarantine should commit
to the 14-day period.
number of people currently in quarantine and domestic isolation under the
ministry’s mentorship is 4,000, while the cumulative total exceeds 10,000.
isn’t enough to maintain personal hygiene and avoid contact. All of these
measures are important but not enough. Contact is very dangerous for adults,
young people and children alike. Please be careful,” Al-Aly said.
matter isn’t limited to the efforts of governments. Everyone must be aware of
their responsibility to protect themselves and those around them.”
urged citizens and residents to avoid traveling between cities unless
absolutely necessary. He also invited everyone to benefit from the ministry’s
services, such as its hotline 937, and its Mawid and Seha apps.
12 Malaysians who attended Sulawesi's Tabligh event detained in Sabah
LUMPUR -Malaysian security forces in Sabah on Sunday (March 23) detained 12
members of the Tabligh missionary group returning from a mass gathering in
Indonesia that had been cancelled, and placed the group in quarantine amid the
coronavirus pandemic, Malaysian news media reported.
men tried to enter Sabah waters off Tawau - located near Indonesia's North
Kalimantan province - on a boat. But they ran into joint patrols of the marine
police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the armed forces, according
to the Free Malaysia Today news site.
12 men were in Gowa in South Sulawesi province for a Tabligh mass event last
week that was cancelled by the Indonesian government due to the pandemic.
Though the event was dropped, several hundred people had already gathered in
the area, with huge tents set up for the gathering.
report in The Star on Sunday said the men arrived in Tawau on Saturday (March
21) evening and were detained on Sunday.
source told The Star that the authorities received information that the group
was planning to come back after reaching Pulau Sebatik in Indonesia from
state secretary Datuk Safar Untong said all those who wanted to return from
Sulawesi would be barred from entering the state, as the East Malaysia state
tries to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
on Sunday reported that 10 people have died from the Covid-19, the disease
caused by the virus.
total of 1,306 people who have tested positive - the highest number of positive
cases in South-east Asia.
alarm over the Tabligh group - a Muslim group that originated in India a
century ago - has been raised as six of the 10 Malaysian deaths were linked to
a mass gathering of the group between February 27 and March 1 at a mosque in
Sri Petaling in southern Kuala Lumpur.
gathering of some 16,000 people, including 1,500 foreign nationals, has led to
the spread of the virus in Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and Vietnam.
of Malaysia's 1,306 cases, 60 per cent were from the Sri Petaling cluster.
of non-Muslims in Pahang kept to a minimum during MCO
March 21 — The prayers and funerals of non-Muslim individuals in Pahang should
be carried out within a short period of time during the implementation of the
Movement Control Order (MCO).
state secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak said the ruling came into
effect starting today until the revocation of MCO, and would involve deaths not
related to Covid-19 virus or any other infectious disease.
added the families of the deceased must also obtain a MCO exemption permit from
the district police chief before the burial.
attendance must be kept to a minimum of not more than 10 immediate family members
comprising parents, spouse, children or siblings of the deceased.
family members must also declare themselves as healthy and will be allowed to
accompany the body to the crematorium or the cemetery,” he said in a statement
said the state goverment also stipulated that religious or customary prayers
should be conducted at home and concluded within a short period of time without
enforcement of a nationwide MCO from March 18 to 31 is to curb the spread of
Covid-19 outbreak, which has so far claimed eight lives in Malaysia.
Muslim marriage solemnisation ceremonies in Melaka postponed until after MCO
March 22 — Marriage solemnisation ceremonies for Muslims in Melaka scheduled
for tomorrow until March 31 or another date if the Movement Control Order (MCO)
is extended must be postponed, said the Melaka Islamic Religious Department
a statement issued today, JAIM said the decision was made to avoid bigger
repercussions following the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases as
well as in the interest of the religious officials, marrying couple, witnesses,
and others involved in the ceremony.
instruction over-rides Article 4 of the Administrative Order Number 2/2020 on
the Management of Marriages, Divorces and Reconciliation during the MCO period
from March 18 to 31.
who have obtained the permission to marry must inform the religious officials
that the event is being postponed, and to get a new date after the MCO is
over,” JAIM said.
statement also said the District Islamic Affairs Office which issued the permit
to marry must also be informed of the new date of the solemnisation ceremony.
locks down province, bans international flights as coronavirus spreads
Pamela Constable and Shaiq Hussain
— With the number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan soaring to more than 700 in
the past few days, officials there have banned all international flights and
have requested that security forces help institute a full lockdown in Sindh
province, where a majority of cases have been reported. A third death from the
virus was reported Friday.
of those found to be infected are Shiite pilgrims from Sindh who returned from
visiting shrines in neighboring Iran, where the virus has already killed more
than 1,500. Most reentered Pakistan via a single border crossing in Baluchistan
province. A similar problem is affecting next-door Afghanistan, where tens of
thousands of refugees have recently flooded back from Iran.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, facing public panic, has stopped short of declaring
a nationwide lockdown but has asked all citizens to self-quarantine for two
weeks. This past week, Khan came under strong criticism after playing down the
threat in a nationwide address. He said that people should not “run to
hospitals” to get tested and that 90 percent of those testing positive would
Friday, with several hundred new cases reported, Khan told a group of TV
anchors that he hoped the coming of hot and dry weather would mitigate the
outbreak. He urged people to stay at home but remain calm, saying that
“panicking is more dangerous for us than coronavirus.” He said he was still
reluctant to impose a nationwide lockdown because it would harm the working
don’t want to try and save people from corona but they end up dying due to
hunger and poverty,” Khan said. Pakistan, a Muslim-majority country of 210
million, has a high poverty rate, with about one-quarter of the populace
earning less than $2 per day.
in Sindh, a vast and impoverished region of close to 50 million, officials
decided to impose a total lockdown beginning Sunday night. Chief Minister Murad
Ali Shah was in discussions with army and police officials Sunday night and was
expected to formally enlist their help to ensure public compliance with the
for some tough decisions,” Murtaza Wahab, the minister’s spokesman, said in a
tweet early Sunday. He said security forces would probably be asked to “ensure
full implementation” of the decision to keep people in their homes, while
grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
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the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, which is based in Sindh, said the
country needs to impose a nationwide lockdown to prevent the virus from
spreading further. In a tweet Saturday, Bilawal Bhutto said the decision had
been delayed for too long.
do need to learn from the experiences of other countries,” he said in the
tweet, noting that the unchecked virus could “overwhelm” the public health
system. “While we are optimistic for a good outcome, at the same time, we
should prepare for the worst.”
Punjab province, where nearly 100 cases of the coronavirus have been reported,
officials announced a three-day lockdown, with all parks, malls and restaurants
closed until Tuesday. Media outlets published photos of unarmed security forces
guarding a new isolation facility in Lahore city. In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, a
partial lockdown has also been instituted for the next three days, with all shopping
malls and restaurants closed.
to nearly 2 billion people, South Asia could be the next coronavirus hot spot
government decided Saturday to ban all international arriving flights for 14
days, but the national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines, was allowed to
bring back several of its planes from abroad, including one from London
carrying Shahbaz Sharif, the opposition leader from the Pakistan Muslim League
(N). He has been in London visiting his ailing brother, former prime minister Nawaz
Sunday, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the capital, said they were
“aware” of reports from Pakistani health authorities that an unidentified
embassy employee had been infected with the virus after landing at the
international airport. They declined to provide further information, citing
privacy reasons. Pakistani media reported that the individual was being treated
in an isolation ward at the embassy.
army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, ordered the army on Saturday to step up its
assistance to civil authorities and urged all Pakistanis to take precautions to
help curb the virus. The army is the most powerful institution in Pakistan,
with a history of intervening in civilian power. Bajwa has emphasized his
deference to civilian authority and desire to help in emergencies.
army has said it will open all military hospitals and health facilities
nationwide to assist in testing and treating virus cases.
and his aides appealed to international financial institutions to write off
loans to Pakistan and other developing countries to allow them to use more
resources to fight the virus. Pakistan has a huge foreign debt, and Khan has
struggled to implement economic austerity measures to bring it down.
shares a border with China, and there is constant travel by workers, students
and others between the two countries. A first, no Pakistani students were
allowed to return after the virus broke out, and no cases were reported until
Feb. 26, when a man in Karachi tested positive after returning from Iran.
days later, authorities began reporting a sharp surge in cases among pilgrims
returning from Iran across the border at Taftan, Baluchistan, even after they
had been held in quarantine there for 14 days. The three fatalities from the
coronavirus as of Sunday night were pilgrims who returned from Iran or Saudi
the past several weeks, the rate of reported infections has risen sharply. As
of Saturday, there were more than 290 confirmed cases in Sindh, more than 100
in Baluchistan, more than 150 in Punjab, 31 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 55 in
Gilgit-Baltistan, 11 in Islamabad and one in Kashmir.
of this weekend, health officials said a 3,000-room quarantine center has been
set up in Multan, a city in Punjab, for infected pilgrims who returned from
Iran. They said it has 171 isolation rooms. After screening there, patients
will be sent to a new general hospital for treatment, they said.
reported from Islamabad, Pakistan. Haq Nawaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan,
contributed to this report.
Muslim League-Q: ‘Coronavirus Shows World Could End Without Weapons’
Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) President and former Prime Minister Chaudhry
Shujaat Hussain has said that coronavirus is a small warning from Almighty
Allah, and Almighty Allah has proved that the world can also be ended without
said even the worldly superpowers were also helpless before coronavirus.
a statement issued here on Sunday, the PML-Q president said, “Along other
measures, the most essential thing was that we seek forgiveness of Almighty
Allah and all schools of thoughts should be united on this matter. This is the
time to create awareness among the people.”
said that appeal should be made to the entire world particularly the Muslims
that they should come to the right path and forget that any missile or atom
bomb of any superpower can save them from coronavirus.
continue across country for release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman
Protest demonstrations continued across all major cities of the country on
Sunday for the release of Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman from
illegal detention of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
of Jang/Geo, political and religious leaders and workers and civil society
members participated in the demonstrations and demanded immediate release of
the Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief.
Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said in a statement
that Jang Group is a big media house, and it is serving masses in and outside
the country. He said Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman should be released from NAB on bail
immediately and made part of efforts for curbing coronavirus.
Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) said in a statement on Sunday the
media workers should be exempted from restrictions on movement and distribution
of newspapers should be ensured during civil lockdown. CPNE Secretary General
Dr Jabbar requested Sindh Chief Minister to keep all newspaper stall open
during the lockdown,
Lahore, while taking part in the protest demonstration, Asif Hashmi, former
Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) chairman, said the arrest of Mir
Shakil-ur-Rahman was a blot on the character of NAB and the last nail in its
coffin as it would result in closure of the infamous anticorruption body.
Faisalabad, patron-in-chief of Markazi Tanzeem Tajiran Khawaja Shahid Razzaq
Sakka, Faisalabad City Anjuman-e-Tajiran General Secretary Chaudhry Mahmood
Alam Jatt and other trader leaders condemned the arrest of Mir
People’s Party Faisalabad senior leader and former Member National Assembly
Mehar Abdur Rasheed said the Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief’s arrest was bringing a
band name to the country in the comity of nations.
Pull-11 area, former Member Punjab Assembly Rana Munawwar Ghous Khan, Tehsil
Press Club Sira-e-Alamgir Chairman Sheikh Zafar Iqbal, Raja Muhammad Anwar,
President Shahid Anjum Mirza, journalists Shamoon Mirza, Imran Rasheed Yawar,
Chaudhry Muhammad Afzal, Ameen Farooqui, Ilyas Shami, Sheikh Saeed Rasheed,
Raja Muhammad Suhail, Amjad Shah, Amir Shahzad Malik, Chaudhry Arshad Mahmood,
Raja Shahid Sarwar, Muhammad Shakil, Raja Hassan Sardar, Sajid Mahmood Khokhar
and others condemned the arrest in strong words and demanded immediate release
from NAB detention.
Press Club President Dr Rasheed Ahmad Khokhar, and Chairman Dr Rahmatullah
Arshad called the arrest an attempt to subjugate the press freedom.
Changa Manga, Geo TV could not be restored on cable to its actual position on
Sunday. Cable operator Amjad Ali Shah said Geo was removed from cable on orders
passed on by Pemra.
Club Pindi Ghep President Malik Iftikhar chaired a meeting of the office-bearers
on Sunday and demanded the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. Former club
president Faisal Munir, Malik Kamran, Subedar Muhammad Ameen, Waheed Ahmad,
Malik Fahad and others attended the meeting and condemned the arrest.
Pakistan Muslim League-N leader and former provincial minister Chaudhry Sher
Ali Khan, while speaking in Pindi Ghep, termed the arrest an attack on
independence of the press in the country.
Peshawar, the political and business leaders announced a joint movement, along
with the journalist community, against illegal detention of Jang/Geo
Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. illegal change in position of Geo channel
on cable and non-payment of its dues by the government. The political and trade
leaders visited the offices of Jang/Geo in Peshawar and met Jang Resident
Editor Arshad Aziz Malik and Peshawar Press Club President Syed Bukhar Shah and
expressed solidarity with the Jang Group workers.
rejoins federal cabinet on assurance of one more ministry
More than two months after it quit the federal cabinet, the Muttahida Qaumi
Movement-Pakistan decided on Sunday to rejoin the cabinet as the ruling
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf assured it of development funds for Karachi and
Hyderabad in addition to one more ministry at a later stage.
Jan 12, MQM-P convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui had announced that he was
resigning as federal minister for information technology and telecom because
the PTI did not fulfil its promises.
had said that his party would continue to support the PTI government. During
the 70-day period, Dr Farogh Naseem, an MQM-P senator, continued to represent
the party in the cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan as law minister.
this time, the MQM-P decided that Dr Siddiqui would not return to the federal
cabinet and senior leader and MNA Aminul Haque would take his place as the
information technology and telecom minister. It was also decided that senior
leader Faisal Subzwari would soon be inducted into the federal cabinet as a
special assistant to the prime minister (SAPM).
on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan welcomed the MQM-P’s decision and tweeted
that rejoining the federal cabinet would strengthen the government’s efforts
for betterment of the people of Karachi.
Sunday, a PTI delegation led by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and comprising
Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Khurram
Sher Zaman and Haleem Adil Shaikh reached the MQM-P’s temporary headquarters in
Bahadurabad and held a meeting with senior party leaders for around half an
Dr Siddiqui along with the Sindh governor told the media that the MQM-P and the
PTI were allies and part of the government.
said the PTI delegation came to the MQM-P headquarters to give final touches to
all issues. “The era of PTI-MQM-P alliance for the urban areas of the province
will be remembered in history as a remarkable period,” he said, adding that the
sense of deprivation in urban Sindh would lessen because of today’s measures.
on the occasion, Governor Ismail said Prime Minister Khan wanted to consult all
coalition partners for winning the war against coronavirus. He said it was not
good that the post of IT and telecom minister was vacant at the time of this
about the MQM-P’s decision to quit the federal cabinet, he said that when the
prime minister listened to the demands of the party he asked whether these were
PTI’s demands or MQM’s.
demand the MQM-P made for urban Sindh was also the same demand of the PTI,” the
governor said, adding that it was the vision of the prime minister to empower
the Karachi mayor and local government representatives of other cities as per
Article 140-A of the Constitution.
said the Karachi mayor would get funds as well as resources, adding that Rs7
billion had been allocated for development works and Rs1bn had already been
released. The governor also promised to complete work on a public sector
university in Hyderabad.
said the civil-military leadership of the country would together win the war
a source said the MQM-P’s decision was motivated by the government’s ‘carrot
and stick’ approach. The source said that recently some MQM-P leaders and
workers, including a coordinator of the Karachi mayor, were picked up from
their houses and their whereabouts were still not known.
offers family-run hospitals for Covid-19 patients
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday offered the services of hospitals
being run by the Sharif Group to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government to
establish quarantine facilities for coronavirus patients.
made the offer during a video conference with senior party leaders at the
Model Town office of the party hours after returning from London where he had
been staying for the past three months to look after his ailing brother and
former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Sharif said his family was ready to offer all health facilities of the Sharif
group to serve as quarantine centres.
caucus took stock of the country’s overall situation, formed a health task
force to monitor the pandemic and frame recommendations, and also constituted a
parliamentary advisory group to take further decisions to stem spread of the
health task force will comprise former federal health minister Saira Afzal
Tarar, Khwaja Salman Rafiq, Ayesha Raza Farooq, Marriyum Aurangzeb and
Attaullah Tarar. Ms Aurangzeb will coordinate with the media.
second committee comprising the parliamentary advisory group and provincial
party presidents besides senior leaders was also formed. Shaza Fatima Khwaja
will serve as secretary of both the committees.
in the morning Mr Sharif was received by senior party leaders and some workers
at the Islamabad airport on his arrival from the UK a day after the federal
government had announced suspension of international flight operations for two
to the media, the PML-N president claimed that he had come to join hands with
the nation to counter the challenge of coronavirus. He said the former premier
had also urged the nation to remain united during these testing times.
officials said Mr Sharif was likely to visit hospitals to raise morale of the
people fighting the virus spread. They said he would also use his contacts
developed during his 10-year long stay in power in Punjab to convince various
foreign companies to donate the medical equipment most needed at present.
facing shortage of medical equipment: CM
MURAD JAMALI: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said that the
province is facing shortage of medical equipment and badly needs ventilators,
test kits and personal protective gear to contain the spread of coronavirus in
to journalists at the quarantine centre near Dera Allahyar during a visit to
Jaffarabad district on Sunday, he said that despite having meagre resources,
the provincial government was fighting coronavirus.
said that it was a wrong perception that the pilgrims returning from Iran were
the cause of the spread of coronavirus in the country as during the last 20
days, 900,000 people had come to Pakistan through different borders and by air
from various countries and a large number of Covid-19 cases were reported from
urges President Trump to lift sanctions on Iran
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday urged the United States President Donald
Trump to lift sanctions on Iran on humanitarian grounds, as the country was
worst hit by the recent wave of deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
his Twitter account, the prime minister posted, “I want to appeal to President
Trump on humanitarian grounds to lift the sanctions against Iran till the
COVID-19 pandemic is over.”
further said the people of Iran were facing untold sufferings as sanctions were
crippling Iran’s efforts to fight COVID-19.
must unite to fight this pandemic,” he added.
is among the worst affected Coronavirus countries in the world with over 1,000
reported human casualties. The country had already been facing crippling US
sanctions after President Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with
steps in to help stop COVID-19 spread in capital courts
A day after the top court took measures to prevent coronavirus spread in the
Supreme Court (SC), district and session judges of the capital were asked to
take all necessary steps to minimise danger of the virus in courts.
taking measures to remain safe from COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday, the Islamabad
High Court (IHC) asked the subordinate court to operate with bare minimum duty
judges and staff on rotation. Besides, the district and session judges were
also asked to issue orders accordingly, and take all necessary measures to
ensure the safety of all concerned.
is preferred that the officers drive the vehicles themselves, all the female
staff have been advised to stay at home,” stated in a circular of the IHC
another circular issued on Sunday, in the present spate of coronavirus
pandemic, the IHC administration decided to close mosque in the court premises
till further orders citing an increase in the number of pandemic cases which
were likely to have devastating effects on human lives.
it is mandatory to take all possible measures to contain the further spread of
coronavirus as a top priority. In order to prevent danger to human life, the
competent authority has directed that the high court mosque will remain close
till further orders,” the IHC administration said.
Government Mulling Release of Prisoners to Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak
Afghan government is due to release certain prisoners as part of preventive
measures to fight the further outbreak of coronavirus.
ARG Palace in a statement said President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired a
meeting late on Sunday to discuss the issue.
statement further added that the General Director of Prisons Detention Centres
was also present in the meeting during which the issue of the release of
prisoners was discussed.
General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centres and the Judicial
Institutions were instructed to prepare a plan in the next 48 hours regarding
the release of those prisoners who have pending criminal cases, ARG Palace
to ARG Palace, the decision was taken in line with the instructions of the
Ministry of Public Health to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus.
comes as the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday announced that the authorities
have recorded ten new positive cases of coronavirus in the country, including
two foreign diplomats who returned to country after contracting the disease.
UNO Office: Muslims and Hindus Coexisting In Harmony for 73 Years
most of the world is fighting for establishing their beliefs over others, the
people of Moulvi bazar are teaching the world how to be respectful of each
other, says an official of Sreemangal UNO office
countries neighbouring Bangladesh had been engulfed by constant incidents of
communal violence, the country which is a golden example of secularism for
long, is once again showing the world what peaceful coexistence means through a
small district named Moulvi bazar.
Sreemangal upazila, a small locality with such great heart, where a Mosque and
Hindu Temple has been standing side by side for 73 years, demonstrates true
harmony and peaceful coexistence.
growing instability and intolerance among communities around the world, and
Bangladesh to an extent, had no such marks on the people of the locality, who
devoted themselves to their respective gods and faiths while respecting other
believers with empathy and compassion.
centuries old Bhairab Temple had been an auspicious sanctuary for Hindus, while
just beside it, the Majdihi Jame Mosque–which is standing for 73 years– has
been arranging prayers and dua mehfils for Muslim worshippers in perfect
coordination and harmony, locals say.
of both religions have been practicing their respective faiths there and share
their experiences, which the locals think help them keep away any sort of
Rahman, UP chairman of Kalapur union, said the family of Punnya Dutta built the
Bhairab temple 200 years ago and the adjacent market is called Bhairab Bazar
also said the mosque was built around 1947. Local people and the Majdihi Tea
Garden authorities built the mosque with their financing.
Zafar Ahmed, who has been a Khateeb of the mosque for 15 years, said there was
not one instance where he had seen any bitterness or chaos among the believers
of the two communities.
I come out of the mosque, the temple's priest Janmajoy Bhattacharya and I share
greetings and good wishes,” the Imam added.
his remarks, head priest of the temple, Janmajoy Bhattacharya said: “It’s only
natural for us to invite over the Muslims, and people from other communities,
for our programs and they too attend the festivities with us. It’s been a
continuing tradition for at least 25-30 years.
we arrange Pujas, Kirtans (group recitation of an idea or story with musical
instrument), we keep the sound under control while the Muslims offer their
prayers at the mosque and they do the same for us,” the priest said with a
Miah, a businessman of the area, said the people of both the religions come
forward at each other's hour of need. There is no communal problem among the
Ashfaque, a resident of the area, said sometimes puja and religious hymns are
held in the temple till late in the night.
These do not create any problem for anybody. Rather every day Muslim
devotees and adherents of the Hindu faith go to their respective religious
Special repulse Taliban attack in Zabul province
Afghan Special Forces repulsed a Taliban attack in southern Zabul province,
killing at least 4 militants during the clash, the Afghan military said.
Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants were looking
to launch an attack on security posts in Bariha area located in the provincial
capital of Zabul.
statement further added that the Special Forces responded to the attack and
killed 4 militants during the clash and seized 2 vehicles and some weapons
together with munitions.
Special Forces also arrested six Taliban militants following the clash, the
Special Operations Corps added.
comes as the Taliban militants killed at least 24 Afghan security personnel
during an insider attack in Zabul province on Friday.
diplomats contract coronavirus as Afghanistan reports 10 new cases
Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has confirmed that two foreign diplomats have
contracted coronavirus as ten new cases of the disease have surfaced in the
Feroz, the Minister of Public Health told reporters in Kabul that the two
diplomats serving in two different embassies have contracted the disease
outside the country.
did not elaborate further in this regard and did not say to which countries the
two diplomats belong to.
he said Ministry of Public Health has recorded ten new cases of coronavirus in
the past 24 hours, increasing the number of positive cases to 34.
confirms first death, 6 new positive cases of coronavirus
Afghan authorities confirmed the first death from coronavirus and reported new
six positive cases in three provinces in the past 24 hours.
to the officials, the Ministry of Public Health has recorded 3 new positive
cases in Herat, 2 positive cases in Farah and one new positive case in Ghor
comes as the authorities reported the first death from coronavirus in northern
Balkh province of Afghanistan on Sunday.
Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday confirmed that two foreign diplomats
have contracted coronavirus as ten new cases of the disease have surfaced in
Taliban offensive repulsed in Balkh; 9 militants killed, 4 others wounded
Afghan forces repulsed a major Taliban attack in northern Balkh province late
on Sunday ngith, the Afghan military in the North said.
to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps, the Taliban militants launched
a major offensive on Baramzid Village in Balkh district on Sunday night.
statement further added that the security forces responded to the attack with
the support of the air power, killing at least 9 Taliban militants.
security forces also wounded 4 militants during the clash which continued for
almost two hours, the 209th Shaheen Corps added.
ISIS problem: persecution at home may be radicalising young Muslims
the 37-year-old militant sitting in a dimly lit interview room at Afghanistan’s
intelligence agency, tries to excuse his decision to join one of the most
brutal terror groups in the world.
immigrated [to Afghanistan] from my country [Uzbekistan] to save my religion,”
says the Uzbek national at the Kabul facility controlled by the National
Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service.
a member of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province, looks frail and fearful.
His small structure, gaunt expression and receding hairline make him look
several years older than his actual age.
is one of about 900 ISIS fighters who surrendered or were caught in the past
four months during a massive military operation launched by the Afghan forces
in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
ISIS fighter, who now goes by the name Najeebullah, which he adopted when he
joined the group in 2015, avoids making eye contact with anyone in the room as
he narrates the turn of events that led him to his current state, a prisoner in
was no Islam in Uzbekistan,” he says of the former Soviet territory, all the
while staring at his open palm.
couldn’t pray or fast [during Ramadan]; people are not allowed to wear scarves,
even while praying. They started putting us in jails. They sentenced my cousin
to jail for five years [for practising Islam],” he claims in his broken Pashto,
a language he picked up in the three-and-a-half years he spent in the eastern
provinces of his adopted country.
Uzbekistan is a Muslim-majority country, the former Soviet state is known for
its strict control of religious expression and practices, what a UN report in
2019 called “extreme surveillance and state control of religious practices,”
including laws that criminalise unregistered religious activities.
is a history of heavy religious restriction in Uzbekistan and we are concerned
that it has led to radicalisation,” said Hugh Williamson, director for Europe
and Central Asia at Human Rights Watch.
the post-Soviet period, Uzbekistan imposed severe limits on how people express
their Muslim faith; and those who did so in ways that don’t conform with the
very narrow definitions imposed by state have been persecuted.”
former president Islam Karimov, who ruled the country with an iron fist since
its liberation from the Soviet Union, had curtailed many religious freedoms.
But since his death in 2015, his successor, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has
brought about many reforms, which resulted in the United States administration
removing the country from its list of counties engaged in severe violations of religious
US congressional advisory body on international religious freedoms, however,
recommended that Uzbekistan stay on that list.
say that despite reform, not enough has been done to combat radicalisation, as
restrictive laws remain.
much of the government activities that subdue religious practices have been on
the pretext of combatting the local insurgencies of the Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan and the Islamic Jihad Union. Incidentally, neither insurgency has
launched any significant attack inside Uzbekistan since 2004.
the IMU has a significant presence in northern Afghanistan because of the
Taliban’s outreach to the group. But the alliance between the Taliban and IMU
was never a perfect marriage, says Andrew Watkins, senior analyst at
International Crisis Group.
the Islamic State came about in Afghanistan in 2015 the IMU were driven toward
the global appeal of the Islamic State and pledged allegiance to the ISIS
faction in the country,” he said.
joined the Tehrik-i-Taliban militant group at home before being told to go to
Moscow. He was then instructed to go to Azerbaijan and on to Iran. He was then
smuggled into Afghanistan through the porous borders of Nimruz Province. From
there, he was taken to Waziristan in Pakistan for three months after meeting
the local Taliban leadership, re-entering Afghan territory and joining ISIS in
Achin district in Nangarhar.
his earlier life, as a resident of a small Uzbek town, Shirzad worked at a
printing press. So ISIS assigned him to their “press department” in Nangarhar,
in charge of printing propaganda material which was distributed across the
region, especially in universities for recruitment.
admits participating in frequent battles, especially with the Taliban in Zabul,
Faryab and Nangarhar provinces, but claims he never killed anyone. The Afghan
forces are less convinced of denial of involvement in crimes. They continue to
investigate Shirzad and many others who were caught along with him.
Achin, we were given a good place to stay and money, about 1,000 to 1,500
Pakistan rupees [Dh23 to Dh34] every month. The younger teenage recruits would
be paid 500 Pakistani rupees,” he says. “We would also collect money from local
people by selling wood there.”
remains an estimated 2,500 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, of whom almost 400 are
believed to be foreign.
have noticed many central Asian fighters from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and
Kyrgyzstan, as well as Arabs, Indians and Pakistanis,” an NDS official says.
About 60 per cent are from Pakistan, hailing from border tribes, he says.
the ISIS insurgency declined in the Middle East, its Afghan faction maintained
a steady presence in a country already battling the Taliban and other insurgent
groups. The Hazara Shia minority was a frequent target, as were government
premises, suffering complex attacks that caused many casualties.
was until recently. As of the end of 2019, nearly 1,400 ISIS fighters left in
Nangarhar province, which was the centre of the growing insurgency, had
surrendered or were caught during anti-ISIS operations, NDS officials say.
like Shirzad, who were struggling to abandon the organisation, saw it as an
opportunity for redemption.
I wanted was to live an Islamic life. But we were betrayed,” he says, tears
welling up in his eyes.
am tired of the war and all the wrongs inflicted by the Taliban and Daesh in
Afghanistan. I regret ever having come here. Look what it has done to my
children – they can’t even go to school. They are losing education
opportunities being here in the prison with me,” he says between sobs.
had six children, four of whom were born after he arrived in Afghanistan.
has requested that the Afghan government does not send him back to Uzbekistan.
He is willing to serve his time in Afghan prisons and after that he hopes to
build a life in Afghanistan, choosing a war-torn country over his birth
the Afghan government allows, I will stay here with my family, rent a place and
work here,” he says, looking over to the NDS officer standing close by.
Shirzad’s fate remains undecided for now, as the Afghan officials continue
their investigation into his crimes and those of other foreign fighters.
Wagner Tried To Bring Gaddafi’s Son To Power’
Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary company, met Libya's deposed ruler Muammar
Gaddafi's son to bring him into power, the U.S.-based media company Bloomberg
claimed in an article on Saturday.
article penned by Samer Al-Atrush asserted a relationship between Gaddafi's son
Saif Al-Islam and Russia.
to the article, two Russian agents working for the Wagner were caught last year
by Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital
documents stored in the hard disks of the captured Russian agents revealed that
the agents met three times with Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Muammar
Gaddafi, who was wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
one of the meetings, Saif Al-Islam used numerous documents about his father’s
financial aid for election campaigns in some Western countries as a trump card,
the article asserted.
Russian election campaign advisor also joined one of the meetings, the article
said, and Russia offered to portray Gaddafi's son as a rising actor in the
country in a possible election.
the meetings, Saif Al-Islam claimed that 80% of the fighters loyal to the
renegade General Khalifa Haftar are his supporters and if Haftar captured the
capital, those fighters would support Saif Al-Islam, according to the notes of
one of the meetings, Saif Al-Islam and Russian agents discussed training of
social media experts to create a group of specialists who will share messages
over social media.
agents noted down that Saif Al-Islam was very interested in counter-propaganda.
to the notes of the last meeting reached by Bloomberg, Saif Al-Islam would give
to Russians the list of commanders loyal to him in the next meeting.
it was claimed that one of the advisors of Saif Al-Islam admitted the meetings.
to the article, the advisor said that although Saif Al-Islam and his supporters
wanted to develop good relations with the Western countries, the Russians were
the first to help them.
Wagner Group is one of the most controversial groups among the mercenaries. It
is owned by to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with close links to Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
to Bloomberg, it was reported that the Wagner Group, where over 1000 militias
came to Libya, brought Russian pilots who carried out training activities for
the Haftar troops, and Russian Sukhoi-22 type war planes are seen in Libyan
who previously had field experience in Ukraine, are fighting on the front-line
in Libya, according to Euronews.
militia unit 'Libyan National Army'
calls the group he leads as the "Libyan National Army" and wants to
be treated like an official army. In fact, Haftar's armed force works like a
"dealership" and tries to gather militias under one roof.
large number of militias from Libyan tribes in the east and west have joined
the ranks. Others who have joined the putschist commander include members from
the public committees established by former ruler Gaddafi, the extremist
Madkhali Salafists, Janjaweed militias of Sudan -- who have a very
controversial history in Sudan -- the rebels in Chad, Russian mercenaries, and
military officers from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and France.
is claimed that the force comprises 25,000-30,000 militias, including trained
military personnel of 7,000. The Brigade 106, the largest and best armed among
them, is commanded by Saddam Haftar, his son.
rallying cry for the brigade is Khamis, the name of one of the son's of
the ouster of late ruler Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in
Libya: Haftar in eastern Libya, supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab
Emirates, and the GNA in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international
Outfits Vow To Come Back Stronger Against Citizenship Law, It Is Only a
Temporary Break Owing to Coronavirus
will not be any issue in restarting the agitation as feared by protesters’
organisations in Tamil Nadu were in a spot of bother last week as they had to
temporarily suspend and postpone their protests against the Centre and State
government demanding a repeal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National
Population Register and National Register of Citizens owing to COVID-19 threat.
the number of cases continued to increase, the Shaheen-Bagh like protests
became untenable and were eventually suspended.
the Old Washermenpet protests went on for two more days and shut down
eventually on Tuesday midnight following calls from community leaders and DMK
president M. K. Stalin, Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamat’s protests on March 18 were
also scaled down and cut short as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
protests already withdrawn, there is a concern in the community over the future
of anti-CAA protests in the country and whether it can be restarted with the
same fervour and when.
Muzaffer, member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, and IUML leader, said
that the break will allow the protesters to regroup and look into the various
protests in the last three months have been deeply engraved in the minds of
people, they know that these black laws threaten their ‘Indianness’. This break
will help us regroup. It cannot bring down the spirit or our commitment. It has
gone to a stage where the Hindus also realise how they will be affected by this
exercise,” she said.
said that the anti-CAA protesters will organise a ‘balcony’ protest at around 5
p.m. on March 22. “We will acknowledge the service of doctors and nurses and
others in their fight against COVID-19 spread and we will also shout slogans
against CAA, NRC and NPR,” she said.
Kader Mohideen, National President, Indian Union Muslim League, said that the
party has been communicating to the cadre and the community that it has been
opposing the CAA, NPR and NRC in all appropriate forums – including in the
Parliament and in the State Assemblies of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, but it is
important to consider COVID-19 as a natural disaster.
are in the midst of corona virus pandemic — since it is spreading like
anything, we should treat it like a natural disaster. IUML will continue to
fight for the rights, but in the light of the threat posed by corona virus, it
is not right to protests in large numbers on the road as it can be misconstrued
by the larger population that Islamic community isn’t co-operating to stop the spread
of COVID-19,” he said.
need to act responsibly, he added.
Jawahirullah, president, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, said that there will not be
any issue in restarting the protests as feared by protesters. “It is only a
temporary break. It is not that we cannot mobilise the people again. The
reasons for the protests (CAA, NPR and NRC) continue to exist. This is just a
postponement for the nation. There are different styles of agitation – Gandhiji
did not stick with just one mode of agitation. There are other ways to put
pressure on the Government,” he said.
students temporarily call off anti-CAA stir amid coronavirus outbreak
view of the growing scare of coronavirus across the country, students of Jamia
Millia Islamia on Saturday suspended their sit-in protest against the
controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act outside the university gate number 7.
a heavy heart but with great hope in our hearts, we temporarily suspend the
ongoing 24 hours sit-in protest at Gate no. 7, JMI and appeal to all protestors
to kindly take the situation with utmost seriousness and save themselves and other
from this fatal illness,” a statement from Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC)
said on the 100th day of the sit-in.
a heavy heart but great hope in our hearts, we temporarily suspend the ongoing
24 hrs sit-in protest at Gate no. 7, JMI and appeal to all protestors to kindly
take the situation with utmost seriousness and save themselves and others from
this fatal illness: @Jamia_JCC
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also appealed the Centre to “immediately” suspend the exercise of National
JCC, comprising JMI students and alumni, was formed after alleged police
brutality on the campus on December 15.
varsity put forth a list of demands including, the release of all political
prisoners immediately, withdrawing the Foreigners (Tribunal) Amendment Order,
2019, withdrawing all instructions for construction of detention camps and release
of all people in those camps after testing them for COVID-19.
fight against the CAA, NRC and the NPR remains uncompromising,” JCC said.
order to combat the coronavirus spread, the JCC also asked the Centre to
undertake adequate monetary and policy measures, adding that doctors need
proper medical infrastructure such as safety gear and testing kits more than
appreciation and heroism.
to shift, release Kashmiri prisoners grows amid Covid-19 spread
of prisoners and detainees from Kashmir lodged in jails outside the region are
worried and demanding they are brought back or released as the coronavirus
disease or Covid-19 spreads across the country.
leaders, human rights activists and people are also making pleas to bring back
prisoners and detainees many of whom have been lodged in various jails of the
country under preventive detentions after the special status of Jammu and
Kashmir was revoked on August 5 last year.
media users have also been expressing concern over the health of Kashmiri
prisoners and how jails are prone to the pandemic.
minister G Kishan Reddy informed Parliament in December last year that 261
prisoners belonging to Jammu and Kashmir are currently lodged in different
jails of Uttar Pradesh (234) and Haryana (27). Besides, he also said, 3248
prisoners are in jails in Jammu and Kashmir.
Parvez, human rights activist and coordinator of a coalition of civil society,
said that the spread of Covid-19 was a threat to the lives of prisoners and the
government should release them as most of them are under preventive detentions.
want their immediate release. Most of them are under preventive detentions and
the best safety for them right now is the confines of their homes,” Parvez
this stage, no one can disturb law and order. People in big number everywhere
is a threat owing to Corona and if it goes out of control no one will be safe,”
say many of the detainees are either of vulnerable age and some have underlying
of 73-year-old Mian Qayoom, Kashmir High Court Bar Association president who has
been detained under public safety act since August and is currently lodged in
Tihar Jail, said he was vulnerable.
is diabetic, lives on a single kidney and also has hypertension. He is a risky
patient and the coronavirus has increased our fears. Our whole extended family
is disturbed,” said Mian Muzaffar, nephew of the detainee.
the one hand, there are advisories not to travel and on the other hand, we have
to reach him as he is ailing. We all feel helpless. We just appeal the
government to release him till this subsides,” he said.
National Conference president and Srinagar member of parliament Farooq Abdullah
was the first to demand last week the shifting of prisoners before their
ultimate release, separatist organisation Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz
Umar Farooq also demanded their release on ‘humanitarian grounds’ on Friday.
well-being is under threat in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Crowded
jails are most vulnerable in the spread of the virus among inmates, which is a
matter of grave concern,” the Hurriyat said in a statement.
after his release, Farooq Abdullah had sought the unity of all political
leaders of J&K in demanding the shifting and ultimate release of detainees.
already onerous financial burden (on the families of detainees) is made worse
by the health risk they now face because of Covid-19. At a time when people are
being advised not to travel these families are being forced to put their lives
at risk,” he said.
is a humanitarian demand and I hope others will join me in placing this demand
in front of the government of India,” he said.
Singh, director general of prisons in Jammu and Kashmir, refused to comment on
the demands of shifting of prisoners but said they were regularly getting
health updates of the detainees from outside prisons.
can’t comment on the shifting as that is the mandate of the home department.
However, we get their health bulletin daily and the detainees are fine.
However, there are those with previous case histories,” he said.
said they have come up with a standard operating procedure for the prisons of
the Union territory to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
preventive steps are being taken. We have stopped mulakat to visiters, thermal
screening devices have been installed in some jails while they are being
procured where not installed,” he said.
Burkina Faso ministers have coronavirus as cases rise to 64
government ministers in Burkina Faso have tested positive for the coronavirus,
a government spokesman said on Saturday, as the number of reported cases rose
to 64 from 40, the highest in West Africa.
ministers of foreign affairs, mines, education, and the interior have all
tested positive in recent days, the spokesman said.
rumor has become reality... I have just been notified that I have COVID-19,”
Foreign Affairs Minister Alpha Barry said in a tweet late on Friday, referring
to media reports that had speculated about his health.
minister of mines, Oumarou Idani, Minister of Education Stanislas Ouaro, and
Interior Minister Simeon Sawadogo each confirmed their cases via Facebook
ministerial meeting was held on March 11, the government’s website shows, but
it was not immediately clear if all the ministers attended.
Italian ambassador to Burkina Faso Andrea Romussi has also been infected, he
told Reuters, as has a high profile pastor, the Health Ministry said.
Faso is struggling with an insurgency that has rendered half its arid territory
ungovernable and forced nearly a million people to flee their homes.
health officials worry that the virus could spread out of control and overwhelm
the threadbare healthcare system in one of the world’s poorest countries.
government has put measures in place to stop the spread, including closing land
and air borders and banning gatherings of more than 50 people.
ahead of a suspension of religious ceremonies on Friday, Ouagadougou’s central
mosque was filled with hundreds of worshipers packed together for prayers. The
imam, Sourwilla Mohamadi, gave a sermon wearing a protective mask that was
ripped open at the mouth.
Faso reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 9, 10 days after the first
case in sub-Saharan Africa was announced in Nigeria on February 28.
40 nations across the continent have reported more than 700 cases of the
coronavirus, while worldwide more than 270,000 cases have been reported and
more than 11,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
announces 13 new coronavirus cases, total at 112
Jordanian Health Ministry reported on Sunday 13 new cases of the novel
coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the Kingdom to 112.
Jordanian Health Minister Saad Jaber said one of the infected patients
recovered, according to a statement carried by Jordan News Agency (Petra).
Saturday, Jordan blew sirens at the start of a nationwide curfew, limiting the
mobility of its 10 million citizens indefinitely to combat the spread of
coronavirus, witnesses and officials said.
violating the curfew, which severely restricts movement beyond emergencies and
essential services, would be jailed up to a year, the army said.
allocates $850 mln to combat effects of coronavirus
is allocating 2.5 billion dinars ($850 million) to combat the economic and
social effects of the coronavirus health crisis, Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh
said on Saturday.
new measures, the government will delay tax debts, postpone taxes on small- and
medium-sized businesses, delay repayment of low-income employee loans and
provide financial assistance to poor families.
has confirmed 60 cases of the disease, which is expected to hit its tourism
sector, which accounts for about 10 percent of gross domestic product.
president on Friday ordered a general lockdown, limiting citizens’ free
movement in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
of Tunisia is united in this dangerous war. The war has a cost and the
exceptional decisions that we announced have a cost, but we have no choice”,
Fakhfakh said in speech.
government will provide 450 million dinars in financial aid to poor families
and Tunisians who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis.
allocated 1.2 billion in loans and aid to help companies affected by the
now expects an economic recession, prompting the central bank on Tuesday to cut
its key interest rate by 100 basis points.
Security forces evacuate churches
forces in southwest Nigeria evacuated worshippers from churches as part of
measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) stormed
some churches in the southwestern cities of Abeokuta and Lagos on Sunday to
stop mass gatherings, witnesses told Anadolu Agency.
policemen and civil defence corps came to our church located within Abeokuta
city and chased away worshippers. We ended the service abstruptly,"
church-goer David Oyewole told Anadolu Agency.
and other states in the country recently announced bans on large gatherings --
including in religious worship centers -- to curb the spread of COVID-19.
churches in Abuja, the capital, did not hold Sunday services, local media
are currently 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria, with the first case
emerging on Feb. 27 in Lagos.
novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, emerged in Wuhan, China last
December and has spread to at least 167 countries and regions, according to
data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
Bomb blast kills 4, including police chief
least four people, including a town police chief, were killed after a bomb
blast in Somalia on Sunday afternoon, the officials said.
Mukhtar Orongo, a Somali government spokesman, told Anadolu Agency over the
phone that Abdikadir Osman Nuunow, Afgoye district police chief was killed
alongside his three bodyguards.
others were also wounded.
Osman Mursal Nunow and his three bodyguards were killed while two others were
wounded after a roadside bomb blast targeted his vehicle in Hawa Abdi
[outskirts of Afgoye town] this afternoon," Mukhtar said.
officers reached the scene and transported the wounded to Mogadishu hospitals
for treatment, he added.
Abdi is located 20.5 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu.
army arrests al-Shabaab intel chief
army arrested the intelligence chief of al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab group in
the Lower Shabelle region, a military official said on Sunday.
Abdihamid Mohamed, Somali military infantry commander, told reporters that
al-Shabaab intelligence chief Hassan Sulet known as Hassan Geney, was captured
near the newly liberated strategic agricultural rich town of Janaale.
military operation which resulted in capturing the al-Shabaab intelligence
chief in Lower Shabelle region alongside two militants comes after local residents
informed his whereabouts," Mohamed said on Sunday.
Saturday, Somali military killed over 27 al-Shabaab militants in the southern
province of Lower Juba.
1 killed, 2 injured in attack by Haftar forces
rocket attack by forces of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar on Sunday killed one
person and also injured two children from the same family, said the country’s
militia rockets hit a house in Ain Zara, south of the capital Tripoli, said a
statement by the Volcano of Rage Operation, affiliated with the Government of
National Accord (GNA).
al-Mismari, spokesman for the Haftar militias, yesterday welcomed a
humanitarian cease-fire proposed by the UN and European countries over the
militias, however, continue their attacks.
the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have
emerged in Libya: Haftar in eastern Libya, supported mainly by Egypt and the
United Arab Emirates, and the GNA in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international
New Coronavirus Cases Diagnosed in Iran
to laboratorial findings, 1,028 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have
been identified in the country since Saturday noon,” Health Ministry Spokesman
Kianoush Jahanpour said.
added that the number of coronavirus patients in the country now stands at
21,638, voicing regret that 129 people infected with the virus have passed away
since Saturday, raising the toll to 1,685.
7,913 coronavirus patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals so
far,” Jahanpour said.
coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting over 170 countries and territories around the
world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late
last year. It has so far killed more than 13,000 people and infected over
308,000 others globally.
Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of
cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment
mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the
US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they
have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries
into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign Ministry
Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
the death toll from the virus surges, Iran intensifies its preventive safety
measures. Closures of schools and universities have been extended for the next
government also imposed travel restrictions, specially on Iran’s north, which
is among the red zones. The country has also adopted strict digital health
control procedures at airports to spot possible infections.
Minister Saeed Namaki announced earlier this month that a new national
mobilization plan would be implemented across the country to fight against the
coronavirus epidemic and more effectively treat patients.
said that the plan will include all the 17,000 health centers and the 9,000
medical and clinical centers in all cities, suburban areas and villages.
added that the plan will include home quarantine, noting that infected people
will receive the necessary medicines and advice, but they are asked to stay at
said that people with a more serious condition will stay at the hospitals,
adding that the public places will be disinfected, the entries of infected
towns and cities will be controlled to diagnose and quarantine the infected
added that the necessary equipment and facilities have been provided,
expressing the hope that the epidemic would be curbed.
said that the number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infection has
reached 22, and will increase to 40 soon.
World Health Organization (WHO) says Iran's response to the virus has so far
been up to the mark. Still, it says the US sanctions are a big challenge, and
Washington would be complicit in the rising death toll in Iran if it would not
remove its sanctions.
World Health Organization has considered priorities in combating coronavirus
and Islamic Republic of Iran obeys and follows up priorities as defined by WHO.
WHO is dispatching separate delegations to all countries.
Reiterates Necessity for US to Lift Inhuman Sanctions against Iran
said Russia has once again urged US to stop inhuman policy of imposing
unilateral sanctions against Iran which has faced health issues due to the
outbreak of coronavirus.
said Americans certainly are aware of the difference between sending
humanitarian consignments individually to Iran and the inability to receive the
incomes of exports which are necessary for implementing health programs.
is while high-raking US’ officials do not avoid distorting realities and pursue
their geopolitical objectives, Riyabkov added.
this week, Russia's Foreign Ministry had made a similar announcement, calling
the sanctions "anti-human".
unilateral US sanctions, imposed since May 2018 as part of the 'maximum
pressure' campaign, are a powerful obstacle to the effective fight against the
infection," Russia's foreign ministry said.
reported on Saturday 1,556 fatalities and 20,610 cases of infection. Meanwhile,
7,635 people have recovered.
US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they
have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other
countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign
Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
Asks for Freedom of Palestinian Prisoners amid Coronavirus Pandemic
the phone talks on Saturday, Zarif stressed the need for ending Gaza siege and
the release of Palestinian prisoners of war amid virus spread in the occupied
for his part, described US sanctions against Iran as cruel, and demanded for
also congratulated Zarif on new Iranian year and expressed sympathy with the Iranian
nation over coronavirus outbreak.
Israeli Health Ministry announced Saturday morning that 883 people in the
occupied lands have been diagnosed with the coronavius, an increase of 178
since Friday evening.
ministry said 15 people were in serious condition, a day after the death of an
88-year-old man marked Israel’s first fatality in the global pandemic.
Artists Launch Anti-US Sanctions Campaign amid Coronavirus Outbreak
present, every one of us regardless of geographic or political situations, have
come face to face with a common enemy. We need our message to be passed on as
hastily as possible. We are all equally vulnerable to this microscopic
adversary. The salvation of one, depends on the salvation of all,” the open
letter of a group of Iranian artists to the artists of the world said.
people of Iran are facing a crisis today, the Corona crisis you are aware of,
as well as the “Crisis of Unjustly Imposed Sanctions” you might not be aware,
full text of the letter is as follows:
of us, no matter what our nationality is or what country we are from, are
citizens of a borderless utopia called “ART” which exists in a world called
“CULTURE”. No superpower can prohibit us from being members of our ART nation.
In our collective fantasy world, whether we are Asian, European, American or
African, we all have a unique gene for understanding culture, an influential
talent to make the people understand, as well as abilities for analyzing
current trends and cause changes.
all create narratives and images with our works of art, using our individual
taste and styles and cultural characteristics (whether with or without faith)
for peace over war, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and always for
our salvation and resurrection. Our societies of artists strive to improve our
nations with our collective works, despite being much smaller than the
countries in which we live.
though the powers and politics that “be” have created gaps to keep us
separated, we have become stronger and bolder and determined and influential in
many ways in order to transfer our humanity and collective messages to the
present, every one of us regardless of geographic or political situations, have
come face to face with a common enemy. We need our message to be passed on as
hastily as possible. We are all equally vulnerable to this microscopic
adversary. The salvation of one, depends on the salvation of all.
is not just a virus, it is a simple and historic question that is waiting for
complex answers from the people and governments of the world. Can Iran’s answer
to this question match the other countries, while its breaths are limited by
it not rational that the response of artists from around the world to Corona
will be different and more effective than those of world politicians?
crisis will pass, with small or catastrophic losses, but the collection of
tales will also remain. The stories of exhausted nurses dancing in contaminated
hospital hallways to raise the moral of patients, as they hide their worries
about the lack of medicines and basic hospital necessities; stories of
physicians who haven’t been home in weeks and are forced to work without masks,
gloves or gowns as they search for corona victims in the hallways of hospitals.
will all remain in the micro-historical memories of our time, and will be heard
by all, sooner or later, either from us or from you all.
hope it is not too late for influential and unified artists of the world to
tell these stories of the injustices toward the Iranian people, so the powerful
politicians of the world may make the right choices.
people of Iran are facing a crisis today, the Corona crisis you are aware of,
as well as the “Crisis of Unjustly Imposed Sanctions” you might not be aware.
the artists of Iran, it is important for you all to know that now, in this time
of our large numbers of infected (including the elderly who are waiting their
turn) are facing shortages of medical supplies…
want to know… What do you think? What do you say? and what will you do?
of signatories (so far):
Abad, Akbar Azad, Poyan Azadeh, Negar Azarbaijani, Ali Ashtiani-Pour, Amir Asna-Ashari,
Saman Ehteshami, Habib Ahmadzadeh, Mostafa Ahmadi, Hamid Ahya, Pourya Akhvas, ,
Pirouz Arjmand, Bahman Ardalan, Homayoun Assadian, Habib Esmaeili, Mahnaz
Afzali, Javad Afshar, Bahareh Afshari, Navid Afqah, Kamand Amir-Soleimani,
Mazda Ansari, Borzu Arjmand, Sattar Ouraki, Ibrahim Iraj-Zad, Shayesteh Irani,
Behdad Babaei, Kourosh Babaei, Tina Bakhshi, Bahram Bedakhshani, Babak
Borzouyeh, Marzieh Boroumand, Rakhshan Bani-E’temd, Ali Boustan, Hossein
Behrouzi-Nia, Behzad Behzadpour, Behnam Behzadi, Seyyed Mohammad Beheshti,
Nazanin Bayati, Hossein Pakdel, Elham Paveh-Nejad, Parviz Parastoui, Pantea
Panahiha, Kioumars Pour-Ahmad, Hassan Pour-Shirzai, Tahmures Pour-Nazeri,
Sohrab Pour-Nazeri, Keykhosro Pour-Nazeri, Kiarash Pouzeshi, Dariush Pir-Niakan,
Mohammad Pirhadi, Afshin Pirhashemi, Iraj Taghi-Pour, Parviz Tanavoli, Kourosh
Tahami, Tina Jame-Garmi, Ardavan Ja’farian, Ali Jafari Poyan, Ali Jalilvand,
Vahid Jalilvand, Rouhollah Hejazi, Hadi Hejazi-Far, Farshad Hesami, Hassan
Hassan-Doust, Mohammad Ali Hossein-Nejad, Ibrahim Haghighi, Shahab Hosseini,
Sepideh Khosrojah, Hooman Khala’tbari, Reza Dadvie, Mohammad Reza Delpak,
Bahram Radan, Shadmehr Rastin, Kamran Rasoulzadeh, Christophe Rezai, Habib
Rezaei, Gholam Reza Rezaei, A’tefeh Razavi, Amir Shahab Razavian, Ali Rahbari,
Hassan Riahi, Ali Reza Raisian, Leila Zare’, Ali Reza Zarin-Dast, Salar
Zamanian, Jalil Saman, Amir Abbas Setayeshgar, Abbas Sajadi, Pourya Sarayie,
Mohammad Sarir, Saeed Sa’di, Mahdi
Sa’di, Mojgan Sayadi, Masoud Salami, Kourosh Soleimani, Sae’d Soheili, Hooman
Seidi, Ghazal Shakeri, Mohsen Shah-Ibrahimi, Ali Reza Shoja-Nouri, Homayoun
Shajarian, Mohsen Sharifian, Masoud Shoari, Mahdi Shirzad, Abdol Vahab Shahidi,
Ahad Sadeghi, Majid Salehi, Rasoul Sadr-Ameli, Behrouz Safarian, Fereshteh
Taerpour, Tanaz Tabatabai, Mahyar Tarihi, Behzad Abdi, Ahamd A’rbani, Mohammad
Mahdi Asgharpour, Aria Azimi-Nejad, Ali-Reza Alavian, Hossein Alizadeh, Behrouz
Gharibpour, Mojtaba Askari, Hatef Alimardani, Homayoun Ghani-Zadeh, Hossein
Ghiasi, Alireza A’sar, Sahab Elm, Sina Elm, Media Faraj-Nejad, Mehrdad Farid,
Mehran Farhadi, Arash Farhangfar, Arash Ghanadi, Amir Ghanadi, Soroush
Ghahramanlou, Farzaneh Kaboli, Abdoljabbar Kakaei, Ardeshir Kamkar, Houshang
Kamkar, Mohammad Hadi Karimi, Niki Karimi, Ashkan Kamangari, Bardia Kiaras,
Reza Kianian, Mostafa Kiai, Milad Kiai, Milad Key-Maram, Masoud Kimiaei,
Soheila Golestani, Houshang Golmakani, Davood Ghanjei, Mohammad Reza Gohari,
Hamid Motebasem, Kourosh Matin, Navid Mohammad-Zadeh, Milad Mohammadi, Amir
Mardaneh, Hadi Marzban, Shabnam Moghadami, Hassan Mostafavi, Majid Matlabi,
Hamid Reza Monabati, Seyyed Gholam-Reza Mousavi, Meysam Moulaei, Reza Mahdavi,
Hossein Mahkam, Bijan Mir-Bagheri, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Maziar Miri, Shahin
Najaf-Zadeh, Mehrdad Nosrati, Omid Nemati, Hamidreza Nour-Bakhsh, Javad
Nouroz-Beigi, Afshin Hashemi, Karen Homayounfar, Mohammad Reza Honarmand,
Hossein Yari, Abbas Yari, Reza Yazdani ,
all artists who will sign this letter…
Turkey’s death toll up nine to 30 as 289 new cases confirmed
death toll from coronavirus increased by nine to 30 on Sunday as the number of
confirmed cases rose by 289 to 1,256, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
said a total of 20,345 tests had been carried out.
imposed a partial curfew on Saturday for citizens over the age of 65 and those
with chronic diseases, effective as of midnight, as part of measures against
the coronavirus outbreak.
on Saturday, Turkey suspended flights with 46 more countries and banned picnics
and barbecues, as the number of cases has roughly doubled every day for a week.
Palestinian PM orders home confinement for West Bank Palestinians
Palestinian government on Sunday ordered Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied
West Bank confined to their homes for two weeks as a precaution against the
spread of coronavirus.
order, announced by Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on television, goes into
force at 10 p.m. (2000GMT). Medical personnel, pharmacists, grocers and bakers
would be exempt, he said.
child in coma after being given alcohol for ‘coronavirus protection’
Iranian child went into a coma and lost his sight after being given alcohol by
his family as a supposed protective measure against coronavirus, according to a
video circulating on social media.
200 people have died across Iran in recent weeks from alcohol poisoning after
they resorted to drinking homemade or industrial alcohol hoping it would
prevent coronavirus infection.
child was fed alcohol by his family to protect him against coronavirus. The
child has lost sight in both eyes and is in a coma,” said a medical
professional standing at the child’s bedside in a video shared on social media.
beg of you, do not give alcohol to your children. It is very dangerous,” he
drinks have been banned in Iran since 1979, but many people, especially those
with less money, drink spirits distilled at home, which have high
concentrations of methanol and are dangerous, or even resort to industrial
alcohol with fruit flavoring which is available in supermarkets.
is an industrial alcohol used as a solvent, pesticide, and alternative fuel
extreme cases, alcohol poisoning could lead to permanent blindness, brain
damage or heart attacks.
Iran death toll reaches 1,685
death toll has reached 1,685 with 129 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health
ministry’s spokesman told state TV on Sunday, adding that the total number of
infected people in Iran had reached 21,638.
were 1,028 new confirmed infected cases in the past 24 hours ... and 7,913
people have recovered,” said Kianush Jahanpur.
is the Middle Eastern country most affected by the coronavirus.
reports first two coronavirus cases
in Gaza confirmed the first two cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday,
identifying the individuals as Palestinians who had travelled to Pakistan and
were held in quarantine on their return.
health ministry said in a statement that “two citizens tested positive (for
COVID-19), after they returned from Pakistan” on Thursday.
stressed that neither person left the quarantine facility near the Egyptian
border and did not mix with the wider population.
ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said the sick were two men, aged 30 and 40,
who were stable condition.
has enforced a blockade on Gaza since 2007, when the extremist group Hamas
seized control of the coastal strip.
have warned that an epidemic in Gaza would likely be disastrous, given the high
poverty rates, densely-packed population and weak health system.
in and out of the territory – severely restricted by Israel and Egypt before
the pandemic – has tightened in response to coronavirus.
commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards dies of ‘chemical injuries’
Asadollahi, a senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
(IRGC), has died of “chemical injuries” from the war with Iraq in the 1980s,
state media reported on Saturday.
long-serving member of the IRGC, Asadollahi headed the 27th Mohammad Rasulullah
division of the IRGC for several years.
had also been a key commander of Iranian forces fighting alongside the regime
of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad against rebels.
state news agencies reported on Saturday that Asadollahi died of “chemical
injuries” sustained during the eight-year-long war with Iraq (1980-1988).
Iranian exile run media outlets however reported that Asadollahi died of
coronavirus, which has so far claimed the lives of at least 16 regime figures.
is worth noting that Iranian state media had previously also cited “chemical
injuries” from the war with Iraq to be the cause behind the death of one
official and the hospitalization of another.
media said last month that lawmaker Mohammad Ali Ramezani died of “chemical
injuries.” The semi-official Fars news agency reported weeks later that
Ramezani died of coronavirus.
semi-official ILNA news agency had also reported earlier this month that
Industry Minister Reza Rahmani was hospitalised due to “chemical injuries,”
denying reports that he had been infected with coronavirus.
troops shoot dead Palestinian man in West Bank
troops have shot dead a young Palestinian man after he allegedly threw stones
near a checkpoint at the entrance to the town of Ni'lin, located west of
Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday that the man has lost his
life after being shot by the Israeli troops’ gunfire.
spokesperson for the Israeli military claimed the Israeli forces had thwarted
an “attempted terrorist attack” near the N'ilin Junction on Sunday night.
claim comes as he himself admits the man killed by Israeli troops was among a
number of people “throwing stones” toward Israeli vehicles.
Israeli forces have fired at those stone-throwing Palestinians, hitting and
killing one of them and injuring another who escaped from the scene, the
news agency said the Israeli military even prevented an ambulance from
transferring the young man to the hospital.
on March 11, Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian during a
protest against a tour organized by Israeli settlers to a historical site in a
West Bank village.
Sunday killing of the Palestinian man in Ramallah comes as the Palestinian
Authority started implementing a mandatory quarantine on areas controlled by
the PA as part of efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak. All citizens are
prohibited from leaving their homes as of 10 pm on Sunday for a period of two
air defence deters Saudi-led jets from striking areas in Ma’rib
air defense units have thwarted a Saudi airstrike against strategic and
residential areas in the central province of Ma’rib, says the spokesman for
Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree.
said in a post published on his official Twitter page on Sunday that a squadron
of Saudi-led warplanes sought to bombard areas in Sirwah district at 10:03 p.m.
local time (1903 GMT) the previous day, when the domestically built, long-range
Fater-1 (Innovator-1) surface-to-air missile defense system intercepted the
jets and forced them off Yemeni airspace.
الجوية تتمكن من التصدي في تمام الساعة 10:03 من مساء اليوم لتشكيل قتالي من الطيران
الحربي المعادي في أجواء مديرية صرواح بمحافظة مأرب وتجبره على مغادرة الأجواء.
المسلحة مستمرة في التصدي لقوى العدوان حتى الوصول - إن شاء الله - إلى حماية الأجواء
اليمنية بشكل كامل.
AM - Mar 22, 2020
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high-ranking Yemeni military official said the aircraft left the area without
carrying out any act of aggression.
than a week ago, the Fater-1 missile defense system foiled an airstrike by a
squadron of Saudi-led warplanes against areas in the same district.
الدفاعات الجوية بفضل الله من التصدي فجر اليوم لتشكيل قتالي مكون من عدد من الطائرات
الحربية المعادية في سماء مديرية صرواح محافظة مأرب وإجبارها على المغادرة قبل تنفيذ
أي أعمال عدائية، وتمت عملية التصدي بعدد من صواريخ فاطر1.
PM - Mar 17, 2020
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armed forces unveiled Fater-1 along with other domestically-built long-range,
surface-to-air missile defense systems on February 23.
of Defense Major General Mohamed al-Atefy, Chairman of the General Staff Major
General Mohamed al-Ghammari and Brigadier General Saree were in attendance
during the event.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing back to power a former
Riyadh-backed government and crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than
100,000 lives over the past nearly five years.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased billions of dollars' worth
of weapons from the United States, France and the United Kingdom in the war on
Saudi-led coalition has been widely criticized for the high civilian death toll
from its bombing campaign. The alliance has carried out more than 20,650 air
raids in Yemen, according to the data collected by the Yemen Data Project.
urges Saudi king to release Palestinians in Saudi jails amid virus outbreak
top leader of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has asked Saudi
Arabia's King Salman to order the immediate release of dozens of Palestinians,
who are languishing in jails across the ultra-conservative kingdom, citing the
threat posed by the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the highly
contagious new coronavirus.
Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau, in a letter addressed to the
Saudi monarch pleaded with him to make a quick decision and order the freedom
of Palestinian detainees in Saudi prisons.
“In light of the pandemic of the
novel coronavirus that has spread across the globe, due to fears for the lives
of our honorable brethren and given all humanitarian and religious
considerations … the release of the Palestinians becomes a humanitarian and
national necessity. We are all confident that His Majesty will not hesitate to
do so,” the letter read.
added, “We call on the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to make a long-awaited
decision and release our fellow countrymen from prison.”
of Palestinians in Saudi prisons call for their release
Palestinian families and human rights groups have called on Saudi authorities
to immediately release the Palestinians, citing the threat posed by the spread
“Today, we renew our call on the
Saudi authorities to release all Palestinian prisoners in Saudi Arabia. Most of
them suffer from chronic diseases and need medication on a regular basis. The
lack of health care in the prisons threatens their lives,” they said in a joint
“In light of the intensified
spread of coronavirus around the world, we ask the Saudi authorities to
consider the release of these detainees in accordance with the Amnesty
International's directives,” the statement added.
of the detainees, some of whom are in their 80s, say the Palestinians have been
denied access to lawyers and visitation rights, and authorities have recently
begun reducing phone call access.
sources within the Islamic resistance movement Hamas said the Palestinian
inmates stood trial in hastily arranged hearings in groups of five in their
most recent court appearance.
to one source, the charges against the detainees ranged from the bizarre to the
person is accused of possessing bottles of Palestinian olive oil, a second is
being charged with sending sheep to people in the Gaza Strip for the Muslim
holiday of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), and a third is accused of
possessing a book on the history of Palestine by Kuwaiti writer Tareq
Qusai al-Haddad, who was born in Saudi Arabia but now lives in Gaza City, said
she feared for the safety of her father Suleiman, 67, and her two brothers,
Yahya, 40, and Muhammad, 38, all of whom have been in Saudi detention since
said Saudi authorities had repeatedly withheld information from the family,
including their recent court session on March 8.
“We learned about the trial from
the opposition Saudi pages [Facebook and Twitter accounts], and my mother
called the criminal court and checked if it was true,” Umm Qusai said.
noted that lack of transparency from Saudi authorities has been a constant
feature since their arrest.
Palestinian woman said Saudi officials have repeatedly restricted
communications between the family ever since her father and siblings were
forcibly disappeared on March 11, 2018.
“About a week after their
arrest, my mother received something known as a reassurance call, but then they
disappeared for three or four months,” she said.
month, the Prisoners of Conscience, a non-governmental organization advocating
human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page
that Saudi authorities had launched a new campaign of "arbitrary"
arrests against Palestinian expatriates living in the kingdom on charges of
October 21 last year, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Arabic-language
Shehab news agency that Palestinians being held at prisons and detention
centers in Saudi Arabia are exposed to various forms of torture and cruel
methods of interrogation.
“Unfortunately, there is a harsh
investigation procedure against the detainees, some of whom are subjected to
various forms of torture. Interrogators of different nationalities are
questioning them,” he said back then.
“There are about 60 Palestinian
detainees [in Saudi jails], and some of them are the sons or supporters of
Hamas. Some of them have even lived more than three decades in the kingdom and
greatly contributed to the construction of the country.”
further noted that Hamas has made great efforts, either through contacts with a
number of countries or Saudi officials, to secure the release of the
Palestinian inmates but all to no avail.
senior Palestinian official stressed that his movement is closely monitoring
the cases of Palestinian prisoners being held in Saudi Arabia.
September 14, 2019, Hamas also called on Saudi authorities to immediately
release its senior official Muhammad al-Khudari, who has been living in the
kingdom for over 30 years.
represented Hamas between mid-1990s and 2003 in Saudi Arabia.
has held other important positions in the Palestinian resistance movement as
the past two years, Saudi authorities have deported more than 100 Palestinians
from the kingdom, mostly on charges of supporting Hamas financially,
politically or through social networking sites.
Riyadh regime has imposed strict control over Palestinian funds in Saudi Arabia
since the end of 2017.
remittances of Palestinian expatriates are being tightly controlled, under the
pretext that these funds could be diverted indirectly and through other
countries to Hamas.
in West Bank must stay at home: Palestine PM
Palestinian government on Sunday, March 22, issued an order confining
Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to their homes for two weeks as
a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
it is forbidden for citizens to move between governorates at all. Secondly, it
is forbidden for our people in villages and refugee camps to come to the
downtown of our cities except for urgent and medical matters. Thirdly, no
citizens are not allowed to leave their homes, as part of home-confinement, as
of 22:00 (20:00 GMT) tonight, 22nd of March, except for medical centres and
their workers. Workers in these areas should show their work cards: pharmacies,
bakeries, and grocery stores," Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said.
citizens who return from abroad should be in quarantine for 14 days in centres
in their cities. Fifth, banks will work in emergency situation, bank employees
should show their work cards. Sixth, Palestinian workers are not allowed to go
to settlements at all. Seventh, we request Israel to provide human conditions
for workers who sleep in their workplaces (in Israel)," he added.
week, Shtayyeh asked the some 25,000 Palestinians who work in settlements in
East Jerusalem and the West Bank - areas Israel captured in a 1967 war - to
stay home as part of efforts to reduce transmission.
authorities said that due to the health crisis, Palestinians with work permits,
who typically return home to the West Bank daily, will be allowed to stay in
Israel for up to two months, depending on the nature of their work.
prisoners threaten hunger strike over Israeli coronavirus response
prisoners in Israel have threatened to go on an open-ended hunger strike in
protest at a ban on meeting attorneys, lack of protective measures by guards
during searches in their cells, and denial of medical protection gear in the
wake of rising cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the highly contagious
new coronavirus, in the Occupied Territories.
unnamed source close to Palestinian prisoners told the Israeli English-language
Haaretz newspaper that prisoners affiliated with Hamas Islamic resistance
movement returned their breakfast and lunch servings on Thursday, while those
affiliated with Fatah returned some meals during the weekend. They plan to
launch a full hunger strike at the beginning of next month.
“Prisoners are enclosed in their
cells,” the source said, adding that Israeli wardens “who deliver food [to
Palestinian prisoners] are walking around, handing it out with no gloves or
prisoners have not been tested for the coronavirus, as Israeli Health Ministry
regulations in place call for a test only in cases where there exist both
exposure to a confirmed patient and symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever,
cough, shortness of breath.
a high-ranking member of Hamas says Israeli authorities are denying Palestinian
prisoners medical protection gear.
Kabha said the Israel Prison Service has ordered the inmates to use their socks
in place of masks in a blatant disregard for their safety and lives.
“Given the overcrowding in
Israeli detention centers and the absence of cleaning products at the prison
canteens, Palestinian detainees are now more vulnerable in light of the
coronavirus outbreak,” he commented.
a former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, further noted that most of
the diseases afflicting Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails usually
result from the lack of healthcare and hygiene supplies.
is no regular cleaning of the cells, let alone their disinfection, he added.
former Palestinian minister said there are 1,000 prisoners in Israeli jails
with health problems, including 28 suffering from chronic diseases. This means
they are at a higher contraction risk.
called on concerned local and international human rights organizations to
pressure Israeli authorities to take all the necessary preventive measures that
would ensure the safety of the Palestinian prisoners in the time of the
the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials have announced the first two
cases of COVID-19.
Health Minister Youssef Abulreesh said late on Saturday the two patients had
returned from Pakistan via Gaza's Rafah border with neighboring Egypt on
pair exhibited symptoms of the illness, which include a dry cough and high
fever, Abulreesh told a news conference.
added that the two were quarantined upon arrival and are now in a field
hospital in the border town of Rafah.
socks as face masks to avoid virus: Israel to Palestinians
has asked Palestinian prisoners to use their socks as masks to avoid the deadly
coronavirus, which has killed thousands of people across the world.
leader Wasfi Qabba said Saturday that Israel rejected the request of the
detainees' representatives at Megiddo prison to provide them with protective
masks and asked them to use their socks instead.
a former Palestinian minister of prisoner affairs, warned that depriving the
detainees of face masks reflects the Tel Aviv regime's intention to infect
prisoners with the virus.
called on the international human rights institutions to provide prisoners with
disinfectants and hygiene products to counter the disease.
Ferwana, chief of Studies and Documentation Unit of the Prisoners and Former
Prisoners Committee, said the Israeli Prison System (IPS) mockingly said “let
the prisoners use their socks” as safety masks, against the coronavirus.
prisoners’ rights groups have accused Israeli prison authorities of engaging in
gross medical negligence and abuse by not ensuring adequate protection for
human rights groups have reportedly warned that the lives of thousands of
Palestinian prisoners are now at risk, stating that Israeli authorities have
not yet applied precautionary measures to its prisons.
Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has appealed to international human rights
organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),
to pressure Israel into taking
adequate measures to protect prisoners from the coronavirus pandemic.
PPS said on Thursday Israeli prison authorities had informed them that four
Palestinian detainees in the Megiddo prison had contracted the virus.
to the PPS, the prisoners in sections 5, 6 and 10 of the prison were infected after
one of them came in contact with an infected Israeli investigator while being
interrogated in the city of Petah Tikva.
“The prison administration has
officially informed the inmates about the infections, and everyone is on high
alert. Prisoners are facing today the danger of infection from prison guards
and investigators," it said.
four prisoners have reportedly been isolated from the rest of the prison
Palestinian Committee for Prisoners' Affairs, however, said Israeli media reports
suggesting that four Palestinian prisoners have been infected by the
widely-spread coronavirus were inaccurate.
Wednesday, Palestinian prisoners rejected their meals in protest against the
Israeli Prison Service’s plans to stop supplying 140 items, including cleaning
products, from the canteen and halt
visits for detainees.
call for release of prisoners amid virus fears
Saturday, the West Bank-based Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs
issued an urgent appeal for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in
Israeli jails amid the virus outbreak.
statement warned a "real catastrophe" in Israeli prisons because of
the high number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus in the occupied
called on the international community and human rights organizations to
pressure Israel to release the Palestinian prisoners, particularly the elderly
and those suffering from chronic diseases.
Saudi-backed militants clash in Yemen's Aden again
port city of Aden has been rocked by violent clashes between UAE-backed
separatists and Saudi-backed militants, amid a deepening rift within the
Riyadh-led military coalition waging war on the impoverished Arab nation.
said the infighting broke out between the southern UAE-backed separatists and
Saudi-backed militants loyal to ex-Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
came after the Storm Brigades affiliated with the Southern Transitional
Council, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates made an attempt to break
into Camp 20, which is supported by Saudi Arabia.
Friday, Saudi forces attempted to take control of Aden International Airport
from the so-called Emirati-trained Security Belt Forces in order to hand it
over to other local forces receiving military training in the kingdom.
the UAE-sponsored separatists and the Saudi-backed militants loyal to Hadi
serve the Riyadh-led military coalition and have been engaged, since March
2015, in a bloody war on Yemeni people.
between the two sides have soured over a number of issues, including what the
Yemenis view as the UAE's intention to occupy Yemen’s strategic Socotra Island
and gain dominance over major waterways in the region.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi war on Yemen has
claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past nearly five years.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased billions of dollars worth of
weapons from the United States, France and the United Kingdom in their war on
Aides Clash over Military Escalation with Iran: Report
Trump administration aides have clashed over whether the US should escalate
tensions with Iran militarily, a report suggests.
of State Mike Pompeo and Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, are
the ones pushing for military escalation with Iran, New York Times reported
Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, meanwhile, oppose the increase in tensions.
war hawks blame Iran for a rocket attack last week on US-occupied Camp Taji
about 27 kilometers north of the Iraqi Baghdad, in which one British and two
American personnel were allegedly killed.
report noted that, “the Pentagon and intelligence agencies did not have clear
evidence that the attacks… had been ordered by Iran.”
Donald Trump brought US and Iran to the brink of war after ordering the
assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani on January 2.
escalation of tensions in the region has strained ties between Washington and
Baghdad further, making the Iraqi government seek withdrawal of US forces from
the Muslim country.
officials say there is little appetite among the president and some of his top
advisers for a dangerous escalation with Iran,” read the report.
has time and again asserted that it stands ready to defend its interests in the
rushes to Kabul to jumpstart flagging US-Taliban peace deal
Afghanistan: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Kabul on an
urgent visit to try to move forward a US peace deal signed last month with the
Taliban. The trip comes despite the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when world
leaders and statesmen are curtailing official travel.
the signing of the deal, the peace process has become stalled amid political
turmoil in Afghanistan, with the country’s leaders squabbling over who was elected
Ashraf Ghani and his main rival in last September’s presidential polls,
Abdullah Abdullah, have both declared themselves the country’s president in
dueling inauguration ceremonies earlier this month.
his visit Monday, Pompeo is expected to try to help end the impasse, which has
put on hold the start of intra-Afghan peace talks that would include the
Taliban. Those talks are seen as a critical next step in the peace deal,
negotiated to allow the United States to bring home its troops and give Afghans
the best chance at peace.
envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talks
Afghan government and the Taliban on Sunday held their first discussion on
arranging prisoner exchanges, a key step in a broader push for peace, the US
special envoy for Afghanistan said on Twitter.
the US and Qatar facilitated the first Afghan government to Taliban technical
talks on prisoner releases, via Skype video conferencing," Zalmay
had said on Wednesday that it was "urgent" to quickly conclude plans
for such exchanges -- as called for in a historic US pact with the Taliban --
as the coronavirus pandemic was complicating diplomatic contacts.
agreement, signed by Khalilzad and a senior Taliban official on February 29 in
Doha, established a framework for bringing to an end America's longest war,
begun after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
called notably for the liberation of up to 5,000 Taliban fighters held by
Kabul, and up to 1,000 members of the Afghan government forces in insurgent
was meant to take place before the start of peace talks between the government
-- which was not a party to the talks that produced the Doha deal -- and the
Taliban, originally set for March 10.
the Afghan government initially balked. President Ashraf Ghani was reportedly
furious over the demand for prisoner releases, saying only the government could
authorize such a step.
eventually did consent to a plan for gradual prisoner releases but conditioned
it on a reduction in violence.
want guarantees that they will not return to fighting," Javid Faisal, a
spokesman for Afghanistan's National Security Council, told AFP at the time.
Taliban in turn rejected that proposal, saying its agreement with Washington
called for all 5,000 prisoners to be freed before inter-Afghan talks could
leaders have said they are ready for the next phase of the peace process, but
would not meet with government officials until their prisoners are free.
few days later, following intensive behind-the-scenes talks, Ghani announced
that the authorities would free 1,500 insurgents as a "gesture of
goodwill," with plans to free another 3,500 prisoners after the talks are
Doha accord also calls for the gradual withdrawal of American and other foreign
troops over a 14-month period -- the singular focus of the US diplomatic
efforts. The first phase of that withdrawal has already begun.
exchange, the Taliban committed to continue fighting against terrorist groups
like Al Qaeda and promised to negotiate for the first time with Kabul.
the Doha agreement was signed, insurgents have carried out dozens of attacks.
Insurgents who had infiltrated a police unit in the southern province of Zabul
on Friday killed at least 24 police and soldiers, officials reported.
chaos in Kabul has further complicated matters, with Ghani's former chief
executive Abdullah Abdullah also claiming the presidency following last
September's bitterly disputed election.
PM urges Trump to lift Iran sanctions as country fights virus outbreak
Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged US President Donald Trump to lift
unilateral sanctions that his administration has imposed on Iran as Tehran is
engaged in a diligent fight against the ongoing pandemic of the deadly new
coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
made the remarks in a Sunday tweet, urging the American president to lift Iran
sanctions “till the COVID-19 pandemic is over.”
want to appeal to President Trump on humanitarian grounds to lift the sanctions
against Iran till the COVID19 pandemic is over,” the Pakistani prime minister
prime minister added that at a time that “the people of Iran are facing untold
suffering” the brutal sanctions that the United States has imposed on the
country “are crippling Iran's efforts to fight COVID19.”
want to appeal to President Trump on humanitarian grounds to lift the sanctions
against Iran till the COVID19 pandemic is over. The people of Iran are facing
untold suffering as sanctions are crippling Iran's efforts to fight
COVID19. Humanity must unite to fight
PM - Mar 22, 2020
people are talking about this
is not the first time that Khan has urged the US to lift sanctions it has
imposed on Iran on humanitarian grounds to ease the country's fight against new
a press conference on Friday, the Pakistani prime minister said that the United
States should lift its "unjust" sanctions on Iran to help the
neighboring country better deal with the health crisis.
would stress and insist to the international community to lift the sanctions on
Iran," Khan said, adding, "It is very unjust they are dealing with
such a large outbreak on one side, and on the other they are facing
is very unjust they are dealing with such a large outbreak on one side, and on
the other they are facing international sanctions," he added.
an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Khan called for the lifting
of sanctions against Iran, the worst-hit country by the pandemic in the Middle
East, saying it was time to end the bans.
said Iran was a “classic example” of a place where the humanitarian imperative
to contain the outbreak outweighs political rivalries or economic dogmas.
FM: Islamabad taking steps to get Iran sanctions lifted
tweet came after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said earlier
on Sunday that his country is making diplomatic efforts to get Iran sanctions
lifted, especially under current circumstances when the country is fighting a
pitched battle to curb an outbreak of new coronavirus.
made the remarks in a phone call on Sunday with his Iranian counterpart
Mohammad Javad Zarif.
to a statement released by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, during the call,
Qureshi informed Zarif of the diplomatic efforts undertaken by his country at
international level to get Iran sanctions removed as well as the latest
position taken by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on this issue.
sanctions against Iran should be lifted and Islamabad has informed world powers
of the necessity of this matter, the top Pakistani diplomat said.
statement further quoted Qureshi as saying that he has been in contact with
ambassadors of the P5+1 group of countries -- the United States, Britain,
France, Russia, and China plus Germany -- which signed a landmark nuclear deal
with Iran in 2015, calling on them to lift sanctions re-imposed on Tehran
following Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the accord.
unilaterally abandoned the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan
of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018 and reinstated the anti-Iran sanctions, which
had been lifted by the accord. Under Washington’s pressure, the three European
signatories to the JCPOA have so far failed to fulfill their contractual
obligation to protect Tehran’s business interests against the sanctions.
further pointed to his phone call with Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on
Saturday and said his German counterpart has assured him that he would raise
the issue of lifting Iran sanctions during a meeting of the European Union
foreign ministers on Monday.
added that he would discuss possible ways of removing Iran sanctions during
phone talks with his counterparts from the South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (SAARC) in the near future.
Jahanpour, the head of public relations and information center of the Iranian
Ministry of Health, said on Sunday that 1,028 new coronavirus cases had been
diagnosed within the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected
individuals to 21,638.
129 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the death toll from the virus has reached
1,685,” he said, putting the number of patients who have recovered from the
viral disease at 7,913.
President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that "brutal" sanctions
unilaterally imposed on the Iranian nation by the US are depriving a great
number of Iranians of health, jobs and sources of income, urging the American
people not to allow the current administration’s hostile attitude toward Iran
to tarnish history of their country.
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