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66 martyrs in 24 hours and 34,454 since the start of the war


Gaza: The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the toll of the aggression had risen to 34,454 martyrs and 77,575 injuries since the seventh of last October.

The Ministry of Health indicated that the occupation committed 7 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, including 66 martyrs and 138 injuries during the past 24 hours.

Israeli aircraft continued their bombing of various areas of the Gaza Strip on the 205th day of the war, leaving dozens of martyrs and wounded

Source: Maan News Agency

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Minister of Environment Inaugurates Saudi Water Forum Tomorrow

Riyadh: Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli is slated to inaugurate the third edition of the Saudi Water Forum here tomorrow to discuss the challenges facing the water sector and come up with solutions to address them.

The three-day forum, organized by the ministry under the theme “Water Sustainability: Our Responsibility”, is bound to draw broad participation from among decision makers and government officials, water experts and specialists from the Kingdom and abroad, and local and international private sector companies. It will feature more than 2,000 participants from 35 countries and 133 speakers.

Dr. Abdulaziz AlShaibani, the deputy-minister for water and head of the forum’s organizing committee, said that Saudi Arabia has achieved numerous accomplishments in the water sector in the course of reaching the targets of the National Water Strategy. The strategy aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim, among others, to ensure
the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation services, and preserve water resources.

AlShaibani said that Saudi Arabia has made unprecedented strides in water production and treatment despite being one of the world’s most water-scarce countries.

He also said that the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure the sustainability of water resources led it to contribute to global endeavors to adopt solutions to water challenges and management.

AlShaibani said that the establishment of a global water organization based in Riyadh, announced by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, is an important step and testimony to Saudi Arabia’s leading role in working to address water issues internationally.

AlShaibani said the Kingdom strives to achieve SDGs and exerts continuous efforts within G20, discussing and addressing water-related topics, which resulted in it winning the bid to host the 11th World Water Forum in 2027.

Source: Saudi Press Ag
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Shura Council pays tribute to Bahraini workers


The Shura Council has expressed pride in the contributions of workers to the kingdom’s development process, commending the patriotic efforts they are making at various work and production sites.

The Shura Council praised His Majesty King Hamad bi Isa Al Khalifa’s constant support for workers, in line with the royal belief in the pivotal role the human element plays in building the nation’s present and progress.

In a statement marking the Labour Day, the Council also lauded the role played by the government, led by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, in supporting and protecting workers’ rights, highlighting the government’s keenness to provide quality job opportunities by adopting promising economic plans and initiatives aimed at enhancing the labour market and developing the national competencies in various specialties and fields.

In its statement issued during the 28th meeting of the second session of the sixth Legislative Term, chaired by Jamal Moh
ammed Fakhro, the First Deputy Chairman, the Shura Council lauded the kingdom’s national productive workforce, highlighting their dedication, giving and honourable patriotic stances.

The Shura Council underlined its keenness to develop and enact national legislation and laws that keep up with the developments of the labour market, support workers’ rights and pave the way for implementing the government’s plans and programmes, which contributes to serving the comprehensive development process, led by HM the King.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Poland’s FM Urges German Chancellor to Supply Ukraine with Missiles


Foreign Minister of Poland, Radoslaw Sikorski, expressed his hope that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz would change his position and provide Ukraine with German Taurus cruise missiles, following the US sending long-range missiles to Kyiv.

“I hope that the German Chancellor feels encouraged by the events of the past few days” Sikorski said in an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

The Polish Minister described the sending of US long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine as a “response to the Russian escalation” in Ukraine, which Germany must also respond to, according to German news agency.

However, the Pentagon did not provide any specific information regarding whether these missiles had a range of 300 km or less.

Media reported that these were the longer range models The US had already sent short-range ATACMS missiles last year.

Scholz has so far categorically refused to send “Taurus” cruise missiles to Ukraine, and fears that Germany may be drawn into war if it sends missiles with a range of 500
km.

“The Russians have already shut down 70% of the energy generation capacity, which is actually a war crime”, Foreign Minister Sikorski added.

The Polish Foreign Minister noted that Berlin hosted a conference for the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. However, it would be better to prevent the countrys destruction in the first place.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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2nd Gulf Municipal Week Begins in Doha


Doha: The 2nd Gulf Municipal Week organized by the Ministry of Municipality kicked off Sunday under the theme of shared vision for sustainable future.

Organized by the Ministry of Municipality, represented by the Doha Municipality, the five-day week brought together the member states, alongside a delegation from the General-Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The event was primarily intended to share knowledge among the member states to optimize government performance, upgrade infrastructure to achieve the sustainable development, forge robust ties and partnerships, promote awareness of all issues facing local communities, craft innovative polices to promote life quality and exchange successful projects between municipalities.

To mark this occasion, Director of Doha Municipality Mansour Ajran Al Buainain said the event was a critical platform to share knowledge among the GCC members, in addition to boosting cooperation and mutual understanding, underscoring the commitment of the Ministry of
Municipality, represented by the Doha Municipality, to reinforcing sustainable development and prosperity in the region through this year week and building communication bridges and partnerships to further counter the shared challenges.

The 2nd Gulf Municipal Week highlighted the significance of identifying the shared objectives and pursuing a sustainable vision for future underpinning the principles of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, including the challenges facing the region. This shared vision is the key to fast-track an enduring progression in the region and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for future aspirations, Al Buainain added.

Al Buainain stressed the importance of reinforcing cooperation among the member states to realize this vision through sharing expertise and bolstering innovative solutions for the shared challenges, such as protecting environment, strengthening the sustainable economy, reinforcing partnerships between public and private sector, and encouraging inn
ovation to achieve the sustainable development.

The event featured a myriad of research and working papers presented by a host of experts and professionals interested in the municipal affairs of GCC states. The first day addressed two papers presented by the State of Qatar on food safety, development phases and goals, sources of chemical, physical and biological hazards in food, causes of food poisoning and protection strategies, as well as the gains Qatar earned in the area of food security.

Additionally, the Sultanate of Oman presented a paper on the verification of food safety and challenges encountered considering environmental hazards, with a delegation from the UAE discussing a work paper on the outstanding experience in launching the “Enhancing the Sustainability of National Farms” initiative.

The five-day event addressed an array of themes on recycling, treating, managing waste, and converting them into energy, in addition to city development, GCC public transportation strategies and upgrading the
issuance of digital, building and completion permits. Moreover, field trips will be organized to several regions, such as Mushaireb.

This convention came in accordance with the minutes of 25th Meeting of the Committee of Their Excellencies ministers concerned with municipal affairs in the GCC states held in Riyadh in September 2022 and in implementation of the decisions rendered by this meeting concerning the Gulf Municipal Week which stipulate the approval of the mechanism set by the member states and the GCC General-Secretariat to hold this event.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Deputy Chairperson of NHRC Meets Ukrainian Delegation


Doha: HE Deputy Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari met on Sunday with a visiting Ukrainian delegation headed by HE Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed aspects of joint operation in various human rights fields.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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SDAIA Obtains Three ISO Certificates for Adopting Best Standards in Quality and Management of Environment, Occupational Health and Safety


Riyadh: The Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence (SDAIA) has obtained three ISO certificates for the integrated management system in each of the ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety (OHandS) Management System, and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, for adopting the best standards, procedures, and policies to raise the level of quality, environment, and occupational health and safety management in the authority.

This accomplishment reflects SDAIA’s commitment to achieving the highest standards of quality and institutional excellence in all aspects of its work. It’s the result of its efforts in developing and implementing an integrated management system that meets the requirements of the international ISO standard.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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The Arab Parliament calls for opening an international investigation into the crimes of mass graves in Gaza


The Arab Parliament called for the opening of an urgent and independent international investigation into the mass graves discovered in the Shifa and Nasser medical complexes, following the withdrawal of the Israeli occupation forces from some areas in the Gaza Strip.

The Arab Parliament called on the international community, human rights organizations, the United Nations and the Security Council to take all necessary legal measures to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes and massacres in accordance with the standards of international law and international humanitarian law and to bring those responsible to justice as war criminals.

He explained that the scale of the occupation’s heinous massacres and crimes against Palestinian children, women and the elderly, in the Gaza Strip raises serious doubts and questions about the ability of the international system to protect civilians, especially since the occupation’s massacres represent war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, and violate all
resolutions calling for the protection of civilians. During wars

Source: Maan News Agency

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Al-Quds Brigades: We bombed the “Fajjah” military site with a missile salvo


Gaza: The Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, said that it bombed the Fajja military site, east of Gaza, with a missile salvo

Source: Maan News Agency

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KAEC Juman Karting Draws Thrill Seekers

Jeddah: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) offers an experience full of excitement and thrills, the Juman Karting, ideal to spend enjoyable times with family or friends.

The 700-meter-long, 10-meter-wide track features exciting turns that are exhilarating for novice and experienced drivers alike.

The facility is one of the most popular leisure and entertainment destinations that prepares visitors for a competitive and enjoyable experience upon arrival.

Juman Karting offers excellent recreational facilities, including a lighting system for night races.

Safety measures are taken seriously, with world-class rubber tire barriers and walls equipped to ensure driver safety. Illuminated starting signals, control towers, and guidance signs are also present to enhance the driving experience. Racers receive an electronic report indicating the time spent to complete each lap.

Source: Saudi Press Agency