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HH the Amir Sends Condolences to Iranian Vice President

Doha: HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent Monday a cable of condolences to HE First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Mohammad Mokhber on the death of HE President Dr. Ebrahim Raisi and several Iranian officials following the helicopter crash.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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HH the Amir Issues Decisions Appointing New Ambassadors

Doha: HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Monday Amiri Decision No. 28 of 2024, appointing Abdullah Hussein Mohamed Jaber as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

HH the Amir also issued Amiri Decision No. 29 of 2024, appointing Shaheen Ali Khalfan Al Bati Al Kaabi as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

His Highness issued Amiri Decision No. 30 of 2024, appointing Tariq Othman Abdulrahman Al Othman Fakhroo as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cuba.

The decisions are effective starting from their date of issue, and are to be published in the official gazette.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Financial Affairs Undersecretary participates in GCC meeting


Doha, Yusuf Abdulla Alhumood, the Undersecretary for Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, participated in the 71st meeting of the GCC Finance Ministries Undersecretaries held in Qatar.

The meeting focused on enhancing cooperation among the GCC countries, reviewing the updates of the GCC Committee of Central Bank Governors, the GCC Customs Union Authority, the GCC Joint Market Committee, and the progress of the programme to achieve economic unity between the GCC countries.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Industry Minister tours factories in Salman Industrial City


Manama, Abdulla bin Adel Fakhro, Minister of Industry and Commerce, visited a number of factories in Salman Industrial City, as part of the ministry’s efforts to follow-up on developments of the industrial sector, and to identify its requirements and future plans.

The minister affirmed Bahrain’s pride in the growth of investment projects and international factories based in the kingdom, noting the facilities provided by the government based on visions and strategies aimed at enhancing Bahrain’s investment position as a gateway for business in the region.

Fakhro highlighted the alignment of numerous projects with the industrial sector strategy (2022-2026), focusing on boosting GDP contribution, enhancing exports of domestically produced goods, creating job opportunities, and facilitating the sector’s transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The minister’s visit included Manama Packaging Industries, Creative Design, and Devji Aurum Gold and Diamond Factory. He was briefed on the current situation in
the factories, and the production processes and services.

Fakhro affirmed the support for all economic activities, particularly the industrial, commercial and service projects that offer significant value to the national economy.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Israeli bombing targets a hospital in northern Gaza and martyrs throughout the Strip


Gaza – Ma’an – On Monday, Israeli artillery bombed the upper floor of the ‘Al Awda Hospital’ in the northern Gaza Strip in conjunction with its continuation of its siege for two days, while a number of Palestinians were martyred and injured in the bombing of several homes in the north and south of the Strip.

Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli occupation army targeted the upper floor of Al Awda Hospital in the ‘Tal al-Zaatar’ area in the town of Jabalia with an artillery shell, without any reports of casualties.

On Sunday, Al Awda Hospital announced in a brief statement that the Israeli occupation forces had imposed a siege on it, preventing medical teams from providing treatment to the sick and wounded.

The Palestinian Civil Defense Service in the northern Gaza Strip also said in a statement on Sunday that the Israeli occupation army fired artillery shells towards ‘Al Awda Hospital.’

In a related context, a number of Palestinians were martyred and others were injured in an Israeli air strike that targ
eted them in the vicinity of ‘Kamal Adwan Hospital’ in the northern Gaza Strip, according to what medical sources reported.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza and international and international organizations had previously warned of the Israeli occupation army’s targeting of the health system in the Strip, and its repercussions on the wounded and sick Palestinians, while Tel Aviv ignored these warnings.

The occupation aircraft bombed a house for the Al-Kahlot family in the Beit Lahia project area in the northern Gaza Strip, according to eyewitnesses.

The Israeli occupation army began new incursions 9 days ago into Jabalia and some surrounding areas under heavy fire cover, targeting dozens of homes and infrastructure in the camp, which is inhabited by hundreds of thousands of residents and those displaced from the northern areas of the Gaza Strip.

On May 11, the Israeli occupation army ordered the displacement of all residents and displaced persons in the areas of Jabalia, the neighborhoods of Al-Salam, Al-No
ur, Tal Al-Zaatar, the Beit Lahia project, the Jabalia camp, Ezbet Mlin, and the neighborhoods of Al-Rawda, Al-Nuzha, Al-Jarn, Al-Nahda, and Al-Zuhur ‘immediately,’ and to move toward the west of Gaza City.

In the vicinity of ‘Ali Mosque’ in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City, a number of martyrs and wounded were killed as a result of an Israeli bombing that targeted a group of Palestinians.

Three Palestinians were also killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted a home for the Abu Azoum family in the center of Rafah, according to medical sources at the Kuwaiti Hospital in the city.

A number of injuries arrived at the Kuwaiti Hospital as a result of Israeli occupation aircraft targeting a house for the Tabasi family in the Musabah area, north of the city of Rafah, according to the same sources.

The Israeli occupation army continues its military operation against Rafah, which it began on May 6, ignoring regional and international warnings about the repercussions of this, in light of the pre
sence of about 1.4 million displaced people in the city, which it pushed there under the claim that it was ‘safe.’

The operation on Rafah led to the forced displacement of more than 630,000 people to the city of Deir al-Balah in the center of the Strip, according to UNRWA, which said that the city was ‘unbearably overcrowded and suffering from miserable conditions.’

The Israeli war on Gaza, which has been ongoing since October 7, left more than 115,000 Palestinians dead and wounded, most of them children and women, and about 10,000 missing amid massive destruction and famine that claimed the lives of children and the elderly.

The Israeli occupation forces continue the war on Gaza despite the issuance of a resolution by the UN Security Council to stop the fighting immediately, and also despite the International Court of Justice demanding immediate measures to prevent acts of ‘genocide’ and improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Source: Maan News Agency

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QFFD, OCHA Sign Two Agreements to Support Global Humanitarian Needs


Doha: May 19 – On the sidelines of the High-level Strategic Dialogue between the State of Qatar and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) signed two agreements to bolster the global role of OCHA in addressing human needs.

In the presence of HE Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater and HE United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, the two agreements were signed by Acting Director General of QFFD Sultan Ahmed Al Aseeri and OCHA’s Director of Financing and Partnerships Division Lisa Doughten.

The first agreement entails providing an unearmarked multi-year primary funding amounting to USD 16 million. The second agreement involves QFFD’s commitment to supporting the Complex Emergency Response Fund (CERF) with a total sum of USD 1 million over one year, 2024. This funding is designated to enh
ance the capacity of humanitarian responders, ensuring the delivery of life-saving assistance in response to crises wherever and whenever they occur.

“Our continuous collaboration with OCHA reflects our commitment to addressing global humanitarian needs. The agreements we have signed will ensure the availability of necessary resources to effectively respond to crises worldwide, supporting UNOCHA during these challenging times,” said the Acting Director General of QFFD.

“As we continue to confront humanitarian emergencies around the world, the UN’s CERF empowers us to take swift action, even before crises erupt,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths. “I am grateful to the QFFD for their longstanding support and look forward to further deepening our partnership,” he added.

In a related context, the QFFD participated in a number of sessions, as part of the High-Level Strategic Dialogue, which addressed aspects of cooperation between the St
ate of Qatar and the OCHA and how to confront the challenges facing the humanitarian sector globally.

The High-Level Strategic Dialogue came with the aim of strengthening the interconnection, interaction, and relations between the State of Qatar and the OCHA to ensure organized strategic participation in a range of partnership issues and to determine strategic priorities and areas of cooperation to meet the growing humanitarian needs, thus being a milestone in the cooperation between Qatar and the OCHA.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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KSrelief Distributes over 950 Food Baskets in Sudan’s Northern State


Northern State, The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Saturday distributed 956 food baskets to displaced and the neediest families in the Northern State of the Republic of Sudan, benefiting 5,497 individuals as part of the second phase of the food-security support project in Sudan for 2024.

The assistance is part of a series of relief and humanitarian projects implemented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its humanitarian arm, KSrelief, to help the Sudanese people amid the humanitarian crisis.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Highly Qualified Saudi Cadres Serve Bangladeshi Pilgrims as Part of Makkah Route Initiative


Dhaka, The Makkah Route Initiative in Bangladesh has harnessed highly qualified Saudi cadres to assist pilgrims, bringing immense joy to their faces. Pilgrims from Bangladesh have benefited from the initiative’s services, completing their travel procedures in record time after obtaining Hajj visas and meeting health requirements. Additionally, luggage is coded and sorted according to transportation and accommodation arrangements in the Kingdom before being transported directly to their residences in Makkah and Madinah via dedicated routes. Competent authorities handle the delivery of luggage to their homes.

The Ministry of Interior is implementing the Makkah Route Initiative for the sixth year through the initiative’s lounges at 11 airports in 7 countries: Bangladesh, Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Ivory Coast. The initiative has contributed to providing high-quality services to 617,756 pilgrims in their home countries since its launch in 2017.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Interior Ministry Launches Special Stamp for Future Aviation Forum


Riyadh: The Ministry of Interior, represented by the General Directorate of Passports, in collaboration with the General Authority of Civil Aviation, has launched a special stamp for the Future Aviation Forum 2024 for arrivals to the Kingdom. This coincides with the start of the forum, which is being held between May 20 and 22 at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh.

The seal will be available to passengers through the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah throughout the forum’s period.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Malaysian Islamic Figures Praise Saudi Arabia’s Pioneering Role in Serving the Holy Qur’an, Memorizing it, and Spreading Moderate Islam


Kuala Lumpur, A number of Islamic figures based in Malaysia have appreciated the role that Saudi Arabia is playing under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and HRH the Crown Prince in supporting Muslims, encouraging their children to memorize the Holy Qur’an, and spreading the moderate teachings of Islam, it was reported on Sunday.

They were interviewed following the closing ceremony on Saturday, which honored the male and female laureates of the 16th edition of the National Itqan Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an. The competition was organized by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, represented by the Religious Attaché office at the Saudi Embassy in Malaysia, in cooperation with the Proficiency Foundation for Teaching the Holy Qur’an in Malaysia. The ceremony was held at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, where 54 male and female participants came top among 173 contestants out of 1,200 participants from
various Malaysian states.

Those interviewed highly valued the efforts Saudi Arabia is exerting, under the leadership of King Salman and HRH the Crown Prince, to spread the Holy Qur’an as well as Islam’s moderate concepts and beliefs, and to encourage its memorizers, particularly the youth from both genders.

They also paid tribute to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, led by Minister Sheikh Dr. Abdul Latif Al Al-Sheikh, for organizing this prestigious event in Malaysia.

The interviewees included the Mufti of the State of Perlis, Dr. Muhammad Asri Zainal Abidin; the founding director of the Itqan Education Foundation and head of the Department of the Qur’an and Sunnah at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, Dr. Nashwan bin Abdo; and a lecturer in the Department of Qur’anic Studies and Sunnah at the Islamic University of Malaysia, Abu Hafiz bin Salahuddin.

Source: Saudi Press Agency