Saudi Arabia sends 19 thousand food baskets to Yemen

Updated 13 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia sends 19 thousand food baskets to Yemen

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action has sent trucks filled with food baskets to Yemen, Saudi news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.
The trucks, carrying 19 thousand food baskets, reached Yemen’s capital Sanaa and the provinces of Jouf, Marib as well as other Yemeni governorates.
About 75 percent of Yemen’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance, the UN said, including 11.3 million children who cannot survive without it.
At least 60 percent of Yemenis do not have enough to eat, and 16 million people do not have safe water and proper sanitation.
The situation was worsened by the conflict in Yemen that has been ongoing since 2015 between supporters of the internationally recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Iran-backed Houthi militias.
 


Turkey launches new gas drillship amid tensions with Cyprus

Updated 20 June 2019
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Turkey launches new gas drillship amid tensions with Cyprus

  • Turkey’s energy minister boarded the 230-meter (750-foot) vessel, the Yavuz, which can drill to an estimated depth of up to 12,000 meters (40,000 feet), in a ceremony on Thursday
  • EU leaders meeting in Brussels are mulling possible actions against Turkey

ISTANBUL: Turkey has launched a second drillship that will drill for gas off neighboring Cyprus’ east coast despite European Union warnings to refrain from such illegal actions or face sanctions.
Turkey’s energy minister boarded the 230-meter (750-foot) vessel, the Yavuz, which can drill to an estimated depth of up to 12,000 meters (40,000 feet), in a ceremony on Thursday.
Another Turkish drillship is already drilling 40 miles off EU member Cyprus’ west coast in waters where the ethnically divided island nation has exclusive economic rights. The Cypriot government condemned the Turkish action as a violation of international law and its sovereign rights.
EU leaders meeting in Brussels are mulling possible actions against Turkey. Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said that his country would defend its rights and those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to the area’s energy reserves “until the end” and would continue drilling “without interruptions.” Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence.
In a dig at the 28-member EU, Donmez said Turkey rejects “attempts by actors from outside the region to delineate” the eastern Mediterranean.
He said the Yavuz will be drilling off Cyprus’ eastern coast in coming months.
Cyprus has divided its exclusive economic zone off its southern coast into 13 blocks, or areas. Turkey, which doesn’t recognize Cyprus as a state, says parts of three blocks off the island’s west coast fall within its own continental shelf. Turkish Cypriots claim most of seven blocks in the east.
The Cypriot government says any potential gas proceeds will be shared equitably with Turkish Cypriots after a reunification deal is agreed upon and has created a fund into which all such revenues will flow.