Oman closes schools, ports in south while Yemen prepares for cyclone Luban

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Oman is on alert after the meteorology center upgraded Luban to tropical cyclone category one while Yemen issued a warning. (Photo courtesy/ Oman Meteorology PACA)
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Updated 11 October 2018
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Oman closes schools, ports in south while Yemen prepares for cyclone Luban

  • Health authorities in Yemen’s western province of Mahrah have taken precautionary measures
  • Oman has closed schools and ports in the southern part of the country

DUBAI: Oman has closed schools and ports in the southern part of the country while Yemen’s local authorities prepared health facilities ahead of cyclone Luban.

Health authorities in Yemen’s western province of Mahrah took precautionary measures and have called on hospitals, medical staff and emergency services to be on alert.

“We have coordinated with local authorities in preparation for cyclone Luban to ensure the safety of citizens,” the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and Population, Awad Mubarak Saad, told Arab News.

Residents in the area have been told to stay in safe places and to avoid valleys and other areas likely to flood in anticipation of severe weather in the coming hours.

Meanwhile, the director general of Salalah port ceased all operations on Thursday morning while schools in Dhofar province were shut down. Local authorities have said that school buildings would be used as shelters if needed as fears grew of the cyclone.

A meeting was also held at Salalah airport to discuss potential impacts of Luban, Times of Oman reported.

Meteorological experts said coastal areas in southern Oman are expected to receive heavy rain and high winds, with waves reaching heights of six to eight meters.  

Luban, which is currently a category one cyclone, is likely to develop into a Category 2 cyclone within the next 48 hours, Oman’s Public Authority of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday.

Luban is traveling northwest, and cloud bands of the cyclone are currently 327 kilometers away from the coast of Oman.


Iraqi special forces kill 14 Daesh militants in country’s north

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Iraqi special forces kill 14 Daesh militants in country’s north

  • The forces that said during the operation, Iraqi forces received support from warplanes of the US-led coalition
  • The operation lasted for two days and included Iraqi special forces rappelling from helicopters

BAGHDAD: Iraqi special forces say they have conducted an operation near the northern city of Kirkuk in which they killed 14 members of the Daesh group.
A statement from Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces on Monday says that during the operation, Iraqi forces received support from warplanes of the US-led coalition
The statement says the operation, just south of Kirkuk, lasted for two days and included Iraqi special forces rappelling from helicopters.
Although Iraq declared victory against Daesh in July 2017, the extremists have since been trying to mount a guerrilla-style insurgency, going into hiding and staging surprise attacks in different parts of the country.