Kuwait shuts government offices and schools ahead of next wave of extreme weather

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A picture taken on November 10, 2018 shows the damage in a flooded street in al-Fahahil district, south of Kuwait City, following heavy rain in the Gulf emirate. (AFP)
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Damaged cars are pictured following heavy rain in a flooded parking lot in al-Fahahil district, south of Kuwait City, on November 10, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 14 November 2018
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Kuwait shuts government offices and schools ahead of next wave of extreme weather

  • Kuwait will witness heavy rainfall with the possibility of torrential rains in some areas
  • The warning comes after one person was killed and more than 400 injured in flooding last week

JEDDAH: Kuwait will shut government ministries, state institutions and schools from Wednesday after forecasters warned of three days of extreme weather.

The General Directorate of Meteorology, said Kuwait will witness heavy rainfall with the possibility of torrential rains in some areas, the state news agency KUNA reported.

The warning comes after one person was killed and more than 400 injured in flooding last week.

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The supreme committee for emergency operations at Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior has intensified its efforts to prepare for the unstable weather.

Work has been underway to clear waterways and drains to avoid the the build up of flood water on the streets and main roads, as well as in tunnels.

 


Turkey sends weapons to opposition fighters in Syria

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters get a major boost as Ankara backs them with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them hold their ground. (Reuters)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Turkey sends weapons to opposition fighters in Syria

  • Ankara signals readiness to preserve its influence in Syria’s Idlib province in northwestern region

AMMAN: Turkey has equipped an array of mainstream Syrian opposition fighters it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault, senior opposition officials and opposition sources said on Saturday.
Russia is backing the Syrian army’s large aerial and ground assault as it seeks to gain control of the last big stretch of opposition-held territory in the northwest of the country.
Syria’s Bashar Assad launched the assault last month, saying fighters had breached an existing cease-fire, triggering a civilian exodus by bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas. It has been the biggest escalation since last summer between Assad and the opposition fighters in Idlib province and a belt of territory around it.
Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey, two senior opposition figures said.

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Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey.

In doing so Turkey signaled its readiness to preserve its influence in northwestern Syria, where it has beefed up its troop presence in a dozen military bases that were set up under a de-escalation deal with Russia, a senior opposition commander said. Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment.
Overnight, a Turkish military convoy arrived in a base in northern Hama near opposition-held Jabal Al-Zawiya, where Russian and Syrian jets have been pounding for weeks, a fighter and a witness said.
The delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles helped roll back some army gains and retake the strategically located town of Kfar Nabouda.