Israeli military strikes Gaza after overnight rocket fire

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars over the past decade. (AFP)
Updated 07 January 2019
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Israeli military strikes Gaza after overnight rocket fire

  • The military says it targeted a militant camp in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday
  • Israel and Hamas have fought three wars over the past decade

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military has struck Hamas sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire toward Israel.
The military says it targeted a militant camp in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday. It followed an overnight rocket attack toward the city of Ashkelon. The rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. There were no reported injuries on either side.
The exchange marked a brief flare up two months after a massive wave of rocket attacks led to fierce Israeli retaliation and nearly brought the region toward another war. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars over the past decade.
The Israeli military says it holds Hamas responsible for all rockets emanating from its territory. Hamas has ruled Gaza since it seized control of the coastal territory in 2007.


Labor complaints in Oman drop by 14 percent

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Labor complaints in Oman drop by 14 percent

  • The trade union more than tripled its field inspections to companies
  • It received 479 complaints and cases in 2018 from 558 in 2017

DUBAI: Complaints involving breaches of labor laws in Oman dropped significantly in the last four years, the daily Times of Oman said.

According to the report, the General Federation of Oman Trade Union (GFOTU), established in 2014, received 479 complaints and cases in 2018 – a 14 percent decrease from 558 in 2017.

The drop could be associated with several factors, including the establishment of GFOTU, founded “to represent Oman’s workers before official authorities and local, regional and international forums.”

Another reason is the heightened inspection trips by the federation, which has more than tripled its field visits to companies from 32 in 2015 to 109 in 2018.

“It is important indeed to solve employee problems quickly, because we need a skilled workforce,” Nabhan Al-Batashi, chairman of GFOTU, said.