Qaradawi to visit Gaza

Updated 28 April 2013

Qaradawi to visit Gaza

GAZA CITY: The head of Gaza’s Islamic Affairs Ministry says the prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf Qaradawi will visit the Hamas-ruled territory in May.
It’s the first visit by the Qatar-based cleric who is widely-respected through the Muslim world, and underscores his support for the Islamic group Hamas.
It also shows how Hamas has slowly been breaking its diplomatic isolation after years of blockade. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also expected to visit the Gaza Strip in May. The emir of Gulf state Qatar visited last year.
Gaza minister Ismail Ridwan didn’t say how long Qaradawi would stay. Spokesmen for the cleric weren’t immediately available.


World Food Programme plans wheat imports for Beirut

Updated 1 min 39 sec ago

World Food Programme plans wheat imports for Beirut

  • WFP is ready to offer supply chain management and logistical support to Lebanon

ZURICH, Switzerland: The World Food Programme plans to import wheat flour and grains for bakeries and mills to help protect against food shortages across Lebanon after a blast wrecked its main port in Beirut, the United Nations agency said on Friday.
“WFP is concerned that the explosion and the damage to the port will exacerbate an already grim food security situation – that has worsened because of the country’s profound financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic,” a spokeswoman said in notes prepared for a UN briefing in Geneva, adding it would be providing food parcels to thousands of families.
“WFP also stands ready to offer supply chain management and logistical support and expertise to Lebanon,” it said.