Israel orders northern Gazans to leave; airstrike kills 15 near mosque

Updated 13 July 2014

Israel orders northern Gazans to leave; airstrike kills 15 near mosque

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area “for their own safety.”
In a statement Saturday, the military said it would send messages to residents overnight to leave the area.
Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, the chief military spokesman, said Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours as it steps up an offensive against Gaza militants.
Officials say the area has been used to fire rockets at Tel Aviv.
Medical officials in the Gaza Strip say 15 people have been killed in an Israeli airstrike that attacked a target near a mosque.
Health Ministry official Ashraf Al-Kidra says the airstrike took place just as people were ending evening prayers at the mosque.
It was not clear what the target of the airstrike was.
It was the deadliest single airstrike during Israel’s current 5-day-old offensive in Gaza.


Jordan cautions public as mosques reopen amid COVID-19 outbreak

Updated 18 min 52 sec ago

Jordan cautions public as mosques reopen amid COVID-19 outbreak

  • The circular outlined a number of precautions required as soon as mosques reopen on Friday

DUBAI: Jordan’s Awqaf Ministry has urged local authorities to follow health precautions as mosques reopen, state news agency Petra reported.

The circular outlined a number of precautions required as soon as mosques reopen on Friday – including sanitation procedures, physical distancing rules, and mandatory protective gear for worshippers.

Awqaf Minister Mohammad Khalaileh stressed the importance of disinfection of all mosques before and after use. He said signs must be placed to ensure appropriate distance between worshippers.

He said both mosque personnel and worshippers should wear face masks and gloves and avoid physical contact with people through shaking hands and other customary actions.

Worshippers should bring their own prayer mats, the minister said, adding mosques should not turn on air conditioners and fans and keep doors and windows open during a service.