Two rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone: Iraq military

Above, the US embassy compound in Baghdad’s Green Zone, which was targeted by rocket attacks on Thursday. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Two rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone: Iraq military

  • Intended target appeared to be the US embassy, a sprawling compound a few hundred meters south of where the rockets hit

BAGHDAD: Two rockets slammed into the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, the high-security enclave home to government buildings and foreign embassies, early on Thursday, the military said.
An Iraqi security source told AFP the intended target appeared to be the US embassy, a sprawling compound a few hundred meters south of where the rockets hit.
It is the 26th such attack targeting installations where foreign troops or diplomats are based across Iraq since late October.


Palestinian refugees in Lebanon receive first COVID-19 tests, Jordan discuss financial support with PLO

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Palestinian refugees in Lebanon receive first COVID-19 tests, Jordan discuss financial support with PLO

  • Lebanon began coronavirus examination trials at Al-Hamshari Hospital in the southern city of Sidon
  • Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi spoke with PLO about cooperation between Jordan and Palestine in facing the pandemic

DUBAI: Lebanon has begun the first round of COVID-19 tests for Palestinian refugees on Tuesday, while Jordan looks to mobilize efforts to financially support United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Lebanon began coronavirus examination trials at Al-Hamshari Hospital in the southern city of Sidon, Lebanese national The Daily Star reported.
Palestinian refugees who live in cramped quarters are especially vulnerable to a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
The UNRWA has been criticized for its lack of assistance with preventative measures against the virus in the camps, the report said.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi spoke with the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) executive committee, Saeb Erekat, about cooperation between Jordan and Palestine in facing the pandemic, The Jordan Times reported. 
Safadi and Erekat also covered efforts to mobilize financial support to UNRWA to enable it to continue offering vital services to refugees under the difficult circumstances that have placed additional burdens on the UN agency, which is already facing a financial crisis, according to a ministry statement.
Safadi discussed Jordan’s efforts to secure UNRWA’s - which is already facing a financial crisis - deficit of $14 million to face the crisis.