US Special forces deliver babies for Syrian refugees

Conditions in the Rukban camp deteriorated sharply after Jordan sealed the border. (File/AFP)
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Updated 02 April 2020

US Special forces deliver babies for Syrian refugees

  • The US base commanders were unwilling to help at first, however, pressure by activists in the UK contacting the UK Foreign Office lead to them agreeing
  • The camp’s medical officer was not trained in childbirth but was able to perform the surgery with the help of a colleague who guided the officer via video link from the US

LONDON: US Special Forces helped pregnant Syrian women deliver their children in a refugee camp in eastern Syria, UK daily The Times reported.
The US base commanders were unwilling to help at first, however, pressure by activists in the UK contacting the UK Foreign Office lead to them agreeing.
Volunteers at the Rukban camp in the eastern Al-Tanf area got in touch with the Syria Solidarity Campaign in in the UK asking the Foreign Office for help.
The camp’s medical officer was not trained in childbirth but was able to perform the surgery with the help of a colleague who guided the officer via video link from the US.


Kuwait keen to revive pandemic-hit tourism sector

Updated 07 July 2020

Kuwait keen to revive pandemic-hit tourism sector

  • A Kuwaiti minister said there have been “great efforts” being put to re-activate the tourism industry
  • The minister said the country also has plans to diversify markets, invest in human resources, and sign cooperation deals with other countries

DUBAI: Kuwait is determined to overcome the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s tourism sector, a state minister said, according to state news agency KUNA.
Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri said there have been “great efforts” being put to re-activate the tourism industry, acknowledging it had been one of the hardest-hit sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Al-Jabri said the country was preparing to resume operations at local airports for when tourists are allowed to enter the country in August.
There have also been preparations done to reopen land and marine borders, he added.
The minister said the country also has plans to diversify markets, invest in human resources, and sign cooperation deals with other countries.
Meanwhile, 112 stores were ordered to close in June due to violations of health measures as Kuwait gradually returns to normal life.
Nearly 2,500 warnings have been issued to stores, cafes, salons, and restaurants and markets.