COVID-19 crisis leaves millions of Iranians unemployed, charity pledges aid

COVID-19 crisis leaves millions of Iranians unemployed, charity pledges aid
Iran is one of the hardest-hit countries, along with Italy, Spain, and the US. (File/AFP)
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Updated 04 April 2020

COVID-19 crisis leaves millions of Iranians unemployed, charity pledges aid

COVID-19 crisis leaves millions of Iranians unemployed, charity pledges aid
  • Affected citizens will receive 2,000,000 Iranian Rials each, approximately $12.5 at free market rate
  • Around two million Iranians are not covered by state benefits or charities

DUBAI: Two million Iranians who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis will receive financial assistance from Iran Red Crescent Society, according to a report by Persian media Radio Farda.

These Iranians, according to the group’s chief, are not covered by state benefits or charities – they are not employed by state-run departments nor covered by the Relief and Welfare Committee.

“The coronavirus crisis has hit a significant number of vulnerable individuals including daily wage earners and street peddlers. The Red Crescent Society will provide help to these people in the coming days,” Karim Hemmati, Red Crescent chief said.

Hemmati added the affected citizens will receive 2,000,000 Rials each – approximately $12.5 at free market rate, according to Radio Farda.


UK slams ‘illegal’ Israeli settlement plans 

The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
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UK slams ‘illegal’ Israeli settlement plans 

The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters/File Photo)
  • Britain ‘seriously concerned’ by decision to approve 780 new units in West Bank

LONDON: The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank.

In a statement issued by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), James Cleverly said the UK is “seriously concerned by Israel’s decision to approve 780 new settlement units in the West Bank. We urge Israel not to proceed with their construction.” 

He added: “Settlements are illegal under international law and risk undermining the physical viability of the two state solution.”

The new plans were announced on Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Sunday, a government committee moved to ratify the construction of some 365 homes while giving preliminary approval for another 415, according to Israeli anti-settlement campaign group Peace Now.

An FCDO spokesman called for the construction of settlements “in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank to cease immediately.”

In November, Cleverly criticized Israel’s decision to start proceedings for the construction of 1,257 settlement homes in Givat HaMatos.