Bahrain makes face masks compulsory in public, allows shops to re-open

Doctors check a traveller in their designated residential area to check on residents who returned from Iran if anyone is infected with the novel coronavirus, at Isa Town Health Center, south of Manama, Bahrain, March 2, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 09 April 2020

Bahrain makes face masks compulsory in public, allows shops to re-open

  • The Kingdom made wearing face masks in public areas compulsory for citizens and residents as well as shop workers
  • Shops that provide goods or services directly to customers will re-open

RIYADH: Bahrain said Thursday it would allow shops that provide goods or services directly to customers to re-open if they take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
The Kingdom also made wearing face masks in public areas compulsory for citizens and residents as well as shop workers, the state Bahrain News Agency reported.
It also called on facilities that will receive customers to avoid overcrowding inside stores, and to allow for sufficient distancing between individuals. This is to be applied starting 7 p.m. local time. 
The report said the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has made more than a million medical masks available in markets and pharmacies starting Wednesday to contribute in the fight against COVID-19.


Jets hit Libya’s Al-Watiya Air Base where Turkey may build base

An image grab taken from a video released on July 3, 2020, by the Turkish Defence Ministry shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (C) greeting Libyan officials upon his arrival in Tripoli. (AFP)
Updated 06 July 2020

Jets hit Libya’s Al-Watiya Air Base where Turkey may build base

  • Turkish support was vital to the GNA in turning back the LNA offensive with advanced air defenses and drone strikes that targeted Khalifa’s supply lines and troop buildups

BENGHAZI: Warplanes struck overnight at an air base that was recently recaptured by Libya’s internationally recognized government from eastern forces with help from Turkey, a military source with the eastern forces and a resident nearby said.
The strikes were carried out by “unknown aircraft,” the military source with the Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said.
A resident at the nearby town of Zintan said explosions were heard from the direction of the base.
Al-Watiya’s recapture in May by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli marked the start of a sudden collapse of the LNA’s 14-month assault to seize the capital and its retreat along the coast to the new frontlines.
Turkish support was vital to the GNA in turning back the LNA offensive with advanced air defenses and drone strikes that targeted Khalifa’s supply lines and troop buildups.
A Turkish source said last month that Turkey was in talks with the GNA to establish two bases in Libya, one of them at Watiya, the most important air base in western Libya.
Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was in Tripoli for meetings with the GNA on Friday and Saturday and Akar swore to do all that was necessary to help it, a Turkish Defense Ministry statement said.
Last month, the US said Russia had sent at least 14 MiG29 and Su-24 warplanes to an LNA base via Syria, where their Russian airforce markings were removed.
Turkish involvement in Libya has also angered France and Greece and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has warned of new sanctions on Ankara.
The GNA and LNA are now mobilizing forces at the new frontlines between the cities of Misrata and Sirte.