Egypt to operate last repatriation flight from Kuwait

Egypt to operate last repatriation flight from Kuwait
Egypt has operated over 30 repatriation flights from Kuwait alone. (File/AFP)
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Updated 22 May 2020

Egypt to operate last repatriation flight from Kuwait

Egypt to operate last repatriation flight from Kuwait
  • The flight repatriated 300 Egyptians
  • In total, 6,300 nationals have returned from Kuwait

DUBAI: Cairo’s flag carrier EgyptAir operated its last repatriation flight from Kuwait on Thursday to return 300 citizens, the Egyptian embassy said.
The country has operated a total of 36 similar trips from Kuwait, which flew 6,300 Egyptians home.
The Civil Aviation Ministry said they operated five repatriation flights from several Gulf countries on Tuesday: three from Abu Dhabi and one from each Jeddah and Muscat. 
Countries have been repatriating their citizens as international airports have closed down in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Egypt’s current coronavirus situation is at 15,003 total infections, 4,217 recovered patients and 696 fatalities.


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.