Egyptian forces kill 21 militants in North Sinai

A picture taken on July 26, 2018 shows Egyptian policemen driving on a road leading to the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish. (File/AFP)
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Updated 23 May 2020

Egyptian forces kill 21 militants in North Sinai

  • Militants loyal to Daesh are active in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula
  • Two officers were wounded in an exchange of fire during the operation

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces killed 21 suspected militants in North Sinai, part of a group that the interior ministry said was planning attacks over the Eid holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, state television reported on Saturday.
Two officers were wounded in an exchange of fire during the operation, according to a ministry statement cited in the report, which did not say when the operation took place.
Eid begins on Sunday. Militants loyal to Daesh are active in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt has been battling an insurgency for years.


Yemen receives COVID-19 aid as medical sector struggles with virus

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Yemen receives COVID-19 aid as medical sector struggles with virus

  • Coronavirus continues to spread in several governorates in Yemen
  • The shipment contains 8,000 testing kits and 15 tonnes of medicine, equipment and safety gear

DUBAI: A shipment of coronavirus aid arrived in Aden on Tuesday as Yemen’s medical sector continues to struggle with the spread of the virus. 
A medical package of 8,000 testing kits and 15 tonnes of medicine, equipment and safety gear was sent by UNICEF, state news agency Saba New reported.
Coronavirus continues to spread in several governorates in Yemen as the country’s battered medical sector is unable to deliver, the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) said earlier this week. 
The country only has six labs where coronavirus can be tested, which according to the IOM makes the impact of the disease is hidden. 
“Lack of access to soap and water means the illness can spread faster,” a report by the IOM said.  
The country also lacks ventilators and PCR tests, official spokesman for the Supreme Emergency Committee for Combating Coronavirus Ishraq Al-Siba’i told Saba New last month.
The country’s health sector has been battered by five years of war between the Iran-backed Houthi militia and the government, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.