UAE reports lower daily cases, 563 new infections

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Updated 28 May 2020

UAE reports lower daily cases, 563 new infections

  • There were also 3 fatalities and 314 recoveries
  • The health authority has conducted over 38,000 new coronavirus tests

DUBAI: The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has confirmed 563 new coronavirus cases, state news agency WAM reported on Thursday.
The new cases were detected after conducting over 38,000 new tests, increasing the total number of infected people in the country to 32,532.
The authority has also reported three more fatalities, bringing the death toll to 258. There were also 314 further recoveries, bumping the total number of patients to recover to 16,685.
Meanwhile, Dubai’s government has announced the return of 50 percent of government employees to work from the office under “intensified precautionary measures” to protect their health, Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said.
The emirate has also allowed for more businesses to reopen, such as gyms, cinemas and others, and to operate for longer hours, from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.


Turkey urges Baghdad to cooperate as operations against Kurdish militants to continue

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Turkey urges Baghdad to cooperate as operations against Kurdish militants to continue

  • In June, Ankara launched a new ground offensive, dubbed Operation Claw Tiger, that saw Turkish troops advance deeper into Iraq
  • The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984

ANKARA: Turkey will continue its cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq if Baghdad continues to overlook the militants’ presence in the region, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, urging Iraqi authorities to cooperate with Ankara.
Turkey has regularly attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, both in its mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where the group is based. In June, Ankara launched a new ground offensive, dubbed Operation Claw Tiger, that saw Turkish troops advance deeper into Iraq.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned Turkish Ambassador Fatih Yildiz to submit a letter of protest over Turkey’s violations, state news agency INA reported.

The Ministry summoned Yildiz due to Turkey’s “violations and breaches, including the latest drone attack in Erbil, Kurdistan, which killed two officers and a soldier,” Wednesday’s statement said.

The letter demands Turkey investigates the attack, punishes the perpetrators and withdraws all forces from Iraq.

On Tuesday, a Turkish air strike in northern Iraq killed two members of Iraq’s border guard and their driver, Iraq’s military said, calling the attack a “flagrant aggression.”
Iraq’s foreign ministry then said Baghdad canceled a visit by Turkey’s defense minister to the country.
In a statement early on Thursday, Turkey’s foreign ministry said PKK presence also threatened Iraq and that it was Baghdad’s responsibility to take measures against the militants, but that Ankara will defend its borders if the PKK’s presence is allowed.
“Our country is ready to cooperate with Iraq on this issue. However, in the event PKK presence in Iraq is overlooked, our country is determined to take the measures it deems necessary for its border security no matter where it may be,” the ministry said. “We call on Iraq to take the necessary steps for this.”
The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, focused in southeast Turkey.