Jordan to reopen mosques and churches for prayer

A rainbow is seen over a closed mosque during the first day of Eid al-Fitr after the government imposed a full lockdown amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amman, Jordan May 24, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 28 May 2020

Jordan to reopen mosques and churches for prayer

  • Mosques would reopen on June 5 for worshippers to perform Friday prayers
  • Churches will open on Sunday June 7

CAIRO: Jordan will begin lifting a ban on prayers in mosques and churches from next week as the government eases restrictions introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19. 
The Kingdom’s Islamic Affairs Minister Mohammed Al-Khalayla said mosques would reopen on June 5 for worshippers to perform Friday prayers, which have been banned since April. 
The minister said mosques would open for Friday prayers as a start, which Muslims are obliged to perform in congregation. 
However, regarding other daily prayers, the mosques would only be allowed to recite the prayer call and worshippers would be asked to pray at home. 
Similarly, President of the Jordan Churches Council Archbishop Christophorus Attallah announced the reopening of churches on Sunday June 7.
Archbishop Attallah said the return to churches requires worshippers to abide by safety measures. 
The elderly or anyone showing symptoms of illness must avoid praying at mosques and churches, the religious figures said.


Sudan says Ethiopia denies filling the Renaissance dam reservoir

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Sudan says Ethiopia denies filling the Renaissance dam reservoir

  • Ethiopia’s charge d’affaires in Khartoum told a Sudanese official that his country had not closed the dam gates
  • Egypt asked Ethiopia for urgent clarification on whether it had started filling the reservoir on Wednesday

CAIRO: Ethiopia has told Sudan that news reports that it had started filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir on the Blue Nile were incorrect, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
Ethiopia’s charge d’affaires in Khartoum also told a senior Sudanese Foreign Ministry official in a meeting that his country had not closed the dam gates, the statement added.
Ethiopian Water Minister Seleshi Bekele said on Wednesday in televised comments, of which a transcript was given to Reuters by his office, that “the construction of the dam and the filling of the water go hand in hand.”
“The filling of the dam doesn’t need to wait until the completion of the dam,” he added.
However, the Sudanese statement quoted the Ethiopian envoy as saying that the minister “did not make the comments attributed to him yesterday about starting the process of filling the dam.”
Addis Ababa is committed to continuing African Union- sponsored talks with Sudan and Egypt over the dam, its envoy was quoted as saying.
Earlier this week talks between the three nations to regulate the flow of water from the dam failed to reach agreement.
Sudan and Egypt both fear the $4 billion hydroelectric dam could lead to water shortages in their own nations.
The project has raised concerns in Egypt that already limited Nile waters will be further restricted. The Blue Nile is a tributary of the Nile from which Egypt gets 90% of its fresh water.
Egypt asked Ethiopia for urgent clarification on whether it had started filling the reservoir, the foreign ministry in Cairo said on Wednesday.