UK carries out airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq

UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out four airstrikes in May against targets belonging to the terrorist group Daesh in Iraq. (Reuters/File Photo)
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Updated 29 May 2020

UK carries out airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq

  • MoD said all the operations conducted by the RAF had been successful

LONDON: The UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out four airstrikes in May against targets belonging to the terrorist group Daesh in Iraq.

The first, carried out on May 8, targeted a Daesh stronghold west of Tuz Khurmatu in the north of the country.

The second assault, on May 10, targeted a cave system that militants were using to shelter in. Two more attacks were launched on May 13 and May 26.

Two operations were conducted in April, marking the first such airstrikes by UK forces against Daesh in seven months. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the airstrikes came in response to an increase in Daesh activity in Iraq.

Multiple attacks by the group in Salahuddin, Kirkuk and Diyala provinces in early May left multiple people dead and wounded, as militants tried to capitalize on uncertainty in Iraq following the coronavirus outbreak.

The MoD said all the operations conducted by the RAF had been successful, and it had flown daily patrols across the region since Daesh lost control of its territory in Iraq and neighboring Syria in March 2019.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the strikes demonstrated that the country’s armed forces were doing all they could to protect it from “all those who seek to do us harm.”


Gaza residents donate blood for Beirut victims

Updated 05 August 2020

Gaza residents donate blood for Beirut victims

  • Dozens took part in a blood drive in the city of Khan Younis on Wednesday
  • “I donated my blood in a moment of loyalty to the Lebanese people,” said Khan Younis resident Abu Diab Ouida

GAZA: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are participating in a blood donation drive to try and help victims of the explosion in Beirut that has wounded thousands.
Dozens took part in a blood drive in the city of Khan Younis on Wednesday, which was sponsored by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Organizers said they will coordinate with the International Committee of the Red Cross to try to get the blood donations delivered to Lebanon.
“I donated my blood in a moment of loyalty to the Lebanese people,” said Khan Younis resident Abu Diab Ouida.
The Gaza Strip has been under a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007, after the Islamist militant group Hamas took power from Palestinian rivals in an armed coup. It remains unclear whether the donated blood will be able to reach Lebanon.