LIVE: Countries across Middle East continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions amid strict precautions

The Egyptian government announced new regulations to stop the further spread of the virus as the public prepared for life after lockdown and coexisting with the coronavirus. (File/AFP)
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Updated 01 June 2020

LIVE: Countries across Middle East continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions amid strict precautions

DUBAI: Countries in the Middle East are taking a range of different measures to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Egyptian government announced new regulations to stop the further spread of the virus as the public prepared for life after lockdown and coexisting with the coronavirus. Regulations include mandatory wearing of masks when leaving home. Offenders face fines of up to $254 for not wearing masks.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi announced a one-week ban on leaving or entering the emirate, and travel between its main cities, to be implemented from June 2. 
However, with the easing of restrictions, Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened on Sunday for the first time in more than two months. The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Islam’s holiest site outside of Saudi Arabia, also reopened for prayers for the first time since it was closed in mid-March. 
MONDAY (GMT time) 

17:45 - See how people are returning to Dubai's beaches as the lockdown eases.

17:15 - Britain on Monday reported 111 more coronavirus deaths - the lowest daily toll since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 23.
14:50 - Iraq's health ministry reported 10 new coronavirus deaths and 429 new confirmed cases.

12:39 - Saudi Arabia has reported 1,881 coronavirus cases, raising total to 87,142 including 64,306 recoveries and 525 fatalities.

12:07 - Bahrain has registered 406 new coronavirus cases.

11:47 - Iraq has denied Iranian reports about the resumption of visits to Shiite shrines.

10:46 - Oman has confirmed 786 coronavirus cases, bringing total to 12,223.

10:35 - The reimposition of complete curfew in Iraq was necessary to tackle the coronavirus spread, the World Health Organization said.

10:06 - Kuwait has reported 719 coronavirus cases and 1,513 recoveries.

09:56 - Iran has recorded 81 coronavirus deaths and 2,979 cases, bringing the total number of infected people to 154,445.

09:34 - Malaysia has reported 38 coronavirus cases, raising total to 7,857 with no deaths.

08:56 - Afghanistan has confirmed eight coronavirus deaths and 545 infected cases, raising total to 15,750.

08:37 - Emirates President Tim Clark said it could take the airline four years to rebuild its network that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.

07:39 - Russia has reported 9,035 coronavirus cases and 162 deaths in the past 24 hours.

06:54 - Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has tested positive for coronavirus, Russian news agencies reported citing him on Facebook.

05:53 - Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday, as the metropolis eased its restrictions in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
05:31 - Turkey re-opens restaurants, cafes and parks on Monday and lifts inter-city travel curbs as the country eases restrictions taken to fight the coronavirus outbreak. President Tayyip Erdogan’s government has been gradually easing the restrictions over recent weeks, as authorities say the outbreak is now under control.
05:07 - Financial stocks led Indian shares higher on Monday, as the country geared up to further open its economy after a months-long lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Coalition forces intercept Houthi drones in Yemeni airspace

Updated 15 August 2020

Coalition forces intercept Houthi drones in Yemeni airspace

  • Houthi drones were shot down before leaving Yemeni airspace

DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen have intercepted a number of armed Houthi drones, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.

The drones were shot down in Yemeni airspace on Saturday evening after being launched by militia in the country’s capital city, Sana’a according to the state news agency SPA.

There was no suggestion that anyone was hurt in the incident.

The Houthis regualrly fire drones towards Saudi Arabia in breach of international law, but the majority are shot down without causing any fatalities or injuries.