COVID-19 claims 107 more lives in Iraq

Iraq announced 107 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,415 new cases of the disease on Wednesday. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 01 July 2020

COVID-19 claims 107 more lives in Iraq

  • The total number of recoveries in the country increased to 26,267 after 1,507 more patients recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,050 people have succumbed to the virus in Iraq so far

LONDON: Iraq announced 107 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,415 new cases of the disease on Wednesday.
Of the new cases, 341 and 235 were recorded in Baghdad’s Al-Rusafa and Al-Karkh districts respectively. Southern Iraq’s Dhi Qar province recorded 252 new cases and Diwaniya 185.
The total number of recoveries in the country increased to 26,267 after 1,507 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 2,050 people have succumbed to the virus in Iraq so far.
Meanwhile, doctors in Iraq are complaining of unpaid salaries, mask shortages and threats from patients’ families as they face a long-feared spike in coronavirus cases.


Israeli jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza: military

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Israeli jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza: military

  • Israeli fighter jets carried out strikes on Hamas facilities in Gaza

JERUSALEM: Israeli fighter jets carried out strikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip after a “rocket” was fired from the Hamas-controlled enclave toward the Jewish state, its military said Monday.
Israel said Sunday night a “projectile” fired from Gaza had been intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-rocket system.
It was the first to be fired from the Palestinian coastal enclave since the first week of July, and set off sirens, the Israeli army said.
In response, “our fighter jets and & aircraft just struck subterranean Hamas terror facilities in Gaza,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the regional council of Shaar Hanegev, the area where the sirens sounded, said the projectile launched from Gaza had not caused any damage or casualties.
Israel and Islamist movement Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.
Despite a truce in recent months, they have periodically exchanged fire, with militants in the strip lobbing rockets into Israel and the Jewish state responding with strikes against targets inside Gaza.