Oman to repatriate expats in July amid coronavirus outbreak

A picture taken on September 27, 2019 at the Airbus delivery center in Colomiers, southwestern France shows a logo of SalamAir low cost airline based in Oman. (File/AFP)
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Updated 14 July 2020

Oman to repatriate expats in July amid coronavirus outbreak

  • The foreign nationals will leave between July 14 to 18
  • The destinations of the flights are India, Pakistan, Egypt, Germany and Greece

DUBAI: Oman said it will operate 17 repatriation flights in July to multiple destinations as part of its efforts to return expats to their home countries amid the coronavirus pandemic, local daily Times of Oman reported.
The foreign nationals will leave between July 14 to 18. The destinations of the flights are India, Pakistan, Egypt, Germany and Greece.
Three flights are scheduled to take off on July 14. Oman Air has set a special flight to Athens, while SalamAir scheduled flights to Sialkot in Pakistan and Alexandria.
Three flights will also operate on July 15 to Srinagar in India, Multan in Pakistan, and Cairo.
On July 16, three SalamAir flights will travel to Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan, while an Oman Air flight will depart to Frankfurt, and one more Vande Bharat aircraft will head to Lucknow in northern India.
Two Vande Bharat flights will also take off on July 17 from Muscat to Vijayawada and Mumbai, while one flight has been scheduled to depart on July 18 to Delhi.


More tribal clashes in Sudanese city; death toll at 25

Updated 5 min 28 sec ago

More tribal clashes in Sudanese city; death toll at 25

  • Fighting erupted this week between Beni Amer tribe and the displaced Nuba tribe

CAIRO, Juba: Tribal clashes that have gripped a Sudanese port city over the past three days have killed at least 25 people and wounded scores, a doctors’ association said on Wednesday.

The fighting in Port Sudan in the eastern province of Red Sea erupted earlier this week between the Beni Amer tribe and the displaced Nuba tribe. It was not the first time the two tribes clashed in Port Sudan or elsewhere in the county.

The clashes prompted local authorities on Tuesday to impose a round-the-clock curfew across the city. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Wednesday that troops have been deployed to Port Sudan to help contain the fighting.

He urged political parties in eastern Sudan to cooperate with local authorities to “protect security and social peace.”

The Sudan Doctors’ Committee said the clashes continued until late on Tuesday. The death toll climbed to 25, after 13 people were initially reported killed on Tuesday, it said. At least 87 others were wounded.

The committee is part of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association that spearheaded nationwide protests against longtime leader Omar Bashir. The military ousted Bashir amid the protests in April last year.

Local media reported that several houses and shops were set on fire amid the violence in Port Sudan.

The tensions between the two tribes date back to May 2019 in the eastern city of Qadarif, mainly over water and other resources. The clashes flared up in August last year in Port Sudan, when at least three dozen people from both sides were killed. They also clashed in January in the port city, when nine people were killed.

The tribal violence poses a significant challenge to efforts of Sudan’s transitional authorities to stabilize the country amid a fragile transition to democracy.