Kuwait issues safety guidelines for resumption of air travel

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Updated 22 July 2020

Kuwait issues safety guidelines for resumption of air travel

  • The guidelines include random testing of passengers, mandatory use of face masks, and maintaining physical distance
  • Kuwait International Airport will start allowing commercial flights from Aug. 1

DUBAI: Kuwait’s civil aviation authority has released a set of rules to ensure the safe resumption of air travel next month, Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, reported.

The guidelines include random testing of passengers, mandatory use of face masks, and maintaining physical distance.

Departing travelers are also required to provide negative COVID-19 certificates before boarding their flights. Manual checking of tickets will be replaced with digital scanning to avoid physical contact.

Kuwait International Airport will start allowing commercial flights from Aug. 1 at no more than 30 percent capacity. The resumption will come in three stages.


Turkey detains Kurdish opposition members over terrorism links

Updated 01 October 2020

Turkey detains Kurdish opposition members over terrorism links

  • The detainees included local party heads from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and municipality council members in the province

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities detained 19 people including two Kurdish deputy mayors in the northeastern province of Kars as part of a terrorism related operation, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Thursday.
The detainees included local party heads from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and municipality council members in the province, Anadolu said.
The authorities detained suspects as they were determined to have aided Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members, attended meetings and operated under their orders, Anadolu said.
Last week, the HDP mayor of Kars along with dozens others were detained over violent protests in 2014 against an attack on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.
President Tayyip Erdogan’s government accuses the HDP of having links to the PKK militant group, leading to prosecutions of thousands of its members and some leaders. The HDP denies such links.
Since March 2019 local elections, mayors have been replaced by trustees in more than half of the roughly 65 municipalities won by the HDP. Ankara has appointed governors and other local authorities as trustees in those districts.
The former co-leaders of the HDP have both been jailed since 2016 on terrorism charges, with several other prominent party members accused of supporting terrorism over what the government says are links to the PKK.