Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza

Flames are seen following an Israeli air strike in the town of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, early on Nov. 22, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 22 November 2020

Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza

  • No casualties reported on either side of the border

GAZA: Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said on Sunday.
There were no casualties reported on either side of the border. Israeli police said the Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the southern city of Ashkelon.
The Israeli military said its aircraft struck in response against several military sites belonging to Hamas, the Islamist armed group that controls Gaza.
Reuters witnesses said the pre-dawn strikes hit targets in Gaza City and the southern Gaza cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, where flames and plumes of smoke could be seen rising from some sites.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any of Gaza’s military groups for firing the rocket. Israel and Hamas last fought a war in 2014 and have exchanged fire several times since, though the border has been largely quiet in recent months.
“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it, and will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians,” the military said in a statement.
In Gaza Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum blamed the new escalation on Israel.
“The Israeli occupation is the prime responsible for everything that happens in Gaza as it continues to blockade it and carry out attacks. The resistance is only acting in self-defense,” Barhoum told Reuters.


Abu Dhabi Ports to be a logistics hub for COVID-19 vaccines

Updated 29 November 2020

Abu Dhabi Ports to be a logistics hub for COVID-19 vaccines

  • The logistics facilitator has dedicated a 19,000-squar- meter temperature-controlled warehouse facility

DUBAI: The Abu Dhabi Ports has enhanced its logistic capabilities to accommodate mass storage and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, state news agency WAM has reported.
The move comes amid an expected rise in vaccine logistics demand. It is part of the Hope Consortium, an initiative that that will ease the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the world.
The logistics facilitator has dedicated a 19,000-squar- meter temperature-controlled warehouse facility in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.
The facility can store vaccines and other pharmaceutical products in extreme conditions, the report said.
“Abu Dhabi Ports’ ability in expanding capacity to receive and store clinical, pharmaceutical and life science materials at moderate and extreme temperature ranges is a testament to our commitment to offer world-class logistics solutions,” Robert Sutton, Head of Logistics Cluster at Abu Dhabi Ports, said.

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