Sisi warns Ethiopia that Egypt’s water share is a ‘red line’

Sisi warns Ethiopia that Egypt’s water share is a ‘red line’
Sisi called on Ethiopia and Sudan to have “a legally binding agreement” in order to live in “peace and prosperity.” (File/AFP)
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Sisi warns Ethiopia that Egypt’s water share is a ‘red line’

Sisi warns Ethiopia that Egypt’s water share is a ‘red line’
  • Sisi alluded in his speech that Egypt wouldn't shy away from military force if need 

DUBAI: President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said Thursday that Egypt’s national security is a ‘red line’ that can never be crossed, Egypt Today reported. 
Egypt fears that plans to fill the Grand Renaissance Dam will allow Ethiopia to control the flow of Africa’s longest river.
When complete, the dam, which Ethiopia is building, will serve as Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power plant.
Sisi explained that Egypt was willing to help all African countries, including Sudan and Ethiopia, but not at the expense of Egypt’s water supplies.
“We will send expertise and agricultural production for all our brothers in Africa. We only want to safeguard our water share” Sisi said.
Sisi also warned that Egypt had “varied options” to protect its national security.
“Before anything happens to Egypt, it would mean that I and the Egyptian military do not exist,” he said. 
Sisi called on Ethiopia and Sudan to have “a legally binding agreement” in order to live in “peace and prosperity.”


Iran records highest number of daily COVID cases in pandemic

Iran records highest number of daily COVID cases in pandemic
Updated 9 min 37 sec ago

Iran records highest number of daily COVID cases in pandemic

Iran records highest number of daily COVID cases in pandemic
  • State TV said health workers registered 37,189 new COVID-19 cases since Sunday
  • There were 411 deaths, bringing the country's total death toll to 91,407, the Middle East’s highest

TEHRAN: Iran on Monday reported more than 37,000 new coronavirus infections, the country’s single-day record so far in the pandemic, state media reported.
State TV said health workers registered 37,189 new COVID-19 cases since Sunday — surpassing the previous daily record of 34,951 infections reported on Tuesday. Also, there were 411 deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll in the pandemic to 91,407 — the highest in the Middle East.
The new surge has been fueled by the contagious delta variant, and Iranian authorities say less than 40 percent of the population follows measures such as wearing face masks and social distancing. Iranian health officials have regularly warned that hospitals in the capital, Tehran, and other major cities are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
On Sunday, Health Minister Saeed Namaki in a letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked a two-week shutdown of the country, something the minister said the military would help enforce. However, Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, has not yet responded to the request.
Authorities have avoided imposing heavy-handed rules on a population badly equipped to bear them. Iran, which has suffered the worst virus outbreak in the region, is reeling from a series of crises: tough US sanctions, global isolation, a heat wave, the worst blackouts in recent memory and ongoing protests over water shortages in the southwest.
Less than 4 percent of Iranians have been fully vaccinated. Many front-line medical workers have been vaccinated with Iran’s locally produced shots or the Chinese state-backed Sinopharm vaccine that report say may be less effective than other inoculations.
Iran’s government announced that its homemade vaccine provides 85 percent protection from the coronavirus, without disclosing data or details. Iran also imports Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, as well as the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot through the United Nations-backed COVAX program.


UAE reports 1,537 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths in last 24 hours

UAE reports 1,537 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths in last 24 hours
Updated 02 August 2021

UAE reports 1,537 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths in last 24 hours

UAE reports 1,537 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths in last 24 hours
  • The UAE has one of the world’s highest immunization rates

DUBAI: UAE health officials on Monday confirmed 1,537 additional COVID-19 infections and five fatalities overnight, as the country continues its nationwide vaccination campaign.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said the country’s caseload now stands at 683,914, with 1,956 deaths since the coronavirus pandemic started. The ministry added that 1,492 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 661,156.
The UAE has one of the world’s highest immunization rates, with 78.95 percent of the population having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 70.57 percent have been fully vaccinated.
A total of 16,810,996 have been provided this far, for a vaccine distribution rate of 169.97 doses per 100 people.
The health ministry also on Monday approved the emergency use of the Sinopharm vaccine for 3 to 17 age group, as part of the UAE's efforts to combat COVID-19.

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London summons Iranian envoy after Oman tanker attack

London summons Iranian envoy after Oman tanker attack
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London summons Iranian envoy after Oman tanker attack

London summons Iranian envoy after Oman tanker attack
  • Iran foreign ministry: No hesitation in protecting security and national interests

LONDON/DUBAI: Britain summoned Iran's ambassador on Monday after London and the United States both blamed an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker in Oman last week on Tehran.
"Minister (James) Cleverly reiterated that Iran must immediately cease actions that risk international peace and security, and reinforced that vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law," the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Earlier, Iran said it will respond promptly to any threat against its security, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday, as the United States, Israel and Britain blamed Tehran for an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has no hesitation in protecting its security and national interests and will respond promptly and strongly to any possible adventure,” state television quoted Saeed Khatibzadeh as saying.
It said Khatibzadeh “strongly regretted the baseless accusations made by the British Foreign Secretary against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which were repeated by the US Secretary of State in the same context and contained contradictory, false and provocative accusations.”


Tunisian president says in contact with ‘friendly countries’ to cut deficit

Tunisian president says in contact with ‘friendly countries’ to cut deficit
Updated 02 August 2021

Tunisian president says in contact with ‘friendly countries’ to cut deficit

Tunisian president says in contact with ‘friendly countries’ to cut deficit

TUNIS: Tunisia’s President Kais Saied said in a video published by his office on Sunday that there were contacts with “friendly countries” to cut the country’s financial deficit, without giving details.
Tunisia’s fiscal deficit and public debt both grew sharply last year as a result of the pandemic and the government has been in negotiations with the International Monetary Fund for a loan deal. 


Yemeni minister slams Houthi militias’ recruitment of child soldiers

Yemeni minister slams Houthi militias’ recruitment of child soldiers
Updated 02 August 2021

Yemeni minister slams Houthi militias’ recruitment of child soldiers

Yemeni minister slams Houthi militias’ recruitment of child soldiers
  • In a tweet on Sunday, Yemen's Information Minister slammed the continued militarization of children and warned of the dangerous consequences for future generations

DUBAI: Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani has condemned the use of thousands of child soldiers by Iran-backed Houthi militias.

In a tweet on Sunday, he slammed the continued militarization of children and warned of the dangerous consequences for future generations.

Al-Eryani said the Houthis were “depriving children in their areas of control of their right to education, play, and normal life while using them as fuel for their battles to serve the ambitions of Iran.”

 

 

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and the SAM for Rights and Liberties organizations said in a recent report that the Houthis had forcibly recruited 10,300 children in Yemen since 2014 and called for urgent action to address the issue.

The report, titled “Militarizing Childhood,” highlighted the Houthis’ use of schools and educational facilities to recruit children.