Jordan sends 91-truck food aid convoy to Gaza

Amman: The Jordan Armed Forces – Arab Army and the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) Saturday sent a new food aid convoy to the Gaza Strip, in partnership with the World Food Programme, Qatar Red Crescent, “Thareed”, Tkiyet Um Ali, and Rawabi Farah, as well as donations from the Iraqi people, Sayed Muqtada al-Sadr, Singapore’s Humanity Matters organization, and Alkhidmat Foundation of Pakistani.

In a statement, JHCO said the convoy of 91 trucks carried basic food supplies to be distributed to “our people in Gaza through partner associations and organizations.”

JHCO Secretary-General Hussein Al-Shibli said Jordan became “a crossing point of humanitarian aid heading to our people in Gaza, and the main lifeline that is fed by various organizations, sectors and countries.”

He stressed that Jordan is working to deliver various necessary donations and ensure a non-stop entry of humanitarian aid, noting that a total of 1,412 trucks have entered Gaza to date, together with 53 aircraft that took off f
rom Jordan to Gaza via Al-Arish Airport.

Source: Jordan News Agency

(7) travelers arrested, and narcotic drugs seized in their possession in three governorates

The Border Forces Command announced today, Saturday, the arrest of (7) travelers and seized narcotic drugs in their possession in 3 governorates.

The command said in a statement: ‘As part of the efforts of the Border Forces Command to prevent the entry of drugs, and in separate operations, Shalamcheh, Al-Mundhiriya, and Zurbatiyah Customs police stations, affiliated with the Third and Fourth Region Customs Police Directorates, were able to arrest (6) foreign travelers and one Iraqi traveler and seized narcotic substances of the type (methadone, crystal, marijuana, triac) in their possession in Diyala, Wasit, and Basra.’

It added, “All the accused and the seized items were referred to the judiciary.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Red Crescent: We are unable to meet needs due to the collapse of the health sector

Gaza: The Red Crescent in Gaza announced that the continued occupation raids and the closure of the crossings are exacerbating the health and humanitarian situation in the Strip.

He pointed out that medical teams are unable to meet the needs of those affected by the collapse of the health sector.

He said that more than 40% of the Gaza Strip’s martyrs were registered in areas that the Israeli occupation claims are safe.

He added that bringing aid through the temporary dock or airdrop will not be an alternative to land crossings.

The Crescent welcomed any international efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people, and we call for pressure on Israel to open the crossings

Source: Maan News Agency

Interior Minister: Jordan is a safe, stable country amidst volatile region, 1st, final add

Faraya noted that there is great cooperation and coordination between the Ministry of Interior and its counterparts in Iraq and Syria, but each country has its own capabilities and capacities, but each country must bear the burden of preventing any attempt to smuggle, pointing out that the quantities of narcotic substances seized during the first four months of this year, compared to last year, increased by about 6 million Captagon pills, most of which are directed to the Arab Gulf countries.

On the internal security situation, the Minister of Interior said that the crime rate in Jordan is within normal limits, the impact of the war on Gaza is minimal, and the government’s position is fully consistent with the position of the public, as Jordan has done everything it can politically and humanly to stand with the brothers in Gaza, and His Majesty King Abdullah II has moved diplomatically since the first day of the aggression to pressure towards stopping this war, as all Jordanians are united in solidarity to s
tand with the brothers in Gaza.

He added: “A strong Jordan is the only way to do more for our brothers and sisters in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We are keen to support the Palestinian National Authority to enable it to confront Israeli arrogance, as stability in the West Bank is very important for Jordan’s national security,” Faraya added.

On the 2024 parliamentary elections, Faraya stressed that the elections are a constitutional entitlement and holding the elections is proof of the government’s confidence in itself and its citizens in implementing all constitutional entitlements, noting that the Ministry of Interior is working on preparing voter lists to be ready before May 26, to proceed with the rest of the procedures set by the Independent Elections Commission.

Faraya described the 2024 elections as qualitative, as it includes for the first time a national party list, and all licensed parties have equal opportunities, and the greatest burden is on the citizen to choose a representative who expresse
s the opinions of his constituents.

Source: Jordan News Agency

North Korea test firing a tactical ballistic missile using a new navigation system

The North Koria tested firing a tactical ballistic missile using a new independent navigation system, in its eastern waters, yesterday, Friday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency, today, Saturday.

‘The accuracy and reliability of the autonomous navigation system was verified through launch testing,’ an Agency report stated.

The report added, “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test launch and expressed his satisfaction with the military strategic value resulting from the independent development and successful implementation of the autonomous navigation system.”

Kim Jong Un also visited yesterday, Friday, a defense industrial complex responsible for the production of weapons and major equipment, where he was briefed on updated weapons technologies and equipment and expressed his happiness at the ‘remarkable progress’ made by the institution, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The funeral of the martyr Islam Khamaysa in Jenin camp

Today, Saturday, the people of Jenin mourned the body of the martyr Islam Khamaysa, one of the field commanders in the Jenin battalion.

Mourners performed funeral prayers over Khamaysa’s body before he was buried in the camp cemetery.

Two occupation warplanes and helicopters carried out a bombing targeting a house in Al-Damj neighborhood in Jenin camp tonight, resulting in the martyrdom of Khamaysa and several injuries described as stable.

The occupation army reported that it assassinated the young man, Islam Khamaysa, and the occupation forces accuse him of carrying out the Hermish operation

Source: Maan News Agency

Warm weather forecast almost nationwide until Tuesday-JMD

Amman: The weather on Saturday will be warm almost countrywide and relatively hot in the desert, the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Aqaba, Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily update.

According to the JMD report, Sunday will see a slight rise in temperatures and almost similar weather is forecast as the day earlier.

The weather on Monday and Tuesday will substantially remain unchanged as the two earlier days.

Also today, temperatures in the capital Amman will hit a high of 32 degrees Celsius and a low of 17?, while the port city of Aqaba will see a scorching 40? during the day, sliding to 24? at night.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Investment Minister emphasizes importance of raising HR efficiency to boost investment engine

Amman: Investment Minister Kholoud Saqqaf stressed the importance of developing administrative and technical competencies to enhance the efficiency of the Kingdom’s investment engine, highlighting the ministry’s direction to rehabilitate its employees in line with the required performance tasks to serve investors.

Saqqaf made her remarks during a session entitled Investment System, held within an interactive meeting of the Executive Program for the Modernization of the Public Sector between two years. The session, moderated by the Jordan Economic Forum (JEF) President, Khair Abu Saileik, was attended by the President of Jordan Exports (JE), Wissam Rabadi, and PwC Partner in Charge, Michel Orfeli.

Saqqaf highlighted the ministry’s key achievements, noting the completion of the executive plan for the investment promotion strategy, the launch of the promotional investment platform “Invest in Jordan”, which includes 36 investment opportunities with a total value of JD1.4 billion, the preparation of 17 profiles
for investment economic sectors, and the completion of all comprehensive electronic investment services.

She pointed to the Ministry of Investment’s priorities within the economic modernization vision during the current year, foremost of which are strengthening the partnership between the public and private sectors, developing the investment map to develop new investment opportunities, implementing the investment promotion plan to attract more investments and enable existing ones, completing the stages of automating all comprehensive investment services to reduce investors’ time and effort, developing aftercare services, and implementing new initiatives, including the preparation of a national roadmap for investment.

Rabadi emphasized that the investment system needs to make greater use of information technology and use it in investment promotion processes by attracting relevant investors.

Source: Jordan News Agency

The body of a police officer found inside a vehicle in an area in Basra

The security services found today a body inside a wheel in Yassin Khuraibit area near a power station in Basra.

A security source stated that the body belonged to a lieutenant colonel in the Basra Police, and his pistol was seized inside the vehicle.

He pointed out that investigations are underway to find out the details of the incident.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Climate change adaptation costs up to 2030s could reach pound 64 billion annually: World Bank

BRUSSELS: Europe needs smart investments to strengthen disaster resilience, adaptation and finance response to disaster and climate risks, say new reports on the Economics for Disaster Prevention and Preparedness, released by the World Bank and the European Commission.

Europe is warming faster than any other continent and is highly vulnerable to the increasing risks associated with climate change. Over past decades, Europe has seen overwhelming – and increasing – losses and destruction from climate-related disasters. 2023 was the hottest year on record with disasters across Europe costing more than pound 77 billion. Projected costs of inaction in a high warming scenario could reach 7 percent of EU GDP.

‘Disasters are devasting for everyone, but can disproportionately impact Europe’s most vulnerable communities, increasing poverty and inequality,’ said Sameh Wahba, Director, World Bank. ‘Without adequate systems, these events can erode development gains. There is still time for European countries to take act
ions that will protect people’s lives, infrastructure, and public finances from disaster and climate change impacts, though there is a narrowing window of opportunity to take action.’

The reports note that while countries in Europe are taking major steps to enhance resilience, more needs to be done. An EU-wide analysis shows that many critical sectors, including those that provide emergency response services, are exposed to multiple natural hazards. For example, the study finds that in half of EU Member States, there are fire stations located in areas with high levels of more than one hazard including wildfires, landslides, floods, and earthquakes. Moreover, in several EU Member States, more than 80 percent of roads are highly susceptible to landslides, potentially leading to significant delays in reaching areas requiring aid.

‘Investments in prevention and preparedness are urgently needed at all levels, starting with critical sectors that provide emergency response services,” said Hanna Jahns, Director, Eu
ropean Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. ‘The needs are significant and the pressure on the EU and government budgets is high. Going forward we need to invest in a smart way, prioritizing the investments with the highest resilience ‘ dividends.’

Scaling up investments for countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change requires more and better information on costs, now and in the future. Countries can develop climate ‘adaptation pathways,’ decision-making approaches that allow them to prepare and take actions in times of uncertainty and combine current and future climate risk data to better inform climate change strategies. The report shares new evidence on best practices and cost estimates at national and EU levels so decision-makers can plan and budget much more effectively. For countries across Europe, the study finds that the estimated cost of climate adaptation varies between pound 34 to pound 110 per person per year. In the EU specifically, climate change adaptation costs up to th
e 2030s could be between pound 15 billion to pound 64 billion annually – suggesting a necessary scale of adaptation finance between 0.1 and 0.4 percent of EU GDP.

‘There is a significant gap in adaptation financing in Europe,’ said Elina Bardram, Director, Directorate-General for Climate Action. ‘Closing it requires a major scale-up of public, private, and blended finance. Investment planning and financial strategies are not yet adequately informed by an understanding of the costs of climate change adaptation at national and EU levels. This needs to change.’

Source: Emirates News Agency