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Gulf Daily News Sunday, 16th September 2018

Missiles target Syria airport

Syria air defence batteries responding to Israeli missiles targeting Damascus international airport

Clinic opens MANAMA: Health Ministry

months, mainly against Iranian targets.

Knowledge of first aid ‘vital for motorists’

MANAMA: should be made compulsory for people seeking a driving licence, according to the chief of a voluntary charity organisation. Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) secretary general Dr Fawzi Amin said the society celebrated World First Aid Day as part of its skills for effective and quick response to crises. “The essence of relief and humanitarian work is saving lives, so that awareness-raising of the Bahrain Red Crescent Society,” he said in a statement yesterday. He pointed out that the theme of World First kill about 25 million people annually, while the number of injured is double. time, many people with serious injuries die, and that’s why it’s important to provide assistance to an injured person before an ambulance arrives,” said Dr Amin. He said BRCS had got in touch with the concerned authorities to make them of the main requirements for obtaining a driving licence, expressing the readiness of the society to provide all possible assistance in this regard. “According to statistics from the General Diin accidents in Bahrain last year, including 55 and moderate injuries. “Although Bahrain has moved to the ranking accidents, according to the World Health Organisation, Bahrain has reduced the number is still possible and the number of victims and injured is reduced. “BRCS is keen to raise awareness of road accident deaths and injuries, and encourage at a road accident,” added Dr Amin.

It has also admitted to striking Syria to prevent what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to Lebanon’s Hizbollah, an armed movement backed by Iran and

dle East, von der Leyen said, “First we must bring this deployment to a successful end. I don’t want to rule the idea out, let me put it this way.”

Meanwhile, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen yesterday said she could not rule out a longer-term deployment of German forces in the Middle East, amid a broader debate about a role for Germany in possible military action on Syria. Von der Leyen spoke during a visit to the Azraq air base in Jordan where some 300 German troops support

for concerted efforts to prevent chemical weapons being used in Syria, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany could not simply look away if such attacks took place. The German government said it was in talks with the US and other allies about possible participation in military intervention if chemical weapons were used in attacks on Idlib, the last major rebel-held enclave in Syria. Germany did not take part in April military strikes by US, French and British forces on Syria after a chemical weapons attack.

reconnaissance missions as part of US led-coalition operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Asked if Germany needed a strategic base in the Mid-

Trump envoy ‘held talks with Soleimani’ KUWAIT CITY: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani held a secret meeting with US special presidential envoy Brett McGurk to agree on a solution to the leadership crisis in Iraq, according to a Kuwaiti newspaper. Sources told Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida that Trump’s envoy requested Iranians to advise their allies not to target any US interests in Iraq in order to avert any escalation that may get out of control and result in dire consequences. During the meeting, McGurk stressed the need for the two countries to put their differences aside and join efforts to support formation of a new Iraqi government.

the new government, including Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, Washington believes it is the right

hold on to its traditional allies, the sources told the newspaper. During the meeting, Soleimani reportedly presented documents obtained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps’ intelligence before the Iranian consulate in Basra was attacked. He also told McGurk that the Iranians were aware of the “plan of attack” and all diplomats and employees as well as documents had been evacuated from the building. Iran’s intelligence is conducting investigations to identify those behind the assault, Soleimani said. He denied any involvement of Iran’s allies in the attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone where the US Embassy is located, Al Jarida said quoting the sources. Soleimani said documents with the Revolutionary Guard show that perpetrators of the attack on the Consulate are those who planned

Iraq parliament elects speaker ERBIL: Iraq’s parliament elected Sunni legislator Mohammed Al Halbousi as speaker yesterday, marking an important step towards establishing a new government four months after an inconclusive national election. Parliament had been due to elect a speaker and two deputies during its first meeting on September 3, but failed to do so as legislators were unable to determine which competing bloc had the most seats. Hassan Al Kaabi, who ran on Moqtada

Al Sadr’s Saeroon list which came first in May’s national election, was elected as Halbousi’s first deputy. The vote for a second deputy was inconclusive and will be put to a second round today. Halbousi’s election marks the start of a 90-day process outlined in the constitution, designed to eventually lead to a new government. Legislators must next elect a new president and task the leader of the largest bloc to form a government as prime minister.

Americans should know that for Iran, Iraq represents “vital interests and a red line not to be crossed”, Soleimani said, adding his country is ready to protect US interests in Iraq if Washington is committed to safeguarding Iran’s interests in Iraq. Sources told the newspaper that the two parties agreed to maintain a secret phone line through the mediator who brought them together in order to coordinate efforts to form the forthcoming Iraqi government.

Turkey jails British ex-soldier over ‘terror’ links ANKARA: A Turkish court has sentenced a former British

MANAMA: Students will be spared the ordeal of standing in the scorching heat and humidity for their morning school assemblies. Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi yesterday issued directives for morning assemblies to be held indoors (sports halls or shaded areas) and restricted to the national anthem,

Dr Al Nuaimi urged schools to avoid overburdening studens and parents with excessive demands.

DAMASCUS: An Israeli missile attack targeted

the Syrian capital’s airport last night, activating air defences which shot down a number of the projectiles, state news agency SANA reported. “Our air defences responded to an Israeli missile attack on Damascus international airport and shot down a number of hostile missiles,” a military source said, quoted by SANA. The agency, without giving any information on casualties or damage, posted footage and images of the air defences being activated. In a shaky video, a small, bright explosion is seen in the night sky, with city lights in the distance. AFP’s correspondent in Damascus heard a loud blast last night, followed by several smaller explosions. The Israeli military declined to comment on the incident. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said yesterday’s strikes hit a weapons depot outside the airport. “The missiles, suspected to be Israeli, destroyed an arms warehouse near the Damascus international airport,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. Israel has vowed to prevent its arch-foe Iran, which is a main backer of Syria’s government, from gaining a foothold in neighbouring war-torn Syria. Earlier this month, Israel acknowledged having car-

Assemblies to be held indoors

soldier to seven-and-a-half years in jail for alleged links to a Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a “terrorist” group.

the Islamic State in Syria. But Ankara is hostile to the YPG because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which

(YPG) in Syria. A court in the western city of Aydin sentenced him for “membership of a terrorist organisation,” the DHA news

Robinson did not attend the trial for health reasons. He is ancee, arrested along with him, was also sentenced to nearly two years in jail for “terrorist propaganda,” but she is currently in Britain.

assistant under-secretary for primary health care Dr Manal Al Alawi opened the Imam Hussain Clinic in Manama yesterday. Present was Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa. Dr Al Alawi was briefed about medical equipment, staff and arrangements to be provided by the Health Ministry during activities marking Ashoora. The clinic, which accommodates more than 300 people daily, includes a team of 20 family physicians and surgeons, 11 nurses, one record-keeping employee and 12 food inspectors. It is also equipped with advanced medical equipment and a pharmacy, said Dr Al Alawi. Ashoora food vow – Page 11

Day marked MANAMA: Bahrain will join

other nations in marking the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer today. His Majesty’s personal representative and Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) president Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa paid tribute to His Majesty King Hamad, hailing royal keenness on promoting environmental issues. In a statement on the eve of the event, he underlined Bahrain’s commitment to the Montreal Protocols on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. He also underlined ongoing efforts to implement programmes to preserve the Ozone Layer.

Laws highlighted MANAMA: The Supreme

Council for Women (SCW) has organised, in co-operation with the Bahrain-France Friendship Group at the French National Assembly, a high-level roundtable themed “The Latest Legislative Developments in Support of Women’s Participation and Advancement.” Held at the headquarters of the French Parliament, the roundtable highlighted Bahrain’s efforts to develop laws that support Bahraini women and in enhancing the progress of their nation. SCW secretary general, Hala Al Ansari, expressed hope that the event would contribute to opening up wider horizons for consultations and exchange of expertise between Bahrain and work that ensures women’s rights. She highlighted the establishment of a national committee, led by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty and the SCW president, which put forward a National Model for integrating Bahraini women’s needs in the state’s