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US-led coalition destroys 85 Daesh/ISIS targets

BAGHDAD, 21 Mar 2021 [Fik/News Sources]: The US-led coalition destroyed 85 Daesh/ISIS targets in 133 strikes in the last 10 days, according to the Iraqi Defense Ministry on Saturday. It said 61 shelters and 24 caves used by Daesh/ISIS terrorists were destroyed and terrorists were neutralized during the operation. In 2017, Iraq declared victory over Daesh/ISIS by reclaiming all of its territory -- about a third of the country’s area – invaded by the terror group in 2014. But the terror group still maintains sleeper cells in large areas of Iraq and periodically launches attacks. The Iraqi army continues to carry out frequent operations against the group in parts of the


Palestinians get 100,000 vaccine doses from China

RAMALLAH, 30 Mar 2021 [Fik/News Sources]: Palestinians on Monday received 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to help broaden an initial campaign to vaccinate medical staff, the elderly and the chronically ill. Palestinian health authorities have been mounting a limited vaccination drive among the 5.2 million people living in the Israel-occupied West Bank and Gaza, using vaccines provided by Israel, Russia, the UAE and the global COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative. So far, more than 69,000 Palestinians have received their first dose of the vaccine, and around 7,600 people have had both shots, according to a health ministry statement. Israel has come under international criticism for not doing more to enable Palestinians living in areas it occupies to be inoculated, while its national vaccination drive has


Tunisian town revolts over trash crisis

AGAREB, 14 Nov 2021 [Fik/News Sources]: As tear gas and protest cries filled the air in the Tunisian city of Agareb, Mabrouka Ben Ibrahim vowed to demonstrate for her daughter, whose death she blames on a nearby rubbish dump. Yousra, 21, died in 2019 after being bitten by a mosquito that came from the toxic trash site, Ben Ibrahim said. “I lost my daughter and I don’t want other families to lose their children because of the filth in this landfill,” the 59-year-old said. Residents say rubbish dumped at the site, including dangerous industrial and medical refuse, has caused a string of diseases from cancer to vision problems and infertility. Authorities decided to close the site in September after declaring it full but reversed course on Monday, prompting angry street demonstrations that degenerated into

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