Cairo, Paris caution against serious Gaza escalation

CAIRO, Egypt and France on Saturday warned of the seriousness of the current situation in the Gaza Strip, particularly amid growing humanitarian impacts on civilians.

The warning was given in a phone conversation received by Egyptian President Abdulfattah Al-Sisi from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron as part of continued consultations between both leaders regarding the military escalation of Gaza, Presidential Spokesman Ahmad Fahmi said in a press statement.

During the call, both leaders tackled ongoing diplomatic efforts to ensure de-escalation and provide humanitarian, medical and relief aid to the population of the Palestinian enclave, he pointed out. (end)

Source: Kuwait News Agency

DEWA organises16th Public Health and Safety Week

DUBAI, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organised the 16th Public Health and Safety Week. This is part of DEWA’s social responsibility and its efforts to promote a culture of health and safety within society to preserve lives and property.

DEWA organised a series of innovative workshops, interactive activities, competitions, and educational games at its stand in City Centre Mirdif, to highlight the latest and best international practices in health and safety. “We work to achieve the National Strategy for Wellbeing 2031 and promote healthy lifestyles to make Emirati society the healthiest and happiest society. DEWA is at the forefront of sustainable utilities, fully abiding by all local and international environmental and health and safety requirements and specifications. We are keen to keep pace with developments in occupational health and safety to provide a safe and healthy work environment. We also raise society’s awareness of health, safety, and environmental standards to become positive practices adopted by the public in their daily lives. In line with our Integrated Administrative Systems Policy, we are committed to effectively implementing quality, health, safety and environmental management systems to raise health and safety standards in all our projects and operations,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA. “DEWA’s efforts in health and safety have been crowned by winning the Supreme Achievement Award 2022 from the British Safety Council, considered the most prestigious award worldwide in health, safety, and the environment. This was in recognition of DEWA winning the Globe of Honour for Environment and the Sword of Honour for Health and Safety, for 11 consecutive years. In 2022, DEWA won the Globe of Honour for the 11th time and the Sword of Honour for the 15th time,” added Al Tayer. “The Public Health and Safety Week aims to raise the awareness of the new generation and all members of society about public health and home safety rules, and the necessary precautions to prevent accidents at home, fires, or water leaks. It also aims to showcase how to act smart and effectively in emergency situations, and ways to avoid electrical hazards. Experts specialised in health and safety also provide tips about health and safety, good nutrition, and practices to childproof homes to protect children from accidents, serious injuries, and more,” said Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.

Hazem Hussein

Source: Emirates News Agency

Hot Weather, Poor Horizontal Visibility Expected Today

Doha, Weather inshore today until 6:00 pm on Saturday will be hot and foggy at places at first, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather report, warning of expected poor horizontal visibility at places at first.

Offshore, it will be misty at times, the report added.

Wind inshore will be southwesterly at first, then becomes northwesterly to northeasterly later 05 to 15 knot.

Offshore, it will be mainly southwesterly to northwesterly 03 to 12 knot.

Visibility will be 04 to 08/02 kilometers or less at places by late night.

Sea state inshore will be 1 to 2 feet. Offshore will be 1 to 3 feet.

Area High Tide Low Tide Mini ———- —————- ——————- ————- Messaid 05:43 17:20 00:12 11:23 27 Wakrah: 05:23 16:33 10:55 23:22 29 Doha: 04:07 15:52 11:00 23:11 28 Al Khor: 03:01 15:49 09:51 22:52 27 Ruwais 04:37 16:57 11:21 22:57 24 Dukhan: 09:54 21:36 03:03 14:09 27 Sunrise: 05:32 LT Sunset: 17:07 LT ——————

Source: Qatar News Agency

Borrell warns of the evacuation of a million Palestinians from the northern Gaza Strip.

Brussels, European Union Security and Foreign Policy Commissioner Josep Borrell warned that Israel’s intention to evacuate a million Palestinians from the northern Gaza Strip in light of the ongoing fighting, is extremely dangerous and almost impossible to implement.

Borrell said on X platform: “I support the warning of UN Secretary-General António Guterres that Israel’s request to evacuate one million civilians from the northern Gaza Strip through a densely populated war zone, without food, water or shelter and under siege, is extremely dangerous and almost impossible.”

Source: Libyan News Agency

UN official: The worst is yet to come in Gaza

The head of humanitarian affairs at the UN, Martin Griffiths, painted a bleak and frightening picture of what is happening in occupied Palestine and the region, especially Gaza, fearing that “the worst is yet to come.”

“In Gaza, families were bombed as they headed south along congested and damaged roads, following an evacuation order that left hundreds of thousands of people scrambling for safety but with nowhere to go,” Griffiths stated Saturday.

“Nearly 2,000 people were killed and many more injured. There is no electricity, no water and no fuel,” he said, adding that “food supplies are running dangerously low” and that hospitals are crowded with patients, running out of medicine, and morgues are overflowing.

“Houses, schools, shelters, health centres and places of worship are under intense bombardment,” Griffiths said, “with entire residential neighbourhoods destroyed and levelled and aid workers also killed.”

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza, already critical, is quickly becoming unacceptable,” Griffiths said.

In Lebanon, the UN official says, “The risk of the conflict spreading to the country is a source of great concern. The actions and speeches of the parties over the past few days are extremely worrying and unacceptable.”

He said, “Civilians must be allowed to leave to safer areas, and whether they move or stay, constant care must be taken to preserve them,” adding, “Basic supplies and services and humanitarian aid must be allowed to arrive unimpeded.”

Source: Jordan News Agency