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Wedding Ceremony Saves Villagers from Death in Morocco Earthquake



Wedding Ceremony Saves Villagers from Death in Morocco Earthquake

Egyptian Villages “Dressed in Black” During Funerals for Hurricane Daniel Victims

Since early morning today (Wednesday), 87 bodies of Egyptians killed as a result of the storm “Daniel” that hit eastern Libya have arrived in several Egyptian governorates to begin burial procedures.

According to the Egyptian Ministry of Immigration, today (Wednesday), “The Egyptian Army returned 87 bodies of civilians who died in Libya due to Storm Daniel and were sent to their respective governorates for burial. their final resting place.”

Residents of the Egyptian village of Al-Sharif mourn the victims of the Libyan storm (Asharq al-Awsad).

There are large numbers of Egyptian workers in Libya who usually cross land borders to the east. Where most of the areas affected by the storm are located.

While the Egyptian Foreign Ministry confirmed in an official statement that progress was continuing to recover all the bodies of the Egyptian victims, “The International Organization for Migration said at least 250 Egyptians were killed as a result of Daniel. .” Meanwhile, the General Administration of Coast Guard in the Libyan city of Tobruk posted on its official Facebook page yesterday (Tuesday) that the bodies of 145 Egyptians were arriving at the city’s morgue.

Affected villages

Beni Suf governorate (south of Cairo) in particular was shrouded in black, and people’s screams became louder, after the governorate lost 74 youths, including 68 from the village of “Al-Sharif”, while the villages of Adman, Arou and Fazara lost the rest of the victims.

Residents of Al-Sharif village in Beni Suf mourn their victims as a result of the Libyan storm (Asharq al-Awsad).

According to the accounts of the people of the governorate’s villages up to Asharq al-Awsad, the sounds of crying and wailing came from a house in the village of “al-Sharif” and it was later clarified that six youths from one. The family is deceased, including three brothers, Ahmad, Muhammad and Abdul Rahman.

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Their mother, Mrs. Fatimah Abdel Karim, could not be spoken to due to her health, but relatives’ accounts confirmed that she traveled to Libya a year ago to help their family in light of the weak. Job opportunities there.

Disaster situation

Dr. Karim Eid, a relative of the victims, described the situation in the village, describing the incident as “catastrophic” as most of the dead were relatives, including siblings. : “We learned about the disappearance of my relatives in the early hours of Tuesday through the villagers they traveled with, who were in contact with their families as usual before the disaster.” He said the majority of the victims were between the ages of 18 and 25 and had recently traveled in search of life, especially since others from the village had preceded them in Libya. Difficulties in identifying corpses suggest that there are still more bodies that have not yet arrived in Egypt, as a result of the devastation caused by the typhoon and the altered features of the victims. His relatives in Libya.

Tragedy engulfs the people after losing 68 members in one village alone (Asharq al-Awsad).

Sari Abdul Latif told Asharq Al-Awsad that the last contact between the family and the victims was on Monday, after four bodies, including two of his grandchildren and two cousins, were buried in the graves of the affected village. , and in this regard he said: “They spoke to us hours ago and promised us.” From the storm that took their lives at dawn, it seemed to drag them while they were sleeping ( known by eyewitnesses. ), but we don’t expect this to be the last talk.

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Abdel Latif added that while burying the 68 bodies that arrived in Egypt this morning, the village learned that 15 of their relatives had died in Derna. For burial, we are not looking for their money or belongings.” ».

Although the devastation was relatively mild in the center of al-Hamoul in Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate (northern Egypt), the villagers of al-Jaffran poured into the streets upon news of the two deaths. Ala and Muhammad are brothers from the village.

Issam Al-Qassif, head of Al-Hamoul city, explained to Asharq Al-Awsat that the two bodies have not yet arrived in Egypt, but the families confirmed that the two youths were killed in eastern Libya. Al-Qassif said in this regard: Many young people from Al-Jafran village have gone to work in Libya. However, apart from the two victims, we do not have the names of the deceased and we are coordinating with the authorities concerned. Check the rest.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expressed his condolences to the families of the Egyptians and ordered “urgent aid” to be provided to their families.

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Robert Kennedy Jr. decided to run as an independent in the US presidential election



Robert Kennedy Jr. decided to run as an independent in the US presidential election

US presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. will announce his candidacy as an independent instead of continuing his long-running bid to defeat President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee, complicating next year’s presidential election.

Kennedy, an anti-vaccination activist and member of a famous American political family, posted a video on YouTube on Friday asking Americans to join him in a “major announcement” in Philadelphia on October 9.

He said he would talk about a radical change in American policy.

Kennedy is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, and the son of former U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated during his 1968 presidential bid.

In April, Kennedy said he would challenge Biden to run for the Democratic nomination against the expected Republican nominee, former President Donald Trump.

Since then, Kennedy has complained that the Democratic Party has “basically blended together” with the Biden campaign, which has cost him a fair chance in the nomination race.

Many polls have Biden ahead of Kennedy.

Kennedy’s plan to run as an independent was first reported on the political website Mediaite.

In response to an emailed question from Reuters about the report, the Kennedy campaign responded by sending out its own video.

Democrats worried that any effort by a third party could shift votes away from Biden.

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Only since the beginning of this year… has the UN been concerned about migrants trying to cross the “death trap”.



Only since the beginning of this year… has the UN been concerned about migrants trying to cross the “death trap”.

More than 2,500 migrants have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe since the start of 2023, an official from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced on Thursday.

“As of September 24, more than 2,500 people are dead or missing,” said Rubin Menegtivela, director of the UNHCR office in New York, during a Security Council meeting dedicated to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. That represents a nearly 50 percent increase compared to “1,680” people during the same period in 2022.

“Without public opinion, lives are being lost on the ground,” he asserted.

He pointed out that “the journey to West or East Africa and the Horn of Africa and Libya and the starting points on the coast is one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.”

He added, “Refugees and migrants traveling overland from sub-Saharan Africa face the risk of death and serious human rights violations at every step.”

According to statistics announced by Ruffin Minisdiola, between the beginning of the year and September 24, 2023, a total of 186,000 migrants arrived in Southern Europe (Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta), including 130,000 for Italy, “an increase of 83 percent compared to the same period in 2022.

In terms of countries of departure, between the beginning of the year and August 2023, more than 102,000 migrants tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Tunisia, and 45,000 from Libya.

Of this number, 31,000 were rescued at sea or intercepted and disembarked in Tunisia, and 10,600 are in Libya.

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Referring to the recent influx of large numbers of migrants to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the official stressed that “Italy cannot respond alone to the needs” of these migrants.

UN refugee agency to “establish a regional mechanism for the evacuation and redistribution” of migrants arriving by sea. Menaktivela reiterated the High Commissioner’s call, which raises disagreements among EU member states.

For his part, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia, who requested the meeting, denounced the EU for its role in the “death trap” in the Mediterranean.

The ambassador said: “We have the impression that the European Union is waging an undeclared war against migrants because they have no other, safe route.”

“The European Union only cares about the migration issue when it comes to Ukrainians,” Nebenzia added, expressing her regret that other migrants do not enjoy “the same level of solidarity”.

As for French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere, referring to Russian contributions to UNHCR’s budget, he said, “Russia is not, as always, when it comes to responding decisively to humanitarian crises.”

He added, “Wagner’s presence in the Sahel region contributes to the instability of the region, which fuels terrorism and leads to the migration of residents.”

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US punishes former Sudanese foreign minister



US punishes former Sudanese foreign minister

On Thursday, the United States imposed sanctions on former Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti, one of which was based in Russia, and accused him of exacerbating instability in Sudan, where fighting has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of civilians. ..

The move is the latest round of sanctions imposed by Washington since fighting broke out in Sudan in mid-April between the military and Rapid Support Forces..

Brian Nelson, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement that “the action will be held accountable for those who undermined efforts to find a peaceful and democratic solution in Sudan.”

He added: “We will continue to target those who work to perpetuate this conflict for personal gain.”

The Treasury Department said it targeted Karti, who was foreign minister under former President Omar al-Bashir, noting that Karti became head of the Sudanese Islamic Movement after al-Bashir was ousted in 2019..

Karti has been a prominent figure among the veterans and loyalists of Bashir’s regime since the Sudanese army seized power in 2021 and overthrew the civilian area..

The Treasury Department added: “(Karthi) and other Sudanese militants are actively obstructing efforts to reach a ceasefire to end the current war.”

Also sanctioned was Sudan-based GSK Advance, which the Treasury Department said was used as a procurement vehicle for Rapid Support Forces..

The company is said to be coordinating with Russia-based military supply company Avia Trade, which has been targeted by sanctions, to arrange for the purchase of spare parts and supplies for drones previously purchased by Rapid Support Forces. Training work..

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a separate statement that Washington moved this week to impose visa restrictions on people it considers part of efforts to undermine the democratic transition in Sudan..

The new sanctions come after actions taken against the deputy commander of the Rapid Support Forces this month and sanctions imposed by the US in June on companies accused of fueling the conflict..

The measure freezes the assets of targeted individuals in the U.S., generally prevents Americans from doing business with them, and also exposes those who engage in certain transactions with them to economic sanctions..

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