Israeli ongoing shelling of Gaza’s Khan Yunis kills another 16 civilians

Amman: The bodies of 16 martyrs had arrived at hospitals as a result of the ongoing Israeli shelling of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, local media in the Gaza Strip reported on Sunday evening.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation had committed 13 massacres in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of martyrs since the beginning of the aggression on Gaza to 28,985, in addition to 68,883 injured.

Source: Jordan News Agency

African Summit calls for independent investigation into Israeli violations in Gaza

Amman: The African Union summit called in its final statement on Sunday for an independent international investigation into Israeli violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza, including the use of internationally banned weapons in targeting hospitals and media outlets in its war on the Strip.

The summit, held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, also called on Israel to respond to international calls for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and to comply with International Court of Justice (ICJ) decisions to prevent genocide and lift the unjust siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

The summit condemned the brutal Israeli war and the use of excessive force against 2.2 million unarmed civilians, and denounced the collective punishment of civilians in Gaza and attempts to forcibly relocate them to the Sinai Peninsula.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Euro-Med Monitor documents use of quadcopters to kill Palestinians in Gaza

Amman: The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med Monitor) said that it has documented the use of small drones (quadcopters) by the Israeli army to fire live ammunition at Palestinians, killing and injuring them.

In a statement, Euro-Med Monitor confirmed that the Israeli army has intensified the use of quadcopters, which are controlled remotely, as a tool for killing and harming Palestinians after their mission was previously limited to intelligence work.

Euro-Med Monitor said that the Israeli army is escalating the execution of deliberate killings and unlawful executions against Palestinian civilians through sniping and shooting from drones.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Crown Prince mourns passing of Princess Rajwa’s father

Amman: HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II mourned Sunday evening the passing of the father of HRH Princess Rajwa Al Hussein, Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif, may his soul rest in peace.

“With profound sadness and sorrow, we bid farewell to my beloved father-in-law,” the Crown Prince wrote on his official Instagram account.

“We will always remember his kindness, generosity, and integrity. May God bestow mercy upon him and grant us patience and strength,” Prince Al Hussein added.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Sharjah Museums Authority opens ‘Art of Architectural Ornamentations in Emirate of Sharjah’ Photography ExhibitionJordanian Firms Collaborate on Phosphate Additives Factory in Aqaba

SHARJAH: The Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) announces the opening of its latest exhibition, “The Art of Architectural Ornamentations in the Emirate of Sharjah – A Photography Exhibition,” hosted at Bait Al Naboodah.

Inaugurated by Aisha Rashid Deemas, Director General of SMA in the presence of the exhibition participants, the exhibition opens its doors to visitors from February 17, 2024, and aims to inspire audiences for a period of six months.

The choice of Bait Al Naboodah as the venue is attributed to its rich historical significance, central location in Sharjah, and stunning architectural design.

The house features wooden columns influenced by Roman architecture and a unique backdrop of designs sourced from India by Obaid Al Naboodah, adding to its cultural richness.

Its architecture, adorned with intricate wooden and plaster decorations inspired by Islamic art-including floral motifs, geometric shapes, and calligraphy-enhances its historical and aesthetic value.

The Director General of SMA highligh
ted that the exhibition showcases a fusion of beauty and heritage through various architectural styles, aligning with Sharjah’s renewed identity as a beacon of creativity and heritage, encapsulating the Emirate’s historical narrative.

‘This event is a significant platform to showcase Sharjah’s dedicated efforts in preserving its cultural and architectural heritage,’ she said.

‘It mirrors the emirate’s creative essence through its distinctive architectural styles that blend history with modernity, showcased in iconic structures like beautiful mosque domes and other cultural landmarks.’

The exhibition features creative photographs from three talented photographers selected from 85 contestants in a competition organized by the Authority for individuals aged 15 and above between September and November last year where a panel of experts from the Emirates Photography Society evaluated and shortlisted the outstanding images for display.

Ten works were chosen for display, narrating through their unique perspectiv
es the story of Islamic art and the contemporary essence of the vibrant emirate.

These images capture the unique architectural narratives of Sharjah, incorporating Islamic elements like floral patterns, geometric designs, and calligraphy, offering a special experience for photography enthusiasts, professionals, and architectural aficionados to delve into the beauty of architectural decorations and discover the unique characteristics of Sharjah’s buildings.

Among the featured photographs is the entrance to Bait Al Naboodah Majlis, depicting traditional Emirati door designs and heritage floral decorations, and an image of Bank Street showcasing a graffiti mural, a visual spectacle on a building’s wall.

Additionally, the exhibition includes images of Sharjah Mosque, the largest in the emirate, celebrated for its intricate architectural decorations, as well as the Central Souk, an iconic structure printed on the UAE five-dirham note, known for its beautiful domes, distinctive, blue-colored walls, arches, and g
eometric decorations.

The University City Hall, illuminated during the Sharjah Light Festival, also features, highlighting its elegant architectural elements inspired by Arab culture.

Accompanying the exhibition, the Authority has organized workshops aligned with the event’s goals, including the ‘Basic Principles of Photography” workshop in collaboration with the Emirates Photography Society and photographer Tahani Al-Arsali.

Additionally, a “Traditional Ornamentations” workshop, starting Sunday, February 18, and running until August 18, offers participants a chance to explore the architectural beauty of Bait Al Naboodah, enriching their appreciation of Sharjah’s cultural legacy.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Aqaba: The Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC), the Sinokrot Poultry Farms Group, and the Saudi Poultry and Dairy Technology Company signed a cooperation agreement to establish a factory for the production of phosphate feed additives in Aqaba with a production capacity of 100,000 tons annually, at a cost of JD20 million.

The agreement was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the JPMC Muhammad Thanibat, the Chairman of the Sinokrot Poultry Company Bassam Sinokrot, and the Chairman of the Saudi Poultry and Dairy Technology Company, Musa Abu Abed.

Thanibat said, during the signing of the agreement, in the presence of the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Nayef Fayez, that the agreement comes within the framework of the company’s efforts and plans to focus on manufacturing industries, and creating new products with high market value, noting that the factory will provide 120 job opportunities in its first phase for members of the local community
, which reflects the company’s role in supporting national efforts to reduce unemployment.

He stressed the company’s keenness to expand and diversify its partnerships, in a way that enhances its position and competitiveness in the regional and global phosphate fertilizer market, pointing out that the agreement embodies the partnership between the company and national institutions to contribute to enhancing efforts made to achieve development in various fields.

Thanibat praised the authority’s role as an incubator for national investment in the region and providing investment facilities and advantages to local, Arab and foreign investors.

For his part, Fayez stressed the importance of the new project as a pioneering project in the region that supports the national economy and provides more job opportunities for Jordanians, pointing out the importance of benefiting from the competitive advantage that the authority provides to investors, and the partnership between national institutions in implementing major
investment projects.

He said that the project contributes to reviving the national economy by providing job opportunities for the people of the region and enhancing Aqaba’s position as an attractive region for local, Arab, and international investments, noting the authority’s keenness, in cooperation with national institutions and companies, to attract and facilitate the establishment of more investment projects in the Aqaba region.

Sinokrot expressed the group’s pride in cooperating with the JPMC, as it is one of the leading national institutions, praising the advanced level achieved by the company in phosphate production and industry, and its openness to national and international cooperation in this field.

He said that the project shows the true and purposeful partnership between national institutions, including establishing a factory for phosphate feed additives of all kinds for the poultry and cattle sector, and meets the requirements of Jordan and the region.

He explained that Sinokrot Group has bee
n operating in the poultry market for more than 60 years, and is a company specialized in manufacturing all types of feed and raising poultry, noting that the project will be a pioneer in the region and the world, and a qualitative addition to Jordanian industries.

He said that 90 percent of the project’s inputs, which will be built on 60 dunams and with an initial production capacity of 100,000 tons annually, will be produced by the JPMC, which will provide a Jordanian product that competes globally in terms of quality and prices and will contribute to supplying the national economy with hard currency and enhancing security. Jordanian food and creating quality job opportunities.

Abu Abed explained that the new factory constitutes a qualitative addition to the animal production industry sector in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and contributes to covering the needs of the poultry sector in the two countries for feed and manufactured materials, stressing the importance of the partnership with the JPMC in this aspec
t.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Three-quarters of Gazans drink polluted water, says UNRWA

Amman: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Sunday that the rapid deterioration of the situation in Gaza is unprecedented, especially the spread of infectious diseases due to water pollution.

“3 out of 4 people in Gaza drink from polluted water sources, which exacerbates the spread of infectious diseases that are spreading at a high rate among the population,” the UNRWA said Sunday in a statement

Source: Jordan News Agency