Colombia to suspend coal exports to Israel over war in Gaza

Washington: Due to the conflict in Gaza, Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro declared on Saturday that his nation would stop exporting coal to Israel.

This move comes as ties between the two formerly close military and commercial partners are deteriorating.

Coal shipments would only start up again “when the genocide” in Gaza ends, according to a post made by Petro on the social media site X.

Additionally, Petro made available a draft directive that states that coal exports will only start up again if Israel complies with the International Court of Justice’s recent ruling that Israel must remove its forces from the Gaza Strip.

Source: Jordan News Agency

UN Special Rapporteur: Israeli Entity Exploits Prisoners’ Issue to Legitimize Massacres in Gaza

UN Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese said that the Israeli entity is exploiting the prisoners’ issue to legitimize the killing, wounding, mutilation, starvation, and trauma of Palestinians in Gaza, and is intensifying acts of violence in the rest of the occupied territories.

Albanese added on the X platform that the Israeli entity could have released the prisoners eight months ago when the first ceasefire and prisoner exchange was proposed. However, the Israeli entity refused to continue destroying Gaza and the Palestinians as a people.

On Saturday, the occupation forces committed a massacre in the Nuseirat camp, resulting in the death of 210 citizens and the injury of more than 400 others, under the pretext of liberating four Israeli prisoners.

The Israeli occupation forces have continued their aggression against Gaza by land, sea, and air since Oct. 7, 2023, resulting in the martyrdom of 36,801 citizens, the majority of whom were children and women, and the inj
ury of 83,680 others, while thousands of victims remain under rubble and on the roads.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Ukraine: Over 518,000 Russian Soldiers Killed, Wounded since Start of War

The number of Russian soldiers killed and wounded since the start of the Russian war on Ukraine in February 2022 has climbed to 518,560, including 1,270 soldiers who were killed or wounded during the past 24 hours.

The General Staff of Ukraines Armed Forces said in a statement that Ukraines defense forces destroyed 7,869 Russian tanks, including 26 tanks on Saturday, 15,131 armored fighting vehicles, 13,593 artillery systems, 1,097 multiple rocket launchers, and 836 anti-aircraft warfare systems, 357 warplanes, 326 helicopters, 10,982 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 2,277 cruise missiles, 28 warships, a submarine, 18,562 vehicles and fuel tankers, and 2,253 units of units, specialized equipment, Ukrainian National News Agency (Ukrinform) reported.

Since the outbreak of the military operation in Ukraine in 2022, there have been conflicting reports about the losses of both sides to the conflict, with each party claiming high losses for the other. However, the validity of the information cannot be independent
ly verified due to continuing fighting.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Five Palestinians Martyred in Israeli Bombardment on Bureij, Rafah

At least five Palestinians were martyred and several others injured Sunday morning in a series of Israeli occupation airstrikes targeting Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza and the city of Rafah to the south.

Medical sources confirmed the killing of at least three civilians and multiple injuries after Israeli occupation forces targeted a house in the Bureij refugee camp, according to the Palestinian news agency (WAFA).

Simultaneously, two more civilians were martyred in an Israeli shelling targeting a group of people in the Tel al-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah.

Israeli occupation forces have also intensified their aerial and artillery bombardment on the Central Gaza Governorate, a day after committing a horrific massacre in the Nuseirat refugee camp, which claimed the lives of 210 civilians and injured over 400 others.

Since Oct. 7, 2023, the Israeli occupation has been waging a relentless war on Gaza, so far killing 36,801 people, the majority of whom are children and women, and injuring 83,680 others. T
housands more remain trapped under rubble or in the streets.

Source: Qatar News Agency

QNA Director-General Meets Ambassador of Uzbekistan

Doha: HE Director-General of Qatar News Agency Ahmed bin Saeed Al Rumaihi met Sunday with HE Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the State of Qatar Ashraf Khodjaev.

During the meeting, they discussed aspects of joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of media.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Germany Plans Big Boost in Army Reserve

The German Defense Ministry is planning for a significantly strengthened Bundeswehr or army reserve, to include up to 60,000 men and women, a top official for the army’s reservist affairs told dpa in Berlin.

The ministry is examining the number of people who could potentially be called up to serve in the event of a defense situation. This includes citizens who have previously served in the Bundeswehr but have not been recalled for duty, according to (dpa).

“I am convinced that we must fully adapt the reserve to the current security policy challenges so that it can properly support the Bundeswehr in performing the task of national and alliance (NATO) defense,” dpa quoted deputy inspector general and commissioner for reservist affairs Lieutenant General Andreas Hoppe as saying.

“The goal is to equip and train reserve companies or reserve battalions in such a way that they can be seamlessly integrated into the operational command of a brigade,” he added.

For NATO’s revised defense plans, however, the Bundesw
ehr, which shrank to 181,500 soldiers last year despite a so-called personnel offensive, must actually grow significantly, according to dpa.

Source: Qatar News Agency