Kuwait Amir congratulates Edu. Min. on success of high-school exams

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on Thursday, sent a cable of congratulations to Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Adel Al-Adwani on the success of Grade 12 exams for the scholastic year 2023-2024.

His Highness the Amir praised efforts exerted by the ministry officials on all levels, in preparing, correcting, and evaluating the tests, and all the facilities they offered to the students, wishing for further success and prosperity to the graduates in their future.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

An-Najah University is the first Palestinian university and is among the top 4% among Arab universities in the Times classification


Nablus – Together – An-Najah National University ranked first among Palestinian universities, and was ranked among the top 4% of Arab universities in the Times World Classification for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2024. The university occupied a prominent position in the list of the best 201-300 universities in the world, excelling On many international and Arab universities, achieving a new achievement added to its proven record.

This achievement came after remarkable progress made by the university compared to last year, despite the increase in the number of participating universities. This year, 1963 international universities participated, including 289 Arab universities. An-Najah University was able to compete competently in all 17 sustainable development goals set by the United Nations, which reflects its commitment to achieving an effective and sustainable societal impact.

The British magazine Times Higher Education issues its global rankings based on an evaluation of univ
ersities’ efforts in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in 2015. These goals cover a wide range of social and economic development issues such as poverty, hunger, health, education, and change. Climate, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment, social justice and others.

To qualify for this ranking, participating universities are required to achieve at least four of the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 17 (Partnerships to Achieve the Goals) as a mandatory target, in addition to the best three other goals achieved by the university.

An-Najah University distinguished itself in achieving the goals of: peace, justice, strong institutions, responsible consumption and production, clean energy at affordable prices, and establishing global partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals.

His Excellency Prof. Dr. Abdel Nasser Zaid, President of the University, expressed his happiness at achieving this notable achievement, which reflects
the university’s continuous efforts to achieve sustainable development goals, and a sustainable and effective societal impact through education, research and partnership, stressing the university’s continued endeavor to achieve sustainable development goals in a way that contributes to building a better future for all.

For more information about the classification methodology, you can visit the link here . To view the classification results, you can visit the link here .

Source: Maan News Agency

UN: More than Half of Agricultural Land in Gaza Destroyed by Israeli Aggression


The United Nations Satellite Center (UNOSAT) said that more than half of the area of agricultural land in Gaza has been destroyed due to the ongoing Israeli aggression since last October.

Satellite images analyzed by the United Nations showed that more than half of Gaza’s agricultural land, which is essential to feed the Strip’s hungry residents, has been completely destroyed.

By matching satellite images between May 2017 and May 2024, the United Nations Satellite Center (UNOSAT) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that 57 percent of Gaza’s permanent crop fields and arable land essential for food security have significantly shrunk in area and quality.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned yesterday, Wednesday, that many residents of the Strip are exposed to a catastrophic level of hunger and famine-like conditions.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Revealing the circumstances of the killing of a citizen by his poisoned daughter in Qalqilya


Qalqilya – Together – Today, the police revealed the circumstances of the murder of a 69-year-old citizen, and arrested the suspect in Qalqilya Governorate.

The police media spokesman, Colonel Louay Irziqat, said that the governorate police operations received a report on Monday, June 10, 2024, about the arrival of the body of a citizen from the city of Qalqilya to the Darwish Nazzal Governmental Hospital. Immediately, a force from the General Investigation and Forensic Investigations went to the hospital, and after informing the prosecution. The public and the coroner decided to refer the body to the Institute of Forensic Medicine to conduct an autopsy to determine the causes of death, which proved that the victim had been exposed to poisoning.

Irziqat added that the General Investigation Department initiated search and investigation procedures, and was able to pinpoint suspicion on the victim’s daughter, and by bringing her and hearing her statements, she reported that she had poisoned him.

Arziqat confi
rmed that the case file and the suspect have been referred to the Public Prosecution to take due legal action against her.

Source: Maan News Agency

Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and Head of Qatari Hajj Mission Meets Qatari Campaigners


The Qatari Hajj Mission hosted the campaigners at its headquarters in Makkah Al Mukarramah, within the framework of coordinating efforts, strengthening communication ties, and exchanging views on the Hajj season and the requirements for its success, before Qatar’s pilgrims head Friday morning to the Mina camps to spend the day of Tarwiyah and overnight there, in preparation for their departure on Saturday to Arafat.

HE Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and Head of the Qatari Hajj Mission Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanim met the 19 campaigners and listened to their opinions and requirements within the framework of creating all conditions and providing the finest services and facilities to Qatar’s pilgrims in the holy sites of Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah.

His Excellency stressed that Qatar is making the utmost efforts to serve the pilgrims and all campaigns and facilitate their affairs so that this year’s Hajj season will be distinguished and most successful. He noted that the chairmanship of the missio
n, the advisory committee, and all service and technical support units are working around the clock to provide all forms of support and cooperation and to overcome various difficulties, in coordination with campaigners and representatives, within the framework of integration, coordination, and concerted efforts to facilitate the performance of this ritual.

His Excellency praised the efforts made by the authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to serve the pilgrims, hailing the cooperation of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umra and Ithra Al-Khair Company for pilgrim services, which facilitated much of the mission’s work and facilitated its affairs to serve the pilgrims.

HE the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and Head of the Qatari Hajj Mission urged the campaigners to constantly communicate with the mission’s leadership, its advisors, and the heads of the supporting service and technical units, and to put forward constructive visions and ideas, in order for the Qatari mission to move forward in
developing the services provided to Qatar’s pilgrims campaigns in all the holy sites to achieve excellence.

For their part, a number of campaigners appreciated the efforts of the Hajj and Umrah Affairs Department and its fruitful cooperation from the start of registration for this season until the completion of the electronic sorting, and following up on the registration of pilgrims until they left the homeland heading to the Holy sites, receiving them at the airport and supervising their arrival to their residence in Makkah Al Mukarramah.

They praised the efforts of the Qatari Hajj mission in the Holy sites, its preparation of the camps for state pilgrims in Arafa and Mina according to the highest specifications and standards, and the addition of many services and facilities that assist pilgrims and facilitate their performance of the Hajj in safe and comfortable conditions.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Iraqi President, Iranian Foreign Minister Discuss Bilateral Relations

Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid Thursday discussed with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister-designate Ali Bagheri Kane, bilateral relations between the two countries.

Discussions also dealt with developments in Palestine, where the Iraqi President stressed the need to work on an immediate ceasefire, protect civilians, and prevent the expansion of the war zone in the region, which would have dire consequences if it expands.

He affirmed Iraq’s support for the Palestinian people to achieve their full legitimate rights to self-determination and to establish their independent state on their national soil.

Source: Qatar News Agency

HH the Amir Congratulates Mexico’s President-Elect on Winning Presidential Elections


Doha: HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani congratulated HE President-elect of the United Mexican States, Claudia Sheinbaum, on her victory in the presidential elections.

This came during a telephone conversation HH the Amir held on Thursday with HE the President-elect of the United Mexican States.

They also discussed bilateral cooperation relations between the two friendly countries and ways to bolster them, and the latest regional and international developments of common interest.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Poll: 61% of Gazans lost at least one person in the war


Ramallah – Ma’an An opinion poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, showed that about 80% of the residents of the Gaza Strip lost a relative or had a relative injured in the current war.

The Palestinian Center published the results of a reconnaissance study it conducted in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in the period between May 26 and June 1, which focused on the October 7 attack (Al-Aqsa Flood) and the subsequent war and Israeli ground invasion. The unprecedented human suffering of the Gaza Strip population, the atrocities of war, and the debate about the future of the Strip after the war.

The survey indicated that the data collection did not include the besieged northern Gaza Strip, an area that is witnessing increasing famine, according to international reports.

Regarding the victims among the residents of the Gaza Strip, 61% said that one or more members of their family were martyred during the current war, while 65% said that one or more members of their famil
y was injured during this war.

Regarding obtaining food or water, only 26% of the residents of the Gaza Strip are able to reach a place where they can get help, while 72% say they can, but with great difficulty or risk, while 2% say they cannot.

Also, 64% of Gaza residents said that they have enough food for only one or two days, while 36% say that they do not have enough food for one or two days.

According to the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, which is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental academic research institution, as stated in its introductory guide, the sample size in this survey was 1,570 people, including 760 people who were interviewed face-to-face in the West Bank (in 76 residential locations). And 750 people in the Gaza Strip (in 75 locations).

To read the full report: click here

Source: Maan News Agency

Four Palestinians Killed, Others Injured in Israeli Bombing on Gaza, Rafah


Four Palestinians were killed, and dozens were injured, on Thursday, in Israeli occupation bombing of the cities of Gaza and Rafah.

At least one Palestinian was killed and two others were injured, after an occupation drone bombed a group of residents in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City, the Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) reported.

It added that the occupation warplane bombed the Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City, killing a Palestinian and injuring four others.

Two Palestinians were killed and others were injured as a result of occupation bombing on the Tal Al-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

The death toll from the ongoing Israeli occupation aggression against the Gaza Strip since last October 7 has risen to 37,232 deaths and 85,037 injuries, the majority of whom were children and women.

The unprecedented Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip by sea, land and air continues for the 251st day after two hundred in a row, leaving tens of thousands deaths, injurie
s and missing, and massive destruction of infrastructure, facilities and vital installations, in addition to the unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe it caused in the Strip, as a result of the cessation of food, water, medicine and fuel supplies.

Source: Qatar News Agency

UNRWA: More than 330 thousand tons of waste have accumulated in Gaza, posing environmental and health risks


Gaza – Ma’an – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) stressed that “unhindered access to humanitarian aid and a ceasefire now are necessary to restore living conditions.”

UNRWA stated that more than 330,000 tons of waste have accumulated in all areas of the Gaza Strip, posing catastrophic environmental and health risks.

Source: Maan News Agency