Colombia to Suspend Coal Exports to Israeli Entity

Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced Saturday that his country will suspend coal exports to the Israeli entity until the “genocide” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip stops.

Petro said on X that coal exports to Israel would be suspended “until the genocide stops.” The decision came after Petro cut his country’s diplomatic relations with the Israeli entity in May, describing Benjamin Netanyahu’s government as “genocidal”.

Colombia also stopped purchasing weapons made by Israel.

The Colombian government clarified that the ban will come into effect five days after publication in the country’s official gazette. It said that between January and August 2023, Colombia exported $375 million in goods to Israel, with a considerable concentration of that amount being coal.

The Colombian Ministry of Trade and Industry confirmed that coal exports will only resume if Israel complies with a recent order by the International Court of Justice.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Earthquake Strikes Kahramanmaras in Southern Turkiye

An earthquake measuring 4.3 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Kahramanmaras, southern Turkiye on Sunday.

According to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the quake occurred in the Goksun district at a depth of 7 km.

So far, there have been no reports of material damage or human casualties resulting from the earthquake.

On Feb. 6, 2023, two massive earthquakes measuring 7.6 and 7.7 magnitude on the Richter scale rocked southern Turkiye and northern Syria, followed by thousands of violent aftershocks. The disaster, whose epicenter was in Kahramanmaras, claimed the lives of tens of thousands and left huge destruction in 11 Turkish provinces.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Seoul: N. Korea Launches over 300 Trash-Carrying Balloons

North Korea has launched hundreds of balloons carrying trash toward South Korea over the past two days, Seoul’s military said Sunday, amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s continued balloon campaign.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it had detected some 330 waste-carrying balloons launched by the North since Saturday, with more than 80 of them landing inside South Korea and the rest apparently failing to reach the country, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The latest balloons appeared to be carrying trash, such as scraps of paper and plastic, the JCS said, noting that it was preparing for the possibility of the North launching additional balloons.

The latest balloon campaign came after South Korean civic groups’ launch of large balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda to the North between Friday and Saturday.

Since May 28, the North has staged the balloon campaign, which it described as a “tit-for-tat” response to anti-Pyongyang leafleting by activists in South Korea. It launched nearly 1,000 trash-
carrying balloons into the South late last month and early last week.

The Seoul metropolitan government said it has received reports of about 30 of these balloons as of 8 a.m. (local time). Gyeonggi Province and Incheon, a port city west of Seoul, also reported balloons in various locations, including at the Yellow Sea and other residential areas south of the border with North Korea.

So far, no casualties or property damage have been reported.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Missile Strikes Cargo Ship Off Yemen

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and the British maritime security firm (Ambrey) said Sunday that an Antigua and Barbuda-flagged general cargo ship was struck by a missile 83 nautical miles southeast of Yemen’s Aden and caught fire, which was later contained.

“The ship was heading southwest along the Gulf of Aden at speed 8.2kts when the forward station was struck by a missile. A fire started but was neutralized,” Ambrey said in an advisory note.

“A second missile was sighted but did not hit the ship. Persons on board small boats in the vicinity opened fire on the ship during the incident,” Ambrey noted, adding that no injuries were reported.

Since November, the Houthis have been carrying out attacks on ships linked to Israel in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Several Martyred, Injured in Israeli Airstrike on House in Gaza

Several Palestinians were martyred and injured after the Israeli occupation warplanes targeted a house in Gaza City last night.

Medical sources reported that at least three Palestinians, including a child, were martyred, and several others were injured after the Israeli occupation bombed a residential apartment in Al-Daraj neighborhood in Gaza City.

The Israeli occupation continues its brutal air, land and sea assault on the Gaza Strip for the 47th consecutive day, carrying out bloody massacres and geocide crimes against the Palestinian people, in addition to massive destruction to infrastructures and vital facilities amidst restriction on food, water, fuels and medical supplies, causing an unprecedent humanitarian catastrophe.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Hot to Very Hot Weather Expected Today

Doha: Weather inshore until 6:00 pm on Monday will be hazy to misty at places at first, becomes hot to very hot daytime, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather report.

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

Wind inshore will be southeasterly to northeasterly 05 – 15 KT.

Offshore it will be southeasterly to northeasterly 03 – 13 KT.

Sea state inshore will be 1 – 2 ft. Offshore will be 1 – 3 ft.

Visibility inshore will be 4 – 8 KM / 3 KM or less at places at first. Offshore, it will be 3 – 8 KM.

Area High Tide Low Tide Max —————————————————————— Doha 05:42 – 19:38 03:00 – 12:48 31 Mesaieed 21:34 – ****** 12:31 – 22:43 30 Wakrah 20:40 – ****** 11:50 – ****** 30 Al Khor 18:56 – 07:56 ******* – 02:04 28 Ruwais 07:56 – 19:37 02:04 – 13:47 28 Dukhan 00:12 – 13:03 06:41 – 18:57 27 Abu Samra 00:04 – 12:32 06:18 – 17:53 26 Sunrise: 04:42 LT Sunset: 18:23 LT ———————–

Source: Qatar News Agency