Iraq to Inaugurate ‘Development Road’ during Upcoming Regional Conference

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani (File photo: AFP)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani (File photo: AFP)
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Iraq to Inaugurate ‘Development Road’ during Upcoming Regional Conference

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani (File photo: AFP)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani (File photo: AFP)

Iraq will host a conference of transport ministers from neighboring countries and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Saturday, during which it will inaugurate the “Development Road” project.

Advisor of Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani Nasser al-Assadi said the project is supported by regional countries, namely the GCC states.

Speaking at a press meeting attended by Asharq Al-Awsat, Assadi explained that the blueprints of the projects had been drafted and funds allocated, adding that preliminary estimates indicated that investment would reach $20 billion and provide about 100,000 job opportunities.

The official added that the prime minister presented the project during the Jeddah Summit last week, reiterating its importance in implementing developmental economic projects that meet the vision adopted by Sudani and regional countries, including Saudi Arabia.

The project will link regional countries through a system of roads and railways, reducing transportation costs and travel time, explained Assadi.

He indicated that it would create a suitable environment for establishing integrated industrial cities between the regional countries, noting that this project would reduce Iraq’s oil dependency if implemented.



Lebanon: Israeli Strike in Tyr Kills Two Women, Injures 19

Border fence between Lebanon and Israel (AFP)
Border fence between Lebanon and Israel (AFP)
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Lebanon: Israeli Strike in Tyr Kills Two Women, Injures 19

Border fence between Lebanon and Israel (AFP)
Border fence between Lebanon and Israel (AFP)

In the early hours of Friday, an Israeli strike on a building east of the port city of Tyr left two civilian women dead and more than a dozen wounded, many of them children, according to two Lebanese security sources.
Asked about the incident, the Israeli military said it was looking into it.
Lebanon’s An-Nahar newspaper named the victims, noting that one of the women was a paramedic of Al Risala Association for Health Care.
"Israeli media said the strike was an assassination mission", the newspaper quoted sources close to Hezbollah as saying.
The victims and the injured were civilians, added the sources, noting that rescue operations continue to pull survivors from under the rubble.
Hezbollah said in a statement earlier that it had fired volleys of Katyusha and Falaq rockets at six Israeli military locations. Its Al-Manar television reported more than 100 rockets fired at once.