Jordan Hosts Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership on Tuesday

General view showing empty streets in Amman, Jordan October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo
General view showing empty streets in Amman, Jordan October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo
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Jordan Hosts Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership on Tuesday

General view showing empty streets in Amman, Jordan October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo
General view showing empty streets in Amman, Jordan October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo

Jordan will host the second session of the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership on Tuesday.

The event's first session was held in Baghdad in August last year upon the invitation of King Abdullah II, in coordination with French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, who both attended the session, according to Petra news agency.

The conference will feature the participation of a number of leaders and representatives of countries and regional organizations.

Participating countries include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Turkey, and Iran.

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, representatives from the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the EU will also take part in the conference.

The opening session of the conference will witness the participation of Arab and EU ambassadors, the 20G, and the permanent members of the Security Council accredited to the Kingdom.

The conference, meant to reiterate support for Iraq's sovereignty, security, and stability, aims to set cooperation mechanisms to enhance regional security and stability and push forward the development process.

Sudani held a press conference in Baghdad during which he spoke about his participation at the conference.

He also confirmed the increase in the exchange rates of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar.

He pointed out that “the government was and is still monitoring the central bank’s policy to ensure market stability,” revealing that “the Iraqi Central Bank’s reserves of foreign currency amounted to 96 billion dollars.”

Al-Sudani said: “The financial situation in Iraq is at its best.”

Regarding the smuggling of oil derivatives, the PM announced the confiscation of more than 1,781,000 liters of oil derivatives, the dismantling of a large number of smuggling networks, and the arrest of 18 members of these networks.



Israel Pounds Central Gaza Camps, Deepens Invasion of Rafah

A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
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Israel Pounds Central Gaza Camps, Deepens Invasion of Rafah

A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS

Israeli forces pounded areas in the central Gaza Strip overnight, killing three people and wounding dozens of others, according to medics, while tanks deepened their invasion into Rafah in the south, residents said.
Israeli planes struck a house in Al-Nuseirat camp, killing two people and wounding 12 others, while tanks shelled areas in Al-Maghazi and Al-Bureij camps, wounding many other people, health officials said, according to Reuters. Nuseirat, Maghazi, and Bureij are three of Gaza's eight historic refugee camps.
In Deir al-Balah, a city packed with displaced people in the central Gaza Strip, an Israeli airstrike killed one Palestinian and wounded several others on Thursday, medics said.
The Israeli military said on Wednesday forces were continuing their operations across the enclave targeting militants and military infrastructure in what it described as "precise, intelligence-based" activities.
More than eight months into the war in Gaza, Israel's advance is now focused on the two last areas its forces had yet to storm: Rafah on Gaza's southern edge and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the center. The operations have forced more than a million people to flee since May, the vast majority already displaced from other parts of the enclave.
In Rafah, near the border with Egypt, Israeli tanks stationed deep in the western and central areas of the city stepped up bombardment, forcing more families living in the far coastal areas to flee northward. Some residents said the pace of the raid has been accelerated in the past two days.
"The tanks took control of most of the areas in Rafah. People living by the beach have also started to leave toward Khan Younis and central areas in fear because of the continued bombardment," said Abu Wasim, a resident from Rafah's Al-Shaboura neighborhood, who quit his home over a week ago before tanks rolled in reaching the heart of the city.
Rafah housed over half of Gaza's 2.3 million people until May 7 when Israeli forces began the ground offensive into the city. Fewer than 100,000 are now believed to be left behind.
There has been no sign of let-up in the fighting as efforts by international mediators, backed by the United States, have failed to persuade Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire.
The armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad said fighters battled Israeli forces with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs, and have in some areas detonated pre-planted explosive devices against army units.
On Thursday, Israeli authorities freed 33 Palestinians who had been detained during the past months by Israeli forces in different areas of the enclave. The freed detainees were admitted into Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip after they complained of torture and mistreatment by Israeli jailers.