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Coronavirus pandemic exacerbated food shortages across Syria

SHAFAQNA- Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated food shortages across Syria, where a catastrophic humanitarian situation already exists. Nine years of war have cost Syria more than 530 billion dollars, vastly exceeding estimates by United Nations and Syrian experts two years ago. Forty percent of the country’s infrastructure has been destroyed, incurring losses of 65 billion dollars, […]

Khashoggi family may have forgiven murderers under Saudi “pressure and intimidation”

SHAFAQNA- Iqna: The family of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have pardoned his killers under “pressure and intimidation” from the Riyadh regime, a Saudi scholar said. Abdullah Alaoudh, a Saudi academic at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and himself the son of a Saudi dissident, wrote in an article on The Washington Post that Khashoggi’s […]

Mosques in Egypt will reopen next week

SHAFAQNA- Iqna: A plan has been developed for re-opening Mosques, Egyptian Minister of Awqaf (Endowments) Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa said while noting that it will be reviewed by the government’s Coronavirus crisis management committee early next week. In a statement released on Tuesday, Gomaa added that this plan was prepared upon directives of Prime Minister Mostafa […]

Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes inflict heavy damage on Yemen’s infrastructure

SHAFAQNA- Iqna: The impoverished Yemen’s infrastructure destroyed by 47 airstrikes from the Saudi-led military coalition on different parts in the country. Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah TV cited an unnamed Yemeni military source as saying on Wednesday that the Saudi-led fighter jets had pounded localities in Yemen’s Ma’rib, Jawf, Sa’ada, and Hajjah provinces during the previous hours. Majzar […]

Covid-19’s third shock wave: Risk of hunger pandemic

SHAFAQNQ| By Leila Yazdani : While COVID-19 is dominating headlines, another kind of emergency is threatening the lives of millions of people around the world—food insecurity. The two are very much intertwined, however. The covid-19 pandemic’s impact on hunger around the world could be worse than when food prices spiked calamitously in 2007 and 2008. […]

HRW: Homes Burned Down In Muslim Majority Rakhine State of Myanmar

SHAFAQNA- Satellite images showed more than 200 homes and other buildings were destroyed by fire earlier this month in a predominantly ethnic village in the Muslim majority Rakhine State of Myanmar, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. On May 16, an environmental satellite detected extensive fires burning in Let Kar, while satellite imagery recorded on […]

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa on holding congregational prayers in Mosques while maintaining social distance

SHAFAQNA- The Grand Ayatollah Sistani, the Supreme Religious authority for Shia Muslims, responded to a religious question about the conditions for holding congregational prayers in mosques as for maintaining social distance in the situation of Corona. According to Shafaqna, the text of the question and answer is as follows: In the name of God, The […]

Photos: Al-Kafeel Museum displays thousands of antique weapons

SHAFAQNA- AlKafeel: The cadres and staff of the Al-Kafeel Museum of the Treasures and Manuscripts at the Al-Abbas’s (AS) Holy Shrine, continues works of restoration and maintenance according to the scientific and technical methods of the artifacts and the treasures that the museum contains, whether those displayed or not. The Al-Kafeel Museum of the Treasures […]

Palestine: Bethlehem’s Church of Nativity Reopens After Coronavirus Lockdown

SHAFAQNA- Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, which Christians believe stands on the site of the birthplace of Jesus [A.S], reopened on Tuesday after more than two months of Coronavirus Lockdown. A handful of priests from different Christian denominations stood watch as the door to the church in the West Bank was opened, an AFP photographer […]

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s important explanations about the assisted sighting of the new moon crescent

SHAFAQNA- The Grand Ayatollah Sistani has provided an important answer to a question about the assisted sighting of the new moon crescent According to Shafaqna, the full text of the question and answer is as follows: In the name of God, The Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful Question: Many ‏jurisprudents have issued a Fatwa stating […]

Bahrain: Youngest political prisoner released after 8 Years of torture

SHAFAQNA-Bahrain Mirror:  Bahrain released  Ibrahim Al-Moqdad, the youngest political prisoner after spending 8 years behind bars. Ibrahim was arrested on (July 27, 2012) in a peaceful protest in Bilad Al-Qadeem. He was beaten and tortured in order to confess that he burnt an armored vehicle during the protest. Tried under the Terrorism Law, Ibrahim was […]

Umrah Pilgrimage Continues To Be Suspended Until Further Notice

SHAFAQNA-IQNA: Saudi authorities said on Monday that the Umrah pilgrimage will remain suspended until further notice. Saudi Arabia will begin easing restrictions on movement and travel this week, more than two months after stringent measures were introduced to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in […]

Iran a reliable partner of African nations: Zarif

SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message congratulated Africa Day, stressing that Iran has always been and will forever be a reliable partner of all fraternal African nations. “Congratulations on #AfricaDay2020, reminding us of the brave struggles of Africans against oppression,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Monday. “Iran has […]

Lithuania’s 600-year-old Muslim village

SHAFAQNA – Islam today | by  Tharik Hussain*: I am in a tiny little village called Keturiasdesimt Totoriu, about twenty minutes drive south-west of Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, surrounded by woodland. Beneath some of the trees, domesticated chickens peck away, hemmed in by a wire fence. A dog barks somewhere, but otherwise, the only sound […]

Reopening of Lady Masoumeh (S.A) Holy Shrine After 70 days

SHAFAQNA- The holy shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (S.A) in Qom, Iran, which was closed due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, was reopened to pilgrims on Monday morning, May 25, after 70 days. Concurrent with Eid Al-Fitr and in the implementation of the resolution of the National Committee for Combating Corona, the doors of the […]

Yemen faces ‘catastrophic’ food situation as pandemic worsens

SHAFAQNA- After five years of war and now a pandemic, “Yemen is really on the brink” and its health system “has in effect collapsed”. Hundreds of deaths from “coronavirus-like symptoms” have raised fears COVID-19 is rapidly spreading undetected throughout war-torn Yemen, where the United Nations and medical workers say the health care system “has in […]