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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Catch up quick: Israeli airstrike kills nine Palestinian kids + KSA to require unvaccinated travellers to quarantine

Other stories on our radar as we head into this holiday long weekend:

Israeli airstrike kills nine Palestinian kids: Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza this morning after Gaza fired rockets into Israel. The attack out of Gaza came as Israel pushes ahead with an ethnic cleansing campaign in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The airstrike killed 20 Palestinians, nine of them children.

Saudi Arabia will require unvaccinated travellers to quarantine for at least a week upon arrival to the Kingdom starting 20 May, Saudi’s Interior Ministry said on Twitter. Saudi nationals, their families and domestic staff will be exempt.

India’s covid-19 variant is of global concern -WHO: Research is suggesting that the covid-19 variant found in India has “increased transmissibility”, while antibodies appear to have less impact on the mutant virus, a top World Health Organization official said, reports France24. The India variant joins strains from Brazil, the UK, and South Africa on the list.

Ethiopia is working to drum up international support over GERD: Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke met with US’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman today, saying that the African country is committed to ending the GERD deadlock and the Sudan border dispute peacefully, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. In the past few days, Ethiopian officials also sat down with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Nigeria’s President Mohamed Bazoum, and Comoros’s Foreign Minister Dhoihir Dhoulkamal to discuss the African-Union led GERD talks, offering less-than-friendly claims that Egypt and Sudan are trying to continue their monopoly over the Nile River.

German regulators are cracking down on Facebook over WhatsApp data, ordering a three-month ban on Facebook’s collection of data on German users through WhatsApp, Bloomberg reports. The privacy watchdog also called on the EU to issue a ruling across the bloc, calling new terms of service for the messaging app “intransparent, inconsistent and overly broad.” The implementation of the new terms was pushed back from February amid international backlash.

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