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7/10/2020 Afghanistantimes 286 patients test positive for Covid-19 within 24 hours The ministry of public health said that of 742 samples 286 patients were tested positive for the Covid-19 in a past round clock across Afghanistan. The total tally surpasses 34,194 cases as of July 10th, the ministry said in a statement. According to the statement, at least 41 patients recovered and 14 others died during this period. The general number of recoveries reached to over 20,800 and the dead are around 917, according to statement. http://www.afghanistantimes.af/286-patients-test-positive-for-covid-19-within-24-hours/
7/10/2020 Afghanistantimes Three children killed in rocket blast in Zabul Three children in the southern province of Zabul were killed when a rocket they were playing with, went off, provincial officials said on Friday. The incident happened in the Zozgar area of the Qalat district. Gul Islam Seyal, provincial spokesman, said Friday that the rocket was prepared by Taliban militants to fire on the security, but the children found it and it exploded. A number of other children were also wounded in the blast, according to Seyal, who said the injured were taken to a nearby medical facility. http://www.afghanistantimes.af/three-children-killed-in-rocket-blast-in-zabul/
7/10/2020 ArabNews Iraqi MP dies of COVID-19 as cases jump 600% Iraqi lawmaker Ghida Kambash died Friday after contracting the novel coronavirus, parliament announced, its first member to succumb to the virus as its spread ramps up across the country. The 46-year-old was a three-time MP from Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, and helped pass laws on education reform and social welfare. She leaves behind four children. Last month, parliament speaker Mohammed Al-Halbussi said up to 20 deputies were confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19. https://www.arabnews.com/node/1702761/middle-east
7/10/2020 Shafaaq A Katyusha missile attack on the green zone averted Baghdad Operations Command announced, on Friday, that it had thwarted a new missile attack on the green zone, in the center of the capital Baghdad. "The security forces were able to find a Katyusha rocket intended for launch towards the Green Zone, on Al-Rusafa side", the command said in a statement reported to Shafaq News agency. The statement added, "It was dismantled and lifted safely". https://www.shafaaq.com/en/iraq-news/a-katyusha-missile-attack-on-the-green-zone-averted/
7/10/2020 Kurdistan24 Iraq announces record 2,848 infections, over 70 deaths in single day On Friday, the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment announced that health officials had again confirmed over 2,000 new COVID-19 infections and the death of over 70 people across the country within the previous 24 hours. The ministry’s daily statement noted that it had conducted 12,054 coronavirus tests in a single day, 2,848 of which returned positive. According to the statement, since the spread of the virus to Iraq began in late February, 72,460 people have been infected, 41,380 have recovered, and a total of 2,960 individuals have died from the disease. https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/e25966e5-e976-4f3a-b6a8-9d2f7b6a65fe
7/8/2020 Xinhua Iraq faces long battle against COVID-19, as daily cases hike to 2,741 An Iraqi official said Wednesday that Iraq is facing a long battle against the coronavirus pandemic, as the Health Ministry recorded 2,741 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in single day since the outbreak of the disease. "The battle against the virus is long, as Iraq has entered the stage of the outbreak of the disease despite that all necessary measures have been taken, but this stage requires new preparations," Hassan Khalatti, member of the parliamentary health committee, said in a statement. The Health Ministry pursued a good plan when it increased the number of beds in hospitals and established more quarantine centers, he said, adding that the ministry still needs to take into consideration providing more medical supplies. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/08/c_139197946.htm
7/8/2020 BBC Leading Iraqi security expert shot dead in Baghdad A leading Iraqi expert on armed groups, who advised governments and appeared frequently in the media, has been shot dead in the capital, Baghdad. Hisham al-Hashimi was killed near his home in the Ziyouna district on Monday night by two gunmen riding a motorbike. No group has said it was behind the shooting, but he had reportedly been threatened by the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State and Shia militias. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53318803
7/8/2020 AP Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation A powerful Iran-backed militia said Wednesday there would be “escalation” if Iraq's prime minister continues to clamp down on armed groups, as tensions spiked following the killing of a prominent analyst, pitting the state against rogue elements. Hostilities have flared as Iraq reels from the assassination of Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, who was gunned down by unknown assailants on motorbikes outside his Baghdad home Monday. He had received death threats from the Islamic State group and Iran-backed militia groups. https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-backed-militia-pms-actions-bring-escalation-71676719
7/8/2020 Kurdistan24 Kurdistan announces 294 new infections, 11 deaths in 24 hours The Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday nearly 300 new coronavirus infections during the previous 24 hours, along with 11 deaths and 140 recoveries. Health officials' daily coronavirus statement mentioned that the ministry conducted 2,247 new tests for the highly-contagious disease, of which 294 came back positive. Some 515 individuals have been quarantined in the past 24 hours, making a total of 1,287 individuals now under the restriction in 23 different locations across the region. https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/3d78878d-1b8f-473f-bcc6-c4182de04a29
7/8/2020 KP 22 Taliban militants killed, wounded on Kabul-Jalalabad highway The security forces killed or wounded at least 22 Taliban militants during a clash on Kabul-Jalalabad highway, the Afghan military said. The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted a joint operation based on a tip off in Sarkund Baba area Laghman province which is located on Kabul-Jalalabad highway. https://www.khaama.com/22-taliban-militants-killed-wounded-on-kabul-jalalabad-highway-08942/