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Guardian Council of Iran: First Vice President to Take over as Interim President

Guardian Council of Iran: First Vice President to Take over as Interim PresidentTehran, 20 May (ONA) --- The Islamic Republic of Iran's Guardian Council spokesman Hadi Tahan Nazif has announced that according to the Constitution, the vice president will take over as interim president with the Supreme Leader's approval. Tahan Nazif in an interview today said that with the Supreme Leader's approval, a council consisting of the Iranian judiciary chief, parliament speaker, and vice president will take measures to hold elections within 50 days. He said that there ...

Martyrs and Wounded in Israeli Bombardment across Gaza Strip

Martyrs and Wounded in Israeli Bombardment across Gaza Strip Gaza, 19 May (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation forces have continued their aggression and bombardment of several areas of the Gaza Strip for the 226th consecutive day, leaving dozens of martyrs and wounded. The Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported that the occupation's warplanes had targeted the vicinity of the Kamal Adwan hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip, in conjunction with artillery shelling on the town of Beit Lahia. Three Palestinians were martyred and 7 others were wounded in an airstrike from a warplane ...

Israeli Entity Closes Gaza Crossings for 13th Day

Israeli Entity Closes Gaza Crossings for 13th Day Gaza, 19 May (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation forces continue the closure of the Rafah border crossing, Gaza’s sole pedestrian crossing to the outside world, and the Karem Abu Salem commercial crossing in southern Gaza for the 13th consecutive day, exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe gripping the besieged territory. Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), warned that the failure to open the border crossings and ensure safe access to them ...

UN Secretary General Describes Oman “Voice of Wisdom, Peace Builder”

UN Secretary General Describes Oman “Voice of Wisdom, Peace Builder” Muscat, 15 May (ONA) --- António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) expressed his deep thanks and gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik for the extraordinary partnership between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Nations (UN). In a press interview with Oman News Agency (ONA), he hailed the Sultanate of Oman’s role and endeavours in resolving many regional issues. He described Oman as “peace builder” in the region. The UN Secretary General also described the ...

Foreign Minister Receives UN Secretary General

Foreign Minister Receives UN Secretary General Muscat, 15 May (ONA) ---- Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister received today António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and his accompanying delegation, within the context of his current official visit to the Sultanate of Oman. During the meeting, the two sides underlined the cooperation relations between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Nations and its various bodies. They commended the fruitful partnerships and initiatives, including humanitarian and environmental initiatives and ...

Oman, Republic of Korea Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

Oman, Republic of Korea Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic RelationsMuscat, 15 May (ONA) --- Acting in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Muscat, the Foreign Ministry today held a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The ceremony also saw the launch of a commemorative slogan incarnating the depth and strength of diplomatic relations.Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Political Affairs, said, "Partnership between Oman and the Republic ...

Oman Participates in Ministerial Preparatory Meeting for Arab Summit in Manama

Oman Participates in Ministerial Preparatory Meeting for Arab Summit in Manama Manama, 14 May (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman today participated in the preparatory ministerial meeting for the 33rd Arab Summit, hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Sultanate of Oman’s delegation to the meeting was headed by Abdullah Nasser Al Rahbi, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the Arab Republic of Egypt and its Permanent Representative to the Arab League. During the meeting, the report of the presidency of the 32nd Arab Summit in Jeddah was discussed, and the implementation of the ...

Ending Middle East Conflict is Bound by Establishment of Palestinian State: Affirms Oman at UN Emergency Session

Ending Middle East Conflict is Bound by Establishment of Palestinian State: Affirms Oman at UN Emergency Session New York, 14 May (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman has said that the termination of the Middle East region’s conflicts could only be achieved through the long-overdue establishment of the Palestinian state and by granting it full membership in the United Nations. A statement to this effect was delivered before the UN General Assembly’s 10th emergency special session. In Oman’s speech at the resumed UN session, Sayyid Ahmed Hamoud Al Busaidi, member of the ...

UNRWA: 450,000 People Forcibly Displaced from Rafah

UNRWA:450,000 People Forcibly Displaced from Rafah New York, 14 May (ONA) --- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) revealed that 450,000 people have been forcibly displaced from the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip since 6 May 2024. The streets are empty in Rafah as families continue to flee in search of safety, UNRWA said in a post on X platform, stressing that an immediate ceasefire is the only hope. The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) began an operation in the eastern city of Rafah last week, amid regional and international ...

Israeli Occupation Continues to Shut Down Rafah, Karem Abu Salem Crossings

Israeli Occupation Continues to Shut Down Rafah, Karem Abu Salem Crossings Gaza, 14 May (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continue to close the Rafah border crossing and the Karem Abu Salem commercial crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, amid warnings of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. Palestinian news agency (Wafa) said that the IOF occupied the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing and stopped the flow of aid to the strip on 7 May, adding that, for ten consecutive days, the IOF continued to close the Karem Abu Salem commercial crossing, ...

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression on Gaza Rises to 35,173 Martyrs, 79,061 Injured

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression on Gaza Rises to 35,173 Martyrs, 79,061 Injured Gaza, May 14 (ONA) --- Medical sources in the Gaza Strip announced today that the death toll from the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip since 7 October 2023, has risen to 35,173 martyrs and more than 79,061 injured, in an infinite toll, while thousands of victims are still under the rubble and on the roads, and ambulance and civil defense crews cannot reach them. According to medical sources, the occupation forces committed 8 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip during the past 24 ...

UN Secretary General Arrives in Oman

UN Secretary General Arrives in Oman Muscat, 14 May (ONA)--- António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) arrived in the Sultanate of Oman, on an official visit lasting three days. Upon his arrival at Muscat International Airport, the guest was received by Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Political Affairs, Ambassador Mohammed Awad Al Hassan, the Sultanate of Oman's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), and some officials from the Foreign Ministry. ---Ends/Thuraiya/AH ...

UNRWA: 360,000 Fled from Rafah Last Week

UNRWA: 360,000 Fled from RafahLast Week New York, 13 May (ONA) --- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said that "nearly 360,000 people have fled Rafah since the first evacuation order a week ago." "Meanwhile, in north Gaza bombardments and other evacuation orders have created more displacement and fear for thousands of families," UNRWA said in a statement today. "There’s nowhere to go. There’s NO safety without a ceasefire," UNRWA reiterated. The Israeli occupation forces continue to close the Rafah border ...

World Food Program Warns of New Displacement of Palestinians in Gaza

World Food Program Warns of New Displacement of Palestinians in Gaza Rome, 13 May (ONA) --- The World Food Program (WFP) warned that Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip will be forced to flee again in search of shelter, food and water. The United Nations (UN) Program stressed, in a post on X platform, the necessity of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, and that access to life-saving humanitarian aid must continue, considering the comprehensive attack on the city of Rafah "catastrophic". This comes in conjunction with the Israeli occupation authorities closure of the ...

Gaza Death Toll Rises to 35,034 Martyrs

Gaza Death Toll Rises to35,034 Martyrs Gaza, 12 May (ONA) --- The number of casualties due to the Israeli aggression on the Gaza enclave since October has risen to 35,034 martyrs and 78,755 wounded, Ministry of Health in Gaza reported today. The Ministry said the Israeli occupation soldiers committed eight massacres against families in the enclave during the past 24 hours, of whom 63 martyrs and 114 injured were whisked off to hospitals. The Ministry of Health in Gaza urged the relatives of martyrs and those who went missing during the war on Gaza to essentially complete ...

Israeli Occupation Bombs Various Areas in Gaza Strip

Israeli Occupation Bombs Various Areas in Gaza Strip Gaza, 12 May (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation's artillery and aircraft today bombed several areas in the Gaza Strip, murdering many Palestinians and injuring others. Palestinian news agency (Wafa) said that the bodies of 12 murdered Palestinians reached Kamal Adwan Hospital, north the Gaza Strip, while dozens of Palestinians are still missing under the rubble as a result of the continuous Israeli raids in the city of Beit Lahiya, north of the Gaza Strip. The occupation forces expanded their incursion east of the ...

HH Sayyid Theyazin Meets Qatari PM and Foreign Minister

HH Sayyid Theyazin Meets Qatari PM and Foreign Minister Doha, 9 May (ONA) --- HH Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham Al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, today met Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, on the sidelines of the ceremony marking the opening of Doha International Book Fair. HH Sayyid Theyazin and the Qatari PM discussed ties of cooperation between the Sultanate of Oman and the State of Qatar, in addition to issues of common concern. The meeting was attended on the Qatari side by Sheikh ...

Foreign Minister Holds Political Talks with Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Holds Political Talks with Algerian Minister of Foreign AffairsAlgeria, 9 May (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister and Ahmed Attaf, Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, today held a session of political talks within the framework of the official visit made by the former to Algeria.The two sides stressed the importance of working together to serve their common interests. They discussed means of coordination ahead of the Omani-Algerian Joint Committee’s next session scheduled to ...

Israeli Occupation Murders 34,904 Palestinians, Injures 78,514 Others in Ongoing Aggression on Gaza

Israeli Occupation Murders 34,904 Palestinians, Injures 78,514 Others in Ongoing Aggression on Gaza Gaza, 9 May (ONA) --- Medical sources in the Gaza Strip announced today that the death toll from the Israeli aggression on Gaza since Oct. 7 rose to 34,904 martyrs, along with more than 78,514 injured. Meanwhile, thousands of victims are still under rubble and on the streets as the occupation has been preventing ambulance and civil defense crews from reaching them. Palestinian news agency (Wafa) reported, citing medical sources, that the occupation forces committed ...

UN Expresses Concern about Deteriorating Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

UN Expresses Concern about Deteriorating Humanitarian Situation in GazaNew York, 9 May (ONA) --- The UN has expressed concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, stressing the urgent need for incoming supplies, including fuel, to support humanitarian efforts in the Strip. Stephane Dujarric, UN Spokesperson said, "as of now, no goods have come in for our use for humanitarian operations either through the Kerem Shalom or the Rafah crossings into the Gaza strip." "We continue to confront a range of challenges, including active military operations," ...

OIC Strongly Condemns Israeli Aggressive Escalation on Gaza Strip

OIC Strongly Condemns Israeli Aggressive Escalation on Gaza StripJeddah, 8 May (ONA) --- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the escalation of the criminal aggression launched by the Israeli occupation forces against the Gaza Strip, and the expansion of its scope through the invasion of the city of Rafah, which is inhabited by about 1.3 million displaced Palestinians. In its statement, the OIC considered that this escalation constitutes an extension of the commission of the crime of genocide against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip ...

Toll of Israeli Aggression Against Gaza Rises to 34,844 Martyrs, 78,404 Injured

Toll of Israeli Aggression Against Gaza Rises to 34,844 Martyrs, 78,404 InjuredGaza, 8 May (ONA) --- The toll of the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7 has risen to 34,844 martyrs and 78,404 injured, most of whom are women and children while thousands are reported missing. In a statement, the Ministry of Health in Gaza said that the occupation forces committed seven massacres against families in the Strip during the past 24 hours, leading to 55 martyrs and 200 wounded who arrived in hospitals. The unprecedented Israeli aggression ...

Foreign Minister, Iranian Counterpart Review Regional Developments

Foreign Minister, Iranian Counterpart Review Regional Developments Muscat, 7 May (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister and Dr. Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran reviewed, through phone call, areas of bilateral cooperation and means of boosting them. They also exchanged views on regional developments. --- Ends/Anas ...

Foreign Minister, Head of Hamas Political Bureau Discuss Ceasefire Proposal

Foreign Minister, Head of Hamas Political Bureau Discuss Ceasefire ProposalMuscat, 7 May (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, discussed a ceasefire proposal during a phone call today with Dr. Ismail Haniyeh, Head of Hamas Movement’s Political Bureau.During the conversation, Haniyeh affirmed the movement’s acceptance of the proposal and the Palestinian side’s support for the proposal in a bid to ease tensions, stop the bloodshed and mutual military operations and secure the return of displaced people to their residences.The proposal also provides for the ...

Israeli Aggression on Gaza Strip Kills 34,789 Palestinians, Injures 78,204 Others

Israeli Aggression on Gaza Strip Kills 34,789 Palestinians, Injures 78,204 Others Gaza, 7 May (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation killed 34,789 Palestinians and injured 78,204 others in its ongoing aggression on the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7 while thousands remain missing. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement today that the Israeli occupation forces committed six massacres against Palestinian families in Gaza during the past 24 hours, killing 54 Palestinians and injuring 96 others. The unprecedented Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip continues from all ...

UNRWA Warns of Continued Interruption of Aid Entry at Rafah Crossing

UNRWA Warns of Continued Interruption of Aid Entry at Rafah Crossing New York, 7 May (ONA) --- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) warned today that the continued interruption of entry of aid and fuel supplies at the Rafah crossing will halt the critical humanitarian response across the Gaza Strip. "The catastrophic hunger faced by people especially in northern Gaza will get much worse if these supply routes are interrupted," UNRWA said on X. This morning, the Israeli forces occupied and took control of the ...

EU: Israel's Attack on Rafah will Kill More Palestinians

EU:Israel's Attack on Rafah will Kill More Palestinians Brussels, 7 May (ONA) --- Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said today that the likely Israeli attack on Rafah will kill more Palestinians, adding that Israel is launching the attack despite explicit warnings against it from EU member states and the United States. "The Rafah offensive has started again, in spite all the requests of the international community, the US, the European Union member states, everybody asking Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ...

Israeli Occupation Takes Control of Rafah Crossing, Stops Movement of Passengers, Entry of Aid into Gaza

Israeli Occupation Takes Control of Rafah Crossing, Stops Movement of Passengers, Entry of Aid into Gaza Gaza, 7 May (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation army penetrated into Rafah crossing across the border with the Arab Republic of Egypt and closed it completely, halting passenger movement and the entry of aid into the Gaza Strip. The occupation vehicles stormed the crossing amid heavy fire on its buildings and occupied it completely, preventing the movement of travellers, especially the sick and wounded, and the entry of humanitarian aid, or the transfer of accumulated aid to ...

US, Philippine Forces Stage Joint Combat Drills in South China Sea

US, Philippine Forces Stage Joint Combat Drills in South China Sea Manila, 7 May (ONA) --- US and Philippine forces have launched their largest joint combat exercises in years on the Philippines' northern coast near the disputed South China Sea. In the mock battle scenario, American and Filipino forces took positions at the airfield, ringed by low-lying hills, as three Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters landed to deliver combat supplies. The troops fired missiles and artillery. The annual exercises by the long-time treaty allies will run until 10 May 2024. The drills involve ...

UN Calls for Avoiding Escalation after Moscow Announced Nuclear Drills

UN Calls for Avoiding Escalation after Moscow Announced Nuclear DrillsNew York, 7 May (ONA) --- The United Nations (UN) called on all international parties to avoid escalation after Russia announced drills for using non-strategic nuclear weapons. The various parties begun to talk more and more recently about the issue of the use of nuclear weapons. "Current nuclear risks are at an alarmingly high level. All actions that could lead to miscalculation, escalation with catastrophic consequences must be avoided", Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the ...