‘Large’ stock of foodstuffs available in local market-JCC


Amman: Representative of the Food Sector at Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Jamal Amro, affirmed availability of a “large” stock of basic foodstuffs sufficient for “long periods, amid a decline in prices and sales, as supply operations continue.

In remarks to “Petra,” Amro said: “We have a large strategic stock of basic foodstuffs that citizens need stored in warehouses of companies and merchants, due to the increase in import quantities and the decline in sales volume in the local market.”

Importers and traders have made “great” efforts since the beginning of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and crisis in the Red Sea region to provide a “large” stock of foodstuffs in the local market and maintain continuity of import operations, despite the high costs, especially related to sea freight charges, he pointed out.

Additionally, Amro noted Red Sea crisis affected the Kingdom’s food imports coming from Thailand, Vietnam and China, while imports from European Union countries and the United States were not
affected because they come through Mediterranean ports.

Meanwhile, Amro stated that the Kingdom’s food imports from India are currently transported directly on small ships from the port of Mundra to Aqaba, which has been reflected in shipping fees.

Since the beginning of 2024, Amro pointed out that purchasing power in the local market went down affected by consequences of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, change in the citizens’ consumption patterns and weakness of their purchasing power.

Amro indicated that last Ramadan season saw the least rate of consumption, compared to previous months.

To worsen the situation, Amro noted decline in Jordan’s tourism activity and the drop in the number of tourists had a “clear” impact on sales, commercial activity, and demand for foodstuffs and related sectors.

Amro hoped that the markets would be active with the return of Jordanian expatriates abroad to spend summer vacation.

According to Amro, monitoring by the JJCC showed a decline in average sales at major commerci
al companies operating in the sector by between 35% and 45%, depending on the nature of the facility.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Islamic Affairs Ministry Allocates Corner to Receive Pilgrims through Salwa Port

Dammam, The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance, represented by its branch in the Eastern Region, has designated a specific area to welcome pilgrims arriving from Qatar via the Salwa border crossing.

The branch has stated that this area is equipped with all the necessary resources to assist pilgrims, including informational materials explaining the rituals of Hajj, prayers and supplications, booklets, brochures, and support for the “Rushd” application. The “Rushd” application provides various services such as the Holy Qur’an, an electronic library supporting 52 languages, prayer times, and the Qibla direction. Additionally, pilgrims will receive gifts such as sun umbrellas and bags.

The branch has also assigned official preachers to educate and guide pilgrims, addressing their questions and inquiries regarding all aspects of Hajj. This service includes providing scientific lessons three times a day for each preacher in the mosques and prayer areas of Salwa to explain the rituals and timings of
the Hajj.

These preparations in the Eastern Region reflect the Ministry’s commitment to promoting the Hajj goals among pilgrims, honoring the rituals, and showcasing the significant efforts made by the Kingdom in serving the Two Holy Mosques.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Jerusalem – Suppression of a protest to commemorate the passing of Faisal Al-Husseini

Jerusalem – Together – This Friday afternoon, the occupation forces suppressed a protest to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the passing of Faisal Al-Husseini, in front of the Orient House in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The occupation forces attacked the participants by pushing and beating them and forcibly evacuated the place. They also confiscated pictures of Al-Husseini.

Journalist Ahmed Jalajel explained that the occupation forces attacked the present press crews and prevented them from filming.

The preparatory committee ‘to commemorate the passing of the martyr Faisal Al-Husseini’ called for participation in the anniversary.

Source: Maan News Agency

The occupation forces burn hundreds of dunams in Beit Ummar

Hebron – Ma’an – On Saturday afternoon, the occupation soldiers caused large fires that spread over an area of ????hundreds of dunams in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, as a result of firing gas and sound bombs at farmers who were working in cultivating their lands. The fires spread from the Khallet al-Balqa area to Wadi al-Wahadin and Khirbet al-Qat, causing the burning of hundreds of almond and grape trees, greenhouses, and agricultural tools.

The media activist in Beit Ummar reported that the occupation soldiers deliberately threw gas and sound bombs at the farmers, causing serious material damage to them as a result of the fire that broke out and destroyed hundreds of fruit trees. The winds and high temperatures contributed to the fire spreading to vast areas.

Awad added that citizens came to help put out the fire, combat it, and prevent it from spreading to other areas in the town, using water tanks available in the town. In a preliminary toll of losses, farmer Samir Abdullah Al-Salibi incurre
d losses exceeding one and a half million shekels.

He pointed out that 4 occupation fire trucks were close to the site and the farmers were watching them devour the crops without providing any assistance.

Source: Maan News Agency

The occupation forces burn hundreds of dunams in Beit Ummar

Hebron – Ma’an – On Saturday afternoon, the occupation soldiers caused large fires that spread over an area of ????hundreds of dunams in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, as a result of firing gas and sound bombs at farmers who were working in cultivating their lands. The fires spread from the Khallet al-Balqa area to Wadi al-Wahadin and Khirbet al-Qat, causing the burning of hundreds of almond and grape trees, greenhouses, and agricultural tools.

The media activist in Beit Ummar reported that the occupation soldiers deliberately threw gas and sound bombs at the farmers, causing serious material damage to them as a result of the fire that broke out and destroyed hundreds of fruit trees. The winds and high temperatures contributed to the fire spreading to vast areas.

Awad added that citizens came to help put out the fire, combat it, and prevent it from spreading to other areas in the town, using water tanks available in the town. In a preliminary toll of losses, farmer Samir Abdullah Al-Salibi incurre
d losses exceeding one and a half million shekels.

He pointed out that 4 occupation fire trucks were close to the site and the farmers were watching them devour the crops without providing any assistance.

Source: Maan News Agency

Settlers build a new settlement outpost in Masafer Yatta

Hebron – Ma’an – The coordinator of the National and Popular Committees to Resist the Wall and Settlements in South Hebron, Ratib Al-Jabour, said that settlers built a new settlement outpost near the Tabqa area in Masafer Yatta.

He added that they placed mobile homes and set up a tent in the area.

In a related context, Al-Jabour explained that child shepherds miraculously survived a run-over attempt, yesterday afternoon, Friday, as one of the settlers chased them in the Al-Fakhit area in Al-Musafer, and tried to run them over with the ‘Tractron’ car he was driving.

Source: Maan News Agency

The occupation arrests a young man from the town of Beit Ummar

Hebron – Ma’an – At dawn on Saturday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested a young man after raiding homes in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.

Media activist in Beit Ummar, Muhammad Ayyad Awad, reported that the occupation forces stormed the Al-Madhaba’ area, northwest of the town, and raided the home of citizen Fathi Al-Alami. They searched the house and tampered with its contents before arresting his son, Muhammad Fathi Muhammad Al-Alami, 22 years old, and he was transferred to an occupation army camp inside the ‘Karmi’ settlement. Tzur, south of Beit Ummar.

Source: Maan News Agency

Ministry of Islamic Affairs Launches Program ‘Your Healing Is Our Hope’ at Dakar University Hospital

Dakar, The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, represented by the religious attaché at the Kingdom’s embassy in Senegal, yesterday launched the program titled, “Your Healing Is Our Hope” at the Fann University Hospital in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, in the presence of the acting undersecretary of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call, and Guidance, Sheikh Dr. Awad bin Sabti Al-Anazi, Saudi Ambassador to Senegal Saad bin Abdullah Al-Nifaie, and other officials.

Following the launch, the Saudi delegation visited the patients and distributed gifts, as the director of the University Hospital in Senegal, Dr. Khadija Sar, expressed her happiness with such valuable initiatives that would alleviate the concerns of patients and bring joy to their hearts, and she praised the humanitarian work provided by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques worldwide.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

A citizen was seriously injured by occupation bullets in Al-Bireh

Ramallah – Ma’an – The Red Crescent Society reported that its crews transported a very seriously injured citizen to the roof of Marhaba in the city of Al-Bireh.

She said that her crews received the young man from the occupation forces, and his condition was described as ‘heart and lung arrest.’

She added that the injured person was found on agricultural land that was burned near the colony established in Al-Bireh, according to the occupation forces, and he was taken to the hospital.

Source: Maan News Agency

Ministry of Islamic Affairs Holds Meeting with Islamic Higher Institute in Senegal

Dakar, The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, held a meeting on Thursday with the board of trustees of the Islamic Higher Institute in the Republic of Senegal, headed by the acting undersecretary of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance, Sheikh Dr. Awad bin Sabti Al-Anazi, and in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Senegal Saad bin Abdullah Al-Nafaie.

During the meeting, Al-Anazi reviewed the Kingdom’s role in serving Islam and Muslims, including serving the Muslims of Senegal by establishing the Higher Islamic Institute, where over 700 students from 11 countries study.

The board also discussed topics listed on the meeting agenda and took recommendations regarding them.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Suffocation injuries in a fire in a wedding hall in Al-Bireh

Ramallah – Ma’an – A number of citizens suffocated, this Saturday evening, in a limited fire that broke out in one of the wedding halls in the Umm Al-Sharayet neighborhood in the city of Al-Bireh.

Civil Defense spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Nael Al-Azza, reported that a limited fire broke out in a wedding hall in the Umm Al-Sharayet neighborhood in the city of Al-Bireh, causing a number of citizens to suffocate.

He pointed out that the fire was brought under control and the hall was evacuated of attendees, and that medical teams provided first aid to the injured.

The Red Crescent reported that its crews dealt with 4 suffocation cases, including a serious suffocation injury and very critical respiratory burns.

Source: Maan News Agency

The Palestinian Authority demands the handover of all crossings with the Gaza Strip

Ramallah – Ma’an – The Palestinian Authority confirmed that all crossings with the Gaza Strip must be handed over and opened to it, and demanded that the Israeli attack on Gaza be stopped, according to the official Palestinian News Agency.

The Palestinian Authority stressed, ‘The Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip and all of the territory of the State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, must be stopped immediately and permanently, including stopping the attacks of the occupation forces and settlers against the Palestinian people and their sanctities in the West Bank and Jerusalem.’

She added, “The Palestinian leadership stressed the necessity of withdrawing Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip, and handing over and opening all crossings with the Strip to the Authority in accordance with the signed agreements, including the crossings agreement of 2005, allowing the regular arrival of relief aid and all needs to the Gaza Strip.”

The Palestinian Authority stated
that peace, security and stability can only be achieved through a political solution based on ‘international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative, ending the Israeli occupation and embodying the independent, fully sovereign State of Palestine on the borders of June 4, 1967, including East Jerusalem.’

Source: Maan News Agency