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Over 30 civilians killed in Saudi-UAE led air raids in Yemen

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The Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, accused the Saudi-led coalition of launching retaliatory airstrikes after they shot down a warplane for coalition over the province of Jawf.

Strikes killed more than 30 civilians in a mountainous northern Yemeni province Saturday, the UN humanitarian chief for the country said, calling the attack “shocking.”

The Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, accused the Saudi-led coalition of launching retaliatory airstrikes after they shot down a warplane for coalition over the province of Jawf.

Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency quoted Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition, as saying it was investigating “possible collateral damage” from a rescue operation in the area after the downing of the Tornado warplane late Friday.

Al-Maliki was quoted as saying the plane was providing air support for the Yemeni government forces fighting the Houthis.

He said the two-pilot crew of the Tornado managed to eject safely before the crash, claiming that the Houthis opened fire on them. He said the Houthis were responsible for the pilots’ “life and safety,” according to the Saudi Arabia official news agency.

He did not say whether there were causalities or provide further details.

The U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, said: “these terrible strikes” in al-Maslub district killed at least 31 civilians and wounded 12 others, according to preliminary field reports.

“So many people are being killed in Yemen – it’s a tragedy and it’s unjustified. Five years into this conflict and belligerents are still failing to uphold this responsibility,” she said. “It’s shocking.”

She said many wounded were taken to hospitals in Jawf and Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

Youssef al-Hadri, the spokesman of the Houthi-run health ministry, said the airstrikes killed at least 32 people including women and children.

The Iranian-backed rebels released graphic images showing destroyed buildings and vehicles as well as bodies described the attack’s victims.

They also released footage allegedly showing the downing of the Saudi aircraft and its wreckage.

The humanitarian group — Save the Children — condemned the airstrike, saying it showed that the conflict in Yemen was “not slowing down.”

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Italy PM announces lockdown extension till April 13

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Italy: Italian PM Giuseppe Conte announced the extension of nationwide lockdown till 13 April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement has been made just two days before the current lockdown that started on March 10, was due to an end. Italy currently has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world at 13,155, while the overall confirmed cases stood at 110,572.

Giuseppe Conte - PM of Italy

Giuseppe Conte – PM of Italy

“We have surpassed 13,000 deaths, and this is a wound that pains us especially — it is a wound that will never heal,” said Conte.

“So we are not in a condition to relax our restrictive measures yet… and this is why I just signed a new decree that extends the current measures to April 13,” he further added.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has infected 905,295 people worldwide and the death toll has increased to 45,441 on Thursday even as the head of the UN has declared this crisis as humanity’s worst since World War II.

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SpiceJet ready to fly migrant workers to Bihar during Coronavirus lockdown

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SpiceJet ready to fly migrant workers to Patna

NEW DELHI: SpiceJet has offered the operation of some of its flights to the government for the 21-day lockdown.

SpiceJet chairman and MD said the airline is ready to fly some aircraft from Delhi and Mumbai to Patna to relieve the suffering of migrant laborers or workers, especially those from Bihar during the lockdown due to Coronavirus.

“We have offered our aircraft and crew for any humanitarian mission that the government needs us to fly. We are already flying food, medicines and medical equipment for the government every day (on our freighter aircraft),” Singh told PTI.

“We would like to alleviate the suffering of the migrant workers, especially those from Bihar, by flying some flights between Delhi/Mumbai and Patna,” he added.

Indigo, GoAir and SpiceJet

Indigo, GoAir, and SpiceJet

Domestic and international passenger flights are still banned till April 14 midnight.

IndiGo and GoAir have also offered their aircraft and crew and staff members to the government for any humanitarian use.

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Bihar records two new 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

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PATNA: Two fresh cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported in Bihar. This took the total number of positive cases COVID-19 has mounted to nine.

“Two more coronavirus positive cases found in Bihar – one from Siwan with travel history to Dubai and another from Nalanda with no travel history to any foreign country,” said RMRI official.

Bihar records two 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

Bihar records two 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

The Director of Rajendra Memorial Research Institute, Pradip Das said, test reports of 2 staff members of a private hospital, where a COVID-19 patient was admitted last week before being transferred to AIIMS Patna where he died, have been positive.

Another patient hailing from Siwan who was admitted to the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) has been tested positive. Sources from the department of health said that the patient had recently visited Dubai and returned to Siwan last week.

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