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Turkey launches financial package for exporters amid COVID-19: ministry

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Turkey has launched a financial support package to protect exporters from the impact of coronavirus, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan announced on Friday.

The package, called the Stock Financing Support Package, has come into use through Turkey’s Eximbank, according to a press release issued by the ministry.

“The stock financing loan will provide convenience for our exporters, whose stocks increased due to low demand and canceled orders,” Pekcan said in the release.

As part of the package, the Credit Guarantee Fund set a 10 billion Turkish liras (1.47 billion U.S. dollars) limit for Eximbank.

The 7.25 percent interest rate credit’s limit will be 25 million Turkish liras for SMEs and 50 million Turkish liras for other firms.

Trade with Ankara’s main partners in Europe and the Middle East were hit by measures to contain the COVID-19. Turkey’s exports fell 41.6 percent year on year in April, according to official data.

Turkey has so far reported over 153,000 cases of coronavirus and 4,249 deaths, but the number of daily cases is falling and there has been a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions to kickstart the economy.

(XINHUA)

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Turkey kills 10 PKK members in northern Iraq

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Turkish security forces have killed 10 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in an anti-terror operation carried out in northern Iraq, the Turkish defense ministry said on Wednesday.

“Five PKK terrorists were neutralized in Haftanin and Hakurk regions of northern Iraq after they were detected through reconnaissance and surveillance activities,” the ministry said on Twitter.

In another operation, conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces in coordination with the Turkish National Intelligence Organization, five more terrorists were “neutralized” in Asos region.

Turkish security forces have been conducting several operations against the PKK in southeastern Turkey and in northern Iraq where the group has hideouts.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for over 30 years, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

Turkish security forces have killed a total of 1,458 members of PKK and Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in cross border operations since Jan. 1 this year, Turkish defense minister said on Monday.

Turkey sees YPG as the Syrian branch of PKK and has launched several cross border operations into neighboring Syria.

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Roundup: Turkey’s COVID-19 cases near 160,000, as Saudi Arabia announces 3-phase plan to ease anti-coronavirus restrictions

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Turkey’s COVID-19 cases on Tuesday rose to 158,762, amid a continued slowdown in the pandemic, while Saudi Arabia announced a three-phase plan to gradually ease the anti-coronavirus restrictions.

Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, confirmed 948 new COVID-19 cases and 28 more deaths, as the death toll climbed to 4,397.

On the same day, 1,492 patients recovered from the disease in Turkey, raising the total recoveries to 121,507.

Amid the slowdown in the pandemic, Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul disinfected mosques to make them ready for reopening on Friday as part of the normalization process.

Iran reported 1,787 new cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number of cases to 139,511. The death roll in Iran, the highest in the region, rose to 7,508 after 57 deaths were added in the past 24 hours.

Saudi Arabia reported 1,931 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number in the kingdom to 76,726. The death toll from the deadly respiratory virus increased by 12 to 411, while the number of recoveries rose by 2,782 to 48,450.

Despite the continued rise in coronavirus infections, Saudi Arabia announced a plan to gradually lift the anti-coronavirus measures in three phases.

After the first phase, lasting from May 28 to 30, and the second phase, lasting from May 31 to June 20, all the restrictions and curfews will be lifted except for the holy city of Mecca, during the third phase starting June 21.

Qatar announced 1,742 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 47,207, including 118,44 recoveries and 28 deaths.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 779 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 31,086.

The total recoveries from the disease in the UAE rose to 15,982 after 325 more patients recovered, and the death roll climbed to 253 after five more fatalities were added.

Egypt reported a record 789 daily new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number in the country to 18,756. This was the eighth consecutive day for Egypt’s daily infections to exceed 700.

Meanwhile, 14 patients died from the coronavirus, bringing the death toll in Egypt to 797, while 127 more patients were completely cured, raising the recoveries to 5,027.

Kuwait reported 608 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 22,575 and the death toll to 172.

Oman’s health ministry announced 348 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 8,118.

A total of 45 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Morocco on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 7,577, including 202 deaths and 4,881 recoveries.

Syria reported 15 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 121, including four deaths and 41 recoveries, the Syrian health ministry said.

Israel’s health ministry reported 23 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in Israel to 16,757.

This is the highest single-day rise in the COVID-19 cases since May 18, when 26 new cases were detected in Israel. No new death from the coronavirus was reported.

In Palestine, life in the West Bank returned to normal after the Palestinian government lifted most of the precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

In the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-run ministry of health reported three new cases of COVID-19, taking the total cases in the area to 58.

Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections increased on Tuesday by 21 cases to 1,140 while the death toll remained at 26.

The Lebanese interior ministry issued a decision imposing a fine of 50,000 Lebanese pounds (33 U.S. dollars) on citizens who do not use masks during their daily transportation.

After a lockdown of more than two months, Tunisia, which reported no new COVID-19 case on Tuesday, conditionally reopened cafes and restaurants as part of its partial lifting of the anti-coronavirus restrictions.

On Monday, the 35th Chinese medical team in Sudan held a video conference with Sudanese medical workers on sharing experiences in preventing and treating the coronavirus.

The event was also attended by Amged Abdelmgeed, head of bilateral and multilateral relations of Sudan’s Ministry of Health, who thanked the Chinese government, the Chinese embassy in Sudan and the Chinese medical team for their help and support during the pandemic.

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Turkey kills 4 PKK members in northern Iraq: defense ministry

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The Turkish army killed four members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in an air-backed anti-terror operation carried out in Hakurk region in northern Iraq, the Turkish defense ministry said Tuesday.

“Four PKK terrorists were neutralized in Hakurk region in northern Iraq after they were detected by reconnaissance and surveillance activities,” the ministry tweeted.

Turkey’s anti-terror operations continue without letup, it noted.

Turkish authorities use the term “neutralize” to imply the terrorists who surrendered, were killed or were captured.

Turkish security forces have long been conducting operations against the PKK in southeastern Turkey and in northern Iraq where the group has hideouts.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for 30 years, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

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Turkey “neutralized” 1,458 PKK-YPG members in cross border operations this year: defense minister

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Turkish security forces have killed 1,458 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in cross border operation, defense minister of the country said on Monday.

“A total of 1,458 terrorists were neutralized as a result of the operations carried out in the framework of the fight against terrorism in the north of Iraq and Syria since Jan. 1,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said while visiting a military post in Central Anatolian Kayseri province.

“The Turkish Armed Forces will continue this struggle with determination until the last terrorist is neutralized,” he said.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply the “terrorists” who surrendered or were killed or captured.

“Everyone should know that we are performing our duties in five operating regions with great determination, and that we are performing these activities completely under the law and that all these activities are transparent and open to all kinds of audits,” he stated.

Turkey continues efforts to maintain the ceasefire and stability in Idlib after an agreement with Russia sealed on March 5, he said.

“Although there are some minor violations there, the ceasefire is generally observed. As a result of the ceasefire provided, approximately 300,000 Syrian brothers and sisters returned to their homes safely and voluntarily,” the minister stated.

Turkey sees the YPG as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The Turkish army launched Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016, Operation Olive Branch in 2018, Operation Peace Spring in 2019 and Operation Spring Shield in 2020 in order to create a YPG-free zone along its border within Syria.

Turkish security forces have long been conducting operations against the PKK targets in northern Iraq where the group has hideouts.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU, has fought a 30-year war against the Turkish government, claiming the lives of more than 40,000.

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Turkey reports 987 new COVID-19 cases, 157,814 in total

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey reached to 157,814 on Monday, with 987 new daily cases, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The death toll surged to 4,369 after 29 new fatalities in the past 24 hours, the minister tweeted.

Turkey conducted 21,492 tests for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out to 1,853,754, he stated.

Some 1,321 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall number of patients recovered from COVID-19 to 120,015 while 756 are being treated at intensive care units and 371 are intubated, the minister said.

Turkey reported its first COVID-19 case on March 11. Turkey and China have supported each other in the fight against COVID-19. China has facilitated the procurement of medical supplies by Turkey.

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Turkey, Iran presidents discuss cooperation against COVID-19 pandemic

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed cooperation possibilities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on the phone, local media reported on Sunday.

Both leaders reviewed the possible steps that would be taken in the postpandemic era, the state-run Anadolu agency said.

Erdogan and Rouhani also discussed regional issues and bilateral relations, the agency added.

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Roundup: Turkey’s COVID-19 cases surpass 156,000; Chinese experts in Algeria hold video conference on virus prevention

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Turkey’s COVID-19 cases on Sunday exceeded 156,000. Meanwhile, Chinese medical experts in Algeria shared with Chinese people in Tunisia the experience in the prevention of the coronavirus via a video conference.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, increased to 156,827 after 1,141 new infections were reported, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

The death toll from the coronavirus in the country rose to 4,340 after 32 new fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, he said, adding that 1,092 more patients recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 118,694.

On the same day, Chinese medical experts in Algeria answered questions related to COVID-19 during a video conference which was participated by workers from Chinese companies and Chinese people living in Tunisia.

At the invitation of the Algerian government, the Chinese medical expert team arrived in Algeria on May 14.

In Iran, the tally of COVID-19 infections reached 135,701 with 2,180 new infections.

The country also reported 58 new deaths from the virus on Sunday, raising the death toll to 7,417. A total of 105,801 coronavirus patients have recovered, with 2,615 still in critical condition.

Saudi Arabia announced 2,399 new cases and 11 more deaths, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 72,560 and the death toll to 390.

The kingdom also reported 2,284 more recovered patients, taking the total recoveries to 43,520.

In Qatar, 1,501 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected, bringing the total number to 43,714, of whom 23 have died and 9,170 recovered.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 781 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, raising the tally of infections to 29,485 and the death toll to 245.

The total number of recoveries from the virus in the UAE rose to 15,056 after 561 more patients fully recovered.

Kuwait reported 838 new cases and eight more deaths, raising the country’s total number of infections to 21,302 and the death toll to 156.

The country’s tally of recoveries hit 6,117 after 370 more patients recovered.

Egypt’s coronavirus cases soared to 17,265 after 752 new infections were added.

The country witnessed a record of 29 daily new fatalities of COVID-19, raising the death toll to 764. The Egyptian Health Ministry also reported 179 more cases of recoveries, increasing the total recoveries to 4,807.

The North African country has received three batches of medical aid from the Chinese government to help its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Israel reported five new COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day rise in the country since March 7, bringing the tally of coronavirus infections to 16,717.

The number of recoveries in the country increased by 63 to 14,153.

It is worth noting that the death toll from COVID-19 in Israel remained 297 as no new death case has been recorded for four consecutive days.

Oman’s Ministry of Health announced 513 new cases of infections, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 7,770, including 36 deaths and 1,933 recoveries.

In Morocco, the tally of the coronavirus infections increased to 7,433 after 27 new cases were added, which included 199 fatalities and 4,703 recoveries.

Iraq confirmed 197 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections to 4,469, of whom 160 have died and 2,738 recovered.

In the mean time, the Iraqi Health Ministry said that further health preventive measures will be taken next week after the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, including maintaining the partial curfew to help curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Iraq has received batches of medical aid from China and the support from a team of Chinese medical experts during their 50-day stay.

In Lebanon, the number of COVID-19 infections increased by 17 to 1,114, while the death toll remained unchanged at 26.

Jordan registered four more infections, bringing the total coronavirus cases to 708, including nine deaths and 471 recoveries.

Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen’s government-controlled provinces increased to 222, as 10 new cases were confirmed.

The death toll of the pandemic climbed to 42 in different areas of the government-controlled provinces, including the southern port city of Aden.

So far, the pro-government health authorities have recorded 10 recoveries.

In addition, health authorities in the Yemeni Houthi rebel-held capital Sanaa has declared earlier a total number of four infections in northern Yemen, including one death.

In Syria, 16 new cases were recorded, raising the overall number of infections in the country to 86 which included four fatalities and 41 recoveries.

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Israeli aircraft lands in Turkey for first time since 2007

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An Israeli plane has landed in Turkey for the first time for over a decade, Israel’s leading airline El Al said on Sunday.

El Al was the only Israeli airline to conduct flights to Turkey until it canceled the route to Istanbul in 2007 due to high security costs and stiff restrictions arising from the tense relations between the two countries.

Since then, except for emergency landings and private flights, no Israeli aircraft has landed in Turkey.

On Sunday, however, El Al’s Dreamliner aircraft, converted to carry cargo, landed in Istanbul.

It was loaded there with 24 tons of humanitarian coronavirus equipment, destined for Israel and the United States.

So far, El Al has received approval from the Turkish authorities to operate two flights for humanitarian purposes and is awaiting approval to operate cargo flights regularly.

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Turkey confirms 1,141 new COVID-19 cases, 156,827 in total

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Turkey on Sunday confirmed 1,141 new COVID-19 cases and 32 more deaths in the past 24 hours, according to Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Turkey rose to 156,827, while the death toll surged to 4,340, Koca tweeted.

A total of 1,092 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, the minister noted.

Turkey conducted 24,589 tests for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall number of tests carried out so far to 1,832,262, he stated.

The minister said that 118,694 patients have recovered in Turkey since the outbreak, while 769 patients are being treated at the intensive care units and 385 others being intubated.

Turkey reported the first COVID-19 case in the country on March 11.

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