#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – May 04 – Saudi health authorities announced Saturday two new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, raising to 111 the number of fatalities since the disease appeared in the kingdom in September 2012.
A 25-year-old man has died in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah and a woman of 69, who suffered from tuberculosis and anaemia, died in Mecca, also in western Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said.
It later said the death toll has now climbed to 111, revising its earlier figure of 109 deaths.
Saudi Health Ministry – WHO
#AceWorldNews – RIYADH – April 06 – (DWN) – Saudi Arabia’s supreme court has upheld a death sentence handed down against a teacher convicted of kidnapping and raping eight young girls, a local daily reported on Sunday.
A lower court in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah had found the man guilty last year of kidnapping girls aged between six and 11 from public areas and taking them to his home to rape them, the Makkah newspaper reported without giving his name.
His last victim, a nine-year-old whom he abducted from a wedding hall, was able to guide police to the area of Jeddah where he lived, leading to his arrest in 2011.
Earlier reports said the man was 42 at the time of his arrest, and married with four children.
He reportedly offered the girls sweets to lure them into his car, and sent his family away while he raped his victims in the family home.
Rape is one of a raft of crimes punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. Others include murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking.
DWN – Reuters – AP
#AceWorldNews says sixteen people have been killed in two weather-related bus accidents following Egypt’s heavy rain, which has caused floods and damage in several regions, Al-Ahram News on-line reported.
The deadly incidents occurred in Minya governorate in Upper Egypt, near the resort town of Hurghada on the Red Sea.
Authorities declared an emergency alert as the town of St. Catherine in Sinai was hit by a flood. Residents of the town are reportedly in a state of panic, with the flooding expected to reach its main market area.
#AceWorldNews says that the Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria, the military said.
The rockets were intended for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, officials said, as cited by Reuters.
The Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, the Klos-C, was boarded in international waters without resistance from its 17-strong crew, and will be brought to port in Israel within days.
Two Grad rockets were fired at the outskirts of Israel’s southern Red Sea resort of Eilat, reports the Times of Israel. AFP, citing a security source, reports of “at least one rocket fired”. Neither the police nor the army could confirm the rocket fire on the city, while residents had reported hearing several blasts earlier on Monday evening, a police statement said. Israeli Defense Forces troops were sent to the area to search for the source of the explosions. Eilat been targeted before, in August 2013 the resort came under attack when the Israeli army said its Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted and destroyed a rocket but did not say where it came from. The strike was claimed by a Gaza based Salafist group called the Mujahedeen Shura Council.
#AceWorldNews says Somali pirates have hijacked a merchant vessel in the Red Sea in the first successful capture of a ship in the region since 2012, Reuters reports. The MV Marzooqah sent out a distress signal on Saturday evening, said Andrew Mwangura, secretary general of the Seafarers Union of Kenya. The number of pirate attacks in the area reduced drastically in 2013 due to the increased navy presence in the region.