Nationwide school maintenance campaign kicks off

Amman, Volunteer teams will this week start the maintenance of public schools across the Kingdom as part of a national campaign ahead of the start of the new academic year.

The campaign, which was launched in partnership between civil society institutions and youth and voluntary organisations and individuals, aims to boost the community role of school and university students, national institutions, civil society organisations and individuals to create the suitable learning environment and promote voluntary work.

The campaign, a unique national voluntary effort to enhance the sense of patriotic and community responsibility, is meant to back up the education ministry’s endeavour to improve the learning environment at the Kingdom’s schools.

Some 3,865 public, private, military and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools are preparing to welcome about two million students for the new academic year which starts on Sept. 1.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israeli jets bomb two targets in Gaza

Gaza City, Israeli warplanes bombed two targets in the Gaza Strip early Saturday causing heavy property damage, but no casualties were reported, according to a Palestinian security source.

The source told Petra’s reporter in Gaza that the targets were a position of the Palestinian resistance east of the Al-Tuffah neighborhood in eastern Gaza, and empty land east of the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

It said severe property damage was reported as a result of the latest strikes.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Two Jordanians abducted in South Africa

Amman, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said Saturday it was following up on reports that two Jordanian businessmen, a man and his son, were abducted in South Africa and their kidnappers had demanded a ransom for their release.

Ministry spokesperson Sufian Qudah said that the ministry’s Operations Centre and the Jordanian embassy in Pretoria have been closely monitoring the incident with the local authorities since the early morning hours.

Qudah said that the embassy had asked the South African Foreign Ministry to promptly, and through the competent agencies, to search for the abductees and secure their freedom as soon as possible.

He said the Jordanian ministry had formed a crisis task force working around the clock to deal with the incident and secure the release of the two men.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordan plays vital role in Middle East: says Afghan envoy

Amman, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Jordan, Tariq Shah Bahrami, said Jordan plays a vital role in the stability of the Middle East, citing the wise policy of His Majesty King Abdullah II.

Addressing reporters on the occasion of Afghanistan’s national day, Bahrami stated that the Jordanian-Afghan relations are exemplary, pointing to efforts to develop ties in various fields.

The two sides are working on forming a joint friendship association to develop the cultural and trade cooperation, he added.

He pointed to Afghan products in the Jordanian market including handmade carpets, marble, dried fruits and saffron, calling on investors from both countries to utilize opportunities available.

He said Jordan and Afghanistan are similar in terms of their strategic location, lauding King Abdullah’s role in defending Islam and clarifying its true moderate image. He affirmed that his country supports this role and the efforts exerted in this regard.

He highlighted the key role played by the Jordanian military field hospital in Afghanistan, during 2006 – 2013, in providing medical care to both civilians and military personnel, hailing the Kingdom’s support for his country in its fight against terrorism.

On the latest developments in Afghanistan, Bahrami said his country spent 40 years at war, and 19 years at war with the Taliban, stating that his people and government are keen on ending this war with support from the international community, namely the United States and European Union.

“We began indirect negotiations with the Taliban and we are optimistic about their result,” he added.

On Afghanistan’s economy, he underscored the Afghan President’s vision to improve the situation through connecting central Asia to its south, noting that this would reflect positively on countries in the region.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Drop in temperatures expected over next two days

Amman, A slight drop in temperatures is expected on Saturday and Sunday, as moderate weather conditions prevail in the highlands and plains, while it will be relatively hot in the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and Aqaba.

On Saturday, the highs in Amman and much of the central and northern region will rise to 32 degrees Celsius, sliding to 21 degrees at night. In the southern highlands, it will be a bit cooler with the highs remaining in the 28 degrees vicinity.

According to Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD), Monday will bring in moderate temperatures in the highlands and plains, while it will be relatively hot in the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and Aqaba, with clouds appearing at low altitudes.

Source: Jordan News Agency

5 injured in road accident in Amman

Amman, Five people suffered various injuries on Saturday after two vehicles were involved in a crash in the capital, the Civil Defense Department (CDD) said.

The CDD media office said in a statement that rescue crews rushed to the scene, administered first aid to the injured and transferred them to a nearby hospital, where they were listed in fair condition.

Source: Jordan News Agency