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Security Clash Kills One in Nigeria

While the reason for the clash is still unfounded, death claims by both sides do not tally either.

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On Friday, 22 January, the Eastern Security Network set up for the Indigenous People Of Biafra clashed with the Nigerian Army.

The reason for the clash remains unknown but the brawl claimed a life, according to the Nigerian Government and five lives according to IPOB.

The fight happened at 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze, Okporo community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, Eastern Nigerian.

The clash began when Army officials stormed the area occupied by the ESN which was set up in December 2020 by IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Five other persons sustained injuries and several buildings were destroyed and burnt during the clash.

According to local media, the clash was as a result of the alleged killing of an army official in the community. It is not clear if the ESN killed the army official.

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UK Officials Outcry Religious Disrespect in Sri Lanka

The Guardian reported that among the 274 COVID-19 related deaths in Sri Lanka, majority of victims were forcefully cremated.

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The United Kingdom’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, Sarah Hulton on Tuesday denounced the continued disrespect for religious preference in the country.

She insisted that families of victims were to be allowed to dispose of their dead according to their religious preference that are in line with international guidelines.

The Guardian reported that among the 274 COVID-19 related deaths in Sri Lanka, majority of victims were forcefully cremated.

The practice was mandatory according to the provisions of Sri Lanka’s Provisional Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19 affected issued on March 31, 2020.

The Buddhist majority community cremated even bodies of Muslim affected which has drawn condemnation from Muslim countries, the UN and other administrations.

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Houthis Demand for Palestinian Prisoners

Houthi revolutionaries have refused to release Saudi military detainees and demand freedom of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the military detainees.

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The Palestinian detainees belong to the Hamas group in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi authorities had held approximately about 60 Palestinians in its cells including senior Hamas leader.

The group revealed that they imprisoned the Saudi pilots and army officials and that they would not be freed until the Palestinian detainees in Saudi Arabia were also released.

The Saudi authorities are yet to comment on the proposal by the rebels which was first stated in March. They were asked to free Palestinian hostages in exchange for five Saudi internees.

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Turkish Foundation Sends Relief to Syria

Turkey has sent aid to Northwestern area of Syria to help people suffering.

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Turkish humanitarian foundation supplies relief to an area in Northwestern Syria cleared out of terrorists by a Turkish military mission.

The humanitarian relief foundation’s regional manager, Yusuf Bulbul stated that 4000 aid packages were sent to families in need in Azaz.

People have suffered from poverty and killings during to the 10-year civil battle in Syria, he added.

Syria has suffered greatly from the 2011 civil war, when the Assad government cleft down on protesters.

Families who have inhabited the Turkish border have been surviving from assistance delivered by the foundation.

Food parcels, hygiene packs, clothes and blankets were some of the supplies sent to the immobilized families.

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