Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – May 14, 2021
Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Turkey, other developments
Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.
Coronavirus and other developments in Turkey
Turkey reported 11,534 new coronavirus cases, including 1,217 symptomatic patients, as daily infections in the country continue to drop amid a nationwide lockdown. Turkey's overall case tally is now over 5.08 million, while the nationwide death toll has reached 44,059, with 238 fatalities over the past day. The latest figures show that the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition stands at 2,765.
Other global developments
Ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed a total of 103 people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement. Fatalities include 27 children and 11 women, while a total of 580 people have been injured to date, the ministry statement said.
At least three Palestinians were injured in attacks by Israeli police at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, according to a Palestinian humanitarian organization.
Sierra Leone has launched the Ebola vaccination campaign to prevent a new outbreak in the West African country.
On the occasion of a landmark three-day truce for Eid, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the government is ready for early polls for the sake of peace in the war ravaged country.
An Israeli missile in Gaza scraped a correspondent for Turkey's broadcaster TRT.
Two Anadolu Agency journalists, photojournalist Mustafa Hassouna and cameraman Mohammad al-Aloul, sustained injuries in an Israeli raid on northern Gaza. The journalists were injured while covering an Israeli strike.
Turkey’s communications director condemned Israeli attacks on Anadolu Agency and TRT Arabic journalists.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed that Israel needs to stop attacks on the Gaza Strip.
International news agencies expressed solidarity with Anadolu Agency following violent attacks by Israeli police on journalists in Jerusalem.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to his Kyrgyz and Afghan counterparts over the phone amid recent Israeli attacks in Palestine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged de-escalation in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
Israel has not over-reacted in its response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, US President Joe Biden said as the violence continued to escalate.
France imposed a ban on pro-Palestine demonstrations amid escalated violence in the region in a bid to avert a repeat of previous clashes and riots that took place in Paris over half a decade ago.
UN Secretary General Guterres called for an immediate halt to hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said that three rockets were fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel.
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