18 May 2021

Morning headlines – May 18th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: SMFA

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 94.000 people got vaccinated (more than 60.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 3.9 million people got the vaccine, with more than 2.8 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 392 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 48 deaths and in ICU there are now 753 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • The Israeli-Palestinian war: On Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces have continued to hit Hamas targets from Gaza, especially the HAMAS leaders’ houses and tunnels, says CNN. Since the crisis has started, there were killed 212 Palestinians, with at least 58 of them being kids. On the Israeli side, 10 people have died, among them a kid. The Israeli Defense Forces said 90% of HAMAS missiles’ were destroyed.
  • The chief of the US Military warned over the killings of kids and the extension of the conflict. The president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee from the US Military, General Mark Milley, warned Israel on Monday about the risk of extending the conflict with HAMAS beyond the Gaza Strip, also underlining that there “are civilians being killed and also kids”, said AP.
  • The US is selling weapons to Israel, in a contract of more than 70 million dollars. The US State Department criticized on Monday the US president Joe Biden for having bloody hands, referring to the military support he offered Israel, says AP.
  • Israel-Lebanon tensions. On Monday evening the Israeli Defense Forces have fought back with artillery shots to a missiles attack from Lebanon, even if they were shot down in the sea, says AP. According to the Israeli Defense Forces there were six attempts of attack from Lebanon this last week.
  • The Turkish SOF killed the PKK leader from Syria. The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has announced, on Monday, that the SOF have killed Sofi Nurettin, who was in North of Iraq, says AP.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The US starts to invest in Campia-Turzii. The US Air Forces are starting, in May, the investments on upgrading the infrastructure at Campia Turzii Air Base, said a press release. They will invest 152 million dollars to upgrade 15 infrastructure elements. The US wants an enduring presence in the Air Base from Cluj country, where there is now an MQ-9 Reaper detachment. After upgrading the base, C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster aircrafts will be able to land in Campia Turzii.