At Least 16 Killed In India Repatriation Flight Crash
The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 08 August 2020
A pilot is among the dead, with 123 people were also injured in the accident.
Security (Health, Travel) // BLUF: An Air India Express flight from Dubai, UAE to Calicut, India crash-landed after skidding of the runway in Calicut, killing at least 16 people and injuring at least 123.
The flight was repatriating Indian nationals stranded overseas during the coronavirus pandemic.
The plane was carrying 190 passengers and crew, with one of the pilots being among the dead.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 08 August 2020
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1. UNITED STATES, HONG KONG - Political: U.S. imposes sanctions on Hong Kong's Lam, other officials over crackdown
FYSA: The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the territory’s current and former police chiefs and eight other top officials for what Washington says is their role in curtailing political freedoms in the territory. The sanctions were imposed under an executive order President Donald Trump signed last month to punish China for its moves against dissent in Hong Kong and are the latest dramatic action by his administration against Beijing in the run-up to his November re-election bid. As well as Lam, the sanctions target Hong Kong Police commissioner Chris Tang and his predecessor Stephen Lo; John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong’s secretary of security, and Teresa Cheng, the justice secretary. Among six other officials targeted were Luo Huining, mainland China’s top official in Hong Kong, and Xia Baolong, the director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)
2. LEBANON - Security: Lebanon sees possible 'external interference' in port blast
FYSA: Lebanon’s president said on Friday its investigation into the biggest blast in Beirut’s history would examine whether it was caused by a bomb or other external interference, as residents sought to rebuild shattered homes and lives. Rescuers sifted rubble in a race to find anyone still alive after Tuesday’s port explosion that killed 154 people, injured 5,000, destroyed a swathe of the Mediterranean city and sent seismic shockwaves around the region. “The cause has not been determined yet. There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act,” President Michel Aoun told local media. Aoun, who had previously said explosive material was stored unsafely for years at the port, said the investigation would also weigh if the blast was due to negligence or an accident. Twenty people had been detained so far, he added. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)
3. LEBANON - Security, Political: Lebanon's Hezbollah leader 'categorically denies' storing arms at Beirut blast site
FYSA: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday strongly denied that his powerful Shiite movement had stored arms at Beirut's port, describing the cataclysmic explosion there as "a major tragedy". "We have nothing in the port: not an arms depot, nor a missile depot nor missiles nor rifles nor bombs nor bullets nor (ammonium) nitrate," Nasrallah said in a televised speech three days after the blast in the Lebanese capital that killed more than 150 people. He called the explosion a "major tragedy and humanitarian catastrophe," saying it required a kind of response that would match its "exceptional" scale. The blast injured at least 5,000 people and devastated entire districts of the capital, leaving some 300,000 people temporarily homeless. An investigation by authorities has so far led to 21 arrests, as well as travel bans and asset freezes. Authorities had said a fire at the port had ignited tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored there for years, but President Michel Aoun said Friday it could have been caused by an attack. (France 24. See link in heading for further reading)
4. INDIA - Security (Health, Travel): More than a dozen killed in southern India plane crash
FYSA: At least 16 people were killed and 123 others wounded when a passenger jet skidded off the runway after landing in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, officials have said. The Air India Express flight from Dubai was repatriating Indians stranded overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plane was carrying 190 passengers and crew, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement on Friday. Among them were 10 infants. "Unfortunately, 16 people have lost their lives. I offer my condolences to their next of kin and pray for speedy recovery of the injured," Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet. Abdul Karim, a senior Kerala state police officer, said the dead included one of the pilots of the Air India Express flight. He said at least 15 of the injured were in critical condition, and that rescue operations were over. (Al Jazeera. See link in heading for further reading)
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