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Polish mayor Pawel Adamowicz dies after stabbing attack

The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has died after being stabbed by a knife-wielding attacker in front of hundreds of people at a charity event. Video footage showed the assailant bursting onto the podium and attacked Pawel Adamowicz, who had been waving sparklers on stage along with others at the fundraiser on Sunday evening.…

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The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has died after being stabbed by a knife-wielding attacker in front of hundreds of people at a charity event.

Video footage showed the assailant bursting onto the podium and attacked Pawel Adamowicz, who had been waving sparklers on stage along with others at the fundraiser on Sunday evening.

After knifing the 53-year-old mayor several times, the man turned to the crowd with his arms raised triumphantly. He was quickly apprehended by security guards and arrested.

Paramedics resuscitated Adamowicz at the scene before rushing him to the hospital, where he later died.

Initially, doctors had said there was a slim chance Adamowicz would survive.

“He is in a critical condition … we are battling to save him,” the director of the hospital in Gdansk where the mayor was taken, Jakub Kraszewski, told reporters just before midnight local time.

A Gdansk police spokesperson said the 27-year-old attacker lived in the port city.

In a video recording of the attack posted on YouTube, the suspect was seen seizing the microphone and claiming he had been wrongly jailed by the previous centrist government of the Civic Platform and tortured.

Adamowicz before being attacked at the charity event [Agencja Gazeta/Bartosz Banka via Reuters]

“That’s why Adamowicz dies,” he said before being knocked down to the ground by security.

One witness told broadcaster TVN that the man appeared “happy with what he had done”.

Convicted criminal

Adamowicz was mayor of Gdansk, a city with about half a million people, for two decades and the Civic Platform had supported his re-election in 2018 municipal elections.

His policies were considered liberal in the relatively conservative country, with Adamowicz regularly defending both the rights of LGBTQ people and refugees.

He was also part of Lech Walesa’s worker uprising against communism in the 1980’s, which originated in Gdansk.

Paweł Adamowicz 1965-2019 pic.twitter.com/bGhHj8LwFf
— Paweł Adamowicz (@AdamowiczPawel) January 14, 2019

Sunday’s Lights to Heaven fundraiser, which was organised by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, the country’s most important charity, was part of a national drive to raise funds for the purchase of medical equipment and featured a colourful stage set-up, including lights, smoke and pyrotechnics.

According to Polish media, the suspect had been sentenced to more than five years in prison for four armed attacks on banks in Gdansk. His mental state had severely deteriorated during his time in jail, reports said.

Police were investigating how the attacker breached security to reach the podium, Gdansk police spokeswoman Joanna Kowalik-Kosinska told reporters.

“We know that he used an identifier with the inscription ‘Press’,” she said. “Now we have to establish how was it obtained, was the accreditation in his name and was he really entitled to be there at that time.”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned the attack on Twitter and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski called it “an incomprehensible act of barbarism”.

European President Donald Tusk, who belongs to the same political party as Adamowicz, called Adamowicz a friend on Facebook, adding “may he rest in peace”.

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PIA to start new flights from 3 Pakistan cities to UAE

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced regular flights to Fujairah from three major cities in Pakistan, Khaleej Times has learnt. The national flag carrier will launch an inaugural flight to Fujairah from Lahore on October 25, while flights from Islamabad and Peshawar will start on October 27. PIA has been increasing operational capacity since the…

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced regular flights to Fujairah from three major cities in Pakistan, Khaleej Times has learnt.
The national flag carrier will launch an inaugural flight to Fujairah from Lahore on October 25, while flights from Islamabad and Peshawar will start on October 27.
PIA has been increasing operational capacity since the UAE eased entry restrictions for residents stranded in Pakistan. In August, PIA launched flights from Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi to Ras Al Khaimah.
The national flag carrier has already been operating flights from all major Pakistani cities to different emirates of the UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
Airbus-320 joins PIA fleet
Meanwhile, PIA also announced that it has acquired an Airbus-320 on dry lease for six years. This is the third aircraft that will be inducted into the airline’s fleet under the present management.
“Another Airbus-320 reached Islamabad International Airport from French city of Perpignan via Egypt. The aircraft will be inducted in PIA’s fleet in the next few days,” according to a PIA spokesman.

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UAE weather: Fair skies, chance of fog formations

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Skies are expected to be fair in general and partly cloudy at times on Sunday.
According to the National Centre of Meteorology, it will be humid by night and Monday morning with a chance of fog or mist formations over some coastal and internal areas.
Residents can also expect light to moderate winds.
The sea will be slight in both the Oman Sea and the Arabian Gulf.

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GAZA CITY: Some hope has returned to Gaza resident Ayman Dahman upon learning that his apartment building, completely destroyed during Israeli airstrikes last May, would be reconstructed. Dahman has despaired over the past months, but Egyptian and Qatari statements regarding the acceleration of the reconstruction process have restored optimism. Dahman and his family of six lived…

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GAZA CITY: Some hope has returned to Gaza resident Ayman Dahman upon learning that his apartment building, completely destroyed during Israeli airstrikes last May, would be reconstructed.

Dahman has despaired over the past months, but Egyptian and Qatari statements regarding the acceleration of the reconstruction process have restored optimism.

Dahman and his family of six lived in a five-story residential building inhabited by 10 families, in the north of Gaza City.

After its destruction, he moved to live with his son in a small two-room apartment. Once the war ended, he relocated to a rented house, which was paid for by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

UNRWA provided $1,500 in rent allowance and $500 for the purchase of basic home furnishings for each victim who lost his or her home during the war.

Dahman said that the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Hamas-run Gaza contacted him a few days ago to prepare the engineering plans for the building in preparation for reconstruction.

On Oct. 19, the Egyptian Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip announced the launch of its first development project in Gaza: the construction of Al-Rasheed Street in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza.

At the same time, head of the Qatari Reconstruction Committee Mohammed Al-Emadi, currently in Gaza, announced that the coming days would witness an acceleration in the reconstruction process.

Hamas had received Egyptian promises during its leadership’s visit to Cairo earlier this month to speed up the pace of reconstruction and to provide trade and economic facilities at the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

After the war, Egypt pledged a grant of $500 million as a contribution to reconstruction and sent engineering delegations to remove rubble in preparation.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing Naji Sarhan, said that the Egyptian grant projects include the construction of three residential cities in Beit Lahia; Jabalia, north of Gaza; and the Al-Zahra area, south of Gaza City.

According to the agreement, these three cities will include 2,000 housing units, giving priority to poor and low-income people. The construction of bridges and roads also will be supported.

Sarhan said that Egyptian officials promised — during meetings in Cairo with an official delegation from Gaza about two weeks ago — to start the reconstruction of the residential high-rises soon.

Egyptian crews had contributed to removing the rubble of damaged high-rises, as well as the construction of the first residential city in northern Gaza, he added.

The talks with the Egyptians, according to Sarhan, resulted in an agreement to operate the largest number of local contracting companies.

It was also agreed to import all the materials needed for reconstruction from the Rafah crossing to ensure the operation of local factories and to provide facilities for the movement of contractors and businessmen through the crossing.

The local authorities estimated the direct losses in the Gaza Strip during the war at $479 million.

Sarhan said that the direct losses are related to the destruction that afflicted the housing and infrastructure sector, as 1,500 housing units were destroyed, and 880 units were severely damaged. Hundreds of units were moderately and slightly damaged, with the value of reconstruction estimated at $145 million.

A great deal of damage was also caused to the infrastructure, including public buildings, roads, energy, communications and sanitation, with reconstruction estimated at $293 million.

Losses were also incurred in the sectors of economy, trade, health, education and agriculture, apart from indirect losses caused by the war.

Sarhan estimates that Gaza needs $2 billion in order to revive it after many years of wars and siege.

Palestinians see the latest Egyptian move as coming within a context of coordination with the US administration, which hopes to establish stability in Gaza.

A few days before the Hamas meetings in Cairo, Gaza reconstruction was discussed during talks between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Hamas-affiliated columnist Majed Al-Zibda believes that the recent Egyptian meeting with Hamas is consistent with the vision of the US administration, which desires to contain Gaza and ensure stability there so to avoid any deterioration that could lead to new confrontations.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported earlier that Egypt and the US were pressuring Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to work on forming a new unity government with the aim of pushing forward long-term stability and the reconstruction of Gaza.

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