Christian denominations that follow the Western calendar in Syria celebrate Easter

Damascus, Christian denominations in Syria that follow Western calendar have celebrated the Glorious Easter (the resurrection of Jesus Christ), the Prophet of peace and love, by holding prayers and masses at the churches and places of worship.

At the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady in al-Zeitoun neighborhood in Damascus, a religious mass was held, presided by His Beatitude Patriarch Youssef al-Absi, Patriarch of Antioch and All East of the Melkite Greek Catholics.

During his speech at the Mass, Patriarch al-Absi pointed to the sublime meanings of the Glorious Easter, which are concentrated in every work that sows peace, smiles and joy in people’s life.

He underlined the importance of embodying the resurrection of Jesus Christ with forgiveness despite all the injustice, evil and atrocities that we are witnessing around the world.

Al-Absi called for an end to the Israeli aggression against Gaza and occupied Palestine, concluding his speech by praying to God Almighty
to protect Syria, its people, its army, and its leader, Mr. President Bashar al-Assad, and to restore security and safety to it, have mercy on its martyrs, and heal its wounded.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Fencing: Morocco’s Houssam El Kord Qualifies for Paris-2024 Olympic Games

Rabat – Moroccan fencer Houssam El Kord has qualified for the Paris-2024 Olympic Games, the Moroccan National Olympic Committee (CNOM) announced on Saturday.

This is the Moroccan fencer’s second qualification for the Olympic Games after Tokyo-2020.

To date, Morocco has qualified for the Paris-2024 Olympic Games in 13 sports, namely athletics, rowing, boxing, breakdance, canoeing, cycling, football, surfing, taekwondo, shooting sports, equestrian sports, wrestling and fencing.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Israeli Airstrikes Claim Lives of Palestinians in Central Gaza

Gaza: In the early hours of Sunday, several Palestinians were killed and others were injured after the Israeli occupation aircraft bombed a house in the Maghazi camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Medical sources confirmed the loss of at least three lives, with several others missing and numerous injuries reported.

Israeli warplanes also launched raids on the southern areas of Deir al-Balah, further escalating the tense situation in the central Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, occupation forces resumed their incursion into the Al-Matahin and Al-Baraka areas, as well as the outskirts of the Mawasi Al-Qarara area in Khan Yunis, located in the southern part of the Strip. These operations were accompanied by artillery shelling and gunfire from gunboats.

On Saturday, 17 Palestinians were martyred and 30 were injured in an Israeli bombing of the popular and tribal committees at the Kuwait Roundabout in Gaza City. The victims were gathered there, awaiting humanitarian aid intended for distribution to families in Gaza.

onally, explosions were reported in the central region of southern Gaza, caused by forceful bombs used by the Israeli occupation.

According to the non-final tally provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, the death toll has now risen to 32,705, predominantly comprising children and women, with 75,190 reported injuries since the commencement of the Israeli aggression against the besieged Strip in early October.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Gov’t launches program to enhance institutional culture in public sector, 1st, final add

In turn, Widad Qtaishat, Director of the Public Sector Modernization Program Management and Implementation Unit, gave a presentation entitled “The Role of Leadership in Achieving the Desired Change in Institutional Culture in the Public Sector”, where she explained through the presentation the different motivations for change and its forms, and the mechanisms for dealing with it.

She pointed out the essential role of government leaders in supporting the implementation of change and mobilizing efforts to accept it through their practices and supporting their employees to accept changes and establish a culture of modernization, noting that changing the entrenched culture in public sector institutions is one of the most difficult types of change, as it requires changing work and management methods to reach the desired culture that focuses on citizen satisfaction, improving government services, and increasing productivity and efficiency.

For his part, Ghaith Al-Battikhi, an expert in strategy development, gave
a presentation on the general framework of the institutional culture program and the methodology that was implemented to identify the desired institutional culture in the public sector, which began by evaluating the reality of the institutional culture in a number of ministries and government institutions.

Al-Battikhi explained that based on the outputs, the targeted institutional culture in the public sector was identified from behaviors and actions that help achieve strategic goals, and then a roadmap was drawn up that includes initiatives to address the gap between the current culture and the targeted one.

Institutional development expert, Ola Zawati also gave a brief overview of how to move from the theoretical model of institutional culture to an applied program that includes establishing the desired institutional practices and culture, indicating that the scope of work will include all government categories and entities, including government leaderships.

The institutional culture is one of the seven
components of the public sector modernization roadmap that the government approved in 2022, which aims to reach a supportive institutional culture for citizen service, and enhances the environment that supports transformation and innovation, and works to address the factors of resistance to change.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israeli forces kill four Palestinian citizens at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Gaza

Gaza: Israeli forces Sunday killed four Palestinians and injured 17 others after bombing the tents of displaced persons in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the central Gaza Strip.

The government media office in Gaza said, “The occupation forces committed a new massacre by bombing several tents for journalists and displaced people inside the walls of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital at the peak time of the movement of patients, wounded and displaced people, killing and wounding several.”

According to a statement, the office condemned in the Israeli warplanes’ attack against a hospital that provides medical and health services to displaced persons, calling on international, regional and local organisations to condemn “this terrible crime” and to urge Israel to stop its aggressive war and protect hospitals.

Source: Jordan News Agency