On Wednesday, Turkish President Erdogan named his country’s ambassador to Israel, signaling the nearing of the full renewal of diplomatic ties between the two countries, which ruptured following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. Turkey’s Kemal Ökem was selected to head the embassy in Tel Aviv the day after senior diplomat Eitan Na’eh was nominated as Israel’s ambassador in Ankara. Ökem was nominated to the ambassadorship from his current position of foreign policy adviser to the Turkish Prime Minister. Once Na’eh’s appointment is approved by the cabinet, Israel and Turkey are expected to simultaneously announce the mutual exchange of ambassadors.
The presidency has warned that Nigeria, Africa’s largest producer of cereals and grains, risks famine from early next year following a huge demand in the global market targeting the country’s surplus production. The huge demand for Nigerian grains in the global market is creating an excellent environment for the mindless export of Nigerian food across the borders and unless this is curtailed, Nigerian markets will be bereft of grains by January next year. The Ministry of Agriculture advised the president to call the attention of all Nigerians to the issue which, if not addressed promptly, could lead to a shortage of grains in the country.
Israeli occupation bulldozers on Tuesday morning have demolished a community center and a home in Umm Al-Kheir community in Yatta town, southern Hebron Hills. Israeli military jeeps broke into Umm Al-Kheir in the early morning hours. The Israeli civil administration and a tank followed them and began the demolition process. This is the second time the community center is demolished, adding that Israeli forces harass the people and restrict their movement since the community is located in C areas of the West Bank, which fall under Israeli civil and military control and face ongoing settlement expansion and demolition of Palestinian houses.