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What Happened in Middle East 2020, How Life changed between 2019 to 2020

by YCPress

In the early morning of January 3, U.S. drones “scheduledly eliminated” senior Iranian general Soleimani in Iraq, igniting the anger of the Iranian people, and the game between the United States and Iran became more complicated and fierce. 

For a time, the world watched with bated breath at the turbulent place in the Middle East.

Misfortune never comes singly. On February 19th, Iran became the first country in the Middle East to have a new crown epidemic.

Epidemic and war

Is a keyword that can’t be avoided

On March 28, tired medical staff took time to rest in a hospital in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Xinhua News Agency / Yitong News Agency

Due to perennial sanctions by the United States, Iran lacks medical treatment and medicine. 

As the number of diagnoses and deaths rose rapidly, the medical system was overwhelmed and local hospitals were overcrowded.

The epidemic spread rapidly throughout the Middle East. But the sad thing is that the epidemic has not been able to reduce the “smell of gunpowder” here.

On March 25, in Tripoli, Libya, armed personnel of the Libyan National Unity Government wore masks during battle. Published by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Amru)

Wearing a mask on his face and holding a gun in his hand-this is a scene from the front line of the war in Tripoli, Libya, and a microcosm of the endless smoke in the Middle East. From Libya to Syria, from Iraq to Yemen, from the Gaza Strip to the Lebanese-Israeli border, the war never subsided, and the epidemic came again.

Breakthrough in Arab relations

The Palestine issue is increasingly marginalized

On August 31, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu introduced Israel’s first direct commercial flight to the UAE at the press conference. Xinhua News Agency/Kini Photo Agency

Since August, with the help of the United States, four Arab countries have successively “added friends” with Israel.

On August 14, the Palestinians protested against the peace agreement between Israel and the UAE in the West Bank city of Nablus. Published by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Nidal)

This means that the Arab world is further divided, the Palestine issue is increasingly marginalized, and the geopolitical map of the Middle East continues to undergo changes, which may have a longer-term impact…

Big Bang shakes “Little Paris in the Middle East”

Also shocked the world

This is a view of the port area after the explosion taken in Beirut on August 5. Published by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Bilal Jawihi)

On the evening of August 4, a loud noise broke through the sky of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, and a mushroom cloud rose in the port of Beirut.

The violent explosion caused by more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate caused about 190 deaths, more than 6,500 injured, and 300,000 homeless. Beirut, known as the “Little Paris in the Middle East”, was devastated…

In trouble

Courage and warmth are more precious

On March 31, violinist Adel played on the balcony in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Published by Xinhua News Agency (photo by Ahmed)

In Cairo, the capital of Egypt, violinist Adel held a “concert” on his balcony and used the melodious violin to comfort his neighbors during the epidemic.

On June 10, in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, doctor Haji provided free medical services on the road. Published by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Mohamed)

In Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, the doctor Haji drove through the streets every day to provide free medical consultations to the poor who could not afford to be sick.

On April 12, in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, Wang Yuming, a member of the Chinese medical expert group, set up CT equipment. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhang Miao

In Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, the Chinese anti-epidemic medical expert team helped local people build a nucleic acid testing laboratory.

The testing equipment and tools donated by China have also greatly improved the local COVID-19 testing capabilities.

In Iran, Kuwait, Palestine and many other places in the Middle East, a group of Chinese experts have “retrograde” to strengthen the fight against the epidemic, selflessly share experience, and provide tangible support on the front line.

2020 is about to pass

How will the Middle East face 2021?

On August 4, a nurse took care of three babies in a hospital damaged after the explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Published by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Bilal Javishi)

After the Beirut explosion, a photo from Xinhua News Agency received much attention and was called the “light of hope” in the disaster by foreign media .

In the damaged hospital, the floor was covered with glass and wall debris from the explosion. A young nurse is holding three little babies tightly into her arms. New life is hope, and hope is power.

I hope that the keywords related to the Middle East in 2021 will have fewer epidemics, wars, and disputes, and more good news.