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  • Pakistanis come together to protest against the normalisation deal signed between the UAE and Israel, 16 August 2020 [mustpakistan/Twitter]

    Arab normalisation is another attempt to defeat the Palestinians psychologically

    Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and foreign ministers representing the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the “Abraham Accords Peace Agreement” in Washington DC which normalises their relations at the expense of Palestinian national and human rights. US President Donald Trump hosted the ceremony and has claimed...
  • Member of the Libyan Army in Tarhuna city on 5 June 2020 [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency]

    Libya: 4 Wagner mercenaries killed in helicopter crash

    The Libyan army announced yesterday that four mercenaries affiliated with the Russian Wagner Group were killed when a helicopter carrying ammunition crashed in the centre of the country. This came in a statement issued by spokesman for the Sirte/Jafra Operations Room, Abdulhadi Darah. Darah stated that “a helicopter carrying Russian mercenaries and...
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattal Al-Sisi in Sochi, Russia, 24 October 2019 [Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images]

    ‘Sisi is the enemy of God,’ chants on Egypt’s fourth day of protests against his rule

    Egyptian citizens demonstrated for the fourth day in a row yesterday evening, in response to Mohamed Ali’s calls to take to the streets and unite against the ruling regime. Throughout his rule, Al-Sisi’s government has been accused of human rights abuse, including the systematic torture of political prisoners, extrajudicial killings, and the demolition...
  • Women carrying a Moroccan (L) and an Amazigh flag (R) and flashing the three-finger Amazigh symbol during a sit-in on March 2, 2012 [ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Morocco court orders bank to cash cheque written in Tamazight

    The Casablanca Commercial Court last week ordered a Moroccan bank to cash a cheque written in Tamazight language, local media reported. According to news sites, the court ordered Credit du Maroc to pay a fine of 3,000 dirhams ($323) to the customer who was due to receive the funds...
  • Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri gives a statement to the press outside the Lebanon Tribunal on 18 August 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands. [Pierre Crom/Getty Images]

    France backs proposal by Lebanese ex-PM to end cabinet deadlock 

    France yesterday backed a proposal by former Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, that could help with the formation of the country’s new cabinet amid the worst crisis since the 1975-90 civil war. “This declaration represents an opening and all parties should understand its importance so that a government of...
  • An Egyptian police officer enters the Tora prison in the Egyptian capital Cairo on 11 February 2020 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Rights advocates cast doubt over Egypt Interior Ministry prison break statement

    Human rights advocates have cast doubt over an Interior Ministry statement announcing the death of four inmates and three police officers at a prison in Egypt whilst attempting to escape. The four were all political prisoners on death row who had exhausted all avenues of appeal and were due...
  • Palestinians protest in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip against Israeli normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on 15 September 2020 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]

    This is what the Palestinians need to do to confront Arab normalisation

    The most dangerous thing about the new wave of Arab normalisation with the Israeli occupation is that the countries involved are trying to justify what they’re doing by demonising the Palestinians, opposing them and claiming that they are the aggressors who reject peace and coexistence. It is a stupid...
  • News

    Jordan: Expatriate remittances down 9.8%

    Remittances from Jordanian expatriates declined by 9.8 per cent during the first seven months of 2020, the Central Bank of Jordan announced yesterday. “Jordanian expatriate inbound remittances amounted to 1.38 billion dinars ($1.94 billion) in the first seven months of the current year,” the bank said in a statement....
  • Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah looks on ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on 12 September 2020. [PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

    Liverpool’s Mo Salah calls for support for refugees’ right to education

    World-renowned footballer and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, on Tuesday called on the world leaders to ensure that every child receives a quality education, including refugees. Salah, who became the first Ambassador for Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR’s Instant Network Schools (INS) programme, joined refugee students from INS schools in Kenya,...
  • Labourers apply cement as they carry out construction work on a new twin-tube road tunnel along the Suez Canal in the Egyptian city of Ismailia on September 4, 2018. [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Egypt: Cement companies record 60% decline in sales

    The cement industry in Egypt will incur heavy losses following a 60 per cent decline in demand for the first time in the sector’s history, a local economist has warned. Mohamed Saleh told the Al-Araby Al-Jadeed news site that as many as 23 companies currently operating in Egypt produce about 85...
  • Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir appears in court in Khartoum, Sudan on 1 September 2020. [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]

    The trial against Bashir for 1989 coup d’état is against Sudan law

    Just how Sudan will be able to convict former President Omar Al-Bashir and 27 defendants for staging the 1989 coup remains a major issue of contention. Not merely in the special court which reconvened yesterday, but also with the concerned general public eager to see justice meted out 30...
  • Tribesmen loyal to the Houthi group chant slogans during an armed tribal gathering on 8 July 2020 on the outskirts of Sana'a, Yemen. [Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images]

    Yemen man dies after 5 months of torture by Houthis, rights group says

    The Yemeni Abductees’ Mothers Association said on Tuesday that Sadiq Ahmed Yahya Al-Ghawi died after five months of torture at the hands of the Houthis, Anadolu news agency reported. The association said in a statement that 37-year-old Al-Ghawi and eight members of his family, including his brother, were kidnapped from their...
  • Sailors of the German Navy stand to attention during the launch of a new U36 submarine at the Eckerfoerde German Navy base on October 10, 2016 in Eckernfoerde, Germany. [Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images]

    Egypt prepares to receive its 4th German submarine in 2021

    The Egyptian Navy is preparing to receive the fourth and final Type 209/1400mod submarine (S44) from Germany in 2021, the New Khaleej reported yesterday. German reports said, according to the news site, that the Egyptian army had received special training on how to submerge the vessel into the sea. On 9...
  • Lebanese President, Michel Aoun speaks on forming of a new government after the former government's resignation following the massive explosion in Beirut during a press conference at Baabda Presidential Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on 20 September 2020. [Lebanese Presidency / Handout - Anadolu Agency]

    Lebanon president calls for end to Israeli violations

    The Lebanese president on Wednesday called on the international community to force Israel to end violating Lebanese sovereignty, and using its airspace to attack Syria, Anadolu reports. Michel Aoun, in his speech to the UN General Assembly’s 75th session, said Lebanon is committed to implementing the UNSC resolution 1701,...
  • Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (R) meets his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Amman, Jordan on 13 January 2020. [Foreign Ministry of Jordan / Handout - Anadolu Agency]

    Jordan hosts ministerial meeting to discuss peace process

    On Thursday, the Jordanian capital will host the Arab-European Union (EU) ministerial meeting to discuss the Middle East peace process, Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday. In a statement, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced that foreign ministers from Jordan, Egypt, France and Germany will attend the meeting, in addition to...
  • A Saudi soldier stands guard before aid supplies are unloaded from a Saudi air force cargo plane at an airfield in Yemen's central province of Marib, on 12 March 2018. [ABDULLAH AL-QADRY/AFP via Getty Images]

    US calls on Houthis to stop Marib attacks, end hostility against Saudi

    The US has called on Houthi militias in Yemen on Tuesday to “immediately” stop their attacks on the city of Marib and to end their hostility against Saudi Arabia. “The United States remains deeply concerned by the Houthis’ aggression, supported by Iranian weapons shipments in violation of United Nations...
  • US President Donald Trump, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, holds a press conference on China on 29 May 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. [MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images]

    Pompeo seeks to end Sudan dispute before US presidential elections

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in a race against time to resolve his country’s dispute with Sudan, weeks before the US presidential elections are scheduled to take place. As is so often the case when it comes to US diplomacy, Israel is not far from Trump’s ulterior...
  • The flags of US, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain are projected on the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City on September 15, 2020 in a show of support for Israeli normalisation deals [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images]

    UAE signs contracts with Israel firms on UN blacklist

    Emirati companies have signed contracts with Israeli firms and banks blacklisted by the United Nations (UN) for supporting illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, an investigation by Anadolu Agency revealed on Wednesday. In February, the UN released a database of 112 companies on its blacklist for doing business...
  • Algerian policemen stand guard outside the court in the capital Algiers on 15 September 15, 2020, [AFP via Getty Images]

    Algeria court issues heavy jail terms for tycoon family close to Bouteflika

    An Algerian court has sentenced the family members of a businessman close to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to between 12 and 20 years in prison, in a case known to media as the “Kouninef family case”. The Sidi M’hamed Court in Algiers decided on Wednesday to confiscate all financial...
  • Gaza fishermen obtained large quantities of fish after being prevented from sailing for 18 days due to the occupation’s closure of the sea, 3 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

    Gaza fishermen catch 73 giant tuna fish in the Mediterranean

    Since the start of the current fishing season, Palestinian fishermen in Gaza have caught 73 giant tuna fish from within the heavily-guarded six nautical mile fishing limit off the Gaza coast, Quds Press reported on Wednesday. Israel prevents Gazan fishermen from sailing more than six to 12 nautical miles...
  • Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani delivers a speech during the opening session of the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on 14 December 2019. [MUSTAFA ABUMUNES/AFP via Getty Images]

    Emir of Qatar: ‘We will continue to support efforts to hold war criminals in Syria accountable’

    Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani affirmed that his country will continue to support efforts to achieve justice and hold the perpetrators of atrocities, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria accountable. “We will continue to provide all aspects of support and assistance to the brotherly Syrian...
  • Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune gives an address during the formal swearing-in ceremony in the capital Algiers on 19 December 2019. [RYAD KRAMDI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Algeria president: Palestinian cause remains sacred

    The right of the Palestinian people to have a state with Jerusalem as its capital is not subject to bargain, the Algerian president said on Wednesday, Anadolu reports. Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s remarks came at a speech he delivered at the 75th UN General Assembly via video link. “The Palestinian cause remains...
  • President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a news conference after the cabinet meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey on 21 September 2020. [Ali Balıkçı - Anadolu Agency]

    Erdogan: Turkey keeps calm despite Greece’s provocation

    Turkey keeps a prudent and calm attitude despite Greece’s provocations and rising tension in the region, the Turkish president said on Wednesday, Anadolu reports. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks came during a phone conversation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the relationship between...
  • People hold banners as they gather to protest against Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman and demand justice for murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Trafalgar Square in London, United Kingdom on 3 October 2019. [Tayfun Salcı - Anadolu Agency]

    Saudi dissidents form pro-democracy political group

    A group of Saudi dissidents, most of them in exile, on Wednesday announced the formation of a party to push for political reform in Saudi Arabia in defiance of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has moved to crush any dissent, Reuters reports. The world’s top...
  • Doctors check on a patient suffering from coronavirus at the Dr. Hassan Haloos hospital on August 31, 2020 in Najaf, Iraq. [Hawre Khalid/Getty Images]

    Violence mounts against Iraqi doctors as COVID cases spike

    Iraqi doctor Tariq Al-Sheibani remembers little else beyond cowering on the ground as a dozen relatives of a patient, who had just died of COVID-19, beat him unconscious, Reuters reports. About two hours later the 47-year-old director of Al-Amal Hospital in the southern city of Najaf woke up in...
  • Lebanese President Michel Aoun (R) and France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Baabda Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on 23 July 2020 [Lebanese Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

    France urges international partners to raise pressure on Lebanese politicians

    France’s foreign minister on Wednesday called on international partners to up the pressure on Lebanese political forces to form a government and again warned that only once reforms were underway would vital financial aid arrive, Reuters reports. “The political forces have still not managed to agree on forming a...
  • Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova delivers a speech during a press conference at the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russia on 16 March 2017 [Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency]

    Russia expands sanctions against EU individuals, bodies

    Russia has added more EU individuals and entities to its blacklist, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, Anadolu reports. “In response to actions of the EU, Russia has now decided to expand its reciprocal list that are denied entry to its territory,” ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a news conference...
  • Israeli occupation forces demolished a wedding hall in the West Bank [DaysofPalestine/Twitter}

    Israel demolishes Palestinian wedding hall and home

    Israeli occupation forces demolished a wedding hall, which also served as a residential apartment, inside a village based in the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarm. Ihsan Awad, head of the Jubara Village Council, told Wafa news agency that the local community was shocked after Israeli occupation forces forced through the...
  • Former Israeli President Shimon Peres delivers a statement to the media as he is discharged from a hospital near Tel Aviv, 19 January, 2016 [Baz Ratner/Reuters]

    Israel will never lead us

    “Egypt led the Arabs for 40 years and brought them to the abyss; you will see the region’s economic situation improve when Israel takes the rein of leadership in the Middle East.” This is what Shimon Peres said to Arab businessmen on the sidelines of the Casablanca Summit in...
  • President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) in Istanbul, Turkey on 24 January 2020 [Mustafa Kamacı/Anadolu Agency]

    Turkey and Greece agree to resume talks on East Med dispute

    Turkey and Greece agreed to talks over disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, both sides announced yesterday, after German-led efforts to defuse a crisis that has raised fears of conflict. Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a videoconference with European Council President Charles Michel and...
  • Moroccans wave the Palestinian flag during a demonstration in the capital Rabat on September 18, 2020, to denounce the Israeli normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)
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    Palestine quits role as chair of Arab League council over Israel normalisation deals

    READ: Why do Arab leaders respect treaties with others but not between themselves?...
  • A man reads a local newspaper in Marseille, France on 22 September 2020 [NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images]

    Algeria accuses French media of tarnishing its image

    Algeria has accused the French media of attempting to tarnish the country’s image and weaken the people’s trust in state institutions every time an election approaches in the North African state. The accusation was made by the Ministry of Communications in response to a documentary, Algeria: Country of Revolutions,...
  • Military parade held to mark Sacred Defence Week in front of the Holy Shrine of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, Iran on September 22, 2018 [Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency]

    Iran military official: Tehran provides Yemen with defence know-how

    Iranian military spokesman Abolfazi Shekarchi said that his country has transferred its expertise in defence technology to Yemen so that the Yemeni people can make missiles and drones by themselves. “We do not send missiles to Yemen but they can now make them themselves to fire them on their...
  • Oil field in Libya [Javier Blas/Wikipedia]

    Libya: Operations to resume in secure oil fields, ports

    Libya’s national oil company said that its engineers and staff members will gradually return to work at secure fields and ports as a first step to restoring production processes, Anadolu Agency reported. The National Oil Corporation (NOC) added in a statement that the first phase of restoring operations will comprise the...
  • Refugees prepare to return to Syria from the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon 28 June, 2018 [Mohamed Azakir/Reuters]

    At UN, Aoun calls for help in refugees’ return

    Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has called for international help to secure the safe return of Syrian refugees, saying that the Mediterranean state can no longer afford to host them. Speaking during a virtual address for the UN’s 75th anniversary yesterday, the president explained: “We call on the world to help...
  • A US space troop near the Udeid Air Base near Doha, Qatar on 15 February 2003 [Terry L. Blevins/U.S. Air Force/Getty Images]

    US Space Force makes first foreign deployment to Qatar

    The recently formed US Space Force has deployed troops to the Arabian Peninsula as its first foreign mission. Earlier this month a squadron of 20 “core space operators” were stationed at the Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Enlisted and commissioned officers assigned to the 16th Expeditionary Space Control Flight...
  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Tehran, Iran on 12 January 2020 [Iran's Leader Press Office/Anadolu Agency]

    Qatar: Emir calls for UN action to end Israeli occupation 

    The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, condemned the international community at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday for its lack of “effective action to confront Israeli intransigence and its continued occupation of Palestinian and Arab land.” Speaking during the online meeting, the...
  • A UNHCR worker with asylum seekers who were at sea, 22 September 2020 [UNHCRLibya/Twitter]

    Libya Coast Guard intercepts 119 boat migrants at sea

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced that the Libyan Coast Guard intercepted a boat carrying 119 asylum seekers at sea. The organisation retweeted a post by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which said: “119 refugees and migrants, aboard 2 rubber boats, were intercepted/rescued off Libyan coast, after departing from Sabratha and Al...
  • Black smoke blankets the sky after a large fire broke out in Lebanon on 10 September 2020 [Mahmut Geldi/Anadolu Agency]

    Explosion rocks Hezbollah weapons cache in southern Lebanon

    A Hezbollah-owned weapons cache in southern Lebanon exploded yesterday afternoon as a result of a “technical error”, Al Jazeera reports. The explosion, according to local media outlets, killed at least four people and injured several others. Hezbollah, however, has denied claims the blast resulted in casualties. Footage circulating on social media showed...
  • Flag of Morocco [Kristin Harvey/Flickr]

    Tebboune: Algeria has no problem with Morocco

    Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said that his country has no problem with Morocco, adding that the Western Sahara issue is “a matter of decolonisation”. The president said Morocco is a brotherly country and that the Algerian people love the Moroccan people. Tebboune stressed that the Algerian presidency is frank,...
  • Delegations from Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Italy and Greece attend the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), in Cairo on 16 January 2020 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Palestine skips East Mediterranean Gas Forum signing ceremony

    Palestine yesterday skipped a virtual ceremony held to sign the charter of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) hosted by Egypt, the WAFA news agency reported. “We did not participate in the signing ceremony, in implementation of the Palestinian leadership’s decision to cut contacts with Israel,” an informed Palestinian source told the...
  • MEMO in conversation with: Sarah Hunaidi
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    MEMO in conversation with Sarah Hunaidi

    Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have claimed consistently that if he leaves power minorities in Syria could be eliminated, and that only his rule can protect the country’s mosaic of religious and ethnic communities. However, Hunaidi argued, this argument is deeply flawed and untrue. “Assad’s rhetoric from the...
  • Image of the cramped and poor living conditions residents face in Luxor,, Egypt [Richard Messenger/Flickr]

    Economic injustice in Egypt will continue unless Sisi learns an important lesson

    Since the Egyptian businessman Mohamed Ali called on people to protest in the streets on 20 September, all of the official media mouthpieces have tried to direct their attention elsewhere, to things that are untrue. They have claimed that the economic situation in Egypt is at its best since...
  • Pilgrims around the Kaaba during Hajj season on 29 July 2020 [STR/AFP/Getty Images]

    Saudi Arabia to gradually lift ban on performing Umrah

    Saudi Arabia will gradually lift a coronavirus related ban for Umrah pilgrimage starting early next month, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported early today. According to the report, Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the year-round umrah pilgrimage from 4 October. “An official source at the Ministry of Interior affirms the Kingdom’s...
  • Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers, Algeria on 26 January 2020. [Erçin Top - Anadolu Agency]

    Algeria president appoints committee to review election law

    Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, assigned a committee to review the country’s election law, according to a statement published by the Algerian Presidency on Saturday. According to the presidential statement, the national committee, which will be headed by Ahmed Laaraba, will prepare a draft revision of the organic law on...
  • Policemen patrol the streets in Gaza to enforce the lockdown following an outbreak of the coronavirus, 23 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Gaza continues lockdown 1 month after first case appears in community

    READ: Palestine says 100,000 virus swabs damaged by Israel...
  • David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel speaks during a briefing at the White House August 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. [Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images]

    Why has the US ambassador’s ‘misquoted’ comment angered the Palestinians leadership?

    A right-wing Israeli daily close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has misquoted US Ambassador David Friedman saying that Washington is thinking about replacing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with the once-disgraced Fatah security official Mohammed Dahlan. Israel Hayom’s Ariel Kahana apparently asked Friedman whether the US could like to...
  • Sudanese leader General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, 3 February 2020 [Twitter]

    Sudan denies holding Israel normalisation talks in UAE

    The Sudanese Minister of Information and transitional government spokesman, Faisal Muhammad Saleh, yesterday denied media reports claiming a Sudanese delegation currently visiting the United Arab Emirates had discussed normalising relations with Israel. “The ministerial delegation accompanying the head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council does not have...
  • Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi speaks to the press following a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, at Baabda Palace in Beirut, Lebonan on 29 August, 2018 [Lebanese Presidency Handout/Anadolu Agency]

    Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch rejects changes to political system

    Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Moran Mor Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi on Sunday refused to discuss any changes to the country’s political system, while arguing that this step cannot be taken at a time when many forces are engaged in an illegal arms race, and “until all political components adhere to legitimacy” in the...
  • Firefighters battle a blaze in Tehran, Iran on 19 January 2017 [STR/AFP/Getty Images]

    Large fire at dairy factory near Tehran 

    A massive fire broke out last night at an Iranian dairy factory in the city of Eslamshahr, south-west of the capital Tehran. An investigation is currently underway although authorities have said that there are no casualties. “Efforts to control and extinguish the fire continue,” a fire department official told...