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Syria has already been ravaged by an outbreak of Covid-19.

“12 health facilities had to suspend operations this month due to staff becoming infected, having to self-isolate, or due to lack of personal protective equipment.”

Saudi parents find their five children dead at home

The New Arab Staff

Saudi parents find their five children dead at home

Five children from the same family have been found dead at their home, local media reported.

Sri Lanka must end forced cremation of Muslims

Tasnim Nazeer

Sri Lanka must end forced cremation of Muslims

Comment: Sri Lanka's policy of compulsory cremation for victims of coronavirus is an assault on the religious burial rites of its minority ...

More than 50 dead in migrant shipwreck off Tunisia

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More than 50 dead in migrant shipwreck off Tunisia

Victims of a shipwreck off the coast of Tunisia are believed to have set off for Italy a week ago on a boat with 53 people on board.

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For Italy's Muslims, lack of burial space deepens grief

Compounding the pain for the religious minority has been the grim reality of a lack of space to bury their dead.

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Yemen's rebels crack down as Covid-19 and rumours spread

Houthi rebels have suppressed information about the novel coronavirus, severely punished those who speak out, enforced little mitigation ...

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Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in suspected coronavirus deaths

Cemetery workers in Yemen's Aden say there have been five times the normal amount of burials as medics and international organisations ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Muslims are preparing for a muted Eid as lockdown dampens upcoming celebrations, while Covid-19 funding for Yemen is at risk. Here's the latest.

'It has changed death': Covid-19 disrupts <em>burials</em> in Turkey

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'It has changed death': Covid-19 disrupts burials in Turkey

Coronavirus has disrupted burial rituals in Turkey, with families unable to grieve for their dead relatives and funeral prayers being conducted ...

Taufiq Wan

Coronavirus infections endanger operations at Europe's largest Muslim cemetery

The Gardens of Peace cemetery in London has said that amid a backlog of burials, it has had to impose stricter rules and consider ...

Muslims suspend traditional funeral rites to bury coronavirus 'martyrs'

Taufiq Wan

Muslims suspend traditional funeral rites to bury coronavirus 'martyrs'

Muslim authorities across the world are adapting traditional religious rites to suit the current coronavirus pandemic.

Muslims concerned over UK plans to cremate Covid-19 victims

The New Arab

Muslims concerned over UK plans to cremate Covid-19 victims

Muslims, along with Jews, unanimously shun the act of cremation in their burial rites, as the dead body is regarded as sacred.

Iran has built mass graves for 'coronavirus victims'

The New Arab

Iran has built mass graves for 'coronavirus victims'

Workers in the Iranian city of Qom are believed to have dug trenches in mass graves in February.

Canada's Quebec City gets its first Muslim cemetery

Ray Mwareya

Canada's Quebec City gets its first Muslim cemetery

Quebec City, the capital of Canada's only French-speaking province where the hijab has been banned, has finally got the approval for its own ...

Ray Mwareya

Canada's 'Islamophobic' Quebec City gets its first Muslim cemetery

Quebec City, the capital of Canada's only French-speaking province where the hijab has been banned, has finally got the approval for its own Muslim cemetery.

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IS leader Baghdadi 'buried at sea'

The move parallels the controversial burial of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at sea after a US military operation in 2011.

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NZ forms 'royal commission' of inquiry into mosque massacres

New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said a royal commission - the most powerful judicial probe available under New Zealand law - was needed to find ...

The New Arab & agencies

New Zealand remembers mosque massacre victims during Friday prayers

Thousands of New Zealanders, including Prime Minister Ardern, gathered opposite al-Nour mosque to observe the call to prayer and a Friday ...

Syrian refugees buried as New Zealand funerals begin

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian refugees buried as New Zealand funerals begin

The family arrived last year as refugees from the Syrian maelstrom only to find tragedy in a land where they had sought sanctuary.

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Tensions rise over burials of New Zealand shooting victims

Islamic custom dictates that the deceased should be buried within 24 hours, but authorities said the complex investigation into the massacre of ...

Desperate searches as Indonesia tsunami-quake death toll tops 800

The New Arab & agencies

Desperate searches as Indonesia tsunami-quake death toll tops 800

Aid is trickling in while overwhelmed search-and-rescue workers comb the rubble for survivors and authorities bury the dead to stop the spread ...

Syria's bureaucracy of death

Nadim Houry

Syria's bureaucracy of death

Comment: Over 80,000 people are estimated to have been 'disappeared' by Assad's regime. Why, after years of denials, has it started releasing ...

Syrian regime must return 'remains of disappeared', Amnesty says

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime must return 'remains of disappeared', Amnesty says

Amnesty said in its Thursday statement that at least 82,000 people have been subjected to forced disappearances since the conflict began.

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