The Qatar Volleyball Association has apologized to Turkiye for the scandal caused by Saad Sulaiman, a national team member, at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games held in Konya, Report informs.
Ali bin Ghanem Al Kuwari, President of the Association, said that the action of the libero, who made a ‘beheading’ gesture, was unacceptable. He said that he felt sorry for the incident.
Mehmet Akif Ustundag, the President of the Turkish Volleyball Federation (TVF), emphasized that they have filed a complaint against the volleyball player to the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).
During the debate in the Turkiye-Qatar volleyball match, Qatar’s player Saad Sulaiman turned in the direction of the Turkish players and made a ‘beheading’ gesture. The Qatari athlete was calmed down by his friends and sent to the stands.
The crane vessel “Azerbaijan” with a carrying capacity of 2,500 tons, owned by the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) CJSC, is involved in the transportation and installation of the topsides of the platform on the main block of the Absheron field as part of the early gas production project, Report informs with reference to ASCO.
For this purpose, two of the three modules, AMO-2 and AMO-1, manufactured at the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deep Water Jackets Plant, were placed on barges with the help of a crane ship. Module “AMO-3” was loaded onto the deck of the ship “Azerbaijan”.
After the structures are delivered to the Absheron field, the “Azerbaijan” crane vessel will be involved in their installation on the support block.
New photos and videos proving the vandalism of Armenians in the territories of Azerbaijan have been circulating for several days, Report informs.
The images that emerged this time show the fire set by Armenians to the forests of Lachin. This is yet another indication that Armenians do not care about any international law since the burning of forests is a direct attack on humanity, an environmental terrorism. It seems that chauvinistic Armenians have their head up their arse.
In fact, similar actions of Armenians settled in the territory of Azerbaijan have already become commonplace. During the 44-day Patriotic War, they damaged many properties in the liberated territories.
The Armenians never lived in Zabukh or other villages of Lachin, Zabukh village native Mahar Guliyev told Report.
He said Armenian claims for Azerbaijani territories are baseless.
“We will return to our native lands soon. I am thankful to President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Ilham Aliyev, First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva, the heroic Azerbaijani army that liberated our lands from occupation, the heroic soldiers and officers,” he said.
The drop in the water level in the Caspian Sea by almost 2 meters over the past 20 years has created a serious threat to the operation of the Shimal (Northern) power plant, which is the second largest power plant in Azerbaijan and provides electricity to more than 40% of Baku, Azerenergy OJSC, largest electrical power producer in the Republic of Azerbaijan, told Report.
The urgent construction of a 540-meter-long overpass into the Caspian Sea, which allows unhindered intake of cold water, and 2 water pumping stations has started to eliminate the threat of a halt at the Shimal power plant in the near future and save the plant.
Considering that the drop in the water level created severe problems for the collection of cooling water, in the short term, a complete shutdown of the Shimal-1 and Shimal-2 power plants, which produce the most considerable amount of energy and have a total capacity of 800 megawatts, would be inevitable. The construction of a new overpass and water pumping stations will not only save the stations, but also, due to the water intake from a greater depth, will allow obtain water 2.6 degrees cooler. In total, four pipes will be laid on both sides of the new overpass, and eight pumps will operate at two pumping stations.
“The building of a new overpass is carried out according to the shift principle. The construction of a new overpass and a water pumping station at the Sumgayit plant, due to the drop in the water level in the Caspian Sea, has been successfully completed, and it has already given positive results.
The construction of a new water intake complex of the Shimal power plant is also carried out not by a foreign but by a domestic company, and at present, the work is one month ahead of schedule. Thus, the project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023,” Azerenergy said.
A powerful explosion in the Surmalu shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, killed one person and seriously injured 20 others, Spokesperson of the Armenian Emergency Situations Ministry Hayk Kostanyan said, Report informs via Armenian media.
Kostanyan noted that according to preliminary data, a fire broke out and an explosive pyrotechnic products warehouse detonated, a three-story warehouse building collapsed. At the moment, a large number of rescuers are working at the site.
Many people are left under the rubble. Shops and cars in the area were also seriously damaged during the explosion.
Thick smoke has covered the area. Emergency services advised local residents not to leave their homes or go outside. According to them, there is a danger of a second explosion.
Azerbaijani gymnast Vladimir Dolmatov won a gold medal at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games held in Konya, Turkiye, Report informs.
Dolmatov won the gold in the individual program of aerobic gymnastics.
Madina Mustafayeva, another representative of Azerbaijan, also performed in the individual program and won a silver medal.
The elimination of the consequences of the war crimes committed by Armenia during the occupation in the city of Lachin, the villages of Zabukh and Sus, including the illegal settlement of Armenians, will allow the real owners of these places to return to their homeland, the State Committee for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons of Azerbaijan told Report.
Allahverdi Aliyev, a native of Zabukh village of the Lachin district, thanked the President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva, the valiant Azerbaijani army, its heroic soldiers and officers for the liberation of their native lands from occupation. He noted that after returning to Zabukh, they will rebuild their houses and live even better than before.
In a video prepared by the State Committee, residents share their thoughts on returning to their native lands, which have always belonged to Azerbaijan.
The remains of the Mi-8 helicopter of the Armenian armed forces were found on August 11 in the territory of the Tugh village of Azerbaijan’s Khojavend district, Report informs referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.
As a result of the investigations, it was determined that the remains belong to the Mi-8 helicopter of the Armenian armed forces, shot down together with its crew during the Patriotic War on October 18, 2020, in the direction of the Tugh village of the Khojavend district by the Azerbaijan Air Force Units.
“The appropriate measures are being taken to further increase the combat capability of military personnel serving around the clock in areas with harsh climatic conditions and difficult terrain, and to maintain a state of combat readiness at a high level. Azerbaijani servicemen on duty in specified combat positions are constantly ready to suppress any provocation,” the ministry said.
Engineering works are being carried out by Azerbaijani units to create new positions and lay supply routes at specified positions.
The necessary measures for engineering support in the liberated territory and the dominant heights are continuing.
A solemn opening ceremony of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games has been held in the Turkish city of Konya, Report informs, citing AZERTAC.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony.
The aerobatics flights of “Turkish Stars” over the Konya Metropolitan Municipality Stadium, where the opening ceremony was held, produced a wonderful impression on the audience.
Then Maher Zain, a Swedish singer of Lebanese origin, performed with a concert program. Drone and light effects added a special color to the ceremony.
Then verses from the holy Quran-Karim were read out.
The audience of the remarkable event gave a round of applause for President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, and other heads of state and government as they entered the arena.
President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a short conversation with First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva.
Dancers who appeared first on the stage created the logo of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games. The logo in the shape of a tulip symbolizing the number 21 was designed specifically for the Games. The logo also includes the word “أ خ”, which means “brother” in Arabic.
A composition describing different periods of Turkish history and cultural riches was demonstrated during the ceremony. At the end of the composition, the Turkish flag and the moon-star figure were projected onto the stage using light effects. Then the military brought out the State Flag of Turkiye. The flag was raised to the sounds of the National Anthem of Turkiye – the Independence March.
After the raising of the flag, the ceremony featured a parade of volunteers and teams participating in the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games “Konya 2021”.
Azerbaijani athletes were the fourth to enter the arena.
President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva warmly welcomed the members of the Azerbaijani team.
During the ceremony, the tricolor flag of Azerbaijan was carried by athlete Nazim Babayev and volleyball player Ayshan Abdulazimova.
Nazim Babayev is the European champion, winner of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, double winner of the Winter Universiade, and bronze medalist of the Summer Youth Olympic Games. Ayshan Abdulazimova is the captain of the Azerbaijan women’s national volleyball team, winner of the Challenge Cup, the Golden Europe league, and the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games.
A total of 281 athletes represent Azerbaijan in the Islamic Solidarity Games. They will compete in weightlifting, shooting, athletics, 3×3 basketball (women and men), judo, football, wrestling, gymnastics, aerobics, rhythmic gymnastics, handball (women and men), karate, kickboxing, fencing, archery, para-archery, para-athletics, para-swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, cycling, volleyball (women and men) and swimming.
More than 4,000 athletes from 56 countries will compete for 483 sets of medals in 24 sports at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, which are scheduled to last until 18 August.
“We have been provided with preliminary information from the relevant authorities in the UK. These structures are taking this issue very seriously,” Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said, Report informs referring to Haber Global.
“The Charge d’Affaires of the United Kingdom in Baku has been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We had a serious conversation. First of all, we expect the UK to guarantee that similar cases against Azerbaijan will not be repeated. This is an obligation of the United Kingdom under the Vienna Convention. Protection of diplomatic missions, security, immunity of diplomats, according to the Vienna Convention, is the direct responsibility of each host country,” the minister stressed.
A one-on-one meeting will be held between President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is on a visit to Konya within the framework of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, Report informs, citing Haber Global.
During the meeting, the two countries’ leaders are expected to discuss in detail the recent provocations committed by Armenia in Karabakh and the “Revenge” operation carried out by the Azerbaijani Army in response.
It is reported that the heads of state will also discuss the latest situation in the negotiations for the normalization of relations between Turkiye and Armenia, energy security, and other vital issues.
Turkiye gave Ukraine 50 Kirpi armored vehicles, which have already been brought to the front line, Report informs, referring to the foreign press.
According to the information, Turkiye is expected to send 150 more armored vehicles of the same brand to the Ukrainian Army. It is believed that the Turkish Armed Forces gave the vehicles to Ukraine for free.
As reported, the armored vehicles will be used in battles in the direction of Donetsk.
Official Ankara and Kyiv have not released any statements regarding Turkiye’s delivery of military armored vehicles to Ukraine.
The local BMC company in Turkiye manufactures the Kirpi MRAP.
The flag of Azerbaijan, which was removed during the attack of a group of radical religious groups on the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has been reattached.
Currently, the tricolor national flag is flying again in front of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in London.
Some time ago, the Azerbaijani diplomatic mission was attacked by members of a radical religious group. Eight men have been arrested by the London police after storming the Embassy. They are members of the radical religious group called The Mahdi Servants Union.