Some 11 million tourists visited Morocco in 2022, the tourism minister revealed yesterday.

“We restored the number of tourists who arrived in the country in 2022 by about 84 percent compared to 2019,” Fatima-Zahra Ammor told parliament.

She added that the foreign currency tourists brought to the country amounted to the equivalent of 81.7 billion dirhams ($8 billion).

Ammor expects the tourism sector to continue to recover, benefiting from the historic achievement of the Moroccan national team in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

She said that her country plans to further revive the tourism sector, aiming for the number of tourists to reach 26 million by 2030.

Tourism was one of the areas affected the most by the coronavirus pandemic. The government provided financial support to workers in the sector more than once.

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At least seven settlers were killed in a shooting near a synagogue in an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem late Friday. In a separate attack, two Israeli settlers were injured Saturday in occupied East Jerusalem.

That was after nine Palestinians were killed Thursday and dozens injured in an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Nearly 30 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire since the start of the year, according to Palestinian figures.

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Turkish and Japanese floating energy unit has secured financing from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and MUFG Bank, Ltd., to finance a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Senegal, local Turkish media reports.

According to Turkish media, the loan agreement was signed between two sides for an amount of up to $71 million.

With more than 25 years of experience, Turkish company, Karpowership, has a fleet of 36 power ships operating on four continents with a capacity of 6 gigawatts, the report added.

The floating energy units can connect directly to a country’s electricity grid, leveraging existing infrastructure.

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