Babylon Reports – Election updates, Israel-Iran exchange fire in Syria, World’s oldest leader
Written by Gabrielle Renaud on 2018-05-10
It’s election weekend but for anyone looking to travel, we’re got an update for you. Iraq announced on Wednesday that it would close its airports and border crossings for 24 hours on May 12, the day of the vote, as part of security measures. A brief statement by Iraqi Authorities said the 24-hour curfew would go into effect from midnight on Friday and last the entire day on Saturday and includes the Kurdistan Region.
Meanwhile, Israel’s military says Iranian forces have fired rockets at its positions in the occupied Golan Heights. It said some 20 rockets were fired by Revolutionary Guards. It said “no hits were located” on Israeli territory. It is one of the biggest attacks against Israel from Syria in decades.
Lastly, you’re never too old to do something. Mahathir Mohamad is on course to become the world’s oldest elected leader at 92, after a shock victory in Malaysia’s bitterly fought election. The former PM came out of retirement and defected to the opposition. His historic win has ousted the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has been in power since independence in 1957.