At least seven Palestinians have been killed, and hundreds have been reported injured in protests along the Gaza border on Friday.
According to medical officials one of the dead, a Gaza farmer, was killed by an Israeli tank shell in the southern Gaza Strip. At least six more have been killed by Israeli troops, according to medical officials speaking to several news agencies.
On the occasion of a visit to our country by Nguyen Phu Trong, secretary general of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Granma offers a summary of events shared by the sister nations.
1- THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATONS:
During the commemoration of the landing of the yacht Granma and the creation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, December 2, 1960, Fidel announced the decision to establish formal diplomatic relations with Vietnam.
2- ACADEMIC EXCHANGE:
In the 1960s, the first group of Vietnamese students arrived in Cuba. Since 1961, more than 3,000 have studied different fields here. Cuba offers scholarships every year to youth to pursue degrees here.
September 25, 1963, the Cuban Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam was founded, headed by Moncada heroine Melba Hernández and supported by mass organizations across the island. Public events and symposiums were organized to denounce the horrors of napalm. Today the organization is known as the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association.
4-NATIONAL BALLET OF CUBA VISITS VIETNAM:
The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale continues to be remembered by Cubans and Angolans, who dealt a crushing blow to the invading troops of the South African apartheid regime
AFTER a period of calm for the Angolan military, the atmosphere began to heat up at the end of 1987, when an enclave in the extreme southeast of the country began to capture the attention of the world’s press: Cuito Cuanavale.
It would be around the beginning of November, when the name of the aforementioned town reached the ears of the team of Cuban correspondents accredited in Luanda for the first time, through informal conversations:
“They say that in the south things are really heating up. UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) forced FAPLA (People’s Armed Forces of Liberation of Angola) to retreat and now their units are defending themselves near Cuito ‘Carnavales’ or ‘Cuarnavale’… Search me!”
The year’s first million visitors have arrived in Cuba, as the country looks to welcome five million in 2018, an increase on the order of 6%
CUBA was hit hard less than six months ago by a hurricane that caused considerable damage to the country’s four principal tourist destinations. It is the only island nation in the world which, by law, U.S. citizens are not allowed to visit as tourists, and figures among the countries which Washington has singled out with travel advisories, recommending that travelers “reconsider” visiting.
Nevertheless, as of this month, theyear’s first million visitors have arrived in Cuba, some 67,000 hotel rooms are available, along with more than 21,000 family bed and breakfasts, while 68 airlines operate flights linking the island to 70 important cities around the world. Cruise lines with six ports of call and stopovers located on the island make this modality increasingly popular, and the country was recently recognized as the “most secure for tourism” at the 38th international Tourism Fair (Fitur), in Madrid.
Changes in the panorama have created difficulties, but the country continues as one of the Caribbean’s favorite destinations. According to statements by Janet Ayala, the Ministry of Tourism’s public information officer, although the figure of one million visitors was reached four days later than last year, it remains a notable accomplishment given the pressures and adverse conditions faced by the sector over this last period.