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JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Israel has approved 10-year multiple entry visas for Chinese visitors in addition to cancelling group fees to attract more tourists from China, a government notice said Thursday.

The move comes after the signing on March 29 of a bilateral agreement to extend the visa validity of both Chinese and Israeli visitors from three months to 10 years, the notice added.

The new visa allows for multiple visits, permitting up to 90 days per visit.

Israel will also cancel fees for Chinese citizens visiting the country as members of organized tour groups.

An Israeli survey of tour operators in China revealed that this fee, 35 shekels (about nine U.S. dollars) per person, in addition to handling fees travel agents are sometimes required to pay to private operators representing them in Israel, "was a significant bureaucratic and financial obstacle in organizing tourist groups from China," the Tourism Ministry said in a statement.

The new procedures are intended to "remove major obstacles affecting the growth of incoming tourism from China," said the Tourism Ministry.

The ministry hopes the move will help it reach its annual target of 100,000 Chinese visitors by 2018.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said that Israel views China as a significant target country for growing tourism and granting concessions could also help strengthen bilateral relations in other areas.

"Removing bureaucratic obstacles facing Chinese tourists represents a green light to increasing the numbers of tourists," he said.

"Recently, restrictions were eased on Chinese diplomatic passport holders and now the tourist is our focus," he added.

The Tourism Ministry's recent Annual Inbound Tourism Survey revealed that Chinese tourists spend an average of 1,947 dollars during their visits to Israel, well beyond the general average expenditure of 1,600 dollars per tourist.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel has been rising steadily over past few years.

According to the Israeli Tourism Ministry, the number of Chinese tourists in 2015, at more than 47,000, was 43 percent more than that of 2014, which saw an 86 percent jump over that of 2013.

The trend continued in the first half of 2016, with a 45 percent visitor increase compared with 2015, and 82 percent compared with 2014. Enditem

NAIROBI Authentic Zemgus Girgensons Jersey , Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- More than 150 people sustained serious injuries in parts of Nairobi and western Kenya following post-election chaos that erupted on Friday night after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the presidential elections, figures from two agencies show Sunday.

Both Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and international humanitarian medical charity, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said they had evacuated a total of 157 casualties in Nairobi, Kisumu Authentic Sam Reinhart Jersey , Homabay, Migori, Busia and Siaya counties in protests against polls results.

The medical charities said some of the casualties had bullet wounds. MSF said by Saturday evening, their teams across Kenya had evacuated and treated 64 people and that 11 of them had bullet wounds.

"Medical team has been dispatched to Kisumu to assist the ministry of health Authentic Johan Larsson Jersey ," said MSF on Saturday night.

KRCS said they responded to a total of 93 causalities that sustained various injuries and who received pre-hospital medical care and medical evacuations.

In Nairobi County, the casualties included, nine cases in Kibera and 27 cases in Mathare 4A and Mathare North, and who were evacuated to hospitals in Nairobi by KRCS vehicles and E-Plus ambulances Authentic Kyle Okposo Jersey , said the society's director Abass Gullet.

In Kisumu County, he said, similar incidences were reported in three settlements, where 14 cases were attended to by KRCS and evacuated to the hospitals in the lakeside city.

An additional 12 cases were reported in Migori County Authentic Jake McCabe Jersey , five cases in Homa Bay County and one in Busia County.

"Due to the intense protests and safety concerns, more than 2,000 KRCS personnel experienced difficulties accessing in parts of Nairobi and Nyanza, and were initially unable to respond promptly Justin Bailey Jersey ," said Gullet.

The personnel managed to access these areas in the early hours of the morning Saturday and responded to multiple emergency cases.

The opposition coalition said Saturday at least 100 people were killed by the police responding to protests which erupted after the announcement of the presidential election results on Friday.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) Legal Counsel, James Orengo, told reporters in Nairobi the post-election violence deaths followed a shoot-to-kill order to the police command by senior government officials.

"At least 100 people have been killed, 10 of them children Ryan O'Reilly Jersey ," Orengo told reporters during a news conference called by the coalition's leaders to brief supporters on the ongoing political crisis.

However, State-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said 24 people have been killed across the country from police brutality since Aug. 8.

Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said Nairobi accounts for the highest number of casualties with 17 deaths which occurred mainly after the announcement of presidential election results on Friday night.

KRCS said its personnel encountered youth manning various roadblocks, but were later guaranteed access upon realizing it was the Red Cross.

He asked the public to support the KRCS emergency responses to affected areas so as to enable the smooth execution of our mandate of alleviating human suffering.

At the same time, continuous assessments in areas affected by protests is ongoing with a view to establishing the extent of the humanitarian needs Benoit Pouliot Jersey , Gullet added.
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