Oman sees a jump of cases in a day, with 1,361 new cases and three deaths, reaching a total of 42,555 cases and 188 deaths. The Health Minister says that the country will boost its hospitals' capacity and intensive care units.
A denial-of-service attack takes down Wikipedia, with users unable to access the encyclopedia in Europe and parts of the Middle East. The Wikimedia Foundation blames a "massive and very broad" distributed denial of service attack.
Dissident soldiers seize the ministry of information in Asmara, Eritrea, forcing state media to call for the release of political prisoners. Other buildings are also surrounded while television and radio later went off air. The apparent coup attempt against President Isaias Afewerki reportedly fails.
Vladimir Putin urges the Western and Arab world to review their position. He asks to end the violence first, then sit around the table and only then move on to "these practical steps about the internal organisation of the country itself". [http:--www.starafrica.com-en-news-detail-news-view-putin-urges-west-rethink-on-syria-as-bat-251427.html ("Star Africa")]date=August 2019
Israeli warplanes bomb three tunnels in Gaza in response to a rocket attack on Israel the previous day. [http:--www.haaretz.com-news-diplomacy-defense-idf-soldier-wounded-by-palestinian-sniper-fire-on-gaza-border-1.291399 (Haaretz)