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The Daily Brief: Iranian Ship Attacked and Damaged Off the Coast of the Red Sea

The Saviz which is alleged to be an Iranain spy ship, exploded due to a mine that news agencies blame Israli forces for

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Iranian Ship Attacked and Damaged Off the Coast of the Red Sea
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  • This Tuesday, an alleged Iranian spy-ship exploded off the coast of the Red Sea due to a limpet mine, resulting in “minor damage” with no reported casualties. 
  • During the Yemen civil war in 2018, Iranian coalitions involved alleged the Saviz ship’s function was actually as a military ship used to spy on vessels and plan attacks in alignment with the Houthi Rebel movement. 
  • The Arabic news agency Tasmin stated the ship had been situated on the Red Sea for years since then, gathering information for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. 
  • Iran’s forien ministry representative Saeed Khatibzadeh reported on the attack, stating the Saviz was a “non military ship… [providing] security along shipping lines and combat pirates.” Iran continues to deny involvement with Houthi groups in Yemen. 
  • Although the attack remains under investigation, Arabic news agencies released unresourceful claims of Isralei involvement. The New York Times also stated that an unidentified American official claimed Israel had announced responsibility, acting in retaliation to previous attacks by Iran. 
  • The United States’ Military and Command center released a statement denying any US forces involvement with the incident. 
  • The attack occurs in the midst of attempts to reinstate the previous 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and other world powers. Previous to the attack, President Benjamin Nethanyu warned of Israel’s plans to defend it’s nation, announcing Iran must “act against the fantacial regime… threatening to erase us from the Earth,” and that “We will always know how to defend ourselves by ourselves from those who seek to kill us.” 
  • No official statement was released by Israli officials, but this attack adds to the growing number of Iran and Israeli vessel related incidents in which both nations blame one another for having influence. 

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The United States Reinstates Aid for Palestine After Trump Severed Ties With the Palestinian Authority in 2018

  • The Biden administration announced plans to restore at least $235m in Palestinian aid and resume funding to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). 
  • The US aid for Palestine was previously halted by former president Donald Trump in 2018 when his administration cut ties with the Palestinian Authority.
  • Richard Mills, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., said “President Biden has been clear in his intent to restore U.S. assistance programs that support economic development and humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people and to take steps to reopen diplomatic missions that were closed by the last U.S. administration.”

The EU Finds Rare Risk of Blood Clots Associated With the AstraZeneca Vaccine

  • After more than a dozen countries discontinued the AstraZeneca vaccine at different times, European drug regulators have now confirmed a link between the vaccine and rare blood clots.
  • The Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency Emer Cooke said “First of all, I want to start by stating that our safety committee (the Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee or PRAC) … has confirmed that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing Covid-19 overall outweigh the risks of side effects.”
  • The vaccine will continue to circulate, however UK authorities advise that people under 30 should take alternative vaccines.

Chinese Aircraft Enters Taiwan’s Defence Zone

  • Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, calling attention to China’s military capabilities and increase in pressure on Taiwan. China has defended this action by saying it is a protection of their sovereignty.
  • Taiwan’s foreign minister responded, saying they understood the situation and are ready to fight back persistently if China were to attack.
  • The US has reiterated its support for Taiwan, and warned that China could be accelerating its plan to take control of Taiwan by force.

Jordan’s King Abdullah Speaks on Recent Dissent

  • Jordan’s King Abdullah spoke on the allegations against his half brother, Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, saying that the “sedition” had been brought to an end by authorities. He expressed feelings of “shock, pain, and anger” over the recent events.
  • King Abdullah also announced that Prince Hamzah was in the palace under the King’s protection, and that he is loyal to the constitution and laws of Jordan.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke with King Abdullah, expressing his support for Jordan and his leadership. Saudi Arabia has also expressed support for King Abdullah and his government.

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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