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Ongoing civil war in Syria results in civilian casualties, including one child

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Hospital attack includes medical staff and civilian injuries

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  • A hospital in northwest Syria fell under artillery shelling early Sunday morning, resulting in at least six civilian deaths, including one child.
  • The hospital, which is located in Atareb and serves approximately 100,000 people, is run through a partnership between the International Rescue Committee and the Syrian American Medical Society.
  • Atareb is part of a de-escalation zone as agreed upon by Russia, Iran and Turkey.
  • Due to the extent of the damage, the hospital can no longer be used.
  • Syria’s 10-year war has destroyed health care infrastructure throughout the country, despite the fact that international law protects health care facilities.
  • The impact to health care has resulted in an exodus of medical workers from the country.
  • Syria is often viewed as a proxy war between world powers, including Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States.

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Saudi Arabia Sends Air Strikes to Yemen

  • After Yemen’s Houthi rebels took responsibility for drone attacks in Riyadh, the Saudi-led coalition battling them sent air strikes to Sanaa.
  • The Saudi-led coalition also claims to have prevented armed Houthi drones which were aimed at Khamis Musheit.
  • Internationally countries have criticized Saudi Arabia for their indiscriminate air strikes. 
  • The United Nations continues to push the Houthi group toward negotiations as Yemen faces what the UN states to be the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

Iran Refuses to Join the Nuclear Deal Until the US Lifts Sanctions 

  • As the new Persian year begins Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khanenei of Iran spoke to his nation in an hour long televised address.
  • Khamenei stated that Iran would not be entering the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), until the US lifted its economic sanctions.
  • With the slogan “production, support, and removal of barriers” Khamenei emphasized Iran going on to say “Conditions have changed, but they have changed in favor of Iran, not the US, so if anything the JCPOA must change in favor of Iran.”
  • Khamenei also pushed potential candidates in Iran’s presidential elections to not connect the lifting of sanctions with economic development.

Former President of CAR Becomes Leader of Rebel Group

  • Former President François Bozizé has become the leader of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), a rebel group whose aim is to overthrow current President Faustin Archange Touadéra’s government.
  • The CPC is a rebel alliance of six armed groups, who have been silent since they unsuccessfully attacked the capital on January 13th.
  • President Bozizé took power in 2003 by coup, and was removed ten years later, which incited violence and instability.

Continuing Immigration Crisis at Southern US Border

  • Amidst a surge of migrants at the southern border, the US has discouraged migrant travel and has said the border is closed, but has been making exceptions for unaccompanied children.
  • An $86 million contract has been created to house migrants in hotels near the border, with others being held in unfavorable facilities.
  • President Biden quickly ended many of the immigration policies of President Trump at the beginning of his term, vowing to create a more empathetic and humane system.

Downpour of Floods in Sydney Prompt Swift Evacuations of Thousands

  • A downpour of extraordinary rainfall – up to 1,000 mm in Sydney, Australia has swept away homes, closed schools, overflowed rivers, and cut off roads in what experts say is a “one in a fifty year event”.
  • An estimated 18,000 Australians have been forced to evacuate as the torrential flood brings devastating effects to the nation’s capital and coastal towns.
  • First responders and paramedics have rescued at least 500 people, including those in vehicles.
  • More rain is expected to continue for the remainder of the week, as meteorologists caution the public to take all safety measures in light of extremely severe and complex weather conditions

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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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