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High Rise Media Building Brought to the Ground by Israel

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  • On Saturday, an Isreal powered air strike aimed for al-Jalaa, a high rise media building in the Gaza strip housing The Associated Press and Al Jazeera news agencies, signifying in its ultimate destruction Israel’s plans of attacking Hamas leadership on top of military officials. 
  • Everyone inside of the building safely evacuated prior to the attack, in which three missiles brought the 12-story building down that Israel deemed to be “terrorist infrastructure” housing Hamas intelligence to the ground. 
  • The destruction of one of the oldest Gaza buildings left hundreds of its workers devastated and outraged at Israel’s insubstantial claims in an act many claim to be an act to “silence” journalists criticizing Israel’s actions. 
  • The Associated Press CEO and President Gary Pruitt stated that the Israeli military has “long known the location of the bureau and knew journalists were there” calling the event an “incredibly disturbing event.”
  • Al Jazeera’s acting director of the building stated his hope for the “international community to condemn such barbaric actions and targeting of journalists” and demands “immediate international action holding Israel accountable.”
  • Israel also sent airstrikes on the al-Shati refugee camp, hitting a house, killing 10 people, 8 of which were children, and injuring 20 in the area. The family of which only an infant survived was celebrating the end of Ramadan during the attack
  • Despite Israel’s claims, the Gaza Health Ministry accused defense forces of “direct targeting of crowded civilian areas” and also urging the “international community of necessity to curb the Israli aggression in the Gaza strip.”
  • As the conflict increases, the death toll rises to over 140, including at least 39 children and around 1,000 injured. 

Sources: 

https://apnews.com/article/israel-west-bank-gaza-middle-east-israel-palestinian-conflict-7974cc0c03897b8b21e5fc2f8c7d8a79

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/15/middleeast/israel-palestinian-conflict-intl/index.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/15/silence-the-story-israeli-strike-on-media-offices-gaza-condemned

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/15/give-us-10-minutes-how-israel-bombed-gaza-media-tower

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Iran’s Presidential Candidates Register For Elections

  • Top presidential candidates in Iran registered for the election on Sunday, the last day of registration.
  • A majority of the candidates are conservatives, prompting moderates to accuse the government of systematically removing reformist and moderate candidates. 
  • The projected winner of the elections is Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hard-lined judiciary chief, who is running an anti-corruption campaign.
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Internal Conflict Forces Ethiopia To Delay Elections Again

  • Nonparticipation threats from opposition parties in Ethiopia have pushed back the country’s parliamentary elections once again.
  • The elections were originally scheduled for August 2020, however the Covid-19 pandemic delayed polling.
  • The elections were rescheduled for June 5, 2021, however Tigray and other areas of the country will not be participating in the polling which has delayed elections.
  • Ethiopia’s electoral body has stated that the delay will not last longer than 3 weeks.
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In DR Congo, Dozens Sentenced to Death After Violent Clashes

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  • After violence between Muslim groups on Eid, thirty people were sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has not been done since 2003. There was a one-day trial held.
  • For the end of Ramadan, there were thousands gathered in a stadium in the capital, Kinshasa from different Muslim groups, but dozens were arrested, wounded, and one police officer killed over leadership disputes.
  • Rival Muslim groups have often had disputes in the past. Around 10% of the population in the Democratic Republic of Congo is Muslim.
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China Lands First Spacecraft on Mars

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  • After orbiting Mars for four months, China’s rover Zhurong has detached from the Tianwen-1 spacecraft and successfully landed on Mars. It is planning to explore the surface of Mars for at least three months.
  • The rover landed on a plain called Utopia Planitia and will start its explorations after a few days of diagnostic tests.
  • This is China’s first mission to Mars. The United States and Soviet Union are the only  other nations that have successfully landed and started exploration of Mars.
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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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  • 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 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, 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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  • 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 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. 
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