Israel Strikes Lead To 26 Palestinian Deaths, While Hamas Rockets Kill Two Israelis
A confrontation between Israel and Hamas sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem escalated Tuesday. Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza, killing over 25 Palestinians, while militants barraged southern Israel with hundreds of rockets, killing two Israelis.
Since sundown Monday, 26 Palestinians — including nine children and a woman— were killed in Gaza, most by airstrikes, health officials there said. The Israeli military said at least 16 of the dead were militants.
Two women were killed by rockets fired from Gaza that hit their homes in the southern city of Ashkelon — the first Israeli deaths in the current violence. At least 10 other Israelis have been wounded since Monday evening.
After those deaths, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said officials decided to “increase both the strength and rate of the strikes” against militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.
“Hamas will receive blows now that it didn’t expect,” he said.
Source – Alarabiya
Dozens Of Dead Bodies Found Floating In Ganges River As India Battles COVID-19
Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Authorities said Tuesday they haven’t yet determined the cause of death.
Health officials working through the night Monday retrieved 71 bodies, officials in Bihar state said.
Images on social media of the bodies floating in the river prompted outrage and speculation that they died from COVID-19. Authorities performed post mortems on Tuesday but said they could not confirm the cause of death due to the decomposition of the bodies.
More corpses were found floating in the river on Tuesday, washing up in Ghazipur district in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state. Police and villagers were at the site, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Monday’s incident.
“We are trying to find out where did these dead bodies come from? How did they get here?” said Mangla Prasad Singh, a local official.
Source – The Globe and Mail
Southern Governors Ban Open Grazing, Ask Buhari To Address Nation
The governors in 17 states of the southern part of Nigeria have demanded the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity and restore the confidence of the people.
The Forum stated this in a 12-point communique read by its Chairman, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, at the end of its four hours meeting held in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The governors affirmed that the people of Southern Nigeria remain committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice, fairness, equity, oneness, and peaceful co-existence between and among its peoples with a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economic development and prosperity.
Source – Punch
Afenifere Asks Buhari To Resign
The Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Tuesday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his administration’s inability to address insecurity and economic challenges confronting the country.
The group said this is the best time for the President to resign honourably.
Speaking during the 95th birthday of the leader of the group and the dedication of a church in the honour of Chief Reuben Fasonrati, in Iju/Itaogbolu in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, the Acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said the Buhari-led government had incapacitated the country and had failed to address the increasing wave of insecurity and downturn of the economy.
He said the President had failed the people of the country and there is no better time to leave but now, noting that Buhari’s government could no longer handle the situation.
Source – Daily Trust
Boko Haram Insurgents, Troops Battle In Maiduguri
Boko Haram fighters and Troops are exchanging gunfire around the Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri metropolis.
Eyewitnesses said residents are trapped with the fireworks said to be heavy.
“My sister called me from that area and informed me that they are trapped inside their houses,” Yunusa, a Maiduguri resident told The Nation on Tuesday evening.
Our correspondent gathered the attack started just as when many Muslims were preparing to break their fast.
Jidari Polo was attacked last year by Boko Haram around May.
During the attack, Gov. Zulum had visited residents, urging them not to run out of their houses.
Source – The Nation
Four Men Arrested For Allegedly Kidnapping 13-Year-Old Girl In Ogun
Ogun state police command, has arrested four men for allegedly kidnapping a 13 yrs old girl in Onipanu area of Ado odo ota local government area of the state.
The State Police Command spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement said the four suspects were arrested, following a complaint lodged at Onipanu divisional headquarters, by one Adejunwon Odunowo, who reported that his 13-year-old daughter Susan Odunowo, was sent on an errand by her mother at about 6:30 p.m. of 6th of May 2021, but didn’t return home.
Adejuwon told the police that he later received an anonymous phone call, demanding for the sum of N500,000 as ransom if he ever wants to see his daughter again.
The police spokesman identified the suspects as John Nelson, 21yrs, Adeleke Ayotunde 29yrs, Adekunle Basit 20yrs and Abey Fagbemi 20yrs.
Source – Within Nigeria
Tragedy As 13-year-old Boy Is Crushed To Death By Garbage Truck After He And Two Friends Slept In Bin
A 13-year-old schoolboy was crushed to death by a garbage truck after he and two friends slept in an industrial bin in Australia.
An 11-year-old boy suffered serious injuries when the truck began emptying the container while the third boy, 12, managed to escape unharmed and alert the driver.
The tragedy happened at 5.20am local time on Tuesday in Port Lincoln on South Australia’s west coast, the Mail Online reports.
Superintendent Paul Bahr told reporters that afternoon that the surviving boys are “traumatised” and that it will take time to get a detailed version of events from them.
He said detectives will be investigating as to why the children were sleeping in the bin but claimed they were not homeless, adding: “Just one of the levels of tragedy to this is why these three children thought they needed to be sleeping in the bin.
“I think it’s fair to say the boys had somewhere to stay. I don’t think it would be fair to classify them as homeless.”
Source – Tori NG