Political Unrest

Gaza protesters launch balloon bombs into Israel

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/15/18, 10:31 am

Intensified protests resumed Friday along the Gaza border as Muslims celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Mohammed al-Tayyar, a Palestinian protester, said an Israeli drone struck a tent protesters were using to launch kites and balloons rigged with incendiary devices into Israel. Israeli police detonated one of the balloons as it drifted onto a highway earlier in the day.

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Associated Press/Photo by Pierre Phillipe Marcou (pool)

Spain gets new socialist leader

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/01/18, 10:47 am

Spain’s socialist opposition leader is set to become the country’s new prime minister after sponsoring a no-confidence vote that ousted Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government. Pedro Sanchez, the Socialist Party’s 46-year-old leader, managed a historic feat: unseating a serving leader for the first time in Spain’s four decades of democracy. Unlike the populist parties roiling Italian politics, Sanchez supports the European Union and the eurozone’s shared currency. Rajoy led Spain for six years.

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Associated Press/Photo by Tsafrir Abayov

Israel bombs Gaza after militant mortar attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/29/18, 10:49 am

Israeli warplanes dropped bombs in central Gaza on Tuesday after militants in the territory fired more than 25 mortar shells on southern Israeli communities. The bombing marked the largest single attack since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war. Security officials in Gaza said the bombing targeted an Islamic Jihad militant training site. Earlier in the day, the Israeli military said it intercepted a majority of the mortar shells and reported no casualties.

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