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Weekly News – 19th Week

Fire in Gaza

Militants in Gaza began firing rockets into Israel on Monday night, and Israel has responded by hitting targets in the territory. According to Israel spokesmen more than 1000 rockets have been fired by the Palestinian military last Wednesday and UN was suspecting a full scale war. Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes on Gaza, destroying three tower blocks and killing senior Hamas officials. At least 53 Palestinians and six Israelis have been killed since Monday. That includes 14 Palestinian children caught up in the conflict. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday that their strikes on Gaza were its largest since the conflict in 2014.

The fighting between Israel and Hamas was triggered by days of escalating clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at a holy hilltop compound in East Jerusalem. The site is revered by both Muslims, who call it the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), and Jews, for whom it is known as the Temple Mount. Hamas demanded Israel remove police from there and the nearby predominantly Arab district of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families face eviction by Jewish settlers. Hamas launched rockets when its ultimatum went unheeded. Palestinian anger had already been stoked by weeks of rising tension in East Jerusalem, inflamed by a series of confrontations with police since the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in mid-April.

On Friday a building in Gaza city had collapsed after being hit by an Israeli strike. The building was housing media organizations, including The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera, plus a number of offices and apartments. It was hit roughly an hour after Israeli forces ordered people to evacuate. The Israeli military said the building housed military assets belonging to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules Gaza. Reports say that more than 140 people were killed and many more are missing since the attacks started on last Monday.

Truth Behind the Social Media

The former moderator of Facebook had revealed of the hardships in her work. The Irish parliament heard how moderators viewed graphic content up to eight hours a day. Her job is to review posts on the platform – which can contain graphic violence, exploitation, extremism, abuse and suicide. The 26-year-old says she could not speak to her friends or family about the things she saw at work due to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which she had signed at the beginning of her contract.

Expanding Suez Canal

The authorities are in the middle of discussions to expand the Suez canal. Lats March one of the largest cargo ships in world had caused a blockage in the canal. This decision was taken after the incident. The blockage of the Suez Canal caused huge disruption to global trading networks.

Ethiopian Attacks

The Ethiopian military had announced that they have destroyed a group of about 320 rebels trying to enter the conflict-hit northern region of Tigray from neighbouring Sudan. “Some of them died of thirst on the road, some were captured, and those who refused to surrender were destroyed by the army,” Brig Gen Tesfaye Ayalew said in a briefing broadcast on state-owned TV.

Meteorite Show

BBC had reported that a meteorite that had fallen on the Gloucestershire town of Winchcombe in February is going on public display at London’s Natural History Museum. Scientists are busy studying the rock because it holds within it chemistry that existed at the formation of our Solar System 4.6 billion years ago.

Mars Mission

The China had landed its first rover on Mars. The rover is named as “Zhurong” and targeting a vast terrain in the planet’s northern hemisphere called Utopia Planitia. The robot officially landed shortly after 07:00 on Saturday, Beijing time (Friday 23:00 GMT), according to state media.

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