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Rolling Coverage: Documenting the conflict in Gaza

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One week ago today, at 7 AM AEST the situation in Gaza was at breaking point, with the United Nations warning that the violence may turn into a “full scale war”.

Ahmed Abu Hameeda

At this time, militants in Gaza had fired over 1,000 rockets into Israel, with airlines either suspending or diverting planes over fears they would be shot down.

103 Palestinians and seven Israelis had been killed, as Israel’s military moved troops towards the border and prepared for “all eventualities”.

SITUATION ESCALATES

At 7:22 AM, news began to break that Israel had officially invaded Gaza, after a tweet was posted by the country’s defence force saying that its air and ground troops had been deployed, and were attacking the Gaza Strip.

At 8:30 AM, Ticker News launched into rolling coverage as we tried to make sense of the situation in the Middle East and provide our viewers with comprehensive updates.

We would later find out that Israel had, in fact, not invaded the Gaza Strip. Nevertheless, the country was still launching intensive attacks from the border. A breakdown in communication was to blame for the confusion.

EXPERT WEIGHS IN

At 10 AM AEST, we were joined by Andray Domise from McLean’s Magazine who was reporting on the unfolding crisis from Canada.

Demise was calling on US President Joe Biden to step in and take immediate action to prevent a war from errupting.

Demise said the events the world was witnessing in the Gaza region were reminiscent to those during the Intifada Rebellion.

The Intifada Rebellion was an uprising of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with the aim of challenging Israel’s control.

ONE WEEK LATER

This morning, at 9:00 AM AEST (2:00 AM local time), a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was officially enacted, bringing an end to the violence.

Footage flooded social media showing residents in Gaza taking to the streets and cheering with joy as a sense of calm was restored in the Middle East.

But despite the halting of rocket fire, tensions in and around the Gaza Strip remain at an all-time high.

So what’s next? Andray Demise joined us again and argued peace won’t be restored in the region until Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and his government leave politics.

AS THE DUST SETTLES

But as the dust settles and the ceasefire continues to do its job, it is important to reflect on the 11 days of violence which saw thousands of rockets fired, numerous citizens displaced and many people killed.

The impact of the conflict has been described as the worst in decades. It began on May 10, with tensions brought to a head when worshipers clashed at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.

At least 232 people have lost their lives in Gaza, 100 of whom were women and children. 12 Israelis also died.

Around 4,000 rockets were fired by Hamas militants into Israeli territory, many of which were stopped by Israel’s so-called “Iron Dome”.

Israel’s Security Council says the ceasefire agreement was proposed by Egypt is equal and will be “unconditional”.

World leaders continue to offer their support, including US President Joe Biden who says his administration will offer “quiet, relentless diplomacy”.

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Russian soldier pleads guilty to killing civilian in Ukraine war crimes trial

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Ukraine is holding its first war crimes trial since the war began on February 24

A 21-year-old Russian soldier is on trial pleading guilty to killing an unarmed civilian.

Vadim Shishimarin is now facing life in jail for killing the 62-year-old man only days after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The prisoner was escorted into the courtroom by heavily armed guards with the victim’s widow also present.

In court Shishimarin accepted his guilt before the judge.

The criminal was commanding a unit in a tank division when his group was attacked.

The 5 soldiers escaped by stealing a car and travelling to the nearby town of Chupakivka which is where they came across the civilian Oleksandr Shelipov.

Prosecutors allege that Shishimarin received orders to kill Shelipov shooting him in the head with a Kalashnikov assault rifle but the Kremlin has denied its involvement.

The trial was adjourned not long after the prisoner admitted his guilt with the hearing to resume on Thursday in a larger courtroom.

The BBC spoke with Shelipov’s widow she says she “feels very sorry” for the Russian soldier but assured that she could not forgive him for a crime like that.

Throughout the three months of war Ukraine has reported over 10,000 potential war crimes committed by Russia.

Ukraine’s chief prosecutor took to Twitter to say the trial is a “clear signal that every perpetrator, every person who ordered or assisted in the commission of crimes in Ukraine shall not avoid responsibility”.

Russia continues to reject that its troops ever targeted civilians.

The International Criminal Court is conducting their own investigation with 42 experts expected to arrive in the country in the coming weeks.

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Will Australia have a new leader?

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Saturday is the day residents of Australia will take to the polls to vote in their next government and prime minister

Opposition and Labor Leader Anthony Albanese is set to visit five states and 20 individual marginal seats over the next few days in a bid to secure the top job.

This follows a recent swing back towards the Morrison government, with experts saying the race has tightened.

Coalition campaigners believe the country’s current Prime Minister is gaining support in outer-eastern Sydney suburbs.

On Wednesday, Albanese arrived into western Sydney to the safe Labor seat of Fowler, as Labor candidate Kristina Keneally faces off against independent Dai Le.

PM Scott Morrison will also be campaigning in Sydney, defending the seats of Reid and Bennelong.

Morrison will visit 10 seats over the next two days, and will likely use soon-to-be released unemployment figures, expecting the jobless rate to fall below 4 per cent for the first time in decades.

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U.S. stocks plunge – markets have biggest daily drop in 2 years

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U.S. markets have had their biggest daily drop in almost two years, as investors evaluate the impacts of higher prices on earnings and the possibility of monetary policy tightening

The S&P 500 dropped by 4 per cent, while the Nasdaq fell the most amongst other major benchmarks.

Meanwhile, retailer Target down was down more than 20 points in its worst performance since 1987, and Apple and Amazon.com both slid.

The U.S. dollar rose against all Group-of-10 counterparts, except the yen and Swiss franc.

The S&P is slowly emerging from its longest slump since 2011, but rebounds are fragile amid tightening policy, the war in Ukraine and lockdowns in China.

It comes as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warns U.S. central bank will raise interest rates until there is “clear and convincing” evidence inflation is in retreat.

Looking to other parts of the world, and Europe saw new-vehicle sales shrink for a 10th month in a row.

Over in the United Kingdom, inflation rose to its highest level since Margaret Thatcher’s reign 40 years ago.

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