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Conflict between Israel and Hamas militants continues, world leaders plead for calm

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Violence in Gaza has officially reached its second week

This grim milestone follows Israel launching another round of airstrikes on Gaza on Monday.

This comes as the Israeli military bombed much of the underground Hamas’ tunnel system.

Israel says it has attacked more areas in Gaza over the past week than it did in all of 2020.

It’s also being reported that Gaza has fired around 3,150 rockets into Israel since the conflict began.

Despite the high number of rockets fired, most have either fallen short or been intercepted by Israel’s so-called “Iron Dome” aerial defence system.

READ: Why Biden wants Israel-Gaza war to end, now | TICKER VIEWS

The toll on both sides of the Israel-Gaza war is horrendous, and the rockets and air strikes continue unabated. 

Bruce Wolpe, Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre and Ticker News US political contributor

What’s it like on the ground as civilian?

“There is a tremendous amount of heartbreak here on the ground for the senseless loss of life in Gaza at the hands of Hamas”

Journalist @talexander_i24 is live on the ground in Tel Aviv and details the scenes.

International concern continues to build

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Israel should avoid civilian casualties. He also added that he is aware that “Hamas is again using civilian infrastructure and populations as cover for its operations”.

In the US, the nation’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken says both sides have an extra duty of care. He said, “a democracy has an extra burden” to protect innocent lives.

The United Nations is also expressing concern about the growing level of infrastructure damage in the Gaza region. The area was already struggling and impoverished.

The outbreak of violence began after months of rising tensions between the two parties.

These tensions escalated at a Holy site that is worshipped by both Muslims and Jewish individuals.

Hamas warned Jewish citizens to vacate the site before firing rockets in retaliation.

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Four dead in Russian military plane crash

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Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney

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Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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