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Israel Under Attack; Over 200 Rockets Fired From Gaza Into Civilian Areas In 24 Hours

The Israeli military said more 360 launches from Gaza into Israeli territory had been detected.



TEL AVIV (Israel): Nearly 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Tuesday hours after an Israeli airstrike targeted and killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza in the most serious escalation of violence in months.

The Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Tuesday that Abu el-Atta was the mastermind of many recent attacks against Israel and was a “ticking bomb.”

The Islamic Jihad said Abu el-Atta, 42, was undergoing “a heroic act” when he was assassinated.

In a statement, the militant group said: “These terrorist crimes are aggression and a declaration of war against the Palestinian people, and the enemy bears full responsibility for them.”

Israel’s Defense Force tweeted on November 12 announcing that they had successfully targeted and eliminated Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, Baha Abu Al Ata. According to IDF, Al Ata had a direct hand in the hundreds of terror attacks carried out against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

In retaliation, the militants in Gaza strip rained rockets on Israel, targeting cities, busy highways, civilian homes and factories. The rocket fire forced almost a million Israelis to seek refuge in bomb shelters. All schools and workplaces in southern and central of Israel were shut.

Forty-seven Israelis were wounded, including two hurt by rocket shrapnel, according to the country’s emergency medical services. Gaza’s health ministry said seven Palestinians were killed, with another 30 wounded.

The Israeli military said its “Iron Dome” aerial defence system had intercepted “dozens” of the approximately 190 rockets, and it released footage of a rocket hitting an Israeli highway, narrowly missing two cars. Schools and businesses were closed across southern Israel.

The Israeli military said it struck rocket-launch sites in Gaza soon after the fusillade began, continuing strikes against purported Islamic Jihad military sites that have killed 26 people since Tuesday and injured more than 69, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Israel said at least 20 of those killed were militants:

Islamic Jihad is the second-largest militant group in Gaza and is supported by Iran. It and Hamas, which runs Gaza, vow to destroy Israel and are considered terrorist groups by the United States.

A spokesman for Hamas warned that Israel’s actions could provoke more violence.

The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted saying that Israel is not interested in escalation, but will do everything necessary to defend itself. He said that the retaliation requires patience and composure and the IDF must be allowed to do its work.

The Prime Minister held a security assessment meeting at the Defense Ministry, which saw in attendance IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt-Gen Aviv Kochavi, Israel’s Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, ISA Director Nadav Argaman and National Security Council Chairman Meir Ben-Shabbat and other senior security officials.

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Japanese Doctor Tetsu Nakamura, Working In Afghanistan Since 80s, Killed



JALALABAD (Afghanistan): A Japanese doctor whose long career was dedicated to helping some of Afghanistan’s poorest people was among six people killed Wednesday in an attack in the east of the country, officials said.

The armed assault in Jalalabad city, the capital of Nangarhar province, was the second deadly incident involving aid workers in recent days and prompted an appalled reaction in Afghanistan and internationally.

Tetsu Nakamura, 73, was the head of Peace Japan Medical Services — known as Peshawar Kai in Japanese — and had been working in the region since the 1980s, when he began treating patients with leprosy in Peshawar in neighbouring Pakistan.

A spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called Nakamura “one of the closest friends of Afghanistan”.

He “dedicated his life to helping and cooperating with our people”, spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar’s governor, said Nakamura, who had been shot in the chest, was in the process of being transferred to a hospital in Bagram near Kabul when he died.

Five Afghans were also killed: three of Nakamura’s security guards, a driver and another colleague, Khogyani said.

Tetsu Nakamura, 73, who headed Peace Japan Medical Services, died from wounds sustained when gunmen attacked his vehicle in Jalalabad.

Photos from the scene showed a white pickup truck with a large cabin. Its side windows appeared to have been shot out, and at least three bullet holes could be seen in the windscreen.

The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack, saying they have “good relations” with organisations that “contributed to the reconstruction of Afghanistan”.
Nangarhar was once a hotbed of activity for the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate.

Nakamura was famous in Japan for his aid work, which dates back decades.

Peshawar-kai was founded by associates of Nakamura, who had lived and worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 1984.

In 2003 Nakamura, a native of the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka, won the Philippines’ Ramon Magsaysay Award for peace and international understanding — often called Asia’s Nobel Prize.

In a statement condemning Wednesday’s incident, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan expressed “revulsion” at Nakamura’s killing.

It was “a senseless act of violence against a man who dedicated much of his life to helping” Afghanistan’s most vulnerable, UNAMA said.

Fond of sporting Pashtun dress, Nakamura was an outspoken opponent of the 2001 US-led war that ousted the Taliban regime, whom he defended as able administrators.

“I am not fooled by the justification that violence is necessary for the sake of democracy and modernisation,” he wrote in an old posting on his website.

“True happiness for mankind should be realised not through violence or money, but in a humane way.”

Nakamura also described a variety of his organisation’s projects to help Afghans, including the construction of wells and irrigation canals, as well as health services.

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At Least 18 Indians Among 23 People Killed In Sudan

A 24-hour emergency hotline 249-921917471 has been set up at embassy of India in Khartoum. 



KHARTOUM (Sudan): At least 18 Indians were among the 23 people killed in an LPG tanker blast at a ceramic factory in Sudan. In a release, the Indian mission in Khartoum said, 16 Indians were missing after the incident that occurred at Seela Ceramic Factory in Bahri area in Khartoum.

It added that some of the missing may be in the list of the dead as identification is not possible because of the bodies being burnt.

The embassy today issued a detailed list of Indians who were hospitalised, went missing or survived the tragedy.

As per its data, seven people have been hospitalised, with four in critical condition. Thirty-four Indians who survived have been accommodated at the Saloomi Ceramics Factory residence.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that the embassy representative has rushed to the site.

A 24-hour emergency hotline 249-921917471 has been set up at embassy of India in Khartoum.

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PM Modi Holds Delegation-Level Talks With Swedish Royal Couple

Apart from the official programme in Delhi, the royal couple is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand.



NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation-level talks with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden in New Delhi this afternoon.

The leaders affirmed the common desire for building greater convergences on bilateral, regional and global matters of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister and the King also chaired the India-Sweden High-Level Policy Dialogue on Innovation Policy.

They emphasised the role of collaborative tech-innovation leadership of the two countries in meeting future challenges.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived on a state visit to India this morning at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind.

They were given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is His Majesty’s third visit to India. The King will meet the President this evening.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on the King and the Queen after their arrival and held discussions on ways to deepen bilateral ties.

Apart from the official programme in Delhi, the royal couple is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand.

On the other hand, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a wide-ranging conversation with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde in New Delhi this evening.

In a series of tweets, Dr Jaishankar said they discussed expanding bilateral cooperation in the fields of environment, manufacturing, health and smart cities. He added that there was a strong identity of views on multilateralism.

Both the ministers agreed on a new consultation mechanism. They also discussed challenges posed by terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism and emphasised that right to life is the most basic human right.

They agreed to work together in international fora to address the key challenge of terrorism.

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