Two barrages of rockets were fired at the Eshkol Regional Council Saturday night, bringing the number of rockets launched into Israel from Gaza to over 50 since Saturday morning, police said.
A rocket caused some damage to homes and struck a main water pipe in a kibbutz in the Shaa’r Hanegev Regional Council, but no injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, Palestinian sources on Saturday night reported that an IAF aircraft fired a missile at a terrorist cell in Gaza City, killing one of the terrorists and wounding four.
According to reports, the targeted cell was part of the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees.
Haim Yalin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, which has been pounded by rockets and mortars from Gaza continuously, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday evening that the situation was the same as it was during the 2009 Operation Cast Lead.
“This has been going on for 3 days now. It’s the same number of rockets as Cast Lead. The feeling is that we are back to that situation all over again. This is an emergency situation,” Yalin said.
“We are in an emergency situation, even though the state has not declared an emergency. We are running around all day to calm down the residents. Everyone here is part of the effort to deal with this,” Yalin said.
The central Negev region was hit with 28 rockets in total. Police bomb squad officers found 13 rockets. Homes were damaged in the attacks. The Lachish region was hit with 22 rockets. Police found 4 of them. No damages or injuries were reported in those attacks.
The Iron Dome system was able to intercept one of the rockets, bringing the total number of intercepted rockets since Thursday to eight.
Acting Southern police head Lt.-Cmdr. Kobi Cohen held a special evaluation meeting on Saturday due to the escalating security situation. The meeting concluded with a decision to raise the police’s level of alert to three – the level right before the highest. Back up forces, including bomb squad officers and Border Police, have been sent to the south from other police districts. Police will also maintain checkpoints and an increased presence into Sunday.
3 people remain hospitalized at Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center after suffering from shock due to rocket attacks.
Overnight Friday, 15 Grads were fired from Gaza into Israeli territory. The Iron Dome rocket-defense system intercepted five of them in the Beersheba and Ashkelon areas, Israel Radio reported.
Five Israelis were reportedly injured when scrambling to enter bomb shelters as rockets were being fired into their areas.
Three Hamas commanders were killed in an IAF airstrike early morning Saturday on a car in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Palestinian news agencies reported a fourth Hamas man was killed in an IDF strike late Saturday morning. The IDF said it was looking into the reports.
Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that other IDF strikes took place overnight in Gaza City, a Hamas training base in the northern Strip and a neighborhood in Khan Younis.
Artillery strikes were reported in the Rafah area along the Strip’s southern border with Egypt.
The UN has said widespread shelling by the Sri Lankan government killed most of the tens of thousands of civilians who died in the final months of the 25-year-long war, in 2009.
The report also accuses Tamil Tigers separatists of using civilians as human shields.
The UN is calling for an independent investigation into what it says could constitute war crimes.
Sri Lanka had asked the UN not to publish its findings.
It said the report could damage reconciliation efforts.
The government has consistently denied allegations that it targeted civilians, and has rejected the report's findings as biased and fraudulent.
In a statement, the secretary general's spokesperson said: "The decision to release the report was made as a matter of transparency and in the broader public interest."
He said a copy of the report had been made available "in its entirety" to the government of Sri Lanka on 12 April, adding that the Sri Lankan government had failed to respond to a repeated offer to publish its response to the panel's finding alongside the report.
The panel recommends that the Sri Lankan government should respond to the serious allegations "by initiating an effective accountability process beginning with genuine investigations".
The BBC's Barbara Plett, in New York, says that a divided Security Council was initially reluctant to address Sri Lanka's war and much less call for an inquiry.
However, the secretary general appointed the panel after mounting evidence of serious human rights abuses and massive civilian casualties in the five-month offensive which ended the war.
At least one person has been killed in protests over rising fuel prices. The cost of petrol more than doubled on Sunday night after the government cancelled fuel subsidies.
But hundreds of angry demonstrators responded to the government move in the commercial capital, Lagos, on Tuesday. Protesters shut down petrol stations, formed human barriers along motorways and hijacked buses as police used riot-control tactics to control them
Tienduizenden burgers hebben vandaag in Frankfurt, de zetel van de Europese Centrale Bank, gemanifesteerd tegen het ons opgelegde monetaire systeem waarin ons geld wordt uitgegeven door de private bankensector tegen rente waardoor terminale schulden het logische gevolg zijn.
Zo’n twintigduizend mensen zijn vandaag in Frankfurt de straat opgegaan voor een Occupy-betoging. Dat heeft de Duitse politie gezegd, die eerder op de dag nog van tienduizend betogers sprak. De organisatie zei tussen de tien- en veertigduizend deelnemers te verwachten.
De beweging, die zichzelf Blockupy noemt, heeft een oproep gedaan om dit weekend de toegang tot de Europese Centrale Bank in Frankfurt te blokkeren. Het gebouw van de ECB ligt in het centrum van het zakendistrict van Frankfurt, dat het grootste financiële centrum van Europa is. Ongeveer vijfduizend agenten moeten ervoor zorgen dat de protesten niet uit de hand lopen.
Ook gisteren werd er al een protest gehouden. De activisten wierpen barricades op, hielden sit-in protesten en haalden verkeersborden naar beneden. De politie hield zo’n vierhonderd betogers korte tijd vast.
" NRC-Handelblad -> C&A-Handelsblad. De verliesgevende NRC is inmiddels door VanThillo verkocht aan de investeringscoproratie Egeria, eigendom van de schatrijke Nederlands-Duitse familie Brenninkmeijer."
Die dus gewoon openlijk lid zijn van de Bilderberg-groep.
De Duitse politie heeft vrijdag in Frankfurt ongeveer vierhonderd Occupy-betogers korte tijd vastgehouden. De betogers werden opgepakt bij een overwegend vreedzaam verlopen betoging van de Occupy-beweging.
Volgens de politie in Frankfurt waren er ongeveer duizend mensen op de been. Voor de demonstraties was geen toestemming verleend. De activisten wierpen barricades op, hielden sit-in protesten en haalden verkeersborden naar beneden.
Occupy is van plan om dit weekeinde te protesteren en heeft mensen opgeroepen de toegang tot de Europese Centrale Bank in Frankfurt te versperren. Het gebouw van de ECB ligt in het centrum van het zakendistrict en is het grootste financiële centrum van Europa. Ongeveer vijfduizend agenten moeten ervoor zorgen dat de protesten niet uit de hand lopen.
Uit voorzorg heeft de politie woensdag een tentenkamp dat voor de ECB stond ontmanteld. Zondagavond mogen de betogers van de Duitse autoriteiten weer terugkeren.
As the economic and financial systems of the world rapidly approach the real possibility of total collapse, signs of what we can expect on a mass scale in the near future are beginning to appear throughout Europe.
In Spain, a country that just a few years ago was heralded as a shining example of real estate entrepreneurship, international tourism and a rising middle class, the situation is so bad that many are unable to meet the most basic necessities for life.
Social safety nets across the continent are visibly under stress and breaking down, so much so that unemployed Spaniards have begun raiding supermarkets in order to put food on the table. As recently as last month the people of Cadiz and Sevilla, which have a reported unemployment rate of 32%, joined together to loot local grocery stores of three tons of food – some of which was distributed to local food banks:
MADRID - Tienduizenden demonstranten zijn in Madrid bijeen als protest tegen bezuinigingen door de regering.
De betogers kwamen met ruim 1000 bussen naar de Spaanse hoofdstad. De actie is georganiseerd door twee grote vakbonden en 150 kleinere organisaties.
De betogers droegen shirts afhankelijk van hun beroep, zoals onderwijzers in groen en zorg in het wit.
''Ze hebben salarissen verlaagd, belastingen verhoogd. We zijn 20 à 30 jaar teruggezet'', zei de 44-jarige roodgeklede brandweerman Roberto Saldana, die de hele nacht had gereisd vanuit de zuidelijke stad Huelva.
Premier Mariano Rajoy bezuinigt 102 miljard euro tot 2014, om te voldoen aan EU-normen.
82 people arrested in Spain as mass protests sweep across Europe
Eighty two people have been arrested and 38 injured, including 18 police officers, as Spanish police react swiftly to reports of property damage and disorderly behavior while mass protests that began in Spain continue to roll out across the EU.
A wave of anti-austerity anger is sweeping across Europe. Spain and Portugal are undergoing general strikes, whereas Greece and Italy are seeing many walkouts.
In Spain – the fourth-biggest eurozone economy, yet with one in four workers unemployed – activists and unions will also be staging an evening rally outside the parliament in the capital, Madrid.
The atmosphere remains tense in the capital following violent confrontations which resulted in dozens of arrests and injuries. Among those detained were a man and a woman from Madrid who were allegedly carrying material to build a bomb, including gasoline, nails, screws and a firecracker, El Mondo reports.
There were more sporadic clashes between riot police and protesters as thousands continue to gather on the central square of Puerta del Sol. Baton-yielding riot police police were seen chasing hostile protesters down a central thoroughfare near city hall, where many of the shops have been shuttered in anticipation of potential riots. Police also fired rubber bullets into the air to disperse demonstrators from key locations in the heart of the city.
After a tense face-off between protesters and a police cordon near the iconic Plaza de Cibeles Square, demonstrators have finally backed down for the time being.
Most of the anger has been concentrated on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose cuts in health, education and welfare benefits continue. Rajoy, who won a landslide election victory a year ago, is wrestling with the second-largest budget deficit in the euro region while trying to revive the economy from a five-year slump that pushed the jobless rate to 26 per cent. He is trying to avoid following Portugal, Greece and Ireland into seeking a sovereign bailout. Outrage is also growing over Spaniards losing their homes for failing to keep up with mortgage payments.
In Portugal, roughly 40 towns and cities are being called upon to protest. Strikes are being held to protest measures including wage and pension cuts. State-owned airline TAP SGPS SA has canceled flights. Lisbon’s Metro service was shut and state-owned train operator CP-Comboios de Portugal said most trains will not run.
Italian unions, too, are urging a four-hour work stoppage.
Greece has called a three-hour walkout and a rally in Athens, as recent decisions by the government to further cuts spending in a bid to secure another tranche of bailout money have not gone down well. Greece has been at the crux of the eurozone crisis, with the country continuously tinkering with a possible default. This past week the government has been trying to further cut spending in order to secure another bailout.
It’s the first time the European Trade Union Confederation has appealed for a day of action that includes simultaneous strike action in four countries and further protests in other countries.
Other countries have also staged walkouts.
The synchronized and simultaneous strikes and protests have already grounded flights, forced schools to close and have shut down transport.
Transportation and shipping will be disrupted throughout the day due to staggered, four-hour walkouts. A nationwide strike will see Italy's railway employees cease work, while maritime workers are also expected to delay departure times of ships and ferries by four hours. The biggest protest will be held in Rome and is expected to involve around 3,000 protestors.