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Iran presidential election

The fifth and final day of the registration process for potential candidates for Iran’s upcoming presidential election is underway. Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Ebrahim Raeisi officially declared his bid for the presidency by turning up at the headquarters of the Interior Ministry today in the capital Tehran. Other notable figures registered today include Former Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, and chairman of Tehran’s City Council, Mohsen Hashemi. A series of other high-profile hopefuls have also filed their nomination papers over the past five days. Ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former ministers, Rostam Ghassemi and Hossein Dehghan were among those names. Now the candidates have to wait for final approval from the Constitutional Council. Iran’s presidential election is slated for June the 18th.

Gaza under fire

Israel keeps pounding the Gaza Strip with its warplanes, naval boats and tanks, causing more deaths and destruction in the besieged Palestinian territory. Earlier, Israeli jets targeted the al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, killing 10 Palestinians, all of them women and children. The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, condemned the attack, describing it as a full-blown war massacre. Also, Israeli jets once again pounded residential areas in Gaza City and Khan Younis. The regime’s naval forces as well as artillery units deployed near Gaza also shelled the coastal strip. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza says at least 139 people, including more than 60 women and children, have been killed since Monday. Over 950 others have been wounded in the attacks. In the meantime, Hamas has conducted more retaliatory rocket strikes against Israel.

Pro-Palestinian rallies

Fresh rallies have been held in several countries in condemnation of Israel’s deadly crackdown on Palestinian protesters in the West Bank and its aggression against the Gaza Strip. Protesters in New York City called on the US government to stop funding for Israel whom they described as an apartheid entity. They carried banners and placards with one reading “Zionism is terrorism”. In the Australian city of Sydney, thousands of people came out in solidarity with Palestinians. They also chanted slogans against Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Cities around the world including Washington D.C., London, and Istanbul have witnessed rallies over the past week as Israel ramped up its aggression.

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