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Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by AFP)

Kabul airport chaos

The UK defense ministry has confirmed the death of seven people amid chaos near the international airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul. In a statement, the ministry said the deaths happened as thousands of Afghans gathered to flee after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The ministry did not elaborate on when the incident happened, but added conditions on the ground remain 'extremely challenging'. Local media or the Taliban have not commented on the latest deaths. Thousands of people, including women and children, have thronged the entry gates to the Kabul airport to find a chance to leave the country. Several have died due to heat and stampede over the past days.

Israel Gaza violence

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has reacted to the latest Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, saying Tel Aviv is making calculation mistakes. The movement said Israel has clearly ignored the message from Palestinians and resistance groups by pounding Gaza, hours after injuring dozens of protesters there. By attacking Gaza, Hamas added, the Israeli regime seeks to reduce the intensity of its despair and failure in the face of the resistance front. Hamas underlined that Palestinians and resistance groups will counter the enemy with determination. Israeli warplanes pounded at least three targets in the besieged Strip. Tel Aviv claimed the airstrikes were in response to a protest marking the 52nd anniversary of the burning of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Iran new government

Iran’s parliament is debating the proposed cabinet lineup of President Ebrahim Raeisi for a second day. Lawmakers are reviewing the qualifications of Raeisi’s picks for ministerial posts. Supporters and opponents of the nominees are given the stage to speak for or against them. This comes ahead of a vote of confidence that is expected to take place on Wednesday. The Iranian president will have up to three months to name a replacement in case any of the proposed ministers fails to win the vote. Raeisi defended his choices on Saturday before parliament. In his address to the legislative chamber, he said the lineup is meant to bring about justice and progress.

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