US drone strike in Afghanistan
The Taliban have slammed the US for a drone strike against a suspected Daesh terrorist in Kabul, saying the attack resulted in civilian casualties. Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed seven deaths from the airstrike. He called Washington’s action unlawful, adding that the US must have informed the Taliban before launching such an attack. US officials had earlier announced they were investigating the possibility of civilian casualties in Sunday’s strike. Meanwhile, multiple rockets were fired at Kabul’s international airport earlier today, but they were intercepted by a missile defense system. The developments come as the US is racing against time to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan. In a briefing, President Joe Biden said the operations are continuing uninterrupted at the Kabul airport.
Anti-siege protest in Gaza
Israeli forces have violently clashed with Palestinians protesting near the so-called buffer zone in the Gaza Strip against the years of the Israeli siege of the territory. Nearly 20 Palestinians were injured after the regime’s forces attacked protesters who were venting their anger by burning tires and chanting anti-Israeli slogans. Some protesters also threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces. Demonstrators said they would continue their protests until the regime lifts its crippling blockade on the people of Gaza.
Australia COVID outbreak
The Australian state of New South Wales has witnessed another day of record coronavirus cases, registering nearly 1,300 infections in the past 24 hours. This is the third straight day the state’s cases surpass 1,200. It also reported four more fatalities on Monday. The spike in cases continues despite more than two months of lockdown that was imposed after a delta-driven outbreak in June. State authorities warned that intensive care units will hit a peak in October. However, they say the health system is ready to cope with the situation. Coronavirus cases also keep rising in the state of Victoria, where 73 new infections were reported in the past day. Victoria authorities say they will extend the lockdown by at least one more week.