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Palestinian prison break

A Palestinian official warns Israel of major unrest if any of the six prisoners who escaped this week is killed during the regime’s manhunt. The governor of the West Bank city of Jenin said if the lives of the inmates are harmed, the situation will be very bad. He added that Ramallah will not cooperate with Israel to locate and capture the prisoners. Meanwhile, Israel has canceled family visits for all Palestinian inmates this month as a collective punishment following the prison break. The prisoners fled one of Israel’s highest security jails on Monday through a hole reportedly dug with a spoon.

France-Britain migrant row

Paris has warned London against "financial blackmail" as Britain steps up efforts to prevent migrants from crossing the English Channel from France. The French interior minister said his country will not accept the practice which he described as a violation of international maritime law. Gerald Darmanin stressed that Britain’s commitments to the issue of illegal migrants must be respected. This came after Britain announced plans to begin turning back migrants’ boats before crossing into UK waters. Back in July, Britain had pledged financial assistance to help France stem the flow of illegal immigrants. However, London has reportedly said that it may withhold the money. 

US injustice cover-up

A former US official says the White House tried to downplay and delay reports of injuries American troops suffered in Iran’s last year missile strike. The revelation was made by Alyssa Farah, an advisor to former President Donald Trump. She said Washington wanted to make the Iranian attack look unsuccessful while US troops had suffered "very significant injuries". In January last year, Iran fired a number of ballistic missiles at Ain al-Asad airbase hosting American soldiers. The strike was conducted in retaliation for the US assassination of top Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani. The White House initially claimed there had been no casualties among its forces. However, it later conceded that over 100 soldiers had suffered traumatic brain injuries. 

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