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Kabul airport flights

A Pakistani passenger plane has touched down at Kabul airport, becoming the first foreign commercial flight to arrive in the country since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. A journalist aboard the flight from Islamabad has been quoted as saying that there was more staff than passengers on the aircraft. A spokesman for the Pakistani airlines said the flight will carry people holding valid travel documents from Kabul. The airport was severely damaged during a chaotic evacuation of more than 120,000 people that ended with the withdrawal of US forces on August 30. The Taliban have been trying to get it operating again with technical assistance from Qatar and some other nations. Qatar Airways operated several charter flights out of Kabul last week, while an Afghan airline resumed domestic services on September the third.

Israel Gaza attacks

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says fresh Israeli airstrikes on Gaza are an attempt by the Israeli regime to divert attention from the successful escape of inmates from its high-security jail. A Hamas spokesman said the response to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and anger across the West Bank show people’s support for those languishing in Israeli prisons. The spokesman underlined that the regime has been unable to impose its will on the Palestinian nation. Earlier today, Israeli warplanes once again pounded areas across the besieged Palestinian strip. Israel claims the airstrikes are in response to rockets fired from Gaza. New tensions flared up after six Palestinian inmates escaped the regime's Gilboa prison last week.

N Korea 'strategic' missile

North Korea has test-launched a new type of long-range cruise missile, calling it "a strategic weapon of great significance." The country’s media reported that the missile tests were carried out successfully on Saturday and Sunday. The missiles flew 1,500 kilometers before hitting their targets and falling into the country's territorial waters. Pyongyang said the development of the missiles is an effective deterrence against hostile forces. The US military reacted to the tests, saying they posed threats to North Korea’s neighbors and beyond. Japan has also expressed concern over the tests, saying it will continue to work closely with the US and South Korea to monitor the situation. Talks aimed at dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs in return for US sanctions relief collapsed in 2019.


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