Dismissing Israeli threats
Iran’s defense minister has played down the recent Israeli threats against his country, saying the Islamic Republic will give a crushing response to any unwise move. Brigadier General Mohammadreza Ashtiani says Israel’s recent accusations against Iran were out of desperation. Ashtiani has warned that Tel Aviv will pay dearly for any act of aggression. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid recently accused Iran of "marching" toward a nuclear weapon. Lapid also threatened that the regime will act if the world fails to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities. Iran has time and again said that its nuclear program is non-military and is solely for civilian purposes including power generation.
Palestinian prisoners plight
100 Palestinian prisoners go on a hunger strike to protest Israel’s punitive measures. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society says the inmates in Israel’s Ofer Prison, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, have launched the strike. The group said the measure comes in response to oppressive detention conditions that followed the jailbreak by six Palestinians from another Israeli high-security prison earlier this month. The Palestinian inmates escaped Israel’s Gilboa prison on September sixth, but were later captured by the regime's security forces. Since then, Israel has toughened restrictions on Palestinian prisoners and their families.
'A human tragedy'
US Democratic senator Bernie Sanders has criticized as unacceptable a drone strike in Afghanistan last month that killed civilians. Sanders made the comments in an interview with CBS. He called the attack a human tragedy. The Vermont senator said the Biden administration must give assurances that such incidents will never happen again. US officials admitted last week that ten civilians, including seven children, were among the fatalities of Washington’s strike in the Afghan capital. On August 29th, before its withdrawal, the US military carried out a drone strike to target an alleged Daesh-K terrorist bomber in Kabul. But now, Washington says investigations show the strike was a mistake and that the targeted vehicle had not been associated with the terrorists.