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West Bank killings 

It’s been a violent day in the occupied territories where Israelis have killed two Palestinians. The Israeli military carried out a pre-dawn raid on a refugee camp near the city of Nablus in the West Bank. That prompted local residents to protest, and led to clashes between the two sides. A 21-year-old Palestinian, identified as Bakir Hashash, was fatally shot in the head. Separately, an Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian man in a village near Ramallah and killed him. He was only 25. Hamas has reacted to killings. The spokesman for the movement says the blood of these martyrs would only intensify the Palestinian intifada against Israel. According to Hazem Qassem, Palestinian youth will not give up their resistance until their land is freed from occupiers.

Commemoration for martyrs

Cities across Iran have held funeral processions for 250 martyrs of the war with Iraq that took place decades ago. The processions were held in 24 provinces. The Iran-Iraq war took place over eight years during the 1980s. Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched a military invasion of Iran, with support from Western and regional states. Well above 200,000 Iranians are estimated to have either lost their lives or gone missing during the war. Over the years, the country has been carrying out search operations to recover the remains of those missing. The search mostly spans Iran’s southern and western regions, which border Iraq, as well as areas inside Iraq.

Khazakhstan tensions 

Fifth day of deadly unrest, triggered by soaring fuel prices, in Kazakhstan is ongoing. Local media say a total of 12 police officers have been killed and 350 others injured in clashes with protesters. Also, security officials say dozens of people have been killed in battles with police in Almaty overnight, as they tried to storm government buildings. The unrest has already triggered a national state of emergency, and the resignation of the Prime Minister. President Kassym Tokayev has appealed to a Russian-led alliance of ex-Soviet states for assistance. The alliance says it would send peacekeeping forces to help stabilize Kazakhstan.


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