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Israel center in Erbil hit 

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps says it has conducted missile strikes on a strategic Israeli center in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The IRGC says its precision-strike missiles hit the center in response to the crimes of the Zionists. The IRGC has warned Israel of a strong and destructive response if it repeats its acts of aggression. Footage emerged on Sunday of explosions in the Iraqi city of Erbil. Media reports suggested the target had been secret centers operated by the Israeli spy agency Mossad. It was also reported that the strike had destroyed a building and killed several Mossad officers. Earlier this week, two Iranian military advisors were killed in Israeli airstrikes near the Syrian capital Damascus. Following that attack, the IRGC said Israel would definitely pay the price for its criminal act.

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Day 18 

Day 18 of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. Several major cities are witnessing heavy fighting. Russian forces have advanced closer to Kiev from several directions. In the nearby town of Irpin, a US journalist was killed and another wounded. To the west, a Russian missile attack hit a large military facility near the border with Poland, killing 35 people. Another nine people lost their lives in airstrikes on the southern city of Mykolayiv. Eastward in Mariupol, officials say nearly 2,200 residents have been killed since the start of the conflict. They also say the port city, under Russian siege, is running out of food and water. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia is blocking a humanitarian convoy heading to Mariupol. 

China COVID lockdown 

Millions of people across China are facing lockdowns amid a surge in coronavirus infections. The sharp rise in cases has prompted authorities to close schools in Shanghai and put all 17 million residents in the southeastern city of Shenzhen under a citywide lockdown. Almost 18 provinces are battling clusters of the Omicron and Delta variants. The latest flare-up has been driven by the highly transmissible Omicron strain and a spike in asymptomatic cases. China, where the virus was first detected in late 2019, has maintained a strict zero-Covid policy enforced by swift lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing, when clusters have emerged.

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