Israel attacks on Palestinians
Tensions across the occupied territories are getting worse by the hour, with Israeli forces stepping up their atrocities against worshippers at the al-Aqsa Mosque. At least 20 Palestinians have been wounded by rubber bullets inside the mosque compound that is besieged by Israeli forces. The victims sustained injuries in the head and the neck. Regime troops have been intensifying their assaults on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including the worshipers who congregate at the al-Aqsa Mosque during the fasting month of Ramadan. Meanwhile, Palestinians have been launching operations to counter the Israeli violence. Over the past month, nearly two-dozen Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, in a spate of retaliatory attacks and confrontations with Israeli forces.
Russia seizing Mariupol
It is Day 57 of the war in Ukraine. Russia's Defense Ministry says its forces now control the entire strategic port city of Mariupol, except a steel plant that is under siege. President Vladimir Putin has also hailed, in his own words, the successful liberation of Mariupol. Azovstal, the last Ukrainian stronghold in the city, is a factory where hundreds of troops and civilians have been holed up for the past few days. The Kremlin had given them a deadline of Wednesday to lay down their arms. Moscow says Ukrainian militants and foreign mercenaries are hiding there. And in the east, Ukraine says it has repelled nine Russian attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. While Moscow says it has carried out dozens of strikes against military facilities in the region.
US police racism
The violent arrest of a young black boy for apparently stealing a packet of chips has once again sparked outrage across the US, bringing to the fore the issue of police brutality. The incident happened in Syracuse, New York. The viral clip has been watched millions of times on social media, with many users accusing the white officer of racism. The man filming the incident accuses the police of treating the boy like a "cold-blooded criminal." Local media reported that the boy, who was later released without charge, was just eight years old. The New York state governor described the video as "heart-wrenching." The New York police said it would investigate the incident, adding it is also reviewing body camera footage of the incident. In February, a video of police in New Jersey violently tackling a Black teenager during a mall fight with a young white man sparked outrage. It prompted the state's governor to condemn what appeared to be "racially disparate treatment."