US military aid to Ukraine
The United States announces an additional 820 million dollars worth of military aid to Ukraine to help the country in its fight against Russia. The Pentagon says the aid package includes surface to air missile systems and counter-artillery radars to tackle Russia’s long-range attacks. These are in addition to artillery and other ammunition. Washington has so far pledged a total of nearly seven billion dollars in military assistance to Kiev since the beginning of the war. Russia began its military campaign in Ukraine in February. Moscow has repeatedly warned the West against providing Ukraine with weapons, saying the arms deliveries amount to a proxy war by the US and its allies against Russia.
Southern Iran quake
A strong earthquake hits Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan, leaving three people dead. The deaths have been reported in a village in Bandar Khamir, which is the epicenter of the magnitude 6.3 quake. Local authorities say nearly 20 others are also wounded and several houses are destroyed. At least 11 aftershocks have shaken the area so far. Rescue operations are underway in the affected zones.
In Sudan people have taken to the streets of Khartoum for another day of protests against the country’s military coup. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds. On Thursday, nine people were shot dead by security forces during massive demonstrations. The recent deaths bring the total number of protesters killed to over 110 since the start of the coup eight months ago. Demonstrators are demanding the return to civilian rule. Months-long unrest in Sudan led to the ouster of then President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. A subsequent power-sharing deal struck between the military and civilians was scrapped in a coup in October 2021.