Iran defense facility attack
Iran’s ambassador to the UN says a preliminary investigation shows Israel was responsible for Saturday’s terrorist attack on a military site in the central Iranian city of Isfahan. Saeed Iravani also pointed to the Israeli prime minister’s recent interview with US media, in which he admitted to taking action against certain weapons development sites in Iran. Iravani called Israel’s assault a brazen violation of International law and urged the UN Security Council to hold the regime accountable. The Iranian diplomat stressed that his country reserves the right to defend its national security and respond to any aggression or threats by Israel. Iravani also condemned as provocative and irresponsible a tweet by Ukraine’s presidential advisor on the drone attack, in which he accused Iran of providing weapons to Russia. This is while Tehran has repeatedly denied giving weapons to Moscow to be used in the Ukraine war.
Israel strike on Gaza
Israeli aircraft have carried out new strikes against the besieged Gaza Strip, amid rising tensions over the regime’s deadly crackdown in the occupied territories. Israeli missiles targeted several positions of the Palestinian resistance groups in the center and south of Gaza with missiles. The resistance groups responded by firing anti-aircraft missiles. They also fired rockets at Israeli settlements near Gaza, after which sirens went off in those settlements. Israel claims that the strike came in response to earlier rocket fire from Gaza. Tensions have been rising since Friday when Israeli forces raided the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, killing at least nine people. The situation has raised concerns about a broader crackdown by Israel’s new cabinet, which is seen as the most extremist in the regime’s history.
US police brutality
Americans are calling for an end to police brutality as they mourn the killing of Tyre Nichols, an African American man who was beaten to death by Memphis city police. People express their anger during the funeral of Nichols, which was also attended by the US vice president. Kamala Harris said the act of violence by police was not in line with public safety, adding that people have lost confidence in law enforcement agencies and do not feel safe. Nichols was arrested by the police in early January for a traffic violation. He was viciously beaten by five officers at the scene and succumbed to his injuries three days later. The five policemen, who are also African American, have since been fired by the Memphis police department and charged with second-degree murder.