Killing of Palestinian toddler
The recent killing of a Palestinian toddler by Israeli forces in a village in the occupied West Bank has drawn widespread condemnation. The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process called to hold to account the perpetrators of the crime. Tor Wennesland said civilians, particularly children, continue to bear the brunt of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation also slammed Israel for killing two-year-old Mohammed Al-Tamimi and demanded an independent international probe. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry described Mohammed’s killing as a heinous crime and a crime against humanity. The ministry also rejected Israel’s informal probe, saying it lacks merit and is aimed at misleading the world. On Monday, Mohammed Al-Tamimi succumbed to a gunshot wound to his head he sustained during an Israeli raid on Nabi Saleh village.
Ukraine dam attack
More people are being evacuated from Ukraine’s Kherson region following the destruction of a major dam on the Dnipro River in a blast that flooded the surrounding areas. Ukrainian authorities say more than 40,000 people are in danger of being flooded. Of them, 17,000 have been evacuated. The rest are on the Russian-held side of the river and need to be evacuated as well. The disaster happened on Tuesday. The UN Security Council met later in the day to discuss the incident. Ukraine has blamed Russia for what it called the largest manmade disaster in Europe in decades.
US gun violence
In yet another mass shooting in the United States, two people have been killed and five wounded. Among the victims, one person has suffered life-threatening injuries. The shooting took place when a gunman opened fire near a theater attended by school graduates and their families in Richmond, Virginia. A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting. The motive and identity of the shooter is still not clear. Deadly mass shootings are a regular occurrence in the States. According to Gun Violence Archive, virtually 280 mass shootings have taken place nationwide so far this year.