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US-Israel genocide

Israel’s genocidal campaign in Gaza continues with scores of Palestinians killed and hundreds more injured in 24 hours. In the latest attacks, Israeli forces targeted al-Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City in the center of the besieged strip, killing several civilians and leaving many others injured. The regime’s forces also launched strikes on the southern cities of Rafah and Khan Yunis. Israeli attacks have also been claiming the lives of captives held in Gaza. The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, says seven captives were killed as a result of recent Israeli attacks, including 3 who were shot dead. The death toll from the Israeli onslaught on Gaza since October 7 has now surpassed 30, 200. More than 71,300 have also been injured. According to Gaza’s health ministry, at least 13 children have starved to death in the besieged territory in recent days. The World Health Organization described this as a very “sad threshold”.

Israel aggression on Lebanon

Three people have been killed in an Israeli drone strike targeting a car in the city of Naqoura in southern Lebanon. The attack on the vehicle on a road used by the UN interim force is the latest in a spate of Israel’s aerial strikes on southern Lebanon. Meanwhile, the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah says it has struck an Israeli command center in the northern occupied territories using a Kamikaze drone. Hezbollah and Israel have been engaged in exchanges of fire since the regime launched its genocidal war on Gaza in early October. Lebanese resistance fighters have mainly targeted Israeli military positions but the Israeli regime has even targeted residential areas in Lebanon, causing the death of civilians.

Iran elections

Polls close in Iran’s key elections for parliament and the assembly of experts after voting hours were extended three times. The process of vote-counting has already started and initial results are expected in coming hours. In the elections, 290 parliamentary seats are up for grabs. Elected candidates will serve in parliament for four years. Voters also cast their ballots for 88-seat assembly of experts, which is a deliberative body elected for eight years. More than 61 million Iranians were eligible to vote in both elections.

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