IDF spokesperson on Saturday night said IDF fighter jets attacked Hamas terror targets in Gaza, in retaliation for terror activities carried out earlier on Saturday.
Four IDF soldiers were injured on Saturday when an explosive detonated as they patrolled near the Gaza border. The soldiers were transferred to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, and their families were notified.
“In a widescale operation, several terror targets were attacked, among them terror tunnels being built by the Hamas terror organization and running from the Zeitoun area towards Israeli territory, a military site near Netzarim which belongs to Hamas’ special forces, and Hamas-owned weapons production sites in Khan Yunis,” an IDF spokesperson said.
“A total of six terror sites belonging to Hamas were targeted.
“The IDF views harshly the Hamas terror organization’s attempt to carry out popular and spontaneous protests which appear to be aimed at turning the border area into an area of conflict and using it to carry out terror attacks, which will disrupt the stability in Gaza.
MPs have expressed sadness after learning that a man believed to have been sleeping rough had died a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament.
Police were called to Westminster tube station in London at about 7.15am Wednesday after reports of an “unresponsive” man in an area where homeless people gathered, close to a House of Commons side entrance.
The man was found in the underpass of exit three of the station, the Metropolitan police said. Officers attended the scene with London ambulance service, but the man was pronounced dead at 7.33am.
MPs used Twitter to draw attention to the man’s death and criticise policies they said had contributed to a sharp rise in the number of rough sleepers in the UK.
The number of children in England stuck in hostels and other temporary accommodation has risen to more than 120,000, according to government figures.
Flowers and a card signed by Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, were laid at the place where the man died. The card read: “This should never have happened. As a country we must stop walking by. Rest in peace.”
The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, and the Labour MPs Neil Coyle and Emma Lewell-Buck, responded on Twitter.
This month, Windsor council was accused of punishing people for being homeless after it announced that it would fine rough sleepers £100 as part of a new “homelessness support strategy”.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead decided to impose public space protection orders banning aggressive or proactive begging, requests for money, bedding and belongings left in a public area, and urination or defecation in town centres in the area, including Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot and Eton.
Scotland Yard said the death of the unnamed man in Westminster was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.
A Commons spokesman said: “We are saddened to hear of the death of an individual this morning at Westminster tube station and offer our condolences to their friends and family at this difficult time.”
Get these disgustingly greedy unfair heartless Tory swine out of office Now! Enough is enough, they are killing people (and smiling and laughing after).There has to be some deep un-godlike illness in their minds and spirits.
They are sick, and innocent people have been victimised quietly and are suffering and dying.
They should face charges, arrest and prosecution for what they have done.If it was my decision they would get 10 years hard labour or an immediate death sentence on being found guilty.We (the working class) have been made scapegoats for their wicked Jewish banking schemes.
His death comes after years of destructive government policies, leaving a desperate situation affecting every community
The death of a homeless man in an underpass at Westminstertube station, in London, appears to have brought the massive problem facing families and communities across the UK right to the doorstep of our democracy. Ministers have ignored the impact their policies have been having on the numbers rough sleeping for eight years. This most extreme form of homelessness was at its lowest in 2005 when just over 400 people were sleeping rough in the whole of Britain. In every year since Labour left office, the numbers have risen dramatically. In London alone, according to the London Assembly, there were more than 8,000 sleeping rough last year.
Rough sleeping, though, is the tip of the homelessness iceberg. The other seven-eighths are less visible, comprising people who are sofa-surfing, sleeping in stairwells or living in garages, B&Bs or hostels. More than 300,000 people are homeless, and there were an estimated 120,000 children in temporary accommodation over the Christmas period in 2017, according to Shelter. In my surgery sessions, I’ve seen a City cleaner carrying her belongings with her to and from work and sleeping on night buses. I also helped one 19-year-old woman who had been forced out of her family home after abuse but was denied initial assistance. By the time she came to me admitted that she was forcing herself to go to bars each night to find a man to spend the night with to avoid being on the streets.
The situation is desperate and affects every community, with large urban areas and key stations in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham now having very visible homeless populations. Brighton has one of the highest rough-sleeping populations and the immediate area around parliament is fast heading back to the bad old days of “cardboard city”, with more than 200 rough sleepers present each night.
With almost a quarter of the nation’s rough sleepers bedding down on its streets, London also has more shelters and other outreach services. My own local authority, Southwark, is spending £3m this year on preventing homelessness, while charities such as St Mungo’s provide overnight accommodation and, often, meals, too. London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has opened emergency shelters more quickly and had them stay open for longer.
Yet, despite these extra services in London, and this man being known to the Westminster outreach team, his death was not prevented. Ministers have not so much swept the problem under the carpet, as almost stepped over it on the way to work.
The government’s failure to tackle the housing crisis is only one contributory factor in the current surge in homelessness. The retraction of mental health services, devastation of council budgets, withdrawal of proven interventions around drug and alcohol addiction, the cosh applied to disability benefits and delays in universal credit payments have all played their parts. Meanwhile, those known to be most at risk of becoming homeless have been neglected by a government cutting corners. They include children leaving care services, people leaving prison and those leaving the armed forces.
As political will has dissipated, charities and the public have stepped in. When Sadiq Khan asked in December for donations to help open up shelters more quickly in cold weather, £100,000 was raised in a few weeks. Volunteers run shelters across the country. In south London, the Robes Project recruits an army of volunteers to help churches provide accommodation and food in winter to people who would otherwise be on the streets. The public remains strongly in favour of preventing homelessness. Whether ministers choose to continue walking by when someone dies on their doorstep will now come under scrutiny.
• Neil Coyle is the Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Portugal’s president has described the circumstances in which a homeless Portuguese man died near the UK parliament as “inhumane”.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa paid tribute to the unnamed man found dead in an underpass near Westminster tube station, a stone’s throw from an entrance to the Houses of Parliament.
In a statement on the official website of the president of the Portuguese republic, Rebelo de Sousa said he “laments the death in inhumane circumstances of our fellow countryman of 35 years, who was found without life in one of the metro entries in the British capital”.
The president “also manifests his solidarity with all people that live in precarious conditions, without a shelter or home, appealing to the effort of all for their inclusion in society”, the message said.
England is a very wicked and satanic led ruthless, heartless nation
It emerged on Thursday that the man, who was found dead by outreach workers early the previous day, was a former model who enjoyed singing and yoga. He is one of four rough sleepers to have died in London in the first six weeks of 2018.
Coroners in Westminster are compiling a report into the man’s death and more details are expected to be released next week.
The Conservative manifesto for the general election last year promised to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eradicate it by 2027. Homelessness has increased by 169% since 2010 and Office for National Statistics figures showed 4,751 people slept outside overnight in 2017, up 15% on the previous year.
Pam Orchard, the chief executive of the homelessness charity The Connection, which supported the Portuguese man, said: “Even if the government halves the figure by 2023, that will only take us back to levels seen in 2011.
“Four people have already died in the first six weeks of this year, and that is four too many.”
Heather Wheeler, the homelessness minister, tweeted: “Stories like this push me on to find solutions and work to eradicate rough sleeping for good.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said it was providing more than £1bn in funding to “break the homelessness cycle once and for all” by 2027.
“In addition, a new cross-government taskforce supported by a panel of experts will drive forward a new strategy that will make life on the streets a thing of the past,” he said.
Following the man’s death, which caused dismay and anger in Westminster, the shadow housing minister, John Healey, accused Conservative ministers of ignoring the huge rise in rough sleeping, saying it “shames us all as a nation”.
Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) that arrived in Manila from Kuwait are at the Manila International Airport on February 13, 2018.
Outspoken Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has once again courted controversy for an off-the-cuff remark in which he advised Filipinos not to use condoms, as they aren’t “pleasurable.”
“Avoid condoms because condoms aren’t pleasurable,”Duterte said at an event with overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait on Tuesday. The Philippines leader advised instead that women use “free” contraceptive pills, a point which he illustrated using a wrapped piece of candy. “Here, try eating it without unwrapping it,”he said. “Eat it. That’s what a condom is like.”
Duterte is well-known for his outlandish remarks, which have included rape jokes and politically incorrect humor about religion. As with his previous bizarre asides, the president came under intense criticism at home and abroad for advocating reckless behavior with regard to sexual health.
Not only has the Philippines long-struggled with the issue of unwanted pregnancy, owing to fierce opposition to contraceptives in the predominantly Catholic country, but it is also grappling with the fastest-growing HIV epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region, with cases more than doubling from 4,300 in 2010 to 10,500 in 2016, according to Rappler.
“President Duterte should stop making thoughtless, reckless, and irresponsible statements at the expense of public health,” said Senator Risa Hontiveros in a statement published Thursday. “President Duterte seems to be overly concerned with pleasure. There is nothing pleasurable or funny about the rise in our cases of HIV and teen pregnancy.”
“Instead of criticizing condoms as a pleasure inhibitor, Duterte should take meaningful action to protect the health of Filipinos by backing urgently needed policy changes to expand the accessibility and use of condoms in the Philippines,”said Carlos Conde, researcher for the Asia Division of HRW.
Two out of three new HIV infections occur among 15- to 24-year-old ‘males who have sex with males,’ or ‘MSMs.’ Condom use among MSMs has increased, from 36 percent in 2011 to 50 percent in 2015, but the rate of infection still remains high.
“Now let me clarify: We’re not talking about those that are openly gay… What we’re saying is any male who has sex with another male for whatever reason, is at risk for getting HIV based on our data,” Genesis Samonte, chief of the DOH’s Public Health Surveillance department said as cited by Rappler.
“The Philippines has become the country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific, and has become one of 8 countries that account for more than 85% of new HIV infections in the region,” Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said at a press conference last year.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has censured the “illegal” military presence of the United States on the ground in Syria, saying Washington plans to keep its forces in the Arab country “forever.”
Lavrov told multilingual news media service Euronews on Friday that US special forces had been operating on the ground in Syria in the past few years without the Syrian government’s consent and a United Nations (UN)’s mandate.
“They have been there consistently for two or three years — almost for the whole period that the Washington-led coalition has worked in Syria, and all this time, the US special forces and other units are in Syria on the ground, illegally, without any invitation from Damascus, or without any mandate of the UN Security Council,” he said.
The US has been leading a number of countries in an aerial bombardment campaign against purported Daesh positions in Syria and Iraq since 2014. But the US has also stationed a number of special forces on the ground in Syrian territory.
Lavrov warned that “the international presence of the US doesn’t decrease, but rather grows.”
“It is clear that the US probably has such a strategy to settle in Syria forever, with its armed forces, just as they want to do in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite all promises made,” he said.
He warned that the US was attempting to create a “quasi-local authority” with the help of Syrian Kurds.
“And so when they settle forever in Syria, which they are already doing now, and despite all promises, they isolate a huge piece of the Syrian territory, in infringement of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic, and create there some kind of quasi-local authority, and in every possible way try to create there an autonomous unit with the support of the Kurds,” he said.
The US announced last month that it would work with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — a US-backed group of Kurd and Arab militants — to set up a new 30,000-strong “border security” force along the Turkish border with Iraq and within Syria along the Euphrates River.
The announcement infuriated Turkey, which soon launched a military incursion in Syria’s Afrin region in a declared bid to eliminate the Kurdish militants on its borders.
Lavrov said that the Americans have been consistently arming the Kurdish troops while ignoring Ankara’s “repeated warnings” against such a policy.
“From the very beginning of its actions in Syria, Americans bet on the Kurds and ignored Turkey’s discontent,” he said.
Russia and Turkey, along with Iran, have been brokering a peace process between Syrian warring parties in the Kazakh capital of Astana. Russia and Iran are Syrian government allies, and Turkey is an ally of the anti-Damascus militants.
Russia has also been conducting an aerial bombardment campaign of its own in Syria on a request from the Syrian government since September 2015.
Recently, a US airstrike in Syria was said to have killed a number of Russian nationals. Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said “five people, presumably Russian citizens” were killed, adding that the incident and the nationalities of the victims were still being investigated.
I thought it was supposed to be good for your health?
Risky masturbation kills 80 to 100 Germans a year, claims a Brandenburg physician who is shining a light on the unpredictable and often clandestine killer.
Dr. Harald Voss estimates that one to two people per one million inhabitants are killed by risky masturbation techniques annually, all of them in search of an elevated experience that the vast majority already deem quite satisfactory.
Asphyxiation is cited as the most common form of masturbation death, says Voss, along with electric shock, however it’s difficult to get a truly accurate reading of just how many people have lost their lives this way… for a number of reasons.
Relatives who find their loved ones in compromising positions as a result of their untimely death can sometimes remove evidence out of shame or embarrassment for the victim, the 59-year-old forensic physician explains.
“The number of unreported cases is extremely high, which is a very rare case in forensic medicine,” Voss told Bild, claiming to have personally seen only five cases throughout his more than 30 year career as a forensic physician.
Additionally, if police find the cause of death to be clearly accidental, where the victim is naked, pornographic material is present, no farewell letter is left behind, there’s a nearby mirror as well as other tell-tale signs, the body does not go to forensics.
The risks associated with ‘breath play’ are underestimated, warns Voss, as slipping into unconsciousness happens faster than people think: “If, for example, both carotid arteries are squeezed, it takes a maximum of 30 seconds.”
Risky masturbation appears to be favored by people of all ages, but most victims are men, says Voss, because women tend to “be more cautious” when it comes to autoerotic practices.
While it’s hard for some to comprehend, Voss says the feeling of powerlessness and enhanced sense of danger are some of the reasons people risk embarrassment, injury and at times death for the euphoria which has been equated to a drug-induced high.