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FaviconAfter Israel hits terror group, UN Security Council meets as some members rebuke the Jewish state 9 Aug 2022, 3:14 am

A group of largely anti-Israel countries on Monday pushed the United Nations Security Council to yet again turn Israel into its punching bag for merely defending itself against the Iranian regime-backed terrorist movement Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ.) 

In his remarks ahead of the session, Israel’s U.N. ambassador Gilad Erdan singled out Norway and Ireland, who frequently bash the Jewish state, for their role in securing an emergency meeting. 

"How would Norway react to Islamists plotting to fire missiles at civilians in Oslo? How would Ireland react if Jihadi rocketeers were raining down on Dublin in an effort to wipe out the ‘infidel?" he asked.

Israel waged a three-day conflict with the U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization PIJ. Erdan said, "The Palestinian (Islamic) Jihad deliberately fired eleven-hundred rockets at Israelis civilians, with roughly two-hundred landing inside the Gaza Strip, killing innocent Palestinians and among them young children." 

The Islamic Republic of Iran — the world’s worst international-sponsor of terrorism — has played a key role in stoking violence against Israel, Middle East experts say. Erdan noted, "The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a radical terror organization, armed, funded and trained by Iran." 

PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD’S ROCKET BARRAGES ON ISRAEL TRACE BACK TO 'IRAN'S REGIONAL TENTACLES,' EXPERTS SAY

China holds this month's presidency of the Security Council and threw its support behind the emergency meeting. 

The council session comes during a period of monumental crises, in which the U.N. seems largely paralyzed. A possible nuclear catastrophe is unfolding in Ukraine after shelling attacks struck a Russian-controlled nuclear facility. 

Observers say the U.N. Security Council has largely been impotent in its efforts to stop an over six-month grinding war of attrition between Russia and Ukraine that has resulted in tens of thousands of dead, many more injured and millions displaced, largely women and children. Russia has faced allegations of war crimes in Ukraine. 

In a reference to the U.S. recent neutralizing the commander of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in late July, Erdan noted the double standards at play.

US TAKES OUT AL QAEDA LEADER AYMAN AL-ZAWAHRI IN 'SUCCESSFUL' AFGHANISTAN COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATION

"That’s precisely why, when al-Zawahiri was eliminated, this institution, as well as most of the world, gave its full support. This was one step closer to eradicating radical terror from the world. Yet when Israel neutralizes such terrorists in order to prevent an imminent attack against our civilians, U.N. officials shamelessly issues deep concern. This is a blatant double standard and will not be accepted," he said.

As the Security Council met Tor Wennesland, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, noted, the "preliminary numbers, which have yet to be confirmed, indicate that from 5 August, the Israel Defense Forces launched 147 airstrikes against targets in Gaza. Palestinian militants launched approximately 1,110 rockets and mortars into Israel, many of which landed deep inside Israeli territory." 

He added, "During the escalation, 46 Palestinians were killed and 360 injured, and hundreds of residential housing units were damaged or destroyed, along with other civilian infrastructure. Seventy Israeli were injured, with damage to residential and other civilian structures." 

Israel’s government documented that misfired PIJ rockets killed Palestinian children and destroyed Gaza infrastructure. 

During his remarks to the council, the Palestinian ambassador to the U.N., Riyad Mansour, did not criticize the terror group that Israel had targeted and termed the Israeli operation "unprovoked and unjustified aggression."

Mansour attributed the Israeli preemptive military operation to stop PIJ missiles from entering Israel to the "upcoming Israeli election." According to conspiracy theories circulating within far-left and radical Islamic circles, Israel eliminated the leadership of PIJ as an election stunt to advance the electoral chances of Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Israel's November election. 

UN BODY ISSUES ‘ANTISEMITIC REPORT’ AGAINST ISRAEL, CRITICS CHARGE

The three European countries who, in addition to the U.A.E and China, called for the meeting seemed to turn a blind eye toward naming the PIJ as a terrorist organization. 

France’s diplomat talked about stopping the "spiral of violence" but omitted any explicit criticism of the PIJ as a terrorist movement.

Norway’s representative blamed Israel for the "occupation" and "settlement building" in its remarks. The Norwegian official did not cite the PIJ. Ireland’s diplomat called Israel the "occupying power." It is unclear what the Irish diplomat meant by claiming Israel’s occupies the Gaza Strip. 

Israel has not had a presence in Gaza since 2005 when it withdrew from the Palestinian enclave. There are no Israeli soldiers or citizens in Gaza; however, Hamas is holding two Israeli's hostage and won't release the bodies of two other Israeli soldiers. Ireland’s representative mirrored Norway and France by not naming the PIJ as a terrorist movement and the nature of its ideology. 

In sharp contrast to the anti-Israel rebukes of the three Europeans, the U.S. Ambassador to the World Body Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said, "Let us be clear: Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a designated terrorist organization in the United States and in many other nations. And it is also an Iranian proxy, which has conducted attacks against innocent civilians for years."

She appealed to the fractured body "to come together and unconditionally repudiate the terrorism of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad." Thomas-Greenfield stressed that "we fully support Israel’s right to defend its people against terrorist threats, including rocket fire aimed at civilians."

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FaviconFeds move to seize Russian billionaire's $90 million private airplane 9 Aug 2022, 12:35 am

Federal prosecutors obtained a warrant to seize a $90 million airplane owned by Russian billionaire and politician Andrei Skoch, who has been the subject of sanctions since 2018. 

Skoch, whose net worth is pegged at $6.2 billion by Forbes, is the beneficial owner of the Airbus A319-100 through multiple shell companies tied to his romantic partner, according to the warrant. 

The Treasury Department originally sanctioned him in April 2018 due to his "longstanding ties to Russian organized criminal groups, including time spent leading one such enterprise." 

After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the Treasury Department slapped him with additional sanctions for "support[ing] the Kremlin’s efforts to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity."

UNITED STATES INCLUDES PUTIN'S RUMORED GIRLFRIEND IN LATEST ROUND OF SANCTIONS

Skoch has a significant stake in USM Holdings Limited, a Russian company with assets across the metals, mining, and telecoms industries, according to the warrant. 

"Today’s action demonstrates that the U.S. government will be relentless in our efforts to bring to justice those that are enabling Putin’s heinous war against Ukraine," Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod said in a statement on Monday. 

Skoch also owns a 324-foot, $156 million yacht that has been flagged as blocked property by the Treasury Department. 

The investigation was spearheaded by Task Force KleptoCapture, the Department of Justice's interagency operation that is enforcing sweeping sanctions against the Russian economy and officials close to the Kremlin in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine. 

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"The sanctions levied by the U.S government and the work of this task force demonstrate to these offensively wealthy oligarchs who support Russia’s military aggression that they are not untouchable, and we are dramatically impacting their way of life," FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll said in a statement. 

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FaviconPower restored to Gaza's sole power plant after cease-fire established 9 Aug 2022, 12:24 am

With a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants holding after nearly three days of violence, Gaza’s sole power plant resumed operations Monday and Israel began reopening crossings into the territory.

Israel also lifted security restrictions on southern Israeli communities after the Egyptian-mediated truce took effect late Sunday.

War-weary people in Gaza and Israel were left to pick up the pieces after another round of violence — the worst since an 11-day war between Israel and the territory's militant Hamas rulers last year.

Since Friday, Israeli aircraft had pummeled targets in Gaza, while the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group fired hundreds of rockets at Israel.

ISRAEL AND GAZA MILITANTS REACH CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT

Over three days of fighting, 44 Palestinians were killed, including 15 children and four women, and 311 were wounded, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. Twelve of those killed were Islamic Jihad militants, one was from a smaller armed group, and two were Hamas-affiliated policemen who were not taking part in the fighting, according to the armed factions.

Israel estimated a total of 47 Palestinians were killed, including 14 killed by misfired Islamic Jihad rockets. It said that 20 fighters and seven civilians died in Israeli airstrikes and that it is still investigating six deaths.

No Israelis were killed or seriously wounded in the fighting.

The violence had threatened to spiral into another all-out war but was contained because Hamas stayed on the sidelines, possibly because it fears Israeli reprisals and an unraveling of economic understandings with Israel, including the issuing of Israeli work permits that provide a vital source of income for thousands of Gaza residents.

Israel and Hamas have fought four wars since the group overran the territory in 2007. The clashes have exacted a staggering toll on the impoverished territory’s 2.3 million Palestinian residents.

The latest violence may have bolstered the political fortunes of Israel’s caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid, who lacked experience leading military operations. He unleashed the offensive less than three months before a general election in which he is campaigning to keep the job.

"All our goals were achieved," Lapid said Monday. "The entire senior military command of Islamic Jihad in Gaza was successfully targeted within three days."

Israel began to reopen crossings into Gaza for humanitarian needs and said it would fully open them if calm continued. Fuel trucks were seen entering the main cargo crossing and heading for the power plant, which shut down Saturday after Israel closed the crossings.

That added to the misery at the height of the summer heat in the territory, which is under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and suffers from a chronic power crisis that leaves residents with only a few hours of electricity a day.

ISRAEL KILLS SECOND SENIOR ISLAMIC JIHAD COMMANDER IN THE GAZA STRIP AMID WAR WORRIES

Life for hundreds of thousands of Israelis was disrupted during the violence, even as the country's sophisticated Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted many of the rockets.

Israel launched its operation with a strike Friday on an Islamic Jihad commander, saying there were "concrete threats" of an anti-tank missile attack against Israelis in response to the arrest last week of a senior Islamic Jihad member in the occupied West Bank. That arrest came after months of Israeli raids in the West Bank following a spate of Palestinian attacks.

Israel killed another Islamic Jihad leader in a strike on Saturday.

Both sides boasted of their successes. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Sunday, Islamic Jihad leader Ziad al-Nakhalah said the militant group remained strong, despite losing two commanders. "This is a victory for Islamic Jihad," he said.

Despite that claim, the group undoubtedly sustained a blow. Beyond losing the two leaders, it reduced its arsenal by firing hundreds of rockets.

Israel said some of the deaths in Gaza were caused by errant militant rocket fire, including in the Jebaliya refugee camp, where seven Palestinians were killed Saturday. The army said the deaths of five Palestinians in Jebaliya were still under investigation, apparently referring to five children killed in an explosion in a cemetery on Sunday.

The cease-fire deal contained a promise that Egypt would work for the release of two senior Islamic Jihad detainees held by Israel. The weekend fighting is also bound to complicate Islamic Jihad’s relations with Hamas.

In the occupied West Bank on Monday, Israeli troops demolished the homes of two Palestinians suspected of carrying out a deadly attack against Israelis in the city of Elad in May. The soldiers faced a violent protest during the operation, the military said.

The U.N. Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting Monday on the latest round of fighting.

"We underscore our commitment to do all we can towards ending the ongoing escalation, ensuring the safety and security of the civilian population, and following up on the Palestinian prisoners file," the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Tor Wennesland, said in a statement.

The Israeli army said militants in Gaza fired about 1,100 rockets toward Israel, with about 200 landing inside the Palestinian enclave. The army said its air defenses intercepted 380, including two fired toward Jerusalem. The military did not specify what happened to the remainder, but they most likely fell in open areas or broke up in flight.

Islamic Jihad has fewer fighters and supporters than Hamas, and little is known about its arsenal. Both groups call for Israel's destruction, but have different priorities, with Hamas constrained by the demands of governing.

ISRAEL, MILITANTS TRADE FIRE AS GAZA DEATH TOLL CLIMBS TO 24

Over the past year, Israel and Hamas have reached tacit understandings based on trading calm for work permits and a slight easing of the border blockade, imposed by Israel and Egypt when Hamas overran the territory 15 years ago. Israel has issued 12,000 work permits to Gaza laborers and has held out the prospect of 2,000 more.

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FaviconWestern tech continues to flow into Russia despite sanctions: Report 9 Aug 2022, 12:06 am

Russia has continued to receive computer parts from American tech companies despite Western sanctions, helping fuel their military's equipment in the country's war with Ukraine.

"It’s quite simple… Without those U.S. chips, Russian missiles and most Russian weapons would not work,"a senior Ukrainian official told Reuters, which reviewed several cases of U.S. tech in Russian weapons used in Ukraine.

In one example, the Ukrainian military found several computer chips inside an unexploded Russian 9M727 cruise missile, according to the report. Many of those chips and signal processors were stamped with the names of U.S. chip-makers such as Texas Instruments, Intel-owned Altera, Xilinx, and Maxim Integrated Products.

The chips were found in the weapons despite the U.S. and other allies banning high-tech exports to Russia in a bid to weaken its military industry, with tech companies soon announcing that they had halted their shipments to Russia. But shipments to Russia haven't stopped, the report said, pointing to "thousands of shipments" to Russia. While the problem was mostly contained to unauthorized suppliers, the report found instances of shipments from the manufactures themselves.

US INTEL SAYS RUSSIA IS FABRICATING EVIDENCE IN UKRAINE PRISON STRIKE THAT KILLED 53 UKRAINIAN POWS

Reuters alerted AMD, Analog Devices, Infineon, Intel and Texas Instruments that some of those shipments came after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. AMD, Analog Devices and Infineon responded that they have launched internal investigations. Infineon and Texas Instruments told Reuters that their shipments were already bound for Russia before the invasion, while Intel acknowledged internal company deliveries that were shipped before it cut off its Russian operations in April.

In a statement to Reuters, Infineon said it was "deeply concerned should our products be used for purposes for which they were not designed," while Intel said it "does not support or tolerate our products being used to violate human rights."

Russia heavily relies on Western electronics for its more advanced weapons systems, and Ukrainian authorities saying Russian troops have fired more than 3,650 missiles and guided rockets on Ukrainian targets since the start of the war.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Commerce told Reuters that the U.S. remains confident that the export restrictions imposed against Russia will work, arguing that Russia's capability to launch such weapons will diminish when current stockpiles are diminished.

"The powerful export controls put in place by the U.S. and 37 allies and partners are severely impacting Russia’s access to items and technologies it needs to sustain its military aggression, including semiconductors," the spokesperson said. "As time goes on and their stockpiles continue to diminish, our controls will bite even harder."

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FaviconMacau reverts back to daily COVID testing after a positive test in neighboring Chinese city 8 Aug 2022, 11:04 pm

Authorities in Macau instructed residents to conduct at least two days of COVID-19 tests after a person who traveled from the Chinese special administrative region to neighboring city Zhuhai was found to have been infected with the virus.

The move comes days after Macau started to unwind stringent anti-COVID rules, including the resumption of travel to Zhuhai without quarantine from Aug. 3.

The Macau government said in a statement on Sunday that all of the city's 700,000 residents should take rapid antigen tests on Sunday and Monday and upload the results to a government website.

CHINESE AUTHORITIES APOLOGIZE FOR COVID-19 BREAK-INS

Thousands of residents living near Macau's border to Zhuhai and the Taipa district, which sits alongside the city's Las Vegas-style Cotai strip, must do official nucleic acid tests, the government said.

Authorities have also sealed up the infected person's apartment building and the supermarket where the person worked.

Macau reopened public services and entertainment facilities and allowed the resumption of in-restaurant dining on Aug. 2.

The former Portuguese colony has reported around 1,800 infections since mid-June when it was hit with its worst coronavirus outbreak that forced the closure of casinos and locked down most of the city.

TUCKER CARLSON: NO GROUP BENEFITED MORE FROM COVID THAN COMMUNIST CHINA

More than 90% of Macau's residents are fully vaccinated against COVID but authorities have closely followed China's zero-COVID mandate which seeks to curb all outbreaks at almost any cost, contrary to much of the rest of the world which is already adjusting to living with the virus.

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FaviconPutin and Erdogan reaffirm solidarity as Turkish drones attack US allied forces in Syria 8 Aug 2022, 9:32 pm

The Turkish government has stepped up its lethal drone attacks against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria ahead of a threatened full-scale invasion.

On Sunday, a Turkish drone attack was reported to have killed 4 people in a town on the Syria-Turkey border.

The latest attack drew criticism from the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), a U.S. allied force that helped defeat ISIS. The force is predominantly made up of Kurds. According to local reports, the SDF blamed both Russia and the U.S. for allowing the attacks and stated that the Turks would not have been able to launch them without U.S. and Russian permission.

"From July 20, we have had nine people killed from the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), 13 civilians, and four from internal security forces. All targeted with Turkish drones," Sinam Mohamad, who is the representative of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) to the U.S. 

ERDOGAN’S THREATS OF INVADING SYRIA COULD LEAD TO ISLAMIC STATE RESURGENCE

Mohamad told Fox News Digital that: "Turkey is threatening to invade militarily. They are using drone attacks. Now it has increased." 

Last week in a joint statement after a four-hour meeting between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, the two strongmen "reaffirmed their determination to act in coordination and solidarity in the fight against all terrorists organizations" in Syria.

The opaque joint statement did not reference Russian flexibility about permitting a high-intensity Turkish military invasion into Syria.

Dmitri Peskov, Vladimir Putin's spokesman, said, according to the Interfax news agency, "Military-technical cooperation between the two countries is permanently on the agenda, and the very fact that our interaction is developing in this sensitive sphere shows that, on the whole, the entire range of our interrelations is at a very high level." 

Russia’s military presence, including its air power in Syria, have complicated Erdogan’s burning desire to invade Syria and create a buffer zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. 

BIDEN, ERDOGAN TO SQUARE OFF IN NATO SUMMIT

Erdogan claims the Kurdish forces in northern Syria who aided the U.S in ousting ISIS are affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Turkey. Turkey has classified the PKK a terrorist entity. The U.S. sharply disagrees with Turkey about the SDF and values its Syrian Kurdish allies. 

The official Twitter account for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) mourned the loss of Salwa Yusku, a deputy commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who was killed by a Turkish drone on July 22.

U.S. Central Command tweeted" Salwa was a critical SDF leader who led forces in combat vs ISIS since the height of the fight to defeat the vile ideology in NE Syria in 2017. CENTCOM extends our condolences to the Families of these 3 SDF fighters, the people in Northeast Syria & our SDF partners." 

American officials and veteran observers of the SDF have noted that Salwa played a key role in saving American lives during the war against ISIS. 

Mohamad flatly denied any links to the PKK. "Accusing these people of being PKK or terrorists is not true. They were defending the Syrian people from the terrorist group the Islamic State." 

TURKEY APPLIES FOR OFFICIAL NAME CHANGE TO 'STRENGTHEN' COUNTRY'S BRAND, CULTURE

A representative for Turkey’s embassy in Washington, D.C., told Fox News Digital "It is important to note that the PKK/YPG attacks emanating from north of Syria against Turkey and civilian targets have surpassed 1,800 over the last two years. This group leverages its presence in locations near the Turkish border to launch drone attacks on Turkish territory. It also excavates tunnels under the Turkish border to launch attacks."

The YPG is abbreviation for the People’s Defense Units, a Syrian Kurdish militia.

Mohamad said the political parties of Syrian Democratic Council wants the U.S. to impose a no-fly zone over northern Syria to stop Erdogan’s intensive drone attacks and warplanes. The U.S. rejected the idea. 

Mohamad noted that one proposal that appears to be gaining steam is an amendment to a congressional bill that would ban Turkey from using American F-16 fighter planes against U.S. partners in counter-terrorism. 

The proposed legislation could be applied to stymie Erdogan’s efforts to use American military air power to launch attacks against the SDF. 

Mohamad, who is from the northern Syria city of Afrin, said Erdogan "used airpower" to bring about "ethnic cleansing" in Afrin in 2018. Turkey captured the city four years ago, ousting the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG. 

Mohamad said military groups backed by Turkey raped Kurdish women and confiscated the property of Kurds. Turkey’s demographic objective according to Mohamad," is to replace the Kurdish population with other people who are not from the region." 

SYRIAN KURDS FEAR 'ETHNIC CLEANSING' AFTER US TROOP PULLOUT ANNOUNCEMENT

She said "There was a mass demography change in Afrin and the majority of Kurds (300,000) were displaced, as well as Arabs." 

In 2018, Redur Xelil, the head of foreign relations for the SDF, told Reuters "The Turkish government is settling Turkmen and Arab families in the villages of Afrin that it occupied after forcing out its people and is distributing the belongings of the people of Afrin to the new settlers."

In 2020 Michelle Bachelet, the U.N's human rights chief urged Turkey to launch what she said should be "an impartial, transparent, and independent investigation into the incidents," which the UN had verified" and said that it should "hold accountable those responsible for what may, in some instances, amount to crimes under international law, including war crimes."

The Turkish embassy representative told Fox News Digital, "The PKK/YPG’s operation manual relies on terrorism and black propaganda" against Turkey. He said, "In that regard, the allegations of ‘ethnic cleansing of Kurds’ is utterly false." He said Turkey fights against "the terrorist organizations PKK/YPG, not against the Kurds." 

The Turkish representative concluded that "Continuous ignorance of our calls and ensuing appeasement of PKK/YPG terror elements in Syria have resulted in the resurgence of DAESH [Islamic State]."

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FaviconThailand, China to resume air force exercises after pandemic pause 8 Aug 2022, 9:07 pm

An annual joint fighter jets exercise between Thailand and China will resume later this month after being put on hold for two years during the pandemic, the Thai air force said, with a former U.S. air base chosen to host the event.

The "Falcon Strike" exercise has taken place four times since 2015 and will run for 11 days from Aug 14 at a base in northeastern Udon Thani that was home to U.S. forces during the Vietnam War.

The drills, the dates for which were decided in June, take place in a month when China is holding major exercises in the sea and airspace around Taiwan, in a show of military power following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-ruled island, which Beijing regards as its own.

CHINA ANNOUNCES MILITARY EXERCISES AROUND TAIWAN WILL BE EXTENDED

Thailand is the oldest U.S. ally in Asia but ties were complicated by a 2014 military coup. Thailand has sought to strengthen its relations with China and has made several defence procurements.

CHINA LAUNCHES MILITARY EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA AS BIDEN VISITS ASIA

The Thai air force, one of the most equipped in the region, has historically used U.S. hardware and is seeking to procure F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp to replace some of its aging F-16 models. 

WHITE HOUSE SUMMONS CHINESE AMBASSADOR AMID MILITARY EXERCISES, DIPLOMATIC RETALIATION FOR PELOSI TAIWAN VISIT

According to an air force source, who asked not to be named because he was unauthorized to speak to media, Thailand will not deploy its F-16s for the exercises with China but will use its Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighters as well as German-made Alpha Jet light attack aircraft.

It was not clear what type of fighter jets China would use, the source said.

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FaviconSharks bite boy, 8, during Bahamas vacation, report says: 'Like a scene from Jaws' 8 Aug 2022, 8:42 pm

Nurse sharks attacked an 8-year-old British boy who was on vacation with his family in the Bahamas in what the boy’s father described as like a scene out of the movie "Jaws," according to a report.

Finley Downer was bitten on both legs by at least three nurse sharks after going into a lagoon where he saw the sharks swimming among a crowd of people, his father, Michael, told the Sun. However, the children reportedly didn’t realize the sharks were being fed scraps of food when they went in the water.

"There was so much blood," Michael told the outlet. "Bits of his leg were hanging off."

As Finley screamed for help, his 12-year-old sister managed to pull him out of the lagoon by his arms, the report said. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment and underwent a three-hour operation.

1,400-POUND GREAT WHITE SHARK SPOTTED NEAR MYRTLE BEACH

"My son could have been killed," Michael said. "It was like a scene out of Jaws."

However, tour operator Exuma Escapes told the outlet that the family went without a guide into a lagoon that was not used on its tour.

Finley and his family returned to their home in Kettering, a town in England. The boy has had to use a wheelchair and is expected to have permanent scarring on his legs, the report said.

Nurse sharks are bottom dwellers that are slow moving and won’t typically harm humans, according to National Geographic. However, the sharks have been known to bite humans with their strong jaws filled with thousands of serrated teeth in acts of defense.

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FaviconUN trying to gain access to Ukrainian nuclear plant after 'suicidal' shelling 8 Aug 2022, 7:39 pm

United Nations inspectors are trying to gain access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex in Ukraine, where Russia and Ukrainian authorities have traded blame for artillery strikes the UN warns could lead to "nuclear disaster."

"Any attack (on) a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing," U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said at a news conference Monday, according to Reuters.

Guterres' comments come as Ukraine has warned of a Chernobyl-style catastrophe at the plant and called for it to be declared a demilitarized zone, with international watchdogs fearing an accident after two days of fighting at the plant that is occupied by Russian forces.

US INTEL SAYS RUSSIA IS FABRICATING EVIDENCE IN UKRAINE PRISON STRIKE THAT KILLED 53 UKRAINIAN POWS

Ukraine has been launching a counter-offensive in the southern region of the country where the plant is located after Russian forces concentrated their forces on gains made in the area, resulting in the fighting around the plant. Rockets landed near a high-voltage power line in Friday's fighting and on Saturday struck near a dry storage facility. Shelling also damaged radiation-monitoring sensors near the facility.

"This time a nuclear catastrophe was miraculously avoided, but miracles cannot last forever," Ukraine’s state nuclear power firm Energoatom said, according to the Washington Post.

Russian and Ukraine have traded blame for the strikes, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calling for a "stronger response from the international community."

The situation at the plant has experts fearing the worst. Arms Control Association Executive Director Daryl Kimball warned that buildings around a nuclear facility are not designed to withstand military strikes.

"This is particularly dangerous because these buildings are not built with the same kind of reinforced concrete that the reactor containment building is," Kimball told the Washington Post. "These places were not designed as fortresses against external missile or artillery strikes."

Kimball warned that a sustained loss of power at the plant could also turn deadly, noting that these power plants have "a certain number of days for which they have backup diesel power generation."

"This is the first time in the history of the nuclear age that a major nuclear power facility for a sustained period of time is in the middle of an active war zone," Kimball said.

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FaviconFrench woman attacked by polar bear in Norway, escapes with only minor injuries 8 Aug 2022, 6:25 pm

A polar bear attacked a campsite Monday in Norway’s remote Arctic Svalbard Islands, injuring a French tourist, authorities said, adding that the wounds weren't life-threatening. The bear was later killed.

The woman, who was not identified, was part of a tour group of 25 people camping at Sveasletta, in the central part of the Svalbard archipelago, which sits more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of the Norwegian mainland. The campsite was located across a fjord from Longyearbyen, the main settlement in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago.

Authorities responded to the news of the attack, which came shortly before 8:30 a.m., by flying there in a helicopter, chief superintendent Stein Olav Bredli.

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"The French woman suffered injuries to an arm. Shots were fired at the polar bear, which was scared away from the area," he said. Further details on her injuries weren't disclosed. She was flown by helicopter to the hospital in Longyearbyen.

The main newspaper on the Arctic archipelago, Svalbardposten, said the victim was a woman in her 40s, and quoted local hospital official Solveig Jacobsen as saying that the woman was slightly injured.

Bredil later told Svalbardposten that the animal has been "badly injured" and following "a professional assessment" it was put to sleep. It was unclear how it was killed.

Svalbard is dotted with warnings about polar bears. Visitors who choose to sleep outdoors receive stern warnings from authorities that people must carry firearms. At least five people have been killed by polar bears since the 1970s. The last time it happened was in 2020, when a 38-year-old Dutchman was killed.

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An estimated 20,000-25,000 polar bears live in the Arctic.

In 2015, a polar bear dragged a Czech tourist out of his tent as he and others were camping north of Longyearbyen, clawing his back before being driven away by gunshots. The bear was later found and killed by authorities.

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