Nick Carter and Lauren are also parents to son Odin, 5, and daughter Saoirse, 18 months
Nick Carter and Lauren are also parents to son Odin, 5, and daughter Saoirse, 18 months
The all-British showdown will see the pair contest all four world heavyweight titles
A deal has been signed for the eagerly awaited showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia.
The paceman is ‘suffering from pain in his right elbow when bowling’, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli medics say two people are dead and more than 150 injured after a bleacher collapsed at an uncompleted West Bank synagogue. The bleacher was packed with ultra-Orthodox worshippers and collapsed during prayers at the beginning of a major Jewish holiday. A spokesman for Magen David Adom told Channel 13 that paramedics had treated over 157 people for injuries and pronounced two dead, a man in his 50s and a 12-year-old boy. Rescue workers are on the scene, treating the injured and taking people to the hospital. The collapse comes weeks after 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews were killed in a stampede at a religious festival in northern Israel. Amateur footage showed the collapse occurring during prayers Sunday evening in Givat Zeev, just outside Jerusalem, at the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The ultra-Orthodox synagogue was packed with hundreds of people. The Israeli military said in a statement that it dispatched medics and other search and rescue troops to assist at the scene. Army helicopters were airlifting the injured. Israeli authorities traded blame at the scene of the disaster. The mayor of Givat Zeev said the building was unfinished and dangerous, and that the police had ignored previous calls to take action. Jerusalem police chief Doron Turgeman said the disaster was a case of “negligence” and that there would likely be arrests. Deddi Simhi, head of the Israel Fire and Rescue service, told Israel’s Channel 12 that “this building is not finished. It doesn’t even have a permit for occupancy, and therefore let alone holding events in it.” Television footage from the scene showed the building was incomplete, with exposed concrete and boards visible. The accident comes weeks after a stampede at a religious festival in northern Israel that killed 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews. The stampede triggered renewed criticism over the broad autonomy granted to the country’s politically powerful ultra-Orthodox minority. Last year, many ultra-Orthodox communities flouted coronavirus safety restrictions, contributing to high outbreak rates in their communities and angering the broader secular public. The Associated Press
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 2:25 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting 126 new cases of COVID-19 today. On Saturday, the province's daily case count dropped below 100 for the first time since May 1. The entire province has been subjected to strict lockdown measures since April 28, when it became clear the third wave of COVID-19 had arrived in Nova Scotia. As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,531 active cases of COVID-19 — 92 people were in hospital, including 21 in intensive care. --- 2:10 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting nine new cases of COVID-19. All of the new cases are related to travel within Canada, and all but two involve people under the age of 40. Health officials are reporting 85 active infections in the province, but there is only one person recovering in hospital. The province has recorded 1,193 cases since the pandemic began, including six deaths. --- 1:50 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 534 new cases of COVID-19 today as well as four new deaths among virus patients. Three of them were in their 50s, while the fourth was in his 80s. The current five-day test-positivity rate is 12.3 per cent provincially and 14.1 per cent in Winnipeg. There are 258 people in Manitoba hospitals with COVID 19 and 71 patients in intensive care. --- 1:20 p.m. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says summer camps will be allowed to reopen in the province this year. The premier's remarks came during a stop at a mass vaccination clinic west of Toronto. Ford offered no details on reopening plans, including whether they pertained to overnight or day camps and any public health measures that may be in place. A spokesperson from the Premier's office says more details will be announced before the province's stay-at-home order lifts on June 2. --- 11:20 a.m. Quebec is reporting 716 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths, both from the past 24 hours. Hospitalizations and intensive care numbers each declined by one to 508 and 119, respectively. The province added 90,196 vaccine doses in the past 24 hours and 2,234 from earlier to its grand total of 4,323,040 vaccines administered. The province says 48.2 per cent of the population has received at least one dose. --- 11 a.m. Ontario is reporting 2,199 new cases of COVID-19 in the province today, along with 30 new deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 633 of the most recent infections were identified in Toronto, 547 in Peel Region, 172 in York Region, 143 in Durham and 129 in Hamilton. Hospitalizations fell by 254 to 1,292, with 714 patients in intensive care and 509 on ventilators. Elliott says the province administered more than 139,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday alone, bringing the provincial total past the seven million mark since the start of the immunization effort. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021 The Canadian Press
LONDON (AP) — The British government is still deciding whether to accept an offer from Pfizer to fast-track Olympic and Paralympic athletes for coronavirus vaccines. Jabs are only being given to Britons aged 38 or older — though this will be extended to those over 35 from next week — with younger people only getting inoculated if they have an underlying health condition. “It’s sensitive because the philosophy has been based on age and that’s been proved to be the right thing," British Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said. “The biggest indicator is age is the biggest factor and of course Pfizer have offered for the Olympics and we’ve asked them about that.” Pfizer, which developed a vaccine with BioNTech, said earlier this month that it would donate doses to inoculate athletes and officials preparing for the Tokyo games with the rescheduled Olympics due to open on July 23. While the Olympics begin in less than 10 weeks, Britain has a policy of delaying the second dose by up to 12 weeks to free up vaccines for more people. Britain announced Sunday that more than 20 million people have now received both doses. The two shots of the Pfizer vaccines were intended to be given three to four weeks apart. “The government’s vaccine rollout has been excellent and, coupled with the IOC’s donation of the Pfizer vaccine for athletes, means we are hopeful of getting all athletes vaccinated before they travel to Tokyo," British Olympic Association chairman Hugh Robertson said. "It is important for this to happen soon, to assure our hosts in Tokyo that we are doing all we can to keep their population safe.” Britain finished second in the gold-medal count at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics behind the United States, which is inoculating athletes. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are among the European nations to have already offered vaccines to athletes headed to Tokyo. Japan has been struggling to slow infections ahead of the games and expanded a coronavirus state of emergency from six areas, including Tokyo, to nine on Friday. ___ More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/olympic-games and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
Jurgen Klopp's men would have needed favours from Leicester and Chelsea in their final two games of the campaign had they failed to beat the already relegated Baggies.
The Middle East kingdom, which has come in for criticism from human rights campaigners, has attracted many high-profile sporting events.
Housing prices in Southern Georgian Bay continue to skyrocket and the trend is painting a bleak future for affordable housing in the region. “Between high market rent and a low vacancy rate that poses a problem for people that are looking for affordable housing,” said Anne Marie Shaw, director of housing for Grey County. Shaw presented a housing and homelessness report to county council at a meeting held on Thursday, which outlined a number of concerning housing trends in the region. For housing to be considered affordable it must be 30 per cent or less of a household’s gross income. Through her report, Shaw provided three examples of what that 30 per cent would look like, for instance: However, due to rising housing prices and shrinking vacancy rates, finding rental until at these prices in the South Georgian Bay is unheard of. “We know that these rents do not exist in the private market, and so that's why affordable and community housing is an important part of our community,” said Shaw. “We are the ones that are tasked with providing affordable rents through our community housing or non-profit housing and our rent supplements.” According to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the average market rent in Grey County for a one-bedroom is $817 a month. However, according to Shaw, across Grey County a one-bedroom ranges from $800 to $1,250 a month, often without the inclusion of utilities. “The CMHC does not necessarily give direction on how they come up with this, but we do know that they do surveys for private landlords across the area, and it is a voluntary survey,” she explained. Since 2014, Grey County’s vacancy rate has continued to decline. In 2014 the vacancy rate was 4.3 per cent and steadily declined to one per cent in 2020. A healthy vacancy rate is considered to be four per cent, where rents are lower and there is supply to meet demand. In an effort to provide housing at reasonable rates, Grey County provides affordable housing through 997 community housing units; 522 non-profit housing units; as well as rent supplements, which include: “We look at options right across the continuum from emergency housing, transitional and supportive housing and affordable rentals. We are looking at providing services for our most vulnerable tenants of Grey County and also those that are in that lower-income bracket,” said Shaw. In 2020, Grey County provided subsidies to 1,611 units of housing and 66 households were provided with provincial rent subsidies. An additional 582 people received funds for rental or utility arrears, last month's rent or moving expenses in the amount of $300,400. Currently, 620 residents are on the waiting list for affordable housing in Grey County – including 23 residents in Markdale, 14 residents in Flesherton and 10 residents in Thornbury. “I did also have a look at Collingwood, and there were six applicants on our waitlist that had Collingwood addresses,” Shaw said. There are also 74 residents on the waiting list with no current address. According to Shaw, the average wait time for a unit is two to five years depending on the resident’s location. Moving forward, Grey County has outlined an Affordable Housing Action Plan, which was created by the Affordable Housing Task Force in 2020. The plan identified opportunities to create affordable housing through rent supplements, co-investments with non-profit housing organizations, and waiving fees and developing incentives through Community Improvement Plans (CIP). “Maybe there are some policies that do not support affordable housing, such as low density and low height provisions, or maybe not preventing secondary units,” Shaw said. “So when we look at our CIPs, we can look at some ideas such as a land bank, or waiving fees and incentives that may provide an opportunity for a private landlord to add some affordable housing units into their development.” The county is also looking at a Durham Seniors Housing Opportunity, where staff are exploring the option of developing an affordable housing build as part of the campus of care model at the new long-term care site in Durham. Grey County staff are also working with municipalities to identify lands that could be acquired or used for affordable housing builds through its land bank and or properties requiring renovation initiative. In addition, the county has pinpointed a few sites that offer the opportunity for redevelopment into a mix of affordable and attainable housing. However, Shaw explained that the ability to bring these housing initiatives to fruition depends highly on the level of funding that is available. “There is no good business case when it comes to building affordable housing. It's very difficult to make it work when it comes to that lower rent when you have a mortgage that you have to pay off. It's very difficult to find that extra funding in order to make it work,” she said. In an effort to back its own housing projects, Grey County council approved the creation of an affordable housing fund that will see an annual one per cent levy contribution or $650,000. Grey County also receives $500,000 annually from the federally- and provincially-funded Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative. Following Shaw’s presentation, a number of county council members asked if the county’s programs were aggressive enough to handle the region’s growing housing crisis. “We [the Town of the Blue Mountains] are working on our own attainable housing project here. But then we hear from people, what about affordable homes?” said Rob Potter, deputy mayor of TBM. “What about people that can't afford attainable housing? We have the need and I'm sure everybody does. We can't just talk about it anymore.” Grey Highlands Deputy Mayor, Aakash Desai echoed Potter’s concerns. “Since the start of this year, I've had two individuals who are seniors call me and say that they're unable to find housing. They've been evicted because their landlord wants to do renovations and so they've been given a notice,” he said. “Should we be looking at spending more? Should we be providing that if the private sector cannot come in?” According to Shaw, Grey County has about 130 housing units under development that will be coming on board over the next two years. She said in order to create more, additional funding would be required. “I agree totally with you that we could do more. But again, it's based on funding and opportunity,” she said. Jennifer Golletz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, CollingwoodToday.ca
NEW YORK, May 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WHY: Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of BELLUS Health Inc. (NASDAQ: BLU) between September 5, 2019 and July 5, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”), of the important May 17, 2021 lead plaintiff deadline. SO WHAT: If you purchased BELLUS securities during the Class Period you may be entitled to compensation without payment of any out of pocket fees or costs through a contingency fee arrangement. WHAT TO DO NEXT: To join the BELLUS class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-2058.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for information on the class action. A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than May 17, 2021. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. WHY ROSEN LAW: We encourage investors to select qualified counsel with a track record of success in leadership roles. Often, firms issuing notices do not have comparable experience or resources. The Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Rosen Law Firm has achieved the largest ever securities class action settlement against a Chinese Company. Rosen Law Firm was Ranked No. 1 by ISS Securities Class Action Services for number of securities class action settlements in 2017. The firm has been ranked in the top 4 each year since 2013 and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. In 2019 alone the firm secured over $438 million for investors. In 2020 founding partner Laurence Rosen was named by law360 as a Titan of Plaintiffs’ Bar. Many of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Lawdragon and Super Lawyers. DETAILS OF THE CASE: According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose information that resulted in a scheme that: (1) deceived the investing public regarding BELLUS’s business, operations, drug products, drug product development, competition, and present and future business prospects; (2) facilitated the Company’s September 2019 public offering (“Offering”); (3) created artificial demand for the BELLUS common shares sold in the Offering; (4) enabled the Company to receive approximately $70 million in net proceeds from the sale of BELLUS common stock in the Offering; and (5) caused purchases of BELLUS publicly traded common stock at artificially inflated prices. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages. To join the BELLUS class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-2058.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for information on the class action. No Class Has Been Certified. Until a class is certified, you are not represented by counsel unless you retain one. You may select counsel of your choice. You may also remain an absent class member and do nothing at this point. An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff. Follow us for updates on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rosen-law-firm, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosen_firm or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosenlawfirm/. Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. ------------------------------- Contact Information: Laurence Rosen, Esq. Phillip Kim, Esq. The Rosen Law Firm, P.A. 275 Madison Avenue, 40th Floor New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 686-1060 Toll Free: (866) 767-3653 Fax: (212) 202-3827 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.rosenlegal.com
New Delhi [India], May 16 (ANI): Delhi Police has told the High Court that it has found nothing against leaders like BJP MP Gautam Gambhir and Congress' Srinivas in alleged medicine hoarding cases and clarified that they have actually been helping people in getting medical aid in form of medicine, oxygen, blood plasma and hospital bed.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the fresh wave of violence "perpetuates the cycles of death, destruction and despair... Fighting must stop. It must stop immediately."View on euronews
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have gone from being mired in a nearly decade-long playoff drought to a division champion armed with postseason experience and success. Their first-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators offers the chance to maintain that upward trajectory — or suffer the first significant stumble of that three-season climb. The teams open their series Monday, with the Hurricanes facing heightened expectations after winning the Central Division for their first division crown since hoisting the Stanley Cup 15 years ago. They were in the hunt for the Presidents' Trophy until the season's final week. “I feel like everybody’s hunting each other,” said Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour, captain of the 2006 title winner. “That’s our mentality. That’s the way we have to play anyway.” The Hurricanes made the Eastern Conference finals two years ago as an upstart in their first playoff appearance since 2009, then won a Stanley Cup qualifier series in last season's restart following the COVID-19 shutdown. This marks the first time they've reached three straight postseasons since the franchise relocated to North Carolina in 1997 from Hartford, Connecticut. Nashville is in the postseason for the seventh straight season, including a trip to the 2017 Cup Final. This year’s group extended that streak with a late-season surge after sitting 28th overall in the NHL standings as of late February, winning 20 of 27 to close the schedule. “We’ve been more or less playing playoff hockey for the last two months because our playoff lives were on the line,” defenseman Ryan Ellis said. “So we’ve been playing like that and like you said, there’s got to be another level. Playoffs always brings out the best in everybody and the intensity and the passion in the game. I think everyone’s level, both teams, will be raised even more.” SEASON SERIES The Hurricanes won the first six meetings before Nashville took the final two to cap the regular season. "I thought we sent a good message,” Predators forward Tanner Jeannot said afterward, “but it doesn’t stop there.” The Hurricanes know regular-season success doesn’t ensure anything. Last year they swept the best-of-five qualifier series against the New York Rangers after losing 31 of 37 previous meetings. “I think regular-season success, you can kind of wash that and it’s just a whole new animal now,” Carolina forward Jordan Martinook said. GOALTENDER MATCHUP Nashville's star has been goalie Juuse Saros, who posted a league-best .945 save percentage over his final 23 games. Carolina has multiple options with three goaltenders on the roster in Petr Mrazek, Alex Nedeljkovic and James Reimer. The 25-year-old Nedeljkovic was second in the league with a 1.90 goals-against average, while Mrazek was sixth at 2.06. Both have matched Saros’ three shutouts. DUCHENE SIGHTING Two-time All-Star Matt Duchene hasn't lived up to the seven-year, $56 million contract he signed in July 2019 if counting by goals and points scored. The forward has six goals and 13 points while missing more than six weeks with an injury. But Duchene does have 14 points in 26 career games against Carolina, including two goals in the regular-season finale. “It’s good to put a couple in,” Duchene said. “It’s been a tough year in terms for me of being hurt and playing about 30 games. ... For me, I’m just focused on doing the little things and playing the way this team wants to play.” SLAVIN'S STATUS The status of Carolina defenseman Jaccob Slavin is unclear. He left last weekend's loss at Nashville early and missed practices this week before getting work in Sunday, though Brind'Amour said he's a game-time decision. Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce and forward Cedric Paquette missed time this week as well. FAN ATTENDANCE The Predators plan to increase fan capacity for the playoffs to 12,135 fans starting with Game 3. Fans sounded much louder in the final two regular-season games, a boost in a season where seats around the NHL were mostly empty. “Our fans are out of control right now,” Duchene said. “It’s great.” The Hurricanes had been allowing about 5,000 fans, though North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper eased COVID-19 restrictions this week. Carolina is set to host about 10,000 to 12,000. “It'll make a huge difference,” defenseman Jake Bean said. “When we were in Nashville the last few games, it felt like it was the loudest we had played in all season.” ___ AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this report. ___ Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Aaron Beard, The Associated Press
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Police in Northern Ireland say they are "increasingly concerned" over the welfare of two boys who have been missing since Friday. The PSNI are appealing for the public's help to locate the children - five-year-old Patrick Hovarth, and his older brother Fabricio, eight, from north Belfast. A statement said officers "are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of two children from north Belfast".
After a mid-match wobble, Nadal turned up the heat in the decisive moments of his 57th meeting with top seed Djokovic - the pair's ninth in Rome - to secure the victory over the defending champion in two hours and 49 minutes. "I was lucky in some moments, especially against (Denis) Shapovalov," Nadal said, referring to the round of 16 match he won in a tiebreak in the decider. Nadal broke to go ahead 6-5 in a tight opening set and staved off a late comeback attempt from Djokovic to take the early advantage in the contest with a searing inside-out forehand that caught the Serbian off guard.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people Sunday, Palestinian medics said, in the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence. Despite the toll and international efforts to broker a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers would rage on. In a televised address, Netanyahu said the attacks were continuing at “full-force” and will “take time.“ Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” on the Hamas militant group, he said, flanked by his defense minister and political rival, Benny Gantz, in a show of unity. Hamas also pressed on, launching rockets from civilian areas in Gaza toward civilian areas in Israel. One slammed into a synagogue in the southern city of Ashkelon hours before evening services for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Israeli emergency services said. No injuries were reported. In the Israeli air assault early Sunday, families were buried under piles of cement rubble and twisted rebar. A yellow canary lay crushed on the ground. Shards of glass and debris covered streets blocks away from the major downtown thoroughfare where the three buildings were hit over the course of five minutes around 1 a.m. The hostilities have repeatedly escalated over the past week, marking the worst fighting in the territory that is home to 2 million Palestinians since Israel and Hamas' devastating 2014 war. “I have not seen this level of destruction through my 14 years of work,” said Samir al-Khatib an emergency rescue official in Gaza. “Not even in the 2014 war." Rescuers furiously dug through the rubble using excavators and bulldozers amid clouds of heavy dust. One shouted “Can you hear me?” into a hole. “Are you OK?” he asked. Minutes later, first responders pulled a survivor out. The Gaza Health Ministry said 16 women and 10 children were among those killed, with more than 50 people wounded. Haya Abdelal, 21, lives in a building next to one that was destroyed and said she was sleeping when the airstrikes sent her fleeing into the street. She accused Israel of not giving its usual warning to residents to flee before launching such an attack. “We are tired,” she said, “We need a truce. We can’t bear it anymore.” The Israeli army spokesperson’s office said the strike targeted Hamas “underground military infrastructure." As a result of the strike, “the underground facility collapsed, causing the foundation of the civilian houses above them to collapse as well, leading to unintended casualties.” Among those reported killed was Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Ouf, the head of the internal medicine department at Shifa Hospital and a senior member of the hospital's coronavirus management committee. Two of Abu Al-Ouf’s teenage children and two other family members were also buried under the rubble of their home. The death of the 51-year-old physician “was a huge loss at a very sensitive time,” said Mohammed Abu Selmia, the director of Shifa. Gaza’s health care system, already gutted by an Israeli and Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, had been struggling with a surge in coronavirus infections even before the latest conflict. Israel's airstrikes have leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they contain Hamas military infrastructure. Among them was the building housing The Associated Press office and those of other media outlets. Sally Buzbee, the AP's executive editor, on Sunday called for an independent investigation into the airstrike that destroyed the AP office the day before. Netanyahu alleged that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building. “It’s a perfectly legitimate target,” he told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. Asked if he had provided any evidence of Hamas’ presence in the building in a call Saturday with U.S. President Joe Biden, Netanyahu said, “we pass it through our intelligence people.” Buzbee called for any such evidence to be laid out. “We are in a conflict situation,” Buzbee said. “We do not take sides in that conflict. We heard Israelis say they have evidence; we don’t know what that evidence is.” The AP has operated from the building for 15 years, including through three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. The news agency’s cameras, operating from its top floor office and roof terrace, offered 24-hour live shots as militants’ rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surroundings. “We think it’s appropriate at this point for there to be an independent look at what happened yesterday — an independent investigation,” Buzbee said. The latest outbreak of violence began in east Jerusalem last month, when Palestinians clashed with police in response to Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers. A focus of the clashes was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint located on a hilltop compound revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas began firing rockets toward Jerusalem on Monday, triggering the Israeli assault on Gaza. At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in the hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed in some of the 3,100 rocket attacks launched from Gaza, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group have acknowledged 20 fighters killed in the fighting. Israel says the real number is far higher and has released the names and photos of two dozen alleged operatives it says were “eliminated.” The assault has displaced some 34,000 Palestinians from their homes, U.N. Mideast envoy Tor Wennesland told the Security Council on Sunday. The turmoil has also spilled over elsewhere, fueling protests in the occupied West Bank and stoking violence within Israel between its Jewish and Arab citizens, with clashes and vigilante attacks on people and property. On Sunday, a driver rammed into an Israeli checkpoint in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah — where the Palestinian families had been threatened with eviction — injuring six officers before police shot and killed the attacker, Israeli police said. The violence also sparked pro-Palestinian protests in cities across Europe and the United States. Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators work to end the fighting and stave off an Israeli ground invasion in Gaza. The Israeli military said it destroyed the home Sunday of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in the southern town of Khan Younis. It was the third such attack in the last two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground. Egypt and the U.S. were involved in cease-fire efforts, but it wasn’t clear if they were making progress, in light of Netanyahu’ statement that the campaign is continuing. The U.N. Security Council was also meeting Sunday, and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the “senseless cycle of bloodshed, terror and destruction.” ___ Nessman reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo, Joseph Krauss and Isaac Scharf in Jerusalem and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed. Fares Akram And Ravi Nessman, The Associated Press
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