Six In The Morning Tuesday 13 February 2024

Journalists wounded in air strike

  • An Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent and a photojournalist working with him have been wounded in an Israeli air strike near Rafah, in southern Gaza.
  • CIA chief William Burns is in Cairo for the latest round of discussions on a truce that would temporarily halt fighting in exchange for the release of captives and Palestinian prisoners.

More on the wounded journalists

Al Jazeera Arabic aired a video of correspondent Ismail Abu Omar shortly before he was targeted. He was getting ready to go leave when he noticed a drone flying above him.

Our verification unit, Sanad, obtained videos showing Abu Omar leaving the operating room. The footage shows he lost his right leg.

Videos also show Ahmed Matar, the cameraman, assisting Abu Omar, undergoing surgery.

Russia puts Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas on wanted list

Lithuanian minister also among those accused of ‘destroying Soviet monuments’, as Tallinn fears Russian military buildup

Moscow has put the Estonian prime minister, Kaja Kallas, and other Baltic states officials on a wanted list, as Tallinn warns of an imminent Russian military buildup along its border.

The Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said the Estonian state secretary, Taimar Peterkop, the Lithuanian culture minister, Simonas Kairys, and Kallas were accused of “destroying monuments to Soviet soldiers”, a reference to the removal of Soviet-era second world war memorials

“This is only the start,” Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel. “Crimes against the memory of the world’s liberators from nazism and fascism must be prosecuted.” Russian authorities have not revealed the exact charges against the three.

Turkey arrests suspected IS member working at nuclear plant

It is the latest arrest in a major crackdown following a deadly IS attack on a Catholic church in Istanbul last month. The suspect has been detained and is awaiting trial.

Counter-terrorism police in Turkey have arrested a suspected member of the so-called “Islamic State” group who was working at a nuclear plant, authorities said on Tuesday.

Local media reported that the suspect was a Russian national who had been working at the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant under false identity papers.

The suspect was brought before a court and jailed pending trial.

Turkish authorities crack down on IS suspects

The Akkuyu nuclear facility is a $20 billion (€18.5 billion) project being built by Russian state-owned energy giant Rosatom in Mersin province on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

Senegal bans protest over delayed vote, suspends internet access

Senegalese authorities on Tuesday suspended mobile internet and banned a march against the delay of this month’s presidential poll as the UN voiced concern about tensions in the country.

Three people have been killed during violent protests after President Macky Sall’s decision to push back the February 25 vote plunged traditionally stable Senegal into one of its worst crises in decades.

“We are deeply concerned about the tense situation in Senegal,” Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the UN’s human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.

“Following reports of unnecessary and disproportionate use of force against protesters and restrictions on civic space, we call on the authorities to ensure that they uphold Senegal’s long-held tradition of democracy and respect for human rights,” she added.

Frightening video shows Japan’s stop-and-listen-for-trains driving rule maybe isn’t so silly after all

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

If you read our series of articles about the process of getting a driver’s license in Japan without going to driving school, you might have noticed that there are some less-than-intuitive things they check for on the test. For example, even at controlled train crossings with a gate that comes down if a train is going to be going by, you’re required by law to come to a full stop, even if the gate is open. What’s more, the test administrators will mark you down if you don’t look both ways before proceeding, and if you don’t put your window down and listen for the sound of an approaching train while you’re doing this.

That might sound overly cautious, and even some Japanese people think it’s overkill. However, a recent incident that occurred in Osaka, seen in the video below, has reminded many people that all that “overkill” is better than being killed.

He was running the biggest soccer club in Ukraine. After war broke out, his life changed forever

The noise of fighter jets zipping overhead is a sound that Serhii Palkin finds difficult to forget – even two years on.

Like every Ukrainian, the 49-year-old lived through the “nightmare” that unfolded as Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

While he scrambled to keep his young family safe amid the near constant bombardment, Palkin also had the responsibility of looking after Ukraine’s most successful soccer club, Shakhtar Donetsk.