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Indonesia calls for end of Israeli-Palestinian violence

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Indonesia, a long-standing advocate for the Palestinian cause, expressed deep concern on Sunday regarding the heightened conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and appealed for an end to the violence.

In a statement, the Indonesian foreign ministry conveyed, “Indonesia is deeply concerned with the escalation of conflict between Palestine and Israel. Indonesia urges the immediate cessation of violence to prevent further human casualties.”

Indonesia has consistently shown support for the Palestinian struggle for independence.

The statement emphasized, “The underlying issue of the conflict, namely the occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel, must be resolved in accordance with the parameters established by the United Nations.”

As the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, Indonesia has made it clear that it has no intention of establishing diplomatic relations with Israel.

In March, FIFA revoked Indonesia’s rights to host the Under-20 World Cup due to public protests and objections from various politicians over Israel’s participation in the tournament.

The Israeli army reported that more than 200 Israelis lost their lives in a significant and unexpected attack by the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Saturday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to destroy Hamas’ hideouts in Gaza, leading to intense Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave, resulting in the reported death of at least 232 Palestinians. This represents the deadliest escalation of the conflict in decades.

Western capitals have denounced the series of attacks carried out by Hamas, an organization considered a terrorist group by Israel, the United States, and the European Union.

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In 25 Minutes, 13 Earthquakes Hit California

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Overnight, California experienced a sequence of 13 earthquakes within just 25 minutes, as confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS).

According to US authorities, the initial earthquake occurred shortly after midnight on Monday, striking northwest of El Centro, a city situated in the southern border region. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the quake as registering a magnitude of 4.8 and causing significant shaking across San Diego County.

A 4.5 magnitude aftershock followed merely six minutes later, originating west of the Salton Sea, as stated by the USGS. This was succeeded by a series of smaller aftershocks.

Meteorologists attribute these seismic events to the San Jacinto fault system, recognized as one of the most active faults in southern California.

The initial quake struck at 12:36 am on Monday, with its epicenter located 11.7 miles deep, as revealed by the USGS. The occurrence of this quake, along with twelve subsequent ones, triggered a shake alert issued by the USGS.

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NATO chief tells Turkey ‘time has come’ to let Sweden join

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Turkey on Monday to expedite the approval of Sweden’s pending membership, stating that it should be done “as soon as possible.” Stoltenberg emphasized that Sweden has fulfilled its commitments, and now it is crucial for Turkey to conclude the accession process.

As of now, Turkey and Hungary are the only NATO member states that have not ratified Sweden’s bid for membership, despite Sweden applying for it over 18 months ago. The Turkish parliament initiated discussions on Sweden’s membership earlier this month, following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s initiation of the process after a NATO summit agreement in July.

While the other 29 NATO allies had hoped to officially welcome Sweden into the alliance during a foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels this week, the process is currently in the committee stage in the Turkish parliament.

Expressing his desire for a swifter ratification process, Stoltenberg remarked, “I would have liked to see more speed in the ratification process, that’s no secret. I would like them to finalize that, and that’s exactly what I have communicated many times.”

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BREAKING: Israel agrees to 4-hour military ‘ceasefire’ in Gaza – White House

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Just a month after the start of a fierce conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas militants, Israel has agreed to institute daily four-hour ceasefires in the northern Gaza Strip, as confirmed by the White House. White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby mentioned that the announcement of these pauses will be made three hours in advance. He stated, “According to information from the Israelis, there will be no military operations in these areas during the ceasefire, and this process begins today.”

It’s worth noting that an armed conflict between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip escalated on October 7, 2023, following a multi-pronged invasion by the latter into Southern Israel. Since October 7, there have been reports of at least 10,812 Palestinian casualties in the Gaza Strip.

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