The world news digest update from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 9, 2014, covers a variety of stories, including the intensifying situation in Israel, the invasion of the Somali presidential palace, the Chinese desire for improved relations with the United States, and continued allegations of the United States spying in Germany.
Israel Air Strikes Continue Overnight, Rockets Shot Down Over Tel Aviv
The situation in Israel intensified as both sides exchanged fire. Since the attacks began, Israel warplanes have hit 550 targets in Gaza. According to Jerusalem Post, the army stated that among some of the targets hit were 31 terror tunnels, 60 underground rocket launchers, control and command centers for terror activity and weapons storehouses. Meanwhile, Hamas militants have hit back with 165 rockets, some of which struck Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and as far away as the city of Hadera. The city is located 72 miles to the north of the coastal enclave. The death toll from attack is rising rapidly with many of the Palestinian fatalities including militants, however some women and children were also killed. Since the attacks began, more than 370 people have been wounded.
Somalia Presidential Palace Attacked by Militants
On Tuesday morning, al-Shabaab militants stormed the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia. Following the initial car bomb blast, the militants attacked the palace. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was not in the palace at the time of the attack. The prompt action taken by the military resulted in quick apprehension of the militants. Three of the al-Shabaab attackers were killed and one was arrested.
Mustafa Duhulow, a Somalia government spokesperson, praised the troops for their action and service. “Prompt actions of the Somali National Army, assisted by AMISOM forces (African Union Mission in Somalia), quickly halted the attack.” said Duhulow in an official announcement following the incident. Duhalow also added that “Bomb disposal personnel have rendered safe a number of devices, including a suicide vest that one attacker was wearing that had failed to detonate.”
Chinese President Calls for Improved Relations Between China and United States
Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States officials began high-level talks aimed at improving the relations between the two nations. Xi Jinping cautioned that any confrontation between China and the United States would be dangerous for the world. At the opening of the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Xi stated that the two countries must “break the old pattern of conflict and opposition between great powers.”
Investigation Continues as Espionage Scandal Deepens
Following months of espionage allegations, police in Berlin searched an apartment and office of another man accused of spying for the United States. While many details are still unknown, the German daily, Süddeutsche Zeitung, reported that the suspect was working in a military field in Germany. These allegations are detrimental to the current relationship between Germany and the United States, as well as for the future of the United States and their relationship with other countries in the world. Just last week , it was revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency had tapped the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel, with many citizens of Berlin wondering whether Germany, which is currently one of the most loyal allies of the United States, could continue to trust the spying country.
Last summer, media reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) was monitoring the cellphone use of German citizens, however the United States assured Merkel that no German laws were broken.
World Commentary by Ivelina Kunina