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Israeli Police clash with Palestinian crowd in Jerusalem



Israeli police clashed with hundreds of Palestinian protesters outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, firing stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse the crowd, Israeli media said.


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Similar clashes have occurred nightly since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last week. Palestinians said that they typically gather on the stairs outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate each evening during Ramadan but that this year Israeli police put up barriers to keep away the crowds.

The move has angered Muslims who like to meet at the plaza to pass the Ramadan nights after the daily dawn-to-dusk fast ends. Police accuse the crowds of disorderly conduct and throwing stones at security forces.

Israel’s public broadcaster Kan showed videos of large crowds clashing with police, who used stun grenades and sprayed water to disperse the gathering.

Police said they had made at least three arrests, and the Palestinian Red Crescent medical service said four people were injured in the clashes. Israeli police also reported clashes with Arab crowds in Jaffa, on the southern edge of Tel Aviv.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast or do not eat or drink during the daytime. The date for the start of Ramadan is slightly different each year, depending on the position of the moon. This usually continues for thirty days, but sometimes twenty-nine days.

The festival includes fasting and then feasting with friends and family after the sun sets. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the gatherings have been limited to stop its spread globally.


About 200 injured in clashes with police




More than 200 Palestinian worshippers have been injured in clashes with Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in occupied East Jerusalem, as weeks-long tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over Jerusalem soared again.


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The violence erupted on Friday near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the Damascus Gate. The clashes also left at least six Israeli police officers injured.

“205 Palestinians have been injured,” the Red Crescent said.

The organization set up a field hospital in the area to provide the injured people with medical assistance.

During the protests, an Israeli police officer assaulted a cameraman of RT’s global multimedia agency Ruptly. The video issued by Ruptly shows the officer threatening to break the camera and then striking it from the journalist’s hands.
Following the incident, Ruptly suspended the live broadcast but resumed it soon.

The unrest in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem started a week ago over the plans of the Israeli authorities to resettle 28 Palestinian families from the area.

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Second Covid Wave To Peak By June: CLSA




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Second Covid Wave. In its report, CLSA(Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia) has predicted a peak in daily cases additions for the ongoing wave to broadly happen in May for Maharashtra and in June for the rest of India.

According to the report, this should pave the way for some relaxations in lockdown rules in Maharashtra by mid-May to mid-June, which may be seen as a playbook for the rest of India.

The report has also predicted the situation during that time will be much worse than the current situation.

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“Our findings show the 7DMA of daily case addition during the second wave in these countries to have peaked when reported cumulative infections hit a median level of 2.5 per cent of the population in the respective country,” the report said.

The centre has already warned that the third wave will arrive in India and proper arrangements are being done to tackle the wave.

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Few weeks’ lockdown in India can stop Covid transmission, suggests top US expert Dr Fauci




Top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has suggested a lockdown for a few weeks in India as an immediate step to contain the spread of the coronavirus as its deadly second wave shows no signs of ebbing.


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Fauci, in an interview with The Indian Express, said another most important thing in the immediate is to get supplies of oxygen, medication, PPEs. He said looking at the magnitude of the crisis, India should look at putting together a crisis group that would meet and start getting things organised.

Without naming any government, he said one of the things that should have been recognised that “victory was declared maybe too prematurely”.

“Well, one of the things you really need to do, to the extent that you can, is shut down temporarily the country, I think is important. If we want to time out and go back to what I said: there is the immediate, the intermediate, and the long range (measures to contain the virus).

“I think the most important thing in the immediate is to get oxygen, get supplies, get medication, get PPE, those kinds of things but also, one of the immediate things to do is to essentially call a shutdown of the country,” said Fauci, who is the chief medical adviser to the Biden administration.

He said when China had a big explosion of coronavirus cases a year ago, they completely shut down. Fauci said it is not necessary to shut down for six months, but it can be a temporary one to put an end to the cycle of transmission.

So one of the things to be considered is to temporarily shut down, he said.

“Literally, lock down so that you wind up having less spread. No one likes to lock down the country. Well, that’s a problem when you do it for six months,” he said.

But just for a few weeks of lockdown could have a significant impact on the dynamics of the outbreak.

Some states have imposed a lockdown. Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said lockdown should be the “last resort” to deal with the raging pandemic and asked states to convince migrant workers to stay put at their places of work with a guarantee for their lives and livelihood.

Breaching its all previous records, India on Saturday hit a record daily high with over 4 lakh new infections, while the active cases crossed the 32-lakh mark.

The second wave of the coronavirus has been wreaking havoc, infecting lakhs and killing thousands every day for the past few days. There have been cases where people have died due to lack of medical facilities, including oxygen. In many cases, families have to arrange oxygen for their patients as they are not able to get admission in hospitals.

“I heard from some of the people in the street bringing their mothers and their fathers and their sisters and their brothers searching for oxygen. They seem to think there really was not any organisation, any central organisation,” Fauci said.

Underlining that vaccination plays a crucial role in handling the coronavirus situation, Fauci said if India, a country of 1.4 billion people, has fully vaccinated only two per cent of its total population, then it has a very long way to go.

“You’ve got to get supplies. You’ve got to make contractual arrangements with the various companies that are out there in the world. There are many companies that now have vaccines. I think you have to negotiate with them to try and get a commitment,” he said.

“And also, India is the largest vaccine-producing country in the world. That’s the thing — you should rev up your own capabilities to make vaccines,” he added.


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Covid-19 Stats

11 May 2021, 5:03 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

22,992,517 Total Cases
250,025 Death Cases
19,027,304 Recovered Cases


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