5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Israeli airstrikes kill 42 in Gaza, target home of Hamas leader

  • U.N. Security Council meets amid Israel-Hamas escalation

  • Cheney won't say if she'll leave GOP if Trump is 2024 nominee

  • Myanmar junta reportedly attacks town resisting coup

  • Arizona GOP election official: Trump's latest statement 'unhinged'

Israeli airstrikes killed at least 42 people in Gaza early Sunday, local health officials said, marking the deadliest individual attack since the current hostilities between Israel and Hamas began last week. Since the onset of the fighting, at least 181 people have reportedly been killed in Gaza, including 52 children, while more than 1,200 people have been injured. In Israel, 10 people, including two children, have reportedly been killed by Hamas rocket attacks, which continued Sunday. The Israeli military on Sunday also said it bombed the home of Yahya Sinwar, Hamas' political leader, but did not say whether he was killed in the strike.

Source: BBC, Agence France Presse

The 15-member United Nations Security Council met Sunday to discuss the escalating Israel-Hamas conflict for the first time since violence broke out last week. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres addressed the council, calling the current hostilities "appalling" and lamenting deaths in both Gaza and Israel. "This latest round of violence only perpetuates the cycles of death, destruction, and despair, and pushes farther to the horizon any hope of coexistence and peace," he said, adding that the U.N. "is actively engaging all sides towards an immediate cease-fire." Ultimately, Guterress said, "only a negotiated sustainable political solution will end ... these devastating cycles of violence and lead to a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis alike." Later in the meeting, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the U.S. "has been working tirelessly through diplomatic channels to try to bring an end to this conflict."

Source: The United Nations, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who was ousted last week from her position as the chair of the House Republican Conference, told Jon Karl in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC News' This Week that she regrets voting for former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, although she clarified that "I was never going to support" President Biden. Karl asked Cheney if she would remain in the Republican Party if Trump is the nominee again in 2024. She didn't address that question, specifically, but said she "will do everything I can to make sure he's not the nominee. And, you know, everything necessary to make sure that he never gets anywhere close to the Oval Office again."

Source: ABC News, The Guardian

Myanmar's military junta battled the Chinland Defense Force, a militia made up of residents from the town of Mindat in Myanmar's western state of Chin, this weekend, forcing the CDF to retreat from the town, a spokesman for the group said. The CDF opposes the February military coup which sparked daily, sometimes-deadly pro-democracy protests across the country. The CDF spokesman told Agence France-Presse that at least five members were killed and more than 10 others were wounded in the fierce fighting with the Junta. The Chin Human Rights Organization said "Mindat is now under siege and is bracing for an all-out assault by the junta troops from air and by land." The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar said it was aware of reports of the military shooting civilians in Mindat and called for evidence of atrocities to be sent to U.N. investigators.

Source: The Associated Press, France24

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican who leads the Arizona county's election department, on Saturday called the latest statement about the 2020 presidential election from former President Donald Trump "unhinged." Trump claimed Saturday that "the entire database of Maricopa County ... has been DELETED! This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the forensic audit, is up in arms." Richer called Trump's statement a "plain-as-day lie" and urged his fellow Republicans to help him convey that message. "We can't indulge these insane lies any longer," he tweeted. "As a party. As a state. As a country." The Arizona Senate took possession of more than 2 million Maricopa County ballots and election equipment last month for a much-criticized, slow-moving hand recount of the presidential race, which President Biden won.

Source: Politico, Stephen Richer