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by in World on 4th June, 2018

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1. Gazan young Medic Murdered by Israeli snipers

What happened?

Razan Al-Najjar 21, was murdered at the Gazan border, after dedicating her time to treating wounded protesters. The young medic, and mother, who courageously dedicated her life on the front lines, was physically stopped in her tracks when an Israeli sniper shot a hole in her chest at the east of Khan Younis on Friday 1st June, in the evening. She was treated by a group of medics in a makeshift tent before she passed away.

How did the IDF (Israeli Defence League) respond?

The IDF said in a statement that it responded with “riot dispersal means” and operated “in accordance with the rules of engagement.” It said it would investigate Najjar’s death.

Testimony to Razans life’s work and character thousands attended her funeral on Saturday, June 2nd with millions making prayers for her across the globe. Many medics attended in white coats to honour her life’s work, as her father held her bloodstained coat at the funeral. More than 115 people have been murdered since protests began near the Gazan border, at the end of March 2018. As Israel’s crimes continue without accountability.

2. Indonesian designer is Jailed for multi-million dollar Fraud

What Happened?

Indonesian designer, Anniesa Hasibuan who made history at New York Fashion Week this year with all of her models were in hijabs, is being jailed for fraud. Anniesa Hasibuan and her husband, Andika Surachman were found guilty recently for creating a scam via their travel agency, ‘First Travel.’  The travel agency advertised mini-pilgrimage trips to Mecca, but the couple had been embezzling over $60m (£45m). Prosecutors say None of the trips took place. Hasibaun is said to be sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for the crime.

The designer has been described as a “leader in Islamic fashion.” She shot to fame for her multi Islamic themed designs, taken to the most well-known runways. The designer has since been dropped from Forbes Most Inspiring Women list.

3. Volcano fire erupts in Guatemala burying many families

What happened?

Fears arise that the number of fatalities in Guatemala is rising after lava spewed from a volcano burying people in its wake. So far at least 25 people have died,  after the volcano erupted, spreading lava into local villages.  Over 3,200 people have been evacuated to nearby communities, as up to 25 people have died, and almost 300 injured. Eyewitnesses said the lava set a house on fire, killing four people, and a further two children were killed after watching the eruption from a bridge. Read more here.

4. North Koreas Kim Jong Un fires three military generals

What happened?

Kim Jong-un,  leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has fired three of Koreas head military generals ahead of the upcoming summit with Donald Trump that will occur on the 12 June, in Singapore.

Why?

This will be the first meeting of its kind between the US and North Korea as the leaders bridge better relations between North Korea and South Korea, North Korea and the US. Kims military re assignment may imply he is willing to ‘tame the military’. Trump cancelled the summit just a week earlier but quickly revived it calling for the summit to take place in June. Reports suggest that Trump isn’t the only president to meet with the North Korean leader, Russian president Vladimir Putin may also set up a meeting in September. As well as Syrian president Bashar Al-assad.

Ken Gause, director of the International Affairs Group at CNA, said: “If Kim Jong Un is set on making peace with the US and South Korea and dealing away at least part of the nuclear programme, he will have to put the KPA’s (Koreans Peoples Army -Koreas military) influence in a box and keep it there. “This reshuffle has brought to the fore the officers who can do just that. They are loyal to Kim Jong Un and no one else.”

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