PHN Rewind (11 – 17 April)

In this week’s rewind, Israeli troops conduct operations in the West Bank, Sorbonne University students protest against election runoff, tropical storm Megi causes dozens of deaths in the Philippines, and other stories.

Israel Conducts “Counterterrorism Operations” in West Bank Cities After Attacks in Tel Aviv

Following a series of attacks in Tel Aviv, Israeli troops have been conducting “counterterrorism operations” in the Palestinian territories.

During the operations, a Palestinian man was shot dead in Nablus, a West Bank city.

The Palestinian health ministry stated that “the young man, Muhammad Hassan Muhammad Assaf, 34, died after being shot in the chest by the Israeli occupation army during the aggression on the city of Nablus.”

31 people were injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammar: “Putin is in His Own War Logic.”

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer met with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week to discuss his actions in Ukraine.

Austria’s chancellor said that President Putin is “in his own war logic.” He added that “he thinks the war is necessary for security guarantees for the Russian Federation. He doesn’t trust the international community. He blames Ukrainians for genocides in the Donbas region,” according to NBC.

Nehammer also stated that the Russian president believes that he is winning the war against Ukraine.

Deadly Tropical Storm Megi Hits the Philippines

The tropical storm Megi hit villages in the central Philippines last week, causing dozens of deaths.

Rescuers have been looking for survivors of floods and landslides. Over 65 people were found dead and more than 100 people were injured.

Storm Megi is the strongest to hit the Southeast Asian archipelago this year.

The storm mainly hit Leyte, a city in the center of the Philippines, and other areas like Sorsogon, Masbate, and Roxas.

Almost 200 floods were reported over the weekend and around 30,000 families fled their homes.

President Emmanuel Macron Refuses to Accuse Putin of Genocide

While President Joe Biden accused Russia of carrying out “genocide” in Ukraine, the French and German leaders refused to do the same.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky considered the leaders’ reactions “painful” and claimed in a press conference that he would “definitely do his best to discuss this issue with him.”

French President Emmanuel Macron told France 2 television that leaders should be careful with words and terminology in these situations.

France: Students Protest Against Presidential Runoff

Following the results of the first round of the French presidential election, hundreds of students went out on the streets of Sorbonne University to protest against the second round of the election.

The French presidential runoff will take place on 24 April between the far-right leader Marine Le Pen and the centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron.

The students involved in the protests believe that the two candidates do not take into account crucial issues such as climate, racism, and islamophobic and sexist violence.

Hundreds of students also protested in Sciences Po Paris and Sciences Po Nancy.

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