Four people were killed and six wounded in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv last night.
Two separate attacks occurred in the Sarona market near Israel’s army headquarters and the defence ministry. Local news outlets say that eyewitnesses report the gunmen were disguised as Orthodox Jews. Israeli police said that the gunmen came from Yatta, a Palestinian village near the West Bank town of Hebron. Both attackers are in police custody, one in hospital, wounded.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an urgent cabinet meeting after the incident.
The US State Department denounced the attack. “Cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified,” said Mark Toner, the department spokesman.
Iraqi counter-terrorism forces secure southern Fallujah
Iraqi troops have entered Fallujah, an important city held by the Islamic State fundamentalist for two years, and secured its southern edge, the Associated Press reported from Iraq. The offensive to retake the city, 60 kilometres west of Baghdad, began two weeks ago raising concerns about the safety of 50,000 civilians trapped inside the city as the militants offered aggressive resistance.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met troops on Wednesday, instructing his forces to protect civilians as they engage in house-to-house battles with ISIS. “We expect to face more resistance, especially because we are the only forces entering the city,” said General Haider Fadel, commander of the counter-terrorism forces.
Papua New Guinea court bans student protests
The PNG Government has denied reports that four people died in the police shooting at the University of Papua New Guinea yesterday during student protests against government corruption. Reports this morning said 17 people were injured when police open fire on the students. The students were trying to march towards parliament to denounce Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s handling of corruption allegations and mismanagement of the economy. Violence erupted when police tried to arrest the president of the student council.
The University has now obtained a court order banning further protest and preventing students from boycotting classes. Mr O’Neill has blamed the opposition for the unrest and believes it was fuelled by external agitators, saying “The people behind these protests have political agendas. Members of the Opposition have been engaging with students.” Mr Powes Parkop, the Governor of Port Moresby, has taken the students’ side, saying the use of live ammunition was completely unwarranted. – Compiled from web sources by Ariana Norton, Joseph Walz, Zabrina Potestas and Samantha Besgrove