MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Thu, 05 Aug 2021 22:57:14 +0000 US condemns rocket attacks in Israel, Kabul attack http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/dea655518252499e899883ae0ae44946 The State Department is condemning the rocket attacks that occured in Israel after Hamas militants fired numerous rockets on Monday. It also condemned the brutal attack on a girl's school in Kabul that killed dozens of people. (May 10) dea655518252499e899883ae0ae44946 Mon, 10 May 2021 19:25:25 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:DEPARTMENT OF STATE TVWashington, DC - 10 May 2021++EDIT STARTS ON A SOUNDBITE++1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ned Price, State Department Spokesman"Let me start by saying that the United States condemns in the strongest terms the barrage of rocket attacks fired into Israel in recent hours. This is an unacceptable escalation. While we urge de-escalation on all sides, we also recognize Israel's legitimate right to defend itself, and to defend its people and its territory. It is critical for all sides to ensure calm and de-escalate tensions and avoid violent confrontations, such as the responsible decision to reroute today's parade. More broadly, we're deeply concerned about the situation in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including violent confrontations in Jerusalem, particularly in the Haram al-Sharif Temple Mount that has resulted in at least one hundred and eighty additional injuries, as well as the rocket fire from Gaza hitting houses in Jerusalem, and the threat of further rocket attacks.  ++WHITE FLASH SEPARATES SOUNDBITES++2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ned Price, State Department Spokesman"The United States condemns the horrifying attack in Kabul on Saturday, targeting an innocent, innocent Afghan girl school... innocent Afghan girls at their school, excuse me. The death toll in that attack is now over 80 individuals, most of them girls in their teens, killed for nothing more than pursuing an education and a brighter future. We wish a speedy recovery to the many wounded and grieve with the families of the victims. We are still looking into what, or who is responsible. But I would note that ISIS has been responsible for similar attacks on Shia communities in Kabul in the past. We note the Taliban has denied involvement in the attack and we welcome their announcement of a three day cease fire over the upcoming Eid holiday."++EDIT ENDS ON A SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:The U.S. State Department is condemning the rocket attacks that occured in Israel after Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets following clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem.Hundreds of Palestinians were hurt in those clashes which took place at flashpoint religious site in the contested holy city. The early evening attack on Jerusalem drastically escalated the already heightened tensions throughout the region following weeks of confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters that have threatened to become a wider conflict. "This is an unacceptable escalation while we urge de-escalation on all sides, we also recognize Israel's legitimate right to defend itself, and to defend its people and its territory," said State Department Spokesman Ned Price.The Israeli military responded with airstrikes in Gaza that killed at least one person, and officials warned of an open-ended operation against the territory's Hamas militant rulers "It is critical for all sides to ensure calm and de-escalate tensions and avoid violent confrontations," Price said. The State Department also condemned a brutal attack on a girls’ school on Saturday in Kabul that killed as dozens of people, most of them students between 11 and 15 years old. The death toll from the attack still continues to climb. "The death toll in that attack is now over 80 individuals, most of them girls in their teens, killed for nothing more than pursuing an education and a brighter future," Price said.   The Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack, which occurred in a mostly Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi in western Kabul, where past attacks have been carried out by the Islamic State's affiliate in Afghanistan. So far, no group has claimed the attack on the school.The Taliban has announced a three-day cease-fire for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan this week. But hours later, a roadside bombing killed 11 passengers on a bus in eastern Afghanistan amid the relentless violence that has gripped the country. The U.S. and NATO are withdrawing the last of their military forces from Afghanistan. The final 2,500-3,500 American soldiers and roughly 7,000 allied NATO forces will leave by Sept. 11 at the latest.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. The State Department is condemning the rocket attacks that occured in Israel after Hamas militants fired numerous rockets on Monday. It also condemned the brutal attack on a girl's school in Kabul that killed dozens of people. (May 10) US condemns rocket attacks in Israel, Kabul attack