Israel launches airstrikes, Hamas fires rockets as war enters week two
Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it called militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building in Gaza City, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets at Israel early Tuesday as the war was entering a second week. The strikes toppled the Kahil building, which contains libraries and educational centers belonging to the Islamic University. Israel claims to have inflicted heavy damage on Hamas’ military infrastructure, but Israeli airstrikes and bombardments damaged at least 18 hospitals and clinics and destroyed a health facility, the World Health Organization said. Israel has vowed to continue operations, and the United States has signaled that it will not pressure both sides for a ceasefire even as President Joe Biden “has expressed support” for a ceasefire. fire. The change came after 29 Democratic and Independent Senators issued a joint statement on the issue earlier Monday.
COVID-19 infections are on the decline in all states, report says
A report released on Tuesday will show COVID-19 infections are on the decline in all 50 states, President Joe Biden said. The report follows news that the pace of new coronavirus infections has fallen to its pre-outbreak level last weekend. The United States reported 232,489 cases in the week ending Sunday, a few thousand fewer than it did in the week of September 12, the day before the fall wave began and turn into a disastrous winter. Daily infections now total less than half of what they were a month ago and a small fraction of January’s rampaging numbers. The United States continues to report about 600 deaths per day, about a fifth of the rate seen in January.
‘Life-threatening’ floods and storms hit Gulf coast
Thunderstorms and flash floods hit the Gulf Coast and they are expected to become a greater concern in the region on Tuesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood emergency in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as some areas reported up to 12 inches of rain. A number of tornado warnings have been issued in various towns and the NWS has urged residents at risk to seek higher ground. The weather service said the likelihood of flooding was high with storms coming in throughout the week.
Ohio kids can apply for immunization scholarships
Starting Tuesday, Ohio’s 12 to 17-year-olds who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can sign up for a design that would give them a full public college scholarship if they win. The drawings will take place for five consecutive Wednesdays to select a student who will receive the scholarship, which will cover tuition, accommodation and books. The raffle is part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s effort to increase immunizations in the state. In addition to the scholarships, the state will also give out $ 1 million in prizes to five adults who get the vaccine. Winners will be drawn from the Ohio Secretary of State’s voter registration database.
NBA play-in tournament begins
The NBA will begin its play-in tournament on Tuesday to determine the full seeds for the playoffs. The tournament kicks off with the four Eastern Conference teams competing for places. Early in the game, No. 9 seed Charlotte Hornets will face the 10th seed Indiana Pacers (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT). The final game will feature the Boston Celtics (No.7) hosting the Washington Wizards (No.8) (9 p.m. ET, TNT). The tournament continues through Friday, before the traditional NBA Best-of-7 playoff begins on Saturday. The way the play-in tournament works is that the seventh and eighth place teams in each conference go head-to-head and the winner takes the 7th seed. The loser of this match plays the winner of the match 9-10. The winner of this match becomes the No. 8 seed.
Contribute: The Associated Press