61 patay, higit 200 ang sugatan sa air strike ng Israel sa Gaza

admin   •   July 11, 2014   •   3916

Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip
CREDIT : REUTERS / IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA

JERUSALEM, Israel — Naka-red alert na ang buong southern at central Israel dahil sa posibilidad na pagpasok ng mga grupong Hamas sa lugar.

Kagabi, apat na militante ang nagtangkang pumasok sa Zikim malapit sa border ng Gaza Strip ngunit napatay naman ang mga ito ng Israel defense forces.

Patuloy ang pag-intercept ng Israel sa mga rocket attack ng Hamas sa ilang bahagi ng bansa gaya ng Tel Aviv sa Jerusalem. Kaya naman ipinag-utos na ng munisipyo ng Tel Aviv at ng mayor ng Jerusalem na buksan na ang lahat ng public shelters.

Kasabay nito, pinaigting na rin ng Israel ang air strikes sa Gaza laban sa mga militanteng grupo.

Sa nakalipas na 24 oras, umaabot na sa 61 ang nasawi at nasa 500 ang sugatan sa isinasagawang air strikes ng Israel sa kuta ng mga ito sa Gaza.

Ayon kay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nakahanda silang ipagtanggol ang kanilang mamamayan anoman ang mangyari.

“Today, we expanded our operations against Hamas and the other terrorist groups in Gaza. We’ll continue to protect our civilians against Hamas attacks on them. Now, Hamas, by contrast, is deliberately putting Palestinian civilians into harm’s way.”

Dagdag pa ni Netanyahu, “Hamas is thus committing a double war crime — it targets Israeli civilians, while hiding behind Palestinian civilians. this operation could take time. We resolve to defend our families, and our homes.”

Ngayon araw ay nagpatawag na ng emergency meeting ang United Nations Security Council upang pahupain ang tensyon sa gitnang silangan.

Samantala, pinagiingat na ng embahada ng Pilipinas sa Israel ang ating mga kababayan doon dahil sa nagaganap na sagupaan.

Sa emergency advisory na inilabas ng embahada, pinapayuhan ang lahat ng Pilipino na maging mapagmatyag at iwasan munang pumunta sa matataong lugar.

Binuksan rin ng embahada ang kanilang emergency hotlines para sa mga Pilipinong mangangailangan ng tulong, tumawag lamang sa 054-466-1188.

Ayon sa Central Bureau of Statistics, aabot sa 20-libong Pilipino ang kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho sa Israel na karamihan ay nasa siyudad ng Tel Aviv, Jerusalem at Haifa. (Roselle Agustin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Like Pac-Man, innovative Israeli coronavirus mask gobbles food

UNTV News   •   May 19, 2020

Israeli inventors have developed a coronavirus mask that allows diners to eat food without taking it off, a device that could make a visit to a restaurant less risky.

A squeeze of a lever, much like a cyclist operates a handbrake, opens a slot in the front of the mask so that food can pass through.

The process could get messy with ice cream or sauces, but more solid morsels can be gobbled up in a flash in the style of Pac-Man in the iconic video game.

“The mask will be opened mechanically by hand remote or automatically when the fork is coming to the mask,” said Asaf Gitelis, vice president of Avtipus Patents and Inventions, who demonstrated the device at its offices near Tel Aviv.

“Then you can eat, enjoy, drink and you take out the fork and it will be closed, and you’re protected against the virus and other people sitting with you.”

The company said it plans to start manufacturing the mask within months and had already submitted a patent. It said it would likely sell at a 3 to 10 shekel ($0.85 to $2.85) premium above the price of the simple pale blue medical masks many Israelis wear.

Outside a juice bar in Tel Aviv, Reuters showed a cellphone video of the mask in action. Opinion was divided.

“I think this mask that enables me to eat while I’m still wearing it, it’s a must have,” said Ofir Hameiri, a 32-year-old graduate student.

But maskless and eating an ice cream cone, Ron Silberstein, a 29-year-old musician, said: “I don’t think this mask could hold this kind of ice cream – it’s dripping all over. I wouldn’t want to wear it afterward”.

Israel has largely reopened its economy after a dramatic drop in cases of the novel coronavirus. But restaurants are open only for takeout for the time being. (Reuters)

(Production: Eli Berlzon, Rami Amichai, Rinat Harash, Jeffrey Heller)

Israel’s Supreme Court clears Netanyahu to form government despite corruption charges

UNTV News   •   May 7, 2020

Photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and head of the Blue and White party Benny Gantz signing an agreement to form an emergency coalition government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment on corruption charges does not disqualify him from forming a government, Israel’s top court said late on Wednesday (May 6), paving the way for the veteran leader to remain in power.

In its ruling against opposition petitioners, the Supreme Court also found that Netanyahu’s unity government deal with his election rival Benny Gantz does not violate the law, dismissing arguments that it unlawfully shields him in a corruption trial.

The ruling removes a critical legal hurdle to the coalition government the right-wing Netanyahu and centrist Gantz plan to swear in next week, following three inconclusive elections in the past year.

It also moves the country closer to ending its political deadlock as it grapples with the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.

Netanyahu was indicted in January on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He denies any wrongdoing in all three cases. (Reuters)

(Production: Eli Berklzon, Rami Amichay, Lee Marzel)

Israeli firm treats COVID-19 patient using placenta therapy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2020

An Israeli regenerative medicine company that is developing a platform of novel biological therapeutic products has announced that they were able to treat their first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in New Jersey, USA under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Single Patient Expanded Access Program, also known as a compassionate use program.

In a statement, Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. said the treatment is “part of the U.S. Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), an emergency program for possible therapies that uses every available method to move new treatments to patients as quickly as possible.”

Pluristem said the patient was administered a treatment called Placental expanded (PLX) cell therapy.

The company added that the patient was critically ill with respiratory failure due to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) prior to the PLX treatment.

The patient was also under mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit (ICU) for three weeks.

Pluristem CEO and President Yaky Yanay said they are now focusing on the initiation of a multinational clinical study.

“In parallel with our planned clinical trial, we expect to continue treating patients under compassionate use through the appropriate regulatory clearances in the United States and Israel, as well as expanding treatment under compassionate use in other countries,” he said. AAC

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