Real Risk, Few Precautions (Revelation 6:12)

     By WILLIAM K. STEVENSPublished: October 24, 1989
AN EARTHQUAKE as powerful as the one that struck northern California last week could occur almost anywhere along the East Coast, experts say. And if it did, it would probably cause far more destruction than the West Coast quake.
The chances of such an occurrence are much less in the East than on the West Coast. Geologic stresses in the East build up only a hundredth to a thousandth as fast as in California, and this means that big Eastern quakes are far less frequent. Scientists do not really know what the interval between them might be, nor are the deeper-lying geologic faults that cause them as accessible to study. So seismologists are at a loss to predict when or where they will strike.
But they do know that a temblor with a magnitude estimated at 7 on the Richter scale – about the same magnitude as last week’s California quake – devastated Charleston, S.C., in 1886. And after more than a decade of study, they also know that geologic structures similar to those that caused the Charleston quake exist all along the Eastern Seaboard.
For this reason, ”we can’t preclude that a Charleston-sized earthquake might occur anywhere along the East Coast,” said David Russ, the assistant chief geologist of the United States Geological Survey in Reston, Va. ”It could occur in Washington. It could occur in New York.”
If that happens, many experts agree, the impact will probably be much greater than in California.Easterners, unlike Californians, have paid very little attention to making buildings and other structures earthquake-proof or earthquake-resistant. ”We don’t have that mentality here on the East Coast,” said Robert Silman, a New York structural engineer whose firm has worked on 3,800 buildings in the metropolitan area.
Moreover, buildings, highways, bridges, water and sewer systems and communications networks in the East are all older than in the West and consequently more vulnerable to damage. Even under normal conditions, for instance, water mains routinely rupture in New York City.
The result, said Dr. John Ebel, a geophysicist who is the assistant director of Boston College’s Weston Observatory, is that damage in the East would probably be more widespread, more people could be hurt and killed, depending on circumstances like time of day, and ”it would probably take a lot longer to get these cities back to useful operating levels.”
On top of this, scientists say, an earthquake in the East can shake an area 100 times larger than a quake of the same magnitude in California. This is because the earth’s crust is older, colder and more brittle in the East and tends to transmit seismic energy more efficiently. ”If you had a magnitude 7 earthquake and you put it halfway between New York City and Boston,” Dr. Ebel said, ”you would have the potential of doing damage in both places,” not to mention cities like Hartford and Providence.
Few studies have been done of Eastern cities’ vulnerability to earthquakes. But one, published last June in The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, calculated the effects on New York City of a magnitude 6 earthquake. That is one-tenth the magnitude of last week’s California quake, but about the same as the Whittier, Calif., quake two years ago.
The study found that such an earthquake centered 17 miles southeast of City Hall, off Rockaway Beach, would cause $11 billion in damage to buildings and start 130 fires. By comparison, preliminary estimates place the damage in last week’s California disaster at $4 billion to $10 billion. If the quake’s epicenter were 11 miles southeast of City Hall, the study found, there would be about $18 billion in damage; if 5 miles, about $25 billion.
No estimates on injuries or loss of life were made. But a magnitude 6 earthquake ”would probably be a disaster unparalleled in New York history,” wrote the authors of the study, Charles Scawthorn and Stephen K. Harris of EQE Engineering in San Francisco.
The study was financed by the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The research and education center, supported by the National Science Foundation and New York State, was established in 1986 to help reduce damage and loss of life from earthquakes.
The study’s postulated epicenter of 17 miles southeast of City Hall was the location of the strongest quake to strike New York since it has been settled, a magnitude 5 temblor on Aug. 10, 1884. That 1884 quake rattled bottles and crockery in Manhattan and frightened New Yorkers, but caused little damage. Seismologists say a quake of that order is likely to occur within 50 miles of New York City every 300 years. Quakes of magnitude 5 are not rare in the East. The major earthquake zone in the eastern half of the country is the central Mississippi Valley, where a huge underground rift causes frequent geologic dislocations and small temblors. The most powerful quake ever known to strike the United States occurred at New Madrid, Mo., in 1812. It was later estimated at magnitude 8.7 and was one of three quakes to strike that area in 1811-12, all of them stronger than magnitude 8. They were felt as far away as Washington, where they rattled chandeliers, Boston and Quebec.
Because the New Madrid rift is so active, it has been well studied, and scientists have been able to come up with predictions for the central Mississippi valley, which includes St. Louis and Memphis. According to Dr. Russ, there is a 40 to 63 percent chance that a quake of magnitude 6 will strike that area between now and the year 2000, and an 86 to 97 percent chance that it will do so by 2035. The Federal geologists say there is a 1 percent chance or less of a quake greater than magnitude 7 by 2000, and a 4 percent chance or less by 2035.
Elsewhere in the East, scientists are limited in their knowledge of probabilities partly because faults that could cause big earthquakes are buried deeper in the earth’s crust. In contrast to California, where the boundary between two major tectonic plates creates the San Andreas and related faults, the eastern United States lies in the middle of a major tectonic plate. Its faults are far less obvious, their activity far more subtle, and their slippage far slower. 
Any large earthquake would be ”vastly more serious” in the older cities of the East than in California,  said Dr. Tsu T. Soong, a professor of civil engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo who is a researcher in earthquake-mitigation technology at the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research. First, he said, many buildings are simply older, and therefore weaker and more  vulnerable to collapse. Second, there is no seismic construction code in most of the East as there is in California, where such codes have been in place for decades.
The vulnerability is evident in many ways. ”I’m sitting here looking out my window,” said Mr. Silman, the structural engineer in New York, ”and I see a bunch of water tanks all over the place” on rooftops. ”They are not anchored down at all, and it’s very possible they would fall in an earthquake.”
 Many brownstones, he said, constructed as they are of unreinforced masonry walls with wood joists between, ”would just go like a house of cards.” Unreinforced masonry, in fact, is the single most vulnerable structure, engineers say. Such buildings are abundant, even predominant, in many older cities. The Scawthorn-Harris study reviewed inventories of all buildings in Manhattan as of 1972 and found that 28,884, or more than half, were built of unreinforced masonry. Of those, 23,064 were three to five stories high.
Buildings of reinforced masonry, reinforced concrete and steel would hold up much better, engineers say, and wooden structures are considered intrinsically tough in ordinary circumstances. The best performers, they say, would probably be skyscrapers built in the last 20 years. As Mr. Silman explained, they have been built to withstand high winds, and the same structural features that enable them to do so also help them resist an earthquake’s force. But even these new towers have not been provided with the seismic protections required in California and so are more vulnerable than similar structures on the West Coast.
Buildings in New York are not generally constructed with such seismic protections as base-isolated structures, in which the building is allowed to shift with the ground movement; or with flexible frames that absorb and distribute energy through columns and beams so that floors can flex from side to side, or with reinforced frames that help resist distortion.
”If you’re trying to make a building ductile – able to absorb energy – we’re not geared to think that way,” said Mr. Silman.
New York buildings also contain a lot of decorative stonework, which can be dislodged and turned into lethal missiles by an earthquake. In California, building codes strictly regulate such architectural details.
Manhattan does, however, have at least one mitigating factor: ”We are blessed with this bedrock island,” said Mr. Silman. ”That should work to our benefit; we don’t have shifting soils. But there are plenty of places that are problem areas, particularly the shoreline areas,” where landfills make the ground soft and unstable.
As scientists have learned more about geologic faults in the Northeast, the nation’s uniform building code – the basic, minimum code followed throughout the country – has been revised accordingly. Until recently, the code required newly constructed buildings in New York City to withstand at least 19 percent of the side-to-side seismic force that a comparable building in the seismically active areas of California must handle. Now the threshold has been raised to 25 percent.
New York City, for the first time, is moving to adopt seismic standards as part of its own building code. Local and state building codes can and do go beyond the national code. Charles M. Smith Jr., the city Building Commissioner, last spring formed a committee of scientists, engineers, architects and government officials to recommend the changes.
”They all agree that New York City should anticipate an earthquake,” Mr. Smith said. As to how big an earthquake, ”I don’t think anybody would bet on a magnitude greater than 6.5,” he said. ”I don’t know,” he added, ”that our committee will go so far as to acknowledge” the damage levels in the Scawthorn-Harris study, characterizing it as ”not without controversy.”
For the most part, neither New York nor any other Eastern city has done a detailed survey of just how individual buildings and other structures would be affected, and how or whether to modify them.
”The thing I think is needed in the East is a program to investigate all the bridges” to see how they would stand up to various magnitudes of earthquake,” said Bill Geyer, the executive vice president of the New York engineering firm of Steinman, Boynton, Gronquist and Birdsall, which is rehabilitating the cable on the Williamsburg Bridge. ”No one has gone through and done any analysis of the existing bridges.”
In general, he said, the large suspension bridges, by their nature, ”are not susceptible to the magnitude of earthquake you’d expect in the East.” But the approaches and side spans of some of them might be, he said, and only a bridge-by-bridge analysis would tell. Nor, experts say, are some elevated highways in New York designed with the flexibility and ability to accommodate motion that would enable them to withstand a big temblor.
Tunnels Vulnerable
The underground tunnels that carry travelers under the rivers into Manhattan, those that contain the subways and those that carry water, sewers and natural gas would all be vulnerable to rupture, engineers say. The Lincoln, Holland, PATH and Amtrak tunnels, for instance, go from bedrock in Manhattan to soft soil under the Hudson River to bedrock again in New Jersey, said Mark Carter, a partner in Raamot Associates, geotechnical engineers specializing in soils and foundations.
Likewise, he said, subway tunnels between Manhattan and Queens go from hard rock to soft soil to hard rock on Roosevelt Island, to soft soil again and back to rock. The boundaries between soft soil and rock are points of weakness, he said.
”These structures are old,” he said, ”and as far as I know they have not been designed for earthquake loadings.”
Even if it is possible to survey all major buildings and facilities to determine what corrections can be made, cities like New York would then face a major decision: Is it worth spending the money to modify buildings and other structures to cope with a quake that might or might not come in 100, or 200 300 years or more?
”That is a classical problem” in risk-benefit analysis, said Dr. George Lee, the acting director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center in Buffalo. As more is learned about Eastern earthquakes, he said, it should become ”possible to talk about decision-making.” But for now, he said, ”I think it’s premature for us to consider that question.”

The South Korean Horn Prepares for Nuclear War: Daniel 7

S Korea developing missile as powerful as nuclear weapon

Three-tonne missile designed to destroy underground facilities by penetrating tunnels to effectively nullify nuclear launches.

South Korea is in the final stages of developing a surface-to-surface ballistic missile as powerful as a tactical nuclear warhead, Yonhap news agency reported, as the country unveiled budget proposals aimed at bolstering its defences against North Korea.

According to the report published on Thursday, the new weapon can carry a warhead of up to three tonnes with a flight range of 350 to 400 km (217 to 248 miles).

The missile is designed to destroy underground missile facilities and bases by penetrating underground tunnels to effectively nullify nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) ahead of their launches. The report said it can also reach all areas of North Korea if fired from around the inter-Korean border.

The project went ahead after the full lifting of US-imposed restrictions on missile development.

“We will develop stronger, longer-range and more precise missiles so as to exercise deterrence and achieve security and peace on the Korean Peninsula,” the South Korean government said in a statement.

In its defence blueprint for 2022 to 2026, the defence ministry said it would develop new missiles “with significantly enhanced destructive power”, upgrade missile defence systems and deploy new interceptors against long-range artillery.

The missile would be the latest in a tit-for-tat conventional missile race between the two Koreas.

‘Shutting provocations’

In 2020, South Korea announced its new Hyunmoo-4 short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) could carry a 2-tonne warhead, while in March North Korea tested an SRBM that it said could deliver a 2.5-tonne payload. The Hyunmoo-4 is South Korea’s largest missile.

“Following the termination of the guidelines, we will exercise deterrence against potential threats and improve strike capabilities against main targets,” the defence ministry statement said.

Before the decade is out, Asia will be bristling with conventional missiles that fly farther and faster, hit harder, and are more sophisticated than ever before – a stark and dangerous change from recent years, analysts, diplomats, and military officials have said.

Overall, South Korea’s defence blueprint calls for spending 315.2 trillion won (US$273bn) in the next five years, a 5.8 percent year-on-year increase on average, as it continues to bolster its defences amid threats from Pyongyang.

On Friday, an International Atomic Energy Agency report said it has detected “deeply troubling” indications that a key nuclear reactor at North Korea’s main Yongbyon complex has been in operation since July.

South Korea’s defence ministry said that in order “to shut out provocations at a long distance”, the country will “sharply increase the number of interceptors targeting mid- and long-range missiles,” as it seeks to develop its own interceptor system, similar to Israel’s Iron Dome.

To better detect such threats across the Korean Peninsula, the military will deploy additional missile early warning radar systems and strengthen its surveillance capabilities, it said.

The defence plan also seeks to expand Seoul’s presence in space with an eye to deploy a new radar system to monitor space objects by the early 2030s.

Meanwhile, its Navy also plans to build more 3,000-tonne or larger submarines to replace ageing frigates with new ones with improved operational and combat capabilities.

The Taliban and World War III Part 2: Revelation 8

Potential World War-III scenario feat Taliban – Part 2

In our first piece on this topic, we analysed what events might lead up to a Third World War. We looked at how the current situation with the Taliban might unfold into something disastrous. All of this was realistic and possible. Today, in this piece, we will look a little further into the future. We will speculate as to what might happen should such a conflict unfold.

At our last juncture, we found that Chinese ministers had been spotted with Taliban officials. Russian forces had looked to annex the Crimea once more without launching an attack. In addition, they seemed to be working alongside Chinese officials. The USA has launched small-scale attacks against North Korea. India has aligned itself with the West in exchange for recognition of its power over Kashmir. Pakistan, however, is searching for lost nuclear weapons within their territory. In Somalia, Al-Shabaab has declared itself as the government of the state, led by Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the White Widow.

It is the Spring of 2022, and international tensions are running high.

1st April 2022: Leaked social media pictures appear online of an aircraft hangar in Pakistan. They depict large crates of an unknown substance which is labelled as a biohazard. In the foreground are Chinese and Russian military officials, as well as scientists from both countries. In the background, although slightly blurry, there is a woman wearing traditional Muslim clothing. The media begin to speculate that this is the White Widow. Russia and China immediately deny that they have anything to do with her. They call the leaked photo a hoax created by the West to cause unrest.

8th April 2022: A number of American and British Operatives are captured by Pakistani forces at the same aircraft hangar that the photographs were taken. Global media speculates that they were involved in an operation to extract The White Widow.

4th May 2022: Several Somali and Afghan known terrorists are arrested at airports in Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Kyiv and Cape Town. They all travelled on the same day. Fears rise at how many terrorists slipped through the net.

1st June 2022: Several people in large cities have fallen ill with a new deadly virus. It appears to have a high mortality rate, almost 10% of those who it infects, as well as being extremely contagious.

4th July 2022: It is not a happy Independence Day in America. President Joe Biden announces that there is significant intelligence to suggest that this new virus was manmade. Lockdowns have begun all around the world, crippling economies and causing humanitarian crises. Infections are particularly bad in Western Europe, The United States, India, and Ukraine. Biden suggests that as soon as it is confirmed who made the virus, significant real-world action will be taken.

2nd August 2022: President Biden announces that the virus, which has already killed over 100,000 people, was made in a Chinese laboratory. CIA intelligence has revealed that it was distributed in May by Afghan and Somali terrorist cells, supplied from a distribution centre in Pakistan, and funded by Russian and Chinese sources. Russia and China immediately deny all involvement and renounce terrorism.

4th August 2022: Large-scale military action is taken. Troops are deployed to Somalia and Afghanistan. The swiftness of the action catches local organisations unaware, and they capitulate immediately.

11th August 2022: Attentions turn to Pakistan. Indian troops cross the border from one side. American and British troops cross from the other side. Pakistan is caught in a pincer movement. Officials say it is not an invasion, but the source of the virus needs to be found for further intelligence gathering. Despite this, Lahore is quickly occupied by Indian troops.

20th August 2022: Pakistan officials release a press statement requesting that US forces withdraw from their country, as well as cease military action in Afghanistan and Somalia. They point to non-specific consequences should their demands not be met. Russia and China also condemn what they call an invasion.

10th September 2022: Pakistan’s demands are not met. The military regime there gives 24 hours before it carries out its unspecified threat. The virus is still raging in Western countries. They refuse to back down, saying that they will not stop until they find its source. Their military intervention is yet to locate the hangar or any evidence of the virus’s origin.

11th September 2022: A rocket blasts from Pakistan and is picked up from satellites. It is heading towards New York, 21 years after 9/11. US anti-nuclear defence systems intercept the warhead and bring it down. They now know that Pakistan found its lost nuclear weapons, but they do not know where the other ones are.

12th September 2022: China begins a full ground invasion of India. It cuts across the country and annexes Kashmir, leaving most of their forces unable to access the rest of the country. This takes just a few days. At the same time, Russia invades Ukraine, which collapses almost immediately. They also move into Georgia. Turkey announces an alliance with Russia. They now have a wall of territory separating the East from the West.

1st October 2022: Russian and Chinese troops land in Pakistan and begin to engage in what they call a peacekeeping mission. They drive the Western troops back into Afghanistan. Indian troops are caught in a cauldron in Kashmir, totally encircled. Threats are issued that the Indian troops will be wiped out if the US does not leave Afghanistan.

14th October 2022: Bombs containing nerve agents are set off in several Chinese and Russian bases across their military establishment, killing thousands. The Chinese and Russian government blames the USA, who accepts responsibility. President Biden points to the Eastern alliance making the first move by releasing a virus. He accepts that all the nations have now moved into a full-scale biological war.

To Be Continued

Post Script: Special thanks to David Klassen, who writes at future wiki fandom under the username DJK95. I took a few important and realistic narratives Of Korea mentioned in part-1 of this series from his fiction article on World War III.

All the horns are Nuking Up: Daniel

China Pushes for Nuclear Weapons Buildup After U.S. Claims it Will Surpass Russia’s Arsenal

By Jenni Fink On 9/2/21 at 4:58 PM EDT

The Global Times, a China state-run media outlet, denied its nuclear arsenal will surpass Russia’s nuclear capabilities anytime soon, but advocated for continuing to develop the weapons to deter a conflict with the United States.

A top adversary of the United States, China’s buildup of its nuclear arsenal raised concerns among U.S. officials. U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas Bussiere, who oversees America’s arsenal, warned that China’s rapid development was no longer aligned with public comments that Beijing’s goal was a minimum nuclear deterrent and said in a few years, the nuclear threat presented by China could exceed that of Russia’s.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, accused Bussiere of seeking to “sow discord” between Russia and China by implying Russia should be concerned about China’s nuclear capabilities. Xijin also denied China was rapidly building up its arsenal to the point that it could overtake Russia’s, writing in the op-ed that it’s “incredible” to consider the country capable of doing that in the “foreseeable future.”

In early July, the State Department called China’s nuclear buildup concerning. Congressman Mark Turner saw it as a signal that the country was “deploying nuclear weapons to threaten the United States and our allies” and Representative Mike Rogers said it highlights America’s need to modernize its nuclear deterrent.

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The Global Times denied China’s nuclear arsenal would surpass Russia’s in the near future, but Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief, advocated for China to continue advance its nuclear arsenal. Military vehicles carry China’s DF-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

The Pentagon has estimated that China’s nuclear warhead stockpile could double in size, which could bring it to more than 400 warheads, at least. Beijing’s pushed back on concerns that China poses a nuclear threat, noting its arsenal is well below that of the United States and Russia, the two largest nuclear powers.

Along with increasing nuclear capabilities, Bussiere noted that the U.S. and China don’t have a mechanism for nuclear dialogues or treaties, as America has with Russia. Although the U.S. has pushed China to join a nuclear arms treaty it has with Russia, Beijing has bucked the request, saying it has no intention of participating in it.

The relationship between China and the U.S. has been consistently deteriorating and Beijing sees the bulk of America’s actions as being a means of keeping China from advancing. The same is true for the issue of nuclear weapons and Hu said attempts to bring China into treaties and dialogue mechanisms were a means of restraining “China’s nuclear arsenal development” that would continue the disparity in nuclear weapons.

Although Hu denied China was engaged in anything other than minimal nuclear deterrence, he advocated for China to continue developing its nuclear arsenal. He called for Beijing to have a “firm attitude” on the subject and not to be “dissuaded and impacted by the tricks played by U.S. officials and generals.”

A core part of China’s national security, according to Hu, it’s not the first time he’s advocated for China to build up its arsenal. In June, Hu penned an op-ed that called for the country to be prepared for an “intense showdown between China and the U.S.,” that required the rapid increase of nuclear warheads and missiles.

“The number of China’s nuclear warheads must reach the quantity that makes U.S. elites shiver should they entertain the idea of engaging in a military confrontation with China,” Hu wrote.

Another Shake Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6:12

Unconfirmed earthquake or seismic-like event: Explosion in Somerville, New Jersy, USA, Sep 1, 2021 11:32 pm (GMT -4)

Our monitoring service AllQuakes received reports of shaking caused by a seismic-like event, possibly an earthquake, in or near East Brunswick (New Jersey) at around 03:32 GMT. Unless confirmed by at least one national or international seismological agency, its status as possible earthquake remains unconfirmed. This may or may not turn out to be an actual naturally occurring quake.Updated: Sep 3, 2021 12:56 GMT – 6 minutes ago

More Protests Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Gaza protesters clash with Israeli troops near the border

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of Hamas-backed activists on Saturday launched what they said was the first in a series of nighttime protests along the Israeli border, throwing explosives toward Israeli forces who responded with live fire.

Organizers said the gatherings, which are to continue throughout the week, were meant to step up pressure on Israel to ease a crippling economic blockade on the Gaza Strip.

“The occupation will not enjoy calm unless the siege on our beloved land is lifted,” said Abu Omar, a spokesman for the protesters.

Israel and Egypt have maintained the blockade since Hamas, a group sworn to Israel’s destruction, seized control of Gaza in 2007, a year after it won Palestinian elections.

The blockade, which restricts the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza, has ravaged the territory’s economy. Israel has tightened the closure since an 11-day war in May, demanding the return of the remains of two dead soldiers and freedom for two Israeli civilians believed to be in Hamas captivity.

Amateur footage and photos from inside Gaza showed hundreds of Palestinians protesters engaged in Saturday’s gathering. Some appeared to be throwing explosives and chanting in celebrations as blasts sounded.

The Israeli military said troops responded to the explosives by firing live rounds toward the protesters. It said there were no injuries on the Israeli side.

Gaza health officials said three protesters were wounded by Israeli fire.

Earlier Saturday, Gaza health officials said a 12-year-old Palestinian boy died from head wounds after being shot during a similar demonstration a week earlier.

Another Palestinian man, identified as a member of Hamas’ military wing, was also killed in that protest, while an Israeli soldier was shot in the head from point-blank range by a protester. The soldier remains in critical condition.

Hamas-linked operatives also launched a number of incendiary balloons from Gaza Saturday afternoon, sparking two fires in southern Israel, according to the Israeli fire service.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have fought four wars and numerous skirmishes since 2007. Israel says the closure is necessary to prevent Hamas from gathering arms while critics say the blockade amounts to collective punishment.

Egypt has been trying to mediate a longer-term cease-fire that would ease the blockade and appeared to be making progress last week when it pressured Hamas to restrain a border protest on Wednesday.

The following day, Israel said it was easing some of the commercial restrictions on Gaza, allowing vehicles, goods and equipment for rebuilding projects to enter the Palestinian enclave. Israel said the easing could expand further if things remain quiet.

The Israeli government reached an agreement with Qatar on Aug. 19 allowing the Gulf country to resume aid payments to families in Gaza, a move aimed at reducing tensions with Hamas. Israel suspended aid payments in May, saying the move was necessary to ensure Hamas did not benefit from cash injections.

But Saturday night’s protest indicated violence could soon escalate again.

At least 260 Palestinians were killed during May’s Gaza-Israel war, including 67 children and 39 women, according to the Gaza health ministry. Hamas has acknowledged the deaths of 80 militants. Twelve civilians, including two children, were killed in Israel, along with one soldier.

Another Palestinian Killed Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Gaza man killed by Israeli fire during border protest

WAFAA SHURAFA , Associated Press Updated: Sep. 2, 2021 4:51 p.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli gunfire on Thursday night, Gaza health officials said, during a violent protest along the Israeli border.

Hundreds of Palestinians took part in protests held at five locations, demanding an end to Israel’s 14-year blockade of Gaza.

The territory’s Hamas rulers have organized a series of similar protests over the past two weeks. In some cases they have turned violent, with the crowds burning tires and hurling explosives toward Israeli soldiers.

Palestinian health officials said Ahmad Saleh, 26, was fatally shot near Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Organizers released a photo of Saleh, wearing shorts and a black T-shirt standing on the beach. “May God accept you Ahmad as a martyr of the night disturbances,” said a caption.

Health officials said five other people were wounded by Israeli fire, including a 15-year-old boy in serious condition.

The Israeli military said that demonstrators hurled explosive devices, and soldiers responded with live fire.

Saleh became the third Palestinian to die in the recent protests, along with a 12-year-old boy and a Hamas militant. An Israeli sniper was killed when he was shot in the head at point-blank range by a protester.

Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade in 2007 after Hamas seized control of Gaza from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority. The takeover came a year after Hamas defeated the rival Fatah movement, which dominates the Palestinian Authority, in parliamentary elections.

Israel says the blockade is needed to keep Hamas, an Islamic militant group sworn to Israel’s destruction, from arming. Critics say the closure, which has hit the local economy hard due to its travel and trade restrictions, amounts to collective punishment.

Israel and Hamas have fought four wars since 2008, most recently last May.

Israel tightened the blockade after the fighting and only this week lifted most of the measures as Egypt tries to broker a longer-term cease-fire. Israel has demanded that Hamas free two captive Israeli civilians and return the remains of two dead Israeli soldiers as part of a broader deal.

Hamas dismissed the latest Israeli measures as insufficient and has threatened to continue the demonstrations until the blockade is further eased. “Our position is that it is insufficient and is no substitute for broad measures that will achieve a real breakthrough in terms of life in Gaza,” the group said.