THE SIXTH SEAL: NEW YORK CITY (REVELATION 6:12)

  

Earthquake activity in the New York City area

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Although the eastern United States is not as

seismically active

as regions near plate boundaries, large and damaging earthquakes do occur there. Furthermore, when these rare eastern U.S. earthquakes occur, the areas affected by them are much larger than for western U.S. earthquakes of the same magnitude.

Thus, earthquakes represent at least a moderate hazard to East Coast cities, including New York City and adjacent areas of very high population density.

Seismicity in the vicinity of New York City. Data are from the U.S. Geological Survey (Top, USGS) and the National Earthquake Information Center (Bottom, NEIC). In the top figure, closed red circles indicate 1924-2006 epicenters and open black circles indicate locations of the larger earthquakes that occurred in 1737, 1783 and 1884. Green lines indicate the trace of the Ramapo fault.

As can be seen in the maps of earthquake activity in this region(shown in the figure),

seismicity is scattered throughout most of the New York City area, with some hint of a concentration of earthquakes in the area surrounding Manhattan Island.

The largest known earthquake in this region occurred in 1884 and had a magnitude of approximately 5.For this earthquake, observations of fallen bricks and cracked plaster were reported from eastern Pennsylvania to central Connecticut, and the maximum intensity reported was at two sites in western Long Island (Jamaica, New York and Amityville, New York).

Two other earthquakes of approximately magnitude 5 occurred in this region in 1737 and 1783. The figure on the right shows maps of the distribution of earthquakes of magnitude 3 and greater that occurred in this region from 1924 to 2010, along with locations of the larger earthquakes that occurred in 1737, 1783 and 1884.

Background

The NYC area is part of the geologically complex structure of the Northern

Appalachian Mountains. This complex structure was formed during the past half billion years when the Earth’s crust underlying the Northern Appalachians was the site of two major geological episodes, each of which has left its imprint on the NYC area bedrock.

Between about 450 million years ago and about 250 million years ago, the Northern Appalachian region was affected by a continental collision, in which the ancient African continent collided with the ancient North American continent to form the supercontinent Pangaea.

Beginning about 200 million years ago, the present-day Atlantic ocean began to form as plate tectonic forces began to

rift

apart the continent of Pangaea. The last major episode of geological activity to affect the

bedrock

in the New York area occurred about 100 million years ago, during the Mesozoic era, when continental rifting that led to the opening of the present-day Atlantic ocean formed the Hartford and

Newark

Mesozoic rift basins.

Earthquake rates in the northeastern United States are about 50 to 200 times lower than in California, but

the earthquakes that do occur in the northeastern U.S. are typically felt over a much broader region than earthquakes of the same magnitude in the western U.S.This means the area of damage from an earthquake in the northeastern U.S. could be larger than the area of damage caused by an earthquake of the same magnitude in the western U.S. The cooler rocks in the northeastern U.S. contribute to the seismic energy propagating as much as ten times further than in the warmer rocks of California.

A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt as far as 100 km (60 mi) from its

epicenter, but it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake, although uncommon, can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from its epicenter, and can cause damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi) from its epicenter. Earthquakes stronger than about magnitude 5.0 generate ground motions that are strong enough to be damaging in the epicentral area.

At well-studied plate boundaries like the

San Andreas fault

system in California, scientists can often make observations that allow them to identify the specific fault on which an earthquake took place. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case.

The NYC area is far from the boundaries of the North American plate, which are in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, in the Caribbean Sea, and along the west coast of North America. The seismicity of the northeastern U.S. is generally considered to be due to ancient zones of weakness that are being reactivated in the present-day stress field. In this model, pre-existing faults that were formed during ancient geological episodes persist in the intraplate crust, and the earthquakes occur when the present-day stress is released along these zones of weakness.

The stress that causes the earthquakes is generally considered to be derived from present-day rifting at the Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Earthquakes and geologically mapped faults in the Northeastern U.S.

The northeastern U.S. has many known faults, but virtually all of the known faults have not been active for perhaps 90 million years or more. Also, the locations of the known faults are not well determined at earthquake depths. Accordingly, few (if any) earthquakes in the region can be unambiguously linked to known faults.

Given the current geological and seismological data, it is difficult to determine if a known fault in this region is still active today and could produce a modern earthquake. As in most other areas east of the Rocky Mountains, the best guide to earthquake hazard in the northeastern U.S. is probably the locations of the past earthquakes themselves.

The Ramapo fault and other New York City area faults

The Ramapo Fault, which marks the western boundary of the Newark rift basin, has been argued to be a major seismically active feature of this region,but it is difficult to discern the extent to which the Ramapo fault (or any other specific mapped fault in the area) might be any more of a source of future earthquakes than any other parts of the region. The Ramapo Fault zone spans more than 185 miles (300 kilometers) in

New York,

New Jersey, and

Pennsylvania. It is a system of

faults

between the northern

Appalachian Mountains

and Piedmont areas to the east. This fault is perhaps the best known fault zone in the Mid-Atlantic region, and some small earthquakes have been known to occur in its vicinity. Recently, public knowledge about the fault has increased – especially after the 1970s, when the fault’s proximity to the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York was noticed.

There is insufficient evidence to unequivocally demonstrate any strong correlation of earthquakes in the New York City area with specific faults or other geologic structures in this region. The damaging earthquake affecting New York City in 1884 was probably not associated with the Ramapo fault because the strongest shaking from that earthquake occurred on Long Island (quite far from the trace of the Ramapo fault). The relationship between faults and earthquakes in the New York City area is currently understood to be more complex than any simple association of a specific earthquake with a specific mapped fault.

A 2008 study argued that a magnitude 6 or 7 earthquake might originate from the Ramapo fault zone,

which would almost definitely spawn hundreds or even thousands of fatalities and billions of dollars in damage. Studying around 400 earthquakes over the past 300 years, the study also argued that there was an additional fault zone extending from the Ramapo Fault zone into southwestern Connecticut. As can be seen in the above figure of seismicity, earthquakes are scattered throughout this region, with no particular concentration of activity along the Ramapo fault, or along the hypothesized fault zone extending into southwestern Connecticut.

Just off the northern terminus of the Ramapo fault is the

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, built between 1956 and 1960 by

Consolidated Edison Company. The plant began operating in 1963, and it has been the subject of a controversy over concerns that an earthquake from the Ramapo fault will affect the power plant. Whether or not the Ramapo fault actually does pose a threat to this nuclear power plant remains an open question.

New Cycle of Violence Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

New cycle of violence in Israel, West Bank may lead to military confrontation with Hamas
An Israeli security forces member moves in position during clashes with Palestinian protestors at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque (Photo Credit: Reuters)

New cycle of violence in Israel, West Bank may lead to military confrontation with Hamas

ANI

18 April, 2022 09:00 am IST

By John Solomou

Nicosia [Cyprus] April 18 (ANI): Last Friday’s clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and the Israeli Police in Al-Aqsa mosque in the old city of Jerusalem were an accident (or rather an explosion) waiting to happen, following three weeks of serious violence in Israel and the West Bank, in the wake of the terrorist killing of 14 Israelis in four different attacks and the fact that, Ramadan, Passover, and Easter, three major holidays of Islam, Judaism and Christianity are occurring at the same time this year.

More than 150 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli riot police on 15 March at the compound of the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the third holiest site in Islam and is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, when hundreds of Palestinians hurled stones and firecrackers at the nearby Jewish prayer area of the Western Wall. Police arrested 470 persons, the majority of which were released over

According to the Red Crescent, 152 Palestinians were struck by sponge-tipped bullets and suffered tear-gas inhalation. Two are in serious condition.

The incident was repeated on a smaller scale on Sunday when Palestinians, trying to block visitors from entering the Temple Mount, threw stones on buses carrying Jewish worshippers in an effort to block them from entering the compound.

According to a police statement, “hundreds of youths, some masked, began collecting and stockpiling stones in the Mount’s passageways in an effort to create disorder and block visitor pathways by means of stones and other improvised barriers.”

In a joint statement, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, which has custodianship over the holy site said that Israel was responsible for “a dangerous and condemnable escalation that threatens to explode the situation.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday urged all leaders on all sides “to help calm the situation, end provocations and uphold the status quo of the holy sites in Jerusalem.”

In a statement, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “We call on all sides to exercise restraint and avoid provocative actions and rhetoric.” The Foreign Ministers of France, Spain and Italy also called the two sides to refrain from engaging in violence.

It was expected that there would be clashes as some far-right Jewish groups announced that they would storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Passover and offer animal sacrifices in the compound’s courtyards, something that would certainly enrage Palestinian worshippers who gather there for Friday’s prayers.

On Saturday the Izzat al-Rishq, the leader of the Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement that governs the Gaza Strip, said that Hamas had sent messages to mediators that “Hamas does not seek a new war in Gaza but Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are a red line and that any provocation will be met with confrontation.”

It should be noted that the holy site, which is sacred to Jews and Muslims, has often been the epicenter of Israeli-Palestinian strife, and that clashes at Al-Aqsa last year sparked an 11-day war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The escalation of tension in Jerusalem triggered the worst round of violence in years in the Gaza Strip, leaving more than 260 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

In the past two weeks, twenty Palestinians were killed by the Israeli security forces. According to the Israeli government, most of them were armed individuals who perpetrated terrorist attacks or were involved in exchanges of gunfire with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). According to press reports, at least 25 Palestinians have been killed so far, including an unarmed woman and a lawyer who was a bystander.

It should be noted that the Israeli far-right has been consistently fanning the flames of confrontation with the Arabs, as in the past month Jewish extremists were involved in revenge attacks in 60 incidents of stone-throwing and destruction of Palestinian property in many areas of the West Bank.

The Israeli far-right was incensed over the vandalism by Palestinians of Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus on the West Bank, which is a holy site for Jews. On 9 April, Palestinian rioters, after clashes with the IDF, set fire to the site, which caused damage to the gravestone of Joseph’s Tomb. The site had been vandalized by Palestinian rioters in 2015 and 2022.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Ganz described the destruction caused to Joseph’s Tomb as “extremely serious” and added that he sent a “sharp message” to the Palestinian Authority about it.

The immediate reaction of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was to reprimand the security units in Nablus and to order the restoration of the site.

Although the coalition government currently ruling Israel does not want to follow the heavy-handed way Palestinians were treated by the former right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister Benny Ganz has given instructions to security forces and avoid arbitrary arrests and unnecessary military operations, there is a real danger that extremists from both sides may embark on new serious revenge attacks. The situation can then escalate into a military confrontation with Hamas, with hundreds of victims and widespread destruction.

On the one hand, the Israeli Army must show to the Israeli public that it acts decisively to combat violence and on the other avoid taking harsh measures that could lead to an explosion of violence and the outbreak of a new intifada (uprising).

As Israeli journalist Amos Harel points out, the Israeli army is ensuring that “its moves resonate publicly, with the aim of persuading the Israeli public that it’s acting with determination. But the sheer presence of soldiers in the villages and the refugee camps stimulate friction by itself and leads to Palestinian casualties, which in turn heightens the desire for revenge and prolongs the wave of violence.” (ANI)

The Weapons of the Russian Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

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A man finishes glueing huge placards bearing images of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the city centre of Simferopol, Crimea, on March 4, 2022.STRINGER/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Putin’s Iskander Missiles Are Battle-Tested—and Can Carry Nuclear Warheads

BY WILLIAM M. ARKIN ON 4/18/22 AT 5:00 AM EDTPauseUnmute

CIA Warns Putin Could Use Nuclear Weapons In Ukraine Out Of ‘Desperation’

U.S. intelligence is watching closely for signs that the Russian armed forces are preparing for any kind of nuclear strike, American military and intelligence sources tell Newsweek.

Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the United States and NATO not to intervene, saying that if they did, there would be “consequences that you have never encountered in your history,” the intelligence agencies have been fixated on Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

“Desperation is the key to understanding what’s going on here,” a senior official at the Defense Intelligence Agency tells Newsweek. “Everyone is fixated on Mariupol, but elsewhere on the battlefield, Russia is making little to no progress. Meanwhile, there is an escalation from our side, both in the increasing unity of Europe—including the Scandinavians—and in the billions worth of arms being supplied, including for the first time, offensive arms.”

The Biden administration announced last week that another $800 million worth of arms were being sent to Ukraine, including artillery guns, the first such weapons being supplied for the war.

The U.S. is “very concerned” about the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict, CIA Director William Burns said Thursday. “Given the potential desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership, given the setbacks that they’ve faced so far, militarily, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons,” he said.

Russia has stated that if Sweden and Finland join NATO, it would move nuclear weapons closer to the two countries. “There can be no more talk of any nuclear–free status for the Baltic [region],” said Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that Putin had already ordered the military to boost its forces opposite Europe.

“If Ukraine continues to provoke attacks on Russian cities, Russia will be forced to declare war,” Peskov said, hinting something more massive than the “special military operation” declared on February 24.

Moscow says that a handful of attacks that have taken place on Russian soil were perpetrated by Ukraine, though Kyiv has not confirmed this. Russia reacted to the sinking of its Black Sea Fleet flagship Moskva by attacking targets beyond the battlefield and threatening an escalation.

Intelligence and military observers say Russia hasn’t made any direct nuclear moves so far, but they are closely watching the units with nuclear potential. That includes Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear bombers that have already been used to attack Ukrainian targets, and Iskander-M (NATO designation SS-26 Stone) short-range ballistic missiles, which have been extensively used.

According to Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists, one of the world’s leading experts on nuclear arsenals and deployments, Russia possesses 1,000-2,000 non-strategic nuclear warheads, the majority of which are air-delivered and navy weapons. Kristensen estimates that there are about 100 nuclear warheads allocated to army units, a handful for legacy nuclear-capable artillery guns with the majority of the rest assigned to Iskander brigades (there are 12 brigades, three of which are deployed to Belarus).

Kristensen is closely monitoring current nuclear developments in Russia, though he warns of the dangers of overstating the threat.

“Monitoring and reporting on nuclear developments is a dilemma because it can cause panic, and so far the U.S. government has rightly decided to keep a low profile,” he says. “But it is probably the most important thing to watch because of the significant humanitarian and military risks associated with nuclear use.”

Kristensen points out that Russian statements regarding escalation and the potential for nuclear weapons closely mirror the exact language contained in formal Kremlin documents.

On June 2, 2020, for example, Putin signed “Foundations of the State Nuclear Deterrence Policy of the Russian Federation.” The policy stated: “The Russian Federation reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear weapons and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it and/or its allies, and in the event of aggression against the Russian Federation using conventional weapons which threatens the existence of the state itself.”

According to Kristensen, “the crippling sanctions could potentially cause Putin to conclude that the future of Russia is, if not at risk, then certainly threatened at a much more fundamental level.” The Russian president has said as much, calling sanctions “akin to declaring war.”

A senior U.S. Air Force officer working on nuclear weapons tells Newsweek that the only weapon the intelligence community takes seriously as a threat in the Ukraine war is the Iskander missile. Cruise missiles shot into Ukraine are vulnerable to being shot down, and artillery is too short range and unreliable, the source says. “Only the Iskander has assured penetration, and it has performed surprisingly well.”

The 310 mile range Iskander missile was introduced into Russian ground forces in late 2010, beginning the process of replacing the older and shorter-range Tochka-U (NATO SS-21 Scarab). In November 2019, chief of the Ground Forces Colonel General Oleg Salyukov said the Iskander deployment was completed.

The Iskander has several different types of warheads, a unitary explosive conventional warhead, a cluster munitions warhead, a fuel-air explosive warhead, an earth penetrator, a nuclear warhead, and a conventional electromagnetic pulse (radio frequency) warhead.

The missile is designed to maneuver in flight and is equipped with penetration aids that are intended to confuse surface-to-air missiles and ballistic missile defenses. “It is likely to be able to accurately target and destroy what it is being fired at,” Timothy Wright, a research analyst with the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies said.

Three brigades, or a total of 36 Iskander launchers (two missiles each plus two resupply missiles per launcher) were deployed to Belarus as part of the buildup to war in Ukraine. Two additional brigades (12 launchers) were also assigned to Russia’s Southern Military District and moved forward in the area of Belgorod near the Russian border; and to the area of Krasnodar, south of Ukraine. Iskander missiles—both the standard high-explosive ballistic missile and a cruise missile variant—were extensively used at the beginning of the Ukraine war, hitting airfields, command centers, and headquarters. By the end of the first 96 hours, some 100 Iskanders had been fired, according to Ukraine’s General Staff.

On March 10, the Ukrainian military reported that it has destroyed Iskander launchers in the Chernihiv Oblast, north of Kyiv, suggesting that missiles had moved south from Belarus. The missiles continued to be fired. By the end of March, some 200 Iskanders had been fired. On March 30, three specially configured Russian AN-124 transport planes flew into Belarus, delivering new missiles. An earlier resupply by rail is also thought to have taken place a week earlier. On April 2, it was reported that Russia was withdrawing Iskander missile launchers from Ukraine and around the border.

But after April 2nd, the number of Iskander firings almost halted. Some U.S. observers took that to mean that Russia was giving the launchers a rest, that the missile brigades were pulling back with the rest of the Belarus-based forces. Others suggest that the absence of many launches since then indicates their possible marshalling for an escalation in the future.

One potential for escalation, the DIA official says, is the use of an Iskander missile with a non-nuclear radio-frequency warhead able to knock out communications and modern electronics in a broad area, say in the entire capital of Kyiv. Any nuclear weapon detonated high in the altitude generates an electromagnetic pulse. A non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse is more akin to a high-powered microwave. A specialized Iskander radio frequency warhead is estimated to be able to achieve a radius of some 10 kilometers from the detonation point.

If Russia decided to escalate—to send a signal to the west and the United States, threatening their assistance to Ukraine—it could use a non-nuclear warhead, followed by actual movement of nuclear weapons, Kristensen says.

Another expert and a long-time observer of the nuclear situation worries that it is unclear what the United States would do if Russia used nukes. “There are two red lines emerging now — one is about use of nukes,” the observer says. “The other is the implicit limit on what Russia can do about NATO and American provision of military supplies to Ukraine. Against military equipment already delivered and inside Ukraine Russia can act as it sees fit—but attempts to halt supplies in the pipeline—still inside Poland, say, or in U.S. ships at sea—would cross a red line.”

The expert points out that both of these red lines were in effect during the Vietnam war, though the roles of the Soviet Union and the U.S. have now been reversed. And yet Washington never crossed the red line, despite the Soviets supplying North Vietnam.

“If we’re going to have a red line about nukes we need to know how we would respond and the Russians would need to know what we had decided—before the line was crossed. Without that, the line isn’t red,” he says.

The fact that Iskander is now battle-proven and has been reliable, says the senior U.S. Air Force officer, further increases the danger that Moscow might think it could escalate successfully. “The use of nuclear weapons is inconceivable, but the Russians are getting more desperate, and its primary tactical nuclear system is now a proven weapon. That’s often a deciding factor in a decision-maker’s mind—the promise of tactical success.”

The pope makes a fruitless plea for peace in Ukraine, citing a nuclear risk

Pope Francis on his popemobile drives through the crowd of faithful at the end of the Catholic Easter Sunday mass he led

Pope Francis on his popemobile drives through the crowd of faithful at the end of the Catholic Easter Sunday mass he led in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 17, 2022.
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The pope makes an Easter plea for peace in Ukraine, citing a nuclear risk

By The Associated Press

Published: 

  • Sunday, April 17, 2022, 11:16am

Updated April 17, 2022 at 9:16 AM ET

VATICAN CITY — On what is supposed to be Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis made an anguished Easter Sunday plea for peace in the “senseless” war in Ukraine and in other armed conflicts raging in the world, and cited the “troubling” risk of nuclear warfare.

“May there be peace for war-torn Ukraine, so sorely tried by the violence and destruction of this cruel and senseless war into which it was dragged,” Francis said, speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square.

The pontiff had just finished celebrating Easter Mass in the square packed by faithful for the holiday for the first time since the pandemic began in early 2020. Applause erupted from many of the 50,000 people in the square and on a nearby avenue when he mentioned Ukraine.

“Please, please, let us not get used to war,” Francis pleaded, after denouncing “the flexing of muscles while people are suffering.” Yet again, the pontiff decried the war in Ukraine without citing Russian President Vladimir Putin for the decision to launch the invasion and attack against Ukraine on Feb. 24.

“Let us all commit ourselves to imploring peace, from our balconies and in our streets,” Francis said. “May the leaders of nations hear people’s plea for peace.”

In a clear reference to the threat of nuclear warfare, Francis quoted from a declaration by scientists in 1955: “‘Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall mankind renounce war?'”

Francis also drew attention to other wars in the speech known by its Latin name “Urbi et Orbi” — to the city and to the world.

“May the conflict in Europe also make us more concerned about other situations of conflict, suffering and sorrow, situations that affect all too many areas of our world, situations that we cannot overlook and do not want to forget,” Francis said.

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Among the conflicts cited by the pope were those in the Middle East. He exhorted peace and reconciliation for the peoples of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

He also cited Libya as well as Yemen, “which suffers from a conflict forgotten by all.”

Earlier, the pontiff, who has a knee ligament problem, limped badly as he made his way to an altar set up in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. The altar was shaded by a canopy against brilliant sunshine.

Right after the end of Mass, Francis shook hands with prelates, then got aboard the white popemobile for a whirl through the square to greet cheering well-wishers among the rank-and-file faithful. He waved and patted the head of a baby who was handed to him. His smiles while greeting the crowd were a rare departure of late for the pope, who has used many of his appearances in recent weeks to issue somber denunciations of the war in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, in London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for Russia to declare a cease-fire and withdraw from Ukraine. The leader of the Anglican church said Easter is a time for peace and not “blood and iron.”

Noting that in the Eastern Orthodox church followed by many in Russia and Ukraine Sunday marks the start of Holy Week — with Easter coming on April 24 — Welby exhorted Russia to withdraw from Ukraine and commit to talks.

In an unusually blunt political remark, Welby also condemned the British government’s recent plan to send some asylum-seekers to Rwanda as going against God.

Warm weather and the easing of many pandemic restrictions — including what had been for most of the pandemic in Italy a mandatory outdoor mask requirement — have seen tourism boom in Rome, with many visitors flooding the city for Holy Week ceremonies that culminated on Easter.

In Spain, believers and secular enthusiasts flocked back in large numbers to Holy Week processions this week for the first time since the start of the pandemic after most health restrictions were lifted.Z

Israeli police arrests nine Palestinians over violence outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli police arrests nine Palestinians over violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Edited By: Vyomica Berry

Jerusalem Published: Apr 17, 2022, 07:38 PM(IST)

Israeli border police chase Palestinian youths in Jerusalem’s Old City Photograph:( AFP )

At least 20 people have been wounded in several incidents in Jerusalem amid rising tension during the holy month of Ramadan and the Jewish Passover festival

Israeli police on Sunday (April 17) arrested nine Palestinians over violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

At least 20 people have been wounded in several incidents in Jerusalem amid rising tension during the holy month of Ramadan and the Jewish Passover festival.

Palestinians hurled stones at the Israeli riot police in the alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City. 

They have accused the Israeli forces of not allowing them to attend prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque.

Meanwhile, Jews toured the site on foot under guard as per a scheduled visit after dawn prayers.

The holy shrine is the third-holiest mosque in Islam. It is also a vestige of ancient Jewish temples.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said “What happened in Al-Aqsa Mosque is a dangerous escalation, the repercussions of which are to be borne by the Israeli government alone.”

“Israel’s dangerous escalation in the Al-Aqsa compound … is a blatant attack on our holy places” according to senior Palestinian official Hussein Al Sheikh.

Ismail Haniyeh, the chief of the Hamas Islamist movement, said in a statement that “Al-Aqsa is ours and ours alone”.

“Our people have the right to access it and pray in it, and we will not bow down to (Israeli) repression and terror,” he added.

Hamas claims control over the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. 

During his Easter address, Pope Francis said, “May Israelis, Palestinians and all who dwell in the Holy City, together with the pilgrims, experience the beauty of peace, dwell in fraternity and enjoy free access to the Holy Places in mutual respect for the rights of each.”

“All efforts made to maintain the comprehensive calm and prevent the escalation of violence that threatens security and peace,” said Jordan, which serves as custodian of the holy site.

Israel and Hamas had fought over Jerusalem for 11 days last year in May. Over 250 people Palestinians and 13 Israelis had been killed in the intense conflict that took place in the Gaza Strip.

Israel had captured the Old City, located in East Jerusalem, in 1967. But Palestinians want to make it the capital of a future state.

The Australian Horn Nukes Up: Daniel 7

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, watch missile launches during the Grom-2022 Strategic Deterrence Force exercise from the situational center of the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow. The Kremlin said hypersonic missiles were launched in the February exercise. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Australia, U.K. and U.S. to develop hypersonic missiles under ‘AUKUS’ umbrella

Last Updated: April 13, 2022 at 6:09 p.m. ETFirst Published: April 13, 2022 at 6:07 p.m. ET

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The U.S., Russia and China have all looked to further develop hypersonic missiles — a system so fast that it cannot be intercepted by any current missile-defense system

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States, United Kingdom and Australia announced Tuesday they will work together via the recently created security alliance known as AUKUS to develop hypersonic missiles.

The move comes amid growing concern by the U.S. and allies about China’s growing military assertiveness in the Pacific. U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the plan after holding a check-in on the progress of AUKUS, the Indo-Pacific alliance that was launched by the three countries in September.

The leaders said in a joint statement they are “committed today to commence new trilateral cooperation on hypersonics and counterhypersonics, and electronic warfare capabilities, as well as to expand information sharing and to deepen cooperation on defense innovation.”

The U.S., Russia and China have all looked to further develop hypersonic missiles — a system so fast that it cannot be intercepted by any current missile defense system.

In October, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed that China had conducted a test of a hypersonic weapon system as part of its aggressive effort to advance in space and military technologies.

Milley described the Chinese test as a “very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system, and it is very concerning,” in a Bloomberg Television interview.

Russia has used hypersonic missiles “multiple” times in Ukraine, according to the top U.S. commander in Europe.

The West Must Prepare for Nuclear War: Revelation 16

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of a Russian nuclear doomsday
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of a Russian nuclear doomsdayCredit: AFP

THE WEST must prepare for a Russian nuclear doomsday by stockpiling anti-radiation drugs and building shelters, Ukraine’s president has warned.

Volodymyr Zelensky’s chilling warning comes as Russia continues to amass forces in eastern Ukraine ahead of a major battle tipped to decide to fate of the war.

An RS-24 Yars mobile intercontinental ballistic missile system rolls down Moscow’s Red Square
An RS-24 Yars mobile intercontinental ballistic missile system rolls down Moscow’s Red SquareCredit: Getty – Contributor

The battle-hardened leader told CNN Vladimir Putin could use tactical nukes if his war in Ukraine continues to stall.

The deranged Russian ramped up his offensive on Ukraine after the flagship war vessel Moskva was downed on Thursday.

Putin’s forces unleashed a wave of artillery attacks on eight towns including Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv.

And it comes as Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told the US outlet that Moscow was prepared to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine in the case of an “existential threat”.

President Zelensky told CNN on Friday: “We shouldn’t wait for the moment when Russia decides to use nuclear weapons… We must prepare for that.”

He said anti-radiation medicine and air raid shelters would be needed to repel the attack, which he was “convinced” was being planned.

“All of the world, all of the countries have to be worried because it can be not real information, but it can be truth,” Ukraine’s head of state said.

“Chemical weapons, they should do it, they could do it, for them the life of the people, nothing. That’s why.