Israel-Gaza ceasefire remains elusive

May 18, 2021

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An Israeli artillery unit fires toward targets in Gaza Strip, at the Israel-Gaza border, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. 

An Israeli artillery unit fires toward targets in Gaza Strip, at the Israel-Gaza border, May 18, 2021. 

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As fighting between Israel and Gaza continues, US President Joe Biden said he welcomes a ceasefire. But Israeli and Hamas leaders show few signs of letting up. The US continues to sell weapons to Israel, but these purchases are conducted with little transparency and are not held to any human rights standards. And, the Philippines currently has one of the worst COVID-19 infection rates in Southeast Asia, but vaccine rollout has been slow. Also, the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland celebrates 30 years of independence.

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