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Gaza Pummelled by Fresh Israeli Strikes, More Than 200 Dead in a Week

Israeli air strikes hammered the Gaza Strip Monday, after a week of violence between the Jewish state and Palestinian militants left more than 200 people dead as international calls for de-escalation went unheeded.

Overnight Sunday to Monday, Israel launched dozens of strikes in the space of a few minutes across the crowded coastal Palestinian enclave controlled by Islamist group Hamas, according to AFP journalists and the army.

Flames lit up the sky as explosions shook Gaza city. The strikes caused widespread power cuts and damaged hundreds of buildings, local authorities said. No casualties were immediately reported.

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France, Germany, and Spain said Monday that they had reached agreement on the next phase of their plans to build a joint European fighter jet, capping months of negotiations over how to share the work and the intellectual property.

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OPINIONThe US government should prohibit Lockheed Martin’s proposed acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne in the already highly-concentrated missile defense, propulsion, and hypersonic development market.

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Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces resumed Sunday in the restive southern province of Helmand, officials said, ending a three-day ceasefire agreed by the warring sides to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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The US Army will begin testing a prototype laser weapon for close-range air defense this month. The 50-kilowatt high-energy laser will be attached to a Stryker A1 vehicle to locate, lock on, track, and destroy airborne threats.

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