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Voice of America 5 Aug 2020

Flames, Smoke Rise Following North Korea Explosion


An explosion sent plumes of black smoke rising from a north Korean city near the border with China, Monday, August 3, as seen in video obtained by the Associated Press.

Flames rise and smoke billows following overnight airstrikes on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip after the Israeli army said it carried out fresh airstrikes against Hamas positions in response to firebombs sent into Israeli territory attached to balloons.

Israel's army launched new airstrikes Sunday against Hamas positions in Gaza and closed the fishing zone around the Palestinian enclave in response to rockets and firebombs sent into Israeli territory.

The measures came after a week of heightened tensions, including clashes on Saturday evening along the Gaza-Israeli border, the army said.

Dozens of Palestinian "rioters burned tires, hurled explosive devices and grenades towards the security fence and attempted to approach it," the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

Long-simmering Palestinian anger has flared further since Israel and the UAE on Thursday agreed to normalize relations, a move Palestinians saw as a betrayal of their cause by the Gulf country.

For years, hundreds of North Korean fishing boats have been washing up on the shores of Japan with dead fishermen in them. How and why the boats ended up there was a mystery. A NBC News investigation may have the answer: China is sending a previously invisible armada of industrial boats to illegally fish in North Korean waters, violently displacing smaller North Korean boats.
North Korea has put the border city of Kaesong into lockdown - saying its first case of coronavirus may have been brought in from South Korea.
Images were broadcast of Kim Jong Un chairing a meeting to announce the measures; state media says the suspected case is a defector who fled to South Korea years ago, before returning illegally last week.
South Korea says it is investigating the reports.
North Korea steadfastly denied having any infections throughout the pandemic, a claim questioned by outside experts.

Al Jazeera's Sara Clarke reports from Hong Kong.
ABC News contributor Stephen Ganyard discusses the significance of the UN report and what it means for the United States' ability to control North Korea.

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