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Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces after an army attack on the West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday.

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TEL AVIV, Israel – What is often referred to as the “cycle of violence” in Jerusalem and the West Bank has suddenly escalated to levels not seen in years.

Thursday marked the Israeli army’s deadliest operation in the occupied West Bank since at least 2005. In a raid on suspects in the overcrowded Jenin refugee camp, troops killed nine Palestinians, including gunmen, and a 61-year-old woman. Dozens more were injured.

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Friday marked the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis since since 2008. A Palestinian gunman killed seven people – and wounded three – outside a synagogue in an Israeli settlement area of ​​Jerusalem, at the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath. Another Palestinian shootout erupted outside an Israeli settlement enclave in Jerusalem on Saturday. two wounded.

Not every attack can be linked to another, but here’s what could be driving this surge in violence.

Israel’s 10-month crackdown on the West Bank

A series of deadly attacks on Israelis by Palestinians over the past year sparked a full-scale Israeli military campaign dubbed Operation Breakwater, which began March 31. Since then, Israel has conducted raids in the Israeli-occupied West Bank almost every day to detain suspected militants and round up weapons. Palestinians were killed almost every week.

This resulted in the highest cumulative death toll in the West Bank since 2004. Nearly 150 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces last year, according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. These include gunmen, but also bystander civilians and young Palestinians who threw stones at troops. This includes Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was also killed in Jenin refugee camp. Israel says she was probably killed by gunfire from a soldier unintentionally.

The weakening of the Palestinian security forces

Palestinian security forces are being trained by the US and international forces to patrol the West Bank, round up Palestinian militants and coordinate with Israeli officials to prevent attacks on Israelis. But these forces have lost a lot of legitimacy among their own people. Many Palestinians see them as doing Israel’s will and perpetuating Israel’s military occupation rather than opposing it.

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Increasingly, parts of the West Bank have become no-go zones for Palestinian Authority forces, which now either refuse to enter or consider them too dangerous. These include the Jenin refugee camp, a dense neighborhood of concrete buildings and home to many armed militant groups dedicated to fighting Israel. Israel says it is stepping in to fill the gap and has stepped up its arrest raids in these densely populated areas. His troops meet emboldened gunmen with groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad or newer militant groupsresulting in deadly collisions.

Following Israel’s crackdown on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority said it was officially suspending its US-supervised security cooperation with Israel, but it’s unclear to what extent this will take place.

Members of the Zaka rescue and recovery team are examining victims of a shooting attack that killed seven and wounded three near a synagogue in Jerusalem on Friday.

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Israel’s half-century occupation shows no end

Palestinian leaders want to establish an independent state in the West Bank. But Israel has occupied the West Bank for nearly 56 years and continues to expand its influence there. It states that the Palestinians are unwilling to make peace with Israel and that the occupation is a security necessity. But it has also allowed and supported hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers across the West Bank, and the new far-right government has vowed to legalize dozens of small settlement outposts deep in the heart of the territory, making it harder to envision a future Palestinian state there.

Younger Palestinians have grown up with nothing but Israel’s strict permit regime, which controls Palestinian entry and movement, and some of their only interactions with Israelis are with often hostile settlers or occupation soldiers, who often raid homes and detain people for months without charges. Some young Palestinians see violent resistance to Israel as their only viable path to freedom, with young militants cheered on social media.

As the Palestinian leadership weakens, Israel’s right-wing extremism is on the rise

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, 87, one of the Middle East’s oldest leaders, has reportedly lost the support of most Palestinians Survey. He has tried to promote Palestinian independence through nonviolence and diplomatic negotiations with Israel, but this approach has failed. In the 19th year of his original four-year term, Abbas has lost control of Gaza to the militant Hamas, canceled elections for a new leadership, allowed government corruption to flourish and left the Palestinians with no clear future.

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On the other hand, Israel’s longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu is back as prime minister with a far-right coalition that has presented a plan to deepen its grip on the West Bank and take tougher action against the Palestinians. After just a month in office, the government has sparked a series of controversies, including over the status of the sensitive Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Israeli officials are already bracing for a tense month of April when Ramadan and Passover coincide, a combustible mix for potentially sectarian and nationalist-fueled violence.

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5 killed in west Sudan tribal violence, rights group says

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CAIRO (AP) — Two days of tribal violence in western Sudan’s long-settled Darfur region killed at least 5 people, tribal leaders and a rights group said on Friday.

Violence between African Masalit tribesmen and Arab herdsmen in west Darfur erupted on Thursday after two gunmen fatally shot a merchant in a remote area, leaders of both groups said.

In a statement, Masalit tribesmen accused Arab militias of being behind the killing. The killing sparked a series of targeted attacks that killed at least four other people, the tribal leaders and rights group said.

Five victims were later identified by the Darfur Bar Association, a Sudanese rights group focused on human rights in the western province. The group urged both sides to de-escalate tensions.

The violence comes as quarrelsome bipartisan talks continue in Khartoum over how the African country will institute civilian rule after 17 months of military rule.

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Sudan has descended into chaos after a military coup led by the country’s top general, Abdel-Fattah Burhan, ousted a Western-backed government in October 2021, turning the short-lived transition to democracy on its head.

But last December, the country’s ruling military and various pro-democracy forces signed a tentative agreement in which they pledged to resume the transition.

Last week, signatories to the December accord pledged to begin forming a new civilian-led interim government on April 11. However, many important political forces in the country remain opposed to the agreement.

Since the military takeover, Sudan has also seen a surge in inter-tribal violence in the west and south of the country.

Analysts see the violence and growing insecurity in Sudan’s remote regions as a result of the power vacuum created by the military takeover.

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I’m a champion bodybuilding goliath – my title-winning workout makes a specific area of your body mega-ripped

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ERIN Banks has unveiled his title-winning workout that will transform a specific area of ​​your body into a mega-ripped phenomenon.

The master body builder is one of the biggest names in the lifting world, but his latest fitness regimen has wowed fans.

Erin Banks is a professional female bodybuilder from the USA

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Erin Banks is a professional female bodybuilder from the USAPhoto credit: Getty
He is known for his V-taper physique

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He is known for his V-taper physiquePhoto credit: KMPH

banks began competing professionally in 2019 and has since won the Men’s Physique Olympia as well as the highly regarded Arnold Classic.

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However, his success was not pure luck, but dedication.

Most days, Banks starts his day at 4:30 a.m., where he kicks off fast cardio.

For the rest of the day he balances family life with a strength program and finishes it by 8 p.m. at the latest.

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He told BarBend, “If I’m really locked down for these shows and prep, I’ll be in bed by 7pm.

“I don’t like to push beyond that because recovery is key.

“Routine is so important.

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“I believe a lot of my success comes from what I do every day – adapt and stay focused.”

However, Banks is most notable for his incredible V-shaped physique, evident through his huge back muscles.

And he has now let fans in on his secret workout, which he does twice a week.

It contains:

  • Lat pulldowns with straight arms: 4 x 20 reps (moderate weight to warm up)
  • Chest Assisted T-Bar Row: 4 x 12 reps (Hard)
  • Seated Lat Pulldown: 4 x 12 reps (hard)
  • Rack pulls: 3 x 10 reps (super hard)
  • Extended row: 4 x ten reps (super hard)
Banks tenses his back muscles

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Banks tenses his back musclesPhoto credit: Instagram
He is an Arnold Classic Champion

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He is an Arnold Classic ChampionPhoto credit: Instagram

Before competing professionally, Banks was a gifted athlete in high school and then majored in kinesiology in college.

Despite his inclination towards fitness, he admitted that he never wanted to be a bodybuilder.

But in 2017, trainer Terry Reeves “begged” Banks to try.

Since then, the 33-year-old has perfected his craft to become the best in the world.

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He said: “We’ve tried to preserve every other part of the body, but once you start exercising to the extreme, everything grows.

“During these months we became more sophisticated.”

During one cut, Banks burned about 2,700 calories per day.

After a ten-week break from competition, he increased it to 3,200 calories.

Most of its nutrient gains come from chicken breast, rice, and broccoli.

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He said, “After 10 to 12 weeks, we push that stuff aside.

“It’s based on being the best.

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“I’ve never gotten bored with food, so for the past three years I’ve prepared myself and eaten the same things over and over again.”

After his InstagramBanks teased that he would try the Classic Physique division when he retires.

The 33-year-old has massive traps

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The 33-year-old has massive trapsPhoto credit: Instagram
The mega ripper has more than 315,000 followers on Instagram

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Rodolphe Jaar pleads guilty in Haiti president’s assassination

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The late former President of Haiti Jovenel Moise.

The late former President of Haiti Jovenel Moise.

Haitian-Chilean national Rodolphe Jaar pleaded guilty before a US judge on Friday to three counts relating to his role in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was killed at his home in July 2021, court documents showed.

Jaar is one of 11 defendants in the case, including businessmen accused of helping to obtain vehicles and firearms from Florida and former Colombian soldiers accused of gunning down Moise in his bedroom.

According to the US Department of Justice, Jaar had been charged with helping get arms to the Colombians who also lived in a home he controlled and helping them while they were in hiding from Haitian authorities.

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He was arrested in January 2022 in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Jaar’s sentencing, which could face life imprisonment, was set for June 2 in Miami, according to court documents.

Moise’s murder left a political vacuum in the Caribbean nation and emboldened powerful gangs that now effectively control large parts of the country and whose turf wars are fueling a humanitarian crisis that has displaced at least 160,000 people.

Jaar’s lawyer declined to comment.


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