Syria’s Bloodiest Week:
Syria experienced the “bloodiest week” of its 3-year-old war this month.
According to recent reports, more than 1, 700 people have died in seven days as Bashar al Assad was sworn in as president for a third time.
Clashes have intensified between rebel groups and government forces – especially after Islamic State militants captured the Sha'ar gas field east of Homs in central Syria – which sources say is a strategy of the terrorist organization to “make multi-million dollar profits from illegal oil trade.”
As tensions continue to rise in the Middle East, Israeli forces are moving farther into Gaza, expanding their military operation “Protective Edge” that started on July 8.
The death toll has risen on both sides of the border with more than 800 Palestinians and 31 Israelis killed in almost two weeks, according to recent estimates.
Gaza has endured the bloodiest day of the offensive on July 20 as 13 Israeli soldiers and at least 100 Palestinians were killed in less than 24 hours.
ISIS Killings in Iraq:
Ever since establishing a caliphate in June, the Islamic State militants carried out multiple massacres in Iraq.
Just on Thursday, a gun attack on a prison convoy in Baghdad killing almost 60 people. On Tuesday, a suicide bomber caused the death of 21 people while attacking a police checkpoint at the entrance to the Kadhimiya district.
Three plane crashes:
Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed on July 17. The plane is believed to have been shot down with a Buk surface-to-air missile that killed all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
The TransAsia Airways Flight:
At least 45 people died after TransAsia Airways flight 222 crashed in Taiwan. It was reportedly trying to make an emergency landing on a small island in typhoon conditions.
Air Algerie Flight:
On Thursday, an Air Algerie plane carrying 110 passengers en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers went missing. It was later reported that the aircraft had probably crashed.
On Friday, the wreckage of the flight was found south of the Malian town of Gao close to the border with Burkina Faso.
In the United States, the Fourth of July holiday weekend was the bloodiest in Chicago after 82 people were shot in an 84-hour window, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Fourteen people died, including two boys, aged 14 and 16, who were killed by police in separate incidents when they allegedly refused to drop their guns.
Ebola Outbreak Worsens:
Even health remained as grim as politics in news this July.
Although the Ebola outbreak started in winter, it took its deadliest turn this month when 28 deaths were reported between July 18 and 20.
Overall this year, the current outbreak has killed 632 people and infected about 1,000 people, making it the deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history.
Typhoon Rammasun In Asia, Far East:
Natural calamities were as unforgiving as armed conflicts this month.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that the death toll from a super typhoon, the strongest to hit southern China in 40 years, rose to 33 after leaving at least 77 dead in the Philippines last week.
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