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Israeli soldiers shot a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian teenager who was attempting to flee after being detained for suspected stone-throwing in the West Bank on Thursday.

The minor was detained by the Israeli forces after he had been shot, but was later evacuated by Palestinians to receive medical treatment at Beit Jala near Bethlehem. He appears to have been shot in the groin area.

A witness told Haaretz news agency that the boy is 15 years old.

Video taken at the scene shows Israeli soldiers clashing with a group of Palestinians as they attempted to help the wounded teen.

A spokesperson for the Israeli military said in a statement there had been “massive stone-throwing” near military forces and civilians and confirmed the incident with the teen “who tried to flee after his arrest” and who was “shot in the lower body.” The statement said the incident will be investigated.

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The US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher has wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish – then faced a backlash from Twitter users wondering if she might have forgotten that Poland is a Catholic-majority country.

The ambassador took to Twitter to wish Jews happy holidays on Friday, just as the Passover celebrations, marking the escape from Egypt, had begun. This year, Passover overlaps with the Holy Week observance by Roman Catholics – and the beginning of the Jewish holiday coincided with Christianity’s Good Friday – the day when Jesus Christ was crucified.

While Mosbacher followed her Passover post with a re-tweet of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s post on Good Friday, it did not save her from an angry backlash from Polish-speaking users. A legislator with the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party, Krystyna Pawlowicz, was among those outraged, calling Mosbacher’s tweet a “provocation.”  Some wondered if Mosbacher thought she was actually an ambassador to Israel.

“You are not a US ambassador in Israel only in Poland,” one user said, adding that “Poland has been Catholic for 1,000 years.” 

Another user provided Mosbacher with a screenshot from Wikipedia, in an apparent attempt to enlighten the US envoy on Polish demographics.

While the figures from the free encyclopedia might be true, Poland had, for centuries, housed the majority of European Jews. The rapid decline of the Jewish population in the country occurred only in the 20th century – due to Nazi occupation and the Holocaust.

Many Poles, however, appreciated Mosbacher’s wishes and thanked her, while others rallied to her support, accusing her critics of anti-Semitism.

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Up to 35 foreigners were among 200 people killed in a series of explosions across in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

The number has been reported by AFP, citing a police official. Hospital sources have said the victims include American, British and Dutch citizens. Later, the local News First TV Channel reported that the list of foreigners killed in the blasts included citizens of Denmark, Japan and Morocco, as well as India and Pakistan.

Some earlier reports also suggested that at least two Chinese citizens and two Turks were among the victims. More than 400 people were injured by the blasts.

Six bombings struck three Christian churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday religious services. They were followed by two additional explosions. Most of the targets were in or near the island’s commercial capital of Colombo, where one of the hotels is located around 200 meters from the prime minister’s residence.

Sri Lanka’s police chief reportedly received warning about possible bombing attacks by radical Islamist group NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) 10 days before Sunday’s blasts. According to an alert cited by AFP, the warning came from “a foreign intelligence agency.”

Sri Lanka has not seen violence on this scale since the end of the civil war against Tamil Tigers militants in 2009. However, there have been multiple reports of minority religious groups – including Christians, which constitute about 7 percent of the country’s worshipers, and Muslims, about 10 percent – being harassed and attacked by Buddhist monks.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the series of deadly explosions that rocked several Sri Lankan Catholic churches and five-star hotels on Sunday. The attacks claimed more than 150 lives.

“Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region,” Modi wrote on Twitter, adding that India stands in solidarity with the Sri Lankan people.

The blasts happened in three packed Catholic churches just as worshipers were attending Easter Sunday Masses. Three luxury hotels were also targeted in what is believed to be a series of coordinated attacks. More than 150 people were killed during the blasts, and hundreds were injured, police say.

India and Sri Lanka enjoy strong historic and cultural ties. India is home to around 70 million Tamil people, while the island of Sri Lanka has a sizeable Tamil minority. In 1987-1990, India deployed a peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka during a long-lasting conflict between Tamil insurgents and the central government.

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Three churches and three hotels were hit by devastating bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Over 160 people were reportedly killed in the blast.

The churches are located in three locations on different sides of the island: St. Anthony’s Church in its commercial capital Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo on the western coast, and the Zion Church in Batticaloa in the east.

Churches hit in Easter Sunday explosions in Sri Lankra ©  Google Maps

The explosions hit as Easter Sunday services were being held, with over 50 people killed in St. Sebastian’s alone, according to a police official cited by Reuters. Over 25 people were reportedly killed in Batticaloa.

Hotels hit in Easter Sunday explosions in Sri Lanka ©  Google Maps

All three hotels are located in Colombo, one of them – Cinnamon Grand – about 200 meters from the prime minister’s residence, and the other two not much further away.

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Foreign tourists are reportedly among the victims. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has condemned the bombings as “cowardly attacks.”

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A new explosion has been reported in Sri Lanka, following six blasts in churches and hotels earlier on Sunday, according to police. It hit in the Dehiwala suburb of Colombo, killing two people.

The seventh explosion took place near a zoo, a police official told Reuters.

At least 156 people were killed and some 400 injured in the six explosions that struck places of Christian worship and high-end hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The targets, three churches and three hotels, were mostly concentrated in and around the commercial capital Colombo, except for one church located on the opposite side of the island in Batticaloa. No group has claimed responsibility so far.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the bombing attacks on Christian churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, which happened during the celebration of Easter.

Erdogan offered Turkey’s condolences to the families of victims and a speedy recovery to the hundreds of people who were injured by Sunday’s bombings.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu compared the attacks to the recent shooting in New Zealand, in which a white nationalist gunned downed 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

An increasing number of international officials have joined in condemning the bloodiest act of violence that Sri Lanka has since the end of its civil war a decade ago. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which claimed over 150 lives and resulted in the hospitalization of at least 400.

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The Sri Lankan Defense Ministry has imposed a nightly curfew following the eight explosions that killed around 160 people and injured as many as 400 on Easter Sunday.

In a statement for the media, State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said the curfew will remain in place “until things settle down.” He said the culprits of the attacks on Sri Lankan hotels and churches “have been identified” and will be taken into custody. He did not name those responsible, however.

The use of social media has been temporarily banned as part of the curfew, according to Harsha de Silva, the minister of economic reforms and public distribution. Locals are required to stay indoors for 12 hours – from 6pm to 6am.

Six initial explosions that rocked three churches and three hotels reportedly killed 156 people and injured some 400, media reported, citing police. The blasts struck on Easter Sunday, a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

Most of the targets are located in or near Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city and commercial capital. Shortly afterwards, two more explosions were reported, one of them killing two more people. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the apparently coordinated bombings.

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The Sri Lankan PM called for strength and unity, and warned against the dissemination of fake reports, after explosions rocked several five-star hotels and Catholic churches, killing more than 160 people and injuring hundreds.

“I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” Ranil Wickremesinghe wrote on Twitter shortly after the attack on Sunday morning.

He said that officials are taking steps to “contain the situation,” and urged people not to spread “unverified reports and speculation.”

Three luxury hotels and three churches were targeted by explosions as worshipers gathered for Easter Sunday Masses.

The nation’s president Maithripala Sirisena said that the government has launched an investigation into the attacks. Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, meanwhile, called the attacks “a well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem and anarchy.”

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Three more people have died in a new explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city, shortly after some 160 people lost their lives in seven blasts that hit luxury hotels and Catholic churches during Easter celebrations.

A suicide bomber killed three people in central Colombo, AFP reported, citing police.

This adds to the seven explosions that have rocked three packed Catholic shrines and four high-end hotels in Sri Lanka so far on Sunday, as the island’s Christian worshippers were gathering for Easter masses.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the apparently coordinated attacks. Sri Lanka’s defense ministry has declared a curfew, which is set to last from 6pm to 6am.

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