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19 murdered 59 injured after a Muslim suicide bomber targeted children leaving a concert at Manchester Arena

At least 19 people are dead and 59 more injured after a Muslim suicide bomber targeted children leaving a packed pop concert at Manchester Arena last night in Britain’s worst terror attack since 7/7.

Witnesses told of nuts and bolts tearing into young gig-goers when the blast was detonated in the foyer area between the arena and the next-door Victoria station just after the Ariana Grande performance ended.

One image captured bodies of the dead and injured lying in an area between the arena and the next-door Victoria station, which had been packed with people leaving the venue as the gig wound down.


As the explosion tore through the lobby, terrified youngsters stampeded for the sold-out 21,000-seater stadium’s exits in horrifying scenes caught on mobile phone cameras. Witnesses described the carnage as being ‘like a war zone’.

Armed police, the bomb squad and scores of emergency vehicles descended on the venue in the aftermath of the explosion, which took place at 10:35pm last night.

Shortly after 1.30am, a controlled explosion was carried out in the Cathedral Gardens near Manchester Arena, but police later confirmed the suspicious package had been an item of clothing.

Officials in the US said their UK counterparts had identified a possible male suicide bomber as being responsible for the atrocity. In a 3am press conference, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed his force were treating it as a terror attack.

An hour later, US star Grande, who escaped unharmed, tweeted she was ‘broken’.

‘From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,’ she added. Her manager Scooter Braun said: ‘We mourn for the children.’


Witness Abby Mullen from Airdrie, who was at the event, described the carnage.

‘As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me,’ she said. ‘People’s skin and faeces where everywhere including in my hair and on my bag.

‘I’m still finding bits of God knows what in my hair. You never ever expect these things to happen to you but this proves it can happen to anybody.

‘That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved.’

Prior to the incident yesterday evening, an unverified Twitter account posted cryptic Tweets showing the ISIS black flag alongside the hashtags #IslamicState and #Manchesterarena. It was unclear early today what if any significance these Tweets carried.


But the Tweeter also said: ‘You forget our threat? This is the just terror’. His account was deleted shortly afterwards.

Outside the arena, shocked concert-goers struggled to find ways home as the adjoining Victoria station was closed.

Chris Parker, 33, told how like many others he was heading towards the box office when he heard the explosion.

He told The Sun: ‘There was nuts and bolts flying everywhere, and also human flesh. It was just one bang and a white flash.

‘I treated a woman called Pauline. I’ve got blood on my hands. It was like a war zone inside where the box office is.’

Gary Walker told the Daily Star: ‘The nuts must have been packed in the device that’s exploded – there’s nowhere else they could’ve come from.’



Hamas terrorist group rejects Trump’s classifying them as terrorist group

The terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip on Sunday rejected US President Donald Trump’s linking it to terrorism and said his description of the group showed his “complete bias” towards Israel.

Trump addressed the leaders of 55 Muslim countries in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and said they must take the lead in combating radicalization.

“The true toll of ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams,” the American president said in his speech.


“The statement describing Hamas as a terror group is rejected and is a distortion of our image and shows a complete bias to the Zionist occupation (Israel),” Hamas terror group spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement.

King Abdullah II of Jordan called on President Trump to work towards a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict, saying an agreement is essential for the war on terror, and the absence of a PA state is the greatest injustice that has been.

The king said that is the essence of the problem in the Middle East, and what has spurred the extremists in the entire region.

Trump’s Israel visit to include Jerusalem holy sites and Bethlehem

US President Donald Trump will land in Israel on Monday at noon for a busy one-day visit that will include meetings with Israel’s leadership, a speech at the Israel Museum and a private visit to the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Air Force One, arriving straight from the US president’s visit to Saudi Arabia, will land at 12:15pm at Ben-Gurion International Airport, where Trump will be welcomed in a state ceremony by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and other dignitaries.

Trump will walk the red carpet and review an honor guard. Then, after the Israeli and American national anthems are played, Trump, Rivlin and Netanyahu will make short speeches.




The American delegation initially wanted to skip the ceremony in the hot midday sun and fly the president straight to Jerusalem immediately upon landing, but Israel insisted. In an effort to keep the ceremony short, Trump will not be shaking hands with dignitaries after the speeches at the airport.

Trump will then board Marine One and fly to Jerusalem, where the helicopter will land at a specially prepared landing pad at The First Station cultural complex.

Trump and First Lady Melania will then head straight to the President’s Residence, where they will be welcomed by President Rivlin and his wife Nechama. After the American president signs the guest book, the two leaders will hold a private meeting following which they will make statements to the press.

Rivlin and his wife will then take Trump and the first lady to the garden at the President’s Residence, where an almond tree was planted to mark the visit. A sign near the tree bears a quote in Hebrew, English and Arabic from the Song of Ascents in the Book of Psalms: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.'”

From the President’s Residence, Trump will head to the Old City for a private visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He will then visit the Western Wall, where he will be accompanied by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch and joined by First Lady Melania and daughter Ivanka.


Israel has asked the American delegation to allow Prime Minister Netanyahu to accompany Trump on his visit to the Western Wall, but the request has been declined.

After the visit to the Western Wall, Trump will head to the King David Hotel, where he will be staying during his visit, while First Lady Melania will join Prime Minister Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, on a visit to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Karem. They will talk with the medical staff and meet with children in the play area for a joint artistic activity.


At 6pm, Trump will meet in private with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the King David Hotel, following which their teams will join the meeting.

At 7:15pm, Trump, Netanyahu and their wives will travel to the Prime Minister’s Residence for dinner, which will be cooked by Israeli chef Moshe Segev. Singer Shiri Maimon will perform two songs, one of them being the Frank Sinatra version of “New York, New York.”

During the dinner, Prime Minister Netanyahu is planning on presenting Trump with a beautiful Bible book.


Following the dinner, the two leaders will give statements to the press but will not respond to questions.

While President Trump and First Lady Melania dine at the Prime Minister’s Residence, the rest of the American delegation—including daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis—will dine at the King David Hotel with their Israeli hosts, including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, other government ministers, and senior Foreign Ministry officials.

On Tuesday, Trump will arrive in Bethlehem for a meeting with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Fatah and Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria are calling for a unified “Day of Rage” during President Trump’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, where he is expected to meet with Fatah leader – PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

At 1pm, he will hold a short visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where he will lay a wreath, write in the guest book and make a short statement to the press.

Trump will then head to the Israel Museum, where he will make a speech to conclude his visit. In his speech, Trump is expected to present his vision for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and express his support to the people of Israel.

At 3:40pm, Trump will leave Israel for his next destination, Rome.

IDF works to forestall rise in Arab terror during summer months

The IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division has marked the coming month of June as a period in which a new wave of terrorism and unrest could surface once again with reinvigorated energy.

The renewed fear stems from a combination of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, which may begin at the end of the month (a final deadline has yet to be set), and the convicted terrorist prisoners’ hunger strike.


Speaking in an interview, a senior IDF officer in the Judea and Samaria Division told Ynet that while the prisoners’ hunger strike has not yet “taken hold” and caused masses of Arabs to take to the streets in protest, the trend may not continue indefinitely.

Additionally, recent events in Huwara and Silwad—involving the deaths of Arab terrorists —risk making the coming summer months particularly troublesome.


In an effort to counter possible escalations, hundreds of soldiers are expected to reinforce regional brigades, with an emphasis being placed on known friction points, sensitive sites and Arab cities.

The reinforcements are expected to come from combat battalions currently involved in training exercises similar to those who reinforced regular IDF units during the last wave of terror.


Actions taken against popular terrorism by the Judea and Samaria Division, along with the Shin Bet and with the use of advanced technology to identify individual terrorists, have led to a significant reduction in terror attacks. However, the two incidents in which civilians shot Arab terrorists throwing stones are likely to cause the IDF and police headaches in a region where violence is commonplace.



Rock-throwing terrorist eliminated by Israeli driver after being almost lynched by terrorists

A Muslim Arab terrorist was eliminated on Thursday after an Israeli driver opened fire on a mob of some 200 Arabs rioting and attempting to murder Jews by hurling rocks at passing Israeli vehicles near Huwara in Samaria

The Israeli driver felt that his life was in danger and did not fire directly at the group of terrorists— he fired the shots into the air.

The PA health services stated that two were wounded during the shooting, which was confirmed by the IDF shortly thereafter.

The first terrorist was identified as Moataz Hussein Taya, 23, from the village of Bita, who was critically injured and succumbed to his wounds moments later.

The second terrorist was identified as an AP photographer, who suffered moderate wounds after being shot in the arm.

The IDF arrived shortly after the shooting to prevent more casualties and disperse the riot.





Hamas money for murder of teens in 2014 seized by IDF in wide scale raid in Hevron

Israeli security forces launched a wide scale operation overnight Wednesday in a renewed crackdown on the families of the Hamas Muslim Arab terrorists who in 2014 kidnapped and murdered the teenagers Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah.

During the joint operation between the IDF and the Shin Bet, dozens of Hamas targets in Hevron were also raided in an effort to smash the terror movement’s infrastructure in the city.


As forces combed through multiple Hamas sites, NIS 5,000 shekels were confiscated from the families of the terrorists who murdered the teenagers.

“From the moment that the kidnapping attack was carried out, the families of the attackers have enjoyed significant sums of money received from the Hamas movement, which empowers the families of the terrorists on the Palestinian street and contributes to recruiting the next generation of terrorists,” a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said after the raids.


During the operation last night, thousands of shekels were seized, along with two vehicles and two computers that are of the equivalent value to the money that the families received from the terrorists.


Also during the night, security forces arrested 22 wanted Muslim Arab terrorists in different cities and towns in Judea and Samaria, for involvement in terror activities, disruption of public order and violence.

Last year, the IDF confiscated significant sums of money from families affiliated with Hamas terrorists.

Terror cell nabbed, 4 Muslim Arab terrorists arrested

The Shin Bet and the IDF detained a terror cell involved in a terror attack that took place on April 23 and in which an explosive device was planted on a main route leading to the Jewish community of Elon Moreh, it was cleared for publication on Wednesday.

No injuries were reported at the time of the attack.

Four Muslim Arab terrorists members of the cell, all residents of Shechem, were arrested.

The Shin Bet investigation revealed that the Muslim Arab terrorists were plotting to carry out a combined terror attack- they wanted to plant an explosive device along the road leading to the Jewish community and also target IDF soldiers deployed in the area.

It was determined that the cell members had indeed created, planted and activated the explosive device on the route leading to Elon Moreh with the intention of injuring and possibly murdering Israeli civilians and soldiers.

The terror cell had a lab where they manufactured explosive devices and improvised weapons, and forces seized munitions that the cell members had used.

All cell members arrested are expected to be indicted in the coming days.

Officials: Trump disclosure endangered spy placed by Israel inside ISIS

President Donald Trump’s alleged intelligence disclosure to Russia has endangered the life of a spy who was placed inside ISIS by Israel, current and former US officials are reported to have affirmed on Wednesday according to ABC News.

The spy in question, whose life now hangs on the line after Trump reportedly revealed classified information in a meeting with Russian officials last week, was tracking an ISIS plot to bring down a passenger jet on its way to the US with a bomb hidden in a laptop that US officials think could get through airport screening machines unnoticed, according to ABC.

It appears that the information the spy had gathered was sufficient enough in helping US officials consider favorably the much-discussed possible ban on laptops on all flights from Europe to the US.

The New York Times claimed earlier on Tuesday that Israel was the source of the intelligence that Trump shared with Russian officials last week.

Israeli officials refused to comment on that report, and Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, told the newspaper that the two nations would continue to cooperate closely in the field of counter-terrorism.

Later, two Israeli intelligence officials confirmed to the American news website BuzzFeed that Israel had shared specific intelligence with the United States regarding ISIS plots to smuggle explosive laptops onto planes.

“As president, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” he posted on Twitter. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”

Trump’s acknowledgment that he gave sensitive information during a White House meeting last week undercut intense efforts by senior aides to play down the incident on Monday evening after news reports emerged of Trump’s conversations about a planned ISIS operation.

Stabbing attack in Jerusalem; Muslim Arab terrorist shot and eliminated

A 37-year-old Police officer was moderately injured by a Muslim Arab terrorist in a stabbing attack in the area of the Lions’ Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The terrorist was shot and eliminated by security forces.

MDA reported that at 01:21pm, a man was stabbed near the Lions’ Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Upon reaching the scene, the paramedics found a 37-year-old man with stab wounds in his upper body.

Although his injuries were moderately serious, the officer pulled his gun, shot and eliminated the terrorist.

The Police officer was taken to Shaare Zedek Hospital in the city and was fully conscious.

The terrorist, Muhammad Abdullah Salim al-Qassagi, a 57-year-old Jordanian citizen, arrived in Israel a week ago via the Jordan River crossing in Beit Shean.






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