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>> this is al jazeera. >> hello. i am mary muzzy. you are watching the ", newshour," live from london. israel's bombardment of gaza continues. the distal mounds and thousands of people have been forced from their homes. more than 100 rockets are fired from gaza. the israeli prime minister says
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hamas will pay a heavy price for these attacks. in other developers, at least 11 palestinians are killed and hundreds more injured as protests erupt across the occupied west bank. also coming up this hour, we look at india's covid vaccine crisis. some states start taking matters into their own hands despite government promises. >> the grand prix has been canceled and japan's prime minister remains determined to called the limbic, despite the country extending the state of emergency to three more areas. maryam: welcome to the "newshour." we begin in gaza, where exchanges of fire between the israeli military and palestinian factions appear to have subsided at this hour. israel did launch several strikes against more targets in
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the strip earlier on friday. this was the moment when the building that houses the interior ministry was attacked. no word on casualties as a result of that. and then a multistory building that had a hamas bank inside of it was also leveled in a separate strike. at least 126 palestinians -- this includes 31 children -- have been killed since the israeli village every offensive started on monday. hamas and its allies have been firing more rockets from inside gaza. the israeli military says a total of 140 rockets have been launched towards israel so far on friday. most of them were intercepted. at least nine people in israel, including a child, have died since the conflict escalated. at least 11 palestinians have been killed by israeli security forces in the occupied west bank in spite of morning. more than 600 have been injured. in the west bank, a waiver
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protests broke out over the israeli occupation and there's a growing sense of anger and frustration after israel intensified its airstrikes over b gaza. there have been standups between protesters and police in 200 different locations. police have fired tear gas, and there are reports of live ammunition being used as well. al jazeera's correspondent joins us from gaza. there was a very intense bombardment of this strip last night, particularly concentrated in northern gaza. would it appear that there is an easiing of strikes now? reporter: well, after almost an hour of silence in the gaza strip, a few minutesee ago the israelis carried out about 30 airstrikes in the same area in the north part of the gaza strip.
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the last couple of hours were relatively quiet, except from some ground shelling and open navy shelling across the coastal line in the borderline of the gulf strip. these bombardments have been forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes near the borders and stay in u.n.-run schools. the minister says 126 palestinians have been killed including 31 children. also, the bank in gaza had been appealing people for blood donation because the hospital in gaza had been running out of blood because of the huge waves of injuries arriving to the hospital, which according to the minister of health, the numbers more than 1000 now. egypt tomorrow will open the borders exceptionally for the palestinian injuries, to treat them and to receive them, and in
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the sinai hospitals, they are sending equipments for hospitals to treat palestinian injuries. on the other hand, there is not yet a response from the palestinian armed groups on the latest israeli wave of intensifier that had been carried out a few minutes ago. maryam: all right, thank you very much. appreciate it. and now, a humanitarian worker inside gaza joins me by skype from west gaza city. can you tell me if you have been seeing or hearing anything in the past few hours, what it has been like for you, and how you and your family, particularly your children, have been coping this evening? >> hi. yes, as your college has
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mentioned -- as your colleague has mentioned, it has been a few hours of heavy bombardment and heavy shelling. as i look nearby to see a few rounds of horrifying bombings from that side, that has become the daily experience of us and as parents keeping our children safe and also a huge, huge issue, huge challenge. every minute we face this great fear because we see that our children are the victims, are k illed. you mentioned in your report over 30 children have died. you have seen how people are fleeing their homes because of this horror. also, several buildings and h omes have been hit. infrastructure is being hit.
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we are witnessing a horrifying military -- i would say experience with this that is more intense even that the one in 2014, with greater fear and greater anxiety, because we feel that the threshold keeps on moving up and up with what is happening, and it is extremely challenging, extremely horrifying. i am sitting right here and i'm worried about when is the next hit going to be, and especially into the night, where massive explosions are just in every place around the gaza strip. maryam: of course the intensity of activity and bombardment at night makes it impossible to sleep at all. you are at home and you are the mother of two daughters. where are they at the moment?
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>> yeah, they are in their bedroom. i made sure that our -- we took measures to make them a bit away from the window and also do all the right things about having some background noises like music, etc. but i jump over to them and i sleep next to them on the floor to make sure that if anything happens, i am there to protect them, because immediately they start screaming, and that is my first experience as a mother having a daughter who is now six years old. she is starting to see and fear experiencing it even physically, she has started to complain from physical pains. and imagine, i have been lucky, and we have been very lucky that we have not experienced direct damage in our house or direct
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injury to our children after seeing all these children, all the people who have been exposed to that, injured, or killed just by these random insane shelling that is taking place w. maryam: obviously, gaza is a place where everyone is living very closely together. do you happen to know if anyone, friends or family, who have been directly affected in the way that you describe over the past few days? >> of course, of course. gaza is small, and people know each other. as much part of the situation becomes, people still have a very strong sense of solidarity. we state all the night checking on each other, family or friends or acquaintances. we know people who are experiencing so many difficult things. i know people who have to -- you
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have their homes severely damaged or even destroyed, people who are just fleeing because they live near the northern area and had a tuesday -- had to stay in an actual school with their homes come as you have reported, more than 10,000 people have already fled. i think the number is going to increase, sadly. we know we are all in this. different people are experiencing different experiences, but it is all horrifying. maryam: cease fires, when they come, they tend to be fragile and temporary because the kind of dynamic between israel and hamas. it is always in between, that period in between was because fundamental issues are not being addressed. help us understand what it is
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like in those periods of lull because i gaza is still facing a continuous shortage of clean water, and the continuous buzz and presence of drones in the sky and expert tatian that something is going to happen at some point. >> of course, because each time there is any round of such situation, escalation, whatever you would like to call it, the fundamental issues are never resolved because even on the cease-fires, requests are put on the table, israel immediately is -- just ignores them. unfortunately many people have not -- are not aware of, but hopefully with the current situation, because it is not only gaza. the entire palestinian population across the gaza and
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jerusalem -- remember, all this was sparked in jerusalem. and out of the cities, palestinian cities within israel. this tells that there is something fundamentally wrong, and there is a grave injustice that all palestinians, even those who seem to be treated in a better situation like as israeli citizens under the government of israel, each crip camp each type of palestinian, each classification -- each group, each type of palestinian, each classification is treated with a certain level of oppression. and in gaza the situation is much more intense due to the fact of the recent -- i would say recent, i mean 15 year of blockade and humanitarian situation that has been deteriorating year after year. just before this round, it was also very obvious that the level
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of poverty and unemployment, we have completely forgot what covid is, although it was just last week with the covid situation. all that, gaza doesn't have any fair share of any decent living. you mentioned water, of course. you were talking about 80% of the population dependent -- you are talking more than half of the population under poverty. we see that from our work and our daily living, securing their daily life day by day with just a few shekels to have a meal and many cannot even secure that. that situation is controlled by israel. if israel has a narrative that says we withdrew from israel, well, israel controls what we eeat, israel controls the fuel
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that supplies electricity, which has also deteriorated during this current phase for these few days when it was good, 8 hours of electricity, 8 hours -- it is completely uncertain, just three hours, because of damages, because of lack of fuel, because they decided to close the crossing. everything is in their control. and the list goes on and on when it comes to any economic activity, any decent access to the seeking medical treatment, for example. why would israel present 70- and 60-year-old women in the west bank -- not even in israel, but even in the west bank. that is the daily life of
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palestinians. security daily wanda supply and electricity and seeking education, seeking medical treatment, all that basic stuff. do people understand that this is what gazans are facing? the bigger picture is extremely important, because we need to see it now more than any other time what is happening, all of these riots and protests tell you something, it tells you there's something really wrong here. what we would like the people of the world to know is that because politicians know, they just have no interest, and they have double standards, we know that. those who want to understand, once thedo see the reality, they will be supported without us begging for any support or asking for it. maryam: thank you very much, from gaza in west gaza city.
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thank you for joining us. well, al jazeera's correspondent is in occupied east jerusalem. this is the neighborhood where palestinians have been threatened with losing their homes and eviction to israeli settlers. he said the sense of internal conflicts and tension there is starting to build. reporter: occupied east jerusalem outside of israel is also seen in recent days of pretty clear instances of racial violence. there was a jewish person attacked by a palestinian group close to the city walls of the old city the other day, and earlier here, of course, there is a confluence of issues, this ongoing protest, bu also interethnic violence going on with palestinians and jewish settlers facing off around a jewish building in the neighborhood a little way away from here, with two, four
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of the occupants of that place brandishing weapons as they threw stones and people from outside themselves throwing stones, letting off fireworks into the area. those guns were used and one palestinian person was injured as a result of that exchange before the police went in and removed the weapons. there have also been other developments elsewhere in israel itself, where we have seen the rest of a senior muslim cleric, senior member of the islamic movement, by the security service, shin bet. accompanying that, after that, very major disturbances in a town where we have seen streets filled with protesters moving around and a large number of injuries. we have heard from a doctor that there have been dozens of injuries in that incident. as well is talking about this,
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prime minister benjamin netanyahu is talking about the situation in gaza, he has also been talking about this issue he has been talking about, groups of arabs who are attacking jews just for being jews. that is correct, that has been happening. he did not talk at all, in this instance at least, about the reverse of that issue. and he is promising an extremely severe crackdown, really telling police that they need to do whatever they can to try to call this violence. maryam: protesters spread to the occupied west bank, where there were confrontations into hundred different locations, including have run and-- hebron and bethlehem. there is growing anger over the continued house evictions and demolitions but also i israel's military control of the area and they a air campaign inside gaza. reporter: this is one of several protest taking to the streets of
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the occupied west bank to show support for palestinians in the besieged gaza strip and against the israeli measures in occupied east jerusalem. protesters here are heading towards the jewish -- the jewish settlement where there is a military checkpoint, and we have seen palestinians preparing molotov cocktails to confront the israeli army that has been using live ammunition to disperse the crowds. >> we are trying to defend our land. we have no arms, nothing. >> i am here because the highly destructive israeli air force is killing innocent people. reporter: while these protests were sparked by the latest round of escalation, protesters here tell us that they have more than enough reasons to protest. the ongoing settler attacks against them that are often carried out with impunity. the diminishing hope of having a
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state or being free. remember, these people mostly our young. they were born after the palestinian authority was established in the 1990's. and they have seen the leaders on and on talk about them having state, and they're only seeing the land on which the state is supposed to be established shrinking. maryam: israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has insisted that hamas should pay a heavy price and warns it won't stop carrying out attacks. prime min. netanyahu: the senior leaders of hamas believe that they can escape from our armed forces, but they cannot. we can reach them everywhere. we reach all these people, and we will continue to do so. they attacked us on our holiday, in our capital, and fired rockets in our cities. they have paid and will pay a heavy price for that. this is not over yet. maryam: meanwhile, the u.s. deputy secretary of state for
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israel and palestinian affairs has now landed in israel. earlier, the spokesman for the palestinian authority accused of encouraging what he called israeli war crimes. he said that the silence of the u.s. administration regarding what israel is doing and describing it as a self-defense has led to massacres in gaza, the west bank, and jerusalem. let's go to washington. what can you tell us about efforts underway to secure a cease-fire? reporter: president biden's official policy is de-escalation of this conflict as soon as possible, but the white house's actions are essentially allowing israel to consolidate its military gains and to do what benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister there, has said he wants to do, which is to exact a heavy price from hamas with those military strikes. the white house did call -- president biden did call
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benjamin netanyahu recently, but he did not call the head of the palestinian organization, or rather, mahmoud abbas, the head of the palestinian leadership there. the secretary of state antony blinken did so. it makes a difference that the president actually makes these calls. the president has also been keen to say that israel has a right to self-defense, and he said that the strikes from israel were not disproportionate. that is by the fact that the body count is considerably heavier on the gaza side. that is for the present secretary of the white house in a difficult position trying to walk some of that back. this is a little of what jen psaki had to say. jen: israel has the right to self-defense. our focus remains on continuing to use every lever at our disposal to de-escalate the situation on the ground. i think it is also important to remind people, hamas is a
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terrorist organization. hamas does not represent the views, the families, the people who are suffering, all of the palestinian people who are suffering as a result of this violence. but is no justification for 1500 rockets coming from hamas. reporter: there is the white house press secretary pushing back on the suggestion that hamas should be recognized in any way as the leadership in gaza the u.s. government. the u.s. is still recognizing the palestinian authority and not having the president speak directly to them. an extraordinary thing is happening on capitol hill. for decades the united states has had two main parties but essentially one policy when it comes to israeli-palestinian conflict. now we are seeing one member of congress after another stepped up in the u.s. house of representatives and speak against the biden administration's policy and in
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favor of the palestinians in this case. she did sleep -- rashida tlaib, the first palestinian-american member of congress from stood on the floor of the house weeping and said how many palestinians have to die before their lives matter. ill have no mark -- ilhan omar, a muslim american member of congress, called israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and ethno-nationalist on the floor of the house. president biden may be maintaining the longtime policy of the u.s. which tilts towards israel, but he is increasingly getting friendly fire from democrats in his own party. maryam: in terms of the wider international reaction, the united nations has made an appeal for the immediate end to the fighting. secretary general antonio geyer guterres ones that the crisis could foster extremism across the region.
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the security council will host a meeting on sunday to address the issue. reporter: the un security council is on the sidelines of this latest middle east conflict as a result of american intervention. diplomats confirm that the united states blocked calls for an open meeting on friday during which countries could publicly express their views. it was also the americans who stopped any form of statement, unified statement from being issued on behalf of the council, something that all other members were pushing for. a spokesperson for u.s. ambassador linda thomas-greenfield tells al jazeera that the united states wanted to give space for diplomatic efforts underway at the highest levels to work. they were looking to de-escalate tensions and move towards a cease-fire. of course, the situation on the ground has only gotten more violent since then. diplomats as well as you and officials have expressed their
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extreme frustration. >> we would like to see member states put to action the ideals that we all have to live up to within this organization. the more unified the security council is, the stronger its voice and the stronger its impact. reporter: the united states initially said they wanted to wait until tuesday for an open meeting. they have since relented a bit, agreeing to a rare sunday gathering, the first open meeting of the council since these hostilities began. maryam: you are with the "newshour," live from london. much more ahead on the program. a cyber attack forces the shutdown of an entire national health system. we are going to bring you that story. also, looking to salvage the tourism industry in ruins. greece opens its borders to vaccinated visitors will and later in sport, while the turkish grand prix has been
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canceled, and which country has an extra race. >> quite a lot of spring rain about. hope it's welcome, it makes things grow after all after a dodgy start to spring. comes up this blocking high just east of moscow. everything goes in this and then heads north. and this southerly flow in scandinavia, no longer snowing anyway. in finland, temperatures in the teens. cold enough in the heights, tops of the alps. there is a general disappointment if you look at the temperatures. they are in the teens. you expect them to be in the 20's. london representing england here is wet and windy quite often.
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certainly wet. innsbruck is below average by four degrees, and it is going to be showers and showers and showers and the nostrums for the next few days. that represents an awful lot of europe, but not all of spain. in the south of spain in seville, it has hit 41 before, but the average is 27. we are well above the arage, and that is going to keep going for the next couple of days. it has been hot throughout recently in southern algeria is pretty hot. it is mostly dry. >> it is one of the most recognized sites around the world, famed for its support from far and wide. but for the fans back home, is more than just a football club. >> anyone who says politics should be left out of football doesn't know about football, doesn't know about politics. in the city, it's not going to happen. >> the passion and the politics
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maryam: welcome back. our main story now -- a building housing the interior ministry has been attacked in airstrikes on gaza. the evening has been relatively quiet, although in the past hour there were several dozen israeli airstrikes in the northern part of the gaza strip. at lease 126 a-lister needs including 31 children--at least 126 palestinians including 31 children have been killed in gaza since monday. hamas has been firing rockets inside gaza towards israel. whether 140 rockets were launched towards israel on friday, the most of them were intercepted. of these nine people in israel including one child have died since the conflict escalated. in other develop its, a wave of protest broke out in the west bank over the israeli occupation in the intensified air campaign in gaza. there have been standoff taking
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place between protesters and israeli police and these 200 different locations.a t least 11 palestinians have been killed. a political scientist and associate professor of political science in gaza joins me now from gaza city, where he lives with his wife and four of his five children. first of all, how would you describe the intensity of the bombardment in the airstrikes of the past few days? >> good evening. let me say that for the past five days, gaza has been under fire and under israeli attacks, bombardment from the air, from the ground, from israeli artillery. last night was a very tough and a very intense bombing that included areas of the gaza strip, where according to israeli spokesperson, stated 160
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military jets participated on airstrikes against that area which targeted 450 missiles in about two hours at 150 targets. those 150 targets are mainly main roads, residential areas, and some orange groves. tonight, the israeli bombardment of gaza is continuing, even though with efforts to try to reach a cease-fire, israeli bombardment has not stopped. and as a result of the intense bombing last night of the north areas of gaza, some of my family members has evacuated their homes. my mother and brother evacuated their homes in the north of gaza , where the intensity of the bombardment was a little bit less. maryam: right, so you are experiencing a bit less activity
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-- there is fewer strikes where you are, and so your family, your extended family -- well, not your extended family -- your mother and your brother, they are living with you now? >> yes, they moved in today with me because of the intense bombardment in the north of gaza strip last night. luckily, they came and moved in with me today because i am talking to some people who lived in the same area and the bombardment is continuing tonight, and as i am talking to you right now, i hear that six people were killed tonight, which makes the total number of palestinians who have been killed over the past five days more than 120 so far, and above 500 palestinians have injured, and a lot of destruction has been inflicted on palestinian civilian infrastructure like residential buildings, main roads, and other governmental
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buildings that belong to hamas in gaza. maryam: do you worry -- you mentioned buildings, and we have seen two apartment blocks collapse from airstrikes and you were saying that -- i mean, obviously the gaza strip goes through this destruction -- we saw it in the 2014 more and--2014 war and periodically when tensions escalated, you had a loss of life and injury, but also the infrastructure suffers a great deal of destruction. do you think that when we get to that stage, the rebuilding effort is going to be a much greater challenge compared to previous rounds of conflict? >> definitely. the amount of destruction inflicted on gaza over the past
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five days is immense. i don't think that governments will be able to rebuild the district -- the destroyed infrastructure. the eu alerted the palestinians and israelis back in 2014 that it would be the last time to invest in rebuilding destroyed infrastructure and gaza. i don't know who is going to be be building this infrastructure. we are talking about residential buildings over the course of the past five days. at lease i can name three residential buildings. one is a 15-story building that was used by media outlets. another 10-story building was brought down. and another 10-story building that houses some apartments was also brought down. that is in addition to a lot of other apartments and civilian infrastructure, which has been targeted by the israeli air force.
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it is definitely a bigger question who is going to pay for this, who is going to rebuild this. that would be a question for the international community to answer after this current wave of escalation will be over. maryam: egypt is going to open its border so that the injured can receive medical assistance. what can you tell us about the pressure on gaza's hospitals? >> while, gaza -- well, gaza has been under tight israeli siege for the past 14 years since hamas they took over the gaza strip in 2007. many palestinian patients were transferred to the west bank and israel in the past for medical treatment. now as result of the covid-19
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and as a result of the current escalation and military escalation against gaza, egypt decided today to open for severe injured palestinians who would be treated in egyptian hospitals as a matter of sympathy with the palestinian people in gaza, and also egypt is trying to show its displeasure with the israeli rejection of the egyptian proposal for an immediate cease-fire. we hope that this current wave of israeli bombardment will cease very soon to save lives, to save civilian infrastructure in gaza. but yes, egypt is offering its help for the palestinians right now. maryam: thank you for joining us from gaza city. >> thank you. my pleasure to be with you. maryam: we are following other stories this hour, and
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particularly developments in india. the prime minister reassuring people that the government is doing everything it can to stop the spread of covid-19. renfrew modi's administrate -- narendra modi's administration has faced criticism for being poorly prepared and allowing large rallies to take place. the government says 2 billion vaccines could be available in august but some state authorities are taking enters into their own hands, looking to secure doses from overseas. more from new delhi on how different parts of the country are planning to meet a vaccine shortfall. reporter: india is the world's largest vaccine maker. still, over the last few weeks several states have reported shortage of supply doses and had to close down centers because they did not have enough to inoculate the people. local partners and media said it started a rollout of the vaccine. the modi government said it expects sputnik to be available on the market next week and that
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the vaccine will be made in india starting in july. the government has come under severe criticism for its vaccination policy. and today it announced that it would have enough doses, nearly 2 billion doses, by the end of the year. it says it has been in touch with 8 vaccine makers in india and around the world to complete this order. still, several states have now come out and said that they will be launching a global individually worth billions of dollars to import vaccines for they acknowledge this will be a tall task, given the market forces. at this point several countries around the world are still waiting for orders they faced a while ago. the modi government has said that any vaccine approved by the who and the fta in the u.s. will be allowed in india, and that import licenses will be granted within two days. maryam: the u.s.'s vaccination campaign is expanding to include all teenagers between the ages
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of 12 and 15. it comes as the world health organization calls on wealthier countries to donate vaccines for children to its covax scheme which is helping low and middle income countries acquire jabs. this report, the biden administration doesn't seem likely to heed that call. reporter: it is not often that you see kids actually excited to get a vaccination shot. but that was before covid and the confidence that comes with a vaccine. >> i was glad because now i can be, like, safer, and soon will be able to be out soon and do normal things. >> i think it is cool that it is at school because i can see my fellow classmates getting it, and then i know that people around me will have it and michael district has it. it makes me feel safer. reporter: for their parents, find assembly from what has been constant stress and fear. --finally some relief from what has been constant stress and fear. >> having been through three
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cases of covid in my household up six, i couldn't get might 12- and 15-year-old daughters, that shot fast enough. reporter: but she is in the minority according to polls. the rest will only do if they have to or they won't do it at all. the government wants more people cover to get close to herd immunity, and doctorsre trying to combat any hesitancy with signs. >> while kids are less likely to have serious complications from covid-19, there was a recent study that showed about a quarter of kids do have persistent symptoms lasting months after the initial infection. reporter: still, the world health organization think this shouldn't be happening yet. >> handful of rich countries, both of the vaccine supply, lower-risk groups are now being vaccinated. i understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children
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and adolescents, but right now i urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to covax . reporter: the biden administration has given no indication they are considering that, given the political fallout would be fears. in community centers like this one all over the country, teens are being vaccinated. kids from six month old to 12 months old. that decision is expected in september. maryam: computer systems in hospitals across ireland are being shut down as a precaution after a massive cyberattack. the irish health service says the system could be down for several days because of the ransomware attack. emergency services are also carrying on as normal, though. although officials say that they are yet to receive any demand for actual ransom. the chief executive officer at seventh grady firm says she
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believes the public and private sector need to be more proactive in dealing with these types of issues. >> companies have refused to spend the money they needed to spend on cybersecurity. they will always spend more in response than they ever would have in preparation and constructing and maintaining a strong security program. but they just are not spending money. the boards and senior executives are not paying attention to this and making sure they have resilience and operations. that is starting to change. idc did a study, and after the first few month of the pandemic of covid, business resilience was down at number seven, and by june 2020, it was up to number one. that is the number one priority for decision-makers. i think a lot of it isn't the pandemic. it is not covid. it is ransomware attacks that is causing this and causing huge
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business losses. companies are either going to have to spend the money or the government is going to come in and regulate. maryam: other stories we are following -- the first flights carrying tourists have arrived increase since restrictions were eased. the country is allowing and those who are vaccinated or tested negative for coronavirus no more than three days before their departure. reporter: these are some of the first arrivals in athens since restrictions were lifted, and many have been waiting for this moment for months. danny leads a group of 16 israelis, one of the nationalities that can now holiday here without quarantine. >> we are waiting for this moment more than one and half year because of the grown-up. and we love her very much greece. it is very you to our country. it is wonderful people---it is very near to our country. it is wonderful people, always welcome, smiling, good food, good climate. reporter: at the moment it is
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not a flood, but a trickle, because greece's opening is unilateral. many of the countries tourists come from have lifted restrictions on their national traveling abroad. greece has been pushing the you to implement an eu-wide pass for those with vaccinations. it has yet to happen. >> there was a clear lack of leadership, and we needed to provide this kind of leadership by providing a safe from work for others to copy and go through. the thought process is mature. by actually removing unilaterally some of those barriers, we allow the other countries to make their own decisions based on what we have. reporter: greece's framework is to demand proof of vaccination or a negative covid test 72 hours before travel. the motivation for greece is a simple, it needs the income. in 2019, a record 31 million
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visitors came to greece, making it the seventh the most popular holiday destination worldwide. last year those visitors fell by three quarters, and so did revenue, to just over $5 billion. since tourism generates 1/5 of the economy, the government is determined to improve on that performance this year. in order to succeed, greece wants tourists to feel safe. now has the fifth fastest vaccination program in the european union, and it is putting special emphasis on vaccinating 85 islands popular with holidaymakers by the end of june. any of these island economies are almost entirely dependent on tourism. if greece's gambit succeeds, it may see its economy grow by the 4.1% the european commission forecast this year, a far cry from the 8.2% contraction it suffered last year. the doors are open. it is now a question of how many people will walk through them. maryam: we go to chile now.
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people are heading to the polls to elect a group of individuals who will draft a new constitution. 11% of the seats at the constitutional convention are reserved for leaders representing indigenous groups, and it is hoped that this could be a crucial for steps toward solving increasingly explosive conflicts with our latin american editor reports from southern chile. reporter: for centuries, they have chased after wild horses here in this region of south-central chile. a 44-year-old still does. but he is now preparing to taste something far more elusive. >> chile's current constitution denies the very existence of indigenous people. it says that chile is a monocultural country. that is our first challenge, not only to be recognized as a people, but you receive historic
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repetition of the genocide by the colonial state that had to chileanize the people to homogenize the country, and an irreparable cost for our own people. reporter: his father was a revered community chief. before he died earlier this year, he asked his son to take his place as a candidate to fill one of the seven seats allocated in the upcoming constitutional convention. >> we believe that first there has to be a historic recognition of what happened to generate justice and reparation and compensation for the damage done to our people. just like the german state has done to compensate victims of the holocaust. reporter: the indigenous rapa n ui people on eastern island will have seats at the convention. but the largest number is reserved for the most numerous, the most dispossessed, and the most combative indigenous people in the country. armed groups have been carrying
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out widespread and increasingly violent attacks in the region to drive out chileans from intestinal territory that they want to reclaim. --ancestral territory that they want to reclaim. many communities are taking over land by force. any indigenous communities like this one have long distance themselves from the chilean state and are promoting their own institutions in open defiance of the chilean government. a great many communities to say that after years of broken promises, they distrust the whole process, while others say that they simply find it irrelevant. but this writer and activist, who is also a constitutional candidate, believes this is an historic opportunity to find a political solution to the conflict. >> the recognition of foreign nationality in the new constitution opens the way for indigenous nations to demand internal self-determination. it implies exercising their cultural rights and defining and
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administering their economic resources, which currently is impossible. reporter: the new constitution won't solve the current conflict or heal deep old wounds overnight. but hopefully, official recognition of chile's indigenous culture and its linguistic and spiritual wealth will be an important first step. maryam: still ahead from london, in major league baseball, a friending collision between the kansas city royals and chicago white sox.
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maryam: now the sport. >> manchester's fee had celebrated the first instance becoming premier league cabin spike achieving something never before seen in football. counsel presented to the traditional guard of honor with the hat trick. that made it 12 consecutive away victories, the first time that has been done and the history of england's top four divisions. more concerning news for organizers at the olympics, with japan extending its state of emergency to 9 areas to contain a rise in coronavirus cases. host city tokyo was already under restrictions, and three more prefectures have been placed under emergency measures until may 31, including a hokkaido, where the olympic marathon will be held. japan has been struggling to slow infections, but the prime
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minister remains determined to do all games in two months and believes they can do so without compromise and the safety of athletes and japanese nationals. >> we are making adjustments to ensure the medical system for the tokyo games will not be a burden. currently, the organizing committee securing designated hospitals and nurses who are currently not working and sports doctors. we are calling for their support. >> sebastian ghose has his recent experiences in japan have convinced him the games can be held safely, and he has explained why it is essential for the athletes that they go ahead this year. >> there is always going to be a reason not to do something at the moment, and i do genuinely think the world has to keep moving. i think the games is a great sign of that, and i do also think it is important to reflect on one statistic, and it is a sobering 1 -- 70% of olympians
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only make it to one games. to lightly, as some are suggesting, postponed on the line is effectively saying for three quarters of olympians, that's it, that's your chance. and i think we should make every effort, if we can do it safely and securely, which i believe we can. >> formula one bosses have confirmed a month's turkish grand prix has been called off because of covid 19. decent ballpark circuit had been added to the calendar two weeks ago to replace the canceled canadian grand creek, but with a country facing another wave of infections in lockdown, the french grand prix will be brought forward a week and be followed by two consecutive races in austria. back to football and the purple, 4 points behind chelsea with a game in hand and the battle to finish in the top four is one that excites their manager.
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liverpool play westport next . he says he will have a word with the striker who snug his handshake after thursday's went over manchester united, although he has played down the incident. >> it was emotional game and everybody expects that there would be control our emotions always. it doesn't work always. do we want to happen -- these things happen. but it is not the first time in my life, and i'm afraid to say he will probably not be the last time. >> manchester city defender will switch from france to spain head of the european championship. fifa approved the change of eligibility after the french soccer federation consented to spain's request. he has never played for the senior national team. the spanish government has granted him citizenship. the british and irish lines team
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have changed their schedule for south africa to reduce the risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic. the lines will play 8 matches in only three cities -- johannesburg, cape town, and pretoria -- to cut down on the amount of traveling. games in july and august will almost certainly take place behind closed doors. it will be the first time the lion template without fans in there 133-year history. while found that all has recovered from a nasty fall during his court -- rafael nadal has recovered from a nasty fall during his court of final match. he fell down awkwardly while chasing down a drop shot at the end of the first set. his wife looked on concerned, but the spaniard rushed out the incident and carried on to claim the matching straight sets. he will face the supply semifinalist, american reilly opelka. >> some lines are higher than the rest of the court, so when you go to the line, it is dangerous. that's it. i think i played a very solid
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match, not many mistakes, playing the way i had to. >> a setback for the world women's number one ashleigh barty ahead of the australian open. the austrian retired from --- australian retired because of an arm injury for 17-year-old american moving to the for semifinal of the wta 1000 event. and finally, a nasty collision in major league baseball. reigning mvp of the american leak, chicago's jose abreu, collided head-on with kansas city's hunter dozier. both players removed from the game, unsurprising the the white sox confirmed that abreu left with abrasion and a bruised left knee but no concussion as of yet. dozier has been treated for a heavily bruised quad and net discomfort for the looked pretty horrible, didn't it. maryam: it's got to hurt. you had that experience? >> i broke my collarbone doing
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the same thing. maryam: ouch. that is it for the "newshour." i will see you in a couple of minutes. ■x■xak
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