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from berlin. tonight across the occupied territories and israel, people united in anger. thousands of palestinians took to the streets to the west bank to protest israel's airstrikes on gaza. there were clashes with police. there's been no let off to the conflict after -- let up to the conflict after nine days of fighting. and berlin, with a message, the u.s. and the european union must make significant cuts to co2
emissions by the end of this decade. and spain, sending troops to restore order to northern african enclave -- a northern african enclave. saying migrants who swim to the border have been sent back to morocco. and a pilot program here in berlin aims to boost vaccination rates in immigrant neighborhoods th have become a -- in an immigrant neighborhood that has become a local coronavirus hotspot. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff. to our viewers watching on pbs, in the united states, and around the world, welcome. tensions over israel's bombardment of gaza spilling over into the occupied west bank and is really cities. clashes with is really police and many places today. today's general strike was the largest show of palestinian
anger since the onset of hostilities between israel and gaza militants asked week -- last week. it was a rare sign of unity among the palestinians. it comes amid growing international appeals for an end to the fighting, which have so far gone unheeded. reporter: the streets, full of palestinian protesters, part of a day of anger with strikes and ms rations in jerusalem and the occupied west bank. -- demonstrations in jerusalem and the occupied west bank. >> we must all go out into the streets and fight in solidarity with our people dying in gaza. reporter: here we have settlements and checkpoints and an occupation. all palestinians must play a role. reporter: the death toll rose again on both sides on tuesday. on the israeli side, rockets
from gaza struck a house used by guestworkers. killintwo thai nationals. the sound of explosions is content in is really areas within the rockets' range. the rn dome antimissile system -- the iron dome antimissile system stops some, but not all. >> we can say we are use to it, but it's not logical a terrorist group is dictating how we live. for a few hours, you can rest, then after that hamas lunches rockets. it can't continue like this. reporter: is really airstrikes on gaza continued, feeling a humanitarian crisis. most of the dead here are civilians and now thousands of gazans have been cut off from clean water and have no access to medicines. hospitals already struggling with the covid-19 pandemic are stressed to their limits. israel says it is targeting leaders of the military hamas
movement that governs gaza. a system of tunnels are used to move weapons, israelays. as global calls mount for an end to the bloodshed, the white house says president biden told benjamin netanyahu that he supported a cease-fire, but stopped short of calling for one. netanyahu has said israel will not stop air strikes until hamas pays a price. a price gazans are already paying. brent: for more, i'm joined by a journalist from gaza city. good to have you with us. palestinians in the west bank along with arab israelis in israel today went on strike. were we witnessing an attempt to speak with one palestinian voice today? >> well, this is the hope for palestinians. at least for the palestinian people. i'm not sure it is oneoice. at least during conflicts,
palestinians are having sympathy and solidarity with each other. what happened in gaza, hamas, other factions are saying this is violations -- these are violations. today, the strike in the west bank and inside israel, arab israelis there. but still, there's political disputes among palestinian factions, but among palestinian people, they are willing and hoping to have one palestinian voice. brent: let's talk about the situation in gaza. the united nations has 48,000 people have been displaced, flee their homes and gaza -- have had to flee their homes in gaza. where are these people being sheltered? >> those people moved from mainly rom border areas. a few days ago, there were
israeli strikes and artillery at these borders. many people are recalling previous experiences with escalation and confrontation. they evacuated their houses and went to the coast. at least 58 schools were opened for those people. to provide them with food and water. it's tough there. i'm not sure if they are safe or not. one of the schools in 2014 was targeted by a tank shell, and some of them were killed. this time, so far, they are safe in the schools. brent: what about the situation in the hospitals in gaza? how are they coping with the
influx of newly injured people? >> first of all, according to the ministry of health, the system, the health system in gaza is exhausted with many thanks. first is the 15 years of blockade. second is the escalation from time to time with israel. most recently, the year of covid-19. that drained and exhausted the health system. plus, the minister of health accused israel that clinics were completely or partially maged because of the airstrikes. the spokesperson of the ministry of health told me at least 4 clinics were hit directly or indirectly. one of them was out of service completely. yesterday, there was a clinic in
gaza. a building across the street was attacked. its out of service now -- it is out of service now. we are talking about an exhaustive system, plus the shortage of medicines and disposable materials for hospitals. brent: the latest on the situation on the ground, thank you. benjamin netanyahu says the military's airstrikes on gaza have set hamas' capabilities back by years. that may be the situation now, but history tells us hamas militants have always found ways to recover and reload their arsenal. reporter: 3000 rockets, that is how many the radical palestinian organization hamas
and islamic jihad have fired into israel so far. military analysts believe their arsenal in the gaza strip contn more than 10,000 rockets, before the conflict began. the launch pads are hidden underground. often in residential areas. they are often deployed from tunnels that are kilometers long as this propaganda video shows. that's why the israeli army can usually only locate lach pads when rockets are fired from them. most of the longer-range missiles in gaza, supplied by foreign allies, most notably iran. but despite the israeli and egyptian blockade of the gaza strip, and to the destruction of many smugglers' tunnels into egypt, militants have engaged in a massive weapons buildup since the last gaza war in 2014. that can mean only one thing -- >> palestinian engineers working for hamas and islamic jihad now have the expertise needed to produce missiles that can strike at the heart of israel.
reporter: 20 years ago, rockets made in gaza were only able to reach around 10 kilometers into israel. around 2012, the range improved, allowing them to reach as far as tel aviv. back then, after the arab spring, the border to egypt was opened. hamas reticles probably took the opportunity to travel to iran to learn more about weapons building. missiles have a range of 250 kilometers today. putting almost all of israel within its reach. the blockade of gaza has done little to stop hamas finding ways to improve its arsenal, and repeatedly finding backers to pay for it. brent: for some other news making headlines around the world, police in belarus have raided the offices othe country's largest independent online media outlet. they have also shut down its website. 2.buy has been a key source of information on the opposition
protests that started last year. it's the latest crackdown on free media in belarus. german police say they have called one of the keys -- called one of the key suspects in a high-profile robbery case -- caught one of the key suspects in a high-profile robbery case from 2019 and dresden. police made the arrest monday night on a raid in an apartment here in berlin. wild fires broke out in western siberia and russia, forcing hundreds to evacuate homes. siberia experience a devastating fire season last year. this year, the blazes started even earlier. climate change could be to blame, scientists say. climate change is being blamed for huge cyclone that hit india's west coast this week, killing at least 27 people. many more are still missing. experts say the cyclone is part of the growing number of severe storms to develop in the arabian sea, as climate change warms its waters.
that warming tendency is increasing the risk of disasters and other -- in other parts of the world. many nations, trying to enact reforms to curb or limit the damage. dw spoke with u.s. climate envoy john kerry about the measures his government would like to see taken to combat climate change. >> the cyclone we are seeing in india is hitting home the message that more of those storms in the future are a global threat. at the same time, the u.s. is continuing fracking. so how do you want to convince poorer countries to do their part in the climate effort? >> it's critical the 20 biggest emitters in the world, which we are one, the eu counts as a whole as one, india, china, and others, we have to step up, all of us have to lead here by example. that means we need to be achieving significant reduction
goals, not just by 2050, but over the next 10 years. if we, 20 nations, the largest economies of the world, don't mitigate, meaning reduce our emissions during 2020-2030, then we will be responsible for denying the rest of the world the ability to hold the temperature well below two degrees, for 1.5. -- or 1.5. >> here in germany, there are elections in september, and there could be a green led government. how would you feel about a green government at the helm of europe's largest economy ahead of the crucial summit in november? >> it's up to the people of germany to decide. it's not up to me and how i feel. or how president biden feels about it. we certainly support the policy of addressing the climate crisis.
we are engaged in that particular issue. but this is for the campaign ahead, not for us. unlike russia, we won't involve ourselves in other people's elections. >> you have nine years left to go to avoid no lung or being able to meet the 1.5 degree aim, at the same time you want to rely on un-invented technology. are you simply being optimistic? >> the idea is we have a very short period of time, and we have to make those decisions. what i said about invention, with respect to it, the iea has said that 42 of 46 cortical technologies are not yet capable -- critical technologies are not yet capable of being brought to the marketplace. it's not that we haven't invented some of these things. they are not at the scale where
they are commercially viable yet. what we need to do is get green hydrogen. or battery storage, storage of some kind, and other things able to be able to brought to the marketplace at scale. >> thank you very much for talking with us. brent: spain has begun sending back thousands of migrants from its north african enclave. on monday, a record number of migrants arrived at the enclave in a single day. thousands of migrants, some of them swimming almost two kilometers along the mediterranean coastline, reached the border from neighboring morocco -- breached the border from neighboring morocco. there are worsening bilateral relations with morocco. reporter: migrants from africa have been trying to get into europe via this beach for years. but never before have th crossed in such numbs. least 5000 arrived within it
when he four hour period. the largest number in a single day. -- 24 hour period. most of the men are from morocco. there were significant numbers of women and at least 1000 children. some explains why they had decided to attempt the dangerous journey. >> when you have nothing, no money spend, do you have to pay -- you have to pay your rent and take care of your children and parents, there's no room for fear. reporter: although young people want to leave the country. there's no work. aren't you afraid of the sea? >> i'm not afraid. if i stayed here, i would be afraid. i have to save myself. reporter: the beach they want to reach is in the spanish enclave bordering morocco. a northern -- in northern africa, part of the european union, and has long been a magnet for migrants seeking a better life.
most of the arrivals reached here by swimming along the coast of morocco or using an playable boats -- inflatable boat. scaling this well is the other option to get in the enclave. spain tried to close off the land routes. this did not stop some migrants from trying their luck over the years. madrid says several hundred managed to get in each year -- manage to get in each year, but many are deported back to where they came from, as they have no right to asylum in the eu. most of those arriving over the last few days were also -- will also be sent back to morocco. some reports suggest moroccan police allowed so many to move towards the border in the first place because of a diplomatic spat with spain over another issue. but officials in madrid say they have already reached an agreement about sending the migrants back. now reinforcing security to prevent furtherrrivals. brent: for more, i'm joined by a
member of the european parliament and part of the parliament's delegation for relations with north african countries. good to have you on the program. it appears that moroccan border forces look the other way. as thousands crossed into the spanish enclave. if that is indeed the case, will europe demand that morocco enforce its borders? >> well, my analysis is that what is happening at the moment is illustrating the fear of european policy when it comes to immigration. if it is effectively diplomatic issues related to another case, the decision of the american authorities to open the borders , it shows migration policy is
used as geostrategic policy. it happened earlier with turkey, it happens now with morocco. this is part of the old sourcing of the eu of its own migration poli. brent: but if it is the case that morocco allowed these migrants to illegally cross the border, how is it a failure of eu migration policy? >> wel i think morocco might be using it because the eu's outsourcing its own policy, asking third countries such as morocco, turkey, libya to take care of migrants who come to the eu. we are talking about thousands of migrants. this is showed by the images. i think today, the eu has to question itself
about the policies it's applying. -- it's applying. people want to seek a better life. we've heard testimonies. we've heard them saying there's nothing. if they tried to migrate and reach the eu territory at the expense of their life, they said they would swim across the sea. and every day shows theu has to take responsibly. to adopt a migration policy by relying on third countries -- brent: let me ask you, i know you are with the greens. if you had a reform of migration policy in the eu, what would happen if you did have thousands of migrants illegally crossing the border into spain? what would've been the reaction? >> well, we first have to have
a structural approach, not have a reaction every time there's a problem or a group of migrants crossing. today, the lack of structural approach is problematic. we see it stopped working probably. -- working properly. it should be a solidarity approach, to decide to have a procedure and allow people to seek asylum, to open the procedure, to open a file inside the eu. and if they are not allowed to stay, it would be transparent and objective. then they would have to return. this would be a way of ensuring legal and safe channels/pathways
towards the eu territory. this is also what is happening, people do not even have the possibility to open a procedure to a for asylum. although some of them might be allowed to stay in the eu territory because of economic or political reasons. so those people do not even get this possibility. they are also -- there are also minors. we have seen it in the images. minors have specific rights. this is also eu and international law. brent: we appreciate your time and ur insights tonight. thank you. germany has faced severe criticism for its slow vaccination rollout. now, some areas are trying a new
approach, offering shots to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. there was certainly plenty of demand in berlin. reporter: hundreds of people braved the rain and a two hour wait to get vaccinated at this site in berlin. at the major vaccination center, priority goes to all people, people in high-risk groups, than medical workers, then everybody else. today, it is first come, first serve without an appointment. >> i found out about it from a notice pinned outside my door. i took advantage right away. reporter: -- >> it is a once off opportunity. you have to wait for a while, but i think people should take the chance. >> i haven't gotten the virus, but i've been at home for two months. i'm getting vaccinated so i can go back to work.
reporter: this site is part of a pilot project meant to speed up berlin's vaccination rate. the jab -- the jab was only available at major vaccination centers at first. now pop-up sites are part of the mix. in areas where infection rates are particularly high, like here. the neighborhood is -- the neighborhood has low income. the city is trying out targeted measures. >> it works. i think we can do the same thing in other neighborhoods, too, and repeat it here as well. you have to bring the vaccination to where people live . reporter: germany's vaccination drive took a long time to get up to speed. the pilot project is meant to
give it more momentum. the problem now is a lack of doses. many who came here today had to go back home on vaccinated -- un vaccinated. brent: here are some of the other developments in the pandemic. the number of new infections registered in india continues to fall, but the daily death toll has reached a new record high -- more than 4300 deaths were reported on monday. schools were closed for the first time across taiwan as the government tries to control the island's worst coronirus outbreak since the beginning of theandemic. ansingapore has become the first country in asia to approve the biontech pfize vaccine on children between the ages of 12 and 15. are you ready? it is really happening. the eurovision contest will take place this year. the pandemic canceled the most camp and colorful event on europe's calendar last year.
but the competition is back with a strict coronavirus testing regime for the contestants and limited fans. the first of my -- the first of my finalist taking place tonight. this entry is one of the favorites from malta to qualify for the final on saturday. ♪ normal is returning. here's a reminder of our top story this hour, anger over israel's military operations in gaza spilled over into other palace and in areas, with clashes between demonstrators and israeli police. despite international appeals for an end to the fighting, there's been no let up in the hostility. spain has begun sending back thousands of african migrants who swam onto the beaches of its enclave from neighboring morocco. spain is bowing to restore control over the territory, seen
>> welcome to france 24. israel is reportedly preparing to strike overnight the tunnels under the gaza strip. confrontation in the middle east and gaza and the west bank. we have the latest. a new momentum for africa. emmanuel macron says rich nations should reallocate $100 billion in imf special reserves