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continue to cover this story throughout the day. i'm stephanie sy. thanks for watching al jazeera news. more news next. dozens of tourists are shot dead as gunmen target a beach side hotel in tunisia. we'll have a live report. hello there, i'm barbara sarah, always coming up on the program. a bomb explodes at a mosque in kuwait, at least 25 people died during friday prayers. in france a man is beheaded by attackers who targeted a gas plant operated by an american chemical company. european leaders agree to relocate 40,000 migrants who have arrived in greece and
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italy. plus -- [ cheers ] celebrations in the united states as the supreme court rules gay marriage is now legal across the nation. ♪ begin with three attacks on three different tonight innocence which together have claimed dozens of lives. this the french town a person was beheaded at a chemical depot. not long afterwards there was a suicide bombing at a mosque in kuwait's capitol, which killed at least three worshippers, and at least 28 people were killed at a hotel in tunisia. 36 were wounded. we're going to have detailed coverage of all of these incidents, but first let's begin
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with this report from simon mcgregor-wood. >> reporter: two gunmen started shooting at tourists on the beach outside of this hotel, eyewitnesss say tourists were shot at point-blank range on the sand and around the swimming pool. >> translator: the gunmen started firing on the beach and then he went to the swimming pool. i saw people running away from there. he had a grenade, which he through at them. >> reporter: others desperately ran for the safety of their hotels. local hospitals have been inundated. the victims are from six different countries. one attacker was shot dead by police, the second was arrested. this resort is one of tunisia's most popular, it is a vital contributor to the economy.
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tunisia has been on high alert since an attack in march killed 22 foreigners. tunisians account for one of the largest groups volunteering for the so-called islamic state. >> we have a lot of tunisians fighting in syria or libya. a lot of tunisians are actually -- how do i say -- are actually angry against the state and do not accept the tunisian state as a democratic state, and also pledge to wage -- to wage jihad against the tunisian state. >> reporter: this will be a huge blow to the tourist economy, and remind them how vulnerable they are to the violence sweeping the region. we can cross life now to tunis and speak to nazanin, a terrible blow for tunisia as the
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tourist season was just really getting started. what are we hearing from police and the government about them stepping up security right now? what can they do to keep the hotels safer on the oh coastline? >> reporter: it's a very difficult task for the military the police and for the government because there are literally hundreds of hotels dotted all along the coastline, which is one of the most amazing across the mediterranean. so it will be very difficult for them to protect all of these hotels, but i would imagine a lot of these tour companies will be thinking about sending tourists home. a lot of people who booked will be canceling their bookings. but i think there are wider aspects at steak here. tourism is important to tunisia, but there are other issues now.
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the tunisians are facing what does seem to be a major security threat. two major attacks within this year, and i think a lot of tunisians are wondering what and where is going to be next. >> and what more do we know about the alleged attackers? >> reporter: we are getting nor details, we understand -- and this is coming from a top security official -- that one of the attackers, the man who was killed, is tunisian. if you remember from the bardo attacks, the museum attack here in tunis in march, where 22 people were killed both attackers there were tunisian both of them had apparently had training in libya in camps there, and they seem to be affiliated with a group connected to al-qaeda. so at the time of that attack
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isil did claim responsibility but all -- the group contacted to al-qaeda claimed responsibility too. we have to wait and see which group decides to claim responsibility for this attack but it does show you that tunisians, possibly who have been training abroad either in libya or syria are coming back to tunisia and carrying out attacks on their home soil against foreigners. >> nazanin thank you. a suicide become blast after friday prayers at a shia muslim mosque in kuwait's capitol has killed at least 25 worshippers. isil fighters say they are behind the attack. but attacks in kuwait are rare as our correspondent explains. >> reporter: mobile phone pictures captured the panic and chaos following the explosion at a mosque in kuwait city.
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shia worshippers were the targets. initial reports are that a man blew himself up as the congress gags was leaving the mosque. the group which calls its the islamic state is claiming responsibility. dozens of people were killed in the blast, and there are reports that at least five of the injured are in critical condition in hospital. pictures showed the extent of the destruction. blood stained clothes, shattered glass and debris spayed across the mosque. attacks like these are rare in queue wait which has enjoyed relatively harmony recently between the shia and sunni citizens. >> i think this terrorist attack particularly targeted the [ inaudible ] between the shias and the sunnis particularly in kuwait -- in a country like kuwait which
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actually has a good record [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: the emir of kuwait paid a visit to the bomb site after the explosion. and security was beefed up nationwide. kuwaiti authorities feel more attacks could take place. and in france a man has been beheaded in what the french president is describing as a terrorist attack. it happened near leon a suspect already known to intelligence services is being questioned by police. we can speak to a senior lecturer in security studies and middle east policies. thank you so much for joining us here. we have seen these three attacks, different continents. do you think they could be linked in any way? >> we have to wait and see.
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the islamic state has issued a declaration that it will escalate its attacks, and called followers to escalate attacks during the month of ramadan. but whether the attack in france and tunisia is connected, we'll have to wait and see. there are several other organizations that are not affiliated with i.s. but could be behind the attack. the french attack we saw an attack earlier in france where both al-qaeda in yemen and the islamic state claimed responsible for it. in tunisia there was an earlier attack in bardo which was also more or less mixed responsibilities. there is an insurgency going on in the mountainsover tu naenisia as
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well. now some of repercussions are reaching the shores of the gulf as well. >> we can see a direct attack on tourism in tunisia which is about 15% of the entire gdp. obviously aiming for that and an destabilization of the economy. >> it is a very negative impact. this is a country in transition trying to get itself together after political turmoil, a country that a major significant percentage of his gdp is based on tourism. and now you have two major attacks, one after the other. and also you had two governments that were not very successful in combatting the islamist militancy that was on the rise for the last two years there for various reasons.
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so it has a major problem, not that the government is not dealing with it but you have these security gaps every now and then. there is a problem with tunisia with their [ inaudible ] from syria. they have one of the largest volunteer battalions in tunisia. you have a very tenuous security situation in libya, porous borders with algeria, so the security is vulnerable at the moment, and this will have repercussions on the tourism city. >> why would any group benefit from destabilizing and harming tunisia so much? >> it's more or less a war with the government. one of the is the brigade [ inaudible ] which operates in the mountains, another one is
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i.s. and a third is some groups affiliated with al-qaeda, and any of these groups could be behind the operation, any one benefit from a security vacuum that may be -- may be engendered by an economic collapse of the country, so there are multiple organizations that can benefit from this situation. >> thank you so much for sharing your views with us and now let's go straight to leon where we can speak to paul brennan. so first of all, paul what else do we know about the alleged attacker in the attack we have seen in france today? >> reporter: yeah we -- we will get more details actually in about 45 minute's time when the prosecutor of france will speak in paris, and we understand that he will give us more details about the investigation and also about the suspect himself, but the details which are emerging
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during the course of today as investigations continue by the police and also intensive media news -- is underway here is that the local -- the man himself may have actually worked with the victim of the decapitation. the version of events which is emerging in the past couple of hours is that the attacker had a pass which allowed him onto the chemical depot, the pass may have been owned by his boss who was in the car with him, and the understanding is his boss was the victim of the decapitation. once inside he then tried to ram his van into the chemical and gas canisters which were inside that depot, attempting to set off a very large explosion indeed.
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there was an explosion, but not one which catastrophically destroyed the whole of the plant. in relation to his motivation for all of this that is still unclear, but what the investigations are .hahhing at the moment are they have raided properties connect doed the gunmen, they have taken him and three other people into custody, so a total of four people are now in detention, and under french law, they have four days and four nights before they have to charge those people or release them without charge. so there is an awful lot of work going on to try to establish exactly why he actually went about this attack this morning, and whether he was acting alone. >> paul brennan you'll be following all of the developments there for us we'll speak to you again in the coming hours. thank you. ♪ european leaders have agreed
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to relocate 40,000 refugees from italy and greece within two years. they say it's an effort to share the burden of a growing migrant crisis. an estimated 153,000 migrants have knead dangerous journey this year most arriving on italy and greece's shores. lawrence lee reports from brussels. >> reporter: here they come again, 200 more rescued from the mediterranean. more people to be processed. but many european countries won't offer anybody shelter, as those who will they were never going to agree on a bigger deal. >> translator: that fact we took hours to agree on this system obviously shows that europe is not living up to the values it promotes when it speaks abroad.
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>> reporter: on europe's borders the fences are going up. european rules say refugees are supposed to claim asylum in the first country they enter, even if they have no interest in staying there, that is pushing anti-migrant sentiment over the edge. this was last weekend in slov aukia, where right-wingers paraded banners saying hang the refugees. even more moderate politicians say asylum seekers are not their problem. >> i do not think the west is responsible. but i do believe that west should do something in its own interest, particularly when it comes to security. >> reporter: that issue of moral responsibility lies at the heart of all of this. should a country such as the the -- u.k. which took part in
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the iraq war, take care of these iraqian refugees. >> there are people fleeing conflict, rape torture, coming in desperate situations and there is indeed a moral imperative for europe to match up to its obligations offering access to asylum. >> reporter: 40,000 refugees spread among all 28 members of the european union would only amount to 1,200 per country, but even so some countries have exempted themselves. they are now saying better policing is needed of smuggling and trafficking routes. many people are now inclined to see these people as a potential problem, a drain on resources or
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an ethic and religious dilution of european values. still to come wounded syrians tell of the horror of an isil attack in kobani. plus thousands of indonesian indonesians are on alert as a volcano threat ens to erupt.
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behavioral changes for the good of mankind, the experiment alarmed ethicists questions now a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera. gunmen have killed 28 people at
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a popular tourist resort in tunisia. the attackers opened fire on tourists to a beach connecting to hotels. fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant have bombed a shia mosque during friday prayers in kuwait city. at least ten people were killed and more than 200 wounded. and european leaders have agreed to relocate 40,000 refugees to other e.u. countries within two years. the u.s. supreme court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country. before the historic ruling gay and lesbian couples were allowed to wed in 36 states as well as washington, d.c. barack obama welcomed the ruling. >> sometimes there are days like
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this, when that slow steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunder bolt. >> al jazeera's alan fisher joins me live now from outside of the supreme court in washington, d.c. this announcement made what just a few hours ago, but apparently some couples have already gotten married. >> reporter: it is quite a site. swe have heard them singing the national anthem and singing we will overcome. a 5-4 ruling from the supreme court. with anthony kennedy saying they had to be treated equally in the eyes of the law. there was dissent from four justices who said this issue should have been left with the
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states. now 14 states who had bans on same-sex marriage well as of now they have to make sure they treat everyone equally. kimberly halkett has been to ohio to meet one couple who have waited a very long time for this decision. >> reporter: years ago these two celebrated their 20th anniversary as a couple by getting married in vermont where same-sex marriage was legal. >> it was wonderful we did it but it was like we're married, but, be's a but, dot, dot, dot afterwards. >> reporter: that's because in ohio gay marriage is not legal. that means no spousal benefits. two years ago the u.s. supreme court struck down part of the law that denied benefits to same-sex couples, but did not address the issue of same-sex marriage at the state level.
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currently only 17 states have made same-sex marriage legal. now legal challenges to state bans made their way to the supreme court, the argument that all people have the right to marry regardless of gender. the first question whether the american constitution permits states to prohibit same-sex marriage, the second whether states must recognize gay unions conducted in other partsover the country. conservative leaders had been defending the bans. >> we deeply love our neighbor. but at the same time deeply loving and caring for should not carry the burden of endorsement. >> reporter: joan and betsy disagree. >> i understand the religious argument and people saying they
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have strongly-held religious beliefs. but that's their religious belief. and should someone else's belief dictate my rights? >> reporter: they believe despite the supreme court issues a decision today on this issue, given the strongly held views on both sides, the debate over same-sex marriage in the united states will continue. kimberly halkett, al jazeera, cleveland, ohio. >> reporter: june 26th is becoming an important day when it comes to gay rights in the united states. it's a just over 13 years ago that they said the homosexual attitude was not illegal, and three years ago they struck down an important part of the defense of marriage act, which gave gay couples significant rights. we're hearing from christian groups and other groups that they will oppose this and even talking about a constitutional amongment, but for the gay couples here around the country,
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this is a day of celebration. alan fisher thank you. isil fighters are holding hostages in the syrian kurdish town of kobani. on thursday they launched a surprise attack and re-entered the town five months after being forced out. zana hoda reports on the turkey syrian border. >> reporter: a desperate father. he managed to reach the southern turkish city one of many people seeking medical help. his daughter was injured during fighting in the kobani. she is among dozens of civilians who were killed and injured when isil fighters attacked the mainly kurdish town early thursday. the survivors are still in shock. this man says he saw isil fighters randomly killing civilians in the streets. >> translator: we heard gunshots at 5:00 am we went out on the streets and saw people lying on the ground shot and killed
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bodies and blood everywhere, my father was shot. we kept moving from street to street to escape. >> reporter: others remain trapped residents are still searching for loved ones. an unknown number of isil snipers are in position and they have also taken hostages. >> i have been speaking to my brother's family. isil has laid siege to neighborhoods. >> reporter: kobani is on turkey's border with syria. the border crossing has been officially closed for months. turkish border guards say they are only allowing the wounded to enter because of the continued fighting. isil was forced to leave the town after months of fighting with kurdish forces supported by
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u.s.-lead coalition air strikes. five months later, isil came back. if isil fighters wanted to terrify the people of the town, they succeeded. >> translator: they entered the city wearing the uniform of kurdish fighters. they set off explosions. >> reporter: isil struck back after a recent defeat at the hands of the kurds in syria. isil's intention may be to second the message that it can't be defeated. and we have had some sad news here at al jazeera in the past few hours. one of our cameramen has been killed in syria, covering the latest fighting there. he was 19 years old and worked with al jazeera since march last year. in indonesia more than 10,000 villagers living near an active volcano has been forced from their homes, as stephanie
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decker reports. >> reporter: the mountain they have called home for generations is no longer safe. trading picturesque fields for this. a makeshift camp living within the danger zone they have left their livelihoods behind. >> translator: we are afraid of the mountain but we have to go to tend to our crops. we need the money. we are born on this mountain. what will happen to our children? that's why we have to go back during the day to keep our fields live. >> reporter: police don't want people going any further, or our camera crew. some have managed to reach their land though. the volcano was dormant until five years ago. >> translator: now we're just keeping an eye on it. the [ inaudible ] is here if it's [ inaudible ] we'll leave as soon as possible.
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>> reporter: that is the danger. it is totally unpredictable, one moment it's calm the next -- we have just witnessed another eruption. we have been speaking to an expert who is monitoring the volcano, he says there is still a lot of activity deep in the bowls of this volcano. they are monitoring the situation. this is a relatively small problem at the moment. indonesia has the highest number of active volcanos anywhere in the world. >> translator: this is a first for indonesia. it has been dormant for so long so communities live far closer to the top as other volcanos. it's impossible to predict when it is going to stop. if it keeps erupting the government will need to find a new solution for these people. >> reporter: the mountain has
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given farmers rich soil for hundreds of years. there is a lot of respect for this mountain. but what has sustained life here for so long now could so quickly take it away. lots more on [ cheers and applause ] a stunning moment at the supreme court. the justices in a 5-4 ruling legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. and mourning in charleston the city pauses to mourn a pastor gunned down at the emanual ame church. president obama will deliver the yule give. ♪