a double suicide bombing in beirut killed 42 people. i.s.i.l. said it was responsible. hello, i'm darren jordon, from the world news. also ahead - kurdish forces in iraq say they are making progress in an offensive to take sinjar, where i.s.i.l. was accused of genocide. israeli forces raid a hospital in the occupied west bank, and shoot dead a palestinian man. and a machine that gets drinking
water out of the air, that could help with a shortage in south africa a national day of mourning has been declared in lebanon after 43 were killed. i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility your. suicide bombers targeted a neighbourhoods fighting alongside bashar al-assad's forces in syria. hoda abdel-hamid reports from the scene of the attacks. >> a popular marketplace was a scene of carnage on thursday. fill entrance were the ones killed and injured, and the ones targeted. >> this is a mainly shia neighbourhood, and where supporters lived. suicide bombers who observed on motorcycles detonated explosives minutes and meters
apart. the second blast went off outside a shrine. >> a large number of those injured were counselled. i know body parts of two bombers were found. we may have caped a catastrophe because the suicide belt of a third bomber did not go off. >> people have seen scenes like this before. there was a time attacks were frequent. >> people are angry. there was a sense of defiance. it's not a sign the suburbs were hit by an explosion. the last time it happened was over a year ago. like the attacks in the past, people believe that this was a message to hezbollah, which sent troops to syria to help the government in its fight against the opposition. hezbollah earnt itself enemies,
one is i.s.i.l., which claimed responsibility for the attack. >> they target this place, because they don't have any other way to fight us back. they have one out of options, and let me be clear, they targeted the area, because we are shia, but we will not be faced. >> hezbollah insisted that its decision to fight in syria was a strategic choice, like in the previous round of attacks, it's unlikely to stay in this position. >> the day before tomorrow, we follow the same principle. we will not fill it, no. it will be like that and stay like that. >> behind the anger and denines, there's fear that this could be the beginning of a cycle of violence. >> the director of global policy
advisors and says i.s.i.l. will target hezbollah if they continue to fight in syria. >> hezbollah has been at the forefront of the fight in syria. they are determined to demonstrate that they do have the capability of striking back in lebanon, in the heart of hezbollah. >> i think the overriding problem in lebanon is you have a system of governance that is decisive in nature, and there's political paralysis, this is a problem requiring a political solution. as long as hezbollah is fighting along side bashar al-assad, there'll be a reason for jihady groups to strike back at groups in lebanon kurdish forces who launch an offensive to retake an iraqi
town claim to retake it soon. they claimed success in recapturing several villages. sinjar is of huge importance. sitting across the main highway between raqqa and mosul. cities that are strongholds. the operation involved around 7,500 kurdish forces. peshmerga and yazidi fighters, supported by u.s.-led air strikes. when i.s.i.l. captured the up to , they killed thousands of men and kidnapped women and girls. those that escaped fled to the mountains. imran khan reports from erbil, on what happened so far. >> reporter: in the early hours of thursday morning the operation to take back sinjar began. overnight coalition air strikes hit targets in and around the town, which i.s.i.l. controlled since august. the operation is on three nonts,
the south, the west and the east. iraqi kurds are confident they'll preseparately. >> tiaz it's -- prevail. >> translation: today it's our duet yoi to liberate -- duty to liberate sinjar, god willing we'll help the people return back to their homes. >> reporter: the moral may be high, the operation is far from easy. importance has been underscored by the arrival of kurdish presidents to monitor progress. sinjar is considered kurdish territories. success is seen as victory, i.s.i.l. fighters proved resilient and booby-trapped houses and rigged car bombs. it is important because it's home to the yazidi, who practice an ancient religion, which i.s.i.l. views as heretic.
>> it killed between 3,000-5,000 men. >> that pushed the u.s. to launch air strikes in iraq and syria, leading to kurdish peshmerga forces. if this operation is successful, it could cut off i.s.i.l.-held areas. right now the peshmerga are in the outskirts of sinjar, and we'll use them as a staging post for the final push. it's not clear if that will happen, i.s.i.l. fighters have dug themselves in the u.s. military has launched air strikes targetting jihadi john. the u.s. doesn't know if he was killed in the trike. his accent made him recognisable showing the murders of six men
european police break up a group in the fight to join i.s.i.l. they were plotting attacks on norwegian diplomats a palestinian man has been shot dead by israeli soldiers in the west bank. c c.t.v. pictures show a group of men in disguise. >> have a look at the second row to the left. what looks like a man dress said in an abiya, and someone else disguised as a pregnant woman, the doctor says that's the ploy that the israeli unit used to get in. >> so what do you think when a units of undercover security raid a hospital, that came under cover, not even as soldiers, to arrest a patient who was laying injured in his bed.
the crime as uglier when they surprised the companion of the patient and shot him and executed him in the hospital. the companion, it turns out. was a cousin. the suspect, is then wheeled out. his brother was in the room at the time. >> the first thing they did was to handcuff my hands to a bed. >> abdullah abdullah was walking out of a bathroom. the undercover security man arrived him to stand at its place. >> that differed from earlier reports, which was trying to stop the rest at the time he was shot. >> emotions in the city of hebron are strained. the last few weeks have been marked by protests and
prepriceals attacks from -- prereprisal attacks from both sides. separating facts from opinion and emotions is not straight forward. news of the raid is spreading. there has been a somewhat muted response from the israeli side. it has confirmed that the rest did take place. >> two nephews of venezuela president nicolas maduro have been indicted on drug charges. the suspects were arrested in haiti, and appeared briefly in court in new york on thursday. they are accused of conspiring to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine. alan fisher has more. >> this is the 4-page indictment that the men face in it, and they are accused of trying to import 5 kilograms or more in the united states. some suggest it was as much as 800 kilograms.
this is what we were told was a sting, the men were invited to a hotel in port-au-prince and was handed over from the united states. the men were put on a private plane and flown to new york. during the flight they confirmed that they were nephews. if convicted, both face life in prison. there has been no comment from the venezuela in addition in the united states -- venezuela in the united states. the white house press spokesman said he could confirm two men from venezuela had been arrested, but gave no more details. nicolas maduro, no more comment. but we had a tweet reading: last year the former head of the intelligence services was
arrested in aruba. high was not deported in the united states, buts went back. nicolas maduro said it was a plot to undermine, destabilize and overthrow the government. so these roasts will not be welcome by caracas, even though at the moment we've in no ment. >> when we come back, a report from the holocaust museum saying i.s.i.l. committed genocide against the yazidi greece comes to a stand still as the ruling party feels the heat of protest. more on that, stay with us. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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welcome back. a quick reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. a national day of mourning has been declared in lebanon. up to 43 were killed in a double bomb attacks in the capital. i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility. a palestinian man has been shot dead by undercover officers. the victim and his family were members of hamas. kurdish forces that launched an offensive to retake sinjar from i.s.i.l. expect to enter it soon. earlier that recaptured several villages. >> i.s.i.l. is accused of committing genocide in sinjar. a report from the holocaust museum dekillings the yazidi,
called heretics because of their beliefs. here is tom ackerman. more than 17 months after iraqi forces lost the province, the yazidi became the starkest example of devastation committed by i.s.i.l. hundreds of thousands displaced, thousands killed or enslaved. i.s.i.l. persecuted shia, shabat, turkman, shia'as and others, a report by the holocaust memorial museum says the yazidi's have been targeted uniquely for extermination. >> for the purpose of genocide you don't need to destroy the entire group, it's the intent that is the factor. in this case that exists. >> i.s.i.l.'s attack on yazidis follows a history of oppression. >> we believe there was an abundance of early warning signs of the potential for this type of violence in iraq going
about decades, which put mine -- minorities at risk. one yazidi activist said when i.s.i.l. is defeated. victims must not take justice into their own hands. individuals who lost their family members will not think that they go there to have advantage over the upper hand of the military. bringing i.s.i.l. to justice requires hard evidence, and campaigners are worried about gaps in the documentation, this is an important step in the effort to bear witness refugees trying to enter sweden on thursday were the first to face its new tougher border controls. dozens were barred from taking ferries from germany, and passengers arriving by train were interviewed by police. they are the first large-scale controls in sweden.
190,000 applied for asylum there. the highest rate in europe compared to population. >> this is not a fence. we need to make sure that we have control over what people come in. because it's a matter of the border country, and they have to identify themselves on the ferry. this is not an issue for one, two tore three. >> the leaders of croatia and slovenia met to discuss a razor wire threat. slovenia rejected a complaint from croatia. the interior minister says it will control the influx of the refugees. more than 180,000 crossed. >> e.u. in malta announced a $2
billion fund for africa. to fight poverty and conflict. two matters causing people to look for better life elsewhere. >> african leaders say more economic changes are needed. >> reporter: so this is europe sds to africa - $2 billion in cash, a depth of what is provided in aid, signed by the e.u. leaders, in return they expect african naitons to help repatriate thousands of europeans as thousands of europeans as -- -- seen as economic migrants, rather than refugees. hungary's prime minister signed it. even with something of a smirk, that he had already made clear what many think afghans should -- africans should be made to stay out of europe. >> it's not a win-win situation for both countries from where they are coming. it's a lose all situation, we don't speak about it, we should change the language of the
discussions, and do not consider migration as a positive thing. it's against the oppression of european citizens. as africa's leaders arrived it was clear how large the gap was between what europe was offering and what africa says it needs. they demand entire reform of the economic relationship between the two continents on issues like agriculture in which giants undermined local economies. based on that 2 billion euros look to many like chicken feed. >> translation: it's not enough. 1.8 billion is not enough. needs are greater, that's why we requested partners to participate more money.
above that we don't just want aid, we want reform. it's become clear how differently europe and africa see the refugee crisis. europeans make no distinction between asylum seeker and economic migrants, leaders in malta reminded hosts how much the world europeans colon i think for money african countries found themselves overpowered in trade negotiations by european money and influence, and not here. because the african delegations knew that for once this was not a crisis for africa, but a crisis for europe. that seems to have given them courage. >> when the leaks emerged of action plan, there was can't mention of what europeans wanted. african help. help in repatriations. africa was getting their own back. >> they were hoping that this would be the start of a longer term engagement where europe gets something. one cannot say they have achieved the goal, and it was definitely a main plank of what european negotiators came for.
perhaps all this is the start of something better. perhaps a hope may come out of the tragedies. if europe is genuine about wanting africans not to come. it will take more than what was on offer here russia's olympic committee recommended the former head of its athletics frigs step down -- federation step down. monday's report accused russia of state-sponsored doping. russia denied the causations and vladimir putin -- accusations and vladimir putin ordered an investigation. its athletes face the banning from the olympics. >> if he falls on his sword
he'll be the first to go. grigor ov also went. he was in charge of laboratory. this was a bigger fish. he was the president of the russian's athletics federation. he began his job in 1991 and resigned in february 2015 after the german organization put out the mandate. the one that kick started. he resigned as president, but kept a position on the olympic committee, a bogs he's arrived to resign from. he's the trash ear you are, that's a -- treasurer. he has not performed duties since being asked to resign.
it's the organization that will make the decision whether or not russian athletes should be banned from international competition. >> anti-off the irty rallies in -- anti-off the arty rallies in greece have formed. more than half a million met to express anger. there is also a strike. >> reporter: it's a wake up call for syriza, the first general strikes since it came to power, resulted in violence when it came from bliss, signs of anger. many people believe the party ignored workers on the left when it reversed anti-austerity policies. employment is stuck under 25%. many don't believe the party's promises to reduce poverty. syriza is cutting $5 billion from the budget as the economy
is shrinking. half of that is to come from pensions. and no group is more worried than the self-employed. their fund is bankrupt the problem is broader policy, when small business is closing and professionals find themselves on the street and the pension funds can't gather enough contributions. >> reporter: the burden on contributors are heavy, there's 1.4 worker to each worker, almost 60 of pay goes to catches and social security. the highest margins, sophia has fallen behind in payments. and is trying to catch up i don't know if i'll have a reward for the money i'm paying, it's as though i'm throwing it it's as though i'm throwing it it's as though i'm throwing it down the sewer, if there was a choice i'd opt for private insurance. >> reporter: they are both at the march, unhappy in work and retirement. a year ago labour unions were behind syriza.
thinking the left was the best chance of breaking the cycle of spending cuts. and recession. it's not just about pension, syriza promised no new taxes, saying it would restore no new -- and would restore minimum wage to $800 a month. now that it's caved in, people are turning against it. social security analysts say pensions have already fallen by 45%. he thinks the government should crack down on undeclared labour. >> translation: you can't cut pensions and allow 6 billion worth of contributions to go uncollected since last year. it's decisive contribution right now. businesses are in arrears, or if someone works 25 days a month. they declare 15 days worth of contributions. penalizing employers can lead to severity without justice, pushing greece down the spiral of bankruptcy and unemployment a mobster accused of
planning one of the biggest robberies in u.s. history is a free man after being cleared of all charges. the heist in 1978 was famous after being portrayed in the film "good fellow", it was alleged vince et lasaro -- vincent lasaro played a big part in the stealing of cash and jules, at the lufthansa airport. it was said to be the largest cash robbery the u.s. lifted sanctions in liberia. president obama issued the executive order. he said that since the end of the civil war in 2003, the west african nation had taken several steps towards democracy. the sanctions were designed to deprive former president of funding weapons. in 2012 taylor was given a 50
year prison sentence for war crimes. part of south africa is grappling with drought. a new machine may ease the situation. we have this report. >> this machine is called the water from air. something relatively new in africa. >> we call the air down, suck it into the machine, and then it goes through a filtration process, and san tiesation. and gets held and we drinking it. >> >> reporter: entrepreneurs say it could be a long-term some use as tancts run dry. >> the situation is repaired. there's a lot of residents that don't have tap water. >> we don't know how long it will carry or take.
we expect the worst of it. larger units hold up to 1,500, and cost between $2,000 and $80,000, expensive for the majority. >> experts say they are looking for entrepreneurs. >> technology that is sustainable for the people. if they get the water, they can pay for it, and those that do not have money for water, can be assisted. the dry seasons are getting longer. people in rural areas are most at risk. when the dam is full, the water comes up to the edge. a lot of dams across south africa look like this. officials say things could get worse, and 6,000 rural communities could be affected.
some hope converting humidity into air could be a long-term solution. all the news, of course, on the website. there it is on the screen, the address aljazeera.com. our government are doing what they need to do in order to protect their citizens. i don't think this state is going to take this and appropriate manner until we're dragging dead bodies out of buildings good evening. thanks for joining us.