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Israel-Gaza: Fears of war as violence escalates

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More than 1,000 rockets have now been fired by Palestinian militants over 38 hours, Israel said, most at Tel Aviv.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes, destroying two tower blocks in Gaza on Tuesday and Wednesday.

At least 53 Palestinians and six Israelis have been killed since Monday.

That includes 14 Palestinian children caught up in the conflict.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “gravely concerned” by the ongoing violence.

An Israeli citizen was killed when an anti-tank guided missile, fired from the northern Gaza Strip, struck a jeep on the border. Three other people were injured.

The Israeli fatalities also reportedly include a 52-year-old father and his 16-year-old daughter who died in the city of Lod near Tel Aviv when a rocket hit their car.

In Gaza five members of one family were killed in an Israeli air strike. Streets are full of rubble where buildings have collapsed and cars have been left crushed or burned.

Israel says it has carried out operations to assassinate senior Hamas officials in Gaza.

Israeli Arabs have staged violent protests in a number of Israeli towns. Lod near Tel Aviv has been put under a state of emergency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the government would use all its strength to protect Israel from enemies on the outside and rioters on the inside.

Video footage from the city showed rockets streaking through the night sky, some exploding as they were hit by Israeli interceptor missiles.

Loud booms and air-raid sirens were heard across targeted cities, which included Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Modiin and Beersheba, as Palestinian militants tried to overwhelm missile defences.

Anna Ahronheim, the defence and security correspondent of the Jerusalem Post, told the BBC: “To hear hundreds of interceptions and even to hear rockets fall near us was horrifying.”

The rocket fire escalated after the two residential tower blocks were brought down in Gaza. Israel said it was targeting rocket launch sites, high-rise buildings, homes and offices used by Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza.

Hamas said it was incensed by “the enemy’s targeting of residential towers”.

Residents had been warned to evacuate the buildings before the fighter jets attacked, however health officials said there were still civilian deaths.

State of emergency

Protests by Israeli Arabs in Lod escalated to full-scale rioting, with protesters throwing stones at police, who responded with stun grenades.

The violence caused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare a state of emergency in the city on Tuesday night. It was the first time the government had used emergency powers over an Arab community since 1966, The Times of Israel said.

Mr Netanyahu, who went to the city to call for calm, warned he would impose a curfew if necessary and said extra security forces had been sent there and to the city of Acre.

“The riots we saw tonight are an unbearable reality. It reminds us of sights from the past of our people and we cannot accept it – certainly not in our country,” he said.

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A$AP Rocky Agrees Travis Scott ‘Stole’ His Whole Style

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A$AP Rocky is seemingly agreeing that fellow rapper Travis Scott, or so it seems, in a new interview teaser reel.

After his much-awaited return to music, A$AP Rocky recently just dropped his comeback single, ‘D.M.B,’ and he is well on a press run to promote his comeback.

A$AP Rocky says that Travis Scott stole his style during an upcoming interview on the Drink Champs podcast.

That question came up again in a teaser for an upcoming episode of rap’s in-house mess factory, Drink Champs with NORE.

“Travis Scott stole his whole style from A$AP Rocky,” N.O.R.E tells the New York rapper.“Yeah,” Rocky agrees.

It isn’t the first time Rocky has discussed the similarities between himself and Travis Scott. Back in 2016, Rocky said during an interview on Hot 97’s Ebro In the Morning that people need to “let shorty rock.”

“You’re hearing it from me, let shorty rock,” he stated at the time. “And let the people decide if he a biter or if he authentic. I’m not saying everybody should be allowed to just take [from] whoever got going on. I’m not implying that. I feel like that whole situation sound petty.”

Despite their superficial physical resemblance, ASAP Rocky and Travis Scott haven’t had the warmest relationship.

In fact, you almost never see the two of them together which, come to think of it, probably contributed to them being mistaken for each other all those times.

However, despite some rumors and speculation, Rocky has insisted that there’s no beef between the two men.

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However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t agree with certain comparisons between them — namely, the one that Travis jacked ASAP Rocky’s style.

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Dua Lipa Quits Smoking After Throat Infection

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Dua Lipa recently revealed that she has put in a lot of effort to treat fans with her best vocals.

The ‘Levitating’ hitmaker is currently on her ‘Future Nostalgia Tour’ and before hitting the road she made the decision to stub out the cigarettes to keep her singing voice in the best condition possible.

During her conversation with The Sun, the Don’t Start Now singer spilt the beans on quitting smoking after suffering a bout of laryngitis.”I had laryngitis in December and that kind of kickstarted me quitting smoking a month earlier than I was supposed to. But I did it and I have stuck to it,” the New Rules singer said.

“I have this habit tracker on my phone where every night I tick off all the good things I have done for my body and things I have done for myself,” she added.

Dua who began the tour in Miami in February and will finish the mammoth run of gigs in November this year in Perth in Australia.

“It is a really, really demanding and relentless show. When you’re in rehearsals and I’m like, ‘Yeah, lets do this dance routine here, and let’s do this and let’s do that.’

According to her ,the current tour is the most physically demanding show she has ever performed, and as well as ditching the cigarettes.

Nothing ever quite prepares you for the real thing, especially when the adrenaline hits and you’re on stage and you feel the energy from the crowd.

That definitely helps you get in the zone and you don’t really think about the toll it can take on your body because the adrenaline is so high.”

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The singer expressed feeling ‘invincible’ onstage thanks to her some changes in her health and fitness practices.

“I feel like when I get up on stage there is a different kind of confidence and, you know, I feel very invincible at times when I am performing,” she said during the latest episode of her At Your Service podcast.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky throw ‘rave-themed’ baby shower

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky threw a “rave-themed” baby shower.

According to HipHollywood, the Diamonds hitmaker and the rapper – who are expecting their first child together – invited some of their famous pals to the super private bash in Hollywood on Friday.

The outlet claims the pair had guests leave their phones at the door with no filming or photography permitted.

Attendees are said to have worn neon for the rave theme and they left with some personalised gifts, including a T-shirt that read: “I Went To Rih & Rocky’s Rave Shower And All I Got Was This Amazing Shirt.”

The baby shower comes after Rocky was released on $550,000 bail after he was arrested in connection with a shooting in LA.

The 33-year-old rapper – whose real name is Rakim Mayers – was detained by police when his private plane flew into Los Angeles International Airport on April 20 in relation to an alleged incident that took place around 10.20pm on November 6, 2021.

She recently revealed she wasn’t planning a traditional baby shower and that she wanted everyone to “be plastered and crawling out”.

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“I mean it’s lit for a lot of people – I’ve even planned a couple of baby showers like that myself—it’s just not right for me. Personally, I want a party.

I want everyone to be plastered and crawling out. And it’s got to be co-ed! Don’t put me on no wicker chair somewhere with gifts at my feet where everyone is staring at me.”

She also confirmed to not want to hold a gender reveal party, and that she will wait until the couple are ready to share the sex of their little bundle.

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