Bomb Blasts Slam Gaza in Early Hours
At least five bomb blasts hit Gaza early Thursday morning local time. One person is believed to have been injured.
VOA heard the blasts and a few ambulances racing down the streets in the minutes following.
Locals said they believed the targets were all Hamas facilities.
This comes after mass demonstrations this week along the Gaza border with Israel that left more than 60 people dead and more than 2,700 injured. On Wednesday, a Hamas official said in an interview that 50 of the dead were Hamas members. The other 12 dead were civilians, he said. Among the dead were women, children and an 8-month-old girl.
The protests were a culmination of the more than monthlong "March of Return" demonstrations that escalated on Monday as the U.S. opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Protesters on Monday charged fences separating Gaza from Israel, tearing down sections of the wire barrier and throwing rocks.
Israeli forces fired into the crowds, and tear gas was lobbed over the border and rained down from drones overhead. As the Islamic holy month Ramadan begins Thursday, demonstrators say they may continue to rally.
The United Nation’s top human rights body will hold a special session to discuss “the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.”
Police Raid Home of Former Malaysian Leader
Malaysian police have raided the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak reportedly searching for documents as part of a probe into a corruption scandal involving a state investment fund.
More than a dozen police vehicles were seen at Najib's house shortly after he returned home from prayers at a nearby mosque late Wednesday.
Najib has virtually been under house arrest since he lost the general election last week. Police have limited access to his road and the former leader and his wife are forbidden to leave the country.
Commercial crime director Amar Singh Ishar Singh told local media that police were searching for evidence in an ongoing probe and that it was being carried out at five locations belonging to or linked to Najib. He declined to give details.
The new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said there is enough evidence to investigate a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib.
Najib, once Mahathir's protege, has denied any wrongdoing.
The scandal is being investigated by police in at least six countries, including the United States.