New York Subways at the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6)

         How vulnerable are NYC’s underwater subway tunnels to flooding?Ashley Fetters
New York City is full of peculiar phenomena—rickety fire escapes; 100-year-old subway tunnelsair conditioners propped perilously into window frames—that can strike fear into the heart of even the toughest city denizen. But should they? Every month, writer Ashley Fetters will be exploring—and debunking—these New York-specific fears, letting you know what you should actually worry about, and what anxieties you can simply let slip away.
The 25-minute subway commute from Crown Heights to the Financial District on the 2/3 line is, in my experience, a surprisingly peaceful start to the workday—save for one 3,100-foot stretch between the Clark Street and Wall Street stations, where for three minutes I sit wondering what the probability is that I will soon die a torturous, claustrophobic drowning death right here in this subway car.
The Clark Street Tunnel, opened in 1916, is one of approximately a dozen tunnels that escort MTA passengers from one borough to the next underwater—and just about all of them, with the exception of the 1989 addition of the 63rd Street F train tunnel, were constructed between 1900 and 1936.
Each day, thousands of New Yorkers venture across the East River and back again through these tubes buried deep in the riverbed, some of which are nearing or even past their 100th birthdays. Are they wrong to ponder their own mortality while picturing one of these watery catacombs suddenly springing a leak?
Mostly yes, they are, says Michael Horodniceanu, the former president of MTA Capital Construction and current principal of Urban Advisory Group. First, it’s important to remember that the subway tunnel is built under the riverbed, not just in the river—so what immediately surrounds the tunnel isn’t water but some 25 feet of soil. “There’s a lot of dirt on top of it,” Horodniceanu says. “It’s well into the bed of the bottom of the channel.”
And second, as Angus Kress Gillespie, author of Crossing Under the Hudson: The Story of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, points out, New York’s underwater subway tunnels are designed to withstand some leaking. And withstand it they do: Pumps placed below the floor of the tunnel, he says, are always running, always diverting water seepage into the sewers. (Horodniceanu says the amount of water these pumps divert into the sewer system each day numbers in the thousands of gallons.)
Additionally, MTA crews routinely repair the grouting and caulking, and often inject a substance into the walls that creates a waterproof membrane outside the tunnel—which keeps water out of the tunnel and relieves any water pressure acting on its walls. New tunnels, Horodniceanu points out, are even built with an outside waterproofing membrane that works like an umbrella: Water goes around it, it falls to the sides, and then it gets channeled into a pumping station and pumped out.
Of course, the classic New York nightmare scenario isn’t just a cute little trickle finding its way in. The anxiety daydream usually involves something sinister, or seismic. The good news, however, is that while an earthquake or explosion would indeed be bad for many reasons, it likely wouldn’t result in the frantic flooding horror scene that plays out in some commuters’ imaginations.
The Montague Tube, which sustained severe damage during Hurricane Sandy.
MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann
Horodniceanu assures me that tunnels built more recently are “built to withstand a seismic event.” The older tunnels, however—like, um, the Clark Street Tunnel—“were not seismically retrofitted, let me put it that way,” Horodniceanu says. “But the way they were built is in such a way that I do not believe an earthquake would affect them.” They aren’t deep enough in the ground, anyway, he says, to be too intensely affected by a seismic event. (The MTA did not respond to a request for comment.)
One of the only real threats to tunnel infrastructure, Horodniceanu adds, is extreme weather. Hurricane Sandy, for example, caused flooding in the tunnels, which “created problems with the infrastructure.” He continues, “The tunnels have to be rebuilt as a result of saltwater corroding the infrastructure.”
Still, he points out, hurricanes don’t exactly happen with no warning. So while Hurricane Sandy did cause major trauma to the tunnels, train traffic could be stopped with ample time to keep passengers out of harm’s way. In 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed all the MTA’s mass transit services to shut down at 7 p.m. the night before Hurricane Sandy was expected to hit New York City.
And Gillespie, for his part, doubts even an explosion would result in sudden, dangerous flooding. A subway tunnel is not a closed system, he points out; it’s like a pipe that’s open at both ends. “The force of a blast would go forwards and backwards out the exit,” he says.
So the subway-train version of that terrifying Holland Tunnel flood scene in Sylvester Stallone’s Daylight is … unrealistic, right?
“Yeah,” Gillespie laughs. “Yeah. It is.”
Got a weird New York anxiety that you want explored? E-mail, and we may include it in a future column.

Babylon the Great Prepares Her Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

U.S. conducted subcritical nuclear tests in 1st under Biden gov’t

 KYODO NEWS – Apr 12, 2022 – 21:52 | AllWorld

The United States conducted two rounds of subcritical nuclear tests last year, the first such tests under the administration of President Joe Biden, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

An NNSA spokesperson recently told Kyodo News the experiments were conducted on June 22 and Sept. 16, both in Nevada, adding data derived from the testing aims to ensure the reliability of nuclear stockpiles without returning to nuclear testing.

Subcritical nuclear experiments are deemed indispensable to a U.S. plan to modernize its nuclear warheads on intercontinental ballistic missiles and the development of a new type of cruise missile known as long-range standoff weapons.

The last time such tests, which do not involve a chain reaction leading to a nuclear explosion, were conducted twice in one year was in 2010 under the administration of President Barack Obama.

An air-to-air front view of a B-52G Stratofortress aircraft from the 416th bombardment wing armed with AGM-86B air-launched cruise missiles (U.S. Air Force/Getty/Kyodo)

The United States suspended underground nuclear tests in 1992 and began subcritical nuclear tests five years later.

It argues that subcritical tests are not prohibited under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty as they do not create a nuclear explosion.

The NNSA, an arm of the U.S. Energy Department, has said that subcritical nuclear tests are required to sustain the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

The tests came as nuclear disarmament talks remain stalled amid U.S. rivalries with other key nuclear-armed states, China and Russia.

Increasingly alarmed over the buildup of capabilities by nuclear powers, countries promoting disarmament are keen to make strides in June when the first meeting of parties to a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons is held in Vienna.

In recent years, the United States has begun developing W93, a new type of warhead intended for deployment by U.S. ballistic missile submarines by 2040.

“The long-term plan has not significantly changed from the previous administration of (Donald) Trump,” said Akira Tomizuka, associate professor at Nagasaki University in southwestern Japan.

Three rounds of subcritical nuclear tests were conducted under the Trump government and four rounds under the Obama administration.

Last year’s subcritical nuclear tests in June and September were part of three successive tests, with the first one conducted under the Trump administration in November 2020.

The long-range standoff weapon, or LRSO, that Washington is developing is a cruise missile that can be launched from an aircraft outside an enemy’s firing range.

Small earthquake recorded before the sixth seal: Revelation 6

2.4 magnitude earthquake recorded Tuesday afternoon
2.4 magnitude earthquake recorded Tuesday afternoon(USGS)

Small earthquake recorded in central Virginia

By NBC12 Newsroom

Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 2:17 PM MDT|Updated: 17 hours ago

ASHLAND, Va. (WWBT) – The United States Geological Survey detected a small earthquake in central Virginia on Tuesday.

The quake happened about 6.5 miles northwest of Ashland and 20 miles north, northwest of Richmond, USGS said in its preliminary report.

The earthquake was recorded at 3:19 p.m. on April 12.

It had a magnitude of 2.4 and a depth of 9 km.

Russia’s Nuclear Policy Justifies Nuclear War: Daniel

Russia’s policy allows for use of nukes Christoph Bluth Hans News Service | 11 April 2022 12:28 AM IST x

Russia’s policy allows for use of nukes

HIGHLIGHTS But there is no plausible scenario in which their use would save the day for Putin London: Even before the Russian military machine entered Ukrainian territory on February 24, the potential threat of escalation to a nuclear conflict had been raised. In the days before the invasion, Russia conducted a large-scale exercise involving simulated long-range conventional and nuclear strikes in response to a nuclear attack. Then, as his troops poured across the border into Ukraine, Vladimir Putin issued a chilling threat to Nato and the west, saying they would face “consequences greater than any you have faced in history” if they interfered.

But Russia’s threat to escalate to the use of nuclear weapons lacks credibility. While the use of nuclear weapons could wreak terrible destruction in Ukraine, it would not necessarily win the war for Russia. Also Read – Why there is sunflower oil shortage in recent times? what are the other alternatives available? On the other hand, the risk that it could provoke a nuclear response from the west is high. In recent years, Russia has reviewed its policy on the use of its nuclear arsenal. In June 2020, the Office of the President of the Russian Federation published an executive order: Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence. The order has generated considerable debate about whether it is an indication that Russia might be more ready to use nuclear weapons than before. The order noted that Russia considered nuclear weapons “exclusively as a means of deterrence.” Russia’s strategy, it said: is defensive by nature, it is aimed at maintaining the nuclear forces’ potential at the level sufficient for nuclear deterrence, and guarantees protection of national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state, and deterrence of a potential adversary from aggression against the Russian Federation and/or its allies. Also Read – 39 killed in rocket attack in Ukraine But the document does suggest that Russia might escalate to the use of nuclear weaponry if it faces losing a conventional conflict: “in the event of a military conflict, this policy provides for the prevention of an escalation of military actions and their termination on conditions that are acceptable for the Russian Federation and/or its allies.” This has been widely described by US analysts as a policy of “escalate to de-escalate”, although this characterisation has been denied by Russian military experts. Also Read – Separatist commander says missile strike on railway station is Ukrainian ‘provocation’ – TASS It is hard to see how this would apply in the case of the current conflict, because Ukraine is defending itself against Russian aggression and not – at the moment, in any case – threatening Russia’s “national sovereignty” or “territorial integrity”. Russia is entirely in control of escalation and can end the war at any time. Not only that, but it is hard to see how even a smaller, tactical nuclear weapon could be used in the context of Ukraine as there are not big enough concentrations of Ukrainian troops to make it effective. The contingencies that could result in the use of Russian nuclear weapons discussed in the document on the Basic Principles of 2020 referred to above include the launch of ballistic missiles “attacking the territory of the Russian Federation and/or its allies” or other uses of weapons of mass destruction against Russia and its allies. They also include “attack by adversary against critical governmental or military sites of the Russian Federation, disruption of which would undermine nuclear forces’ response actions” as well as “aggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is in jeopardy.” Any nuclear strikes against targets inside Ukraine would also cause major operational problems because Russian forces are on the ground in pretty much every part of Ukraine. A nuclear strike anywhere in Ukraine before Russian forces have substantially retreated would not only kill a large number of civilians, but destroy large numbers of Russian troops and equipment, too. Moreover, it would create insuperable challenges for integrating the country into the Russian Federation after the conflict – if that was the intention. The recent statements in the 2020 document on Russia’s nuclear doctrine again confirmed that the main purpose of Russian nuclear forces is deterrence and not fighting an offensive war. But as the progress of the Russian army in Ukraine has stalled and Russia is sending signals that it might pull back from western Ukraine and focus on Luhansk, Donbas and Crimea, there have been renewed assertions by senior Russian figures of Russia’s right to use nuclear weapons. The former president, Dmitriy Medvedev – one of Putin’s key advisors – said on March 26 that there was a “determination to defend the independence, sovereignty of our country, not to give anyone a reason to doubt even the slightest that we are ready to give a worthy response to any infringement on our country, on its independence.” This was clearly directed at the west and apparently aimed at deterring Nato intervention. It appears that the more desperate Russia is to discourage western involvement, the more strident the tone has become regarding the possible use of nuclear weapons. In this respect, Russia’s use of its nuclear arsenal as a deterrent has so far been successful. But the Russian leaders also know that there are three nuclear powers in Nato and a nuclear conflict risks the complete destruction of Russia. There has been considerable speculation that Putin might become so desperate that he would be capable of anything to salvage his situation including “pressing the button.” But there is no plausible scenario in which the use of nuclear weapons would save the day for Putin. (Writer is Professor of International Relations and Security, University of Bradford, UK; The Conversation) Email ArticlePrint Article 📣 The Hans India is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@thehansindia) and stay updated with the latest headlines More On Ukraine Russia  ADVERTISEMENT Next Story Markets dancing to tunes of geo-political concerns Cherukuri Kutumba Rao Hans News Service | 11 April 2022 12:53 AM IST x Markets dancing to tunes of geo-political concerns HIGHLIGHTS Supported by the merger decision of HDFC twins and the status quo on policy rates maintained by the RBI with a focus on inflation and growth; braving the US Fed’s hawkish tone and Ukraine-Russia tensions, the domestic market managed to eke out gains during the week ended. Supported by the merger decision of HDFC twins and the status quo on policy rates maintained by the RBI with a focus on inflation and growth; braving the US Fed’s hawkish tone and Ukraine-Russia tensions, the domestic market managed to eke out gains during the week ended. The BSE Sensex rose 170 points to 59,447 points and the NSE Nifty jumped 114 points to 17,784 points. Broader markets outperformed benchmark indices with both the BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices rising more than 3.5 percent. ADVERTISEMENT After hawkish commentary from US Fed, renewed selling was seen from FIIs. FIIs have net sold Rs6,337 crore worth shares during the week, against inflow of Rs5,590 crore in previous week. With the RBI keeping a close watch on inflation numbers along with growth, especially after higher commodity prices and elevated crude oil prices amid Ukraine-Russia tensions; WPI and CPI data will be an important domestic indicator to keep an eye on. The inflation numbers are expected to remain high after the RBI sharply raised the inflation forecast to 5.7 per cent from 4.5 per cent earlier, citing geopolitical worries between Russia and Ukraine. A higher-than-expected jump in inflation might provoke knee-jerk reactions. Higher inflation triggering a shift in consumption patterns may also hit demand for goods. In the mid- to upper-income segments, normalisation of behaviour after the third Covid wave is set to shift consumption toward contact-intensive services that were avoided during the pandemic, squeezing growth in demand for goods in FY23. In the coming week, Q4 earnings, the Russia-Ukraine crisis, rising inflation numbers and crude prices will be key areas to focus on for the investors. The key event to focus in the coming week will be the Q4 earnings season that will be kicked off by IT companies. Investors should prefer stocks that are showing higher strength and closely watch earnings and shuffle their portfolios accordingly. The market will remain shut on April 14 for Mahavir Jayanti and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti, and on April 15 for Good Friday. ADVERTISEMENT F&O/sector watch On the back of volatility in the cash market and ahead of Q4 results season; the derivatives segment witnessed brisk trading. On option front, Maximum Call Open Interest (OI) was seen at 18,500 strike followed by 18,000 & 17,800 strikes, while Maximum Put Open Interest was seen at 17,000 strike then 17,600 & 17,700 strikes. Implied Volatility (IV) of Calls closed at 17.68 per cent, while that for Put options closed at 18.01. The Nifty VIX for the week closed at 19 per cent, which was slightly lower than the previous week. PCR of OI for the week closed at 1.42. Looking at option data, punters expect the Nifty to consolidate with support at 17,500 and resistance at 18,100 in the coming holiday laced week. Global major Accenture’s numbers indicate good tidings for Indian IT majors and industry sources predict stellar numbers from the large IT companies. Expect good results from midcap IT companies also. IT giants TCS, Infosys, and Wipro are expected to report moderate growth in revenue during the December quarter due to continued higher employee expenses. Sources expect TCS, Infosys, and Wipro to post constant currency (CC) revenue growth in the range of around 3-3.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), while HCL Technologies is expected to post the weakest growth of two per cent on a sequential basis due to negative impact coming in from its products and platforms (P&P) business. After the RBI Governor’s statement that it is for the NBFCs to make their own choice and the central bank after having created a broad framework does not have a role in their restructuring; big non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) backed by industrial houses like Bajaj Finance, Shriram Transport Finance, Tata Capital, Aditya Birla Capital and Mahindra &Mahindra Financial Services have to find a way out of the tightening regulations as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is unlikely to ease norms for them to convert into a bank or permitting them to merge into a bank like the way HDFC merged with HDFC Bank. Industry quarters predict surprising large M&A deals in coming months. Stock futures looking good are Ambuja Cements, Berger Paints, GAIL, Godrej Consumer, ITC, ICICI Bank, Shriram Transport, SBI and SAIL. Stock futures looking weak are ABFRL, Coforge, HDFC, LTTS, Maruti, McDowell, RBL Bank and Zee. (The author is a stock market expert. He is former vice chairman of AP Planning Board)

Crisis in the Pakistani Nuclear Horn: Daniel 8

Pakistan: Hurtling from one crisis to another Hans News Service | 12 April 2022 2:22 AM IST x Imran Khan HIGHLIGHTS Pakistan’s Constitution Day witnessed tumultuous developments in the country’s history, with its Prime Minister, Imran Khan Niazi, getting ousted from power Pakistan’s Constitution Day witnessed tumultuous developments in the country’s history, with its Prime Minister, Imran Khan Niazi, getting ousted from power. Imran Khan had promised a ‘dramatic’ end to the efforts of the united opposition in the country in ousting him. His trump card turned out to be blaming the US for his exit. There were no buyers anyway and the inevitable happened. Also Read – MyVoice: Views of our readers 13th April 2022 ADVERTISEMENT By all means, Imran Khan had lost the confidence of the people. The problem confronting Pakistan was not Imran alone. Imran for that matter came to be in power, thanks to Pakistan’s Army and the ISI. So, he had to go whenever they signalled. The problems that Pakistan faces are of its own making. Ruler after ruler looted Pakistan only to be hanged, killed or forced to flee the country. Even we have corruption. Our corruption too is widespread, but there are some checks and balances due to public vigil or the nature of our democracy. But, in Pakistan corruption is the rule, not an exception. The rulers are corrupt there. The Army is corrupt there. The ISI is corrupt there. The police too are no less. That is the tragedy. Also Read – Shehbaz files papers for Pak PM’s post ADVERTISEMENT Similar problems have dragged Sri Lankans into an abyss of dark future now. When the rulers themselves barter away a country’s interests and the people are not sure that the international loans borrowed go into a few pockets but not used for the country’s benefit, such a tragic situation is bound to happen. Pakistan is a nuclear armed nation with the world’s second-largest Muslim population. It has always struggled with its uncertainty and military coups since its birth 75 years ago. The end of Khan’s rule came after his lawmakers walked out of the National Assembly hall. There would be no cheer for Pakistanis at the development. Not yet. The country is facing its worst financial crisis. Its neck is being wrung by the Financial Action Task Force’s conditions. Pakistani rulers always relied upon nationalistic and religious jingoism. Or else, Kashmir is always there for them to rouse the pent-up emotions of people. Also Read – MyVoice: Views of our readers 11th April 2022 ADVERTISEMENT In 2018, Imran Khan uprooted the two established political dynasties – the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) that were dominating the political scene for decades. He was a charismatic cricketer with social media presence and gave an anti-corruption call to attract the voters. He promised a ‘Naya Pakistan’. Above all, he had the blessings of the Army. Khan did the unthinkable in the end – attempting to remove Pakistani Army chief, Gen Qamar Bajwa – to cling on to power. And he failed. He was in power all these years, as Pakistani’s know, because the Army retained him. Also Read – Imran ousted as Pakistan PM after losing no-confidence vote Imran Khan has left behind a huge mess and there is little hope for the Pakistanis that they don’t go the Sri Lankan way. Chinese debt is mounting. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is doddering. Americans have dumped it after leaving Afghanistan. Its rupee value is plummeting and inflation is too high in the country. Internationally, the country does not have friends either. It’s going to be a long and lonely fight for it.

The Growing Chinese Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

The DF-41 and its 8-axle TEL. Photo: PLA

1000 Nuclear Warheads By End Of Decade – China Accelerates Work On Ballistic Missile Silos To Defend ‘Taiwan Invasion’

By Ashish Dangwal

 April 12, 2022

China is speeding up the development of more than 100 missile silos capable of delivering nuclear warheads to any part of the world, especially the US. This move by Chinese leadership is intended to discourage the American military from engaging in a future Taiwan confrontation, the Wall Street Journal reported. 

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China’s nuclear arsenal, according to the US government and private sector firms, is somewhere in the ‘hundreds’, significantly less than the US and Russian nuclear arsenals of around 4,000 warheads. However, China is expected to have 1,000 warheads by the end of this decade, the report said.

The revelation comes after the Pentagon stated last year that China’s Communist Party intends to “modernize, diversify, and expand” its nuclear arsenal. 

Chinese military leaders believe that their nuclear weapons are too ‘outdated’ to be an ‘effective deterrent’ against an American assault, as per the new report. A source familiar with the plans told the newspaper that China’s inadequate nuclear capabilities could only result in more US pressure on the country. 

Temporary Covers Of Missile Silos 

Based on satellite photographs taken in January, American intelligence experts estimate the most sensitive work on the Chinese silos has been finished. 

Satellite images show that the last 45 of the temporary covers placed over suspected missile silos near Yumen, a rural area in China’s northern Gansu province, have been removed, indicating that the most sensitive work at all of the silos has been completed. 

Meanwhile, two smaller silo fields in western China seem to be in the early phases of development, according to Matt Korda, a senior research associate with the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington. 

The silos at each of the sites are purportedly capable of hosting the DF-41, a new long-range missile capable of reaching the US mainland. The missile enters service in 2020.

Shelters aren’t a new thing in Chinese missile construction. According to declassified reports from the US National Photographic Interpretation Center, China employed a combination of “large rectangular covers,” “camouflage nets,” and other forms of shelters to conceal its silos from the elements and spy satellites above in the 1970s and 1980s.

The reported silo construction project could provide China with yet another way to hide its most deadly weapons. Last year, the Washington Post reported that the construction sites are spread across two large expanses of the desert basin to the west and southwest of Yumen, a 170,000-person city on China’s ancient Silk Road.

Development of Advanced Military Equipment

Defense Experts believe that China is focusing more on its capabilities to respond to nuclear assaults. Beijing is developing an early-warning system that can intercept incoming missiles with the help of Russia.

The country also launched a satellite in February 2021 that is said to be the first blueprint for a space-based missile detection system. Furthermore, China is claimed to be developing sophisticated weaponry capable of carrying nuclear bombs, such as hypersonic missiles, against which analysts claim the US has “proven defenses.”

Military vehicles carrying the DF-17 hypersonic ballistic missile roll past Tiananmen Square during a parade in Beijing in October 2019.
Military vehicles carrying the DF-17 hypersonic ballistic missile roll past Tiananmen Square during a parade in Beijing in October 2019.

These advancements and sophisticated weapons could also provide China with a higher chance of retaliating if it is hit first in a nuclear attack. 

“All of these capabilities work together to say to the U.S.: ‘There is no world in which you can engage in a nuclear first strike against China and not expect nuclear retaliation back on your cities, even with your missile defenses, even with your great counterforce capabilities,” Caitlin Talmadge, an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University, told the Journal. 

US Factor Behind China’s Move

Chinese leaders are concerned that the US may attempt to destabilize the country’s Communist rule, highlighting the Trump and Biden administrations’ more aggressive approaches against China, the journal noted. 

Additionally, China’s nuclear ambitions are still being downplayed in the public eye, despite the latest attempt to speed up the development process.

“On the assertions made by U.S. officials that China is expanding dramatically its nuclear capabilities, first, let me say that this is untrue,” Fu Cong, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s arms control department, told the nation earlier this year. 

Instead, he contended that the country just wanted the bare minimum of nuclear deterrents to assure national security and defense. China is aiming to ensure that its nuclear deterrence matches the minimal level required for national defense, according to him. The US, on the other hand, has consistently called for talks with Beijing on arms control.

The US State Department had previously stated that the Biden administration had attempted to engage China on arms control, stating that it was “ready and willing” to do so and that it had informed Chinese officials of its intentions.

The US President Biden wants to “carry forward discussions on strategic stability” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.  

The main point of contention between the two countries is Taiwan, which China considers to be part of its territory. In recent years, the United States has upped its weapons supplies to the island nation. These advancements have been viewed as a threat by Beijing which calls it ‘gross interference by Washington in China’s internal affairs.

Israeli forces arrest 13 suspected terror operatives outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli troops in the Nur Shams Palestinian refugee camp near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem on April 10, 2022.
JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFPIsraeli troops in the Nur Shams Palestinian refugee camp near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem on April 10, 2022.

Israeli forces arrest 13 suspected terror operatives in West Bank

i24NEWSApril 11, 2022, 05:58 AMlatest revision April 11, 2022, 06:07 AM

Large-scale operations are being conducted in the West Bank following a series of terrorist attacks

Israeli forces on Monday morning apprehended 13 suspected terror operatives in the West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

The IDF conducted the counter-terror operation in coordination with Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet.

by Taboola

In the towns of Burqa and Qallil, IDF soldiers apprehended eight suspects and confiscated four vehicles and two guns.

IDF soldiers also nabbed two Hamas terrorist operatives at two locations in the city of Hebron.

Additionally, IDF troops arrested two suspects in the town of Al Aroub and two suspects in the towns of Bruqin and Meithalun.

The Israeli forces encountered violent riots in Qallil, with the rioters burning tires and throwing rocks at the soldiers.

Gunshots were also reported in the area.

No IDF injuries were reported.

Israeli forces have stepped up their counter-terror operations in the West Bank amid a terror wave that has claimed the lives of 14 people. Two of the terrorists were from the Jenin area and entered Israel illegally to carry out their attacks.