This is VOA news. Via remote, I'm Tommy McNeil. A security official told Reuters that the toll from blast targeting a school in Afghanistan's capital Kabul Saturday has risen to at least 55 people dead more than 150 injured mean many badly. Afghan authorities say the bomb exploded near a girls school in a Shiite majority of West Kabul. Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility. Ambulances evacuated the wounded as relatives in residence screamed at authorities near the scene of the blast at the school. The bombing, apparently aimed to cause maximum civilian carnage, adds to fears and violence in the war-wrecked country could escalate as the US and NATO end nearly 20 years of military engagement.
Israeli police have clashed in East Jerusalem with Palestinian protesters during the holiest night of Ramadan. Beefed up police forces marched through the streets of East Jerusalem outside the Old City Saturday adding to already heightened religious tensions that have unleashed the worst unrest in the holy city in several years. Earlier police blocked busloads of Muslim pilgrims headed to Jerusalem to worship. The police action came after a night of heavy clashes Friday between Palestinians and Israeli police in the holy city. Tensions in East Jerusalem claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians have triggered major rounds of violence in the past. Early Sunday, the Israeli military said that Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, fired a rocket at the country's south.
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