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The Russian Armed Forces has moved its S-500 air defense system to occupied Crimea, the head of Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov said.

It is the latest addition to the Russian air defense family of systems, featuring better capabilities than its predecessors.

“The Russian air defense system is being strengthened,” Kyiv Independence quoted Budanov as saying.

“This is quite obvious and understandable. The newest elements of the S-500 have appeared. In principle, this will be their experimental application, but they have already appeared there [in Crimea].”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Around 50 detained Palestinian men from Gaza were released by Israel on Tuesday, the Turkish Anadolu news agency has reported. The released men showed visible signs of torture, as seen in videos and photos.

Several men appeared exhausted, gaunt and thinner than usual in photographs.

Palestinian sources said some 33 of the freed men were taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza for medical attention "due to poor health conditions".

A video shared on social media from the hospital showed a young girl reunited with her previously-detained father. The young girl could be seen crying as she hugged her father, who was visibly exhausted as he laid in the hospital bed.

The man was reportedly detained for eight months by Israeli forces, and was tortured while in captivity.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Footage has emerged of Israeli soldiers apparently executing Palestinians in an area of Gaza declared a “safe zone” for civilians by the Israeli military.

Three videos broadcast by Al-Jazeera English on Wednesday showed Palestinian civilians being shot dead by Israeli forces on Al-Rashid Street, the coastal road connecting the north and south of the Gaza Strip.

The street was previously the site of an Israeli massacre which killed over 100 desperate Palestinians trying to collect aid last March.

In one video, reportedly taken on 1 June, a Palestinian is shown walking along the beach. He is then stopped by Israeli soldiers and shot dead.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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