Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into Wednesday morning as the Islamist group Hamas and other Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages over the border at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba. Violence grips mixed Arab-Jewish towns in Israel as tensions flare Iran’s former hardline president Ahmadinejad to run again Syria releases hundreds of social media critics ahead of election Rwanda’s economy is expected to grow 5.1% this year after contracting 3.4% in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior finance ministry official said on Wednesday.