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Israel under attack: Hamas fires barrage of rockets, an anti-tank missile at Israeli civilians

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On Monday, while many Israelis were celebrating Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem, terrorists in Gaza were firing rockets at their communities. The sirens were seemingly constant on Monday evening local time.

The Israeli army says the barrage of attacks also included an anti-tank missile, causing an Israeli citizen to be “lightly injured” and transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. According to Channel 12, 3 children in Gaza were reportedly killed by rocket attacks “that went wrong.”

On a live CNN report, viewers could see the moments as air raid sirens blared in Jerusalem and hundreds of people ran for shelter.

Another clip shared on social media showed children and their mothers running from a playground in Jerusalem as the alerts sounded.

Hamas has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks and Palestinians in East Jerusalem could be seen cheering as rockets were fired.

In response to Monday’s attacks, the Israeli army has reportedly Hamas terrorists in 3 strikes. Later, as Hamas continued firing rockets, the Israeli army said it struck a number of additional terror targets, including 2 rocket launchers, 2 military posts, 8 Hamas terror operatives.

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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