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This Happened

This Happened — June 3: London Bridge Attack

The London Bridge terrorist attack took place on this day in 2017.

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 What happened during the London Bridge attack?

During the attack, a van drove into pedestrians on London Bridge, causing injuries and chaos. The attackers then left the van and proceeded to stab multiple people in the nearby Borough Market area. They were armed with knives and wore fake explosive belts. In total, eight people were killed, and many others were injured before the attackers were confronted and shot by the police.

Who carried out the London Bridge attack?

The attack was carried out by three individuals who were later identified as Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane, and Youssef Zaghba. They were all inspired by extremist ideologies and had links to Islamist extremist networks.

What were the impacts of the London Bridge attack?

The London Bridge attack had significant impacts on the city and the United Kingdom as a whole. It caused shock and grief among the population, as it was the third major terrorist attack to hit the country in a short period. The attack led to increased concerns about national security and prompted a reevaluation of counterterrorism strategies.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Israel Blinked: How The Ceasefire-For-Hostages Deal Upends The Gaza War Logic

The Israeli government has agreed to a deal negotiated via Qatar, for a four-day truce and an exchange of 50 hostages for 150 Palestinian prisoners. What happens next? That's the big question.

Photo of a man holding his smartphone to light up posters of Israeli hostages, in Jerusalem

Posters of Israeli hostages, in Jerusalem

Pierre Haski


PARIS — It's the first piece of good news in 46 days of war. In the early hours of Wednesday, Israel agreed to a deal that included a four-day ceasefire and the release of some of the hostages held by Hamas — 30 children and 20 women — in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners, again women and children. The real question is what happens next.

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But first, this agreement, negotiated through the intermediary of Qatar, whose role is essential in this phase, must be implemented right away. This is a complex negotiation, because unlike the previous hostage-for-prisoner exchanges, it is taking place in the midst of a major war.

On the Palestinian side, although Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is present in Doha, he does not make the decision alone — he must have the agreement of the leaders of the military wing, who are hiding somewhere in Gaza. It takes 24 hours to send a message back and forth. As you can imagine, it's not as simple as a phone call.

And on the Israeli side, a consensus had to be built around the agreement. Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right allies were opposed to the deal — in line with their eradication logic — even at the cost of Israeli lives. But the opposition of these discredited parties was ignored, and that will leave its mark.

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