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Brazilian Foreign Minister Quits Over Bolivian Senator Scandal

BBC, O GLOBO ( Brazil), LA RAZÓN (Bolivia)


BRASILIA — Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota resigned last night in the wake of a diplomatic row with Bolivia, the BBC reports. He sent his resignation to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after it emerged that a Bolivian senator accused of corruption who had been sheltered in the Brazilian embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, fled the country for the Brazilian capital in a diplomatic car over the weekend.

Senator Roger Pinto, a Bolivian opposition politician, was given asylum just under 15 months ago. According to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, 22 charges have been filed against him, including corruption. Pinto is also said to be involved in the massacre of native Bolivians in 2008. He denied the charges, however, saying they had been fabricated and that he was being persecuted by President Evo Morales' government.

Bolivian foreign minister David Choquehuanca expressed the government’s concern, explaining that “the mechanisms of cooperation between the two states had been violated,” La Razón reports. He therefore demanded explanations from the Brazilian government, saying that the actions of the embassy created a “negative precedent for the international community, since drugs, weapons or other illegal merchandise could be taken out of the country in the same way that Pinto was.”

It is not clear whether Antonio Patriota knew that the Bolivian politician was being transported to Brazil. He will switch posts with Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Brazil’s ambassador to the United Nations.

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Bombs, "Humanitarian" Pause, More Bombs: Journey With Gazans Uprooted By Israel's War

After last Thursday's announcement of daily, four-hour humanitarian pauses in the northern part of Gaza, masses of Palestinians fled southward. But the journey is anything but safe and easy.

Bombs, "Humanitarian" Pause, More Bombs: Journey With Gazans Uprooted By Israel's War

Palestinians fleeing northern Gaza on a cart pulled by a donkey.

Beesan Kassab, Noor Swirki and Omar Mousa

KHAN YOUNIS — “The road is difficult. We suffered a lot. It’s all walking and hardships,” says a 60-year-old woman describing her recent journey from northern Gaza to Khan Younis in the south of the strip.

The woman, who is suffering from kidney disease, says that she and her children, along with others who have been displaced by Israel’s relentless bombing of civilians in Gaza, were shelled four times as they moved south. “We started running. What else could we do?” she says.

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But not everyone was able to outrun the Occupation’s strikes. Several people were killed and injured during the journey southward, she tells Mada Masr.

The woman and many others moved from northern Gaza after the White House announced on Thursday a daily, four-hour humanitarian pause in the northern part of the strip, to which Israel had pledged to uphold.

The Israeli occupation spokesperson Avichay Adraee, announced yesterday through his account on X that the Israeli military will allow the displaced to move to the south via the Salah al-Din road east of Gaza between 10 am and 4 pm.

However, the people of northern Gaza who moved within that time period tell Mada Masr they continued to face shelling along the supposed “humanitarian corridors” and in the south, which Israel has said will be a civilian refuge for those who leave “Hamas strongholds” in the north.

Palestinian Photographic Society Photojournalist Mohamed Abu al-Subh who, like other journalists and photographers, staying at the Shifa Hospital, tells Mada Masr: “The Occupation informed us to evacuate to the south, and we chose not to, but as fate would have it, we were forced [to move] by the shelling on Shifa Hospital Thursday and Friday.”

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