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Israel Retaliates, Threatens Large-Scale Military Operation After Rocket Attack

HAARETZ, THE JERUSALEM POST (Israel)

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JERUSALEM - Three Palestinians were wounded early Monday in three successive Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack launched toward southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave, reports Haaretz.

Israeli Air Force helicopters and F-16s were heard around midnight over the Gaza Strip, followed by three successive explosions, witnesses said.

The Air Force raid struck an empty military training camp for Hamas militants in eastern Gaza city, with no casualties reported.

It also blasted a smuggling tunnel under the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, with shrapnel from the Israeli missile hitting a nearby house where three Palestinian civilians were wounded, reports Haaretz.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened a large-scale military operation against the rocket-launching militants in the Gaza Strip after a rocket attack Saturday hit the southern town of Be’er Sheva and injured seven Israeli civilians.

Schools were closed in Be’er Sheva and in nearby town of Ashdod, keeping some 100,000 schoolchildren at home.

Israel held Hamas fully responsible for the rocket attack.

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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