58 Killed at Gaza Border, Pilot Survives Being Sucked From Cockpit, Hawaii Volcano Poses New Dangers, and More

58 Killed at Gaza Border, Pilot Survives Being Sucked From Cockpit, Hawaii Volcano Poses New Dangers, and More
  • Violence in Gaza on Monday led to the death of at least 58 people when Israeli troops opened fire during Palestinian protests, marking the deadliest day of violence since a war there in 2014. "Palestinian officials said that, as well as those killed, about 2,700 people had been injured in Monday's violence - which they condemned as a massacre," the BBC reports. The protests coincided with the controversial opening of the United States' inaugural embassy in Jerusalem, which broke with "decades of U.S. policy and incensed Palestinians." Israelis and Palestinians historically both claim East Jerusalem as their religious and rightful capital. Tension had been building at the Gaza border over the last seven weeks as Palestinians protested the loss of their homeland, partly orchestrated by Hamas and branded as "The Great Return." Tens of thousands were reported to attend the funerals for the 58 dead. The United Nations human rights office criticized Israel's actions.

  • A pilot who was half-sucked out of an aircraft making an emergency landing has survived, Reuters reports. The Sichuan Airlines flight was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa when a windshield on the right side of the cockpit broke off, according to the Chinese aviation authority. "No passengers were injured in the incident but the pilot sitting in the right seat, who is usually the first officer, suffered scratches and a waist sprain, the Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration said on its website." On its official Weibo account, Sichuan Airlines said the plane experienced "mechanical failure" but provided no further details.

  • Hawaii County residents are under a health warning as dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide from an erupted volcano fissure fill the air. "Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe," according to the county's civil defense agency. "This is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population." Since the Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island on May 3, 37 homes and structures have been destroyed, according to CNN. Another crack opened in the earth on Monday, CBS News reports, sending more lava pouring down and threatening more homes. The threat of new disturbances called phreatic eruptions remain, which are steam-driven explosions that could result in smoke plumes in a 12-mile area.  

  • In other news, a Danish railway company suffered a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack over the weekend that prevented passengers from purchasing tickets. The Trump administration plans to suspend American sanctions on Chinese company ZTE Corp., the fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world. Critics are saying the move threatens national security. Two Chinese guards are under a social media firestorm for assaulting two women attending an LGBT gathering in Beijing. And a group of aviation experts tell 60 Minutes the crash four years ago of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was likely a murder-suicide carried out by the captain who evaded radar and deliberately crashed the plane.