Hundreds of people died in the attack on a hospital in Gaza. The National Electoral Commission announced the official results of the parliamentary elections. In turn, the Swedish authorities inform about the mysterious damage to the underwater telecommunications cable connecting Sweden and Estonia. Here are five things to know on October 18.
1. Attack on a hospital in Gaza
Hundreds of people were killed in Israeli shelling of a hospital in Gaza, health authorities in the Gaza Strip said. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that “the hospital massacre is a new turning point.”
However, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) denied responsibility for the attack and said that the hospital was hit by rockets fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization.
2. The National Electoral Commission announced the official results of the parliamentary elections
The National Electoral Commission announced at Tuesday’s press conference official election results parliamentary. It was reported that the turnout in the parliamentary elections was 74.38 percent.
Law and Justice obtained 35.38 percent (7,640,854 votes), Civic Coalition – 30.70 percent (6,629,402 votes), Third Way – 14.40 percent (3,110,670 votes), New Left – 8.61 percent (1,859,018 votes), and Confederation – 7.16 percent (1,547,364 votes). The National Electoral Commission also presented the division of seats in the Sejm between the parties exceeding the electoral threshold.
3. The White House comments on the elections in Poland
“We congratulate Poles on the record turnout in Sunday’s elections and we look forward to working with the new government to continue strengthening the close ties between our countries,” Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the US National Security Council, wrote on social media.
“We look forward to working with the next Polish government to continue strengthening the close ties between our nations,” she added. This is the first comment from the White House on Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Poland.
4. New list of senators
We know the results of the Senate elections and the names of new senators. The democratic opposition will have an advantage in the newly elected Senate.
In the upper house of parliament, the Senate pact she created won 66 seats, while Law and Justice won 34.
5. Mysterious failure in the Baltic Sea
An underwater telecommunications cable connecting Sweden and Estonia was damaged, Swedish Minister of Civil Defense Carl-Oscar Bohlin announced on Tuesday. The authorities in Stockholm, as he admitted, “are unable to assess what caused the failure.”
This is another failure of undersea infrastructure in the Baltic Sea – a week earlier it was reported that a gas pipeline in the same region was damaged.
Main photo source: HAITHAM IMAD/PAP/EPA