Israel’s massacre of Gazans is a deliberate and calculated policy

Gaza City protest tear gas


Palestinian blood continued to pour along the border fence with Gaza on May 14, 2018, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding.

Israeli soldiers wounded more than 2,700 Palestinian protesters and killed dozens more with rifle fire on Monday. At least five children were killed, including an 8-month-old baby girl who died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers. Today, a few hundred Palestinians have defiantly returned to protest near the Gaza fence after yesterday’s carnage. Early reports indicate that there has already been one death and dozens of injuries from live ammunition and gas inhalation, while casualties have been reported during separate protests in the West Bank.

For more than a month, Israeli soldiers have been shooting and killing unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, using high-powered sniper rifles and live ammunition.

Palestinians have been shot while kneeling for prayer. They have been shot in the back. Children have been targeted and killed. Journalists, clearly marked as such, have been shot, killed and maimed. Thousands have been injured, and some have had to amputate their limbs to survive their injuries.

No evidence has been presented showing that Palestinians have posed a threat to the Israeli snipers pulling the triggers. The Israeli soldiers are positioned hundreds of yards away, perched behind a hill, wearing full battle gear. They are comfortably shooting at the Palestinians through sniper scopes, from a safe distance from which they are in no danger.

What’s more, the justifications that the Israeli government has given to defend this practice do not even attempt to deny these facts. Statements such as Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s claim that “anyone who approaches the fence is putting his life in jeopardy” instead seek to justify the firing of live ammunition against unarmed protesters who pose no legitimate threat.

Intentionally Imposed Humiliation

Norman Finkelstein, one of the leading scholars of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has pointed out that the Palestinians who are being shot by Israeli snipers are “civilians peacefully protesting their forced incarceration” in the Gaza Strip, which has been subject to a cruel and inhumane blockade since the Israeli army withdrew from it in 2005.

Many point to the withdrawal as proof that Gaza is not occupied, yet Israel still controls the land, air and sea surrounding Gaza, as well as its electricity and water. It subjects Gaza to a suffocating blockade, leading to shortages of basic necessities. Nearly all of Gaza’s inhabitants are prevented from leaving, caged within what dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky describes as “the world’s largest open-air prison,” and what former Israeli National Security Council head Giora Eiland called “a huge concentration camp.”

People who grow up in Gaza have their entire lives controlled by a hostile, exterior force. As the Bertha Justice Network, a global human rights group, has pointed out, the “choking closure of the Gaza Strip … [is] intentionally imposing a state of unsustainable hardship and humiliation on the 2 million Palestinians residing in Gaza.”

Gaza is kept within a continual state of siege, intermittently broken up by Israeli aggressions. This practice, which the Israeli military has described as “mowing the lawn,” entails periodically chopping down Palestinian lives as one would blades of grass, keeping the population crushed and demoralized.

The humanitarian effects of all of this are devastating.

Gaza is a “constant humanitarian emergency,” according to the UN Secretary General. The UN has predicted that “Gaza will become unlivable by 2020.” Ninety-seven percent of its water is contaminated and undrinkable. Only four hours of electricity are available per day. Unemployment runs rampant and its infrastructure is collapsing. The director of the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem said in a recent statement that Gaza residents, most of whom have “never had a chance to leave the small patch of land” have “lived their lives without any political rights, devoid of any hope for a reasonable future, totally subject to the decisions and policies of the Israeli government.”

This forced incarceration is what the Palestinians are currently protesting.

The protests were planned to culminate today, May 15, the day referred to by Palestinians as the “Nakba,” Arabic for “catastrophe,” which denotes the time when Palestinians were forced from their homes at gunpoint — many innocent civilians being massacred — so that the state of Israel could be established.

The protests have been dubbed “The Great March of Return,” meant to reaffirm the Palestinians’ internationally recognized right of return, the right to go back to the homes and the land they were expelled from in what is now Israel.

While Israel has tried to delegitimize the protests by claiming they are the providence of Hamas, journalist Robert Mackey explains instead that, “While Hamas officials had promoted plans for the march and encouraged members to take part, it began on the Facebook page of [Ahmad Abu] Artema, a political independent whose family is originally from the city of Ramle, now in central Israel.”

It began with a question: “What would happen “if 200,000 Palestinians headed peacefully to cross the border [into their ancestral home, now called Israel], while raising a poster that says they only want to go back to their land?” This was the idea that set the whole process in motion, explains Enas Fares Ghannam, a Palestinian translator and writer.

A call was set out for “all Palestinian refugees to peacefully gather … by the Israeli border to call for their rights,” Ghannam adds. As part of this act of civil disobedience, “Palestinian refugees living in Gaza will set up tents near the border and move gradually — and peacefully — closer.”

The Palestinians came un-armed, and while most of the demonstrators stayed close to the tents, others began moving closer.

Killings Approved in Advance

But just as the protests were planned in advance, Israel too planned its response.

Israel immediately declared that the protests were “violent riots,” the actual facts being irrelevant. It deployed 100 snipers to the demarcation fence, in order to “block mass infiltration” and “damage to the barrier.” The orders were to “use a lot of force” — a stark admission that the use of disproportional force was approved by the highest Israeli authorities in advance.

Comment: Funny how said “violence” hasn’t resulted in any physical injury to any Israelis. It must be some of that postmodern “violence” – the kind that exists only in the heads of the self-declared victims. Also funny how the only victims of violence are the Palestinians themselves.

Israeli officials further made their intended policy clear: The soldiers were to shoot at people who approached the fence, regardless of whether they were unarmed and peaceful.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Arabic spokesman posted a video on Twitter of a man being shot in the leg, with the caption: “This is the least that will be faced by anyone trying to cross the security fence.” The Israeli Defense Minister underscored this point by making it known that “Anyone who approaches the border puts his life in jeopardy.”

Therefore, according to a statement by the Bertha Justice Network published by the Center for Constitutional Rights, a US-based social justice and legal advocacy organization, the “killings and injuries were ordered and approved in advance by the highest Israeli political and military echelons.” Human Rights Watch commented that “The high number of deaths and injuries was the foreseeable consequence of granting soldiers leeway to use lethal force outside of life-threatening situations in violation of international norms.”

The numbers alone speak for themselves.

Since March 30, at least 112 Palestinians have been killed. A staggering 12,271 have been wounded, including 3,598 by live ammunition — more injuries than during Israel’s entire 51-day military campaign in Gaza in 2014. At least 24 had their limbs amputated. The Israeli casualties? Zero. Injuries? A single “lightly hurt” soldier. “That’s called a massacre,” wrote Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, “There’s no other word for it.”

Back in 2017, John Kerry, the former Secretary of State, asked what Israel would do “If you see 40,000 kids marching up to the wall everyday with signs saying ‘give us our rights?'”

On March 30, 2018, the world found out.

One unarmed 19-year-old was killed by sniper fire after being shot from behind. He was running away from the direction of the fence, with his back turned to the snipers.

Others were shot at distances of hundreds of yards from the fence.

One “instigator,” as Israel calls its victims, was shot in the leg during prayer while kneeling on the ground.

Another was shot while throwing a rock. Multiple consecutive shots can be heard afterwards firing on those coming to his aid.

One man was shot while slowly walking to the border, unarmed and empty-handed. Another is shot while slowly walking forward with nothing other than a Palestinian flag in his hands.

Video evidence of the gathering shows groups of unarmed civilians protesting peacefully, congregating much like any other gathering — only to be shot at, repeated and consecutive sniper fire ringing through the air, without any provocation beforehand.

The Killing Fields of Gaza

B’Tselem has documented evidence showing a systematic policy whereby people coming within 300 meters of the fence are shot. Some are shot even while standing at this distance.

Journalists have also been targeted on what can only be described as a systematic scale.

One Palestinian journalist was shot and killed while wearing a jacket clearly marked “PRESS.” Another died of his wounds weeks after the fact. Six other journalists were shot with live fire and wounded, others were injured by gas canisters and tear gas. All were clearly identifiable as journalists.

So far, 14 children have been killed. One 15-year-old was shot in the head. He was empty-handed at the time. He was not targeted by accident.

An Israeli general, Brigadier-General Zvika Fogel, has admitted that the shooting of unarmed children is a deliberate policy — the result of specific instructions.

“I know how these orders are given,” he says, referring to the snipers. “I know how many authorizations he needs before he receives an authorization to open fire. It is not the whim of one or the other sniper who identifies the small body of a child now and decides he’ll shoot. Someone marks the target for him very well and tells him exactly why one has to shoot and what the threat is from that individual. And to my great sorrow, sometimes when you shoot at a small body and you intended to hit his arm or shoulder, it goes even higher.” He reiterates that the soldiers “receive very accurate instructions about whom to shoot.”

Indeed, according to a tweet posted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), none of the army’s actions have been “carried out uncontrolled.” Instead, “everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”

Of those who were injured, Amnesty has documented hundreds that have been hit with hunting bullets that “expand and mushroom inside the body,” leading to “further complications, infections and some form of physical disability, such as paralysis or amputation.”

“The nature of these injuries shows that Israeli soldiers are using high-velocity military weapons designed to cause maximum harm to Palestinian protesters that do not pose imminent threat to them,” Amnesty said. These are “deliberate attempts to kill and maim.”

As human rights organizations continued documenting the true extent of the brutality, the US informed the world of its response.

“We do believe the Israelis have the right to defend themselves,” new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said of the protests. “And we’re fully supportive of that.”

Comment: It’s hard to be wrong in two different ways at once, but Pompeo manages it. First, the Israelis are not defending themselves. Second, the implication is that Palestinians do not have a right to defend themselves. Imagine the blank stares you would receive from shills like Pompeo in response to the question: “In what circumstances is it justified for a Palestinian to kill an Israeli in self-defense, or even put up a fight?”

Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, who is tasked with overseeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, said Hamas was “inciting violence against Israel” and “encouraging a hostile march.” Trump apparently could not even be bothered with such trifles, and reportedly did not even mention the subject in a recent call to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

The US did, however, have time to protect the Israeli actions and guarantee they would continue.

After the first day of the protests, the US blocked a United Nations Security Council statement supporting the Palestinians’ “right to peaceful protest” that called for an investigation into the killings. The very next week, the US doubled down and blocked it again, giving Israel the green light to continue once more.

The US further inflamed the situation on Monday by officially moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the holy city that contains important religious sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews.

There has been a broad international consensus that the fate of the disputed city would be decided through negotiations, yet the unilateral US decision effectively normalizes Israeli control of the city, scuttling any hope that remained for a peace settlement.

Palestinians responded by increasing their protests near the Gaza fence, which ended in a day of carnage as Israel killed at least 58 unarmed demonstrators in the span of 10 hours alone. In the aftermath, the US blocked another UN Security Council statement expressing “sorrow and outrage” at the mass killings while calling again for an investigation.

No one can tell what lives might have been saved if the investigations had been allowed to go through.

Deadly Double Standards

As always, there are official justifications.

One common refrain is to simply scream “Hamas.” Haaretz contributor Torkel Brekke commented that Israeli officials are trying to portray Gaza as populated entirely by Hamas by suggesting “everything is organized by Hamas, protesters are Hamas operatives, therefore everybody is a legitimate target.”

Members of Hamas did participate in the march. B’Tselem, however, argues that the Israeli government’s tendency to claim that the threat of attacks from Hamas legitimizes Israeli state violence is an immoral effort to deflect attention from the Israeli government’s decision to “use live and potentially lethal fire against unarmed demonstrators who are endangering no one.” “Blaming Hamas,” they write, “as if it were Hamas operatives who shot the demonstrators, is baseless.”

After being shot at by the Israeli snipers, some Palestinians did begin throwing stones, throwing Molotov cocktails, burning tires and attempting to fly burning kites into Israel in retaliation.

Israeli officials immediately seized upon these facts to argue that the protests have been violent and thereby justify Israeli state violence against the protesters. But in the face of the continuous deadly violence that the Israeli government is inflicting on the protesters, the stones, incendiaries, tires and kites can only be described as desperate efforts at self-defense.

The burning tires produce a smokescreen to protect from sniper fire, the stones are mainly symbolic and the kites are meant to burn the Israeli crops that some protesters see as funding the bullets raining down upon them. One kite-maker told The New York Times, “In the beginning we protested peacefully. But when the peaceful resistance is exposed to live fire and violence, it has the right to use simple violent means like hurling stones and burning their farmland. This is self-defense.”

Under international law, it is indeed the right of an occupied people to engage in violent resistance against an occupying force. In contrast, there is nothing in international law that justifies an occupier using violence to suppress those struggling underneath them for their right of self-determination.

However, the fact still remains that, as Human Rights Watch has documented, none of the Palestinians’ efforts at self-defense “posed a grave threat to the well-protected soldiers,” including the Molotov cocktails, as the UN observes. There still has been “no evidence of any protester using firearms.”

The reality is that well-fortified and protected snipers are shooting from hundreds of yards away, and it is unarmed protesters posing them no threat who are being gunned-down systematically.

Imagine what the response would be if Hamas assembled snipers on the border with Israel and shot and killed unarmed Israeli protesters. Doing so would be portrayed as the ultimate proof that Hamas is a terrorist organization. The fact that the Israeli military’s killing of Palestinian protesters isn’t considered terrorism betrays the vicious double standard held by those shaping the policies and narratives in this situation: Israelis and Americans are seen as human beings. Palestinians are not.

Steven Chovanec is an independent journalist and analyst based in Chicago, Illinois. He has a Bachelor’s degree in international studies and sociology from Roosevelt University, and has written for numerous outlets, such as The Hill, teleSUR, MintPress News, Consortium News, Insurge-Intelligence and others. His writings can be found at Follow him on Twitter: @stevechovanec.

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Apple faces avalanche of lawsuits over deliberate obsolescence of iPhones


It seems 2018 will become the year of legal battles for Apple as more customers are filing suits against the corporation after it admitted to slowing down older iPhones to make them obsolete faster. The world just doesn’t know it yet but this kind of mafia also occurs with Android phones and with Windows computer games falsely demanding more power despite average graphics, computer parts becoming obsolete within months after buying.

A group of activists from France is the latest to sue Apple over the issue, The Locals reports. The case could see the company’s top managers jailed and cost it five percent of its income if it is convicted of deliberate aging of the devices.

“Apple has put in place a global strategy of programmed obsolescence to boost its sales,” the group said in a statement.

The lawsuit by Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (HOP), an environmental association, was filed in the Paris prosecutor’s office on Wednesday. The case will be heard in a criminal court if prosecutors decide it is legitimate. The maximum penalty for senior managers is a prison sentence of two years, a fine of up to €300,000, and five percent of the company’s annual turnover.

At the same time, South Korean law firm Hannuri announced plans to recruit plaintiffs through its website for two weeks and file a class-action suit against Apple to seek compensation over the same issue. This could reportedly become the first class-action suit against the corporation in Asia.

“Because Apple made users upgrade their phones without informing them of the side effects, it deceived consumers and violated consumer protection law,” said Cho Gye Chang, an attorney who represents the complainants at Hannuri, as quoted by the Straits Times.

Another law firm Hwimyoung has already united nearly 20 complainants and is getting ready to go to court. The lawyers are planning to sue Apple Korea for damages in early January in Seoul Central District Court.

The wave of legal cases followed Apple’s announcement that it slowed down iPhones as they got older. Apple said it has algorithms in place to help keep an iPhone running at optimal performance if there is an older battery inside that can’t keep up with the required power. The measure was aimed at preventing devices from unexpected shutdowns and keeping them running at their best.

The corporation also faces more than nine lawsuits in the US, including a trillion dollar suit in California, and a $125 million class-action suit filed in Israel.



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Las Vegas Was A Deliberate Anti-White Mass Shooting


America will never be the same. We’re in a guerrilla war now.

The dust has settled on Las Vegas, and yet many questions remain. But this post is not going to be about the discrepancies, of which, I will admit there are many. The cameras, the live streaming, the CIA connections of the girl, the wired money and the official response are all suspect and frankly bizarre.

But one just to take one look at the victims to understand the most important part of what happened here.

The media will trot out token minorities to try to prove that this attack was race-blind, and still find a way to blame White males. The cucks on the right may even say that this was a targeted attack on Republican-voters. Liars, the whole lot of them. Especially those that just shrug and attribute the attack to “just one of those things” or “he just snapped” or “valium” or “guns”.

Investigators on Thursday were still piecing together the life of the gunman who killed 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas, and remained at a loss to explain what drove him to commit the massacre.

Only the Alt-Right will tell you the truth.

A multi-millionaire Boomer with no kids and an Asian girlfriend targeted a gathering of BadWhites.

500+ White people were gunned down not just because they were White, but because they were the wrong kind of White people. They were gunned down by an anti-White, a race-traitor and a self-hating White.

This is the greatest anti-White mass shooting of all time and the start of something new. It has been a soft Genocide of Whites until now. But we are undeniably moving into the guerrilla phase of the war. Isolated attacks on Whites are not uncommon and are not new. Whether it was the “polar bear hunting” phenomenon, or the Islamic terror attacks or the Mexican gang murders- Whites have been targeted for years now.

But now, the last and most powerful member of the Anti-White coalition has decided to join the fight. The massive “GoodWhite” faction of self-hating Whites that have been radicalized by 60 years of media brainwashing, the schools and the hysteria surrounding Trump have finally started flexing their muscles.

We saw them join the war against the White race during the election season, under the banner of Antifa. We see them rampaging on the streets now, tearing down monuments, attacking patriots and now, one of theirs has committed mass murder.

In his mind perhaps, he was fighting Fascism. After all, if the media declares Trump to be literally Hitler, then his supporters must also be literally Hitler. Nevermind that most of those people probably didn’t think much about politics.

They were there for the circus part of the panem et circenses social contract.

This didn’t stop the shooter. Anti-Whites seem to have a special love for targeting concerts in particular. If they were smarter, they would leave the circuses alone…And I believe it will be their undoing.

Perhaps in his mind, he even saw this as part of the greater good.

In other words, shoot 500 to save thousands from gun-related deaths once his act paves the way for anti-gun legislation. That wouldn’t surprise me. Lefties are always for the greater good. Even though they hate their neighbors, their countrymen and their race, they subscribe to the belief that they love humanity – defined abstractly of course- and are do-gooders at heart.

These GoodWhites are willing to kill for the cause, and if you ever doubted that, you have Las Vegas as a stark wake-up call.

Yes, the game has changed once again. It’s been an eventful year, and we’re not even close to the finish line. There was a pre-Trump America, a pre-Charlottesville America and now a pre-Vegas America.

All of them are behind us now.

Sporadic attacks on BadWhites have become a staple of our brave new anti-White paradigm. Richard Spencer being punched was the direct precursor to what happened in Las Vegas. The same animus behind that attack was at work in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas just raised the bar.

And we all have targets on our backs. Because of the election, we learned that the media would cover for them if they attacked us with fists and clubs in the streets. Because of Charlottesville, we learned that 1st Amendment no longer exists in America. Now we know that the media will cover for them if they decide to gun us down as well.

Meanwhile, the police are waffling on this one. And the longer they hold back on releasing the details, the more we can be sure that the details are damning. Call it a corollary to Coulter’s Law. The latest:

Stephen Paddock didn’t just have 23 weapons in his Mandalay Bay hotel suite, which he turned into a sniper’s nest to kill 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas. He also had 50 pounds of explosives material and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car in the hotel parking lot, police said…

But what motivated Paddock to kill dozens of strangers — and where he planned to strike next — remain a mystery.

It’s not a mystery to us. It’s all quite clear, and becoming clearer by the day.

Buckle-up, lads.

We are one step closer to that fateful day when this whole thing goes hot. You know it, and I know it. There’s no way this ends peacefully.



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Fact Check Fail or Deliberate Lie? Snopes Gets It Wrong On Story About Warrantless Searches

snopessnopes has made its name as the truthful source that debunks crazy conspiracy theories and “fake news” on the internet, but its response to a story on legislation allowing warrantless searches is in need of its own fact check.

As Snopes correctly noted, the story in question was published by The Free Thought Project on Aug. 24, and is on the subject of House Joint Resolution 76. What Snopes does not mention is that up until TFTP reported on the legislation, it received virtually no media coverage, aside from criticism from Congressman Justin Amash on social media.

As the original story noted, House Joint Resolution 76 creates the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, which looks harmless on the surface. The bill claims that its purpose is “Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.”

In its “Fact Check” of the story, Snopes made the claim thatThe legislation does not allow authorities all over the U.S. to conduct warrantless searches, as claimed by a number of disreputable web sites.” 

This is 100% true. The legislation does not allow this, at all.SnopesSnopesHowever, The Free Thought Project never made that claim. Here’s what our original report noted about how warrantless searches could result from the creation of this safety commission:

The major red flag that comes from this bill can be found in the list of powers that are given to the safety commission, when it comes to its authority over the properties around surround the metro rail system. As the text of the bill notes:

“In performing its duties, the Commission, through its Board or designated employees or agents, may: Enter upon the WMATA Rail System and, upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, upon any lands, waters, and premises adjacent to the WMATA Rail System, including, without limitation, property owned or occupied by the federal government, for the purpose of making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing as the Commission may deem necessary to carry out the purposes of this MSC Compact, and such entry shall not be deemed a trespass.”

The problem with this legislation is that even if the commission gives advanced notice that it will be entering a private property, that advanced notice is not a search warrant. Under the Fourth Amendment, a search warrant can only be obtained with the consent of a judge, and it must have probable cause laid out by law enforcement.

The bill received unanimous approval in the Senate, and Justin Amash was one of just five members who voted against it in the House. As he noted on Twitter, the bill gives the government the authority to enter and search private property in parts of Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland without a warrant.

Responding to critics on Twitter, Amash wrote, “This bill does authorize a ‪#4thAmendment violation. Congress has a duty not to pass such broad language even if Constitution nullifies it.”

As Amash also noted, the language of the bill is entirely too broad. “‘Safety’ presumably includes preventing criminal/terrorist activities near WMATA. Bill doesn’t contemplate potential abuse of MSC authority,” he wrote.

When a Twitter user insisted that the bill only applies to “federally owned property,” Amash replied, Read carefully. It applies to *any* property ‘adjacent to the WMATA Rail System.’ You ignored the phrase ‘including, without limitation.’”

While Snopes does acknowledge that Amash considers the legislation to be “too broad and potentially unconstitutional,” its entire article is based on the premise that “The legislation does not allow authorities all over the U.S. to conduct warrantless searches, as claimed by a number of disreputable web sites.”

Although Snopes does not list any of these “disreputable web sites,” the only website it does reference is The Free Thought Project, which it describes as a website that mostly posts stories geared towards stoking fear that the government is on the verge of becoming an authoritarian police state.”

However, the article Snopes was attempting to debunk was based entirely on the facts surrounding the bill—its text, who voted for and against it, and how it was interpreted by elected officials who were charged with the power of determining whether it becomes law. Never once did the story claim this bill would affect the entire United States, or that it would completely put an end to the Fourth Amendment.

As for Snopes’ definition of TFTP’s reputation, an outlet that mostly posts stories geared towards stoking fear” sounds a lot like the description of the many mainstream media outlets The Free Thought Project debunks on a regular basis. As for warning that “the government is on the verge of becoming an authoritarian police state,” in many ways that is essentially what the government already is—an authoritarian state that uses violence and intimidation to enforce its laws.

The Free Thought Project is dedicated to exposing stories of government corruption and police misconduct based on facts and evidence, while also fostering the creation and expansion of liberty-minded solutions to modern day tyrannical oppression. If we were solely focused on brainwashed fear-mongering, we would be no better than the mainstream media.

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100 evacuated in Paris suburb following ‘seemingly deliberate’ fire in apartment building

The “seemingly deliberate” fire started on Sunday morning at a residential building in Paris’ Boulogne-Billancourt neighborhood, AFP reported

Firefighters were notified shortly before 7:00am local time. It took an hour to extinguish the blaze and four people were treated for smoke inhalation, a fire brigade spokesman said.

Authorities said they will investigate to determine the cause of the blaze. “It was a seemingly deliberate fire,” a police source told AFP.

The fire seems to have broken out at three separate apartments. One was completely burnt out, another was damaged by the flames, and a third saw a fire flare up outside its door. All are located on the fifth floor.

The building’s residents have been taken to a nearby college.

Boulogne-Billancourt came into the spotlight in December of last year when a fire broke out at a migrant reception center there.

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One man died in that blaze after jumping from a third-floor window to escape the flames, and thirteen people were injured. Six migrants were rescued by firefighters.

An initial inspection found traces of a flammable liquid in the lobby of the six-story building, prompting further investigation.

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