Global National: May 26, 2024 | Hamas rockets strike Tel Aviv, Israel retaliates with airstrikes

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In top news tonight, air raid sirens blared in Tel Aviv for the first time in four months, as Israelis scrambled for cover from at least eight long-range rockets launched by Hamas. The rockets, fired from Rafah in southern Gaza, prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convene his war cabinet in response. Meanwhile, trucks carrying food and fuel also began entering Gaza through an Israeli checkpoint at the southeast corner. As David Akin reports, today’s attack is only strengthening Israel’s resolve.

In the U.S., at least 14 people were killed — including two small children — and dozens more were injured as twisters tore through Texas over the Memorial Day weekend. Rescue crews are working tirelessly to pull survivors from the rubble. The storms in Texas occurred alongside record-breaking heat, and forecasters are cautioning that this may be just the start of extreme weather conditions. Heather Yourex-West reports.

Meanwhile in Nova Scotia, ten months after devastating flooding, residents are still awaiting promised aid as they struggle with uninsured repair costs. The flooding claimed the lives of four people, including two children and a teen, while hundreds of homes suffered severe damage. Many residents continue to face bureaucratic challenges in the recovery process. Heidi Petracek reports.

In the U.K., Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced plans to reintroduce mandatory national service if reelected next month. The proposal would require 18-year-olds to choose between enlisting in the military or regularly performing community work. Sunak claims the scheme is intended to protect “democratic values” that are allegedly “under threat.” However, with the governing Conservatives trailing more than 20 points behind the rival Labour Party in opinion polls, the future of this policy remains uncertain. Redmond Shannon reports.

Plus, Lionel Messi’s absence disappointed fans as he missed the much-anticipated match between the hometown Whitecaps and Inter Miami at B.C. Place in Vancouver. Despite Messi’s absence, the crowd set an all-time attendance record, with over 51,000 fans packing the stadium. Inter Miami cited Major League Soccer’s grueling travel schedule for the absence of Messi, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets. As Jeff Semple reports, fans unhappy with this explanation called for compensation and chanted, “Where is Messi?”

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