Democracy Now! Headlines for January 7, 2010

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13 Killed in US Drone Attacks in Pakistan

At least thirteen people have been killed in a pair of US drone attacks in Pakistan. The strikes reportedly hit a militant training camp in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan.

Aid Convoy Reaches Gaza

A humanitarian aid convoy carrying food and medical supplies has arrived in the Gaza Strip nearly a month after it embarked from Britain. Members of the Viva Palestina convoy began passing through Egypt’s Rafah border crossing into Gaza on Wednesday. They are expected to spend the next forty-eight hours distributing the aid supplies. The convoy was delayed by more than a week following a dispute with the Egyptian government. As it entered Rafah, convoy leader and British parliamentarian George Galloway criticized the delay.

George Galloway: “We are very sorry that we are late. We would like to apologize to our friends in Palestine for arriving late. But the whole world knows why we were late.”

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Survivor of Both Atomic Bombings, Dies at 93

And in Japan, the only person known to have survived both US atomic attacks during World War II has died. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was ninety-three years old. Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima when the US dropped the first atomic bomb on August 6th, 1945. He suffered several wounds but returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, which was bombed three days later. In his elder years, Yamaguchi became a vocal proponent of nuclear abolition.

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