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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-02-18
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Hospitals on StrikeGreece -
Hospital doctors proceed to a 48 hours strike today, Wednesday. Only emergency cases will be treated in General Nikaia Hospital as well as in Thessaloniki, Patra, Ioannina, Heraklion and Crete hospitals. At 12:00 today doctors will gather in a protestation rally outside ministry of Health.
As announced by National Center of Emergency Care (EKAV) doctors decided to do only 2 daily shifts per month. Consequently, many medical units will lack sufficient medical personnel.
News item: 19083
 Australia: Second Alleged Arsonist ArrestedWorld -
A second Australian was charged on Wednesday with arson following forest fires near Melbourne that claimed over 201 lives, destroyed 1,830 homes, left 7,500 homeless and caused a huge ecological destruction. Police allege the 38-year-old man was spotted Tuesday throwing lighted cigarettes into dry grass near Myrtleford, where two people died in the Feb 7 blaze. The fire brigade extinguished the fire and the man, whose name was withheld, was charged with two counts of arson.
Earlier this week a Melbourne court identified Brendan Sokaluk as the 39-year-old man charged over a forest fire in his hometown of Churchill that killed 21 people and burned out 36,000 hectares. The former volunteer firefighter was remanded in custody to appear in May on charges of arson causing death and intentionally lighting a bushfire.
News item: 19084
 Morning Bombings Shake GazaWorld -
Middle East - Iraq
Israeli jet fighters bombed southern parts of Gaza causing only material damage. According to eyewitnesses, also confirmed by Israel, air attacks targeted tunnels in Rafa used for smuggling arms into Gaza.
The tunnels link Palestinian territories with Egypt. A mortar was launched against Israel on Tuesday. Israeli interim prime-minister Ehud Olmert will convene the government council on Wednesday to discuss the Egyptian plan for extended ceasefire with Hamas provided that Israeli soldier kept hostage is liberated. Meanwhile, a UN spokesman said that unexploded bombs fired by Israel ( 3 one tone bombs and another 8 of 250kg ) kept at Hamas police station in Gaza were stolen. Israel suspects Hamas, which has not made any comment.
News item: 19080