News Watch

After receiving more than 8 inches of rain within the space of a few hours, a river in the town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca, broke its banks on Oct. 9 and flooded the town, killing at least 13 people. Floodwaters also reached the coastal town of S'illot.

Neighboring islands Ibiza and Formentera were put on alert but, despite heavy rains, did not experience major flooding.


A series of storms with winds reaching up to 110 miles per hour struck northern and central Italy in late October and early November, leaving at least 29 people dead and tens of others injured. Two tornadoes were reported.

After one storm, on Oct 29, the high-water level in Venice reached 5 feet, the fourth-highest ever recorded in the city. At least 75% of the city was flooded.

A magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck near the city of Port-de-Paix, northern Haiti, on Oct. 7, killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 300. Numerous buildings in Port-de-Paix and surrounding areas, most built from cinderblocks or improvised material, were destroyed or damaged, leading to thousands of people having to sleep outside.

The quake was felt in the capital, Port-au-Prince, 139 miles to the south, but no damage was reported there.

Since ITN went to press last month and reported on the event (pg. 16), the total number of casualties from the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was finalized. The official count is 1,754 dead and 2,549 wounded, with an additional 683 people still considered missing.

An air strike on a vegetable market in Hodeidah Province, Yemen, killed at least 21 civilians and injured nine others on Oct. 24. The attack came from a Saudi-led coalition of Arabic nations that has been engaged in war with Houthi rebels in the country since 2015.

It is not known who was being targeted in the strike, but Houthis control the nearby port town of Bayt al-Faqih, which has been the scene of ground fighting between Yemeni government forces and Houthi since September.


Two rockets were fired from Gaza on Oct. 17, one of which struck a house in the Israeli city of Beersheba, causing significant damage. The family living in the house had escaped to a missile shelter after the rockets set off an early-warning system, and there were no injuries. In response, Israel struck back with missiles at multiple sites operated by the Islamist militant group Hamas in Gaza, killing one person.

It was later determined that a lightning strike was responsible for the...


A woman detonated a suicide bomb on a main street in the center of Tunis, Tunisia, on Oct. 29, injuring nine people in what is being called an act of terrorism. Authorities believe she was targeting police, eight of whom were among the injured. At press time, no group had taken responsibility for the attack, and the woman was unknown to authorities.

It was the first act of terrorism in Tunisia since June 2015, when a gunman opened fire on a crowded Tunis beach.

On Oct. 15, Syria reopened two border crossings that had been closed due to its civil war.

On its border with Jordan, to the south, the Nassib crossing reopened to civilian traffic months after it was retaken from rebels in July.

On its border with the Golan Heights in Israel, to the west, the Quneitra crossing reopened to UN forces. The UN had ceased operations in the area and closed the crossing in 2014 after 45 peacekeepers were abducted by al-Qaeda-allied rebels in Golan....