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Hundreds of passengers evacuated after fire in Korean plane in Tokyo

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TOKYO — Around 300 passengers and crew members have been evacuated from a Korean Air Boeing 777 at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after one of the engines caught fire.

Television footage from the airport showed the plane, which was bound for South Korea’s Gimpo International, surrounded by red fire trucks and with the area around its left wing doused in foam.

The plane’s inflatable emergency evacuation slides had all been deployed.

“The flight had a fire on Engine No.1,” a Korean Air spokesman said.

“The plane bound to [Gimpo] Airport from Haneda had 302 passengers and 17 crew members on board. [The] fire was apparently put out.”

Smoke was seen coming from the plane as it was about to take off, Japanese transport and airport officials said.

Passengers and crew were evacuated and there were no reported serious injuries.

“So far we know that 19 people were [lightly] injured, some of whom said they feel ill,” a fire department official said.

Dozens of fire engines were deployed to the scene and have almost put out the fire.

Local media said police had so far discovered no information linked to criminality and reported that the airport, which was closed temporarily, would resume operations on three out of four runways.

The accident affected the travel plans of some 50,000 passengers, causing the cancellation of at least 200 flights.

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Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

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GAZA CITY — Israeli fighter jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the Palestinian enclave.

The explosion earlier Saturday, which left two of the Israeli soldiers severely injured, was one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled enclave since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014.

In response Israel’s army said “fighter jets targeted six military targets in Gaza belonging to Hamas, including: a terror tunnel in the Zaytun area and military compounds near Deir el-Balah and Khan Yunis”.

The army then reported a “launch was identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a security conference in Munich called the Gaza border incident “very serious” and pledged to ‘respond appropriately’.

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A Palestinian security source said the Israeli air strikes hit three bases belonging to Hamas in the east of the blockaded Gaza enclave.

Two Palestinians were injured in the raids, Palestinian medical sources said.

Earlier in the day the army said “two soldiers were severely wounded, one moderately and one slightly” when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border fence with Gaza.

None of the soldiers’ lives were in danger, a spokesman clarified.

In response Israeli forces said a tank quickly opened fire at an “observation post” in southern Gaza, causing no injuries on the Palestinian side.

Palestinian security sources said the explosion took place east of the city of Khan Yunis.

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