News Sparks: 19 Dead, Including 9 Children, in Bronx Apartment Fire; Brazilian Court Fines American Airlines $2,800 for Failure to provide Kosher Meals; and More News
19 Dead, Including 9 Children, in Bronx Apartment Fire
At least 19 people, including nine children, died in a fire Sunday at a Bronx apartment building in New York City's deadliest blaze in more than three decades. Stefan Ringel, a senior adviser to Mayor Eric Adams, confirmed the death toll. He said the children killed were 16 years old or younger.
Thirteen people remained hospitalized in critical condition, Ringel said. In all, more than five dozen people were hurt. Most of the victims had severe smoke inhalation, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. The fire is believed to have started from a faulty space heater, officials said.
Adams called the fire's toll “horrific" and said “this is going to be one of the worst fires that we have witnessed during modern times."
Brazilian Court Fines American Airlines $2,800 for Failure to provide Kosher Meals
A Brazilian court fined American Airlines over $2,800 for failing to provide kosher meals to two Jewish passengers who requested the specialty meals on flights with the airline, Dallas Morning News reported.
The Judge ordered the airline to pay around $1,060 to Levi Yitzchok Beer for his flight from New York to São Paulo, and around $1,770 to Ana Treiger Wajchman for her flight from Madrid to Philadelphia and from Chicago to London, as all the flights didn’t have the Kosher meals and caused the two individuals “emotional suffering.”
Jewish Resident of Kazakhstan Killed Among Unrest in Country
A Jewish resident of Kazakhstan was killed r”l, amid the unrest that’s taking place in the Central Aisan nation where protestors are attempting to overthrow the government, while the entire Jewish community remains hunkered down.
The Chabad Rabbi of Kazakhstan, Rabbi Yeshaya Cohen, said 21-year-old Levan Kogeashvili, originally from Ashdod, Israel, was in his vehicle when someone shot at him. “He had no part in the violence,” Rabbi Cohen told Chabad.org.
“It’s dangerous to go out on the streets—people are being shot at without warning. There are many people dead and wounded,” the rabbi added, but the Jewish community, while being hunkered down, remains “unharmed and doing well, thank G‑d.”
National Security Advisor Warns Iran Against Sanctions on U.S. Citizens
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Iran against placing sanctions or harming American citizens as the country purportedly imposed sanctions on 51 Americans for the killing of their military leader Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike ordered by President Trump.
“Make no mistake: the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens,” Sullivan said in a statement. “This includes those serving the United States now and those who formerly served. As Americans, we have our disagreements on politics. We have our disagreements on Iran policy. But we are united in our resolve against threats and provocations.”
“Should Iran attack any of our nationals, including any of the 51 people named yesterday, it will face severe consequences,” Sullivan added.
AP contributed to this report.