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waivers to additional third countries and we will continue our engagement with these countries to limit state-sponsored smuggling. anchor: the west bank village fought over by palestinians and jewish settlers, we visited two communities locked in violent dispute. queen elizabeth has been back at her desk and working after spending a night in a hospital. ♪ anchor: hello and welcome. the hollywood actor alec baldwin says there are no words to convey his shock and sadness after he shot two people with a gun being used as a prop on the set of his new film. the film's director of photography died and the
director was injured. no one has been arrested. reporter: the shock and sadness expressed by alec baldwin does reflect the mood in hollywood. disbelief that something like this could happen, that a popgun , and we do not know the details of exactly what happened, but a prop gun could be fired in this way resulting in the death of one person and injury of another. the police are still investigating, still relatively early hours in terms of that investigation. alec baldwin has been interviewed by the authorities. he voluntarily went in for questioning and left the police station last night. he has instead -- he has said that he is willing to cooperate. it is an investigation that could take a long time, there is forensics to be gone through, lo of detail in terms of
looking at that gun to find out exactly what happened. with a look back over the last 24 hours, how these on vents have unfolded -- how these even have unfolded, here is my colleague. >> elena hutchins described herself as a dreamer and adrenaline junkie. she was consered to be an exceptionally talented cinematographer. >> i met her at a film festival and within a few moments, i felt like she had such a strong vibe, a sense of commitment to art and the integrity of wanting to make a cinema, that i wanted to work with her. >> she was on set in the ranch in new mexico when the shootings and death depicted on the 19th century western they were filming became too real. alec baldwin, the sr and coproducer of the movie, discharged a popgun carrying blanks. elena had jensen was airlifted
to a hospital but died from her injuries. the director was also her. alec baldwin said there are no words to cony my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of helena hutchins, a wife, mother, and admired colleague of ours. i am cooperating with a police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred. i am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. my heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved her. the incident has rocked hollywood with many in the film industry morning one of their rising stars and infuriated this could happen on set. it comes days after a strike was averted after a tentative deal between producers and said workers that included an upgrading of safety standards. this is not the first time someone has been fatally shot during filming. 20 years ago, brandon lee died after being shot by a prop gun on the set of the crow. people are demanding to know how it could have happened again.
>> there are instances when you shoot a blank that you can be injured. often what comes out of the muzzle afterou have discharged the weapon that has blank ammunition is sometimes a cutting board and that coming out at a high velocity to an individual that is close by can cause significant damage and in some cases can cause death. >> an investigation into what happened is still in early stages. what we do know is something went terribly tragically wrong. anchor: let's follow up on that. what a tragic incident. what is the reaction from hollywood so far? reporter: hollywood is shocked by this. you have to go back almost 30 years for a similar incident like this where it was brandon the on the set of the crow, a film that was being made and was
eventually relead. he filmed most of his scenes and it was eventually released in his honor but he died on the set as a result of a firearm that was discharged. these are very rare instances. i think that is what got hollywood scratching his head collectively together, to try to figure out how this could possibly happen, that a prop gun could go off with such force that it could result in the death of someone like this. emphasizing the investigation in the very early stages. there are a number of types of gun that are used on a set and we do not know those details either. it could be sometime before the authorities managed to piece together everything. anchor: we did see that wheat from alec baldwin saying he has no words, the whole crew must be affected by this. what is next for them, for the production? reporter: those people working on that production, dozens of people involved in the
production of a film. not only dealing with the grief and the personal tragedy that many of them will have witnessed and were closely involved with, that is the immediate concern and remembering helena hutchins and everything that she meant to them, but longer term, this is a major event when a film is made, certainly that part of america, it is big business. it involves the livelihoods of a lot of people. there will be a lot of questions as to whether this production can continue and that might largely hinge on what investigators find. if they discover there has been some negligence, that films that will be scrutinized and any decisions and conclusions reached may affect what happens next. anchor: thank you. we believe it there. we will stay with this story and speak to tessa who was the managing editor and anchor at new mexico tv news station kob4,
thank you for talking to us. i am sure everyone with -- everyone there was shot as people around the world from this incident. i understand you are in this area which is quite popular for making films. >> this is so tr. i hate to make it sound cliche, but it is a tragedy on all levels because, as you pointed out, our film industry has started to take off in the past few years and we have so many celebrities and crewmembers from l.a., hollywood making new mexico their second home for weeks, months on end. it is kind of like an adopted family for us. they come here, they fall in love with our landscape, that is
half the reason why new mexico has exploded in the film industry. they fall in the with culture, our people. and we have so many new mexicans who are part of the crews on thproductions, and to see how lena' -- to see helena's instagram post two days before she died, enjoying a horse ride, it is like losing someone from an eended family for us. anchor: it isn't readily sad and everyone is wondering how this happened. -- it is incredibly sad and everyone is wondering how this happened. what you know about the investigation so far? >> there is a heavy law enforcement presence at that movie set. we went back out there today. that set is still on lockdown. production has been halted for
the foreseeable future. we can tell you that they are still working that scene. we did hear from the santa fe county district attorney today, seeing herffice is fully cooperating with investigators. very early stages of the investigation. a lot of people are wondering if we could see charges in any realm because othis death and the serious injury. she says anything is possible based on whatever they learn as to how that prop gun turned into a deadly weapon, which is never supposed to happen on a movie set. anchor: as a journalist covering this story, what other questions you have in your mind right now? >> first and foremost, what actually came out of that prop gun. we want to make it clear for people who maybe are not familiar with these stunts, these pops oets, links can
still be extremely dangerous given certain situations depending when they go off, how close someone is to that discharged, so even if it was a blank that caused this in a rare situation, how did that happen? was there a safety procedure not followed? if it was a round of live ammunition, which we are working to confirm from some reports that a union of crewmembers sent out in email to their members purportedly saying that it was a live round of ammunition, we have not been able to confirm that. if that is the case, how d a live round of ammunition get onto a movie set and why was that allowed? was it an oversight? definitely negligence. athis point, trying to figure
out what the setting was. was this a rehearsal? was this a scene that was being filmed? what was the context surrounding how mr. baldwin had that prop gun at the time to discharge it? those are a few of the top questions we are hoping to get answered as soon as possible, but obviously county deputies want time to be as thorough as possible because not just new mexico and the u.s. is watching this, but the entire world is waiting to see what comes out of it. anchor: thank you so much for your time. eu leaders have threatened further action against belarus over migration as an eu summit in brussels, the european commission president accused belarus of state-sponsored people smuggling over its policy of allowing migrants from certain countries t travel easily to belarus to cross the border into the eu. >> we will keep up the pressure
on the regime. we have proposed targeted measures to reverse visa facilitation for the regime and its proxies and we are ready to explore options for further sanctions not only for individuals but for entities or companies. second, we agreed that we need a concerted action. belarus is looking at opening w routes. it has offered further visa waivers to traditional 30 countries and we will continue our engagement -- traditional third countries and we will continue our engagement to stop state-sponsored smuggling. anchor: it stems from the european union's decision to introduce sanctions against the country after its contested presidential election last year. the eu has retaliated by issuing tourist to be says from people who want to claim asylum in the eu, allowing them to cross into
one of the three eu countries on its borders. our correspondent has been to meet one group of people trying to make the journey and he sent this report. reporter: trapped in the forest on the eu's eastern frontier, a group of syrians exhausted and afraid. we are shattered, the voice says. we have been walking since 4:00 in the morning. how did they get here? two weeks earlier, their journey starts with a tearful farewell in northern iraq. and an optimistic self he at the airport. we are leaving for belarus, he says. we went to erbium, the city is full of travel agents catering to would-be migrants. the first step, a visa. murdaugh is not doing anything illegal but he does not want to
be identified. >> if you have a passports, there are companies and they say is invitations. reporter: when people come to you, you know they are not going to belarus for a holiday. you know they are going to europe. >> yeah. reporter: next, a smuggler. he is preparing to take a group through belarus to europe. >> if you are using a smuggler, is going to cost a lot at the borders. it will cost between $9,000 and $12,000. reporter: by now, he and his friends have reached the belarus and capitals -- capital. the airports are jammed with people making the same journey. the group has been told to go to a hotel and wait for
instructions. are you worried about the journey? >> of course. we are crossing the border illegally. we don't know what will happen. we cannot trust anyone, not even our smuggler. we are putting our faith in god's hands. reporter: in may, the president of belarus threatened to flood the eu with drugs and migrants, revenge for eu sanctions. soon, thousands were crossing into lithuania. we went there to see the border for ourselves. the guards here still catching dozens of migrants every day. the thing when he says belarus is actively helping them to cross illegally. >> in some places, the border is a little more than a gap in the forest. reporter: we can see belarusian border guards coming. until the crisis began, there
was regular communication between the two sites but after president because shane got threatened to allow migrants into the eu, all of that cooperation stopped and people started to flood across this border and you can see how easy it was. but thousands of migrants are now in detention, more than 700 in a former prison. this, for some, is where hopes and dreams come to an abrupt end. they can apply for asylum but most will not get it. after several days of silence, he and his friends are back in touch, heading into poland. he could not film but says belarus and soldiers loaded 50 migrants onto a truck, took them to the border, and showed them the way. out of the forest and into the eu in cars arranged by smugglers with the help of belarus and at the cost of $7,000 each, h and
his friends have made it. they will apply for asylum and see what happens next. anchor: stay with us on bbc news. still to come, we look into a new mutated form of coronavirus, it is under investigation and the u.k. added could spread faster, easier than any other variant. ♪ anchor: a historic moment -- >> a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for. the former dictator as he slapped down -- sat down. >> ishe sun breaks through the chill of night on the plane outside quorum, it lights up a biblical famine now in the 20th century. >> the depressing conclusion in argentina today, it is cheaper
to paper your walls with money. >> as good friends, we have found a lasting solution. >> concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service, and aircraft with my admires -- admirers for so long, taxis home one last time. ♪ anchor: this is bbc news. our top story, the hollywood actor alec baldwin says he is heartbroken after he shot and killed a senate photographer with a prop gun -- killed a cinematographer with a prop gun on a from set. health officials and the u.k. see a mutated form of coronavirus that some are calling delta plus may spread more easily than regular delta.
the health security agency has declared it a variant under investigation. there is no evidence that it causes more seriousllness and scientists are confident that existing vaccines should work against it. i am joined to talk about this by the director of the roseland franklin institute which conducts research into health technologies. thank you for talking to us. everyone gets a little concerned when they hear about a new variant. but how worrying is this? >> it is not good news, but it is not something that we should overly worry about. the two changes that we see in this variant have been seen before. they just have not been seen before in the delta variant. they appear to make e virus spread a little better by 10% to 15%, but we should not cause any -- they do not seem to cause the virus to be more deadly. anchor: so is not terrible news but it is not great news either.
could you explain to us what it means that it has been moved to be a variant under investigation? >> it has been kept an eye on because it started to grow in prevalence and that is a sign that it is more transmissible. it has been detected and it is being watched, a variant under investigation. we want to be sure that it does not cause more illness. anchor: i was looking on the bbc website earlier, reading the story and it did mention that there are thousands of covid variances swirling around e world. why is this particular one one that we want to look at more closely? >> the issues the virus changes, you are correct, there are thousands of variants, most of them go nowhere because they are not better than e parent. evolution means only those that are better star to appear in the population in significant numbers it would that is why
this is -- numbers. that is why this is a variant of investigation, it has appeared in significant numbers. anchor: does this virus have different symptoms? i mean this variant, does it have different symptoms from the regular one or would you not be able to tell? >> that is what be -- that is at is being studied for now. evolution will always make the virus better. this is always going to happen. it usually comes with theus over time becoming less deadly but the virus only ever gets better at spreading. anchor: thank you very much for helping to explain that to us today. now the number of palestinians killed in confrontation with israelis and occupied west bk this year is already more than 70, the highest in five years. the wet hot spot for violence has been in the palestinian village.
eight people have been killed and many hundreds injured. locals began organizing protests after hard-line jewish settlers set up a new outpost on land claimed by palestinian farmers. our middle east correspondent reports. reporter: confrontations in the olive groves. this hillside have seen the most deadly violence in the west bank. armed israeli soldiers facing palestinian protesters using slingshots week after we. his young palestinians are hurling stones at israeli soldiers who are ahead of and his early sorters have been firing back and sponge tipped all its -- sponge tipped bullets. those caravans up there on the hilltop. this jewish settler outpost was set up in may. all settlement are seen as
illegal under international law. but this one did not even have official israeli approval. three months ago, the settlers agreed to leave on the condition that they could come back if a government survey found israeli ste land here. now it has. and a founder of the outpost tells me he hopes to return within weeks. >> god willing, it will be a large city. it will be a large city with many jews, with agriculture, with kindergartens, schools, in large community of jews. anchor: palace -- reporter: palestinians say this land belongs to them. they have been allowed back to pick their lives with israeli soldiers -- pick olives with israeli soldiers watching on. one protester tells me about his cousin who was shot dead in the
demonstrations. he feels abandoned by the international community. >> we are confused. if we protest peacefully against occupation, we are killed in our protest is ignored. if we carry guns, they say we are terrorists. but if we sit quietly, our land gets stolen. reporter: with renewed fears that this hill and its trees could be lost, there is growing desperation among the palestinian villages. they say they will not give up their struggle. but the settlers are not giving up either. anchor: queen elizabeth is resting at windsor castle today after spending wednesday night in hospital. the 95 euros monarch was admitted for medical checks but is said to be in good spirits. she was advised to cancel a visit to northern ireland early this week. borisohnson says, everybody sends our majesty our best wishes. he was given to understand that her majesty is
characteristically back at her desk as we speak. it might of our top story, law enforcement officers say alec baldwin as alex a deadly shot at a woman during filming -- has accidentally shot dead a woman during filming. a gun using -- a gun used as a prop was discharged during filming. stay here on bbc news. ♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. man: bdo. accountants and advisors. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.
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