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Middle East

Dozens of Gazans waiting for food aid killed by Israeli fire

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed and some 700 others wounded after Israeli soldiers opened fire on hundreds waiting for food aid southwest of the Gaza City, health officials say, as the besieged enclave faces an unprecedented hunger crisis.

Gaza death toll from Israeli onslaught tops 30,000: Health ministry

More than 30,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Israel’s war against the besieged enclave began last October, the health ministry in the Palestinian territory announced Thursday.

Israeli police warn curbing Palestinians access to Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan may fuel tensions

Israeli police have warned that imposing restrictions on the entry of Palestinians to Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan could inflame tensions in Jerusalem.

US trying to persuade Turkish banks, companies to cut ties with Russia: Report

Turkish businesses are at risk of being banned from carrying out currency operations if they continue to trade with Moscow, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday, citing the news outlet Aydinlik. American officials have reportedly visited Turkey to persuade banks and companies to sever ties with Russia.

Israel to end year with 12k disabled soldiers: Analyst

An Israeli military analyst revealed that Israel will end the current year with 12,000 soldiers suffering from disabilities as a result of the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Health Ministry confirms 6 children die from dehydration, malnutrition in enclave’s hospitals

Six children have died from dehydration and malnutrition at hospitals in northern Gaza, the Health Ministry in the besieged strip has announced, as the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Palestinian enclave worsens.

Hamas says Gaza ceasefire agreement with Israel still not close

A senior official with the Palestinian group Hamas has dampened hopes of an immediate ceasefire deal with Israel. Basem Naim, the head of political and international relations for Hamas, stated there was still a long way to go before an agreement could be secured.

Lawsuit implicating Biden in Gaza ‘genocide’ gets expedited appeal

A US federal appeals court has granted a motion to expedite the appeal of a lawsuit that alleges President Joe Biden has failed to stop a genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas says Israel, US won’t make gains in Gaza via political deals

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has stated that Tel Aviv and Washington will not achieve through political deals what they failed to accomplish on the field in the besieged Gaza Strip.

US officials grilled over lack of congressional approval for military operation against Yemen

The administration of US President Joe Biden came under fire from lawmakers over the lack of congressional approval to conduct military strikes against Yemen’s Houthis and defend foreign ships in the Red Sea.

UN warns hundreds of thousands of Gazans one step away from famine

The United Nations says Israel is “systematically” blocking aid from reaching desperate Palestinians in Gaza, warning that at least one-quarter of the besieged enclave’s population was a step away from famine.

Iran: Germany covering up human rights violations in Palestine

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani has dismissed anti-Tehran remarks by the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council as "a futile attempt to cover up" Berlin’s support for "occupation and indifference to flagrant violation of human and humanitarian rights in Palestine".

Saudi Arabia executes 7 men in a day, highest number in years

Seven men were executed by Riyadh on Tuesday, the highest number put to death in one day since 81 were killed in March 2022 in Saudi Arabia.

Zelensky, MBS discuss Russia-Ukraine crisis during Ukrainian leader’s surprise visit to Saudi Arabia

President Volodymyr Zelensky has held talks in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in an attempt to push for an end to the Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the return of prisoners of war from Russia.

Hamas says Gaza truce proposal not meeting Palestinian group’s demands

Hamas has announced that leaked proposals for a halt in fighting in the Gaza Strip do not meet its demands, after US President Joe Biden suggested that a ceasefire may be agreed upon in the next few days.

Egypt FM: Restoring ties with Iran among priorities

The Egyptian foreign minister, in a meeting with the top Iranian diplomat, said restoring ties with Iran, based on the interests of the two nations, is among Cairo’s priorities.

Hamas studying Gaza truce proposals as Israel continues bombing campaign: Al Jazeera

Hamas is studying a framework proposal put forward by Israel, the United States, Qatar and Egypt in French capital Paris for a truce and prisoner exchange in the Gaza Strip, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday.

Israel date industry fears Ramadan boycott amid Gaza war

Israel’s ongoing war on the Gaza Strip has made it increasingly difficult to sell Israeli dates in the European markets in the run-up to the holy month of Ramadan, according to Israeli media reports.

Human Rights Watch: Israel violating ICJ order by blocking humanitarian aid to Gaza

Israel has failed to comply with an order by the United Nations' top court to provide urgently needed aid to desperate people in the besieged Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch has stressed, one month after a landmark ruling in The Hague ordered Israel to moderate its war.

Hezbollah warns Israel armed group exhibited ‘minimum’ of its capabilities so far

A high-ranking Hezbollah official has stressed that the Lebanese movement has so far exhibited only the least of its capabilities in terms of military and deterrent power, warning Tel Aviv against taking any further provocative measure on the border with the Arab country.

Biden hopes for a ceasefire in Gaza by Monday

US President Joe Biden has stated that he hopes a ceasefire will be established in Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip by next Monday as negotiations to halt hostilities and secure the release of captives appear to gather pace.

Israeli bombs eastern Lebanon for first time since start of Gaza war, kills senior Hezbollah officer

Lebanese security officials say the Israeli military has targeted eastern Lebanon for the first time since the war on the Gaza Strip began in October last year.

History will not erase US disgraceful complicity in Gaza crimes: Hamas

The Palestinian movement of Hamas has stressed that history will not erase administration of United States President Joe Biden's disgraceful complicity in the Israeli regime's ongoing genocidal war against the Gaza Strip.

UN chief warns Israeli onslaught on Rafah would put ‘final nail in coffin’ to humanitarian aid

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that an all-out Israeli offensive in Rafah, where hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians are sheltering, would put an end to the UN assistance programs in Gaza.

Iran FM to UN chief: US escalating tensions in West Asia

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, in a meeting with the UN Secretary General Antoni Guterres, strongly condemned the US’ attempts to escalate tensions in the Red Sea and Yemen, warning that Washington's actions will ruin joint efforts by Tehran and the United Nations to bring calm to the region.

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