Monday, June 17, 2024

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Thousands gather at White House for pro-Palestinian rally

Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered outside the White House on Saturday to protest President Joe Biden’s response to Israel’s ongoing military strikes on the Gaza Strip which has so far claimed the lives of nearly 37,000.

Israeli Police say 33 arrested during Tel Aviv protestests

Police say that 33 demonstrators were arrested during rallies in Tel Aviv calling for new elections and the return of the remaining hostages held in the Gaza Strip. The demo was held hours after the military announced that four hostages were rescued alive from Nuseirat camp in central Gaza.

Hamas: Israel killed some hostages during rescue operation in Gaza

Hamas on Saturday said some Israeli hostages were killed during Israel’s rescue mission in central Gaza on Saturday, but provided no proof.

Israeli strikes in central Gaza leave over 200 people dead

More than 210 Palestinians were left dead and dozens more wounded in Israeli air raids in central Gaza on Saturday, as Israel announced the rescue of four captives.

UNRWA urges probe into all Israeli violations against United Nations in Gaza

The United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has urged investigations into all violations against the UN in Gaza, "including attacks on our buildings".

1.5mn displaced in Gaza with infectious diseases amid war: Report

At least 1.5 million displaced individuals in the Gaza Strip have contracted infectious diseases due to displacement resulting from the Israeli war on the besieged enclave, the Gaza Media Office has reported.

Survey finds majority of Israelis will not vote for Netanyahu in elections

An opinion poll in Israel has shown that majority of Israelis will not vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or any party that backs him in upcoming elections.

West seeking to block Houthi revenues in possible threat to Yemen truce: Report

According to the report, Washington is looking to block major parts of a UN peace plan that the warring parties in Yemen adopted in...

Saudi Hajj minister sparks outrage over ‘political slogans’ remarks

Saudi Arabia's minister of Hajj and Umrah has faced a deluge of criticism after he stated "political slogans" would have no place during the Hajj, in an apparent reference to acts of solidarity with Palestinians amid Israel's ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.

Iranian official: Bahrain seeks resumption of ties with Iran

Bahrain has sent a direct message to Iran seeking normalization of relations with Tehran after eight years of diplomatic cut, an Iranian official says.

40% of Germans support recognition of Palestinian state: Poll

Some 40 percent of Germans said Berlin should recognize Palestine as an independent state, while 27% said they were against such a move, a new survey revealed on Friday. About 33% indicated that they were not sure.

Gaza unemployment since start of war soars to 80%: Report

Unemployment in the Gaza Strip has reached nearly 80% since the Israeli war erupted last October, the United Nations labour agency has reported, bringing the average unemployment rate across Palestinian territories to more than 50%.

US-made weapons reappear in Israeli attack on Gaza school: Report

American munitions were used by Israel in an airstrike on a school doubling as a shelter for displaced Palestinians in central Gaza, according to a CNN analysis.

UN decides to blacklist Israel for harming children in conflict zones

The United Nations has decided to include Israel in the black list of countries and organizations that harm children in conflict zones.

90 percent of children in Gaza experiencing ‘severe food poverty’: UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned Wednesday of severe child food poverty amid world crises, including in Gaza.

Over 500 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, settlers in West Bank since start of Gaza war: UN

The United Nations has reported that in addition to the carnage in the Gaza Strip, more than 500 Palestinians, most of them children, have been killed since Oct. 7 last year in the occupied West Bank.

Israel bombs UN-run school in Gaza, kills dozens of displaced Palestinians

The Israeli army has targeted a United Nations-linked school in central Gaza, killing at least 40 displaced Palestinians and injuring dozens more, according to officials and local media.

Israel used white phosphorus in Lebanon: HRW

Israeli soldiers have unlawfully dropped white phosphorus munitions on densely populated areas in southern Lebanon, Human Rights Watch has reported.

MbZ meets Taliban leader wanted by US

The acting interior minister of Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government, who has a $10m FBI bounty on his head, held a meeting with United Arab Emirates leader Mohammed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi.

Israel seeking to influence US lawmakers to back Gaza war: Report

In a long-running social media campaign, Israel has been trying to influence legislators of the United States to support Tel Aviv's war on Gaza, according to a report by the New York Times.

Hundreds of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa

Hundreds of Israelis, under heavy protection from Israeli police, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque ahead of the far-right annual "flag march" through occupied East Jerusalem.

Almost half of Gaza population ‘expected to face death, starvation’ by mid-July: UN

More than one million people in Gaza, almost half of its population, are “expected to face death and starvation by mid-July”, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday.

Israel confirms around 80 hostages still alive in Gaza

Some 80 Israeli hostages are thought to still remain in captivity in the Gaza Strip after 43 were declared dead in absentia on Tuesday, according to an updated official tally released by Israel.

US House passes bill to sanction ICC over Israeli leader arrest warrants

The US House of Representatives has passed a legislation to authorize sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in response to an ICC prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants for Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Slovenia approves recognition of  Palestinian state

Slovenia has voted in favour of the recognition of a Palestinian state, making it the fourth country in Europe to do so in the last month.

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