MUNICH, Germany â Hamasâ demands for a hostage deal are âdelusionalâ and need to be âclose to reality,â Israelâs Coordinator for the Captives and the Missing, Gal Hirsch, told CNN Saturday.âWe
GAZA CITY â The largest remaining hospital in southern Gaza is âbarely functionalâ, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday amid reports of intense attacks by Israeli forces.There
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Leaders at an African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Saturday condemned Israelâs offensive in Gaza and called for its immediate end.
Moussa Faki, the chair of the African Union Commission, said Israelâs offensive was the âmost flagrantâ violation of international humanitarian law and accused Israel of having âexterminatedâ Gazaâs inhabitants.
Faki spoke alongside Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, who also addressed the summit.
JERUSALEM : Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday dismissed the idea of holding early elections, while thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv for an anti-government protest.
Netanyahu has seen his popularity plummet in opinion polls since Hamasâ Oct. 7 attack that sparked the devastating war in Gaza.
Anti-government protests that shook the country for much of 2023 have largely subsided during the war. Still, demonstrators again took to the streets of Tel Aviv Saturday night calling for new elections, which are not scheduled until 2026.
THE HAGUE: The UNâs top court will from Monday hold hearings on the legal consequences of Israelâs occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967, with an unprecedented 52 countries expected to give evidence.
Nations including the United States, Russia, and China will address judges in a week-long session at the Peace Palace in The Hague, seat of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
WASHINGTON: The Biden administration is preparing to send bombs and other weapons to Israel that would add to its military arsenal even as the US pushes for a ceasefire in Gaza, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing current and former US officials.
The proposed arms delivery includes MK-82 bombs and KMU-572 Joint Direct Attack Munitions that add precision guidance to bombs, and FMU-139 bomb fuses, the Journal reported, adding that the value of is estimated to be âtens of millions of dollars.â
MUNICH: Israel will coordinate with Egypt before launching any military offensive in the southern Gazan border city Rafah, the Israeli foreign minister pledged Friday.
âWe will operate in Rafah after we coordinate with Egypt,â Israel Katz told journalists on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, where 180 dignitaries have gathered to discuss conflicts around the globe.
âEgypt is our ally, we have peace agreements with Egypt, and we will operate in a way that does not hurt the Egyptian interests,â he said.
BEIRUT: Six Hezbollah and Amal Movement members were killed in an Israeli shelling early Friday morning in southern Lebanon.
Israeli warplanes raided the towns of Qantara, Deir Seryan and the vicinity of Wadi Saluki.
The raid on a house in Qantara killed three Amal Movement members: Ali Hassan Issa from the town of Jibchit, Mohammed Hussein Said from the town of Qsaybeh and Qassem Nizar Berro from the town of Charqiyeh.
GAZA STRIP, Palestinian Territories: Hamasâs armed wing said on Friday that hostages in Gaza were âstruggling to stay aliveâ as conditions across the war-battered Palestinian territory deteriorate due to relentless Israeli bombardments.
âThe wounded and sick enemy prisoners are going through very difficult conditions and are struggling to stay alive,â Abu Obeida, spokesman for Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades said in a televised statement.
MUNICH, GENEVA: The UNâs High Commissioner for Refugees said on Friday that a spillover of refugees from Gazaâs Rafah into Egyptâs Sinai would be a disaster and that Egyptian authorities had made clear that Palestinians should be assisted in the enclave.