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Gaza live: Israel kills dozens in 'one of the deadliest' weeks in conflict

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Gaza live: Israel kills dozens in 'one of the deadliest' weeks in conflict
Unrwa says schools being struck on a daily basis in Gaza
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Palestinians suffering 'unprecedented' mental health crisis
539 Palestinians killed in Unrwa facilities since beginning of Israel's war on Gaza
Death toll in Gaza reaches 38,794

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2 minutes ago

Ex-US aid director for the West Bank and Gaza, Dave Harden, said that the now-closed US-built Gaza pier was “interesting in theory, but in practice, an absolute failure – and my concern is who will be held accountable?”, Aljazeera reported. 

“What we have not seen is a robust opening of the crossings … I think this goes first to the Israelis, and second to the Americans,” Harden added.

“And in the meantime, the Gazans themselves continue to suffer. This was a tragedy compounding a tragedy."

1 hour ago

An Israeli court has rejected an appeal by 11 Palestinian families against eviction from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem, placing 66 people at risk of forced displacement, according to the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (UNOCHA).

More than 600 structures have been demolished in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since the beginning of 2024 due to the lack of building permits, displacing more than 750 people,” UNOCHA said in its latest update.

Israel has intensified evictions, land confiscation and home demolitions in the occupied West Bank despite settlement expansion into Palestinian territory being prohibited under international law.

2 hours ago

The UAE has backed deploying an international force to provide "law and order" in the besieged Gaza Strip under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority, the clearest sign yet that Gulf powers are inching closer to an agreement for a post-war force in Gaza that the US has been lobbying for.

Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE’s former ambassador to the United Nations, now an assistant Minister for Political Affairs in the UAE, called for a “temporary international presence in Gaza” in an opinion article published in The Financial Times. 

Nusseibeh called for "a temporary international mission that responds to the humanitarian crisis, establishes law and order, lays the groundwork for governance and paves the way to reuniting Gaza and the occupied West Bank”.

The US is working to craft a plan for post-war Gaza security that would see a US-backed mission led out of Cairo, Egypt. Last month, Middle East Eye reported that the US was weighing plans to shift the Palestinian Authority’s security forces into Centcom’s area of responsibility. Israel was placed under Centcom's area of responsibility in 2021.

READ MORE: UAE official calls for international force to provide 'law and order' in Gaza

Lana Nusseibeh speaks during a meeting at UN headquarters in New York City, on 23 February 2023 (Michael M Santiago/Getty Images/AFP)
Lana Nusseibeh speaks during a meeting at UN headquarters in New York City, on 23 February 2023 (Michael M Santiago/Getty Images/AFP)

3 hours ago

Mohammed Obeid, a resident of the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of al-Issawiya, has been forced by Israeli authorities to demolish his own house, in which he lived with his wife.

Obeid had to carry out the demolition himself to avoid paying heavy fines if the municipality carried out the demolition.

The Israeli municipality issued the demolition order citing a lack of permits, which are notoriously difficult for Palestinians to obtain.

5 hours ago

Former Israeli military sergeant Elor Azaria was hit by US visa restrictions for his alleged involvement in gross violations of human rights in the occupied West Bank, including an extrajudicial killing, the US State Department said on Wednesday.

Azaria “and any immediate family members are generally ineligible for entry into the United States", the State Department said in a statement.

Washington will also impose these visa restrictions on "an additional group of individuals for having been involved in or meaningfully contributed to undermining the peace, security, or stability in the West Bank”, the statement said, without elaborating on which group it planned to target.

9 hours ago

Relatives of captives held by Hamas in Gaza have criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he appeared to play down the seriousness of their situation in the besieged enclave.

During a cabinet meeting, Netanyahu reportedly said his government "shouldn't be stressed" by the situation in Gaza as the "the kidnapped are suffering, but they are not dying".

His comment were branded "deeply hurtful" by the organisation coordinating the families of those held in Gaza.

“The grim reality is undeniable: hostages have already been murdered in captivity. More hostages may be losing their lives at this very moment," said a statement from the Hostages and Missing Families Forum.

10 hours ago

Labour MP Zarah Sultana has tabled an amendment to the upcoming king's speech, calling for an end to British arms sales to Israel.

The king's speech is used by the British government to outline its policies for the upcoming parliamentary session and will be the first under newly elected Labour Prime Minister Keir Starmer.

In an opinion piece for the Guardian on Wednesday, Sultana said British made parts are used in Israeli F35 warplanes, which have been used to target Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

"This is just one example of Israel’s use of British-made arms in its assault on Gaza. But after almost 10 months and 38,000 Palestinians killed, to their eternal shame the Conservatives left office refusing to suspend arms sales," she wrote, adding: "This responsibility now falls to Labour."

With tens of thousands dead and much of Gaza laid to waste, Israel is now subject of two major international court cases. 

Read more: Labour MP Zarah Sultana tables amendment calling for end of Israel arm sales

Zarah Sultana, Labour MP

11 hours ago

A mental health NGO has found “alarmingly high” rates of mental health disorders among Palestinians in Gaza, particularly women and children.

In a report published on Tuesday, the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) said that Israel’s ongoing war on the enclave has produced an “unprecedented mental health crisis” which could endure for “generations to come”.

The report found that Gaza’s children “live in a state of endless tragedy”, with many of them suffering from sleeplessness, sleepwalking, night terrors, constant shaking and bedwetting.

One father told GCMHP that one his children wets the bed at the sound of war planes and drones flying overhead.

Some children develop serious mental health disorders. A 13-year-old mentioned in the report suffers from visual and auditory hallucinations.

Read more: Palestinians suffering from 'unprecedented mental health crisis'

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Men stand before the collapsed minaret of a mosque following Israeli bombardment in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on 17 July 2024 (AFP)

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People search for the dead and wounded amongst the rubble at the collapsed minaret of a mosque following Israeli bombardment in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on 17 July 2024

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A man stands amidst rubble of collapsed buildings following Israeli bombardment in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on 17 July 2024 (AFP)

11 hours ago

At least 38,794 people have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, the Palestinian health ministry said on Wednesday.

The toll includes 81 deaths in the past 24 hours, a ministry statement read.

Additionally, 89,364 people have been wounded since Israel launched its war on Gaza on 7 October 2023.

12 hours ago

Israeli attacks on schools have become “an almost daily occurrence”, Unrwa chief Philippe Lazzarini said in a post on X. 

“At least eight schools hit in the last 10 days, including six Unrwa schools,” said Lazzarini.

“The war robbed the girls and boys in Gaza of their childhood and education. Schools must never be used for fighting or military purposes by any party to the conflict. Schools are not a target,” he emphasised. 

"The blatant and constant disregard of international humanitarian law continues unabated. All rules of war have been broken in Gaza," Lazzarini added. 

12 hours ago

Thirteen Palestinians, illegally captured and detained by Israel, have been released back into the besieged Gaza Strip, reports the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

The Palestinians showed signs of torture or ill-treatment by Israel. At least two detainees had bruises on their wrists and wounds on their arms.

Ambulances awaited the detainees and transported them to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Among those released was an elderly Palestinian woman who showed signs of pain and struggled to walk.

All the detainees showed signs of fatigue and pain while walking. There have been countless reports by human rights organisations that Palestinians captured by Israel in Gaza have been tortured.

13 hours ago

Israeli bombing that targeted the Shakoush area, north-west of the city of Rafah has killed at least two Palestinians. 

13 hours ago

After an assassination attempt against former US President Donald Trump on Saturday, the headline of a New York Times editorial read: “The Attack on Donald Trump Is Antithetical to America.”  

In a similar vein, President Joe Biden gave a nationally televised speech in which he told Americans: “We debate and disagree. We compare and contrast the character of the candidates, the records, the issues, the agenda, the vision for America. But in America, we resolve our differences at the ballot box. You know, that’s how we do it, at the ballot box - not with bullets.”  

One can perfectly understand such fine and refined, and entirely delusional, sentiments at a time of national strife, with the president aiming to settle nerves and restore calm, even as conspiracy theories and blame games heat up.

Delusions can be useful; even in Plato’s philosophy, myths and deceptions can assume the status of “noble lies”. But if Americans were to be honest with themselves, was this violent act targeting a political figure out of character and “antithetical to America” - or was it definitive to the entire history of the US, written, as it were, into the very DNA of its violent political culture?    

Read more:  Donald Trump assassination attempt: How is this 'antithetical to America'?

14 hours ago

A member of parliament from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party says he won’t support the government if it agrees to withdraw Israeli troops from the Gaza-Egypt border which Israel refers to as the Philadelphi Corridor. 

“Put simply, if we won’t be at the Philadelphi Corridor, we won’t be in the State of Israel,” said the Likud parliamentarian Moshe Saada speaking to Radio 103FM, describing the border strip as Hamas’s “oxygen pipe”.

“Leaving the Philadelphi Corridor is an existential threat to the Jewish nation’s life in the Land of Israel. This is one of the red lines because unfortunately, it has been written in blood,” he says.