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Gaza live: Israel pounds Gaza City, Nuseirat

Gaza live: Israel pounds Gaza City, Nuseirat
Gallant heads to Washington for 'critical' meetings
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Houthis claim they attacked vessels at Haifa port
Qatar says Gaza ceasefire talks ongoing
EU chief demands probe for Gaza Red Cross shelling

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31 minutes ago

The Israeli army said that several explosive-laden drones were launched from Lebanon towards northern Israel at noon (9am GMT).

The military said one of the drones was intercepted by air defences, but several others impacted, causing fires.

56 minutes ago

Gaza's health ministry said that 47 people were killed in Israeli attacks on the enclave in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 37,598 killed since 7 October.

Additionally, 86,032 have been wounded since the start of the war.

1 hour ago

Hezbollah said in a statement that it launched a drone attack on Israeli soldiers and officers in Ayelet Hashahar, a kibbutz about 10km inside Israel's border with Lebanon.

Israel's Fire and Rescue Services said they are trying to extinguish blazes that were sparked in three locations by either Hezbollah's attack or the Israeli military's interception of the drone.

1 hour ago

Israel's Channel 12 reports that generator purchases saw a dramatic rise following last week's warning from an electricity official saying his country's electricity sector would sustain heavy damage in a full-scale war against Hezbollah.

The Machsanei Hashmal chain told Channel 12 that its website saw five times the number of searches for generators following Shaul Goldstein's comments.

Goldstein leads Israel's Independent System Operator Ltd.

Machsanei Hashmal said it saw a 108 percent jump in sales on Friday compared to other Fridays. The majority of sales were in Haifa and other northern towns.

Following the panic caused by Goldstein's comments on Friday, the electricity official said he made "irresponsible remarks that I shouldn't have".

1 hour ago

 A Jordanian humanitarian aid convoy consisting of some 70 trucks has reached northern Gaza, Jordan's Roya News reports.

The convoy was sent in collaboration with the World Food Programme and supported by several governments and companies.

The convoy carries "essential food parcels, consumables, medical supplies, and medications".

1 hour ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his decision to release an English-language video criticising the US and accusing the country of holding up weapons shipments to Israel.

While he started the weekly cabinet meeting by expressing gratitude for US President Joe Biden's support for Israel in its war on Gaza, the Israeli premier said the weapons pipeline to his country saw a "dramatic drop" four months ago.

"For many weeks, we appealed to our American friends to speed up the shipments," he said. "We did it time and time again. We did this at the senior echelons, and at all levels, and I want to emphasise - we did it in private chambers. We got all kinds of explanations, but we didn't get one thing: the basic situation didn't change."

Netanyahu added that "certain items trickled in, but the bulk of armaments were left behind".

Following the release of Netanyahu's video, the White House said that there is only a hold-up in a shipment of 2,000-pound bombs, but that everything else is flowing as usual.

2 hours ago

"My family has grown accustomed to the monotony of survival. We have been repeatedly displaced by Israel's relentless assault on Gaza, which has continued for more than eight months. 

"The constant evacuations, cramped living conditions and scarcity of basic necessities have taken a toll. The passage of time seems to have become warped and distorted. The exhaustion, fear and desperation have blended together into a numb, relentless haze.

"Every day is a struggle. Our lives are devoid of joy or happiness, stuck in a never-ending routine. My siblings ask questions that break my heart, reminding me of all the things we've lost and can't get back.

"When things get really tough, I try to pretend everything will be okay, even though I'm not sure it's true. This war is terrifying. The Israeli army is destroying Gaza, and it's hard to know what will happen next.

"My bed at home in al-Maghazi camp in central Gaza was soft and comfortable; it made me feel safe. A few months ago, after my family was displaced to Rafah, I was forced to sleep on hard ground that hurt my body whenever I moved."

READ MORE: 'I don't want to die, mum', a recounting of the Nuseirat massacre by Eman Alhaj Ali

Palestinians walk through smoke and dust after an Israeli attack on Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp on 8 June 2024 (Bashar Taleb/AFP)
Palestinians walk through smoke and dust after an Israeli attack on Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp on 8 June 2024 (Bashar Taleb/AFP)

2 hours ago

The UN's Palestinian refugee agency, Unrwa, said that 69 percent of school buildings where displaced people sought shelter have been directly hit or damaged during the war.

"This blatant disregard of humanitarian law must stop," the agency said on X. "We need a ceasefire now."

3 hours ago

Good morning Middle East Eye readers,

Here are the latest updates:

  • At least eight Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike on a home in Gaza City's Sabra neighbourhood, and two others were killed by a shell north of the Nuseirat refugee camp, the Wafa news agency reported
  • Israel's Defence Minister Yoav Gallant is heading to Washington to meet top US officials, saying these meetings will be "critical for the future of the war"
  • Yemen's Houthis claim they have teamed up with the Iran-backed Islamic Resistance in Iraq to target four vessels anchored at Israel's Haifa port
  • Israel's military did not comment on the Houthi claim, but said it shot down a drone headed toward the country from the east overnight
13 hours ago

Good evening, Middle East Eye readers.

Our live coverage of Israel's assault on Gaza will shortly be closing for the evening.

Here are the day's main developments:

  • Gaza's health ministry said that 101 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 37,551 people killed in the enclave since 7 October. Additionally, 85,911 people have been wounded since the war began.
  • Two separate Israeli attacks on Gaza killed at least 42 Palestinians on Saturday, according to the Gaza government's media office and the Civil Defence. Hamas released a statement, saying that Israel "continues its brutal targeting of defenceless civilians in Gaza and carries out new massacres in the Shati Camp, Mawasi and Rafah".
  • EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has called for an independent investigation into a deadly shelling that hit an office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza.
  • Four children have died of malnutrition in a single week in northern Gaza's Kamal Adwan Hospital, according to director Hussam Abu Safia.
  • Footage shared online showed Israeli forces tying a wounded Palestinian to the bonnet of an armoured vehicle in Jenin, occupied West Bank, in what seemed to be a case of using him as a human shield.
  • Lebanese media report that a drone strike hit a car in the town of Khiara, West Beqaa, some 40km from the border with Israel. The Israeli army said in a statement that it had killed a prominent Hamas and al-Jama’a al-Islamiyya operative in the strike.
  • The Qatari prime minister on Saturday said that ceasefire talks were still ongoing, and that his country "continues its efforts, in cooperation with regional and international partners, to end the war in Gaza and prevent the spread of violence".
  • According to CNN, the US reassured Israel it would back its ally should an all-out war break out with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
15 hours ago

Tens of thousands of protesters waving Israeli flags and chanting slogans against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday, demanding new elections and the return of hostages held in Gaza, AFP reported.

Many protesters held signs reading "Crime Minister" and "Stop the War" as people poured into the biggest Israeli city's main thoroughfare.

"I am here because I am afraid of the future of my grandchild. There will be no future for them if we don't go out and get rid of the horrible government," said 66-year-old contractor Shai Erel.

"All of the rats in the Knesset… I wouldn't let any one of them be a guard of a kindergarten."

Anti-government protest organisation Hofshi Israel estimated more than 150,000 people attended the rally, calling it the biggest since the Gaza war began.

In an address to the crowd, a former head of Israel's domestic Shin Bet security agency, Yuval Diskin, condemned Netanyahu as Israel's "worst prime minister".

16 hours ago

Thousands of Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday to mark the 20th birthday of Naama Levy, who has been held hostage in Gaza since 7 October, and to call for an immediate ceasefire in the war with Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Releasing balloons and chanting to the beat of drums, protesters shared bite-sized cupcakes decorated with birthday candles, while demanding the release of all hostages taken by Hamas following its raid on Israel eight months ago.

"She needs to be here with her family, with her friends,” said Yoni Levy, 52, Naama’s father, wearing a shirt emblazoned with his daughter's image.

18 hours ago

The Yemeni Houthi group said on Saturday that its forces had attacked US aircraft carrier the Dwight D Eisenhower in the Red Sea and the Transworld Navigator ship in the Arabian Sea. It did not say when the attacks took place, Reuters reported.

A Houthi statement said the Transworld Navigator took a direct hit from a missile.

The operation against the Eisenhower had achieved its objectives successfully, it said, without elaborating.

20 hours ago

Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani said that ceasefire talks were still ongoing, and that his country "continues its efforts, in cooperation with regional and international partners, to end the war in Gaza and prevent the spread of violence".

"Qatar is working towards an agreement on a ceasefire and the exchange of prisoners and detainees, currently reviewing responses from all parties and coordinating with relevant partners on the next steps," he said in a joint news conference with Spain's foreign minister, Jose Manuel Albares.

He added that bridging the gaps with Hamas was a natural process in negotiations, as solutions should be built on compromises between parties.

Qatar's foreign ministry said in a statement that the country's officials held "successive meetings with Hamas leaders in recent days to bridge gaps and reach an agreement on a ceasefire and the release of prisoners and hostages".

"Efforts are still ongoing, and reaching a suitable and acceptable formula will mark the beginning of communication with the Israeli side to bridge the gaps and reach an agreement as soon as possible".

20 hours ago

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has called for an independent investigation into a deadly shelling that hit an office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza.

"The EU condemns the shelling, which damaged the ICRC office in Gaza and led to dozens of casualties," he said on X. "An independent investigation is needed and those responsible must be held accountable."