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Israeli tanks advance deeper into Gaza districts, 12 weeks into war

Israeli tanks advance deeper into Gaza districts, 12 weeks into war

ISRAELI forces pushed deeper into central and southern Gaza with heavy air and artillery fire, residents said, pressing a deadly offensive that has razed much of the enclave and that Israel has said may last months more. Fighting was focused in al-Bureij, Nuseirat, Maghazi and Khan Younis, backed by intensive air strikes that filled hospitals with wounded Palestinians. The bombardment has killed 165 people and wounded 250 others in Gaza over the past 24 hours, health authorities in the Hamas-run territory said. At Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, the biggest and most important medical facility in the south of the tiny,…
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Fighting rages in Sudan’s capital after 24-hour truce expires

Fighting rages in Sudan’s capital after 24-hour truce expires

KHALID ABDELAZIZ AND MOHAMED NURELDIN HEAVY clashes and artillery fire erupted across Sudan's capital Khartoum and residents reported air strikes soon after the end of a 24-hour ceasefire that had brought a brief lull to eight weeks of fighting between rival military factions. Witnesses said the fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) was some of the heaviest for weeks and included ground battles in the densely populated neighbourhood of Haj Youssef in Bahri, one of three adjoining cities, along with Khartoum and Omdurman, that make up the capital around the confluence of the River Nile.…
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Sudan ceasefire brings some respite after weeks of heavy battles

Sudan ceasefire brings some respite after weeks of heavy battles

ARTILLERY fire could be heard in parts of Khartoum and warplanes flew overhead, residents said, though an internationally monitored ceasefire appeared to have brought some respite from heavy fighting in the Sudanese capital. Night-time airstrikes were reported in at least one area after the ceasefire started late on Monday, but residents otherwise reported relative calm. The truce was agreed at talks in Jeddah on Saturday after five weeks of fierce battles between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). It is being tracked by Saudi Arabia and the United States and is meant to allow for the delivery of humanitarian relief. The…
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Air strikes, artillery fire escalate as factions battle in Sudan capital

Air strikes, artillery fire escalate as factions battle in Sudan capital

AIR strikes and artillery fire intensified sharply across Sudan's capital, residents said, as the army sought to defend its bases from paramilitary rivals it has been fighting for more than a month. The air strikes, explosions and clashes could be heard in the south of Khartoum, and there was heavy shelling across the River Nile in parts of the adjoining cities of Bahri and Omdurman, witnesses said. The conflict between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has triggered unrest elsewhere in Sudan, especially in the western region of Darfur, but is concentrated in Khartoum. It has caused…
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‘What ceasefire?’: shells fly at Ukraine front despite Putin’s truce

‘What ceasefire?’: shells fly at Ukraine front despite Putin’s truce

HERBERT VILLARRAGA RUSSIAN and Ukrainian forces exchanged artillery fire at the front line in Ukraine, even after Moscow said it had ordered its troops to stop shooting for a unilateral truce that was firmly rejected by Kyiv. President Vladimir Putin ordered the 36-hour ceasefire from midday on Friday to observe Russian Orthodox Christmas. Ukraine has said it has no intention to stop fighting, rejecting the purported truce as a stunt by Moscow to buy time to reinforce troops that have taken heavy losses this week. "What ceasefire? Can you hear?" said a Ukrainian soldier, using the nom de guerre Vyshnya,…
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Heavy fighting reported in Ethiopia after army arrives in Tigray region

Heavy fighting reported in Ethiopia after army arrives in Tigray region

GIULIA PARAVICINI and DAWIT ENDESHAW HEAVY fighting broke out in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, after the prime minister launched military operations in response to what he said was an attack on federal troops, diplomatic sources said. Tensions have been escalating since September, when Tigray held regional elections in defiance of the federal government, which called the vote "illegal". In recent days, both sides accused each other of plotting a military conflict. Early on Wednesday, the local ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), tried to steal artillery and other equipment from federal forces stationed there, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's…
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Egypt, Morocco send aid to Palestine

Egypt, Morocco send aid to Palestine

NIDAL al-MUGHRABI and STEPHEN FARRELL EGYPT is sending ambulances and Morocco is sending food, medinices and water to Palentsine, where over 130 have died from bombardment by Israel. Both countries announced the aid on the day that protests grew across Africa against the actions of the Israeli government. The 10 ambulances have gone into Gaza to pick up casualties for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, medical and security sources said. The ambulances entered Gaza at the Rafah crossing, which is otherwise closed for five days over the Eid al-Fitr holiday and the weekend and is due to reopen on Monday. A…
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