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Israel presses on with strikes in Gaza after World Court ruling

Israel presses on with strikes in Gaza after World Court ruling

ISRAELI forces killed more than 30 people in new attacks in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics said, the day after judges at the top United Nations court ordered Israel to halt its offensive on the southern Gazan city of Rafah. Though Israel pressed on with its offensive against the Palestinian militant group Hamas, mediated negotiations between the two sides are due to restart next week, an official with knowledge of the matter said. The decision on talks was taken after the head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency met the head of the CIA and the prime minister of Qatar, said…
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Dozens killed and wounded as Israeli forces thrust deeper in Gaza’s Jabalia and Rafah

Dozens killed and wounded as Israeli forces thrust deeper in Gaza’s Jabalia and Rafah

ISRAELI troops and tanks pushed on Saturday into parts of a congested northern Gaza Strip district that they had previously skirted in the more than seven-month-old war, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians, medics and residents said. Israel's forces also took over some ground in Rafah, a southern city next to the Egyptian border that is packed with displaced people and where the launch this month of a long-threatened incursion to crush Hamas hold-outs has alarmed Cairo and Washington. Israel has conducted renewed military sweeps this month of parts of northern Gaza where it had declared the end of major operations…
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Israel’s killing of Hamas leader’s sons stokes concerns over hostage talks

Israel’s killing of Hamas leader’s sons stokes concerns over hostage talks

ISRAELI forces killed three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh this week without consulting top commanders or political leaders, Israeli media reported an action that risks complicating efforts to free hostages still in Gaza. Israel's government has faced rising pressure from families of the 133 Israeli hostages still believed to be held in the besieged enclave to secure their release, although talks mediated by the U.S., Egypt and Qatar have yet to secure a deal. "I can only hope this won't affect the negotiation. I hope it won't make Hamas put harder conditions on the deal," said Ofri Bibas Levy,…
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Palestinian teen shot dead during Israeli West Bank raid

Palestinian teen shot dead during Israeli West Bank raid

ISRAELI forces shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian boy during a raid in the occupied West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Saturday, an incident which the Israeli military said was under review. There were confrontations with Israeli forces at the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin city, during a pre-dawn military raid there, the Wafa report said. The Israeli military said several Palestinian gunmen had shot at its troops, who returned fire. A report was later received regarding a Palestinian minor who was killed, the military said. "The circumstances of the incident are under review," it said…
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Dozens killed waiting for aid in Gaza, overall death toll passes 30,000

Dozens killed waiting for aid in Gaza, overall death toll passes 30,000

GAZA health authorities said more than 100 Palestinians had been shot dead by Israeli forces as they waited for aid delivery, but Israel challenged the death toll and said many of the victims had been run over by aid trucks. At least 112 people were killed and more than 280 wounded in the incident near Gaza City, Palestinian health officials said, as the death toll in nearly five months of war passed 30,000. Medics said they could not cope with the volume and severity of the injuries. Dozens were taken to Al-Shifa hospital, which is only partially operational after Israeli raids. The loss…
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Gaza doctor describes ordeal of detention

Gaza doctor describes ordeal of detention

A Palestinian doctor says Israeli forces in Gaza detained him when they overran a hospital and subjected him to abuse during 45 days of captivity including sleep deprivation and constant shackling and blindfolding before releasing him last week. Doctor Said Abdulrahman Maarouf was working at al-Ahli al-Arab Hospital in Gaza City when it was surrounded by Israeli forces in December. He described having his hands cuffed, his legs shackled and his eyes masked for the nearly seven-week duration of his imprisonment. He said he was told to sleep in places that were covered with pebbles without a mattress, pillow or…
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Gaza death toll passes 22,000 with no let-up in fighting between Hamas and Israel troops

Gaza death toll passes 22,000 with no let-up in fighting between Hamas and Israel troops

ISRAELI forces attacked Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip with tank fire and air strikes, residents said, and Israeli ground troops and Hamas militants also battled in other parts of the shattered Palestinian enclave. Israel said its troops had killed dozens of militants in Gaza's north in the past day. Residents said Israeli tanks had shelled parts of the Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central area. The Gaza health ministry said 207 people had been killed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total recorded Palestinian death toll to more than 22,000 in nearly three months of warfare in…
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Israeli hostages killed in Gaza were holding white flag, official says

Israeli hostages killed in Gaza were holding white flag, official says

THREE Israeli hostages killed mistakenly in Gaza by Israeli forces had been holding up a white flag, a military official said, citing an initial inquiry into the incident that has shaken the country. A soldier saw the hostages emerging tens of metres from Israeli forces on Friday in Shejaiya, an area of intense combat in northern Gaza where Hamas militants operate in civilian attire and use deception tactics, the official said. "They're all without shirts and they have a stick with a white cloth on it. The soldier feels threatened and opens fire. He declares that they're terrorists. They (the…
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Israeli bombing of Gaza intensifies, refugee camp reported hit

Israeli bombing of Gaza intensifies, refugee camp reported hit

ISRAELI forces bombed wide areas of the Gaza Strip, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians, as civilians in the besieged territory sought shelter in an ever-shrinking area of the south. The Hamas Palestinian militant group said its fighters clashed with Israeli troops about 2 km (1 mile) from the southern city of Khan Younis, as residents said they feared a fresh Israeli ground offensive was building there. There was no immediate comment from Israel. The Jabalia refugee camp in the north of the Hamas-ruled enclave was among the sites hit reported hit from the air. A Gazan health ministry spokesperson…
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Hamas, Israel release more hostages, prisoners in fifth day of Gaza truce

Hamas, Israel release more hostages, prisoners in fifth day of Gaza truce

HAMAS freed 12 more hostages and Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday, the fifth day of an extended six-day truce between the militant Palestinian group and Israel in the Gaza war. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the 12 hostages had been transferred from Gaza, and Israel's military confirmed that the 10 Israeli citizens and two foreign nationals were with its special forces on Israeli territory. The hostages were among some 240 people seized by Hamas gunmen during a rampage into southern Israel on October 7 in which Israel says 1,200 people were killed. Israel's bombardment…
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