Aid deliveries from controversial US pier begin amid Gaza famine fears

Aid deliveries from controversial US pier begin amid Gaza famine fears
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The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Tuesday that more than 569 metric tons of humanitarian assistance has been delivered so far across a temporary floating pier to Gaza, but not all the aid has reached warehouses.

Aid deliveries began arriving at a US-built pier on Friday as Israel comes under growing global pressure to allow more supplies into the besieged and war-torn coastal enclave.

Israel's unprecedented air and ground offensive has killed over 35,000 people in Gaza since October 7, mostly women and children, the territory's health ministry says.

Palestinians in Gaza are growing increasingly desperate for food, fuel and medicine amid a looming famine. Attacks on the southern city of Rafah also continue, with Israel threatening to storm the area.

Israeli troops push into northern Gaza's Jabalia camp
12:15 PM
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Israeli forces thrust deeper into the Jabalia camp in northern Gaza on Tuesday, laying waste to residential districts with tank and air bombardments, residents said.

The Israeli army used bulldozers to clear shops and property near the local market, residents said, in a military operation that began almost two weeks ago.

The health authorities and Gaza Civil Emergency Service said dozens of bodies remained trapped under rubble of houses and on the roads in Jabalia, but rescue teams have been unable to reach them.

"Israel is destroying the camp on the heads of the people, the bombardment never stops, and the world is calling for more food to enter Gaza. We want to spare lives not extra food," said Abu El-Nasser, a resident of Jabalia, who fled to nearby Gaza City.

Gaza war death toll at 35,647: health ministry
12:13 PM
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The Gaza Strip's health ministry said Tuesday that at least 35,647 people have been killed in the territory during more than seven months of Israel's offensive.

The toll includes 85 deaths over the past 24 hours, a ministry statement said, adding that 79,852 people have been wounded in the enclave since the war began on October 7.

Qatar says Gaza truce talks remain 'close to stalemate'
12:12 PM
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Qatar's foreign ministry spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari said on Tuesday the Gaza ceasefire and hostage release talks between Israel and Hamas remain "close to a stalemate."

Asked about the International Criminal Court prosecutor's decision to seek arrest warrants against some Israeli and Hamas leaders, Al-Ansari said it was too early for Qatar to comment directly on that but that all states and organisations should be "held responsible for the killing of civilians".

Israel-Saudi normalisation needs Gaza quiet: US envoy
12:11 PM
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Forging formal Israeli-Saudi relations as part of an emerging trilateral deal involving Washington would require a calming of the Gaza war and a discussion of prospects for Palestinian governance, the U.S. envoy to Jerusalem said on Tuesday.

"There's going to have to be some period of quiet, I think, in Gaza, and there's going to have to be a conversation about how do you deal with the question of the future of Palestinian governance," Ambassador Jack Lew said.

"My view is, that strategic benefit is worth taking the risk of getting into that conversation about. But that's a decision that the government of Israel will have to make and the people of Israel will have to make," he told a conference hosted by the Israel Democracy Institute think-tank

Keir Starmer faces Jewish anti-war independent in UK polls
12:03 PM
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Camden Town resident and former South African ANC MP Andrew Feinstein declared on Tuesday that he will be standing as an independent MP in a London borough at the UK general election, expected no later than the end of January 2025.

The Jewish son of a Holocaust survivor, Feinstein is a writer and anti-corruption campaigner who has lived with his family in Camden for 23 years.

He made the announcement at an event in the constituency this morning, declaring that the area "needs an MP who represents the views, aspirations and needs of the people of Camden."

Speaking today, Andrew said: "Keir Starmer represents everything that is wrong with British politics, UK politicians and the Westminster elite. The people of Camden need an MP who will stand up for the values of opportunity, equality and fairness and an end to never-ending wars."

"Their MP, Keir Starmer, doesn’t talk about the housing crisis in Camden, poverty, the state of our NHS, the climate emergency, or the genocide happening before our eyes in Gaza. Local people are crying out for change, not more of the same from Labour and the Tories."

Aid entering Gaza via pier 'barely 5% of what's needed'
11:59 AM
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The US Central Command on Tuesday said more than 569 metric tons of humanitarian assistance has been delivered so far across a temporary floating pier to Gaza, but not all the aid has reached warehouses.

However the amount entering the besieged and bombed out enclave is far from what's needed for the territory's more than 2 million residents, over half of them displaced.

FMs from Iran's partners hold minute's silence for Raisi
10:20 AM
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Foreign ministers and diplomats from around a dozen of Iran's political and economic partners paid tribute to late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at a meeting of a China-led regional bloc on Tuesday.

Envoys from Russia, China, India and Pakistan were among those who stood for a minute's silence at the start of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

"Despite these difficult times, Iranian representatives are taking part in this ministerial council for the first time," Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in a statement released by his office.

Israel defence minister says ICC arrest bid 'despicable'
10:17 AM
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Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant described as "despicable" Tuesday a push by the International Criminal Court's prosecutor for warrants to arrest him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged war crimes in Gaza.

"The attempt made by the ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan, to turn things around will not succeed -- the parallel he has drawn between the Hamas terrorist organisation and the State of Israel is despicable," Gallant said in his first reaction to Khan's bid at the ICC.

"Prosecutor Karim Khan's attempt to deny the state of Israel the right to defend herself and ensure the release of the hostages held in Gaza must be rejected explicitly," Gallant said in a statement.

Turkish president announces day of mourning over Raisi death
9:37 AM
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday his country would observe a day of mourning over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

"During our cabinet meeting, we have decided to declare a day of mourning in our country to share the deep pain of the Iranian people," Erdogan said during a televised speech.

"We once again offer our condolences to our Iranian brothers," added Erdogan, who earlier called Raisi a "dear colleague and brother".

Ankara, which deployed a drone to the crash zone on Sunday evening to help with the search after the accident, also said Monday that its device had made it possible to locate the wreckage.

Erdogan praised the "active role" played by the Turkey in the search.

Yemen's Houthi rebels claim they shot down another US drone
9:34 AM
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The Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed on Tuesday they shot down an American drone over the impoverished Arab county. The U.S. military did not immediately acknowledge the claim.

If confirmed, this would be the second MQ-9 Reaper drone downed by the Houthis over the past week as they press their campaign over Israel's war on the Gaza Strip.

Funeral procession for Iranian president starts
9:05 AM
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Thousands of Iranians walked sombrely through the streets on Tuesday for the funeral procession of President Ebrahim Raisi and seven members of his entourage who were killed in a helicopter crash.

Waving Iranian flags and portraits of the late president, the mourners set off from a central square in the northwestern city of Tabriz, where Raisi was headed when his helicopter crashed on Sunday.

Italy says 'unacceptable' to put Israel, Hamas on same level
8:49 AM
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Italy's foreign minister said on Tuesday it was "unacceptable" and "absurd" to compare Israel and Hamas after the International Criminal Court's prosecutor applied for arrest warrants for leaders on both sides.

"It is completely unacceptable that Hamas and Israel are put on the same level - the leaders of the terrorist group that started the war in Gaza by massacring innocent citizens and the leaders of the government elected by the people of Israel," Antonio Tajani said in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

The minister, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the G7 this year, described the parallel as "absurd", adding: "In no way can one even imagine such an equivalence.

"Be careful not to legitimise anti-Israeli positions that can fuel anti-Semitic phenomena."

France backs ICC as it seeks arrest warrants for Netanyahu
8:46 AM
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France backs the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the 'fight against impunity', its foreign ministry said after the court's prosecutor sought an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others for alleged war crimes.

"France supports the International Criminal Court, its independence and the fight against impunity in all situations", the foreign ministry said in a statement late on Monday.

While US President Joe Biden called the legal step against Israeli officials "outrageous", the French foreign ministry took a different stance.

It reiterated both its condemnation of what it called Hamas' "anti-Semitic massacres" on October 7, as well as its warnings over possible violations of international humanitarian law by Israel's invasion of the Gaza strip.

"As far as Israel is concerned, it will be up to the court's pre-trial chamber to decide whether to issue these warrants, after examining the evidence put forward by the prosecutor ... ," the ministry said.

China says hopes ICC will be 'objective'
8:44 AM
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China said Tuesday it hoped the International Criminal Court would uphold an "objective" position after a prosecutor requested arrest warrants for leaders from Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian movement Hamas.

"It is hoped that the ICC will uphold its objective and impartial position and exercise its powers in accordance with the law," foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, while calling for an end to the "collective punishment of the Palestinian people".

Israeli forces kill 7 Palestinians in West Bank raid
8:41 AM
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Israeli forces raided the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, killing at least seven Palestinians, including a doctor, according to local authorities, in some of the deadliest violence in the territory since October 7.

The military said its forces struck "militants" during an operation in Jenin, a city in the northern West Bank. The Palestinian Health Ministry said at least seven Palestinians were killed and another nine wounded. Their identities were not immediately known.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group said its fighters battled with Israeli forces.

However, according to Wissam Abu Baker, the director of Jenin Governmental Hospital, the medical center's surgery specialist Ossayed Kamal Jabareen was among the dead. He was killed on his way to work, Abu Baker said.

Israel says retrieved hostages' bodies were in Gaza tunnels
8:38 AM
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The Israeli army said Monday that the bodies of four hostages retrieved from Gaza last week were found in tunnels under Jabalia, where there has been fierce fighting in recent days.

The army said last week it had recovered the bodies of Ron Benjamin, Yitzhak Gelerenter, Shani Louk, and Amit Buskila, all of whom it said had been killed in Hamas' October 7 attack in southern Israel.

Their remains were recovered "from underground tunnels in Jabalia in northern Gaza", the army said late Monday in a statement.

Biden says Israel's Gaza offensive 'not genocide'
8:33 AM
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US President Joe Biden denied Monday that Israel's war in Gaza was genocide, as he slammed an "outrageous" request by the International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor for an arrest warrant for Israeli leaders.

"What's happening is not genocide," Biden told a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House as he discussed the war.

He also amped up his criticism of the ICC, saying that "we reject" ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan's bid to arrest Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and its defense minister.

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"Whatever these warrants may imply, there is no equivalence between Israel and Hamas," Biden told the audience in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Biden pledged "ironclad" support for Israel, adding that "we stand with Israel to take out Sinwar and the rest of the butchers of Hamas."

The US president further vowed to free hostages taken by Hamas during the October 7 attack "come hell or high water."

 

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