Gaza war: Israeli hostilities in Gaza continue despite so-called 'pause'

Gaza war: Israeli hostilities in Gaza continue despite so-called 'pause'
Attacks on Gaza, particularly in Rafah persisted on Monday, despite a so-called pause in attacks announced by the Israeli military over the weekend.
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Hostilities continue in Rafah and southern Gaza despite the Israeli military's announcement on Sunday of tactical pauses in operations to allow humanitarian aid to enter, UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini told reporters in Oslo on Monday.

At least three people, including a woman and an elderly man, were killed early on Monday and others were seriously injured following Israeli bombing in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood in Gaza City, the Palestinian Wafa agency said citing health sources in Gaza.

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes in the Al-Zarqa neighbourhood north of Gaza City, while strikes were also heard the Nuseirat camp and Deir Al-Balah.

Lazzarini, commissioner general of UNRWA, the main organisation delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza, said that there had been no pause in the fighting.

"There has been information that such a decision has been taken, but the political level says none of this decision has been taken," Lazzarini told a press conference.

"So for the time being, I can tell you that hostilities continue in Rafah and in the south of Gaza. And that operationally, nothing has changed yet."

The Israeli military said on Monday its forces were continuing "focused, intelligence-based operations" in the Rafah area. Over the weekend, the military announced daily pauses from 0500 GMT until 1600 GMT in the area from the Karam Abu Salem crossing, in southern Israel, to the Salah al-Din Road and then northwards.

It later clarified that normal operations would continue in Rafah, the main focus of its operation in southern Gaza.

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Twelve killed in Israeli strikes on Nuseirat refugee camp
2:35 AM
The New Arab Staff

At least 12 people have been killed in two airstrikes on Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. According to Al Jazeera, one airstrike killed at least seven people, while another killed at least five people. 


Two killed in Israeli airstrikes in Bureij, Nuseirat
1:44 AM
The New Arab Staff

An Israeli airstrikes on a house in Bureij refugee camp has killed at least one person with others wounded according to reports from Al Jazeera.

Additionally, an airstrike in Nuseirat refugee camp also killed one person and wounded others.

Two Democrats in Congress approve major arms sale to Israel
1:00 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Two key Democrats in the US Congress have agreed to support a major arms sale to Israel that includes 50 F-15 fighter jets, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing three unnamed officials.

Representative Gregory Meeks and Senator Ben Cardin have signed off on the deal under heavy pressure from the Biden administration after the two lawmakers had for months held up the sale, the Post reported.


US military says destroyed four Houthi radars
12:33 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The US military said on Monday it had destroyed four Houthi radars, one uncrewed surface vessel and one drone in the past 24 hours.

The radars and uncrewed surface vessel were destroyed in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, US Central Command said in a post on the social media site X. The drone was destroyed over the Red Sea. 


Three hospitalised, eight arrested in Israeli protest
12:05 AM
The New Arab Staff

Three people have been hospitalised at anti-government protests in Jerusalem saw the use of a police water cannon against protesters. 

In addition, eight people were arrested during the protest, which was held outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's home. 

WCK begin work on fourth large-scale kitchen
11:30 PM
The New Arab Staff

Aid organisation World Central Kitchen have begun constructing a fourth large-scale kitchen in Gaza which will be named after aid worker Zomi who was killed in an Israeli airstrike along with six other staff on 1 April.

"WCK's Maintenance and Construction Team is energized to begin work on our new Field Kitchen in central Gaza," WCK said in a post on X.

Israeli military announces strikes on Hezbollah
10:47 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Israeli military announced it had conducted airstrikes against Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon, including a buildings in Aitaroun and Ayta ash-Shab.



Israeli anti-government protests erupt in Jerusalem
9:35 PM
The New Arab Staff

Anti-government protests have erupted outside the house of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as other areas of Jerusalem, calling for the government to resign and new elections be held. 

According to Haaretz, protesters lit a fire outside his house, although it was extinguished by a police water cannon.

Additionally, social media footage showed Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid outside the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem alongside demonstrators.

Filipino sailor killed in Houthi attack on cargo ship
9:08 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

A Filipino sailor was killed when Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a bulk cargo carrier last week, the White House said Monday, condemning their actions as terrorism.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the Filipino seaman killed was on the M/V Tutor, a Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned ship that had "nothing to do with the conflict in Gaza."

The vessel suffered serious flooding and was abandoned after it was struck by a sea drone off rebel-held Hodeida on Wednesday, according to a security agency operated by the British navy.

Kirby also said that a Sri Lankan crew member was critically wounded in a separate Houthi attack on Thursday on the M/V Verbena, a Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned, Polish-operated ship.

"This is pure terrorism. There's simply no other word for it. The Houthi claim of supporting Gazans is meritless," Kirby told reporters.

Israeli negotiator: tens of hostages 'alive with certainty'
8:25 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

A senior Israeli negotiator told AFP Monday that tens of hostages held by Hamas are certainly alive and that Israel cannot accept halting the war until all captives are released in a deal.

"Tens are alive with certainty," the official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak publicly on the issue. "We cannot leave them there a long time, they will die."

Blinken calls Saudi Foreign Minister on Gaza, Houthis
7:59 PM
The New Arab Staff

US secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, according spokesperson Matthew Miller.

Miller said that the two spoke about Houthi's "continued reckless attacks in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden", as well as "ongoing efforts to achieve an enduring ceasefire in Gaza, secure the release of all hostages, and facilitate a surge in humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza, as well as coordination for a post-conflict period."

Blinken also issued thanks for Saudi Arabia's delivery of aid to Gaza.

Blinken promises Netanyahu to remove arms limits to Israel
7:29 PM
The New Arab Staff

According to reports from Israel's Channel 12 and Germany newspaper Bild, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a meeting last week that the US would remove restrictions on weapons transfers.

According to the reports, Netanyahu warned Blinken that the restrictions would only escalate the conflict between Israel and its adversaries Hezbollah and Iran.

Israel kills 8 Palestinians waiting for commercial trucks
7:04 PM
The New Arab Staff

Eight Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire as merchants and civil guards waited for commercial trucks along the eastern road of the Gaza Strip, which is designated for commercial trucks to roll on, health officials told Reuters on Monday.


France upholds ban on Israeli arms companies from arms fair
6:48 PM
The New Arab Staff

A French court has upheld a decision by the government's defence ministry to ban Israeli arms companies form participating in the Eurosatory arms and defence industry exhibition following Israel's invasion of Rafah.

Seventy-four Israeli companies were set to attend the fair.


US-UK forces strike Yemen's Hodeidah and Kamaran: Houthis
6:14 PM
The New Arab Staff

Al-Masirah TV, the main television news outlet run by Yemen's Houthi movement, said on Monday that US and British forces have carried out at least six airstrikes on Yemen's Hodeidah International airport and four strikes on Kamaran Island near the port of Salif off the Red Sea. 


At least 640 Palestinian children detained since October 7
5:53 PM
The New Arab Staff

At least 640 Palestinian children detained since October 7, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said on Monday.

Though many have been released, at least 240 others remain in Israeli detention, the group said.

Many have been subjected to torture, the group said, stressing that children in detention centres are "exposed to all kinds of retaliatory measures, including abuse, torture, as well as medical negligence".

Relief groups build shelter for disabled people in Gaza
4:40 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Palestine Red Crescent Society is working with the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee and the Gaza-based Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children to build a shelter in Deir el-Balah to accommodate Palestinians with disabilities.

There were approximately 50,000 people with disabilities in Gaza, at the beginning of the war.

Those with disabilities have put these individuals at greater risk during the war, with shelters being overcrowded and under-equipped, posing further threats to disabled people's safety.

Hochstein in Israel as northern border tensions flare
4:07 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US Presidential Special Envoy Amos Hochstein met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his team in Jerusalem days after Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on a Middle East tour that a Gaza ceasefire was the best way to resolve the Hezbollah-Israel violence.

"I can confirm that (US President Joe) Biden's envoy met with our prime minister," Israeli government spokesman David Mencer told a press briefing.

It came as Mencer said Hezbollah has fired over 5,000 rockets, anti-tank missiles and explosive UAVs at Israeli territory since hostilities started.

"We are defending against Hezbollah aggression. There is no territorial dispute between Lebanon and Israel," Mencer said.

N. Zealand to provide $5M to WFP, UNICEF to deliver Gaza aid
3:14 PM
The New Arab Staff

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Monday that Auckland will be providing $5 million to the World Food Program and the United Nations Children's Fund, in a bid to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

In a post on X, Peters described the humanitarian conditions in Gaza as “catastrophic.”

"New Zealand will provide an additional $5 million to the World Food Program and UNICEF for food assistance, sanitation and health, and this will bring New Zealand's humanitarian assistance to the region to $22 million," he said.

Last week, New Zealand announced the resumption of its funding to UNRWA agency, after suspending it late last January.

Lapid says government should resign, not war cabinet
2:28 PM
The New Arab Staff

In a reaction to Benjamijn Netanyahu's dissolving of his war cabinet earlier on Monday, opposition leader Yair Lapid said that it should be "his government that loses power instead".

Lapid, who heads Israel’s centrist Yesh Atid party, has been a prominent figure in anti-government protests sweeping Israel, and has criticised Netanyahu's leadership.

He has called on the government to strike a deal with Hamas to bring home the captives and repeatedly urged Netanyahu to resign.

Israel kills journalist Mahmoud Qassem: Gaza media office
2:01 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Government Media Office in Gaza said that Israel has killed another Palestinian journalist, identified as Mahmoud Qassem, known for his work with digital publication Palestine Online.

The office did not provide any further information on where and when Qassem was killed.

A total of 151 journalists have now been killed in Gaza, since the start of the war on October 7.

Norway boosts funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency
1:25 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Norway said Monday that it was increasing its funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) by 100 million kroner ($9.3 million).

UNRWA, which coordinates nearly all aid to Gaza, has been in crisis since January, when Israel accused about a dozen of its its staff of involvement in the October 7 Hamas attack.

That prompted several countries, including top donor the United States, to suspend funding to the agency, though many have since resumed payments.

"UNRWA is the backbone of the humanitarian response in Gaza," Norway's minister for international development, Anne Beathe Kristiansen Tvinnereim, said in a statement.

"The war, accusations made by Israel, continuous attacks on the organisation and funds withheld by major donors, have put UNRWA in an extremely difficult financial situation," she said.

UNRWA is vital for sustaining Palestinian refugees and those in Gaza [Getty]
Israel drone kills one in outskirts of Lebanon's Chehabiyeh
12:29 PM
The New Arab Staff

Israel has reportedly killed one man in a drone attack on a car on the outskirts of Salaa, Chehabiyeh in southern Lebanon.

Footage circulating on local social media accounts showed smoke rising from a hill with homes in the background. Other images showed a car visibly destroyed by Israeli strikes in Lebanon's southern region.

Palestinian Authority at risk of collapse in summer: Norway
11:53 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The Palestinian Authority could collapse in the coming months, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Monday, citing a lack of funding, continuing violence and the fact that half a million Palestinians are not allowed to work in Israel.

"The situation is extremely dire. The Palestinian Authority, with whom we work closely, are warning us that they might be collapsing this summer," Barth Eide told Reuters.

"If it collapses, you could end up having another Gaza, which would be terrible for everybody, including the people of Israel," he added.

Norway chairs the international donor group to the Palestinians and is a backer of the PA

Gaza death toll climbs to 37,347: Heath Ministry
11:19 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

37,347 Palestinians killed and 85,372 wounded since start of Israel's war on October 7, Ministry of Health says. 

Gaza hostilities continue despite Israel announcement: UNRWA
10:50 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hostilities continue in Rafah and southern Gaza despite the Israeli military's announcement on Sunday of tactical pauses in operations to allow humanitarian aid to enter, UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini, told reporters in Oslo on Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticised plans announced by the military to hold daily pauses in fighting along one of the main roads into the Palestinian enclave.

UNRWA 'only has funding until July', after that 'unknown'
10:35 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UNRWA only has funding until July, and after that "it is unknown", with funding being "month-to-month", the UN agency for Palestinian refugees' Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said.

193 UNRWA staff members killed since October 7
9:56 AM
The New Arab Staff

At least 193 staff members from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, have been killed since the start of the war in Gaza, they said in a statement on X on Monday.

"Gaza is the most dangerous places in the world for aid workers. Since the war began, 193 UNRWA colleagues have been killed -  the highest death toll in UN history.

"Despite this, our colleagues keep working to support families & provide aid amid the dire humanitarian crisis," UNRWA added.

Netanyahu disbands his inner war cabinet: Israeli official
9:37 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the six-member war cabinet, an Israeli official said on Monday, in a widely expected move that came after the departure from government of the centrist former general Benny Gantz.

Netanyahu had faced demands from the nationalist-religious partners in his coalition, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to be included in the war cabinet, a move which would have intensified strains with international partners including the United States.

Israelis block roads in anti-gov't protests
8:52 AM
The New Arab Staff

Anti-government protesters in Israeli have block a number of roads for the second consecutive day, the Times of Israel has reported, in a row in a call for elections and a hostage deal.

In addition, students at a number of high schools in the centre of the country have staged walk-outs, the Israeli daily said.

Three Palestinians detained by Israeli in Ramallah
8:41 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli forces arrested three Palestinians in Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, West Bank, Palestinian media said.

Those arrested have been identified as 20-year-old Amr Saleh Abd Hamed, Moataz Ali Hajar, after their homes were raided in in the town of Silwad, north of Ramallah. 20-year-old Mohammed Abdel Aziz Thabet Hamayel was arrested from the village of Kafr Malek, east of Ramallah, after his family’s home was raided and searched.

In the same context, today, Monday, Israeli occupation forces stormed the town of Ni'lin and the village of Deir Nizam in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, the Palestinian official agency Wafa said.

Whole families in Gaza wiped out amid war: AP investigation
8:11 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israel’s brutal military campaign in Gaza has killed hundreds of family members from the same bloodline, an unprecedented toll on the small community mostly made up of refugees and their descendants.

An Associated Press investigation analysed 10 strikes across the Gaza Strip between October and December that killed over 500 people. Nearly every Palestinian family has suffered grievous, multiple losses. But many have been decimated, particularly in the first months of the war.

This war has proven even deadlier than the displacement from Israel in 1948, said Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian-American historian at Columbia University, when 20,000 were killed in what is known as the Nakbah, or catastrophe.

"I don’t think anything like this has happened in modern Palestinian history," said Khalidi.

Among the families where numerous family members have been killed are the Al-Agha, Abu Naja, Tarzai, Souri, Salem and Doghmush families, as per the investigation.


Biden adviser to arrive in Israel over Hezbollah escalation
8:08 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Senior Joe Biden adviser Amos Hochstein will advance efforts to avoid further escalation along the "Blue Line" between Israel and Lebanon, said a White House official said.

Attacks between Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon have led to worries of a deeper war across the Middle East.