Al-Awda Hospital 'surrounded' by Israeli tanks, airstrikes continue across Gaza

Al-Awda Hospital 'surrounded' by Israeli tanks, airstrikes continue across Gaza
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20 May, 2024

Fierce fighting continues to rage across Gaza with battles between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters concentrated in Jabalia in northern Gaza and Rafah in the south.

Dozens of civilians have been wounded and killed by Israeli air strikes over the past 24-hours, according to local media reports. Nine people were killed by strikes on homes in Sheikh al-Radwan in Gaza City and in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza.

Fears are growing for the fate of the Al-Awda Hospital in north Gaza which is reportedly surrounded by Israeli tanks with staff and patients trapped inside and supplies running low. The closure of the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings into Gaza has exacerbated the problem.

Meanwhile, top US official Jake Sullivan is in Israel for meetings with officials following a trip to Saudi Arabia with Washington hoping to broker a Saudi-Israel normalisation agreement which was pushed back following the war in Gaza.

Late on Sunday, after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said that Sullivan had briefed the Israeli premier on the "potential" plans which might be available.

Village of Mahsa Amini light fireworks after Raisi death
11:11 AM
The New Arab Staff

Footage shared online shows fireworks being set off in the hometown of Saqqez in the Kurdish region of Iran in response to the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.

Raisi was considered a hard line ruler who has been a mainstay of the Iranian political and religious establishment for decades. Many Iranian diaspora have expressed a positive reaction to the death of the ruler, who was killed in a helicopter crash late on Sunday in East Azerbaijan province.

Mahsa Amini, 22, was killed while in police custody in Tehran after she was detained for wearing her hijab incorrectly in 2022. Her death sparked outrage and nationwide anti-government protests.

Iranian-American activist Mariam Memarsadeghi shared a video on X with the caption: "Fireworks throughout Iran, including here in Saqqez, Iranian Kurdistan — home of #MahsaAmini".

Israel will expand Rafah operation, Gallant tells Sullivan
10:05 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israel intends to broaden its military sweep of the southern Gazan city of Rafah, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant told visiting US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday.

"We are committed to broadening the ground operation in Rafah to the end of dismantling Hamas and recovering the hostages," a statement from Gallant's office quoted him as saying during the meeting.

Sullivan has been meeting with Israeli officials in the latest set of talks around the war and a post-war plan for Gaza, which has been at the centre of international disputes among the Israeli government in the past week.

(Reuters) 

Yemen's Houthis: Raisi death a 'loss for Islamic world'
9:40 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Yemen's Houthi group on Monday mourned the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, saying his loss will be felt across the Muslim world, especially among Palestinians.

Raisi's death "is a loss not only for Iran but also for the entire Islamic world and Palestine and Gaza," Huthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam said on X, adding that the Palestinians were "in dire need of the presence of such a president who continued to defend" their right to freedom.

Lebanon's Hezbollah mourns Iranian president
9:09 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon's Tehran-backed Hezbollah group mourned Monday the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other officials in a helicopter crash, praising him as a "protector" of anti-Israel groups in the region.

"Hezbollah in Lebanon extends its deepest condolences," the group said in a statement, adding that they knew Raisi "closely for a long time" and that he was "a strong supporter, and a staunch defender of our causes... and a protector of the resistance movements".

The Lebanese government on Monday declared three days of mourning to mark the death of the president.

Fears for staff and patients at Al-Awda Hospital: MSF
8:55 AM
The New Arab

International NGO Médecins Sans Frontières said on Monday that Al-Awda Hospital in Jabalia in north Gaza was in a critical condition with drinking water depleted and staff overwhelming with wounded patients.

MSF staff members at the hospital said that they are “surrounded by tanks” and that medics and patients are sheltering inside amid the fighting.

"All warring parties must ensure their protection and that of health infrastructure including hospitals," the organisation said in a post on X.

Israeli military says it killed Hamas operatives
8:45 AM
The New Arab Staff

The Israeli army said on Monday that it killed Hamas officials Zaher Huli and Rami Khali Faki, who reportedly both held roles in "Hamas' Military Wing and the Hamas police".

It said that the attack was a joint operation with its air forces, adding that Khalil Faki was killed in Nuseirat alongside five Hamas fighters.

Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza has been beset by major air attacks in the past days. At least 30 civilians were killed in an air strike on a residential building overnight on Saturday, local media reported.

Hamas mourns Iranian president Raisi’s death
8:30 AM
The New Arab Staff

Hamas has mourned the death of Iran's President Raisi and his accompanying delegation in a statement on its website.

The statement honoured Raisi's "positions in support of our Palestinian cause, the legitimate struggle of our people against the Zionist entity, and the Palestinian resistance".

It went on to praise Iran's "intense political and diplomatic efforts and endeavours to stop the Zionist aggression against our Palestinian people" in Gaza. It voiced confidence that Iran will be "able to overcome the repercussions of this great loss".

 

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