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Israel: Dozens of militants killed in the past day

The Israeli armed forces say the past day to have killed dozens of militants in Gaza. Israeli soldiers are mainly involved in fighting with Hamas in the southern Gazan city of Khan Younis.

The armed forces reports still to carry out actions at Nasser Hospital, the main functioning hospital in the Gaza Strip. Israel regularly targets hospitals because Hamas is said to be there, according to the Israeli armed forces.

The Israeli Defense Forces focus their operations mainly in the south of the Gaza Strip. Palestinians fear an upcoming invasion of Rafah, a city near the border with Egypt. More than 1.5 million Palestinians have fled to Rafah from the previous fighting in northern Gaza and have nowhere to go.


AFP: UN Security Council wants to consider ceasefire in Gaza again next week

The UN Security Council is expected to meet next week at the request of Algeria bend over one new text demanding an “immediate ceasefire in Gaza”. The French news agency AFP reported this on Saturday based on multiple sources.

According to AFP, the latest version of the text on which Algeria requested a vote on Tuesday would include: requirement are included for “an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to be observed by all parties.”

According to Hamas’s health ministry, the war in Gaza has already killed 28,858 people, most of them civilians.

The United Nations Security Council. © ANP / EPA


Thousands of Israelis demonstrate against government policies

Thousands of Israelis have Saturday demonstrated in several cities in Israel against the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During a large gathering in Tel Aviv, a street in the center had to be closed, reports news site ynet.

Many demonstrators want new electionsothers spoke out for a ceasefire in the war in the Gaza Strip and for one deal with Hamas for the release of hostages.

Also at the Netanyahu’s home was argued in Caesarea. The police announced that no permission had been given for the demonstration in Tel Aviv.


Operation in Rafah necessary “so as not to lose war”, Netanyahu says

The Israeli army must carry out an operation in Rafah, a city in the south of the Gaza Strip where 1.4 million Palestinians are packed together, “so as not to lose the war against Hamas”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this during a press conference.

After an offensive in the city of Gaza and then in Khan Younis, Israeli forces are preparing to enter Rafah. This is causing great concern as the majority of displaced Palestinians have currently sought refuge in the city.

On Friday, US President Joe Biden said that an attack on Rafah “should not take place without a credible plan to protect civilians”. French President Emmanuel Macron also warned of a “humanitarian disaster without precedent”.

“Anyone who wants to prevent us from carrying out an operation at Rafah is essentially telling us that we will lose the war. I am not going to give in to that,” Netanyahu told a news conference in Jerusalem.

He said the army will carry out the operation even if there is an agreement with Hamas to release Israeli hostages still in the Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu.
Benjamin Netanyahu. © REUTERS


Hamas: “If additional help does not arrive soon, we will pull the plug on talks”

Hamas is threatening to pull out of talks on a possible ceasefire if there is not one quick additional help delivered to the Gaza Strip.

“There can be no negotiation as long as hunger affects the Palestinian people. We intend to… suspend negotiations until aid is delivered to northern Gaza,” a Hamas leader said in a statement broadcast by al-Aqsa.

Walking there difficult and complex conversations about a possible ceasefire in the fighting in exchange for the release of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners. Egypt, Qatar and the United States play a mediating role in these discussions.

“The negotiations took place over the past few days not very promising“, admitted Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Munich. “We will always remain optimistic. We will keep pushing. We will do our best to get closer to an agreement.”

Hamas is calling for a “total ceasefire” and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to respond to those demands and rather talks about a possible pause.

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Israeli army arrests 100 people in Nasser hospital in Khan Younis

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have arrested about a hundred people at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip. These are “people suspected of having engaged in terrorist activities”, the army reports. After all, it believes that the radical Islamic movement Hamas operates from the hospital, and it bases this on intelligence. So-called “terrorists” have also been killed by Israeli forces in the vicinity of the hospital.

According to the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, five people have already died in intensive care units due to ventilator failure due to a power outage, after Israeli forces took control of Nasser Hospital. The ministry warns that patients and babies in incubators are in danger. The Israeli army is preventing the transfer of seriously ill people to other hospitals and blocking a United Nations aid convoy on its way to Nasser Hospital, the ministry says.

On Friday evening, the Israeli army denied that it had disrupted the power supply. It said it entered Nasser Hospital on Thursday to recover the bodies of hostages and captured “more than 20 terrorists who took part in Hamas’ attacks on Israel on October 7.”



“US sends new weapons package to Israel”

The US government is preparing to… bombs and other weapons to Israel, even as the US pushes for a ceasefire in Gaza. The Wall Street Journal reports this, citing current and former officials.

The proposed weapons delivery, according to the newspaper, includes MK-82 bombs and KMU-572 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, which add precise GPS guidance to bombs, as well as FMU-139 detonators. The value of it weapons package is estimated at ‘tens of millions of dollars’.

The proposed delivery is still under internal review by the government, the newspaper added, citing a US official. He said the details of the proposal could change before the government informs the leaders of the congressional committees that must approve the transfer.

The U.S. State Department and Defense Department, the Israeli military and the Israeli Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the report.


International Court of Justice rejects new South African request

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague does not agree to the South African request for the to investigate legality of the planned expansion of the Israeli military offensive in Rafah. The court is of the opinion that Tel Aviv must respect the measures already imposed.

“This alarming situation requires the immediate and effective implementation of the interim measures imposed by the Court in its ruling of January 26, 2024, which apply to the entire Gaza Strip, including Rafah, and do not require additional measures,” it said Court of Appeal.

At the end of January, the Court ordered Israel to do everything possible to prevent genocide in the Gaza Strip. This was a provisional ruling in the case brought by South Africa against Israel. South Africa accuses Israel of violating the Genocide Convention.

With the new request, Pretoria wanted to determine whether Israel is going against the provisional ruling of the end of January.

Been in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Israeli offensive more than a million people fled to Rafah. According to South Africa they could be directly threatened by an Israeli offensive against the extremist Palestinian movement Hamas.