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World Court orders Israel to halt assault on Gaza’s Rafah

Updated: 11am (AEST) The Hague Reuters Judges at the top United Nations court ordered Israel on Friday to immediately halt its military assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, in a landmark emergency ruling in South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide. While the International Court of Justice, or World Court, has no means […]

Israel holds toned down Independence Day celebrations as Gaza war rages

Jerusalem Reuters Israel began toned down Independence Day celebrations at sundown on Monday, with hopes for an end to the seven-month-old Gaza war dim, anti-government protests growing and internal divisions festering. As the country marks its 76th year, firework displays were cancelled and the traditional torch-lighting ceremony at the Jerusalem national cemetery will be taped […]

Israel pushes back into northern Gaza, ups military pressure on Rafah

Cairo, Egypt Reuters Israel sent tanks into eastern Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip early on Sunday after a night of heavy aerial and ground bombardments, killing 19 people and wounding dozens of others, Palestinian health officials said. The death toll in Israel’s military operation in Gaza has now passed at least 35,000 Palestinians, according […]

Protesters return to streets across Israel, demanding hostage release

Tel Aviv, Israel Reuters Thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government do more to secure the release of hostages being held in the Gaza Strip by Islamist group Hamas. Family members of the hostages, carrying pictures of their loved ones still in captivity, joined the crowds […]

Battles rage around Rafah after US halts some weapons to Israel

Cairo, Egypt/Washington DC, US/Rafah, Gaza Strip Reuters Hamas battled Israeli troops on the outskirts of the Gaza Strip’s crowded southern city of Rafah on Wednesday and Washington said it had held up a shipment of powerful bombs to Israel to prevent Palestinian civilian casualties. The United States, which aims to stave off a full Israeli […]

Thousands of Israelis protest to demand hostage return

Tel Aviv, Israel Reuters Thousands of Israelis protested on Saturday, demanding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accept a ceasefire agreement with the Islamist movement Hamas that would see the remaining Israeli hostages brought home from Gaza. At a rally in Tel Aviv that took place as Hamas officials were meeting Egyptian and Qatari mediators in Cairo, […]

Blinken says US cannot support Rafah assault without humanitarian plan

Ashdod, Israel Reuters US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday he has still not seen a plan for Israel’s planned offensive on the southern Gaza city of Rafah that would protect civilians, repeating that Washington could not support such an assault. Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem for two-and-a-half […]

UN warns Israel assault on Gaza’s Rafah on “immediate horizon”

United Nations Reuters The United Nations on Tuesday warned that an Israeli assault on Rafah in the Gaza Strip was “on the immediate horizon” and that “incremental” progress by Israel on aid access to the enclave could not be used to prepare for or justify an operation. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for states with […]

Hamas delegation due in Cairo on Monday for Gaza ceasefire talks

Cairo, Egypt/Doha, Qatar Reuters A Hamas delegation will visit Cairo on Monday for talks aimed at securing a ceasefire, a Hamas official told Reuters on Sunday, as mediators stepped up efforts to reach a deal ahead of an expected Israeli assault on the southern city of Rafah. The official, who asked not to be named, […]