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Israel yet to show evidence UNRWA staff are members of terrorist groups, review finds

United Nations/Beirut, Lebanon Reuters Israel has yet to provide evidence for its accusations that hundreds of staff with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) are members of terrorist groups, according to a review of the agency’s neutrality released on Monday that could prompt some donor countries to review funding freezes. The United Nations appointed […]

UNRWA chief warns man-made famine tightening grip across Gaza

United Nations Reuters A man-made famine is “tightening its grip” across the Gaza Strip, the head of the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA warned on Wednesday as he accused Israel of blocking aid deliveries and seeking to end UNRWA’s activities in the enclave. “Today, an insidious campaign to end UNRWA’s operations is underway, with […]

Israel kills dozens in airstrikes across the Gaza Strip

Cairo, Egypt Reuters Israel sustained its aerial and ground bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Friday, killing dozens of Palestinians, as fighting raged around Gaza City’s main Al Shifa hospital, Palestinian officials and the Israeli military said. Palestinian health officials said two Israeli strikes on the Al-Shejaia suburb in eastern Gaza City killed 17 people, […]

Israeli military says it killed 90 gunmen at Gaza’s Al Shifa hospital

Jerusalem/Cairo, Egypt Reuters Israel’s military said on Wednesday it had killed around 90 gunmen and arrested 160 in a raid on Gaza’s Al Shifa hospital, an allegation the Islamist Hamas group denied. Al Shifa, the Gaza Strip’s biggest hospital before the war, is now one of the few healthcare facilities even partially operational in the […]

Israel says air strike on Gaza UN food centre killed Hamas militant

Cairo, Egypt/Gaza Reuters Israel said on Wednesday that its airstrike on a UN food distribution centre in southern Gaza killed a Hamas commander who had been targeted, and Palestinian health officials said it also killed four more people including a UN worker. The Israeli military said the strike killed Mohammad Abu Hasna, whom it described […]

Dozens killed waiting for aid in Gaza, overall death toll passes 30,000

Cairo, Egypt Reuters Gaza health authorities said Israeli forces on Thursday shot dead more than 100 Palestinians as they waited for an aid delivery, but Israel challenged the death toll and said many of the victims were run over by aid trucks. At least 112 people were killed and more than 280 wounded in the […]

Donors seek fast answers to allegations over UN agency in Gaza crisis

New York, US/Beirut, Lebanon/Geneva, Switzerland Reuters Any halt to operations by the UN Palestinian agency over Israeli accusations that some of its staff took part in the 7th October Hamas attack could hamstring the entire humanitarian effort in devastated Gaza, aid agencies say.  Donors are demanding a swift investigation before resuming funding, though they have […]

Countries pause funds for UN Palestinian agency; Israel wants it replaced

London, UK Reuters Six European countries paused funding for the UN refugee agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) on Saturday, following allegations that some of its staff were involved in the 7th October Hamas attacks on Israel. Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Finland on Saturday joined the United States, Australia and Canada in pausing funding […]

Israeli attack on UN refuge in Gaza prompts rare rebuke from Washington

Gaza/Jerusalem Reuters Israeli tanks struck a huge UN compound sheltering displaced Palestinians on Wednesday, causing “mass casualties”, the United Nations said, as Israeli forces battled their way into crowded parts of Gaza without letting people out first. The attack, which the UN said hit a vocational training compound housing 30,000 displaced people in Khan Younis, […]