Israel’s war on Gaza live: Israel kills 65 in day of attacks on Khan Younis

Palestinian families fleeing the city on the coastal road leading to Rafah

By Ali Harb

Published On 22 Jan 202422 Jan 2024

  • At least 190 people killed and 340 wounded by Israel in Gaza over the last 24 hours.
  • At least 65 killed in the besieged southern city of Khan Younis by Israel on Monday according to medical sources, as Israeli forces target hospitals, ambulances, and schools where thousands of civilians are sheltering.

117 UpdatesAuto updates

 (22:45 GMT)

‘No let-up in the atrocities inflicted on Gaza’: UN humanitarian chief

Martin Griffiths has highlighted the mounting death toll and humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, including the killing of two mothers every hour by Israeli forces.

“Hospitals overcrowded, besieged and under fire. Homes reduced to rubble. Places of safety turned into places of danger,” he wrote in a social media post.

3m ago

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US-led coalition says Yemen strikes targeted ‘underground storage site’, missile locations

Here’s the joint statement from the US-led coalition on tonight’s strikes:

“Today, the militaries of the United States and United Kingdom, at the direction of their respective governments with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, conducted an additional round of proportionate and necessary strikes against 8 Houthi targets in Yemen in response to the Houthis’ continued attacks against international and commercial shipping as well as naval vessels transiting the Red Sea. These precision strikes are intended to disrupt and degrade the capabilities that the Houthis use to threaten global trade and the lives of innocent mariners, and are in response to a series of illegal, dangerous, and destabilizing Houthi actions since our coalition strikes on January 11, including anti-ship ballistic missile and unmanned aerial system attacks that struck two U.S.-owned merchant vessels.

Today’s strike specifically targeted a Houthi underground storage site and locations associated with the Houthis’ missile and air surveillance capabilities.

The Houthis’ now more than thirty attacks on international and commercial vessels since mid-November constitute an international challenge. Recognizing the broad consensus of the international community, we again acted as part of a coalition of like-minded countries committed to upholding the rules-based order, protecting freedom of navigation and international commerce, and holding the Houthis accountable for their illegal and unjustifiable attacks on mariners and commercial shipping.

Our aim remains to de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea, but let us reiterate our warning to Houthi leadership: we will not hesitate to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in one of the world’s most critical waterways in the face of continued threats.”


13m ago

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Israeli forces kill teen in West Bank

Reporting from Nablus, the occupied West Bank

Israeli troops raided the town of Arraba near Jenin and shot 17-year-old Yamen Mohammed Hsity in the stomach with live ammunition, mayor Ahmad Arada says.

Hsity succumbed to his wounds after Israeli forces left him to bleed and prevented medics from reaching him for more than an hour, Arada added. “As a municipality, we are declaring a full strike tomorrow to mourn the martyr,” he said.

The mayor told Al Jazeera that the town has been suffering since October 7, with daily Israeli raids and farmers being prevented from reaching their land near the Mevo Dotan settlement. Hsity is the second person to be killed by Israeli forces in Arraba since the outbreak of the war in Gaza.

27m ago

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IFRC head ‘deeply concerned’ by attacks around al-Amal Hospital

Israeli forces have conducted regular attacks in the vicinity of the hospital in Khan Younis.

Jagan Chapagain, the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said the shelling “increases the risks to the lives of staff & volunteers” of the Red Crescent who work from the hospital.

“I repeat my call to ensure protection of civilians, humanitarian aid workers, ambulances, and health facilities,” he added.

57m ago

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US, UK air attacks hit Yemeni capital Sanaa

Al Jazeera Arabic’s correspondent on the ground in Yemen reported that explosions were heard in Houthi-controlled Sanaa, while a Houthi official told Al Jazeera that the bombing had hit the capital’s al-Dailami Air Base, as well as locations in the governorates of Taiz, Al Bayda and Hajjah.

A US official confirmed to Al Jazeera that the strikes had targeted Houthi missile platforms, drones and weapons stores.

US-led air attacks have targeted the Houthis in response to the Iranian-allied group’s targeting of shipping in the Red Sea. The Houthis say their attacks are focused on Israeli-linked ships and are in support of Gaza.

1h ago

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If you’re just joining us

It’s 11:30pm (21:30 GMT) in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. Here are the main developments from the past few hours:

  • Fighting intensifies in Khan Younis as Israeli troops push to advance deeper into the city, destroying residential buildings and key infrastructure.
  • Axios reports that Israel is proposing a two-month truce in exchange for releasing all the Israeli captives in Gaza and an unspecified number of Palestinian prisoners.
  • A Hamas official warns that humanitarian conditions in Gaza are “dangerously disastrous” and calls on international groups and agencies to pressure the US and Israel to allow aid into the territory.
  • The Houthis said they attacked a US military cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden but the US Navy refuted the claim and said the vessel is safe.
  • The Israeli military released the names of three soldiers killed in Gaza and said two others were seriously injured.
  • The US imposed sanctions on Fly Baghdad, an Iraqi airline, accusing it of transporting weapons, money and Iran-linked fighters to Lebanon and Syria; the company denies Washington’s allegations.

1h ago

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Hamas says Israeli army bombed own tank after failing to reach it

The Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian group, said it had targeted the tank with a mortar shell.

“An Israeli rescue unit tried to pull the tank from the location where it was targeted. Our fighters clashed with them and stopped them from advancing towards the vehicle, so the [Israeli] air force struck the tank with several rockets and completely obliterated it with everyone inside,” the Qassam Brigades said in a statement.


1h ago

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Khan Younis fighting approaching Nasser Hospital

Reporting from Rafah, Al Jazeera’s Tareq Abu Azzoum says fighting is ramping up in Khan Younis and clashes are getting closer to the Nasser Hospital – Gaza’s largest remaining medical centre.

“We’ve been seeing the illumination of flares being fired in central areas of Khan Younis, and usually these flares are used by the Israeli military there to give a clear vision for the manoeuvring troops on the ground,” Abu Azzoum said. “We’ve been hearing the sounds of loud explosions over different parts of the city.”

He added that Israel is pursuing a military tactic of “systematic destruction” of residential buildings in Khan Younis, targeting key infrastructure and forcing people to flee.

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1h ago

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Israel carrying out ‘comprehensive destruction’ in West Bank: Palestinian PM

Mohammad Shtayyeh made the comments in a social media post after a meeting with the UN’s humanitarian relief coordinator Sigrid Kaag.

He added that he had called for the opening of all entry points into Gaza for humanitarian relief and an international effort and a political framework for reconstruction in the enclave after the war.

2h ago

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US navy dismisses attack reported by Houthis

The US navy’s Middle East-based 5th Fleet has denied the Houthis’ statement claiming responsibility for an attack on the US military cargo ship Ocean Jazz.

“The Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists’ report of an alleged successful attack on M/V [merchant vessel] Ocean Jazz is patently false,” the 5th Fleet said in a statement.

It added that the US navy “has maintained constant communications with M/V Ocean Jazz throughout its safe transit”.

2h ago

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Israel proposes up to two-month ceasefire in return for release of captives: Axios

The proposal, according to Axios, would involve a multiphase deal that would see the release in stages of more than 130 captives held in Gaza in return for an up to two-month ceasefire and the release of an as yet undetermined number of Palestinian prisoners.

The report, citing two Israeli officials, added that Israeli forces would be redeployed out of the main population centres of Gaza, allowing a “gradual return” of Palestinian civilians to Gaza City and the north of the enclave, and the officials said that after the two months are completed, the Israeli military’s operations in Gaza would be “significantly smaller in scope and intensity” than the current fighting.

Hamas has previously said that in exchange for the release of the captives, it demands a total end to the war and the release of all Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli government is under pressure from a protest movement led by family members of captives, which is demanding an immediate deal.

2h ago

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‘No change’ in US opposition to ceasefire

The White House’s Kirby says Washington supports pauses in the fighting to allow the release of captives but it still opposes ending the war.

“We don’t support a general ceasefire, which is usually put in place in the expectation that you’re going to end a conflict and lead to specific negotiations – no change to our policy there.”

U.S. White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby takes questions on the situation in Israel as he joins White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington
White House national security spokesperson John Kirby [File: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]


2h ago

 (20:00 GMT)

Hezbollah fighter killed

The Lebanese group has identified the slain fighter as Haidar Hussein Ibrahim.

Without providing details, Hezbollah said Ibrahim was killed “on the road to Jerusalem” in a nod to its ongoing clashes with Israel, which the group says are in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

2h ago

 (19:45 GMT)

Israeli survey respondents back ‘demilitarised’ Palestinian state

The opinion poll suggests that a slight majority of Israelis back a plan that would see the release of captives held in Gaza in exchange for an end to the war, a normalisation agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia and an Israeli agreement for the eventual establishment of a demilitarised Palestinian state.

A survey carried out by the Midgam Institute and commissioned by the Geneva Initiative saw 51.3 percent of respondents back the deal with 28.9 percent opposing. Half the respondents also said they would not support the presence of Israeli troops in Gaza for another three years with 32 percent saying they would be supportive.

Many Palestinians oppose the concept of a “demilitarised” state, seeing it as effectively limiting their sovereignty.

3h ago

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US evades addressing Netanyahu’s rejection of two-state solution

Netanyahu has repeatedly and unambiguously said he rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state. But the Biden administration, which promotes a two-state solution to the conflict, has been trying to evade addressing the prime minister’s comments as it maintains unconditional support for Israel.

Asked about Netanyahu’s open rejection of a Palestinian state, State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel told reporters: “I’m just not going to characterise the prime minister’s remarks.”

Days earlier, Biden had suggested Netanyahu does not oppose the two-state solution, but the prime minister left no place for doubt, crediting himself this week for thwarting the establishment of a Palestinian state.

In the latest comments from the White House, national security spokesperson John Kirby was also reluctant to talk about Netanyahu’s remarks.

“They had a very constructive conversation, and I think I just need to leave it at that,” Kirby said, describing a call on Saturday between Biden and Netanyahu. “The prime minister should speak to his comments, and I’m sure he has and he will.”

Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu
US President Joe Biden, right, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York City on September 20, 2023 [File: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

3h ago

 (19:15 GMT)

Iraqi airline rejects US sanctions

Fly Baghdad has refuted accusations by Washington that the airline is transporting weapons, money and Iran-linked fighters to Syria and Lebanon, challenging the US Treasury to provide evidence against the company and its management.

“The company has worked for years under direct supervision of the Iraqi government, represented by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Transport,” Fly Baghdad said in a statement.

It added that all of its trips “are subject to central inspections at all airports”.

According to its website, Fly Baghdad offers flights from Iraq to India, the UAE, Tunisia, Lebanon and Syria, amongst other destinations.

The airline said that its flight operations continue as normal and have not been disrupted “due to any reason”.

3h ago

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Hezbollah announces another attack against Israeli forces

The Lebanese group has said it fired rockets at a gathering of Israeli troops around the town of Even Menachem and achieved “direct hits”.

Earlier, Hezbollah said it targeted Israeli positions in the Shebaa Farms – a disputed area that Lebanon claims as its own but that remains under Israeli occupation.


3h ago

 (18:45 GMT)

US calls for probe into killing of Palestinian American teen by Israel

The administration of US President Joe Biden has said it is “devastated” by the killing of 17-year-old Tawfiq Ajaq in the occupied West Bank.

According to his family, Ajaq – who was born and raised in the US state of Louisiana – was killed after Israeli forces and settlers shot live ammunition towards his car in the village al-Mazra’a al-Sharqiya.

“We have called for an urgent investigation to determine the circumstance of his death and accountability be met as appropriate as well,” US Department of State spokesperson Vedant Patel told reporters.

The US similarly demanded an investigation when Israeli forces killed US citizens Omar Assad and Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh in 2022. But the Biden administration appeared to drop the cases and push on with its support for Israel after Israeli authorities refused to pursue criminal probes in both incidents.

4h ago

 (18:30 GMT)

WATCH: Protesters block access to Israeli cargo ship in Melbourne

Video Duration 01 minutes 40 seconds 01:40Protesters block access to Israeli cargo ship in Melbourne

4h ago

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Humanitarian conditions in Gaza ‘dangerously disastrous’: Hamas official

Osama Hamdan says media reports cannot describe the severity of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where people are facing hunger without access to basic goods.

“We hold the Israeli occupation and American administration that supports it fully responsible for the genocide and crimes and heinous massacres that the Palestinian people  are facing in Gaza through murder, destruction and starvation,” Hamdan said.

He also called on international groups and agencies, including the World Health Organization, the Arab League and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to pressure the US and Israel to allow aid into Gaza.

A displaced Palestinian boy, who fled his house due to Israeli strikes, sits on a water canister at a tent camp
A displaced Palestinian boy at a tent camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, January 18, 2024 [File: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

4h ago

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The families of captives want to know why there is no exchange deal

Reporting from Tel Aviv

I think their message is clear: they will use their voices and pressure the government to make the release of the captives a priority, regardless of a ceasefire or not.

What they are calling for is for those who have been held in Gaza for 108 days now to come back home as soon as possible.

There are conflicting reports on whether there is a new proposal on the table or not.

A group of families of captives met with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and he told them that there was no new proposal from Hamas at this stage and there were false reports.

He added that he had a new initiative but could not give any new details at this point.

I think what the families want to hear from the prime minister and politicians is what the exact plan is and why is it not possible to have another exchange deal like back in November, when some Palestinians were freed in exchange for the captives.

4h ago

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Israeli defence minister says attacks against Hezbollah will continue

Yoav Gallant has met with his French counterpart Sebastien Lecornu and expressed gratitude for Paris’s “commitment to changing the security situation in southern Lebanon, and to distancing Hezbollah forces from the border”, the Israeli government said in a statement.

“Minister Gallant reiterated the preference of Israel to pursue the diplomatic channel, while also maintaining military readiness,” it added.

“Minister Gallant added that even if Hezbollah ceases fire unilaterally, Israel will not cease fire until it can guarantee the safe return of the northern communities to their homes, following a change in the security situation along the border.”

Smoke rises from an Israeli airstrike, left, and artillery shelling, right, on the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab, a Lebanese border village with Israel in south Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 13
Smoke rises from an Israeli air raid and artillery shelling on the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab in south Lebanon, November 13, 2023 [File: Hussein Malla/AP Photo]


5h ago

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Red Sea attacks starting to have impact on prices of goods

Stavros Karamperidis, a lecturer in maritime economics at the University of Plymouth, says that the increased costs for shipping companies are beginning to be felt by consumers.

“Now we’re seeing the knock-on effects,” Karamperidis told Al Jazeera. “Now we see vessels queuing outside the European ports, we’ve seen disruptions to the supply chain. Of course it’s not been super catastrophic, but we see those kinds of delays, freight rates are increasing, and those costs are being passed on to the final consumers, unfortunately.”

Karamperidis said that companies were assessing the risks of passing through the Red Sea, with both travelling through the vital waterway and taking the longer route around Africa adding to expenses.

“A lot of the shipping companies are still trying to use the Red Sea passage,” he said. “We’ve seen naval forces escorting some of the vessels. There are still attempts to keep the overall artery open, but of course, as you can imagine, some of the companies are not willing to take the risk.”

Karamperidis added that insurance fees for ships passing through the Red Sea had increased greatly.

5h ago

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Islamic Resistance in Iraq claims responsibility for attack on US base in Syria

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq says it is responsible for the attack on a US military base near the Koniko gasfield in eastern Syria.

It said in a statement that the attack was in response to Israel’s war on Gaza and the US occupation of Iraq and involved two missile salvos fired at different times on Monday.

5h ago

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WATCH: Relatives of captives storm Knesset

The protesters berated a finance committee meeting for not prioritising the release of their family members.

Watch the incident below:

Video Duration 02 minutes 03 seconds 02:03Relatives of Israeli captives storm Knesset

5h ago

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Israeli military releases names of three soldiers killed in Gaza

The army has identified the soldiers as David Nati Alfasi, Ilay levy Eyal and Mevorach Twito, saying they were killed in fighting in southern Gaza. It added that two other soldiers were seriously injured.

The Israeli military has confirmed that nearly 200 soldiers have been killed since the start of the ground invasion of Gaza and a total of 535 since October 7.

5h ago

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Israeli military says ‘operations’ in Khan Younis to last several days

Israeli forces have recently focused their attacks on Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinians, including children.

However, the military says that its goals have not yet been achieved, and that its operation will last for several days, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The army says that its operation aims to destroy Hamas’s government centres and military capabilities in Khan Younis. However, the vicinity of a number of hospitals have been targeted by Israeli attacks, leaving thousands to flee.

Smoke billowing over Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip
Smoke billowing over Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardment [File: AFP]

5h ago

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Houthis say they attack US ship in Gulf of Aden

The Yemeni group says it has targeted an American military cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden with naval missiles.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces affirm that retaliation against American and British attacks is inevitable, and any new aggression will not go unpunished,” the Houthis said in a statement.

Despite US-led military raids against Houthi positions in Yemen, the group has continued its attacks on shipping lanes in the Red Sea, promising to target Israel-linked ships until the war on Gaza ends.

5h ago

 (16:50 GMT)

Large US labour union calls for ceasefire in Gaza

Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents nearly two million employees in healthcare, the public sector and property services in the United States and Canada, has called for ending the war on Gaza.

“We call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, and the delivery of life-saving food, water, medicine and other resources to the people of Gaza,” SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said in a statement.

She added that the demand is “rooted in the pain” felt by the union’s members, including “the hundreds of thousands of SEIU healthcare workers who see themselves in the healthcare workers in Gaza who have been killed trying to save lives”.

Labour movements, a traditional constituency in the Democratic Party of US President Joe Biden, have been increasingly backing the call for a ceasefire, adding to the pressure against the White House’s unwavering support for the war.

6h ago

 (16:40 GMT)

US Navy commander accuses Iran of direct involvement in Houthi attacks

Brad Cooper, the US Navy’s top commander in the Middle East, says Iran is “very directly involved” in ship attacks by Yemen’s Houthi group.

“Clearly, the Houthi actions, probably in terms of their attacks on merchant shipping, are the most significant that we’ve seen in two generations,” Cooper told the Associated Press news agency. “The facts simply are that they’re attacking the international community; thus, the international response I think you’ve seen.”

Iran has previously denied involvement in the Houthis’ military operations, stressing that its allies in the region have their “own tools of power”.

6h ago

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If you’re just joining us

It’s 6:30pm [16:30 GMT] in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. Here are the main developments:

  • An Israeli raid targeted a house adjacent to Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis. At least 40 bodies were transferred to the hospital, Al Jazeera Arabic reported.
  • Netanyahu told relatives of captives “there is no real proposal by Hamas” after recent media speculation that a truce and prisoner swap are in the works.
  • The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees said telecommunications services in Gaza have been down for the past seven days.
  • The US announced its fifth round of sanctions since October 7 on what the Department of the Treasury says are Hamas-linked individuals and businesses.
  • Washington has also targeted four officials and supporters of Kataib Hezbollah as well as Fly Baghdad, accusing the airline of “providing assistance” to Iran-backed “proxy groups” in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

6h ago

 (16:20 GMT)

Israeli military says it hits Hezbollah targets

The Israeli military spokesperson says the air force has attacked a building in southern Lebanon where members of Hezbollah were staying.

In a video posted on X, large explosions can be seen in a hilly landscape, followed by vast clouds of smoke. The Israeli military says this indicates weapons were being stored at the location.

It added that several other Hezbollah targets had been hit.

6h ago

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Netanyahu’s opposition to Palestinian state ‘disappointing’: UK PM’s office

Rishi Sunak’s office has reiterated British support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict after Netanyahu said he would not compromise on “full Israeli security control of all territory west of the Jordan River”.

Sunak’s spokesperson told reporters: “It’s disappointing to hear this from the Israeli prime minister.”

“The UK’s position remains [that] a two-state solution, with a viable and sovereign Palestinian state living alongside a safe and secure Israel, is the best route to lasting peace,” the spokesman said.

Netanyahu has long made public his opposition to a Palestinian state, but his government continues to enjoy Western backing.

6h ago

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Motion of no confidence in the Knesset fails

Supporters were only able to muster 18 votes in support of the motion of no confidence in the government.

While no members of the Knesset, or Israeli parliament, voted against the motion, the government coalition’s members boycotted the vote.

The no confidence motion would have required 61 votes to pass.

The Israeli Labor Party said it had brought forward the motion because of “the failure of the Israeli government to return the 136 hostages held captive by the Hamas terrorist organisation”.

The Israeli Knesset at night
The Knesset, the Israel parliament, on December 31, 2023 [File: Ilan Rosenberg/Reuters]

6h ago

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WATCH: Israel changes strategy to target Hezbollah in Lebanon

Hezbollah fighters and Israeli soldiers have been battling across the Lebanese border for months. But the nature of the fighting is changing.

Attacks had been limited to a narrow territory within a few kilometres of the border, but now Israel is carrying out targeted killings away from the front line, and its warplanes are flying low over Beirut and even farther north.

Watch the report below:

Video Duration 02 minutes 28 seconds 02:28Israel-Hezbollah fighting: Israeli forces change strategy to target group

7h ago

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US sanctions Kataib Hezbollah leaders, Iraqi airline

Washington has targeted four officials and supporters of Kataib Hezbollah (KH) as well as Fly Baghdad, accusing the airline of “providing assistance” to Iran-backed “proxy groups” in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Iran-linked groups in Iraq have been targeting US forces since the outbreak of the war in Gaza.

But the US Treasury suggested that Iraqi groups have also been cooperating with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has been involved in daily exchanges of fire with Israel.

“KH sent fighters from Iraq to Lebanon on flights operated by Fly Baghdad and US-designated Al-Nasr Wings to attend special operations training run by Hezbollah,” the Treasury said in a statement.

7h ago

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US, UK, Australia impose sanctions on alleged Hamas-affiliated networks

The US has announced its fifth round of sanctions since October 7 on what the Department of the Treasury says are Hamas-linked individuals and businesses.

Matthew Miller, spokesperson for the Treasury, said the new measure targets “networks of Hamas-affiliated financial exchanges in Gaza, their owners and associates”.

“In conjunction with this action, Australia and the UK are also placing sanctions on key Hamas officials and facilitators,” he said.

Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said its sanctions targeted Zuheir Shamlakh, a man known as Hamas’s “main money changer” and a key figure involved in the group’s shift towards cryptocurrencies, who helped transfer money from Iran to Hamas ahead of the group’s October 7 attacks on southern Israel.

“These sanctions send a clear message to Hamas: The UK and our partners are committed to ensuring there is no hiding place for those financing terrorist activities,” British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said.

7h ago

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Gaza under longest communications blackout since October 7: UNRWA

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) says telecommunications services in Gaza have been down for the past seven days.

In a post on X, the agency said: “Disruption of telecommunication services prevents people accessing life-saving information, calling first responders & continues to impede humanitarian response.”

7h ago

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Israel must increase intensity of war despite US pressure: Smotrich

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich says the country’s military must “dramatically increase the intensity of the war”, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

“This is the only way we can really bring the hostages home and maintain our existence here as a sovereign and secure Jewish state,” he was quoted as saying at a party meeting.

Israel's Finance Minister and leader of the Religious Zionist Party Bezalel Smotrich.
Israeli Finance Minister and leader of the Religious Zionist Party Bezalel Smotrich [Gil Cohen Magen/AFP]

7h ago

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Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority carries out repairs to vessel hit by Houthi missile

The state-owned authority, which owns, operates and maintains the Suez Canal, says it has conducted repair work on a bulk carrier.

The Malta-flagged, Greek-owned Zografia had berthed at a floating dock of the authority-affiliated Suez Shipyard Company for repairs after the ship’s hull and some components sustained external and internal damage in an attack by the Houthi rebels in Yemen on January 16.

The vessel was sailing from Vietnam to Israel with 24 crew on board and was empty of cargo when targeted.

“The Suez Canal Authority will spare no effort to provide all navigational and maritime services that ensure maintaining the normal flow of traffic through the canal and maintain the sustainability of global supply chains,” a statement by the canal authority said, quoting its head, Osama Rabie.

7h ago

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If Gaza war ends, Israeli government will end: Ben-Gvir

Israeli newspapers Haaretz and Maariv say that Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir directed the comment at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a party meeting.

Ben-Gvir, who is part of the larger security cabinet but not the war cabinet, has clashed with Netanyahu on several occasions in recent weeks.

Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv [File: Abir Sultan/Pool via Reuters]

8h ago

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WATCH: Displaced Palestinian couple holds wedding in Gaza tent

It was not the wedding they had planned.

After suffering displacement, injury and the deaths of family members in Israeli attacks, this Palestinian couple from Gaza got married in a tent shelter.

Watch their experience below:

Video Duration 02 minutes 19 seconds 02:19Displaced Palestinian couple holds wedding in Gaza tent

8h ago

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Filmmaker Emily Jacir slams repression of Palestinian voices in Germany and beyond

Award-winning Palestinian-American artist and filmmaker Emily Jacir has told Democracy Now, a US news programme, that she was supposed to give a lecture in Berlin in October but it was postponed to a “more peaceful” time.

She said it was one way to prevent the Palestinians “from speaking out and sharing our words and actions when now is the time to speak”.

Jacir decried a pattern of “harassment, baseless smear campaigns, cancelling shows, cancelling talks” conducted against Palestinian artists in Germany and around the world.

“It’s very much part of a coordinated movement,” she said, connecting global censorship of Palestinian voices with the violent “targeted destruction of culture in Gaza”, which she called a “part of genocide”.

8h ago

 (14:15 GMT)

Germany temporarily waives residence permit requirement for Israelis

Israeli nationals residing in Germany can now remain in the country until April 26 without having to apply for a residence permit or an extension to their visa-free stay, according to Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Israeli citizens can stay in Germany for 90 days without a visa. This means that those Israelis who arrived in the country just after October 7 would have been due to apply for an extension.

“This is pragmatic and unbureaucratic help for people who we want to support in this difficult situation,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said.

Germany does not allow Palestinians visa-free entry.

8h ago

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EU largely observer during Israel’s war on Gaza: Professor

Donnacha O Beachain, a professor at Dublin City University, has spoken to Al Jazeera about the EU leader’s response to Israel’s war on Gaza. Here are his main points:

  • The EU has largely been an observer in the war because of the need for anonymity and consensus before it can take action.
  • The bloc’s top diplomats are meeting for six hours on Monday to discuss their plan.
  • It seems the meeting is almost an end in itself because of the divisions that exist and the only thing foreign ministers can agree on is the need for a two-state solution once the fighting has subsided.
  • They cannot even unite around calls for a ceasefire.
  • You have to compare that to how united the EU was in mobilising states against Russia’s war on Ukraine. This was called out by many European leaders as genocide, but they are much more reticent to call out Israel’s aggression in Gaza.

8h ago

 (13:50 GMT)

Israeli soldier uses destroyed house as part of joke in Gaza video

Israeli soldier Oron Lazar has published a video on his TikTok account, using a bombed and destroyed house in the Gaza Strip as part of a joke.

He appeared knocking on the door, pretending to wait for an answer, then the camera moves back to show the extent of the destruction of the house and the accumulation of rubble behind the door.

The scene was accompanied by the laughter of the soldier and his colleagues.

Since the beginning of Israel’s war on Gaza, Oron has published several videos documenting his bulldozing of buildings and houses, boasting about his acts.

9h ago

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‘There is no real proposal by Hamas’: Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister’s comments came during a meeting with relatives of captives and appear to be a pushback against recent media speculation that a truce and prisoner swap are in the works.

“There is no real proposal by Hamas. It’s not true. I am saying this as clearly as I can because there are so many incorrect statements that are certainly agonising for you,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him as telling the families.

Sami Abu Zuhri, head of Hamas’s political unit in exile, said Hamas is open to “all initiatives and proposals, but any agreement must be based on ending the aggression and the occupation’s complete withdrawal” from Gaza.

US, Qatari and Egyptian efforts to mediate another release seem far from reconciling Israel’s drive to destroy Hamas.

Families of captives protest for the immediate release of loved ones outside Netanyahu’s residence on Sunday [Ronen Zvulun/Reuters]

9h ago

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Photos: Palestinians displaced from Khan Younis arrive in Rafah

Smoke rises during an Israeli ground operation in Khan Younis [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]
Palestinians fleeing Khan Younis due to the Israeli ground operation arrive in Rafah [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]
Palestinians flee Khan Younis for Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]
Palestinians in Gaza, many of whom have been displaced multiple times since October 7, are having to flee again as Israel ramps up its ground offensive on Khan Younis [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

9h ago

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‘When my father was alive’: Children of Gaza recount losing their fathers

A group of children in Gaza narrated the tragic circumstances after they lost their fathers as a result of Israeli bombing of camps in the central Gaza Strip last month.

“When my father was alive, I used to sleep in his arms. I was sad for all those who were killed,” Abdel Shafee Hussein, whose father was killed on December 15 while he had a meal with his family.

Kenza Ihsan said she lost her father as he tried to find flour. “We are four people, my mother and three children. The conditions are difficult. There is no food or water. We demand an end to the war, and we do not want anything else,” the girl said.

Another child, Karam Hussein, said: “My mother asked my father to bring food and a rug because of the cold. My father went and was bombed. My uncle and his son went to search for him, and they were bombed and killed.

“On the second day, we brought my father’s body from the bombing site. We were unable to bury him in the cemetery, so we buried him in the school, like 13 others. There are others who decomposed in the streets.”


9h ago

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‘Books buried under rubble’: Bologna book fair faces call to suspend Israel

Dozens of illustrators, authors and publishers have written an open letter to call on the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) to suspend Israel’s participation.

The prominent book fair, which runs April 8-11, suspended Russia’s participation in 2022 after its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

“Currently, there is a war on Palestine which is affecting children at such an unprecedented scale that it has been described by doctors, journalists and UN aid workers as a war on children,” the letter reads.

“We, the undersigned, would like to urge BCBF to join us in taking a stand and showing the Palestinian child whose books are buried under rubble, whose play and story times have been taken from them, whose songs are drowned out by bombs, that they are not forgotten.”

a boy carries a pile of books in his arms across a destroyed building with a bright blue sky behind him
Palestinians collect books from the rubble of a cultural centre following an Israeli strike in Rafah [File: Mohammed Abed/AFP]

10h ago

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Reservist protest video circulating online: Israeli military

The Israeli military has issued a short statement saying it is investigating an incident captured on video that has been circulating in recent hours showing reservists protesting while on active duty.

It said the actions seen in the video are not in line with military orders.

The video shows a group of Israeli army reservists displaying banners on their armoured vehicles appearing to criticise the government for not further intensifying attacks in Gaza, where more than 25,000 Palestinians have been killed and thousands of buildings destroyed.

10h ago

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Child injured in Israeli raid near Ramallah

The Palestine Red Crescent Society says a nine-year-old Palestinian has been wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets during an Israeli raid on the town of Kobar near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian state news agency, Wafa, citing security sources, reported Israeli forces stormed Kobar, raided a pharmacy, rounded up several people and interrogated them.

10h ago

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‘Horrific crimes’: At least 40 killed in residence near Nasser Medical Complex

An Israeli raid has targeted a house adjacent to Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis.

At least 40 bodies were transferred to the hospital, Al Jazeera Arabic reports. According to video published by Meem Magazine, people are digging graves inside the Nasser complex because of a large number of casualties during ongoing clashes in the area.

Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesperson for Gaza’s Health Ministry, said in a statement that Israeli forces were commiting “horrific crimes west of Khan Yunis”.

“Dozens of martyrs and wounded are still in the targeted places and roads. The Israeli occupation prevents the movement of ambulances to retrieve the martyrs and wounded west of Khan Yunis,” he said.

Image depicts graphic content) An injured Palestinian mother and her daughter are brought to Nasser Hospital
An injured Palestinian mother and daughter at Nasser Medical Complex for treatment [Belal Khaled/Anadolu Agency]

10h ago

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‘Bled for 3 days’: Palestinian writer loses brother

Celebrated UK-based Palestinian writer and director Ahmed Masoud has lost his brother in Gaza after he was hit by an Israeli air strike.

“I knew I was going to write a post like this, I knew I wouldn’t find the words,” Masoud, who grew up in Gaza and later moved to the United Kingdom, wrote on X.

He showed earlier this month how his brother Khalid’s home was almost entirely destroyed after being targeted by an Israeli air strike as drones buzzed in the background. Then his brother was shot by an Israeli sniper in the leg.

“A few days ago he went missing a drone bombed, he lost his leg and bled for 3 days. My brother and friend is gone.”

10h ago

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Israel targets 30,000 displaced people in five shelters: Gaza authorities

Gaza’s Government Media Office says Israeli forces have bombed shelters at Al-Aqsa University, University College of Applied Sciences, the Khalidiya School, al-Mawasi School and the Khan Younis industry shelter, where 30,000 displaced people have been taking refuge.

“[Israelis] claimed they were safe centres and called on citizens to take refuge in them. Then committed a massacre that left many martyrs. This comes within the framework of a genocidal war launched by the occupation against civilians, children and women, in the Gaza Strip,” a statement on Telegram said.

Apart from Israel, the responsibility for “these ongoing crimes” falls on the international community, the US government and US President Joe Biden “personally”, it added.

“They are the ones who gave the occupation the green light to commit these massacres, and they also refused to stop this brutal war on the Gaza Strip.”

Video Duration 02 minutes 52 seconds 02:52Gaza’s Tal al-Zaatar: Ravaged city bears scars of Israeli forces’ destruction

10h ago

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Israel hits southern Lebanon with air raids, artillery fire

Israeli warplanes have launched a series of raids around the towns of Taybeh, Marwahin, Shihin and Tair Harfa in southern Lebanon, according to Al Jazeera Arabic’s team on the ground.

Artillery fired incendiary shells at the towns of Kafr Kila and Al-Adisa, it said.

Missiles were fired towards an Israeli military site in the Upper Galilee area of northern Israel.

[Al Jazeera]

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