Egypt closes Gaza border amid tensions with Hamas

Rafah closure linked to Cairo’s efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Egyptian officials say. Egypt has closed its main border crossing point with the Gaza Strip amid tensions with the territory’s Hamas rulers, officials have said. It was the first time the Rafah crossing was shuttered during a workday since earlyContinue reading “Egypt closes Gaza border amid tensions with Hamas”

Ceasefire called after three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan

Armenia said on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with Azerbaijan and Interfax reported that both sides had later accepted a Russian ceasefire proposal to try to calm tensions. Armenia’s defence ministry said in a statement that Azeri forces had attacked Armenian positions near the border betweenContinue reading “Ceasefire called after three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan”

Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli troops near Jerusalem

Mai Afanah, 29, from Abu Dis, was shot by Israeli forces and left bleeding at the scene, Palestinian media reported. Israeli forces have shot a Palestinian woman dead allegedly for attempting to carry out a car-ramming attack northeast of Jerusalem, according to the Israeli army. Palestinian media, which identified the victim as doctoral student MaiContinue reading “Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli troops near Jerusalem”

Hungary blocks EU Hong Kong statement; Germany calls for change

The European Union must discuss ways of managing dissenting voices among its ranks, including qualified majority voting on foreign policy, according to Miguel Berger at the German Foreign Ministry. A German official on Friday took a dim view of Hungary’s recent moves to block European Union statements, and suggested reform was necessary to enable qualified majorityContinue reading “Hungary blocks EU Hong Kong statement; Germany calls for change”

Bennett tells party members he is headed for a “change government” that will oust Netanyahu

The leader of Israel’s right wing Yamina party, Naftali Bennett, told members of his party at a meeting Sunday he’s moving forward with joining opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a power sharing government that would oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why it matters: A new “change government” would make Bennett prime minister and bring anContinue reading “Bennett tells party members he is headed for a “change government” that will oust Netanyahu”

Backed by Israeli police, Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa compound

The incident comes as a fragile ceasefire holds in besieged Gaza, days after the end of a 11-day Israeli bombing campaign. Dozens of Jewish settlers, flanked by heavily armed Israeli special forces, entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem in the early morning, further raising tensions hours after Palestinian worshippers were beaten andContinue reading “Backed by Israeli police, Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa compound”

Bernie Sanders Is Set to Introduce a Resolution to End Arms Sale to Israel

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is set to introduce a resolution condemning the United States’ sale of $735 million in weapons to Israel, according to a draft obtained by multiple news outlets. The resolution, along with a similar push in the House, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), signals a significant departure among progressives from President Joe Biden’s stance towardContinue reading “Bernie Sanders Is Set to Introduce a Resolution to End Arms Sale to Israel”

Israel’s ‘shocking disregard’ for Palestinian lives may amount to war crimes, says Amnesty

‘Entire families were buried beneath the rubble when the buildings they lived in collapsed’ Attacks by Israeli forces on residential homes in Gaza should be investigated as “war crimes,” Amnesty International said on Monday. Calling the attacks “crimes against humanity”, the human rights body said that Israel was displaying a “shocking disregard” for the lives of Palestinian civilians. AmnestyContinue reading “Israel’s ‘shocking disregard’ for Palestinian lives may amount to war crimes, says Amnesty”

For 3rd time, US blocking joint Security Council statement urging ceasefire

Member states have until noon on Monday to negotiate; diplomats tell ToI that Washington is pushing back on statement which laments loss of life, but doesn’t mention Hamas rockets For the third time in a week, the US is blocking a joint statement from the UN Security Council calling for an immediate ceasefire between IsraelContinue reading “For 3rd time, US blocking joint Security Council statement urging ceasefire”

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