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Tanks seen close to Gaza border as Israel vows to press forward with Rafah floor operation

US president Joe Biden for the primary time publicly vowed to withhold weapons from Israel if its forces make a floor offensive into Rafah in southern Gaza.

“I made it clear that if they go into Rafah …, I’m not supplying the weapons,” Mr Biden, whose administration has repeatedly requested Israel for its plan to guard civilians in Rafah, mentioned in an interview with CNN.

Mr Biden acknowledged that US bombs supplied to Israel have killed Gaza civilians within the seven-month offensive geared toward annihilating Hamas. He mentioned the US would proceed offering defensive weapons to Israel, together with for its Iron Dome air defence system, to answer assaults from throughout the Middle East.

There was no fast remark from Israel on Mr Biden’s remarks, however Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed the Rafah operation will go forward, saying it should hit Rafah to defeat Hamas fighters there.

The Israeli Defence Forces continued tank and aerial strikes on southern Gaza after shifting in through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Tuesday, reducing off an important assist route.


Why the US is stopping some bomb shipments to Israel?

The United States has suspended a cargo of weapons to Israel, together with heavy bombs the US ally utilized in its marketing campaign towards Hamas militants in Gaza which has killed greater than 34,000 Palestinians.

The suspension comes as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues a army assault on the Palestinian metropolis of Rafah, over the objections of US president Joe Biden.

The US is reviewing “near term security assistance,” protection secretary Lloyd Austin advised a Senate listening to yesterday “in the context of unfolding events in Rafah”.

“We’ve been very clear…from the very beginning that Israel shouldn’t launch a major attack into Rafah without accounting for and protecting the civilians that are in that battlespace,” Mr Austin mentioned. More than a million Palestinian civilians have sought shelter in Rafah, many beforehand displaced from different components of Gaza following Israel’s orders to evacuate from there.

The US choice was taken attributable to issues concerning the “end-use of the 2,000-pound bombs and the impact they could have in dense urban settings as we have seen in other parts of Gaza,” mentioned a US official talking on situation of anonymity. The US had fastidiously reviewed the supply of weapons that is likely to be utilized in Rafah, the official mentioned.

Meanwhile, a US official advised the Washington Post that the weapons cargo might nonetheless be delivered at White House’s discretion, including {that a} “final” choice on the way to proceed has not been made.

In any case, the official added, the Israeli army has sufficient weapons provided by the US and different Western nations to conduct the Rafah operation if it chooses to solid apart the White House’s objections.

Namita Singh9 May 2024 05:36


Unicef involved for 600,000 displaced Palestinian kids

Unicef has urged Israel’s authorities to agree a ceasefire deal because the UN company expressed concern for displaced Palestinian kids.

“There’s 600,000 children that are seeking shelter in Rafah and that many of them have been displaced multiple times already,” Unicef spokesperson Tess Ingram advised The Intercept. “They’re exhausted, traumatised, sick, hungry, and their ability to safely evacuate is limited.”

Children stand by an influence crater on the website of a constructing that was hit by Israeli bombardment in Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip on 8 May 2024 (AFP through Getty Images)

“The area that they’re being directed to evacuate to is not safe. It’s not safe because there aren’t the services there to meet their basic needs, water, toilets, shelter,” she advised the outlet. “But it’s also not safe because we know that that area has been subject to strikes despite being a so-called safe zone. So we’re really concerned about that impact of a ground offensive on one of the most densely populated areas in the world.”

Namita Singh9 May 2024 05:08


Israel says it reopened a key Gaza crossing, UN says no assist entered

The Israeli army yesterday mentioned it reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza after days of closure however the UN mentioned no humanitarian assist entered and there was nobody to obtain it on the Palestinian aspect since staff had fled throughout the army’s incursion into the realm.

The Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza and Israel was closed over the weekend after a Hamas rocket assault killed 4 Israeli troopers close by. On Tuesday, an Israeli tank brigade seized the close by Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, forcing its closure.

Israeli troopers manage their tools and a tank close to the border with the Southern Gaza Strip on 5 May 2024 in Southern Israel, Israel (Getty Images)

The two crossings are the principle terminals for entry of meals, drugs and different provides important for the survival of Gaza’s inhabitants of two.3 million Palestinians.

The Israeli foray didn’t seem like the beginning of the full-scale invasion of town of Rafah that Israel has repeatedly threatened. But assist officers warned that the extended closure of the 2 crossings might trigger the collapse of assist operations, worsening the humanitarian disaster in Gaza, the place the UN says a “full-blown famine” is already underway within the north.

Namita Singh9 May 2024 05:02


A looming humanitarian disaster amid Israel’s Rafah assault

Hamas mentioned its fighters yesterday had been battling Israeli forces in Rafah’s east and Islamic Jihad’s fighters attacked Israeli troopers and army automobiles with heavy artillery close to town’s lengthy deserted airport.Israeli tank shells landed in the midst of Rafah wounding not less than 25 individuals, medics mentioned. Residents mentioned an Israeli air strike killed 4 individuals and wounded 16 others in western Rafah.

The Israeli army mentioned its troops had found Hamas infrastructure in a number of locations in jap Rafah and had been conducting focused raids in Rafah and airstrikes throughout the Gaza Strip.

A boy stands earlier than an influence crater on the website of a constructing that was hit by Israeli bombardment in Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip on 8 May 2024 (AFP through Getty Images)

The UN, Gaza residents and humanitarian teams say additional Israeli incursion into Rafah will lead to a humanitarian disaster.

A UN official mentioned no gas or assist had entered the Gaza Strip because of the army operation, a scenario “disastrous for the humanitarian response” in Gaza the place greater than half the inhabitants is struggling catastrophic starvation.

Palestinians have crammed into tented camps and makeshift shelters, affected by shortages of meals, water and drugs.

“The streets of the city echo with the cries of innocent lives lost, families torn apart, and homes reduced to rubble,” Rafah mayor Ahmed Al-Sofi mentioned, interesting to the worldwide group to intervene.

Namita Singh9 May 2024 04:39


No extra concessions to Israel in truce talks, says Hamas

Palestinian militant group Hamas mentioned yesterday it might make no extra concessions to Israel in Gaza truce talks.

Delegations from Hamas, Israel, the US, Egypt and Qatar have been assembly in Cairo since Tuesday. Citing a supply accustomed to the matter, Egypt’s state-affiliated Al Qahera TV reported early this morning that areas of disagreement had been being resolved and there have been indicators that an settlement will probably be reached, with out giving particulars.

But Izzat El-Reshiq, a member of Hamas’s political workplace in Qatar, mentioned in an announcement yesterday that the group wouldn’t transcend a ceasefire proposal it accepted on Monday. It would additionally entail the discharge of some Israeli hostages in Gaza and Palestinian girls and youngsters detained in Israel.

Children stand by an influence crater on the website of a constructing that was hit by Israeli bombardment in Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip on 8 May 2024 (AFP through Getty Images)

“Israel isn’t serious about reaching an agreement and it is using the negotiation as a cover to invade Rafah and occupy the crossing,” mentioned Reshiq.

Israel on Monday declared that the three-phase truce proposal accredited by Hamas was unacceptable as a result of phrases had been watered down. It didn’t reply instantly to the Hamas assertion.

The US mentioned on Tuesday that Hamas had revised its ceasefire proposal and the revision might overcome an deadlock in negotiations. Just a number of hours earlier than Hamas’s newest assertion, Washington continued to say the 2 sides weren’t far aside.

“We believe there is a pathway to a deal … The two sides are close enough they should do what they can to get to a deal,” US nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan advised reporters.

Namita Singh9 May 2024 04:38


‘Very disappointing’ says Israel’s UN ambassador on US weapon halt

US officers yesterday confirmed that Washington paused supply of a cargo of bombs to Israel due to the chance to civilians in Gaza.

Israel’s UN ambassador, Gilad Erdan, known as that call “very disappointing” however mentioned he didn’t imagine the US would cease supplying arms to Israel.

The United States is by far the most important provider of weapons to Israel, and it accelerated deliveries after the Hamas assaults on 7 October that triggered Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

Men and a boy examine the location of a constructing that was hit by Israeli bombardment in Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip on 8 May 2024 amid the continued battle within the Palestinian territory between Israel and the militant group Hamas (AFP through Getty Images)

However, Joe Biden has been underneath stress from his fellow Democrats and rising campus protests to discourage Israel from invading Rafah. His assist of Israel has turn into a political legal responsibility because the president runs for re-election.

Namita Singh9 May 2024 04:35


Civilians in Gaza killed from US-supplied bombs, acknowledges Biden

Joe Biden acknowledged that “civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of” US-supplied bombs.

Mr Biden’s feedback, his starkest to this point, enhance the stress on Israel to chorus from a full-scale assault on Rafah, the place a whole lot of hundreds of Palestinians have sought refuge after fleeing fight farther north in Gaza.

There was no fast remark from Israel on his remarks, however Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has mentioned the Rafah operation would go forward. Israel says it should hit Rafah to defeat hundreds of Hamas fighters it says are there.

Israel, in the meantime, continued tank and aerial strikes on southern Gaza after shifting in through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Tuesday, reducing off an important assist route.

Namita Singh9 May 2024 04:15


Biden says US received’t provide weapons for Israel to assault Rafah

President Joe Biden mentioned that he wouldn’t provide offensive weapons that Israel might use to launch an all-out assault on Rafah — the final main Hamas stronghold in Gaza — over concern for the well-being of the a couple of million civilians sheltering there.

Mr Biden, in an interview with CNN, mentioned the US was nonetheless dedicated to Israel’s defence and would provide Iron Dome rocket interceptors and different defensive arms, however that if Israel goes into Rafah, “we’re not going to supply the weapons and artillery shells used.”

US president Joe Biden steps off Marine One upon arrival at Soldier Field Landing Zone in Chicago, Illinois, on 8 May 2024 (AFP through Getty Images)

Namita Singh9 May 2024 04:14


Killing of man in Egypt ‘linked to Gaza’

A Canadian man “of Jewish Israeli descent” has been shot dead in the Egyptian city of Alexandria in a suspected criminal case, a security source said, while a previously unknown militant group said it carried out the attack in reaction to the war in Gaza.

The Egyptian security source said the man had been killed “with the motive of robbery” and made no link between the shooting and the victim’s ethnic background.

But a message on Telegram by a beforehand unknown group known as “Vanguards of Liberation” claimed accountability for the assault as a response to Israel’s army marketing campaign in Gaza and its transfer to grab management of the Rafah crossing on Egypt’s border with the enclave. It named the sufferer as Ziv Kipper, accusing him of working for Israeli intelligence.

Jane Dalton9 May 2024 02:00


Rafah residents face ‘the fire of hell’

Recap: United Nations officers have warned that important assist is being “choked off” after Israeli forces and tanks seized management of the principle assist crossing in Rafah:

Jane Dalton9 May 2024 00:10