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Gaza death toll nears 38,600 as Israel kills 141 more Palestinians (Anadolu)


Permalink Israel targets Palestinians from land and air in West Bank

At any other time in Palestinian history, the West Bank’s resistance to Israel’s lethal military raids and colonial encroachments would earn the title of a third intifada. | Since 7 October, Israel’s military has intensified its raids into occupied West Bank cities, towns and refugee camps. These military operations, which often involve special units and an array of armored vehicles and bulldozers, have wrought widespread devastation, severely damaging electricity networks, water and sewage infrastructure, uprooting roads and destroying homes.  In the West Bank, Israel has been killing Palestinians by various means. Israeli forces shoot Palestinians at protests, during military incursions or even by carrying out extrajudicial executions.  Now, even aerial attacks in the occupied West Bank is not an unusual occurrence, after the practice was dormant since the second intifada until last summer. Since 7 October, Israel has conducted dozens of airstrikes in the occupied West Bank, killing at least 86 Palestinians, including 14 children, according to records kept by UN monitoring group OCHA.

As the world [the media] focuses on Gaza, Israel is annexing the West Bank (Arab News)


Permalink Gaza City area ‘in complete ruins’ as 300,000 Palestinians forced to flee

Israel’s war on Gaza live: 300,000 Palestinians flee Gaza City invasion | Civilians fleeing Gaza City say people were shot dead during evacuations after the entire population of Gaza City – 300,000 people – was ordered to leave by Israel’s military.  A trail of destruction is left as Israeli forces partially pull out of Gaza City’s Shujayea district after a bloody two-week incursion, with bodies “filling the streets” of their next target, the Tal al-Hawa neighbourhood, residents say.

IDF Soldiers Detail Policies of Shooting Civilians, Destroying Homes - Report (07/09/24)


Permalink IDF Soldiers Detail Policies of Shooting Civilians, Destroying Homes - Report

On Monday, Independent media outlet +972 Magazine released a report detailing interviews the outlet did with Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, which describe a policy that allowed soldiers to virtually fire at will and required soldiers to burn the homes of Palestinians that they occupied. | The interviewees also alleged that the bodies of Palestinian civilians were allowed to rot in the street and were only hidden by the IDF before international organizations traveled through the area. One soldier testified that soldiers often would fire indiscriminately to blow off steam during the operation. “They report it as ‘normal fire,’ which is a codename for ‘I’m bored, so I shoot.” Another soldier said there was “total freedom of action,” for the IDF in Gaza.

💬 “If there is [even] a feeling of threat, there is no need to explain – you just shoot,” the soldier described. “It is permissible to shoot at their center mass, not into the air. It’s permissible to shoot everyone, a young girl, an old woman.”

‘I’m bored, so I shoot’: The Israeli army’s approval of free-for-all violence in Gaza (+972 Magazine)
Three Gazans found dead after release from Israeli custody (aNews)
Involvement in, and Incitement to Genocide — Report to The Hague (10/31/23)
👉 Israeli Defense Minister: "We have abolished all the rules of war. Our soldiers will not be held responsible for anything. There will be no military courts” (10/12/23)


Permalink Live blog: Thousands of Palestinians flee as Israel bombs southwest Gaza

Israel's war on Gaza, now in its 276th day, has killed at least 38,098 Palestinians — majority of them women and children –– and wounded 87,705, with 10,000+ estimated to be buried under the debris and 9,500+ abducted by Tel Aviv. | 0723 GMT — Thousands of Palestinians have fled large areas of southwest Gaza City after Israeli forces unexpectedly intruded for the first time in over three months and opened heavy fire targeting roads, homes, and residential buildings, resulting in dozens of casualties.  The Israeli forces' incursion prompted a mass exodus of thousands of Palestinians to the city's northwestern neighborhoods.   An Anadolu Agency correspondent reported that Israeli military vehicles entered the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, the industrial area, the university zones, and the southern outskirts of the Rimal under heavy fire from fighter jets and artillery. Massive explosions and continuous air and heavy artillery bombardment targeted eastern, central, and western Gaza City overnight and into Monday morning, witnesses said. This was the first large-scale military offensive since the Israeli army's attack near al-Shifa Hospital and its surroundings at the end of March.

Death toll in Gaza could exceed 186,000: The Lancet (TRT World)
Report Confirms Israel Ordered ‘Hannibal Directive’ During October 7 Response (antiwar.com)


Permalink Live blog: Palestinian death toll tops 38,150 amid intense Israeli strikes

Israel's war on Gaza, now in its 275th day, has killed at least 38,098 Palestinians — majority of them women and children –– and wounded 87,705, with 10,000+ estimated to be buried under the debris of bombed homes and 9,500+ abducted by Tel Aviv. | 1042 GMT — At least 55 more Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks in Gaza, taking the overall death toll to 38,153 people since last Oct. 7, the Health Ministry in the enclave has said. A ministry statement added that 87,828 people have also been injured in the onslaught. “Israeli attacks killed 55 people and injured 123 others in the last 24 hours,” the statement said. “Many people are still trapped under rubble and on the roads as rescuers are unable to reach them,” it added.


Permalink Israeli Losses Grow In Gaza, West Bank

Israel’s continued war on the Gaza Strip is causing much escalation in the occupied West Bank, with Israeli losses mounting in both Palestinian regions. | On June 27, an Israeli soldier who served as a sniper squad commander in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Kfir Brigade’s Haruv reconnaissance unit was killed and 16 other troops were wounded while conducting an operation in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.  The troops were targeted by two large explosive devices, which were buried deep under a road. A Panther armored personnel carrier (APC) was also badly damaged in the well-planned attack, which was claimed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.  On the same day, a soldier from the Nahal Brigade’s 931st Battalion was killed in a Hamas sniper attack in the area of Rafah in southern Gaza.  And on June 28, two other IDF soldiers, one from the Paratroopers Brigade’s 890th Battalion and another from the 7th Armored Brigade’s 77th Battalion, were killed in separate attacks in Gaza City’s Shejaiya area in the northern part of the Strip.  On July 1, another Israeli soldier from the Nahal Brigade’s 931st Battalion was killed as a result of an attack in Rafah.  Two other soldiers from the 8th Reserve Armored Brigade’s 121st Battalion were killed as a result of an attack in central Gaza on the same day.

200+ rockets, swarm of drones: Hezbollah avenges cmdr. assassination (Al Mayadeen)
Two Israeli Soldiers Killed Fighting In Gaza, Another In Karmiel Stabbing Attack (18+ Videos) (South Front)
‘Hamas has never been stronger’: Israel is stuck in a war it can’t win (RT.com)
Israel war on Gaza live: Hamas shares ceasefire plan, Israeli attacks surge (Al Jazeera)


Permalink The Gaza Death Toll Undercount

Chris Hedges | The Gaza Health Ministry has so far recorded some 38,000 deaths and 85,000 injuries. This is a vast undercount. The Health Ministry only counts the names of deceased recorded by hospitals and morgues. | Given that Israel has bombed most hospitals, clinics and morgues into disuse and blocked medical supplies and fuel, given that there are tens of thousands of missing, most likely buried under the rubble, it is certain that the number of dead is in the tens of thousands, perhaps as high as 200,000.  The Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, Devi Sridhar, estimates half a million Palestinians in Gaza will die in 2024. (It’s not just bullets and bombs. I have never seen health organisations as worried as they are about disease in Gaza | Devi Sridhar). This is a far more realistic body count. As Israel continues its saturation bombing and shelling of Gaza, as Palestinians continue to succumb to the Israeli orchestrated famine as well as the spread of infectious diseases caused by a lack of clean water, food, sanitation and health facilities, the numbers of dead will skyrocket.  Hamas fighters, able to take refuge in the vast tunnel system in Gaza, have little interest in publicizing the huge numbers of civilians left above ground to die. The Israeli government is not anxious to make public the actual scale of the killing. But even the official undercount is too onerous for the mandarins in the two ruling parties, as the House recently passed a an amendment to the Department of State appropriations bill that “prohibits funds appropriated by this act to be made available for the State Department to cite statistics obtained from the Gaza Health Ministry.”  And so we blot out all numbers, as if the most heinous genocide in modern history, one that by the time it is over will take hundreds of thousands of lives, is not happening.

Day 239: Over 70 Bodies Found, including 20 Children, After Israeli Military Withdraws from Jabalia Camp (06/01/24)

Permalink Release of detained al-Shifa hospital director sparks political row in Israel

A political row has broken out in Israel after about 50 Palestinian detainees from Gaza were released, including Muhammad Abu Salamiya, director of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. | Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s far-right internal security minister described it as “security recklessness”. Haaretz reports that sources close to defense minister Yoav Gallant have said he was not aware that the release was planned, and that he was not involved. Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that he had ordered an immediate inquiry, but noted that “the decision to release the prisoners follows High Court hearings,” and that releases were determined “independently by security officials.” [...] Upon his release, speaking from Nasser hospital in Gaza’s Khan Younis, Abu Salmiya said:

💬 All the Palestinian detainees are suffering. I left them in a very dire condition. My message is that their issue must be part of any negotiations until all the Palestinian detainees are released. Al-Shifa Hospital will be rebuilt and it will be once again a beacon of healthcare for all the Palestinians, not only Gazans. I will resume my duties as soon as it is feasible.  Israel arrests everyone, including medical teams. There are prisoners who died from torture, and there are physicians and medical staff members who are still being held and in need of treatment. We are happy about the release but we left behind thousands who are enduring indescribable suffering.



Ilana Mercer | |Israel is engaged in the mother of all performative contradictions: denying genocide, while committing genocide, all the while demanding the right to genocide. | The Jewish State is genocidal not because it has been denounced as “genocidal” by ostensible “antisemites” and “terrorist sympathizers,” but by virtue of its actions. Israel is genocidal by virtue of what it has done to Gaza, the people and their land. [...] Thus, the labels “antisemite” and “terrorist sympathizer” amount to a blood libel leveled at millions, perhaps billions, in the Global South, in particular—although the wholesale slaughter carried out by Israel in Gaza has stirred hearts across the world.

US to unblock bomb shipments to Israel – Axios (RT.com) | The US has decided to release a shipment of 1,800 bombs to Israel that was suspended several months ago amid concerns over destruction in the Gazan city of Rafah, Axios reported on Thursday. According to unnamed US and Israeli officials who spoke with the news site, the administration of US President Joe Biden is willing to send a batch of 500-pound (226kg) bombs that were put on hold in April.


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Permalink Israel’s leaked plan for annexing the West Bank

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich’s plan to annex the West Bank would see over 60% of the territory becoming a part of Israel. But Palestinian experts say it is “already happening.” | The issue of Israel’s creeping annexation of the West Bank has resurfaced in recent days after a leaked recording of Israel’s finance minister Bezalel Smotrich revealed a “dramatic” plan to impose permanent Israeli control over the West Bank “without the government being accused of annexing it,” as Smotrich was recorded saying.  Smotrich’s statements, recorded by the Peace Now Israeli NGO and published by CNN and the New York Times, were made during a speech he gave to settler leaders earlier in June. Smotrich was recorded saying that he had elaborated a plan in the past year and a half and exposed it to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, who was “fully onboard.”  The plan centers around transferring administrative authorities in the West Bank from the Israeli army to the civil authorities of the Israeli government. Smotrich said that he oversaw the creation of an entire administrative body directly linked to the government and that members of this body were already embedded in the Israeli army’s Civil Administration.


Permalink Israel war on Gaza live: 24 hours of ‘bloody, brutal’ attacks on civilians

   Israel’s warplanes, artillery strike densely-populated civilian areas in Gaza’s north, centre and south over previous 24 hours, killing dozens, with Israeli ground troops “systematically demolishing residential homes” in southern city of Rafah: Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Gaza.
   “The bodies of thousands of the missing children remain buried under the rubble,” UNICEF deputy chief tells the UN Security Council in a briefing on Gaza.
   Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says “significant progress” was made on US support for Israel’s “force build-up” and weapons supply during trip to Washington, DC.
   “It’s unbearable,” says Khaled Shakshir, a volunteer hospital technician at Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza’s Deir el-Balah as equipment, including anaesthesia machines, break down.
   At least 37,718 people have been killed and 86,377 wounded in Israel’s war on Gaza since October 7. The revised death toll in Israel from the Hamas-led attacks stands at 1,139, with dozens of people still held captive in Gaza.

Palestinian Resistance IEDs [Improvised explosive device] leave 17 Israeli soldiers wounded in Jenin (Al Mayadeen)


Permalink Israel targets US public with massive propaganda campaign: Report

Israel is covertly funding a massive propaganda campaign to target the US public, including through the passage of legislation to restrict US citizens’ right to free speech when criticizing Israel and its ongoing war on Gaza, The Guardian reported on 24 June. | The UK newspaper reported that there are 80 programs already underway as part of the massive propaganda campaign known as the “Voices of Israel.” The program is funded and run by the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, led by MK Amichai Chikli. The program was designed to carry out what Israel calls “mass consciousness activities” targeting the US and European public.


Permalink Israel’s main goal is the extermination of Palestinians – retired NATO colonel

The IDF’s “brute force” strategy makes no sense from a counterinsurgency perspective, Col. Jacques Baud has claimed | Israel’s tactics in Gaza go against all the rules of counterinsurgency and can only be explained as a deliberate effort to “eliminate the Palestinians,” former NATO analyst and Swiss intelligence officer Col. Jacques Baud has said.  Speaking to ‘Going Underground’ host Afshin Rattansi on Monday, Baud said that Israel is “not trying to solve the problem [of Hamas violence] on the political side, as we normally should for a counterinsurgency.”  “They are doing it by brute force, meaning that they destroy people and that’s the name of the game,” he added.  In nearly nine months of warfare against Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has killed almost 38,000 people in Gaza, the majority of them women and children, according to the latest figures from the territory’s health ministry.

Israeli’s military again strikes an aid distribution site in southern Gaza (Al Jazeera)


Permalink A paramedic carries two children one under each arm Fighting rages in Rafah as Israeli attacks kill 5 Palestinians in Gaza City

Israel war on Gaza live: Israeli forces attack Gaza City, Rafah | Israeli forces launch air raids and artillery attacks on Rafah in southern Gaza, as Palestinian officials report five deaths in northern Gaza City following a series of attacks. The attacks follow a day of relentless bombings that killed at least 101 Palestinians across the Gaza Strip, marking the most violent day in the enclave since Israeli troops killed 274 people while freeing four captives in Nuseirat earlier this month.

‘Human shielding in action’: Israeli forces strap Palestinian man to jeep (Al Jazeera)
Injured Palestinian Strapped to IDF Vehicle in Alleged 'Human Shield' Incident (Sputnik News)


Permalink US prepared to back 'Israel' in full-scale war with Hezbollah: CNN

A senior administration official tells CNN that US officials emphasized that the Biden administration would provide "Israel" with the necessary security assistance. | Senior US officials assured a delegation of top Israeli officials visiting Washington this week that the Biden administration is fully prepared to support its ally in case of a full-scale war with Hezbollah, CNN reported, citing a senior administration official.  The Biden administration has consistently claimed that it wants to avoid a war between "Israel" and Hezbollah, advocating for diplomatic de-escalation. This week, US envoy Amos Hochstein was sent to the region in an attempt to supposedly help ease tensions.  The media outlet noted that top Israeli officials, including Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer and "National Security" Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi, held meetings with Biden administration officials such as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and White House Middle East Coordinator Brett McGurk. Sources revealed that the Israeli and American officials discussed various topics, including the situation along the border with Lebanon, Iran, and ceasefire and prisoner exchange negotiations.

New war is coming – UN (RT.com)
Former Ombudsman Warns Netanyahu: ‘Israel’ Attack on Hezbollah Will Be Mass Suicide (Al Manar TV)
Ambassadors EVACUATING Lebanon; Outbreak of War Deemed "Imminent" (Hal Turner Show)
Israel will be the ‘ultimate loser’ in war with Hezbollah, Iran says (Al Jazeera)
Is Cyprus about to be dragged into a war between Israel and Hezbollah? (Al Jazeera)
US State Dept. official on Israeli-Palestinian affairs resigns: WashPo (Al Mayadeen)
Hezbollah drones constitute 'new generation of unconventional threats' (06/20/24)


Permalink Israel war on Gaza live: 25 killed, 50 wounded in attack on Mawasi

  At least 25 killed, 50 wounded in Israeli attack on tents of displaced people in Mawasi, says Palestinian Health Ministry.
  Israeli tanks push deeper into western Rafah in south Gaza, firing shells at displaced people’s tents, with one armoured vehicle blown up by a Hamas-planted improvised explosive device.
  The White House has described Benjamin Netanyahu’s criticism of the suspension of one US weapons delivery to Israel as “vexing” and “disappointing” as the public rift between the two allies intensifies.
  Israeli forces have carried out deadly air attacks across Gaza over the past 24 hours, including a strike on a home that has killed eight people in Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighbourhood.
  United Nations experts have warned arms manufacturers against transferring weapons to Israel, saying they could be complicit in violations of international law carried out in Gaza.
  At least 37,431 people have been killed and 85,653 wounded in Israel’s war on Gaza since October 7. The death toll in Israel from the Hamas-led attacks stands at 1,139, with dozens of people still held captive in Gaza.


Permalink IDF knew of Hamas's plan to kidnap 250 before October 7 attack - report

The IDF had precise information about Hamas's intentions, but due to prevailing conceptions in the security establishment and possible negligence by officials, the warning signs were not acted on. | A newly surfaced document has revealed that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and intelligence systems had detailed knowledge of Hamas's plan to raid Israel and kidnap 250 people weeks before the October 7 massacre.  The document, which was compiled in the Gaza Division, outlined Hamas's intentions and was known to top intelligence officials, according to a report by Kan News.  The document, titled "Detailed End-to-End Raid Training," was distributed on September 19, 2023, and described in detail the series of exercises conducted by Hamas's elite units.

October 7: An Israeli Inside Job? Former IDF Soldiers Speak Out (SPR) (05/01/24)(VIDEO)


Permalink Israel kills scores in overnight central Gaza strikes despite 'pause'

US Democrats support Israel arms sale following pressure from Biden administration | Israel’s bombing of several areas in central Gaza has killed at least 17 people overnight, according to local media reports. The attacks include a strike on the al-Rai family’s home in Nuseirat, which killed at least eight people.  Palestine’s Wafa news agency also reported Israeli strikes on Rafah, southern Gaza, despite the Israeli army's announced "pause" in fighting to facilitate the flow of aid. The intense bombing of central Gaza comes as a senior Israeli negotiator told AFP that tens of hostages held by Hamas are alive “with certainty”.  The negotiator, who spoke to the agency on the condition of anonymity, said that Israel cannot end the war before ensuring the release of all hostages as he believes Hamas could “breach their commitment... and drag out the negotiations for 10 years”.

At least 17 Palestinians killed in night of Israeli bombardment in Nuseirat (Al Jazeera)


Permalink Israeli army in ‘urgent need’ of troops as resistance deals heavy losses

Israel has supported a draft bill to extend the retirement age of reservists due to 'high volumes' of soldier deaths in Gaza | The Israeli army is facing significant difficulties in confronting the Palestinian resistance across the Gaza Strip, Hebrew news outlet Channel 12 reported on 16 June. Hamas’ Qassam Brigades and other groups are “still waging war in the Gaza Strip, and are capable of harming Israeli army soldiers,” military sources told the outlet. The sources added that in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah particularly, the army has not been able to eliminate the Qassam Brigades or its military capabilities, and that Tel Aviv may end the operation there without achieving its goals.

Benjamin Netanyahu Dissolves Israeli War Cabinet (Financial World)


Permalink The Day the West Defined 'Success' as a Massacre of 270 Palestinians

Jonathan Cook | Israelis dance in the streets, the White House hails a ‘daring’ operation, Rishi Sunak expresses relief. How carnage in Gaza has become the new normal | Israel hasn’t just crossed the Biden administration’s pretend “red lines” in Gaza. With its massacre at Nuseirat refugee camp at the weekend, Israel drove a bulldozer through them.  On Saturday, an Israeli military operation to free four Israelis held captive by Hamas since its 7 October attack on Israel resulted in the killing of more than 270 Palestinians, many of them women and children. The true death toll may never be known. Untold numbers of men, women and children are still under rubble from the bombardment, crushed to death, or trapped and suffocating, or expiring slowly from dehydration if they cannot be dug out in time.  Many hundreds more are suffering agonising injuries – should their wounds not kill them – in a situation where there are almost no medical facilities left after Israel’s destruction of hospitals and its mass kidnap of Palestinian medical personnel. Further, there are no drugs to treat the victims, given Israel’s months-long imposition of an aid blockade.  Israelis and American Jewish organisations – so ready to judge Palestinians for cheering attacks on Israel – celebrated the carnage caused in freeing the Israeli captives, who could have returned home months ago had Israel been ready to agree on a ceasefire. Videos even show Israelis dancing in the street.

‘Israel’ effaces all signs of joy, ability to celebrate Eid in Gaza (Al Mayadeen)
UK's chief rabbi gives his blessing to war crimes in Gaza (Jonathan Cook)


Permalink Palestinian Resistance op. sets APC ablaze, kills 8 soldiers inside

Israeli media outlets are reporting a "difficult" event in Rafah, explaining that eight soldiers were burned to death in the Gaza Strip. | The Palestinian Resistance killed eight Israeli occupation soldiers who were reportedly asleep in an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) in the southern Gaza Strip, Israeli media outlets reported on Saturday. The news has emerged as Israeli occupation forces are launching an invasion into the western neighborhood of al-Sultan in Rafah.  Relating a slightly different course of events but with the same end result, the al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement in which it announced that on the morning of the day of Arafat Day, its freedom fighters carried out a complex ambush against Israeli vehicles penetrating the area of ​​the Saudi neighborhood in Tal al-Sultan, west of the city of Rafah. The cab of a D9 military bulldozer, according to the Resistance group, was targeted by an al-Yassin 105 shell, causing it to catch fire and resulting in casualties among its crew. Immediately upon the arrival of the rescue force, a Namer APC was targeted with an al-Yassin 105 shell, which led to its destruction and the killing of all its crew members.

Palestinians ‘denied protection, dignity’ as 28 killed in attack on homes (Al Jazeera)
'You just want to cry': Ex-Israeli cmdr. says Galilee lost to Hezbollah (PressTV)


Permalink Day 252 in Gaza: 'Israel' continues aggression, kills two children

The Israeli occupation continues to intensify its aggression against the Gaza Strip, killing and injuring more Palestinians. | Israeli warplanes continue raiding Palestinian homes across the entirety of the Gaza Strip on day 252 of the genocidal war the occupation has launched against Palestinians, killing more martyrs and injuring more civilians.  According to Al Mayadeen's correspondent in Gaza, the occupation intensified, over the past few hours, its bombardment of the al-Zaytoun, al-Daraj, and al-Tuffah neighborhoods in central Gaza, as well as Jabalia in northern Gaza.  During the early hours of Friday, Israeli warplanes targeted the entrance to the al-Bureij camp in central Gaza. Local Palestinian media reported that a child was killed, while other Palestinians were injured when "Israel" struck their home in al-Bureij. The child martyr and the injured were all transported to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

Child dies from malnutrition as 'famine-like conditions' return (MEE)
LIVE: Boy dies of malnutrition in Gaza amid Israel’s ‘normalised brutality’ (Al Jazeera)

Permalink US mulls dismantling Gaza 'Aid Pier' for second time in two weeks

The US-built port has delivered very little actual aid to starving Palestinians while the area next to it was used as part of the Israeli operation to massacre hundreds of Palestinians and rescue four captives | The US military is considering temporarily dismantling the pier it constructed off the coast of Gaza and moving it back to Israel amid concerns that rough seas could once again break it apart, CNN reported on 14 June.  Earlier this month, the fragile pier and causeway system, known as Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS), broke apart due to heavy waves and had to be towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod to be repaired. It was moved back to Gaza last week, and operations resumed on Saturday. However, were paused again on Monday and Tuesday due to heavy seas. Poor weather and rough waters are again expected this weekend.  Meanwhile, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) aid distribution operations at the pier have been suspended. WFP Director Cindy McCain announced on Sunday the organization was pausing its work there after the Israeli army used the area next to the pier to extract by helicopter four Israelis rescued from Hamas captivity in Gaza.

Permalink Yemen heats naval front as Gaza genocide continues, strikes 3 ships

The spokesperson of the YAF says that the Verbena cargo ship was targeted and hit in the Arabian Sea, leading to a fire erupting onboard. | The Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF) targeted three ships in the Red and Arabian Seas as part of the operations in support of Gaza, and in retaliation to the US-UK aggression on Yemen, spokesperson Brigadier General Yahya Saree stated on Thursday, as the ongoing Israeli genocide in the Strip has now surpassed 250 consecutive days.  The first operation was carried out by the YAF's missile force against the Verbena cargo ship in the Arabian Sea, Saree said, confirming that it was hit, leading to a fire erupting on board.

Houthis Attack Three More Ships In Gulf Of Aden, Red Sea (South Front)


Permalink Israel guilty of 'extermination, torture, sexual violence' in Gaza: UN probe

The investigation also determined that Israeli leaders are responsible of 'weaponizing' starvation against Palestinians in Gaza and 'instigating' a pattern of settler attacks in the occupied West Bank | The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on 12 June concluded that Israeli authorities are guilty of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” committed during the eight-month-long campaign of genocide in Gaza.  During its investigation, the COI found that Israeli authorities are responsible for “the war crimes of starvation as a method of warfare, murder or willful killing, intentionally directing attacks against civilians and civilian objects, forcible transfer, sexual violence, torture and inhuman or cruel treatment, arbitrary detention, and outrages upon personal dignity.”

Israeli Aggression Continues on 250th Day: Gaza Strip Suffers More Martyrs and Wounded (Al Manar TV)
Israel launches air, land, sea strikes against so-called safe zone in Gaza Strip (PressTV)
World witnessing ‘unique level’ of death, destruction in war-torn Gaza Strip: UN chief (PressTV)

Permalink ‘Catastrophic hunger’ in Gaza as 8,000 children suffer malnutrition: WHO

 Gaza officials say 15,694 children killed and 17,000 are without parents after 250 days of Israel’s war on Gaza.
 WHO chief warns of “catastrophic hunger” in Gaza, with 8,000 children under five years old suffering acute malnutrition in the war-torn territory.
 In the north of the Gaza Strip, food shortages have reached a crisis point as most food commodities have run out, official tells Al Jazeera.
 Hamas said it has shown “full positivity” in efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement with Israel, while US Secretary of State Blinken says some changes to the deal proposed by Hamas are not workable.
 At least 37,202 people killed and 84,932 wounded in Israel’s war on Gaza since October 7. The revised death toll in Israel from Hamas’s attacks stands at 1,139, with dozens of people still held captive in Gaza.

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