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More from Qassam Brigades’s Abu Obeida on Gaza fighting, captives

In the four-minute audio message where the spokesman of the armed wing of Hamas in Gaza announced the ambush of Israeli soldiers, he also commented on intense ongoing fighting across the enclave and the discovery of several Israeli captives’ bodies. Here is some of what he said:

  • The Israeli government continues its blind and absurd policy of revenge and destruction and moves from failure to failure – the latest chapter being failed military operations in Jabalia and Rafah.
  • Palestinian forces have carried out dozens of attacks against Israeli forces in more than two weeks of Israel’s ground invasions of Rafah and Beit Hanoon.
  • Israeli forces are digging up the remains of captives in Gaza for Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal machinations.
  • Israel is trying to portray the discovery of the remains of its captives as a military and moral achievement.

Israeli military says it attacked Hezbollah operatives

Fighter jets bombed a military structure run by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon’s Aitaroun area after operatives were identified through aerial monitoring to be inside. It also launched an artillery strike in Kfar Kila, in southern Lebanon, “to remove a threat”.

The Israeli military confirmed several rocket launches from Lebanon towards northern Israel, some damaging buildings in the area but not inflicting any casualties.


US military reports floating pier operational despite incident

The US Central Command says its personnel continue to work with humanitarian groups to deliver aid via the floating pier off Gaza after rough seas carried away several vessels.

US soldiers delivered 1,005 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the beach transfer point with 903 tonnes distributed to the UN warehouse.

The Israeli military continues to keep land crossings closed, while the UN, US and others say land crossings are the only effective way of getting large-scale aid to desperate and starving Palestinians.

It's something at least. Yet 1005 tonnes total since May 17th, 112 avg a day, 19 small trucks, 6 large trucks (per the average from the land crossings)
184 metric tons delivered to the beach on May 23 and 24, 92 avg, 15 small trucks, 5 large ones
397 metric tons delivered to the UN (from the beach) on May 23 and 24, 20 large trucks

Still no where close to a replacement to the 190 large trucks avg before the Rafah and Kerem Shalom closing. But it can't even reach that at full operational capacity. The land crossings need to be re-opened asap, regardless of the pier. The pier can deliver less than 45 transport trucks a day at full capacity, using the US' numbers of 500 tons per 90 smaller trucks. Or 25% of what Rafah and Kerem Shalom let in before the Rafah invasion started. That while the aid needs to be scaled up to 500 to 800 transport trucks a day to stave off famine.

It was 500 transport trucks daily before the war started, before the agricultural and fishing industry and everything else was destroyed. Of course those before the war contained a lot more than just food, however a lot more is needed than just food. The entire health system needs to be restored and water needs to be brought in as well with most of Gaza's water wells destroyed and no power for desalination.

Anyway the pier can deliver some desperately needed flower, yet just like air drops, it's merely a drop in the deep hole of extreme necessity after 7 months of destruction.

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Time to impose sanctions as Israel ignores international law: Palestinian official

Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, says he’s not surprised that Israel has ignored the world court’s order to immediately cease its assault on Rafah city.

“Israel for decades has considered itself above international law. But what’s changing now is its impunity is gone. Not only the ICJ but also the ICC are intervening. This is a new situation, but Israel is not listening,” Barghouti told Al Jazeera.

Israel killed at least 46 people, mostly children and women, on Saturday, he noted, adding, “so Netanyahu is proceeding”.

“The main country that can restrain Israel and stop it immediately is the United States of America. I believe now is the time to impose sanctions on Israel. It’s either support international law or support Israel,” said Barghouti.

Always twisting words to weasel a way out.

ICJ order on Rafah does not rule out entire offensive, Israeli officials say

Israeli forces are continuing their attacks on southern Gaza, despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Israel to “immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah Governorate” that “could bring about [the] physical destruction” of the Palestinian people, “in whole or in part”.

An Israeli official who spoke to the Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity said the ICJ’s ruling “is not a general order”. “We have never, and we will not, conduct any military action in Rafah or elsewhere… to bring about the destruction of the civilian population in Gaza, not in whole and not in part,” the official said.

Netanyahu’s National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi also told Israel’s N12 TV: “What they are asking us is not to commit genocide in Rafah. We did not commit genocide and we will not commit genocide.”

And when asked whether the Rafah offensive would continue, Hanegbi said: “According to international law, we have the right to defend ourselves and the evidence is that the court is not preventing us from continuing to defend ourselves.”


US army vessels supporting Gaza aid pier run aground

Two US vessels, used to deliver aid to Palestinians, have been grounded on a beach in the Israeli port of Ashdod, after rough seas caused some of the vessels to break free from their moorings

Beachgoers in Ashdod, Israel could be seen relaxing near the grounded vessels on Saturday

Humanitarian agencies have said the US-built pier cannot be a replacement for aid arriving in the Gaza Strip by land through two Rafah crossings seized by Israeli forces.


Former UN official questions US pier after latest difficulties

Craig Mokhiber, a former top UN human rights official, has questioned the US plan to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza through a temporary pier after the US said four vessels supporting the pier were washed away in the high seas on Saturday.

Mokhiber, who resigned from the UN last year, described the pier as a “fig leaf to cover US complicity in genocide and in the destruction of UNRWA” in a post on X. He said the pier had “failed to have any meaningful impact” while “Israel continues to block aid at all crossing points”.

The US Army has said the pier remained operational and is still working to deliver humanitarian assistance, after the incident.

On Friday, the UN said it had received the equivalent of 97 trucks of humanitarian supplies through the floating dock since it came into operation on May 17.

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Friday that aid delivery through the pier had “stabilised” after a “rocky start” but “what we want to see, as we’ve been saying, is massive aid coming in through land routes”.

UNRWA hails Egypt decision to send aid to Gaza via Karem Abu Salem crossing

Sam Rose, the director of planning at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, says the ICJ ruling ordering Israel to stop its offensive in Rafah has not changed much for Palestinians in Gaza.

“We’ve not seen any immediate changes on the ground in terms of impacts on the lives of Palestinians. What we have seen is a commitment for goods and for fuel to start flowing from Egypt tomorrow,” he told Al Jazeera from Rafah.

Rose was referring to an Egyptian commitment to send UN-provided humanitarian aid to Gaza via the Karem Abu Salem (known as Kerem Shalom to Israelis) crossing, located at the borders of Egypt, Israel and Gaza. Cairo said the move was temporary until legal mechanisms were in place to reopen the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza from the Palestinian side. Israel closed that crossing in early May.

“We see this as a positive development. This is something we’ve been calling for, for a long time. But until we are able to get those supplies in […] only then will we be able to resume distribution of flour and food commodities to the population that remains in Rafah and other parts of Gaza,” Rose said.

“We have – at UNRWA alone – thousands of trucks of aid, either inside Egypt or in Ashdod [port] in Israel. So the aid is there… on the boundaries, while the population in Gaza gets closer to famine.”

Aid trucks from Egypt enter Gaza through Karem Abu Salem crossing

Four humanitarian aid trucks from Egypt have entered Gaza through the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, according to the Egyptian broadcaster Al-Qahera.

The crossing is located at the intersection of Israel, Gaza and Egypt. The trucks were carrying fuel, according to the television network.

About 200 aid trucks from Egypt to enter Gaza today

Khaled Zayed, the head of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society in North Sinai, told Reuters that 200 aid trucks are expected to enter Gaza via the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing today.

Located at the borders of Egypt, Israel and Gaza, Karem Abu Salem is one of the two crossings into southern Gaza. The other one is the Rafah crossing, located between Egypt and Gaza, which has been closed since Israeli forces seized control of it on May 6.

Egypt on Friday agreed to allow UN-provided humanitarian aid to flow into Gaza temporarily through Karem Abu Salem until legal mechanisms are in place to reopen the Rafah border crossing from the Palestinian side.

Although the Rafah crossing has remained closed, some trucks have been entering Gaza through the Karem Abu Salem crossing. The exact number of trucks is not known since the UN says it has been unable to maintain a presence at either crossing to monitor them since May 7.

The UN has said 143 UN humanitarian trucks crossed through the Karem Abu Salem crossing between May 6 to 25, significantly less than the 146 trucks that entered Gaza per day on average through Karem Abu Salem in April.

Israel has a history of blocking UN investigators from entering Palestinian territory

The ICJ on Friday ruled that Israel must allow the UN and other relevant bodies, “unimpeded access to the Gaza Strip” to “investigate allegations of genocide”. But Palestinian lawyer Mohammad Dahleh told Al Jazeera’s Inside Story that Israel has denied access to similar inquiries in the past.

“Several UN inquiry commissions were supposed to come to the Palestinian Territories in the past, based on the resolutions of the UN General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, and other committees,” Dahleh said.

“Israel in the past hasn’t been cooperative and this time, I don’t think it’s going to be any different,” he added.

Dahleh noted that Israel continues to control who can and can’t enter the Gaza Strip, noting that ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan visited Israel and the occupied West Bank in December last year but did not visit the Gaza Strip.

“Gaza has been under Israeli full control from the sea from the air and from the [land] borders,” Dahleh said. “No one can enter Gaza without an Israeli permit or Israeli consent.”

Gantz seeks inquiry into October 7 attacks, war on Gaza: Reports

Israel’s war cabinet member Benny Gantz has submitted a proposal to the Israeli cabinet secretary to establish a commission of inquiry into October 7 and the war on Gaza, according to various Israeli media outlets.

Last week, Gantz threatened to quit Israel’s coalition government if Netanyahu didn’t come up with a plan for Gaza’s post-war governance within three weeks.

A leading figure in the opposition before joining the war cabinet, Gantz is currently viewed as Netanyahu’s main political rival in Israel.

Reports suggest Israel’s military operations in Gaza ‘not going well’

Mohamad Elmasry, a professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, citing a report in Politico, says “70 percent of Hamas’s fighting force remains intact on fighting in Gaza” and that Hamas has been able to recruit thousands of new members.

The report, he said, also indicated Hamas’s extensive tunnel network under the Gaza Strip remains largely intact.

Elmasry said there had also been reports that Hamas has been able to repurpose unexploded Israeli bombs, so the Palestinian group no longer has a weapons supply issue.

“I think Israel is clearly getting all it can handle on the battlefield right now,” he concluded.

There's definitely been an increase of counter attacks. With 10% of ordnance not exploding, Hamas has plenty ammo repurpose.

Netanyahu’s only interest is ‘political survival’: Lapid

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid says on X that Prime Minister Netanyahu and “his entourage” are people whose “only interest is political survival and wreaking havoc in the State of Israel”.

Lapid has been vocal in his criticism of the embattled Israeli leader and his government.

Earlier this month, he said the Netanyahu administration had “lost control”. “Relations with the US are collapsing; the middle class is collapsing,” he said at the time.

“Soldiers are being killed every day in Gaza, and they fight among themselves on television. The cabinet is disassembled and non-functional. Ministers protest in front of cabinet meetings.”

Deal on captives not realistic without ceasefire: Former Israeli general

General Yair Golan, former Israeli deputy chief of staff has told Radio Israel that “there will be no deal [between Israel and Hamas] without the cessation of fighting” in Gaza.

“Let’s be real with ourselves, and we will not listen to the poison machine coming out of Jerusalem,” the retired general was quoted as saying.

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Pakistani women, students protest for free Palestine in Karachi

Women held mock bodies symbolising Palestinians killed in Gaza at a demonstration opposing Israel’s war on the Palestinian enclave, in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday.

The protest came as Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the ICJ’s most recent ruling ‘ordering Israel to immediately halt its military offensive in Rafah in conformity with its obligations under the Genocide Convention’ 

The demonstrators marched towards the US consulate in Karachi, calling for a free Palestine and decrying US support for Israel’s war on Gaza.

Thousands of antiwar activists gather in Michigan for Palestine conference

More than 3,000 activists from all over the world have gathered in Detroit, Michigan for the People’s Conference for Palestine.

Australian Greens to push for vote on Palestinian statehood

The leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt, says his party will call a vote on Palestinian statehood in Australia’s Parliament next week, after a similar move announced by Ireland, Spain and Norway last week.

“Labor says today they support recognition of Palestine,” Bandt said in a post on X, referring to Australia’s Labor party-led government. “Let’s see how Labor votes.”

Bandt announced the plan after Australia’s Assistant Foreign Minister, Tim Watts, a member of the Australian Labor Party, said “anyone who is serious about peace knows that requires a two-state solution, a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel” in comments reported by the Guardian Australia.

Antigovernment Israeli protesters dispersed by police in Tel Aviv

Police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, and calling for the release of captives held in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday

Israeli bulldozer, snipers sighted in Jenin amid new raid

Israeli forces have launched a new raid on the city of Jenin and its refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, days after another operation there which killed 12 people, including four children.

Israeli troops accompanied by a military bulldozer stormed the city at dawn today, according to the Wafa news agency, while Israeli snipers mounted the roofs of several residential buildings.

The bulldozer destroyed infrastructure on as-Sikka Street, the agency said. Al Jazeera Arabic, meanwhile, reported clashes in the city with Palestinian fighters targeting Israeli military vehicles with homemade explosive devices.

Known as a symbol of resistance to Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank, about 14,000 Palestinians live in the Jenin refugee camp, many of them directly descended from the 750,000 Palestinians forcibly displaced when the state of Israel was created in 1948.

Israelis killing Palestinians ‘in cold blood’ in occupied West Bank

On October 19, Sarah Mahamid watched helplessly from a window as Israeli security forces shot her younger brother. Taha, 15, had been playing with a friend outside their house in the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem. The 19-year-old screamed as her brother fell to the ground.

Their father, Ibrahim, ran out of the front door to get his son, but a sniper shot him too. “I remember hearing my father shout that Taha might be alive… but I knew that Taha was martyred. I knew he was dead,” Sarah told Al Jazeera.

Taha was killed instantly. Ibrahim fought for his life for five months in intensive care until he also died. Footage seen by Al Jazeera shows Taha and Ibrahim were both unarmed and posed no threat.

Nearly 1,500 Palestinians have been unlawfully killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank in the past 16 years – 98 percent of them civilians, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Each of them, like Taha and Ibrahim, has a story and loved ones who mourn them.

The frequency of the killings has spiked in recent years with Israel killing 509 Palestinians in 2023. That is more than double the number recorded by OCHA in any previous year.

Israeli forces raid Nablus, Bethlehem and other West Bank towns

Israeli forces have arrested several Palestinians in raids across the occupied West Bank tonight, including in Nablus, Bethlehem, Jenin and Yatta, south of Hebron, our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic are reporting.

Israeli forces also raided the town of Husan in Bethlehem and the village of Madama, south of Nablus, Al Jazeera Arabic correspondents added.

At least 8,680 Palestinians have been detained in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since October 7, according to the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society.

There are 9,300 political prisoners held in Israeli prisons and 3,424 administrative detainees (held without charge or trial), according to estimates from the Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

Child among 6 killed in Israeli attack on Rafah

An Israeli attack on a residential building in the Rafah Governorate has killed 6 including a child and wounded many others, according to the Wafa news agency. The attack hit the home of the Qishta family in the Khirbet al-Adas area, north of the city of Rafah, the agency said.

The latest death came after Israeli forces killed at least 51 Palestinians in attacks across Gaza, including six in a separate assault on Khirbet al-Adas earlier on Saturday.

The agency said the Israelis used a missile, which hit the home of the Qishta family.

Kuwait Hospital in Rafah sounds alarm over dwindling fuel supplies

The director of the Kuwait Specialty Hospital in Rafah is warning the medical facility will run out of fuel in less than 24 hours.

“We are sounding the alarm and urging the World Health Organization to live up to its responsibilities and provide the hospital with the necessary fuel to power the generators. We have an amount of fuel that is enough only for 24 hours,” Shuaib al-Hams told Al Jazeera.

“The Palestinian people must not be left alone to face their fate. This hospital is still operating and has never been evacuated. We will continue our efforts for the sake of the patients and we are now trying to establish a field hospital as soon as possible.”


Palestinians flee Jabalia amid ‘extremely harsh conditions’

The situation is very difficult for everyone here in [the] Jabalia refugee camp and in the northern areas of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military is expanding its ground operation, forcing the citizens and displaced people to leave their areas in [the] al-Faluja and Beit Lahiya areas.

The people who have left the eastern parts of [the] Jabalia camp to al-Faluja and Beit Lahiya are now being forced to leave again after two weeks of this military ground operation. They are leaving without having a specific place to go.

They have no shelter to resort to and the Israeli forces have destroyed as many of these people’s houses and shelters as they could. The conditions are extremely harsh, together with heavy gunfire and non-stop artillery shelling from the Israeli forces.

Israeli forces attack homes in Rafah, Nuseirat and Beit Lahiya

The Wafa news agency is reporting an additional attack on Rafah – this time on the Yabna camp in the city’s centre. The agency said casualties from the attack arrived at the Kuwaiti Hospital, but did not state how many people were killed or wounded.

Elsewhere in Gaza, Israeli jets also bombed areas in the central Nuseirat refugee camp as well as in Beit Lahiya, according to Wafa.

Qassam Brigades claims it destroyed Israeli forces in Jabalia

Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, says it “destroyed a group of enemy forces penetrating the al-Qasaaseeb neighbourhood” in the Jabalia refugee camp with heavy calibre mortar fire.

The Israeli army continues with its operation in Jabalia in northern Gaza that started earlier in the month, causing mass displacement of the Palestinians there towards other areas.

At least 35,984 Palestinians killed since October 7: Ministry

At least 35,984 Palestinians have been killed and 80,643 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, its Health Ministry says. The ministry added that 81 people were killed and 223 injured in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

A Palestinian boy rides a bicycle past a destroyed building in Rafah, Sunday

Israeli army attacks areas in southern Lebanon: Report

Israeli drones have attacked the town of Naqoura near the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), according to the official National News agency. Artillery fire from the Israeli army hit areas on the outskirts of the towns of Chihine and Majdal Zoun in the Tyre region in southern Lebanon, the agency said.

Israeli artillery also bombed the areas of Wadi Hamul and Wadi Hassan in southern Lebanon, it added.

Israeli air raid hits motorcycle in southern Lebanon: Report

Lebanon’s official National News Agency has said the drone attack in Naqoura struck a motorcycle, causing causalities.

Hezbollah claims attack on Israeli military post

We reported earlier that several air raid alerts sounded across northern Israel on Sunday morning. Hezbollah now says it struck technical systems located at Al Abad [Israeli] military post in the central sector of the border between Lebanon and Israel.

A picture taken from Lebanon shows smoke billowing in the northern Israeli border town of Metulla after a Hezbollah attack

Missile strikes Lebanon’s Aita al-Shaab: Lebanese media

The Lebanese media have reported a missile attack on Aita al-Shaab, carried out by a drone, without elaborating on the result or the target.

We reported earlier that the Israeli military claimed to have struck southern Lebanon’s Khiam and Aita al-Shaab overnight. The military said the target was “a terrorist infrastructure and a number of military buildings of the Hezbollah terrorist organisation”.

More on Israeli drone attack on Lebanon’s Aita al-Shaab

At least one civilian was killed and another one was injured in a missile strike on a motorcycle carried out by an Israeli drone in southern Lebanon’s Aita al-Shaab, according to Lebanon’s NNA news agency.

We have reported on the attack earlier and the Israeli claim of targeting the infrastructure and buildings of Lebanon’s Hezbollah armed group overnight in Aita al-Shaab.

Famine in Gaza should be officially declared: Joint statement

More than 70 international organisations are calling on all authorities and international institutions to officially declare a famine in Gaza, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has said in a statement.

Food security levels have significantly declined due to the Israeli army’s ground operation in Rafah which began on May 7, the organisation said.

“The entire population in the Gaza Strip, including the governorates of Deir al-Balah, Khan Yunis, and Rafah, are experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity, with half of them in … the disaster/famine stage,” the statement said.


Due to fuel shortage, only one-eighth of water distributed: MSF

Christopher Lockyear, secretary-general of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), says his team is “seeing a further strangulation of the Gaza Strip” since Israeli forces closed the Rafah crossing as well as “a further collective punishment to the people of Gaza”.

Due to the “critical” supply of fuel, they have had to close certain hospitals and transfer patients to other hospitals, he told Al Jazeera.

“It’s becoming increasingly complicated there as we’re finding the supply of water critical; we ourselves are unable to distribute as much water as we have been able to,” he said.

Last week they distributed 400,000 litres of water; this week they distributed 50,000 litres, “one-eighth of what we’ve been able to do because of the fuel shortages”.

Palestinians who were forced to migrate to the central town of Deir al-Balah to protect themselves from the attacks on Gaza by Israel and ensure their safety, form queues to receive clean water distributed by aid organizations

More from Doctors Without Borders secretary general

Christopher Lockyear, secretary general of Doctors Without Borders, says the number of aid trucks entering Gaza has reduced since October 7, and even more so following the Israeli closing of Rafah Crossing since May 7, but he reiterated that distributing aid entails “more than just simply bringing in trucks into the Gaza Strip.

“Humanitarian assistance is a really complex echo system of activities that we need to legitimise throughout that whole chain. It is not just about crossing the border; it is about moving supplies around the border, it’s about having humanitarian workers who are safe, able to treat people, able to distribute food safely and to be able themselves to have somewhere to live,” he told Al Jazeera.

He said that 900,000 people have been displaced since Israel launched Rafah ground offensive earlier this month.