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Blinken tells Israeli officials to avoid escalation with Hezbollah in Lebanon

Hezbollah aerial footage said to capture attack on north Israel military site

Our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic have obtained and verified video footage that is said to show an aerial strike by Hezbollah forces on a military site in the town of Metula, in the north of Israel.

The attack on what appears to be Israeli radar and communications infrastructure may have been carried out by a Hezbollah attack drone. The strike comes amid intensifying cross-border clashes between Israeli and Hezbollah forces.

Israel’s military said its air defences successfully intercepted a “suspicious aerial target” that had crossed from southern Lebanese territory late on Thursday night. A “rocket and missile fire” public warning was activated during the attack and interception, the military said.

Israeli warplanes also attacked sites in the Lebanese villages and towns of Hula, Tallouseh, Meiss el-Jabal, Aitaroun, and Yaroun on Thursday night, while artillery also hit several locations on the southern Lebanon border, Israel’s military said.

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Armenia recognises Palestine as a state

Spain, Qatar FMs hold talks on Gaza

Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Manuel Albares and Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani have held a news briefing in Madrid.

Here are some of the points Albares made:

  • The cessation of military operations in Rafah is necessary and we will do our best to support international law.
  • We are in favour of the two-state solution and recognise Israel’s right to defend itself against “terrorist” attacks.
  • We want the West Bank and Gaza to form one state after the war stops.
  • We are working with our partners to de-escalate in southern Lebanon and this is another reason to stop the war in Gaza.

Here are some of the points Sheikh Mohammed made:

  • We are working to reach a ceasefire agreement and exchange prisoners and detainees.
  • We welcome Spain’s decision to join the case filed by South Africa before the ICJ.
  • Recognition of the Palestinian state is an important message to reject double standards.
  • We are doing everything possible to stop the escalation and completely reject the threats of Hezbollah.

Last month, Spain formally recognised Palestine as a state, joining Ireland, Norway and 143 other countries in acknowledging Palestinian statehood.

How much did Israel’s military know about October 7 attack plans?

A leaked report reveals elements of Israel’s intelligence community knew in detail about Hamas’s plans to break through the Gaza barrier and take captives on October 7. So why didn’t they act?

Injuries reported due to Israeli shelling west of Rafah

Injuries have been reported due to Israeli shelling targeting the vicinity of tents housing displaced people west of the city of Rafah.

Israeli attacks across Gaza have killed at least 21 people since dawn today, according to medical sources.

Video shows destruction of Rafah crossing by Israeli forces

Israeli forces launch raids on Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan

Intensity of shelling in northern Gaza, Gaza City has increased

The intensity of shelling has increased in the past few days in northern Gaza and Gaza City as Israeli forces target residential houses and blocks.

Eight people were killed, including five municipality workers, while doing their duties in the headquarters of the municipality of Gaza City. Seven, including three children and one woman, were killed in an Israeli strike that hit the Zeitoun neighbourhood. Dozens of others have been killed and wounded by shelling and artillery fire all over Gaza City.

The situation in northern Gaza is dire. Israeli forces are preventing any humanitarian aid from reaching northern Gaza. There are no vegetables or food for civilians. If there is any humanitarian aid that enters, it will not meet the extensive need of the population here. This scarcity of products here justify why Kamal Radwan Hospital is full of malnutrition cases. The scarcity of water, food products, vegetables is just because Israeli forces keep imposing and tightening the siege.

Israel’s ‘pause’ in Gaza has no impact on aid supplies: WHO

A daily “pause” that the Israeli military declared in Gaza to facilitate aid flows has had no impact on deliveries of badly needed aid, the WHO says.

“We can say that we did not see an impact on the humanitarian supplies coming in since that unilateral announcement of this technical pause,” said Richard Peeperkorn, the WHO representative in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Over the weekend, the Israeli military announced a daily humanitarian “pause” in fighting on a key road in southern Gaza. Days later, a UN spokesman said, “This has yet to translate into more aid reaching people in need.”

Israeli forces shoot at people in al-Mawasi, killing at least eight

After launching sound bombs to attract people around one of the local makeshift hospitals in al-Mawasi, near Rafah, Israeli forces fired an explosive shell at the area, killing at least eight Palestinians, witnesses on the ground say.

A number of ambulances are transporting the injured and the bodies to field hospitals.

There are also cases of displacement and panic among residents, as dozens of people have abandoned their belongings in their tents and have rushed to other areas of Khan Younis.

At least 10 people killed in attack on al-Shati camp

Our colleagues on the ground are reporting that at least 10 Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli strike on the Salah family in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Another 17 people were wounded.

Israel’s Nuseirat massacre and Gaza’s wounds that won’t heal

The two weeks that have passed since the June 8 Nuseirat massacre, when Israeli forces killed at least 274 Palestinians to free four Israeli captives, have not brought any healing to the survivors.

More than 500 more Palestinians were injured in the attack, filling Deir el-Balah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, with every inch of the floors covered with people in pain bleeding and screaming. Many of the injured still lie at the hospital.

Death toll rises in Israeli attack west of Rafah

The death toll following Israeli bombing of tents of displaced people west of Rafah has now risen to 11 with another 40 wounded, our correspondents on the ground report.

The Israeli military said its forces were conducting “precise, intelligence-based” actions in the Rafah area, where troops were involved in close-quarter combat and had located tunnels used by Palestinian fighters.

Is Israel’s Smotrich fulfilling his dream of annexing the West Bank?

About a month ago, a quiet transfer happened. The Israeli army’s Civil Administration handed more control over the occupied West Bank to the Settlements Administration, led by far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who lives in an illegal settlement himself.

Now Smotrich and his Settlements Administration control more things, like building regulations and the management of farmland, parks and forests.

Since he entered government, Smotrich has pushed openly for more Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank – illegal under international law – as steps towards annexation.

Three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank

At least three people were killed after Israeli special forces shot at a vehicle in the centre of Qalqilya, northern occupied West Bank. The Israeli forces also reportedly besieged a building in the centre of the city.

A Red Crescent official in Qalqilya told Al Jazeera that Israeli forces prevented his crews from approaching the car that was targeted.

Israeli forces confiscate vehicle after allegedly killing three in West Bank

Earlier, we reported that at least three people were killed when Israeli special forces allegedly shot at a vehicle in central Qalqilya in the northern occupied West Bank.

Two separate videos, broadcasted on local Palestinian platforms and verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad agency, have emerged showing Israeli forces removing the dead bodies, and confiscating the vehicle.

The footage also showed the impact of blood on the street where the Israeli forces carried out their military operation.

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Concerns over escalation between Israel and Hezbollah

The situation remains tense on the Lebanon-Israel border. Israel has been saying it is preparing for a wider conflict. There is a lot of concern that the situation, which is still largely contained, could expand and widen into a much larger war.

What Hezbollah has been trying to do in recent weeks is to gradually unveil its new arsenal and show its capabilities. This is part of its strategy of deterrence. It is also part of a strategy to avoid an escalation of this war. Hezbollah says it doesn’t want a wider conflict, that it opened this front to help support Gaza, but that it is prepared in case of escalation.

Hezbollah’s secretary-general has boasted that they have a surplus of fighters, a surplus of weapons, and they too are manufacturing their own drones.

The US media has been quoting US officials as saying that they are concerned that the Iron Dome, the air defence missile system of the Israelis will be overwhelmed in the event of an escalation, and that heavier missiles and rockets will be able to breach the Iron Dome system in the north of Israel.

Ending war in Gaza key to settlement with Hezbollah: Retired Israeli general

Israel Ziv says ending the war in Gaza is key to reaching a settlement with Hezbollah, Israeli Channel 12 reports.

Here are some other points the retired Israeli general made:

  • The pressure on reserve forces has become unbearable and the political situation is dangerous and deteriorating.
  • There’s a growing confidence crisis among the public and difficulty in dealing with the problem of those who fled their homes nine months ago.
  • Israel does not have the ability to withstand more months in light of the bad situation, economic deterioration and political collapse.
  • Great pressure must be exerted on Hamas, the captives must return, the war in Gaza must end and a settlement in the north must be made.

UN chief warns against escalation in Lebanon

Fighting between Israel and Hezbollah must not turn Lebanon into “another Gaza”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned.

“The risk for the conflict in the Middle East to widen is real, and must be avoided when rash move, when miscalculation, could trigger a catastrophe that goes far beyond the border and, frankly, beyond imagination,” he told reporters at the UN headquarters.

US is ready to go to war with Lebanon (and thus Iran) instead of stopping genocide.

US offers assurances to Israel this week in the event of full-blown war with Hezbollah

Senior US officials reassured a delegation of top Israeli officials visiting Washington this week that if a full-out war were to break out on Israel’s northern border between Israel and Hezbollah, the Biden administration is fully prepared to back its ally, according to a senior administration official.

The in-person assurances came as an increase in cross-border attacks in recent weeks between Israel and the Iran-backed group Hezbollah have intensified concerns about the possible outbreak of another full-fledged conflict in the Middle East – and also as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly accused the US of withholding weapons and ammunition from his country, touching off a tense back-and-forth between Israeli and US officials.

When discussing the issue of Hezbollah’s provocations, US officials made clear this week that the Biden administration would offer Israel the security assistance it needs, the senior administration official said, though the US would not deploy American troops to the ground in such a scenario.

Iran warns Israel against escalating fighting with Hezbollah

Iran’s mission to the United Nations says the Lebanese armed group has the capability to defend itself and Lebanon against Israel.

“Any imprudent decision by the occupying Israeli regime to save itself could plunge the region into a new war, the consequence of which would be the destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure as well as that of the 1948 occupied territories,” it posted on X.

“The Lebanese Resistance Movement, Hezbollah, has the capability to defend itself and Lebanon – perhaps the time for the self-annihilation of this illegitimate regime has come.”

World must stand with Israel in war against Iran and ‘extremist Islam’: Israeli foreign minister

Israel Katz, Israel’s foreign affairs minister, has condemned Hezbollah in a new post on X.

“Israel cannot allow the Hezbollah terror organization to continue attacking its territory and citizens, and soon we will make the necessary decisions,” he said.

Israel has ramped up threats to escalate what has so far been limited exchanges of fire with Lebanon’s Hezbollah into a full-scale war, saying this week that it has approved plans to move against the group militarily.

“The free world must unconditionally stand with Israel in its war against the axis of evil led by Iran and extremist Islam.”

Several raids target southern Lebanon: Report

Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reports that “enemy [Israeli] aircraft” hit Mays al-Jabal, Taybeh and Taloussa areas.

On Tuesday, Israel had announced that operational plans for a military offensive against its northern neighbour were “approved and validated”.

More than 90,000 Israelis have fled their homes in the north of the country since hostilities began with Hezbollah on October 8, a day after the conflict between Israel and Hamas began in Gaza. At least 90,000 people have also fled their homes in southern Lebanon as a result of Israeli attacks.


Israeli attacks target Lebanon’s Khiam

Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reports that two attacks have been carried out by the Israeli army on the southern Lebanese town of Khiam, which abuts the country’s border with Israel.

Video verified by Al Jazeera shows large plumes of smoke rising from the village a short while ago.

Plumes of smoke seen rising from the southern Lebanese town of Khiam after it was hit by an Israeli attack on June 21

UN chief describes situation in Gaza as ‘total lawlessness’

The UN secretary-general has described the complex and chaotic situation in Gaza as “total lawlessness”.

“The situation in Gaza became a situation of total lawlessness. Most of the trucks with humanitarian aid inside Gaza are now looted because this is a war that is different from any other one,” Guterres said.

Saying there is “no authority in most of the territory” and there is “total chaos in Gaza”, Guterres stressed that “Israel does not even allow the so-called blue police to escort our convoys because it’s a local police linked to local administration”.

He stated that this “lawlessness” has made it “extremely difficult” to distribute aid within Gaza.

MSF warns it may have to end some operations if Israel prevents flow of aid into Gaza

Israel deliberately targeting water wells in Gaza: Civil Defence

A spokesman from the Gaza Civil Defence group has spoken to Al Jazeera about the water crisis in the coastal enclave. Here is what he said:

  • Israel has targeted areas that it said were safe for civilians.
  • Israeli forces have deliberately bombed water wells and vital installations in the Gaza Strip.
  • There is a clear deficiency in Civil Defence equipment, and its capabilities do not meet the scale of the war.

Palestinians fill water jugs from a standpipe in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip

No patients have left Gaza for medical care since May 7: WHO chief

More than 10,000 Palestinians in Gaza need medical attention, including for cancer and heart-related conditions, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in a post on X. Since the closure of the Rafah crossing on May 7, no patients have been evacuated from the Strip,” the WHO chief added.

“Medical evacuations must be facilitated through all possible crossings.”

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in central Gaza overwhelmed

Al-Aqsa Hospital is not only a shelter or refuge, it is also a hospital for a million Palestinians in the central area. The hospital is overwhelmed. The hospital is constantly receiving patients with chronic disease, injuries from different parts of Gaza.

The doctors are drained as air raids on the central area continue. All the injuries are transferred to Al-Aqsa Hospital. Doctors are saying they are trying their best to save the lives of Palestinians, but unfortunately, they’re very low on resources.

Dead and wounded, including children, are brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital after Israeli attacks on the Nuseirat refugee camp in Deir el-Balah, Gaza

Another Friday another massacre

Death toll in Israeli attack on al-Mawasi rises again

Several killed, wounded in another attack in southern Gaza

Israeli army says two Israeli soldiers killed in central Gaza

No information was given about the circumstances of the deaths of the two, both of whom were men in their 20s. Three other soldiers were severely injured, the army said.

‘One of the worst nights in Rafah’

Some residents say the Israeli onslaught on Rafah has intensified in the previous two days and the sounds of explosions and gunfire have hardly stopped.

“Last night was one of the worst nights in western Rafah: drones, planes, tanks and naval boats bombarded the area. We feel the occupation is trying to complete the control of the city,” Hatem, 45, told the Reuters news agency.

“They are taking heavy strikes from the resistance fighters, which may be slowing them down.”

A survivor of the al-Mawasi attack recounts their experience

A survivor of the Israeli attack on Gaza’s al-Mawasi area, which as of now has killed at least 25 people and wounded 50 others, told Al Jazeera witnessed rocket attacks a day earlier, but was not harmed by them.

Today, however, the situation was different.

“Today, before the afternoon, a bomb was thrown near the Red Cross. My husband went out after hearing the sound of the explosion. The second bomb was near the Red Cross building. All the young men went there because some people were injured,” the survivor said.

“My husband went, and I looked for him but couldn’t find him. Everyone was forced to flee in their clothes without taking their belongings. Some people took us with them in their car. We don’t know what happened after that.”

Palestinians, carrying their personal belongings with them, migrate to the areas that they consider safe after the Israeli army targeted tents in al-Mawasi, previously declared as a ‘safe zone’ by Israel

‘We still can’t process what happened’: Survivor of al-Mawasi attack

“We had just eaten and were about to sleep and take some rest, and the next we knew was the sound of resounding explosions destroying our places! We find ourselves alone not knowing what to do. We still can’t process what happened!” a survivor told Al Jazeera. “Oh Lord, look at us, oh world, see our condition. There are a lot of injured still inside. We are no longer able to do anything. What is happening to us? The fire is consuming us from every direction.”

Displaced Palestinians walk on a road amid tents in the al-Mawasi camp where they took refuge, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

Red Cross says office damaged by nearby shelling

The International Committee of the Red Cross in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory says “heavy-calibre projectiles” landed just metres from its office and residences in Gaza.

“The strike damaged the structure of the ICRC office, which is surrounded by hundreds of displaced civilians living in tents, including many of our Palestinian colleagues,” it said in a post on X.

“Firing so dangerously close to humanitarian structures, of whose locations the parties to the conflict are aware and which are clearly marked with the Red Cross emblem, puts the lives of civilians and Red Cross staff at risk.”

US State Department official for Israel-Palestine affairs resigns

Andrew Miller, the deputy assistant secretary for Israeli-Palestinian affairs, has resigned, the Washington Post reports, citing three unnamed sources.

The media outlet said the Miller had expressed to colleagues he wanted to spend more time with his family. The report added that Miller was “skeptic of the Biden administration’s bear hug” approach towards Israel.

A handful of Biden administration officials and appointees – including a former US Army officer – have publicly stepped down over the US’s Gaza policy since the conflict began on October 7.


Qatar says ‘progress to an extent’ in truce talks with Hamas

Qatar says some progress in negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza has been made and it is continuing mediation to “bridge the gap” between Israel and Hamas.

The Gulf state, Egypt and the United States have been engaged in months of truce talks involving a captive-prisoner exchange and getting desperately needed humanitarian assistance into war-battered Gaza.

“There was progress to an extent in the situation. We have continued our efforts without interruption over the last few days,” Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani said at a news conference in Madrid with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares.

Now the UN is just being naive, you need peace keeping forces on the ground. Israel is 'restoring order' in their eyes...

Israel’s ‘responsibility’ as ‘occupying power’ to restore order, safety in Gaza: UN

It is Israel’s responsibility – as the occupying power in the Gaza Strip – to restore public order and safety in Gaza so aid can be delivered, the UN’s spokesperson Farhan Haq has said.

“As the occupying power, it is incumbent upon the Israeli authorities to restore public order and safety as far as possible and facilitate safe humanitarian access so that assistance reaches civilians in need,” Haq said.

The risk of crime has “effectively prevented humanitarian access” to critical areas, including Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom), he also said.

Haq’s position was in response to the Israeli military announcing on Sunday that there would be a daily daytime pause in its attacks along a key road in southern Gaza that the UN and aid groups use to access the Kerem Abu Salem crossing from Israel.