Live updates: Israel-Hamas war

  • 29,313 people killed since October 7: Gaza health ministry
  • More than half of UNRWA aid missions denied entry to north Gaza
  • US proposes resolution for temporary ceasefire in Gaza
  • Palestinians starve with no medical aid, utility resources
  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 05:25 PM

    Israel’s occupation of Gaza 'inhumane', Jordan says at UN court

    By: Web Desk

    Condemning the ongoing Israeli atrocities in Gaza, Jordan’s representative at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Ayman Safadi, said that the aggression of the besieged enclave should be ended and those responsible for it must face justice.

    “Israeli aggression on Gaza, which your esteemed court has indicated warrants examination of plausible genocide, rages on”.

    “No country must be allowed to be above the law,” he added.

    “The occupation is unlawful, it is inhumane, it must end, yet Israel has been systematically consolidating the occupation that is blatantly denying Palestinian’s right to self-determination.”

  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 04:52 PM

    ‘We're distributing more and more guns: Israeli minister

    By: Web Desk

    Amid the ongoing Israeli aggression and genocide of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, Tel Aviv’s Minister for National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir announced that more weapons were being distributed among Israelis.

    The minister called to restrict the movement of Palestinians following a shooting attack on a highway near the Maale Adumim settlement in the occupied West Bank, Al Jazeera reported.

    “We’re distributing more and more guns. I think that today, everyone understands that guns save lives,” he added.

  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 03:30 PM

    'Dad, come back': Palestinians radio loved ones in Israeli jails

    By: AFP

    Palestinians with relatives in Israeli prisons have been deprived of visiting rights during the Israel-Hamas war, opting instead to send messages to loved ones on a radio programme.

    "Hello, this message is for my brother Islam. How are you, my brother?" said one greeting sent via a Palestinian radio show called Messages for the Prisoners.

    "Your house is ready. When you get out, you will be all set to find someone to marry!"

    The show on popular Palestinian station Radio Ajyal, based in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, features personal messages from families that often end with the sentence: "We hope you will hear these words".

    Campaigners say the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has swelled to around 9,000, from about 5,200 before Hamas's October 7 attack on Israel that triggered the war.

    After waves of arrests and tough restrictions on detainees followed the attack, the radio station has been inundated with messages from relatives. In response, it has extended the show by more than an hour.

    "We get messages from everywhere" as many families "no longer have any news of their loved ones in prison," said Walid Nasser, Radio Ajyal's editor-in-chief.

    "Dear dad, I can't wait for you to come back to take me to school," said one of the messages, which are often read by children and sometimes marked by a suppressed sob.

    "Everything is fine at home, everything is fine at university, don't worry," said another message.

    The show's host, Maysam Barghouti, who reads out some of the messages herself, said many families "are looking for hope to hold on to".

    "The show is really the only means to communicate with a loved one or to get information."



  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 02:39 PM

    One killed, eight wounded in gun attack near West Bank settlement

    By: AFP

    Three Palestinian gunmen killed one person and wounded eight when they sprayed automatic weapons fire at vehicles in a "terror attack" Thursday near a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, police said.

    The three shooters were "neutralised", police said, and an AFP photographer later saw their bodies at the scene of the attack on a highway east of Jerusalem, where five cars were riddled with bullets.

    "The three terrorists... got out of their vehicle and started shooting automatic weapons at vehicles that were in a traffic jam on the road towards Jerusalem," police said in a statement about the attack near the Maale Adumim settlement.

    "Two terrorists were neutralised on the spot," police said. "In the searches conducted at the scene, another terrorist was located who tried to escape and he was also neutralised."

  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 01:50 PM

    Gaza Health Ministry says war death toll at 29,410

    By: AFP

    The health ministry in Gaza said Thursday that at least 29,410 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory during the war between Hamas-led fighters and Israel.

    A ministry statement said a total of 97 people died in the past 24 hours, while another 69,465 have been wounded since the war began on October 7.

  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 12:51 PM

    Dr Omar Suleiman says Israel has dropped more than 65,000 tons of bombs on Gaza

    By: Web Desk


  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 11:38 AM

    Israel strikes Gaza's Rafah as truce talks underway

    By: AFP

    Israel launched air strikes Thursday on southern Gaza's Rafah after threatening to send troops into the city, where around 1.4 million Palestinians have sought shelter from around the territory.

    Global powers trying to navigate a way to end the Israeli war into Gaza have so far come up short, but a US envoy was expected in Israel on Thursday to try to secure a truce deal.

    International concern has spiralled over the high civilian death toll and dire humanitarian crisis in the war.

    More than four months of relentless fighting and Israeli air strikes have flattened much of the coastal territory, pushing its population of around 2.4 million to the brink of famine, according to the UN.


  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 10:44 AM

    MSF says two killed as Israeli strike hits its shelter in Gaza

    By: AFP

    Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday condemned in "strongest possible terms" the killing of two family members of its staff in an Israeli strike on Gaza.

    The incident occurred late Tuesday when an Israeli tank fired on a house sheltering the employees and their families in Al-Mawasi area on Gaza's coast, said the charity known by its French acronym MSF.

    "The attack killed the daughter-in-law and wife of one of our colleagues, and wounded six people, including five women and children," MSF said in a statement.

    Gunshots were fired at the building, which was clearly marked with the MSF logo and had 64 people sheltering inside at the time, the non-governmental organisation said.

    "We are outraged and deeply saddened by these killings," said MSF general director Meinie Nicolai, who is currently coordinating the charity's medical activities in the war-torn Gaza Strip.

    "These killings underscore the grim reality that nowhere in Gaza is safe, that promises of safe areas are empty and deconfliction mechanisms unreliable."

  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 09:36 AM

    Doctors Without Borders says two killed as Israeli strike hits its shelter in Gaza

    By: AFP

    Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday condemned in "strongest possible terms" the killing of two family members of its staff in an Israeli strike on Gaza.

    The incident occurred late Tuesday when an Israeli tank fired on a house sheltering the employees and their families in Al-Mawasi area on Gaza's coast, said the charity known by its French acronym MSF.

    "The attack killed the daughter-in-law and wife of one of our colleagues, and wounded six people, including five women and children," MSF said in a statement.

    Gunshots were fired at the building, which was clearly marked with the MSF logo and had 64 people sheltering inside at the time, the non-governmental organisation said.

    In its statement, the charity said Israeli forces had been "clearly informed of the precise location" of the MSF shelter in Al-Mawasi.

    When contacted by AFP about the incident, the Israeli army said its forces had "fired at a building that was identified as a building where terror activity is occurring".

  • Thursday Feb 22 2024 | 08:43 AM

    UN Security Council 'paralysis' on Gaza 'unacceptable,' Brazil tells G20

    By: Web Desk

    Brazil's foreign minister criticised the "paralysis" of the UN Security Council on the wars in Gaza and Ukraine as he opened a G20 meeting Wednesday where the international community's deep divisions are on display.

    "Multilateral institutions are not properly equipped to deal with the current challenges, as has been demonstrated by the Security Council's unacceptable paralysis on the ongoing conflicts," Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira told the opening session of a two-day meeting of top diplomats from the world's 20 biggest economies.