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# Conflict

Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
From the West Bank: 'Settler violence and military restrictions strangle Palestinian life'
In the West Bank, Hannah McCarthy meets Palestinians who say settlers are making life unbearable for their communities.
Negotiations for truce agreement 'at final stage' as Israel PM says deal is 'right decision'
The deal is thought to include a five-day truce, during which between 50 to 100 Israeli hostages would be released in exchange for 300 jailed Palestinians.
US President Joe Biden has signaled that a deal to free hostages and a temporary truce is "now very close".
Meanwhile, strikes are continuing in Gaza, with the health ministry there saying that more than 14,000 people have been killed during the conflict.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with representatives of Islamic countries this evening to discuss the crisis.
Premature babies evacuated to Egypt as Gaza's health ministry says 12 killed in hospital strike
Father of Irish-Israeli child hostage Emily Hand says he is living through ‘nightmare’
Premature babies evacuated to Egypt as Gaza's health ministry says 12 killed in hospital strike
The 28 premature babies evacuated from Gaza’s biggest hospital, Al-Shifa, had been taken to safety in Egypt through the Rafah crossing.
US deputy national security adviser Jon Finer told US media that negotiators were "closer than we have been in quite some time" to securing a deal.
Israel has warned residents of Gaza's largest refugee camp Jabalia and a nearby coastal camp to evacuate.
The World Health Organisation evacuated 28 premature babies from the Al-Shifa hospital yesterday.
This month
November 2023
Gaza health ministry says more than 80 dead in strikes on refugee camp
The Commissioner General of the UN agency for Palestine Refugees has said he is receiving “horrifying” images of people killed in one of the strikes.
Hundreds of people fled Al-Shifa hospital on foot after its director said the Israeli army ordered it to be evacuated.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said 70% of residents have no access to clean water in south Gaza, where raw sewage has begun to flow on the streets.
The director of the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis said a strike on a residential building in the southern town of Hamad killed 26 people.
Lack of fuel shuts down all internet and phone networks across Gaza
Israeli troops seize control of Gaza port as UN warns of risk of starvation
Israeli troops seize control of Gaza port as UN warns of risk of starvation
The ground campaign has taken aim at key sites like Gaza government buildings and infrastructure.
The Red Crescent said Israeli tanks are laying siege to Gaza's Al-Ahli hospital in a "violent attack".
The Israeli army said today its troops had taken "operational control" of the port at Gaza City.
Several more Irish citizens left Gaza today.
More Irish citizens set to leave Gaza via the Rafah Crossing today
Micheál Martin visits home damaged in 7 October Hamas attack during trip to Israel
Holly Cairns: What Israel is doing in Gaza is beyond horrific - we cannot stand idly by
The SocDems leader says the moral authority of Western leaders is lying in tatters, but it’s not too late to take democratic steps for peace.
Gaza health ministry says premature babies at risk as main hospital under constant fire and running out of fuel
Twenty of Gaza’s 36 hospitals are “no longer functioning”, the UN’s humanitarian agency said.
The director of the Al-Shifa hospital said the compound was struck repeatedly overnight and lost power for hours after its generator was hit.
French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Israel to stop bombing and killing women and babies in Gaza.
Almost 1.6 million people have been internally displaced since 7 October, according to UNRWA.
Tom Clonan: Gaza City could be utterly destroyed as a result of Israel's attacks
Motion to be brought before Dáil on withdrawing diplomatic status of Israeli Ambassador
Tom Clonan: Gaza City could be utterly destroyed as a result of Israel's attacks
The security analyst and senator says what is happening right now in Gaza is an obscenity and a ceasefire must happen.
Bobby McDonagh on Israel/Gaza: 'Peace requires both sides to accept that they can never win'
The former Irish ambassador says Israel and Hamas both believe victory is possible, and this will only lead to more conflict.
The West Bank: 'Settlers have been pointing guns at Palestinians, telling them to stay inside'
Journalist Hannah McCarthy meets one community from Susiya as settler violence uproots Palestinian communities across the West Bank.
Last month
October 2023
Analysis: A land war won't go well and faltering international support means the world knows it
Professor of Peace Studies Paul Rogers says Israel cannot hope to bring any kind of end to the conflict with a ground offensive.
Bobby McDonagh: In seeking full truth, we must avoid picking sides between the two narratives
The former Irish Ambassador says many expect Ireland to align itself exclusively with one side or another, but we must instead grapple with the full, complex truth.
Opinion: The human toll of violence in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel is staggering
Karol Balfe of ActionAid outlines what her colleagues are witnessing on the ground in Gaza and says the lives of civilians must be prioritised.
Larry Donnelly: Moderate voices now matter most in the Middle East amid all the hate and anger
Our columnist looks at the extreme rhetoric from both sides after the Hamas attack this week.
Apartheid has led to this Middle East escalation and it's civilians who will pay the price
Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne of Trinity College Dublin looks at the build-up to this week’s attacks in Palestine – Israel and the potential fallout after.
Azerbaijan issues arrest warrant for former separatist Nagorno-Karabakh leader
Arayik Harutyunyan led the breakaway region since May 2020.
This year
Sudan: 'She was caring for her own children as well as two others separated from their parents'
As a million flee Sudan, a crisis is unfolding along its border, writes Rosamond Bennett of Christian Aid.
Opinion: When we hear about 'refugees' or 'migrants', remember these are real people
Fellipe Lopes of the Immigrant Council of Ireland says the people fleeing conflict to live in Ireland can enrich and enhance this country.
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: The insurrection has done Putin irreparable damage - what happens now?
The DCU professor of politics says Russia’s difficulties are Ukraine’s opportunity.
Opinion: Ireland’s Occupied Territories Bill must not be forgotten - it needs to be enacted now
David Clinch has met with many Israeli and Palestinian people through his work as a physician – he says Ireland has the ability to bring leadership and hope to the conflict.
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: The Moscow drone attacks will have a profound effect on Russia’s elite
The DCU Professor of Politics says Ukraine will be keeping its cards close to its chest around any counteroffensive, and with good reason.
Kildare county board pulls camogie team from All-Ireland, prompting anger from players
The team says that they were informed of the decision via a WhatsApp message.
'Pattern of disrespect' - Kildare camogie slam county board withdraw decision
The team says that they were informed of the decision via a WhatsApp message.
Air raids batter Sudanese capital ahead of first direct talks between warring sides
A joint US-Saudi statement welcomed the “start of pre-negotiation talks” and urged sustained global support to quell fighting.
Tom Clonan: Zelenskyy's forces need to begin a push back against Russia in the coming days
The security analyst examines what shape any heave by Ukrainians against Putin’s troops might take.
Sudan conflict could force 800,000 people to flee, says UN
Fighting between the Sudanese army and a paramilitary group is in its third week.
Barry Andrews: For every day of war in Ukraine, 30 days of landmine clearing will be required
The Irish MEP recently visited Ukraine with an NGO and witnessed the difficult task of demining lethal weapons in a war zone.
Fighting enters third week in Sudan despite new truce
Protesters gathered on O’Connell Street in Dublin today in solidarity with the people of Sudan.
More than 70 Irish citizens evacuated from Sudan as sporadic gunfire dents 72-hour ceasefire
The Sudanese armed forces and the Rapid Support Forces both confirmed that they have agreed to the ceasefire.
At least 427 people have been killed and more than 3,700 wounded, according to UN agencies.
Yesterday, the Taoiseach estimated that around 150 Irish citizens registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Sudan before the evacuations began.
The first flight carrying British nationals has left Sudan, with two more trips to take place overnight, Downing Street has said.
Operation to evacuate remaining Irish citizens from Sudan ongoing as fighting continues
Explainer: How did violence erupt in Sudan and why have countries decided to evacuate citizens?
Explainer: Why has violence broken out in Sudan and what might happen next?
Two opposing factions have taken over key sites in Sudan – but what’s at the root of the conflict?
Newcastle chairman ‘a sitting minister of Saudi government’ – US court document
The Premier League received “legally-binding assurances” that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would not have any control over the club.
Larry Donnelly: One year on, Biden walks a tightrope on Ukraine
Our columnist looks at Joe Biden’s visit to Kyiv this week and his challenges maintaining support for Ukraine at home.
Tom Clonan: 'Putin's aggression is going nowhere as this war reaches its first anniversary'
The security analyst says Putin’s back is to the wall and the global community must redouble efforts to bring an end to this war.
13 killed in building collapse in Syrian city
Only one person had been rescued from the rubble, the interior ministry said.
Last year
Tom Clonan: Russia cannot ‘win’ this war on Ukraine - so what can we expect in 2023?
Escalation won’t alter the fact that a Russian victory is not possible, security analyst Tom Clonan writes.
EU parliament president: In times of crisis, we need hope - here's what we can do for Ukraine
Roberta Metsola outlines a campaign to deliver generators to Ukraine as it faces a winter of war.
Paulo Bento proud to sing both national anthems as he faces home nation
The South Korea boss will serve a touchline ban against Portugal.
Life in Ukraine: 'When soldiers broke into my mother's house, she simply asked not to kill her'
Polina Bashkina speaks to older Ukrainian people left to cope on the front lines of this war.
Ukraine frontline: 'Everybody needs to be at least this good, so you don’t hurt your friends'
Journalist Hannah McCarthy is in Ukraine documenting the training of soldiers.
Tom Clonan: Losing Kherson is a huge blow for Russia that will embolden the Ukrainian army
The security analyst looks at the recent gains for Ukraine and says it must now capitalise on this and win back more territory.