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# Hamas

This week
14th April 2024 - 18th April 2024
Tom Clonan: We have reached a dangerous moment in the Middle East conflict
Tom Clonan
Last week
7th April 2024 - 13th April 2024
Hamas official says a ceasefire needed to locate hostages held in Gaza
Iran 'threatening to launch significant attack on Israel', says Biden
Israel bombs targets in Gaza as US says Rafah invasion not 'imminent'
Egypt is attempting to progress true talks as Israel insists it will invade Rafah.
The leaders of France, Egypt and Jordan warned Israel against the threatened offensive in Rafah, urging an “immediate” ceasefire.
Turkey has announced that it will impose trade restrictions on Israel from today until the country declares a ceasefire.
Leaders of France, Egypt, Jordan warn Israel against offensive in the city of Rafah
Israel pulled its forces out of the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday “to prepare for future missions”, the country’s defence minister said.
Egyptian state-linked media reported that talks in Cairo aimed at brokering a truce had made "significant progress".
However, Israel's Ynet news outlet cited an unidentified Israeli official as saying that "we still don't see a deal on the horizon".
A senior Hamas official meanwhile told AFP that "we cannot speak of concrete progress so far".
Israeli withdrawal from southern Gaza likely just so 'troops can rest', White House says
This month
April 2024
UN humanitarian chief calls Gaza war 'betrayal of humanity'
UN Human Rights Council demands halt to all arms sales to Israel
It is the first time the United Nations top rights body has taken a position on the conflict.
The Erez crossing in northern Gaza will be temporarily reopened for the first time since the Hamas attack on 7 October.
Netanyahu's office also said Israel would allow its port in Ashdod to process aid shipments bound for Gaza.
Biden urges 'immediate ceasefire' in first call with Netanyahu since strike on aid workers
The US President and the Israeli Prime Minister will hold a phone call later today.
World Central Kitchen has called for an independent investigation into the strikes.
The health ministry in Gaza said 61 people were killed in strikes overnight.
Tomorrow, the UN Human Rights Council will consider a draft resolution calling for an arms embargo on Israel.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu branded 'traitor' in fourth consecutive night of protests
Israeli PM vows to enact ban on Al Jazeera news outlet
Last month
March 2024
Israeli strike on Gaza refugee camp kills four people as Hamas casts doubt on new truce talks
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to undergo surgery for a hernia today.
Opinion: Israel's actions in Gaza have weakened our humanity — a ceasefire must come now
Karol Balfe
Israel continues strikes on Gaza despite UN ceasefire resolution
Seven people drown in Mediterranean trying to reach aid dropped into Gaza
United States unveils draft UN resolution calling for immediate Gaza ceasefire
Netanyahu vows to press on with Rafah offensive despite US warning invasion would be 'red line'
The Israeli Prime Minister said “no amount of international pressure will stop us from realising all the goals of the war”.
Gaza's health ministry said at least 92 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes overnight.
Envoys are planning to meet in Qatar to revive stalled talks for a ceasefire and hostage release deal.
Gaza ceasefire talks expected to resume as Netanyahu approves plans for military operation in Rafah
The White House, which has said an assault on Rafah would be a “red line” without credible civilian protection plans, said it had not seen the plan.
Hamas has proposed a six-week ceasefire and the exchange of several dozen Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners, with Israel sending a delegation to Qatar for negotiations.
The main UN agency operating in the Palestinian enclave said that one in three children under two years of age are now acutely malnourished in northern Gaza.
Israeli military denies Gaza health ministry claim it killed at least 20 people waiting for food aid
The health ministry accused Israeli troops of opening fire from “tanks and helicopters” as Palestinians gathered at a roundabout in Gaza City.
Paul Murphy: There should be no shamrock for 'Genocide Joe' over his stance on Israel
Paul Murphy
EU calls on Israel to open additional crossings to allow more aid to reach Gaza
It comes as the first boat loaded with 200 tonnes of food aid makes slow progress towards the Gaza Strip.
UN told Israel is using 'starvation' in Gaza as a 'weapon of war'
Josep Borrell told the UN Security Council that the humanitarian crisis is “man-made”.
A Spanish charity vessel has begun its journey to Gaza from Cyprus, towing a barge with 200 tonnes of aid.
US charity World Central Kitchen has said work is "underway" on a jetty to unload the shipment.
Aid groups have been warning of the risk of famine in besieged Gaza for weeks.
President Michael D Higgins issues strongly worded statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza
The President said the “world has been warned” of the consequences of inaction in Gaza.
My Story: 'I am Gazan living in Ireland, my family is trapped in the hell that is Rafah'
Ahmed Alsammak
Hamas chief says still open to truce talks as Ramadan begins and US vessel sets sail with aid
The Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan begins tomorrow.
American officials said it is likely to be weeks before the pier is operational.
Meanwhile, Biden said he believes Netanyahu is “hurting Israel more than helping Israel”.
The health ministry in Gaza today said the number of deaths in Israel's bombardment and ground offensive in Gaza had risen to 31,045.
Aid ship from Cyprus 'ready' to sail for Gaza through maritime corridor
The head of the European Commission expressed hope that a maritime corridor could open tomorrow, although details remained unclear.
US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the US military would build a "temporary pier" off Gaza's coast to bring in aid.
A humanitarian aid airdrop in the north of Gaza killed five people and wounded 10 yesterday.
Israel slams South Africa's new request for UN court orders as Gazans face 'catastrophic' hunger
China has called the humanitarian crisis a “disgrace for civilisation”.
Yesterday, Tánaiste Micheál Martin said this was the worst humanitarian crisis he has ever seen.
The health ministry in Gaza has said 20 people have died of malnutrition and dehydration, at least half of them children.
Israeli forces turn away 14-truck UN food convoy headed into Gaza as famine 'almost inevitable'
UN says there are 'reasonable grounds' to believe Hamas committed rapes during 7 October attacks
Kamala Harris calls for 'immediate six-week ceasefire' as US pushes to lock in Gaza truce
The comments from Harris are the most forceful to date by a US administration official.
Mediators push for ceasefire but differences still remain as fighting rages on in Gaza
Envoys from the United States, Qatar and Hamas have reportedly arrived in Cairo for the latest talks aimed at securing a ceasefire.
All sides have been scrambling to lock in a truce before Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month that begins on 10 or 11 March.
The health ministry in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip said at least 90 Palestinians had been killed in the past 24 hours.
US begins air-dropping aid into Gaza, as over a dozen children die from malnutrition
On Thursday, Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian civilians as a crowd rushed towards aid trucks in Gaza City.
Gaza's health ministry said more than 100 people were killed in the shootings.
A UN team that visited some of the wounded in Gaza City's Al-Shifa Hospital yesterday saw a "large number of gunshot wounds".
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said that "every effort must be made to investigate what happened and ensure transparency".
February 2024
More than 30,000 people have been killed in Gaza since 7 October, health ministry says
Mediators say a truce deal between Israel and Hamas could be just days away.
Aid agencies have raised serious concerns of a looming famine in Gaza's north.
Negotiators are hoping a truce can begin by the start of Ramadan in March.
However, a senior Hamas official told Al Jazeera that there is still a long way to go because an agreement could be reached.
Close to 100 people killed in overnight strikes in Gaza as Israel discusses next steps in truce talks
Strikes kill dozens in Gaza, as Israel's war cabinet is to meet after talks with Hamas
WHO chief says south Gaza's largest hospital no longer functioning after Israeli siege and raid
Shifting sands: The people of the West Bank are stuck in hellish game they never agreed to play
Hannah McCarthy
Bernie Sanders says Joe Biden is 'very wrong' on the issue of Israel and Gaza
Al Jazeera condemns Israel as reporter's leg blown off in drone strike on Rafah
The Qatar-based network said the strike was a “fully-fledged crime which adds to Israel’s crime against journalists”.
Elsewhere, South Africa urged the UN's top court to place more legal pressure on Israel to halt a threatened offensive against Rafah.
Minister Simon Coveney has today accused Israel of “behaving like a rogue state”.
UN describes prospect of Israeli ground invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza as 'terrifying'
Tánaiste Micheál Martin said he is in “no doubt” that the continued bombing of Rafah will ‘constitute a war crime’.
Israeli Ambassador to Ireland Dana Erlich has said the military operation in Rafah is "necessary" to continue the release of hostages and "eliminate" Hamas.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has today urged allies of Israel to stop sending it weapons as "too many people" are being killed in Gaza.