Support Among Israelis for Resumption of Gaza Campaign

[ad_1] TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israelis interviewed on Tel Aviv’s streets backed their army’s resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip on Friday, acknowledging the dangers but blaming Hamas for the collapse of a week-long truce. The pause in a 7-week-old war had allowed for the exchange of hostages held since an Oct. 7 Hamas … Read more

UN Deplores ‘Catastrophic’ Resumption of Gaza Fighting

[ad_1] GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday deplored the resumption of military operations in Gaza, describing the hostilities as “catastrophic” and urging parties to ensure a lasting ceasefire be upheld. Israeli warplanes resumed bombing Gaza, causing Palestinian civilians to flee for shelter after the collapse of a week-old truce that ran out with … Read more

U.S. to Impose Visa Bans Soon on Israeli Extremist Settlers for West Bank Violence

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) -The Biden administration has informed Israel that Washington will impose visa bans in the next few weeks on Israeli extremist settlers engaged in violence against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, a senior State Department official said. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin … Read more

Gaza’s Overwhelmed Hospitals Receive New Wave of Wounded

[ad_1] By Arafat Barbakh and Mohammed Salem KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza (Reuters) – At Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza, a man cradling a boy with a bloodied scalp cried for help. A girl who had arrived in an ambulance with an unconscious man missing the top of his left foot sobbed as a medic examined her … Read more

Israel Army Publishes Map It Says Advises Gazans of Safe Evacuation Areas

[ad_1] JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli army said on Friday that with the resumption of fighting it had published a map to advise Gazans of safe areas for their evacuation. Its statement linked to an Israeli army website in Arabic showing an Evacuation Zone Map. It said an Arabic-language video had been released on social … Read more

Thai Hostage Couple Has Emotional Reunion With Family

[ad_1] By Napat Wesshasartar and Thomas Suen KHON KAEN, Thailand (Reuters) – Natthawaree Mulkan walked through the airport arrival gates and straight into her mother’s arms, both crying with joy, meeting for the first time after losing touch for nearly two months when she was taken hostage by Hamas on October 7. “Thank you to … Read more

Gaza Negotiators Try to Get Israel, Hamas to Agree to Extend Truce Again

[ad_1] By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Mohammad Salem and Humeyra Pamuk GAZA/TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Negotiators worked feverishly on Friday to renew the pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza as a senior Israeli official reiterated plans to resume the war unless the Palestinian militant group agreed to release more hostages. After two last-minute extensions, … Read more

How Qatar Swayed Israel and Hamas to Make a Truce Work

[ad_1] DOHA (Reuters) – As world leaders feted Qatar for brokering a truce between Israel and Hamas last week, its negotiators doubled down on their mediation efforts, fearful the ceasefire was about to collapse before it started. The truce and the agreement for accompanying prisoner and hostage exchanges were loosely worded. The tiny Gulf state’s … Read more

Israel’s President Visits UAE, Asks for Help to Free Hostages

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) – Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Thursday asked United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to use his “political weight” to help free all of the Israeli hostages held by the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza. Herzog made the request during a meeting with Sheikh Mohamed in Dubai, … Read more

ICC Prosecutor to Visit Israel at Request of Oct. 7 Hamas Attack Victims

[ad_1] (Reuters) – International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan is visiting Israel at the request of Israeli survivors and the families of victims of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks from Gaza, the court said on Thursday. Khan will also visit Ramallah in the occupied West Bank to meet with senior Palestinian officials, the … Read more