Netanyahu seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in Gaza in new postwar plan

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A long-awaited postwar plan from Israel’s prime minister shows his government’s commitment to open control over security and civil affairs in the Gaza Strip. That was quickly rejected by Palestinian leaders on Friday and goes against Washington’s view on it ravaged by war enclave. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented … Read more

Biden administration restores Trump-rescinded policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reinstated a U.S. legal finding from nearly 50 years ago that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are “unlawful” under international law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US believes the settlements violate Israel’s obligations a decision by his predecessor, Mike Pompeo, in the Biden … Read more

US Says Strike on Gaza Food Convoy ‘Unacceptable’

The gunfire that struck a United Nations food convoy headed to northern Gaza earlier this month, suspending food deliveries to the region, apparently came from Israeli warships, CNN reports. No one was injured in the February 5 strike, but the contents of the truck, which desperately needed bread flour, were destroyed. The truck was one … Read more

Israeli ground offensive in Rafah ‘aimed at making Gaza uninhabitable’

Israel has announced plans to launch a full-scale offensive against the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, claiming it is the only way to “completely destroy” Hamas. But according to former French military officer and author Guillaume Ancel, a large-scale military operation in the city, where half of Gaza’s population now lives, is … Read more

Ship ablaze in Gulf of Aden as Israel shoots down fire in suspected Houthi attacks

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Thursday launched attacks on both Israel and a ship sailing through the Gulf of Aden, setting the ship on fire and once again demonstrating their ability to carry out attacks despite US-led airstrikes on their forces. The rebels’ supreme leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, announced an “escalation … Read more

Israel-Hamas war: Israeli strikes in Gaza kill 48

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli strikes overnight killed at least 48 people in southern and central Gaza, half of them women and children, health officials said Thursday. European foreign ministers and UN agencies called for a ceasefire, prompting alarm bells to ring the worsening humanitarian crisis and possible famine in the area. Tensions also … Read more

Suspected Houthi rebel missile sets cargo ship ablaze. Israel intercepts separate attack near Eilat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A suspected rocket attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels set a ship on fire in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday as Israel intercepted another Houthi attack near the port city of Eilat, authorities said. The attacks come as the rebels escalate their attacks Israel’s war against Hamas in the … Read more

Pipeline blasts: Iran accuses Israel of sabotage

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Israeli sabotage attack on an Iranian natural gas pipeline caused the multiple explosions that hit it a week ago, Iran’s oil minister claimed Wednesday, further raising tensions between the regional archenemies. Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji’s comments come as Israel … Read more

Israel orders new evacuations in northern Gaza

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The World Food Program said Tuesday it has suspended food deliveries to isolated northern Gaza due to mounting chaos across the area, raising fears of possible famine. A study by the UN children’s agency warned that one in six children in the north is acutely malnourished. According to UN figures, … Read more

Attacks on ships and US drones show Yemen’s Houthis can still fight despite US-led airstrikes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Despite a month of U.S.-led airstrikes, Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels remain able to launch significant attacks. This week they seriously damaged a ship in a crucial situation and apparently shot down a US drone worth tens of millions of dollars. The Houthis’ continued attacks on shipping through the crucial … Read more