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US vetoes UN Security Council demand for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

The United States on Friday vetoed a proposed United Nations Security Council demand for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the war between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza, diplomatically isolating Washington as it shields its ally. Thirteen other members voted in favor of a brief draft resolution, put forward by the United Arab Read More…

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Shooting attack in Jerusalem as Israel, Hamas extend Gaza truce by a day

Israel and Hamas struck a last-minute agreement on Thursday to extend their six-day ceasefire by one more day to allow negotiators to keep working on deals to swap hostages held in Gaza for Palestinian prisoners. The truce has allowed much-needed humanitarian aid into Gaza after much of the coastal territory of 2.3 million was reduced Read More…

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Israel, Hamas appear to abide by truce, discuss further extensions

Israeli forces and Hamas fighters appeared to be abiding by a truce for a fifth morning on Tuesday, after a four-day ceasefire was extended at the last minute for at least two days to let more hostages go free. A single column of black smoke could be seen rising above the obliterated wasteland of the Read More…

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Israel reviews list of hostages set to be freed by Hamas on Saturday

Israel has received a list of hostages to be freed from Gaza on Saturday by Palestinian militant group Hamas, officials said, following the release of 24 hostages the previous day, the first of a planned four-day truce. Israeli security officials were reviewing the list, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, Read More…

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Israeli troops in Gaza city as conflict marks one month, international reactions emerge

In a significant development, Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has confirmed that Israeli troops are now “in the heart of Gaza City,” coinciding with the one-month mark since Hamas’s October 7 attack. Gallant highlighted the full coordination between land, air, and sea forces in this operation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added to the statement, revealing Read More…

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UN Chief urges urgent action to address Gaza Crisis and humanitarian appeal

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has issued a heartfelt plea for immediate international action to address the devastating crisis in Gaza and support a critical humanitarian appeal. The UN family is in mourning as 89 staff members from the UN agency aiding Palestine refugees (UNRWA) lost their lives during the turmoil in the region. Guterres emphasised Read More…

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Diplomatic efforts intensify in Middle East conflict as tensions escalate

The Biden administration is taking proactive steps to navigate the intricate web of diplomacy in the Middle East, where the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas remains a pressing concern. CIA Director William Burns, who brings a wealth of experience as a former US ambassador to Jordan, has arrived in Israel for critical talks with Read More…

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Arab Nations demand immediate Gaza ceasefire as US expresses concerns

Israeli Hostages, Humanitarian Crisis, and Diplomatic Efforts Dominate Ongoing Conflict Amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza, Arab countries are pushing for an immediate ceasefire, while the United States expresses concerns about the potential for Hamas to regroup. The situation remains complex, with Israeli hostages, a growing humanitarian crisis, and continuous diplomatic efforts in the spotlight. Read More…

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Israeli forces launch ground operations in Gaza amid ongoing conflict

Israeli forces have initiated ground operations against Hamas in Gaza on Sunday, marking what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has termed the second phase of a three-week-old conflict with the aim of weakening the Palestinian militant group. As Israeli warplanes continue to carry out airstrikes and Israeli troops, along with armoured units, advance into the Read More…

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That Abraham’s children may live together in peace

They both claim Abraham as their progenitor. Physically alike to the outside eye, it is difficult to tell one from the other but for ethnic differences such as the shape of the beard, Muslim skullcap (Taqiyah) or Jewish kippah, and other cultural peculiarities, they are cousins but can hardly tolerate each other. Providence has fated Read More…