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IDF announces daily ‘tactical pause’ along aid corridor in southern Gaza

IDF announces daily ‘tactical pause’ along aid corridor in southern Gaza

[ad_1] The Israeli military on Sunday announced it had begun a daily 11-hour pause of operations along an aid corridor in southern Gaza to safeguard deliveries of humanitarian relief — a move that some within the government denounced. The limited “tactical pause” will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. each day “until further notice along the road that leads from the Kerem Shalom Crossing to the Salah al-Din Road and then northwards,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement Sunday. The IDF later clarified that there is “no cessation of fighting” elsewhere in southern Gaza, including Rafah. National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir denounced the plan, saying on X that “whoever decided on a ‘tactical truce’ … is an evil and a fool who should not continue in his position.” Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich called the pause announcement “delusional” and “detached,” adding that the “‘humanitarian aid’ that continues to reach Hamas keeps it in power and may put the achievements of the war down the drain.” The announcement came as Muslim …

UK ‘morally incoherent’ for sending arms to Israel and aid to Gaza, says Oxfam chief | Israel-Gaza war

UK ‘morally incoherent’ for sending arms to Israel and aid to Gaza, says Oxfam chief | Israel-Gaza war

[ad_1] Supplying arms to Israel while simultaneously providing humanitarian aid to Gaza is “intellectually and morally incoherent”, the head of Oxfam GB has said. According to Gaza’s health ministry, more than 37,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the Israeli military offensive on Gaza since the 7 October attacks by Hamas. Israel and Hamas have both been accused of breaking international law. Nevertheless, UK ministers have rejected calls to suspend arms exports to Israel, prompting a legal challenge, in which Oxfam was on Thursday granted permission to formally intervene. In an interview with the Guardian, Halima Begum, who took over as Oxfam GB chief executive in April and recently returned from a work trip to Israel and the occupied West Bank, said the UK’s stance does not make sense. “Whether you say they are components or whole weapons [being sold] is a moot point, because individual components collectively constitute these devices that are killing so many innocent people. The UK needs to stop selling these arms. The government can’t simultaneously give humanitarian aid and …

Israeli army announces daily ‘tactical pause’ in south Gaza to boost incoming aid

Israeli army announces daily ‘tactical pause’ in south Gaza to boost incoming aid

[ad_1] Israel’s military announced on Sunday that it would pause fighting throughout daytime hours along a route in southern Gaza to free up a backlog of humanitarian aid deliveries destined for desperate Palestinians enduring a humanitarian crisis sparked by the war, now in its ninth month. The “tactical pause,” which applies to about 12 kilometers (7½ miles) of road in the Rafah area, falls far short of a complete cease-fire in the territory that has been sought by the international community, including Israel’s top ally, the United States. It could help address the overwhelming needs of Palestinians that have surged in recent weeks with Israel’s incursion into Rafah. The army said that the daily pause would begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) and last until 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) and continue until further notice. It’s aimed at allowing aid trucks to reach the nearby Israel-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing, the main entry point, and travel safely to the Salah a-Din highway, a main north-south road, the military said. The crossing has had a bottleneck since Israeli …

US to send more food aid to Sudan, warning of a risk of historic famine

US to send more food aid to Sudan, warning of a risk of historic famine

[ad_1] The United States on Friday announced another $315 million for hungry Sudanese as it pressed the warring sides to end obstruction of aid, warning that a famine of historic proportions could unfold without urgent action. Issued on: 15/06/2024 – 08:06 3 min The assistance will include food and drinking water, as well as malnutrition emergency screening and treatment for children. It comes as estimates say that five million people inside Sudan suffer extreme hunger, with food lacking also in neighboring countries where two million Sudanese have fled. “We need the world to wake up to the catastrophe happening before our very eyes,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters. “We’ve seen mortality projections estimating that in excess of 2.5 million people – about 15 percent of the population – in Darfur and Kordofan, the hardest-hit regions, could die by the end of September,” she said. “This is the largest humanitarian crisis on the face of the planet, and yet somehow it threatens to get worse,” she said, pointing to expectations …

Hungary to allow NATO aid to flow to Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

Hungary to allow NATO aid to flow to Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

[ad_1] Budapest will not obstruct NATO military aid to Ukraine as it has the EU’s efforts, but it will not help. Hungary has agreed not to block NATO military aid to Ukraine, but it will not help either, the military alliance’s chief says. After meetings with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Budapest on Wednesday that he “accepts” the position of the Central European country not to participate in NATO efforts for Ukraine. Orban, seen as the closest of any EU leader to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has persistently obstructed the bloc’s efforts to supply Kyiv with arms and financing. “No Hungarian personnel will take part in these activities and no Hungarian funds will be used to support them,” Stoltenberg said. “At the same time, the prime minister has assured me that Hungary will not oppose these efforts, enabling other allies to move forward, and he has confirmed that Hungary will continue to meet its NATO commitments in full,” he added. The NATO chief said he and Orban had …

The Israeli protesters trying to stop food aid getting to Gaza – podcast | News

The Israeli protesters trying to stop food aid getting to Gaza – podcast | News

[ad_1] Since the start of the year, groups of Israeli demonstrators have been gathering, first on the border with Gaza and then later in the West Bank, to lie down in front of food trucks – or in the West Bank even to attack them and their drivers – to try to prevent food aid getting into Gaza. Who are these protesters and why would they try to prevent supplies from getting into the Gaza Strip, where international agencies say some children are already starving? Emma Graham-Harrison went to speak to the protesters to find out. She tells Michael Safi how, while their actions may seem extreme, believing aid should not be sent to Gaza is a worryingly mainstream view in Israel. Michael Safi hears too about other protesters – those who are trying to help the truck drivers get through. Emma tells Michael of her interview with an activist from Standing Together who has risked his life to try to ensure people in Gaza will get aid. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA Support The Guardian The …

US-built pier for Gaza humanitarian aid to be removed from coast for repairs

US-built pier for Gaza humanitarian aid to be removed from coast for repairs

[ad_1] Back to homepage / Middle East AS IT HAPPENED The US-built temporary pier taking humanitarian aid to the coast of Gaza will be to be repaired after getting damaged in rough seas and weather, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The pier will be pulled out and sent to the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, where US Central Command will repair it, the Pentagon said. Repairs will take “over a week” before the pier is anchored back into the beach in Gaza. Read our liveblog to see how all the day’s events unfolded. Issued on: 28/05/2024 – 07:35Modified: 28/05/2024 – 22:19 2 min This photo taken on April 26, 2024 by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) shows construction work on the US floating jetty in the Mediterranean Sea, to receive and deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. © CENTCOM via AFP This liveblog is now closed. For all the latest, please click here. Summary: Israeli tanks reached the centre of Rafah for the first time on Tuesday, witnesses said, as the bombardment of the southern Gazan …

How Much Military Aid Does The UK Sends To Israel?

How Much Military Aid Does The UK Sends To Israel?

[ad_1] The military aid the UK sends to Israel has been under a growing spotlight ever since the war in Gaza began in October. The UK is not the largest arms supplier to Israel – that’s the US, which accounts for slightly under 70% – but but it is still an important talking point, especially as more and more people want it to stop. Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza’s southern city, Rafah, have sparked further international concerns, especially as 1.5 million people are sheltering there. The Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza says around 40,000 people have been killed already over the course of the war. Israel says it is protecting itself against Hamas, the Palestinian militants who killed 1,200 people on Israeli soil and took around 240 people hostage last October. So how has the UK been supporting its ally, Israel? What weapons does the UK send to Israel? In December, the defence secretary Grant Shapps has said the UK’s exports to Israel are “relatively small”. In 2022, it worked out to £42m – that’s …

Haitian aid workers worry American Christians donors could worsen crisis

Haitian aid workers worry American Christians donors could worsen crisis

[ad_1] (RNS) — As the security crisis in Haiti continues, the humanitarian aid group Haiti Family Care Network is urging U.S. Christian donors to refrain from worsening the situation by donating to orphanages and to redirect their efforts instead toward initiatives helping parents support their children. “There are actually better ways to care for the needs of children than building and supporting orphanages,” said Heather Nozea, chair of the network, which is part of Better Care Network, based in Guatemala. In 2021, five humanitarian organizations created Haiti Family Care Network to change how relief for children works in the impoverished, often chaotically led nation. In 2011, the year after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed some 300,000, mostly around the capital, Port-au-Prince, orphanages proliferated from about 300 to 754, despite their failures to provide appropriate care for children. “Everyone assumed that the best way to respond was by building and supporting new orphanages and it became a solution to problems without actually addressing the real problem,” said Nozea, who has worked in Haiti for eight years …

First Shipment Of Gaza Aid For US-Built Pier Departs Cyprus, UN Claims “Full-Blown Famine”

First Shipment Of Gaza Aid For US-Built Pier Departs Cyprus, UN Claims “Full-Blown Famine”

[ad_1] The US military has reportedly completed building the off-shore pier for Gaza humanitarian aid deliveries, but it has yet to be anchored to Gaza’s shore that this crucial part of the process has been held up due to inclement weather in the eastern Mediterranean.  “As of today, the U.S. military has completed the off-shore construction of the Trident pier section, or the causeway, which is the component that will eventually be anchored to the Gaza shore,” Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters Thursday. Reuters: US flagged cargo vessel carrying aid to a pier built by the US off Gaza sets sail from Larnaca, Cyprus. “Today there are still forecasted high winds and high sea swells, which are causing unsafe conditions for the JLOTS components to be moved, so the pier sections and military vessels involved in its construction are still positioned at the Port of Ashdod,” she added. Cyprus’ foreign ministry on the same day announced that the first vessel carrying humanitarian aid to be offloaded on the newly US-constructed pier is …