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Ex-minister urges UK to ‘flush out extremists’ in government who back Israeli settlements – POLITICO

Ex-minister urges UK to ‘flush out extremists’ in government who back Israeli settlements – POLITICO

Such attacks have spiked since Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre in Israel and its taking of more than 200 hostages. But Duncan, who stepped down as an MP in 2019, claimed Tom Tugendhat, the U.K.’s security minister, disagrees with criticism of Israel’s settlement building — and urged his ouster. “How can you have a security minister in the British government, who does not believe in international law, when all this is going on? I think he should be sacked,” Duncan told LBC. Tugendhat has been contacted by POLITICO for comment. His portfolio as security minister does not cover foreign policy, and he has not publicly spoken out against the U.K. government’s current policy on Israel, which is to condemn illegal settlement building. Duncan also turned his fire on several other prominent Conservative figures in the CFI grouping, urging the House of Lords to remove two Tory peers — Stuart Polak and Eric Pickles — for “exercising the interests of another country, not that of the parliament in which [they] sit.” The ex-minister meanwhile launched a broadside …

Calls increase for Israeli accounting for Gaza airstrike

Calls increase for Israeli accounting for Gaza airstrike

More calls came Thursday for Israel to account for its airstrike on a convoy in Gaza that killed seven aid workers from World Central Kitchen. U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were expected to speak Thursday in their first phone call since the attack. U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters Wednesday Israel needs better measures in place to protect humanitarian workers and civilians. World Central Kitchen said Thursday it asked Australia, Britain, Canada, Poland and the United States to demand “an independent, third-party investigation into these attacks, including whether they were carried out intentionally or otherwise violated international law.” Those killed in Monday’s attack included a Palestinian, three British citizens, a Polish citizen, an Australian and a Canadian-American dual citizen. “An independent investigation is the only way to determine the truth of what happened, ensure transparency and accountability for those responsible, and prevent future attacks on humanitarian aid workers,” World Central Kitchen said in a statement. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told reporters Thursday that Israel’s response has not …

Britain demands investigation into Israeli airstrike that killed aid workers

Britain demands investigation into Israeli airstrike that killed aid workers

London —  Britain has called for an immediate investigation into an Israeli airstrike Monday on an aid convoy that killed seven aid workers, including three British citizens, in Gaza. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak rejected calls to suspend arms shipments to Israel amid mounting global anger over the attack. The bodies of six of the seven victims were taken out of Gaza on Wednesday in a convoy of ambulances through the Rafah crossing into Egypt. The body of the seventh worker, a Palestinian driver, was turned over to his family for burial in Gaza. Monday’s attack struck several vehicles being used by the World Central Kitchen charity. Video of the aftermath clearly showed the charity’s logo on the roof of a vehicle, next to a gaping hole apparently caused by a missile. The three British victims were identified as 57-year-old John Chapman, 47-year-old James Kirby and 33-year-old James Henderson. Sunak said he had spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Tuesday. “I … was very clear with him that the …

Israeli hostage, 40, afraid she’d be ‘raped and paraded around Gaza’ by Hamas | World | News

Israeli hostage, 40, afraid she’d be ‘raped and paraded around Gaza’ by Hamas | World | News

An Israeli woman who was abducted by Hamas says she was more afraid of being “paraded” around Gaza than dying. Amit Soussana, 40, was kidnapped from the Kibbutz Kfar Aza in Israel on October 7. She says she was forced to perform “a sexual act” on a Hamas guard while he pointed a gun at her head. In a new documentary, she reveals her biggest fears as she was held captive by the terrorist group. “I was really scared that they were going to rape me there, and that they were going to drag me through Gaza streets and parade my body around. I feared that more than being killed,” she said. READ MORE: Hamas fighters ‘gang-raped woman before shooting her dead’ during Israel attack Sousanna, an attorney, has previously spoken out about the horrific ordeal, which happened as she was held in a child’s bedroom. “I was chained for three weeks in Gaza. I was kept in a really dark room without being able to move,” she said in the documentary Screams Before Silence. …

The Israeli raid on Damascus, an ‘unprecedented’ escalation of tensions

The Israeli raid on Damascus, an ‘unprecedented’ escalation of tensions

Among the victims of Monday’s air strike in Damascus against the Iranian consulate was Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Guards, his deputy Mohammad Hadi Hajriahimi, and five other officers. While Iran has blamed Israel for the attack and vowed to retaliate, some analysts suspect that Iran remains unwilling to provoke a full-scale war. Iran has vowed to avenge the deaths of several high-ranking officers of the Quds Force, the elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who were killed in an air strike that hit the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital on Monday. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, the first on an Iranian diplomatic building in Syria. But the New York Times reported on Tuesday that Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israel had carried out the strike. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that 16 people were killed in the attack, including two civilians – a woman and her son – along with eight Iranians, five Syrians and one member of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, all of them fighters. A loss …

International condemnation over Israeli airstrike which killed aid workers in Gaza

International condemnation over Israeli airstrike which killed aid workers in Gaza

At least five employees from the World Central Kitchen charity, including foreigners, were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza. Those killed in the incident in central Gaza’s Deir al-Balah included citizens of Poland, Australia and Britain, as well as one Palestinian. On Monday, the Iranian embassy in Damascus was hit by an airstrike. VOA’s Michael Lipin spoke with Retired Israeli Major General Yaakov Amidror, former national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As Senegal’s Faye takes office, France watches closely. Bassirou Diomaye Faye was sworn in Tuesday as Senegal’s newest president. Thai LGBT activists rang in another victory after the marriage equality bill overwhelmingly passed the upper house’s first reading on Tuesday, a significant move that will bring the country closer to becoming the third territory in Asia to legalize same-sex unions Source link

Israeli army chief says strike killing aid workers was ‘grave mistake’

Israeli army chief says strike killing aid workers was ‘grave mistake’

WASHINGTON PUSHBACK Netanyahu has promised to push on with the war to destroy Hamas despite nightly protests demanding he step down. He has also faced pushback from staunch ally the United States. The White House said in a statement on Monday it had once again expressed concerns to Israel about a planned offensive in Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, which is overcrowded with 1.5 million people, most of them displaced by the war. Israel pledged to “take these concerns into account”. The bloodiest-ever Gaza war erupted with Hamas’s Oct 7 attack, which resulted in about 1,160 deaths in Israel, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official figures. Israel’s retaliatory campaign has killed at least 32,900 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza. Palestinian militants also seized around 250 hostages. Israel believes about 130 remain in Gaza, including 34 presumed dead. The World Bank on Tuesday released an interim assessment that said the war had caused about US$18.5 billion worth of damage to Gaza’s critical infrastructure. That was equivalent to 97 per cent of …

Israeli Army Withdraws From Major Gaza Hospital, Leaving Behind a Wasteland

Israeli Army Withdraws From Major Gaza Hospital, Leaving Behind a Wasteland

Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, once the fulcrum of Gaza’s health system and now an emblem of its destruction, stood in ruins on Sunday, as if a tsunami had surged through it followed by a tornado. The emergency department was a tidy, off-white building until Israeli troops returned there in March. Two weeks later, it was missing most of its facade, scorched with soot, and punctured with hundreds of bullets and shells. The eastern floors of the surgery department were left open to the breeze, the walls blown off and the equipment buried under mounds of debris. The bridge connecting the two buildings was no longer there, and the plaza between them — formerly a circular driveway wrapping around a gazebo — had been churned by Israeli armored vehicles into a wasteland of uprooted trees, upturned cars and a half-crushed ambulance. The hospital was the largest in Gaza, one of its biggest employers and a shelter for thousands of Gazans during war. I had visited its wards in calmer times, meeting Palestinians wounded in a …

How Israeli strikes on a World Central Kitchen convoy in Gaza unfolded

How Israeli strikes on a World Central Kitchen convoy in Gaza unfolded

SUVs and trucks bearing the distinctive logo of World Central Kitchen had become increasingly common in Gaza by late Monday, when three of WCK’s vehicles were traveling along on the coastal road used as a humanitarian corridor. The dynamic international food aid group has been one of the few organizations able to get supplies into the embattled enclave and distributed to hungry civilians from north to south. Two of the SUVs traveling Monday were armored and bore the frying pan logo on the roof, the group said. A third was an unmodified “soft-skin” vehicle. None of them would return to base. Inside the vehicles were seven of the group’s employees and volunteers, including a Palestinian as well as aid workers from the United States, Britain, Poland, Australia and other countries drawn to the globe’s worst humanitarian crisis. They were one of the teams forming part of the pop-up maritime supply chain WCK had constructed, using barges, temporary piers and convoys to get food from Europe to aid points around Gaza. The group had just been …

Protests against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for fourth night

Protests against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for fourth night

STANDOFF OUTSIDE PM’S HOME “The basic duty of the state is to ensure the return of the abducted. I was naive, I didn’t realise that our prime minister is not interested in bringing them back because of political considerations,” she said. Former premier Barak said if Netanyahu launches a ground offensive on Rafah, the “hostages will return in coffins. The one who abandoned them on Oct 7 is now sacrificing them on the altar of absolute victory”. He called for snap elections, saying “the man responsible” for the calamity should be “removed from the steering wheel”. Zangauker said Netanyahu had tried to blacken the hostage families for protesting while the country was at war.  “You call us traitors when you are the traitor, a traitor to your people, to the State of Israel.” Some 3,000 of the protesters later marched to Netanyahu’s home to shout slogans demanding he resign, with police saying some “rioters” tried to rip away barriers outside. Mounted officers charged into the crowd to stop them from breaking through. Hamas militants seized …