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The Israeli army announces the “liberation of two detainees” from Rafah, and Palestinian reports of the killing of dozens of civilians and the injury of hundreds...

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Palestinian News Agency: More than 100 killed and hundreds injured in the Israeli bombing of Rafah
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What did the Israeli side reveal about the operation to “liberate two detainees” who were in the city of Rafah?
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The Israeli army announces more information regarding the “liberation of detainees” in Rafah
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Palestinian Red Crescent Society: The Israeli army killed 14 of our medical personnel in Gaza and arrested 14 Others
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The Biden administration is considering withdrawing from considering the settlements “not in violation of international law” - an Israeli report
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The US Senate approves a $95 billion tripartite aid package that includes Israel
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The Iraqi army says it is working on formulating a timetable with the "International Coalition" to end its duties
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An aid convoy of 115 trucks enters the Gaza Strip from Egypt
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Reuters: An American official said: The United States does not support the military operation in Rafah
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Netanyahu: A sufficient number of Israeli hostages are still alive in the Gaza Strip
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Al-Qassam Brigades: Two hostages were killed in the Gaza Strip and a number of other Israeli hostages were wounded
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Why is the hostage crisis the most difficult mission Israel has ever faced?
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Did the videos published by Israeli soldiers from Gaza violate international laws?
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Hamas warns of “torpedoing negotiations” for the exchange of hostages in the event of a ground invasion of Rafah



Palestinian News Agency: More than 100 killed and hundreds injured in the Israeli bombing of Rafah
12/2/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int'l: The Palestinian News Agency "Wafa" said that an Israeli bombing targeted various areas in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, resulting in "the killing of more than 100 Palestinian citizens, and the injury of hundreds of others, at dawn on Monday, including children and women." The 129th day of the ongoing war on Gaza.
According to what was reported by "Wafa", 100 Palestinians arrived at Rafah hospitals following heavy Israeli raids on the city in the south of the Gaza Strip, while the Palestinian Red Crescent said that the city of Rafah is witnessing violent Israeli raids concentrated in the center of the city, targeting inhabited homes opposite the headquarters of the Crescent Society.
This comes as the Israeli security services announced that they were able to release two hostages during a “qualitative” operation during which they launched intensive strikes in Rafah, south of Gaza, tonight.
نتانياهو يعلن التحضير لهجوم وشيك على رفح...والنازحون يخشون الأسوأ
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Egypt threatens to suspend key peace treaty if Israel pushes into Rafah on  its border, officials say
What did the Israeli side reveal about the operation to “liberate two detainees” who were in the city of Rafah?
The Times of Israel quoted statements by Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari, in which he described the details of the “hostage-liberation operation” by saying:
• The operation took place jointly between the Israeli army, the police, and the Shin Bet, and the work took place a long time ago.
• The conditions were not ripe for its implementation... and we waited for it to mature.
• Reaching the target in the heart of Rafah was very complicated.
• At approximately one in the morning (local time), the forces secretly arrived at the target and carried out a very complex operation in the building and the second floor where the two hostages were held.
• An exchange of fire took place with gunmen in the building and in neighboring buildings, while the two hostages were being removed.
• Simultaneously with the operation, Israeli aircraft launched intense air strikes.
• A soldier was slightly injured, but there were no casualties after that.
• The process took about an hour from start to finish.
• The two released detainees are in good health.
• We have another 134 hostages and we will continue to do everything in our power to return them to Israel.
Oct. 9: Israel hits Gaza amid Hamas threat to kill hostages; US to  Hezbollah: Stay out | The Times of Israel
The Israeli army announces more information regarding the “liberation of detainees” in Rafah
The Israeli army said that last night it carried out "a successful operation to free two Israeli kidnappers who were kidnapped on October 7 from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak by Hamas and were detained in Rafah."
According to the statement, the two hostages are Louis Harr (70 years old) and Fernando Marman (60 years old).
The Israeli army added, "The forces secretly arrived at the location of the target and carried out a very complex operation inside a building where the two kidnapped persons were detained on the second floor of the building... A number of armed men were inside the residential apartment and in the neighboring apartments, where the forces stormed the building and were able to free the kidnapped persons, leading to clashes during the operation." Editing.
The statement revealed that "the Air Force launched an intense wave of raids targeting dozens of targets belonging to the Hamas-affiliated Shaboura Brigade in order to enable the force to move to the special airstrip that was established to return the freed abductees into Israel."
Red Crescent says Israeli strike on Gaza ambulance kills 6 - Al-Monitor:  Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
Palestinian Red Crescent Society: The Israeli army killed 14 of our medical personnel in Gaza and arrested 14 others
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that the Israeli army killed 14 of its medical personnel, describing their targeting as a “war crime” punishable by international law, according to the Palestinian News Agency.
In a statement on Sunday evening, the association renewed its calls to the international community to ensure the protection of its personnel and facilities and provide a safe humanitarian space.
The association said in a statement that it was "dismayed by the martyrdom of two of its ambulance crews, Ahmed Al-Madhoun and Youssef Zaino, who were on a mission to rescue the child Hind 12 days ago in the Tal Al-Hawa area in Gaza City."
The decomposed bodies of the paramedics were found among the remains of a burnt and smashed ambulance, as a result of the Israeli occupation forces targeting it, a few meters away from the car of the child Hind’s family, according to the statement.
The Red Crescent Society expressed its shock at the illegal Israeli occupation forces’ arrest of nine of its staff and a number of patients from Al Amal Hospital, on February 9, during their storming of the hospital, looting it, and destroying a number of medical devices... bringing the number of Red Crescent Society detainees to 14 individuals.
The committee stated that, according to international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions, “the direct targeting and deliberate killing of the association’s crews and volunteers” is considered a war crime, and the contracting parties that signed the Geneva Conventions and are obligated to enforce respect for international humanitarian law must take the necessary measures to suppress, rebuke and punish the perpetrators. .
The Biden administration is considering withdrawing from considering the settlements “not in violation of international law” - an Israeli report
The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation "Kan" reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden is considering withdrawing from considering Israeli settlements not "in violation of international law," due to circulating reports about the establishment of settlements in Gaza.
In 2019, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled the policy known as the “Hansel Document,” which the US administration had followed for 40 years, under which Washington considered the settlements a violation of international law.
Kan quoted an American official as saying, “The United States does not support the Israeli occupation of areas in Gaza or the establishment of new settlements in the Strip.” The US State Department did not deny what was mentioned in the report, as the official considered that “the expansion of settlements harms the two-state solution, and causes "It causes tension and harms trust between the two parties."
Earlier today, the Washington Post newspaper said that US President Joe Biden and his aides are currently close to a critical point in relations with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and they no longer see him as an effective partner who can be influenced. This came according to the testimonies of a number of people familiar with internal discussions. , according to what was reported by “Cannes”.
The US Senate approves a $95 billion tripartite aid package that includes Israel
In a procedural vote, 67 US Senators approved a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.
This number of votes is considered sufficient to approve the package that has been pending in Congress for months, and which is likely to face strong opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
The US aid package includes funding Israel in its war against Hamas with about $14 billion, while Ukraine will receive $60 billion, in addition to aid to Taiwan.
Before the vote, Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that “if the United States does not send aid to Ukraine under the national security bill, Putin has every chance of success” in his war on Ukraine, which has begun two years ago.
The US President calls for urgent steps to increase humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians
US President Joe Biden called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take urgent and specific steps to increase humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians.
The White House said that during a phone call with Netanyahu on Sunday, Biden and Netanyahu discussed efforts to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas, and agreed to remain in close contact on this issue.
Biden reiterated his view that the military operation in Rafah should not continue without a plan to ensure the safety of the million people living there.
جنود امريكان يصلون محافظة نينوى
The Iraqi army says it is working on formulating a timetable with the "International Coalition" to end its duties
The Iraqi army said that the Iraqi Supreme Military Committee, which is charged with holding meetings with the international coalition forces in Baghdad, has resumed its meetings aimed at assessing the military situation, the level of danger, the operational environment, and the capabilities of the Iraqi armed forces.
According to a statement by the spokesman for the Iraqi Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasoul, a timetable will be formulated based on the meetings for a deliberate and gradual reduction in order to end the mission of the international coalition forces to fight ISIS and move to a bilateral relationship.
Rasoul noted that the meetings will continue periodically to complete their work as quickly as possible, “as long as nothing disturbs their peace,” according to what was reported by the Iraqi News Agency.
Baghdad and Washington launched these talks in late January within the framework of a joint “supreme military committee,” but they were suspended on January 28 due to a drone attack that killed three American soldiers in Jordan on the border with Syria.
Since mid-October, American forces and the international coalition in Iraq and Syria have been subjected to more than 165 attacks as a result of the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). Most of these attacks were claimed by the "Islamic Resistance in Iraq", which includes fighters that America describes as loyal to Iran.
Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani linked what he called “avoiding regional escalation” to “stopping the war on Gaza,” indicating in an interview with Reuters last month that it was necessary to agree on a time frame for the withdrawal of coalition forces with the aim of “not prolonging the presence and continuing attacks against them.” 
An aid convoy of 115 trucks enters the Gaza Strip from Egypt
115 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah land port in North Sinai, Egypt.
An official source at the port said in a statement yesterday, Sunday, that 110 various humanitarian aid trucks and 5 fuel trucks entered Gaza.
On the other hand, he pointed out that 65 wounded Palestinians and their companions (40 injured and 25 companions) were received and crossed from hospitals in the Gaza Strip to receive treatment in Egyptian hospitals, in addition to the crossing of 250 holders of dual residency and nationalities, and 132 holders of Egyptian passports, outside the Strip.
International organizations say that the process of bringing aid into Gaza is not taking place at the required speed and is not sufficient for the needs of the people of Gaza in light of Israel’s insistence on conducting a security check for every truck entering the Strip.
رويترز عربي ودولي - SWI swissinfo.ch
Reuters: An American official said: The United States does not support the military operation in Rafah
Reuters quoted a senior American official as saying that the American administration does not support the military operation in Rafah under the current circumstances, where there are more than 1.3 million people and they have nowhere to go.
The American official explained that civilians in Rafah will need significant support if Israel carries out its military operation, noting that the Israelis confirmed that they consider the safety of civilians as a “precondition” for any operation in the region.
The American official added that President Biden spoke with the Israeli Prime Minister for 45 minutes, as the talks focused on the release of the Israeli hostages, noting that there was “real progress” made during the past few weeks regarding the framework of the armistice agreement, stressing that “a lot has been achieved,” according to Reuters.
israel hamas war: Netanyahu says 'enough' remaining Israeli hostages alive  to warrant Gaza war - The Economic Times
Netanyahu: A sufficient number of Israeli hostages are still alive in the Gaza Strip
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a "sufficient number" of Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip are still alive.
Netanyahu explained in an interview broadcast on Sunday on the “This Week” program on the American ABC network, the remaining number of the remaining 132 Israeli hostages being held in Gaza is a reason for the continuation of the Israeli war in the Strip.
Earlier today, Hamas announced the killing of two Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip and the wounding of a number of other hostages as a result of raids carried out by the Israeli army on the Strip, blaming Israel for the safety of the hostages as a result of its continuous bombing of areas in the Strip.
Al-Qassam Brigades: Two hostages were killed in the Gaza Strip and a number of other Israeli hostages were wounded
The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, announced the killing of two hostages and the wounding of eight other Israeli hostages held in Gaza, during raids carried out by the Israeli army in the Strip in the past four days.
Hamas reported via Telegram that the Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip during the past 96 hours had claimed the lives of two Israeli hostages and seriously injured eight others, holding Israel fully responsible for the continued raids on various parts of the Strip.
Hamas Releases 2 More Israeli Hostages, Israel Ramps Up Airstrikes
Why is the hostage crisis the most difficult mission Israel has ever faced?
The movement explained that the situation of the remaining hostages in Gaza "has become more dangerous in light of the absence of the ability to provide them with appropriate medical aid."
This comes amid ongoing internal pressure from the Israeli street on Benjamin Netanyahu's government regarding its handling of the hostage crisis, and at a time when negotiations continue on a new truce proposal that would lead to the release of more hostages.
Last week, Israel announced that it had notified the families of 31 hostages of their deaths, which is more than a fifth of the number of hostages believed to be in Gaza, which is estimated at 136 hostages according to the Israeli army.
حرب غزة: تواصل التحذيرات الدولية من تبعات هجوم إسرائيلي على رفح، ونتنياهو  يتحدث عن توفير
Did the videos published by Israeli soldiers from Gaza violate international laws?
Videos showing Gaza detainees stripped, bound and blindfolded, filmed by Israeli soldiers and posted online, could constitute a “violation of international law,” legal experts said.
Media sources reported that hundreds of video clips shared by Israeli soldiers and filmed in Gaza since November 2023 were fact-checked.
The Israeli army says it has terminated the service of one of the reserve soldiers who posted the clips, adding that videos like these "have no value," while the army declined to comment.
In a video clip published on December 24, 2023, a Palestinian detainee appears almost naked and bleeding, with his hands tied and sitting on a chair during his field interrogation.
The site turned out to be Gaza College, a school located in the north of the Gaza Strip, and in the same video, the detainee appeared walking barefoot in the streets of Gaza.
International law stipulates that detainees shall not be subjected to unnecessary humiliation or defamation.
Article 13 of the Third Geneva Convention stipulates that prisoners of war must be protected at all times, in particular from acts of violence or intimidation, and from “insults and defamation.”
Hamas warns of “torpedoing negotiations” for the exchange of hostages in the event of a ground invasion of Rafah
Hamas said that an Israeli military operation in Rafah, south of Gaza on the border with Egypt, would undermine the possibility of releasing hostages held in the Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Victory is within reach. We will control the last Hamas terrorist brigades, and Rafah, which is the movement's last stronghold."
US President Joe Biden warned the Israeli Prime Minister of the consequences of launching a ground military operation in Rafah “without a credible and implementable plan” to protect civilians.
For his part, Netanyahu pledged to provide "safe passage" for civilians before launching a military operation in Rafah, saying: "We will do this while ensuring safe passage for the civilian population so that they can leave. We are working on developing a detailed plan to achieve this."
In an interview with ABC News, Netanyahu indicated that there are areas in northern Rafah that “have been cleared and can be used as safe areas for civilians.”
On the other hand, Al-Aqsa Channel quoted a leading source in Hamas in Israel as saying that any military operation would lead to “torpedoing the negotiations” for the exchange of Israeli hostages and Palestinian detainees.
At the same time, many countries warn of a "humanitarian catastrophe" if the Israeli army launches an attack in Rafah, where about 1.3 million Palestinian civilians are gathered and have taken refuge in the border city as a last resort from the ongoing Israeli bombing throughout the Gaza Strip for about four months.

 














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