UN boss appeals for funds for humanitarian work in Palestine as Gaza death toll nears 40,000

UN boss appeals for funds for humanitarian work in Palestine as Gaza death toll nears 40,000

UNRWA’s 30,000 staff provide education, primary health care and other development activities to about six million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

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Israeli bombardments split Gaza in two as civilians, relief agencies reset lives, aid efforts

Israeli bombardments split Gaza in two as civilians, relief agencies reset lives, aid efforts

The OCHA official outlined the challenges for aid workers, explaining that before the war, the humanitarian hub was in Gaza City, in the north.

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Israel’s willingness to resume stalled ceasefire talks with Hamas raise hopes of peace in Gaza

Israel’s willingness to resume stalled ceasefire talks with Hamas raise hopes of peace in Gaza

Israel has previously said it will accept only temporary pauses in the fighting until Hamas, which governs the small, densely populated Gaza Strip, is eradicated. Egyptian sources acknowledged there had been a shift but suggested that the core issue of commitment to a permanent ceasefire was still outstanding.

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Entire Gaza City population rendered homeless after Israeli strikes kill at least 40, government media says

Entire Gaza City population rendered homeless after Israeli strikes kill at least 40, government media says

Footage showed dozens of Palestinians rushing out to search for victims amid the destroyed houses. The footage showed wrecked homes, blasted walls and debris and dust filling the street in Shati refugee camp.

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Europe and Middle East airlines cash in on thriving human trafficking as Indians, Africans scramble for the US

Europe and Middle East airlines cash in on thriving human trafficking as Indians, Africans scramble for the US

Along the way to the US border, Ismaila Diop, 30, a small-business owner from Senegal, landed at Managua aboard Avianca flight TA315. Traveling in a group of about a dozen Senegalese migrants, Diop was passed off to organised groups of smugglers who went by their first names only or called themselves “Mama Africa.”

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Palestinian medics report Israeli tanks pushing deeper into Rafah, where they killed eight people

Palestinian medics report Israeli tanks pushing deeper into Rafah, where they killed eight people

Israeli forces have laid waste to much of Gaza and seized most of the Palestinian territory but have yet to achieve Israel’s stated goal of wiping out Hamas and freeing Israeli hostages. Medics and Hamas media said eight Palestinians were killed in Al-Mawasi and many families fled north in panic. They did not identify the fatalities, and the Israeli military said it was looking into the report.

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Bloody Feast of Sacrifice: How Gaza war turned usually joyous Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday into misery

Bloody Feast of Sacrifice: How Gaza war turned usually joyous Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday into misery

Muslims around the world will celebrate the four-day Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, early in the week. It commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as recounted in the Quran. In the Jewish and Christian traditions, Abraham is called to sacrifice his other son, Isaac.

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Hajj pilgrimage opens in Mecca against backdrop of carnage in Gaza as Israel shows no signs of let up

Hajj pilgrimage opens in Mecca against backdrop of carnage in Gaza as Israel shows no signs of let up

It is a moving spiritual experience for pilgrims who believe it absolves sins and brings them closer to God, while uniting the world’s more than two billion Muslims. It’s also a chance to pray for peace in many conflict-stricken Arab and Muslim countries, including Yemen and Sudan, where more than a year of war between rival generals created the world’s largest displacement crisis.

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Hezbollah vows to escalate strikes on Israel in retaliation for killing of its senior commander

Hezbollah vows to escalate strikes on Israel in retaliation for killing of its senior commander

The Israeli strike in the south Lebanon village of Jouaiyya late on Tuesday killed three Hezbollah fighters alongside the senior field commander Taleb Abdallah, also known as Abu Taleb, Israel and three security sources in Lebanon said. He was the most senior Hezbollah commander killed during eight months of hostilities, one of the sources said.

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Pressure builds as UN warns Gaza civilian deaths in Israel’s hostage raid may constitute war crimes

Pressure builds as UN warns Gaza civilian deaths in Israel’s hostage raid may constitute war crimes

In response to the statement, Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva accused of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights of “slandering Israel”.

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