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Gaza live: At least 42 killed in Gaza City strikes
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Palestinians transport the bodies of loved ones killed during Israeli bombardment for burial in al-Tuffah neighbourhood in Gaza City on June 22, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas. Omar AL-QATTAA / AFP

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2 hours ago

Good evening, Middle East Eye readers.

Our live coverage of Israel's assault on Gaza will shortly be closing for the evening.

Here are the day's main developments:

  • Gaza's health ministry said that 101 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 37,551 people killed in the enclave since 7 October. Additionally, 85,911 people have been wounded since the war began.
  • Two separate Israeli attacks on Gaza killed at least 42 Palestinians on Saturday, according to the Gaza government's media office and the Civil Defence. Hamas released a statement, saying that Israel "continues its brutal targeting of defenceless civilians in Gaza and carries out new massacres in the Shati Camp, Mawasi and Rafah".
  • EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has called for an independent investigation into a deadly shelling that hit an office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza.
  • Four children have died of malnutrition in a single week in northern Gaza's Kamal Adwan Hospital, according to director Hussam Abu Safia.
  • Footage shared online showed Israeli forces tying a wounded Palestinian to the bonnet of an armoured vehicle in Jenin, occupied West Bank, in what seemed to be a case of using him as a human shield.
  • Lebanese media report that a drone strike hit a car in the town of Khiara, West Beqaa, some 40km from the border with Israel. The Israeli army said in a statement that it had killed a prominent Hamas and al-Jama’a al-Islamiyya operative in the strike.
  • The Qatari prime minister on Saturday said that ceasefire talks were still ongoing, and that his country "continues its efforts, in cooperation with regional and international partners, to end the war in Gaza and prevent the spread of violence".
  • According to CNN, the US reassured Israel it would back its ally should an all-out war break out with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
5 hours ago

Tens of thousands of protesters waving Israeli flags and chanting slogans against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday, demanding new elections and the return of hostages held in Gaza, AFP reported.

Many protesters held signs reading "Crime Minister" and "Stop the War" as people poured into the biggest Israeli city's main thoroughfare.

"I am here because I am afraid of the future of my grandchild. There will be no future for them if we don't go out and get rid of the horrible government," said 66-year-old contractor Shai Erel.

"All of the rats in the Knesset… I wouldn't let any one of them be a guard of a kindergarten."

Anti-government protest organisation Hofshi Israel estimated more than 150,000 people attended the rally, calling it the biggest since the Gaza war began.

In an address to the crowd, a former head of Israel's domestic Shin Bet security agency, Yuval Diskin, condemned Netanyahu as Israel's "worst prime minister".

5 hours ago

Thousands of Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday to mark the 20th birthday of Naama Levy, who has been held hostage in Gaza since 7 October, and to call for an immediate ceasefire in the war with Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Releasing balloons and chanting to the beat of drums, protesters shared bite-sized cupcakes decorated with birthday candles, while demanding the release of all hostages taken by Hamas following its raid on Israel eight months ago.

"She needs to be here with her family, with her friends,” said Yoni Levy, 52, Naama’s father, wearing a shirt emblazoned with his daughter's image.

8 hours ago

The Yemeni Houthi group said on Saturday that its forces had attacked US aircraft carrier the Dwight D Eisenhower in the Red Sea and the Transworld Navigator ship in the Arabian Sea. It did not say when the attacks took place, Reuters reported.

A Houthi statement said the Transworld Navigator took a direct hit from a missile.

The operation against the Eisenhower had achieved its objectives successfully, it said, without elaborating.

9 hours ago

Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani said that ceasefire talks were still ongoing, and that his country "continues its efforts, in cooperation with regional and international partners, to end the war in Gaza and prevent the spread of violence".

"Qatar is working towards an agreement on a ceasefire and the exchange of prisoners and detainees, currently reviewing responses from all parties and coordinating with relevant partners on the next steps," he said in a joint news conference with Spain's foreign minister, Jose Manuel Albares.

He added that bridging the gaps with Hamas was a natural process in negotiations, as solutions should be built on compromises between parties.

Qatar's foreign ministry said in a statement that the country's officials held "successive meetings with Hamas leaders in recent days to bridge gaps and reach an agreement on a ceasefire and the release of prisoners and hostages".

"Efforts are still ongoing, and reaching a suitable and acceptable formula will mark the beginning of communication with the Israeli side to bridge the gaps and reach an agreement as soon as possible".

10 hours ago

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has called for an independent investigation into a deadly shelling that hit an office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza.

"The EU condemns the shelling, which damaged the ICRC office in Gaza and led to dozens of casualties," he said on X. "An independent investigation is needed and those responsible must be held accountable."

11 hours ago

The Israeli army said in a statement that it killed a prominent Hamas and al-Jama’a al-Islamiyya operative in its strike on Lebanon's West Beqaa district earlier on Saturday.

They claim the man, Ayman Ghatma, was in charge of providing weapons for the two groups in Lebanon.

11 hours ago

Footage shared online shows Israeli forces tying a wounded Palestinian on the hood of an armoured vehicle in Jenin, occupied West Bank, in what seems to be a case of using him as a human shield.

Israeli forces withdrew from Jenin on Saturday.

12 hours ago

Two separate Israeli attacks on Gaza killed at least 42 Palestinians on Saturday, according to tolls from the Gaza government's media office and the Civil Defence.

The media office said that a strike on seven buildings in the Shati refugee camp killed at least 24 Palestinians and another on Gaza City's Tuffah neighbourhood killed 18, while the Civil Defence said they recovered 19 bodies following the strike on Tuffah.

12 hours ago

Four children have died of malnutrition in a single week in northern Gaza's Kamal Adwan Hospital, director Hussam Abu Safia has announced.

"We lost a child in the nursery department of the hospital during the past few hours. He is the fourth child to die in the hospital in the last week due to malnutrition," he said in a news conference.

12 hours ago

Hamas released a statement saying Israel "continues its brutal targeting of defenceless civilians in Gaza and carries out new massacres in the Shati Camp, Mawasi and Rafah".

The Palestinian armed group called on the international community to take "more effective action" to stop Israel from committing such acts.

"The occupation and its Nazi leaders will pay the price for their violations against our Palestinian people, and these crimes will not break the will [of the Palestinians]."

14 hours ago

Lebanese media report that a drone strike hit a car in the town of Khiara, West Beqaa, some 40km north from the border with Israel.

15 hours ago

Israeli forces have bombed a home in Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City.

15 hours ago

Gaza's health ministry said that 101 Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 37,551 people killed in the enclave since 7 October.

Additionally, 85,911 people have been wounded since the war began.

16 hours ago

In a bid to break out of Israel's growing international isolation, an Israeli parliamentary delegation visited Taiwan in late April, highlighting the strengthening relationship between the countries.

This trip marked the second such cross-party Israeli delegation within a year. Despite lacking official diplomatic ties, the two sides share similar historical circumstances. Israel was founded in 1948 and Taiwan was founded in 1949. Both serve as sanctuaries for their respective political projects.

Relations between the two sides have noticeably warmed since the Hamas-led 7 October attack on Israel that killed more than 1,100 people.

Following the assault, Taipei donated more than half-a-million dollars to Israel to help soldiers and their families and to fund municipal services.

READ MORE: Why Israel and Taiwan are forging a closer relationship

The Taiwanese flag flies at the Jeffrey D Schwartz Jewish Community Center of Taiwan in Taipei on 26 October 2023 (Reuters)
The Taiwanese flag flies at the Jeffrey D Schwartz Jewish Community Center of Taiwan in Taipei on 26 October 2023 (Reuters)