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Hamas Leader: We Have Israel 'Right Where We Want Them'

Wall Street Journal obtains texts revealing brutal strategy of Yahya Sinwar

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has obtained dozens of text messages sent by the Hamas military leader in Gaza, and they reveal what the newspaper describes as a "cold disregard for human life" on the part of Yahya Sinwar.
  • He calls civilian deaths "necessary sacrifices" in the context of
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Hostage Code: 'The Diamonds Are In Our Hands'
Hostage Code: 'The
Diamonds Are In Our Hands'
the rundown

Hostage Code: 'The Diamonds Are In Our Hands'

Details on how the rescue in Gaza unfolded

(Newser) - New details are emerging about Israel's surprise rescue of four hostages taken from Gaza on Saturday morning. A look at coverage:
  • Weeks of planning: The New York Times reports on the military operation itself on two buildings in a residential neighborhood of Nuseirat, central Gaza. It followed weeks of
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4 Hostages Rescued in a 'Miraculous Triumph'

Israel says they're in good condition after 'complex' operation in Nuseirat

(Newser) - Israel said Saturday it rescued four hostages who were kidnapped in a Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7. The army said it rescued Noa Argamani, 25; Almog Meir, 21; Andrey Kozlov, 27; and Shlomi Ziv, 40, in a complex special daytime operation, per the AP . The hostages, who were said to...

George Clooney Calls White House With a Complaint

Biden aides worried about upset actor backing out of fundraiser

(Newser) - George Clooney called the White House last month with a complaint, sparking concern that he would drop out of a June 15 fundraiser for President Biden's reelection campaign. The actor reached presidential counselor Steve Ricchetti to discuss Biden's criticism of International Criminal Court prosecutors' decision to seek arrest...

Hostages' Families Push for Biden's Ceasefire Plan

'This might be the last chance to save lives,' says one relative advocating for proposal on Gaza

(Newser) - Families of Israeli hostages held by Hamas called for all parties to immediately accept a proposal detailed by US President Biden to end the nearly eight-month-long war and bring their relatives home, but Israel's government said conditions for a ceasefire still must be met. Biden outlined a three-phase deal...

Israel: We Found Hamas Stockpile in Central Rafah

Military confirms it's expanding its incursion into the central part of southern Gaza city

(Newser) - The Israeli military has confirmed that its forces are operating in central parts of Rafah in its expanding offensive in the southern Gaza city. The military said in a statement Friday that its troops in central Rafah had uncovered Hamas rocket launchers and tunnels and dismantled a weapons storage facility...

Palestine Medics: Israeli Strikes Kill Dozens in Rafah
Netanyahu Admits
'Tragic Mistake' in Rafah
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Netanyahu Admits 'Tragic Mistake' in Rafah

US says images from strike that killed dozens of Palestinians are 'heartbreaking'

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged Monday that a "tragic mistake" had been made after an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza city of Rafah set fire to a tent camp housing displaced Palestinians and, according to local officials, killed at least 45 people. Netanyahu did not elaborate on...

ICJ to Israel: Cease Your Incursion in Rafah

However, Israel isn't likely to comply with mandate from UN's top court on Gaza

(Newser) - The top United Nations court has ordered Israel to halt its military operations in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Israel insists it has the right to defend itself from Hamas militants and is unlikely to comply with the ruling. The order by the International Court of Justice further ratchets...

Families of Israeli Hostages Share Disturbing Video

Footage shows female soldiers being abducted by Hamas

(Newser) - In an effort to increase pressure on Israel, the families of hostages taken by Hamas during its October 7 attacks on the country have released disturbing video of some of the abductions. The footage was recorded via bodycam worn by Hamas captors and was previously released by Hamas. The Hostages...

ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu, Hamas Leaders

Karim Khan says he's seeking arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Israel defense chief, Hamas leaders

(Newser) - The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday he's seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in connection with their actions during the seven-month war. Karim Khan said that he believes Netanyahu, his defense minister Yoav Gallant, and three Hamas...

Families of Israeli Soldiers: Rafah Is a 'Death Trap'
Families of Israeli Soldiers:
Rafah Is a 'Death Trap'
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Families of Israeli Soldiers: Rafah Is a 'Death Trap'

Israel looks poised to launch full-scale offensive despite lack of support

(Newser) - Israel continues to face pressure to call off its offensive into Rafah, the southern Gaza city host to one million sheltering Palestinians—now from the parents of more than 900 of its own soldiers.
  • 'Deadly trap': With forewarned "forces on the other side actively preparing to strike,"
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Netanyahu: 'We Have No Other Choice' on Rafah

In sit-down with Dr. Phil, PM says Israel 'will do what we have to do to protect our country'

(Newser) - After President Biden warned earlier this week that the US would halt weapons shipments to Israel if it carried out a ground invasion into the Gaza city of Rafah, Benjamin Netanyahu said he wouldn't be deterred in his mission, noting, "If we have to stand alone, we will...

Ceasefire Hopes Fade as Israel Seizes Control of Rafah

Israeli tank brigade takes control of Gaza Strip side of Rafah border crossing with Egypt

(Newser) - An Israeli tank brigade has seized control of the Gaza Strip side of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, authorities say, moving forward with an offensive in the southern city even as ceasefire negotiations with Hamas remain on a knife's edge. The move comes after hours of whiplash in...

Israel to Palestinians in Rafah: Get Out

Directive suggests that a ground invasion in southern Gaza city is imminent

(Newser) - The Israeli army on Monday ordered tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza's southern city of Rafah to start evacuating from the area, signaling that a long-promised ground invasion there could be imminent. The announcement complicates last-ditch efforts by international mediators, including the director of the CIA, to broker...

Netanyahu: Israel Will Invade Rafah

Israeli PM promises to do so 'with or without' a ceasefire deal

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to launch an incursion into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are sheltering from the almost 7-month-long war, just as ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas appear to be gaining steam, the AP reports. Netanyahu said Israel...

Hamas: We're Looking Over Israel's Latest Ceasefire Plan

Senior official for militant group says offer was in response to Hamas proposal from 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - Hamas said Saturday it was reviewing a new Israeli proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza, as Egypt intensified efforts to broker a deal to end the monthslong war and stave off a possible Israeli ground offensive into the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said the...

Hamas Official Floats Idea of 5-Year Truce

He says Hamas is open to ceasefire under specific parameters

(Newser) - A top Hamas political official told the AP that the Islamic militant group is willing to agree to a truce of five years or more with Israel and that it would lay down its weapons and convert into a political party if an independent Palestinian state is established along pre-1967...

Body of Israeli Hostage Found in Raid, Sister Slams Bibi

Body of Elad Katzir, 47, recovered in Gaza's Khan Younis, has been returned to Israel, military says

(Newser) - The body of a hostage taken from Israel during Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel was recovered by the nation's military during an overnight raid in the Gaza city of Khan Younis, reports the BBC . "The body of ... Elad Katzir, who according to intelligence was murdered in captivity,...

Israeli Hostage Details Sexual Assault by Hamas

Amit Soussana tells 'NYT' she was forced into sexual act at gunpoint, beaten, tortured

(Newser) - President Biden has condemned the sexual violence said to have been perpetrated by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, and late last year, the New York Times provided a detailed account of the systemic use of sexual abuse the militant group is said to have carried out. Then,...

UN Demands Ceasefire in Gaza During Ramadan
UN Demands Gaza Ceasefire

UN Demands Gaza Ceasefire

Security Council resolution wants an end to violence for the rest of Ramadan

(Newser) - The United Nations Security Council on Monday demanded a ceasefire in Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, its first demand to halt fighting. The United States abstained on the resolution, reports the AP , which also demanded the release of all hostages taken captive during Hamas' Oct. 7 surprise...

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