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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...

Bibi Calls Hamas Ceasefire Plan 'Unrealistic'—but He's Listening

Egyptian officials say reboot of stalled Israel-Hamas talks will be in Qatar, perhaps by Sunday

(Newser) - Stalled talks aimed at securing a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas are expected to restart in earnest in Qatar as soon as Sunday, though they could get pushed to Monday, according to Egyptian officials. The talks would mark the first time both Israeli officials and Hamas leaders...

US-Israeli Citizen Thought to Be Hostage Actually Died on Oct. 7

Itay Chen's family says Israeli military informed them of their son's death

(Newser) - Another American-Israeli citizen thought to be one of the hostages still held by Hamas is actually dead, his parents said Tuesday. Itay Chen, 19, was about a year into his service with Israel Defense Forces when Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, and his parents say IDF has now informed...

After Biden Talks Ceasefire, Israel and Hamas Are Puzzled

Both sides sound surprised at the optimism

(Newser) - President Biden declared Monday that a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war might be only days away. As it turns out, this is apparently news to the principal parties:
  • Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "surprised" by Biden's comments that a ceasefire might be in place by Monday,

Netanyahu Rejects Hamas' 'Delusional' Ceasefire Demands

'We are on the way to an absolute victory,' he says

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Hamas' terms for a ceasefire and hostage-release agreement, calling them "delusional," a position that complicates efforts to strike a deal between the sides. Netanyahu vowed to press ahead with Israel's war against Hamas, now in its fifth month, until...

Blinken Back in Mideast, With Another Tall Order

Secretary of State is pushing for hostage deal and post-war plan amid increasing tensions

(Newser) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday on his fifth visit to the region since the outbreak of the war in Gaza, hoping to press ahead with a potential ceasefire deal and postwar planning while tamping down regional tensions. But on all three fronts he...

Michigan City Boosts Police Presence After WSJ Op-Ed

Column by Steven Stalinsky called Dearborn, Michigan, 'America's jihad capital'

(Newser) - Op-eds are known to occasionally provoke, but after a weekend column in the Wall Street Journal, a Michigan city now says it needs law enforcement to step in. The mayor of Dearborn, Abdullah Hammoud, announced in a Saturday social media post that police would be upping their presence at "...

Disguised Israeli Forces Storm West Bank Hospital, Kill 3

Undercover forces were dressed as women, medics in expansion of violence

(Newser) - Israeli forces disguised as civilian women and medical workers stormed a hospital Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, killing three Palestinian militants in a dramatic raid that underscored how deadly violence has spilled into the territory from the war in Gaza. The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli forces opened fire...

It's Deadliest Attack on Israeli Forces Since Hamas Raid

21 soldiers killed Monday as two buildings collapsed

(Newser) - Palestinian militants carried out the deadliest single attack on Israel's forces since the Hamas raid that triggered the war, killing 21 soldiers, the military said Tuesday, a significant setback that could add to mounting calls for a ceasefire. Hours later, the military announced that ground forces had encircled the...

Families of Hostages Are 'Escalating Their Campaign'

Relatives of those taken by Hamas on Oct. 7 protest outside Netanyahu's home in Israel

(Newser) - Relatives of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza protested Saturday outside the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing frustration over his government's seeming lack of progress in getting the more than 100 captives released as the war in Gaza drags on. A group representing families of the...

Amid Mideast Conflict, a New Accusation From Lebanon

Nation says Israel's killing of Hamas leader near Beirut violates its sovereignty

(Newser) - Israel hasn't confirmed it's responsible for a Tuesday drone strike in Lebanon that took out Saleh al-Arouri, the highest-ranking Hamas figure killed since war erupted in October. But Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has condemned the killing of the 57-year-old founding member of Hamas' military wing and six...

Senior Hamas Leader Killed in Beirut Strike

Saleh al-Arouri died in suspected Israeli strike

(Newser) - Hamas says one of its top officials, deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri, was killed in a strike in Beirut Tuesday. Lebanese officials say the suspected Israeli drone strike in the country's capital killed Arouri and at least five others, Reuters reports. Israel hasn't officially claimed responsibility for the strike,...

Egypt Floats Ambitious Plan for Gaza Peace

Would include ceasefire, mutual hostage/prisoner release, creation of Palestinian government

(Newser) - Egypt has put forward an ambitious, initial proposal to end the Israel-Hamas war with a ceasefire, a phased hostage release, and the creation of a Palestinian government of experts who would administer the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank, a senior Egyptian official and a European diplomat said Monday. Word...

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