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Israeli strikes in Gaza, tensions in Lebanon and Yemen

The Israeli army bombed the Gaza Strip on Saturday without any tangible sign of a ceasefire. short term in the war between Israel and Hamas which has seen an upsurge in tensions in recent days in Lebanon and Yemen.

In the ninth month of the war, Israel's northern front, on the border with Lebanon, is experiencing a new outbreak of violence with intense cross-border exchanges of fire between Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas, and the Israeli army.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday that France, the United States and Israel would work in a “trilateral” format on a French road map to contain tensions on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Israeli strikes in Gaza, tensions in Lebanon and Yemen

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in Tel Aviv on October 16, 2023 © POOL – Jacquelyn Martin

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant rejected this new initiative on Friday, accusing Paris of “hostility” towards Israel, statements denounced as “inappropriate” even within Israeli diplomacy.

And the Yemeni Houthi rebels, allied with Hamas, have claimed responsibility in recent days for a series of attacks against ships in the Red Sea, which pushed Washington to “destroy” seven necessary radars in Yemen to this type of operations.

Israeli strikes in Gaza, tensions in Lebanon and Yemen

A young Yemeni brandishes a rifle during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people living in Gaza, in Sanna, June 14, 2024 © AFP – MOHAMMED HUWAIS

In parallel with these regional developments, hopes for a short-term ceasefire in Gaza seem dashed, with the protagonists sticking to their intangible positions.

In the early hours of Saturday, witnesses reported Israeli strikes in the Palestinian territory in the grip of a major humanitarian crisis with the threat of famine and where 75% of the approximately 2.4 million inhabitants have been displaced according to the UN.

The al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for rocket fire into Israeli territory, very close to the Gaza Strip.

– “Enough”! –

“We were sitting at home and eating. Suddenly the house collapsed on us”, hit by an Israeli nighttime strike on Gaza City ( north), Anwar Harz told AFP on Friday. “Enough, enough of war and destruction.”

At the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah (center), members of the Hegazi family mourned the death of Eyad, 10 years old, who they said died of malnutrition. Images show his sister holding his very emaciated body.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 8,000 children under the age of five years were treated in Gaza for acute malnutrition, “including 1,600 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition”.

“There have already been 32 deaths attributed to malnutrition, 28 of them among children under five,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

And on Friday, the WHO expressed concern about the worsening health crisis in the occupied West Bank, where restrictions, violence and attacks on medical infrastructure complicate access to care.

– Jetty moved –

Israeli strikes in Gaza, tensions in Lebanon and Yemen

Israeli soldiers fan out along a road near the site where rockets were fired from southern Lebanon at Kfar Szold, northern Israel, June 14, 2024 © AFP – Jalaa MAREY

In Gaza, the temporary American pier which allows humanitarian aid to be transported to the Gazan population by sea will be removed in anticipation of rough seas, the American Command for Middle East (Centcom).

This pier will be moved to the Israeli port of Ashdod, Israel. “The decision to temporarily move the pier is not taken lightly, but it is necessary” to be able to “continue to deliver aid in the future,” Centcom added, promising that it will be reinstalled “quickly “.

As the first military supporter of Israel, Washington installed this pier off the coast of Gaza in the face of severe restrictions imposed by Israel on the land delivery of aid to the Palestinian territory ravaged by violence.

The war was triggered on October 7 by the attack launched by Hamas from Gaza in southern Israel, which led to the death of 1,194 people, the majority civilians, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli data.

Of 251 people kidnapped, 116 are still held hostage in Gaza, of whom 41 are dead, according to the army.

< p>In response, the Israeli army launched a large-scale offensive in Gaza that left 37,266 people dead, mostly civilians, according to data from the Health Ministry of the Hamas-led Gaza government.

– Biden reprimands Hamas –

A truce plan in Gaza announced on May 31 by American President Joe Biden, main ally of Israel, has so far remained a dead letter, the Israeli government and Hamas sticking to their positions.

The plan provides, in a first phase, for a ceasefire. six-week fire accompanied by an Israeli withdrawal from densely populated areas of Gaza, the release of some hostages held in Gaza and the release of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.

Mr. Biden presented this plan as coming from Israel. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deemed it incomplete, reaffirming his government's determination to continue the war until Hamas is defeated and all hostages are freed.

Israeli strikes in Gaza, tensions in Lebanon and Yemen

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to pose for a family photo at the G7 on June 14, 2024 in Savelletri, Italy © AFP – Filippo MONTEFORTE

Hamas sent the mediating countries a first response, which according to a source close to the discussions, contains “amendments” to the plan, including “a timetable for a permanent ceasefire and withdrawal total Israeli troops in Gaza. Demands that Israel has always rejected.

On the sidelines of the G7 summit in Italy, Mr. Biden blamed Hamas on Thursday. “I submitted a proposal approved by the Security Council, by the G7, by the Israelis, and the main obstacle at this point is Hamas refusing to sign, even though they proposed something similar.”

According to a draft declaration, the G7 called on Friday for UN agencies, including that for Palestinian refugees Unrwa, to be able to work without hindrance in Gaza.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116