Middle East conflict live updates: Israel to reschedule talks in Washington on Rafah offensive, U.S. says

Middle East conflict live updates: Israel to reschedule talks in Washington on Rafah offensive, U.S. says

The International Court of Justice issued additional measures Thursday amending and strengthening its January order that Israel do more to prevent the deaths of civilians in Gaza.

In its new order, the judges called on Israel to “take all necessary and effective measures” to ensure the provision of basic services and humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the enclave. Earlier Thursday, the Palestinian Authority named a new cabinet Thursday, amid discontent in the West Bank and international pressure to reform.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office agreed to reschedule a visit by Israeli officials to Washington, the White House said Wednesday, to discuss Israel’s planned operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Israel canceled an earlier meeting after the U.S. abstained from a U.N. Security Council vote on a cease-fire resolution, allowing it to pass.

France will provide approximately $32 million to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, the French Foreign Ministry said Thursday. A number of major Western backers withdrew funding from UNRWA following Israeli allegations that UNRWA staff participated in the Oct. 7 attacks.

Israeli forces have begun operations inside al-Amal Hospital in southern Gaza, the Israeli military said, as their raid on al-Shifa Hospital in the north continued since its launch more than a week ago. About two-thirds of hospitals in Gaza were nonfunctional as of Wednesday, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Nine people were killed in Israeli strikes in the southern Lebanese areas of Teir Harfa and Naqoura overnight, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported Thursday, citing Hezbollah and its allied Amal movement. The Israel Defense Forces said it struck militant cells in those areas Wednesday night. NNA previously reported that the three people killed at a cafe in Naqoura were civil defense paramedics.

More than half of Americans say they disapprove of Israel’s military action in Gaza, while 36 percent say they approve of it, according to a Gallup poll of 1,016 U.S. adults released Wednesday. Sixty-four percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats support Israel’s military action, the poll found.

At least 32,552 people have been killed and 74,980 injured in Gaza since the war began, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between civilians and combatants. Israel estimates that about 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack and says 253 soldiers have been killed since the start of its military operation in Gaza.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office agreed to reschedule a visit by Israeli officials to Washington, the White House said Wednesday, to discuss Israel’s planned operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Israel canceled an earlier meeting after the U.S. abstained from a U.N. Security Council vote on a cease-fire resolution, allowing it to pass.

France will provide approximately $32 million to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, the French Foreign Ministry said Thursday. A number of major Western backers withdrew funding from UNRWA following Israeli allegations that UNRWA staff participated in the Oct. 7 attacks.

Israeli forces have begun operations inside al-Amal Hospital in southern Gaza, the Israeli military said, as their raid on al-Shifa Hospital in the north continued since its launch more than a week ago. About two-thirds of hospitals in Gaza were nonfunctional as of Wednesday, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Nine people were killed in Israeli strikes in the southern Lebanese areas of Teir Harfa and Naqoura overnight, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported Thursday, citing Hezbollah and its allied Amal movement. The Israel Defense Forces said it struck militant cells in those areas Wednesday night. NNA previously reported that the three people killed at a cafe in Naqoura were civil defense paramedics.

More than half of Americans say they disapprove of Israel’s military action in Gaza, while 36 percent say they approve of it, according to a Gallup poll of 1,016 U.S. adults released Wednesday. Sixty-four percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats support Israel’s military action, the poll found.

At least 32,552 people have been killed and 74,980 injured in Gaza since the war began, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between civilians and combatants. Israel estimates that about 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack and says 253 soldiers have been killed since the start of its military operation in Gaza.

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