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US Israel Iran news: Netanyahu vows to fight sanctions on military as ‘mass grave found’ under Gaza hospital

Iranian state television reports explosions

Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to fight any impending US sanction on the Israeli military amid a slump in bilateral ties following the Israeli military onslaught in the Gaza Strip.

President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to sanction a unit of the Israeli military after a ProPublica investigation claimed that the State Department sat for months on evidence of serious human rights abuses.

The investigation published on Wednesday revealed that an internal State Department investigation had, months ago, identified several Israeli police and military units facing credible accusations of violating human rights, including allegations of torture.

Meanwhile, an Al Jazeera has reported bodies being recovered from a mass grave inside the Nasser Medical Complex in Gaza’s Khan Younis.

“In the hospital courtyard, civil defence members and paramedics have retrieved 180 bodies buried in this mass grave by the Israeli military. The bodies include elderly women, children and young men,” the outlet reported, quoting its reporter and Palestinian emergency services from Khan Younis.

It comes as the head of Israel’s military intelligence, Major General Aharon Haliva, announced his resignation this morning for his failure to handle the Hamas attack on 7 October.

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Iran and Israel won’t stop fighting, but World War Three has been averted – for now

Iran’s surprisingly solemn response to Israel’s retaliatory airstrike could be seen as a hopeful sign that points to an end to the tit-for-tat escalation – or something far more foreboding, says Mary Dejevsky

Tom Watling22 April 2024 11:30

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UPD: Death toll in Gaza passes 34,000

At least 34,151 Palestinians have been killed and 77,084 wounded in Israel’s military offensive on Gaza since 7 October, the Gaza health ministry have said in a statement.

Palestinian women react as relatives receive treatment after Israeli bombardment at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir el-Balah, central Gaza (AFP via Getty Images)

Tom Watling22 April 2024 11:15

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Iraqi militia denies it issued statement saying it was resuming attacks on US forces

Iraqi armed faction Kataib Hezbollah has denied issuing a statement saying it had resumed attacks on US forces, a statement from the group issued on the Telegram messaging app has said.

The denial came hours after another statement was circulated on groups thought to be affiliated with the Iran-backed armed faction that declared a resumption in the attacks some three months after they were suspended.

Kataib Hezbollah described that as “fabricated news”.

Tom Watling22 April 2024 11:00

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Baby saved from womb of mother killed in Israeli strike

A baby girl has been safely delivered from the womb of a Palestinian woman killed alongside her husband and daughter in an Israeli attack in the Gaza city of Rafah.

A total of 19 people were killed in the strikes on Sunday (21 April), including 13 children from one family, Palestinian health officials said.

The baby, weighing 1.4 kg and delivered in an emergency C-section, is stable and improving gradually, said Mohammed Salama, a doctor caring for her.

Her mother, Sabreen Al-Sakani, had been 30 weeks pregnant.

The baby was placed in an incubator in a Rafah hospital alongside another infant, with the words “The baby of the martyr Sabreen Al-Sakani” written on tape across her chest.

Baby saved from womb of mother killed in Israeli strike

A baby girl has been safely delivered from the womb of a Palestinian woman killed alongside her husband and daughter in an Israeli attack in the Gaza city of Rafah. A total of 19 people were killed in the strikes on Sunday (21 April), including 13 children from one family, Palestinian health officials said. The baby, weighing 1.4 kg and delivered in an emergency C-section, is stable and improving gradually, said Mohammed Salama, a doctor caring for her. Her mother, Sabreen Al-Sakani, had been 30 weeks pregnant. The baby was placed in an incubator in a Rafah hospital alongside another infant, with the words “The baby of the martyr Sabreen Al-Sakani” written on tape across her chest.

Tom Watling22 April 2024 10:45

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Major General Aharon Haliva’s resignation letter in full

Below we have the resignation letter of Major General Aharon Haliva. The head of Israel’s military intelligence announced he was stepping down earlier this morning.

“Over 38 years ago, I entered the gates of the Jewish Community and enlisted in the army. I went through stations and many positions on the fighting front and I always did, as much as I could, to serve the people of Israel,” he wrote.

“Throughout my positions, I knew that along with authority there was also a heavy responsibility: for the task, for the people, for success and failure.

“On Saturday 7 October 2023, Hamas carried out a murderous surprise attack against the state of Israel, whose consequences are difficult and painful.

“The intelligence division under my command did not live up to the task we were entrusted with. I carry that black day with me ever since, day after day, night after night. I will carry the pain with me forever.

“Since the war broke out, the women and men of the army have been working, regularly and in reserve, together to achieve the goals of war. The excellent people, in all ranks and positions, did and are doing as much as possible, and many times even beyond that, for the scrutiny of the State of Israel and its future. I am proud of them and I appreciate them immensely.

“At the beginning of the war, I expressed my desire to accept responsibility and finish my duties. Now, after more than six months, and at the same time as the investigations begin, I would like to end my position.

“Until the end of my shift, I will do everything for the defeat of Hamas and those who want to harm us and the work for the return of the captives and the missing to their homes and land.”

Major General Aharon Haliva announced he was stepping down this morning (AP)

Tom Watling22 April 2024 10:30

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Netanyahu vows to fight any US sanctions on Israeli military over human rights violations

“If anyone thinks they can impose sanctions on a unit of the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] – I will fight it with all my strength,” the Israeli prime minister said in a statement.

Tom Watling22 April 2024 10:15

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Israel’s military intelligence chief quits over 7 October Hamas attack

Major General Aharon Haliva’s resignation could set the stage for more fallout from Israel’s top security brass over the attack, when Hamas blasted through Israel’s border defenses, rampaged through Israeli communities unchallenged for hours and killed around 1,200 people, while taking roughly 250 hostages into Gaza. That attack set off the war against Hamas in Gaza, now in its seventh month.

Tom Watling22 April 2024 10:00

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3 wounded in ‘ramming terror attack’ in Jerusalem

Three people have been wounded in Jerusalem after a vehicle hit them on a street, Israeli police have said.

The pedestrians were hit at 8am local time in what police described as a “ramming terror attack”.

Two people emerged from the car holding weapons after the incident and then discarded them as they fled the scene on foot. The police said that they had failed to open fire before running away.

The Shaarey Zedek Medical Center said it admitted a 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy for mild injuries following the attack.

Israeli police cordon off the site of a reported ramming attack in Jerusalem (AFP via Getty Images)
Israeli police detain a man at the site of a reported ramming attack in Jerusalem (AFP via Getty Images)

Tom Watling22 April 2024 09:45

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Can Iran win an economic war of attrition against Israel?

As the world holds its breath in the face of escalating violence in the Middle East, this conflict could come down to which country is best positioned to deal with sanctions, writes Mark Almond

Tom Watling22 April 2024 09:30

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Israeli military intelligence head resigns

The head of Israeli military intelligence, Major General Aharon Haliva, has resigned and will leave once a successor is appointed, the military said in a statement on Monday.

Tom Watling22 April 2024 09:15


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