- UN aid chief Martin Griffiths says “attack on humanitarian workers are unlawful” after UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) said Israelis opened fire on aid convoy travelling on an authorised route.
- South Africa has initiated war crimes proceedings against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying operations in Gaza amount to “genocide”.
‘We can’t tell her the truth’: Gaza’s hospitals filling with lone orphans
When nine-year-old Razan Shabet was brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital one month ago, she was unconscious with a severe head injury, a brain haemorrhage and broken legs and arms.
For the first four days, she was listed as “101 Unknown”. Nobody knew who she was.
Today, the doctors and nurses at the hospital, where she remains housed in a tent in the compound, having been discharged from emergency medical treatment, still do not have the heart to tell her that both her parents are dead.
Israeli bombing kills journalist in Nuseirat refugee camp
Al Quds journalist Jabr Abu Hadros and six of his family members have been killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted his house in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, the channel has announced on Telegram.
According to the Government Media Office in Gaza, a total of 106 journalists have been killed in Gaza since the start of the war.
Israeli forces bomb Jabalia refugee camp
An Al Jazeera correspondent reports that Israeli forces have bombed the centre of Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza.
Israeli forces have been trying to take control of Jabalia, but they are facing strong resistance from Palestinian fighters.
US sponsoring Israel’s ‘genocidal’ war in Gaza: Hamas
The head of Hamas International Relations, Basem Naim, has condemned the international community for failing to stop the “genocidal war” in Gaza that has killed more than 21,000 people.
“While these crimes have been committed with Israeli hands, they were sponsored and backed up by the US administration,” he said in a televised statement. “We, therefore, hold the Biden administration, especially the president (Joe Biden) himself, and his foreign and defence secretaries accountable for their direct role in sponsoring and orchestrating this ongoing genocide against our people.
“We also hold the international community accountable for their failure to stop the genocide,” Naim added.
Israeli forces fire artillery shells east of Rafah border crossing
An Al Jazeera correspondent has confirmed that Israeli forces are firing heavy artillery shells east of the Rafah border crossing in southern Gaza.
The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth revealed that Israel aims to build an underground wall in Rafah, Egypt, under the pretext of preventing the smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip.
US policy in Gaza war ‘totally contradicting’
The Biden administration is pursuing a “dual-track” approach when it comes to the Gaza war amid its recent decision to sell more weapons to Tel Aviv, according to Luciano Zaccara, associate professor of military studies at Qatar University’s Gulf Studies Center.
“On the one hand, they are trying to convince the public opinion that the US is really concerned about civilian casualties, but also they keep sustaining Israel (militarily),” Zaccara told Al Jazeera. “It is totally contradicting … it is hard to understand how this is in the national interest.”
Zaccara said the policy was especially perplexing in light of “mounting pressure” in the US, including among Democrats, against the war as civilian casualties in Gaza continue to rise.
Still no fuel delivered from UNICEF: Municipality
The Municipality of Gaza has taken to social media to ask UNICEF the whereabouts of promised fuel to operate water pumps in the enclave.
“Sorry for any inconvenience, but can we know where is the fuel to operate the water pumps? You promised to deliver it during the last truce; we haven’t received it yet,” it said.
“You may know children are dying in Gaza, and you can’t give them a sip of water!”
Refugee camps are becoming major targets of relentless Israeli air strikes and artillery shelling, particularly in the eastern part of the central area of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military announced the increase of invading forces with some 30,000 more soldiers on the ground. It’s an attempt to expand the operations of Khan Younis, this time coming from Khuza’a, in eastern Gaza, all the way to the southern part of Khan Younis.
There’s a growing fear here among the more than one million Palestinians displaced in Rafah city, as well as the 300,000 residents, that the operation will likely expand to include parts of Rafah. From the eastern side and from the southern part of Khan Younis into the main entrance of Rafah city, people have no other options to seek refuge.
Rafah is the last point that they have evacuated to.
McDonald’s Malaysia sues Israel boycott movement: Report
McDonald’s Malaysia has sued a movement promoting boycotts against Israel for “false and defamatory statements” that it says hurt its business, seeking damages amounting to 6 million ringgit ($1.31m), according to Reuters news agency.
Gerbang Alaf Restaurants Sdn Bhd (GAR), which is the licensee of McDonald’s in Malaysia, is suing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Malaysia movement for a series of social media postings allegedly linking the fast-food franchise, among other companies, to Israel’s “genocidal war against Palestinians in Gaza”.
McDonald’s Malaysia confirmed it filed the suit against BDS Malaysia to protect its “rights and interests”, it said in a statement on Friday.
In response, BDS Malaysia said it “categorically denies” defaming the fast-food company and would leave the matter to the court.
Israel’s military claims to have destroyed hideout of top Hamas official
Israel’s military has claimed to have destroyed a network of tunnels and a hideout belonging to Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’s leader in Gaza.
The Israeli military’s 14th Reserve Brigade Combat Team located and destroyed Sinwar’s apartment near Gaza City “in recent weeks,” military officials said on Friday.
“The tunnel was built so that it would be possible to stay inside it and conduct combat from it for long periods of time,” Israel’s military said in a statement.
Al Jazeera could not independently verify the Israeli military’s claim.
Israeli officials have accused Sinwar of being one of the masterminds of Hamas’s October 7 attacks and referred to him as a “dead man walking”.
Here are some of the main developments:
- The Israeli military says two more Hezbollah sites hit in southern Lebanon.
- The UK ambassador to the UN warns that “many more” people will die in Gaza without humanitarian action.
- The UN reports that between Thursday and Friday afternoon, 187 Palestinians were killed and 312 wounded in attacks by Israeli forces.
- The Palestinian Foreign Ministry welcomes South Africa filing a genocide case against Israel at International Court of Justice over the Gaza war.
- Israeli troops, tanks are attempting to encircle Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza; Palestinian fighters continue to resist, war monitors say.