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Israel-Hamas War: Situation Update Monday, February 12

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After the Israeli army announced it had freed two hostages held by Hamas in Rafah between the night of Sunday February 11 and Monday February 12, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the rescue operation hours later. “Perfectly Done” and “One of the most successful in history” of Israel. Israel estimates the number of hostages in Gaza at around 130, of whom 29 are believed to have died, out of an estimated 250 people kidnapped in Israel on October 7, 2023.

Mr. Netanyahu also reiterated on Monday his determination to continue “Military Pressure to Complete Victory” on the Palestinian Islamist movement, of which Rafa, according to him, is “The Last Bastion”to release “All our hostages”. The prospect of a ground attack on the city in the southern Gaza Strip is causing serious concern abroad, as nearly 1.4 million Palestinians fleeing the war have gathered there, according to the United Nations. “This war can end quickly, without further suffering, if Hamas immediately surrenders, lays down its arms, releases its hostages, and hands its war criminals over to the tribunal.”Israeli government spokesman Eilon Levy warned on Monday.

On the other hand, the Hamas Ministry of Health announced on Monday that the night operation of the Israeli army was carried out in Rafah. “About a hundred dead”. According to the same source, in response to the October 7, 2023 Hamas terrorist attack, the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip killed 28,340 people, the vast majority of whom were civilians.

Prospects of Israeli attack in Rafah ‘terrifying’ for UN

Warnings of a possible attack by the Israeli army in Rafah, located in the southern Gaza Strip, increased on Monday for the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. “The possibility of a full-scale military invasion of Rafah – where some 1.5 million Palestinians are crowded along the Egyptian border with nowhere to run – is terrifying. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk warned about this in a press release.

“Given the carnage in Gaza so far, we can only imagine what will happen in Rafah.”He also said. Karim Khan, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, announced this “deeply concerned” as for “Ground attack of Israeli troops in Rafah”.

For its part, the United States has reaffirmed its opposition to a large-scale military operation in Rafah without taking action to protect civilians. “From this point of view, without a project, which is reliable and which is not.”[Israël] Self[t] We do not support a large-scale military operation”State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said Monday.

In the same tone, the head of British diplomacy, David Cameron, appealed to Israel “seriously think” before launching such an attack. “We’re very concerned about what’s going on at Rafah because, let’s be clear, people have often moved four, five or six times before they get there. (…)They have nowhere to go.”– he told reporters on Monday.

Gaza: Borrell suggests US supply less weapons to Israel

European foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday called on the United States to provide fewer weapons to Israel after Joe Biden’s conviction. “excessive” Israel’s response to Gaza. “If you think too many people are dying, maybe you should supply fewer guns to avoid killing so many people. Isn’t that logical? »– said the Spanish diplomat to the press, after the meeting of the EU development ministers.

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“Everyone goes to Tel Aviv begging, please don’t do that, protect the civilians, don’t kill so many people”Mr. Borrell continued, adding that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Don’t listen to anyone.”

The court ordered the Netherlands to stop exporting F-35 fighter parts to Israel

The Netherlands must stop exporting parts for the F-35 fighter jets used by Israel in the Gaza Strip, an appeals court in The Hague said on Monday. Thus, a Dutch court ruled in favor of human rights organizations, which claim that these documents contribute to Israel’s violation of law in its war against Hamas.

“The court finds that there is a clear risk that serious violations of the humanitarian laws of war will be committed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli F-35 fighter jets.”, was determined by the Court of Appeal. The case involves F-35 parts owned by the United States and stored in the Netherlands, from where they are shipped to partner countries, including Israel, under export agreements.

The Hague District Court ruled in December that the delivery of the documents was primarily a political decision in which judges should not interfere. An appeals court overturned that decision, ruling that the attacks took place in Gaza. “Inflicted a disproportionate number of civilians, including thousands of children”.

Level “unprecedented” from “Famine-like Conditions” in Gaza, according to the United Nations

The population of Gaza is experiencing levels “unprecedented” from “Famine-like Conditions” Due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the World Food Program (WFP) assessed on Monday.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO), nearly 550,000 people out of a population of 2.2 million in the Gaza Strip are catastrophically food insecure. “We are seeing unprecedented levels of acute food insecurity, starvation and famine-like conditions in Gaza.”, said FAO Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol, quoted in an FAO press release. According to the latter, “Lhas “The top priority is to ensure that food, water and medical supplies are delivered to Gaza as a priority.

Author: The world with AFP

Source: Le Monde



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