Ukmto, 'ship hit southwest of Aden'

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Ukmto, 'ship hit southwest of Aden'

The maritime safety agency Ukmto reports on Haaretz writes that three crew members from the Barbados-flagged bulk carrier are missing after the vessel was damaged off the coast of Yemen, and four others suffer serious burns, a maritime source who declined to be identified said. anonymously, adding that the ship appeared to have been abandoned. Ukmto reported that coalition forces were supporting it.

The United States has revised the text of the draft UN Security Council resolution to support “an immediate ceasefire of approximately six weeks in Gaza together with the release of all hostages”: the international media reported. The initial US draft showed support for a 'temporary ceasefire' in the war between Israel and Hamas.

Washington has vetoed three draft resolutions so far, two of which would have called for an immediate ceasefire. The US has said it intends to allow time for negotiations on its draft and will not rush to a vote.

Negotiations to reach a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas meanwhile appear to be at a standstill , with just a few days left until the unofficial deadline for the start of Ramadan: the Guardian writes today. Two days of talks between Hamas and international mediators in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, have produced no significant progress – according to Palestinian officials – after Israel refused to send a delegation to the latest round of negotiations.

Benjamin “Netanyahu does not want to reach an agreement” and “the ball is now in the Americans' court” to push the Israeli prime minister to return to the table, the head of Hamas' political division in Gaza, Basem Naim, told the media. According to an anonymous official quoted by the Egyptian broadcaster Al-Qahera News, close to the country's intelligence services, “the negotiations are difficult but they continue”.

Returning to Israel from the USA – where he was received by the main representatives of the Biden administration, starting with Vice President Kamala Harris – the Israeli centrist leader Benny Gantz, who is part of the war cabinet, is preparing to meet Prime Minister Rishi in London Sunak. Gantz undertook this mission despite the open dissent of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who ordered the Israeli ambassadors in Washington and London not to accompany him in political meetings.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron issues a stark warning: “Patience towards Israel is running out” within the international community and even among reliable allies such as the United Kingdom. Speaking in the British House of Lords, Cameron stressed that he had addressed “a whole series of warnings” to the Israelis about the need to provide more humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The “sufferings” of the Palestinian population are now “tremendous”, Cameron added in the hearing held before the British Upper House before meeting Gantz, evoking reports of cases of deaths “from hunger” or “from avoidable diseases” in the Strip . Not without clearly adding, in response to the requests of some lords, that Israel “is responsible” for what happens to civilians in Gaza or more generally “in the occupied territories.” And that his behavior may have “consequences under international humanitarian law”.

EU, let's evaluate the possibility of parachuting aid to Gaza

The European Union is studying “carefully” the possibility of parachuting aid into the Gaza Strip, as done by the US. A spokesperson for the European Commission said this, specifying however that the EU “does not have the means” to do so and therefore the operation should be conducted either through “international organisations” or thanks “to a member state”, activating the protection mechanism civil, which “has never been used for this purpose”.

Israel decides to build 3,500 homes in the West Bank

The Supreme Planning Commission today approved the construction of 3,500 homes in the colony city of Maaleh Adumim (between Jerusalem and Jericho), in the village of Keidar and in Efrat, near Bethlehem. These projects – reported military radio – were announced about a week ago, following a Palestinian attack near Maaleh Adumim in which two Israelis were killed. ''In the last year – Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich wrote on X – we have authorized 18,515 homes'' in the West Bank. ''Our enemies want to weaken us, and we continue to build and strengthen ourselves''.

UNRWA, 'beatings and abuse of Palestinians in Israeli prisons'

An internal United Nations report describes widespread abuse of Palestinian detainees in Israeli detention centers, including beatings, dog attacks, prolonged use of stress positions and sexual assault. The report – drawn up by the UNRWA agency and seen by the Guardian – is largely based on interviews with Palestinian detainees released at the Kerem Shalom crossing starting in December, when the organisation's staff were present to provide humanitarian support.

According to the document, just over 1,000 detainees have been released since December, but more than 4,000 men, women and children are estimated to have been rounded up in Gaza since the current conflict began. Israel denies the allegations of abuse, which it describes as Hamas-inspired propaganda. The UNRWA report also says its workers have been arrested, many while carrying out humanitarian work, subjected to abuse and pressured to defame the agency.

The document states that among the 1,002 released detainees there were 29 six-year-old children (26 boys and three girls), 80 women and 21 UN agency staff. Some had chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's or were cancer patients. The Guardian writes that it has not been possible to independently verify the allegations contained in the report, but they are consistent with accounts provided to the British newspaper and collected by human rights organizations. The report also includes allegations of widespread sexual abuse, although not rape. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fully denied the allegations contained in the document.

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