Live updates: Israel-Hamas war, Netanyahu criticizes US sanctions plans, UNRWA review (2024)

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Jordan conducts aid airdrop into Gaza

From CNN's Ibrahim Dahman

Jordan has conducted an airdrop of humanitarian and relief aid into Gaza on Tuesday, according to Jordanian state news agency Petra.

The Jordanian Armed Forces conducted seven airdrops to multiple sites in northern Gaza, and said they would continue sending humanitarian and medical aid to Gaza through airdrops, ground convoys and through the Marka airport in Amman to Egypt'sAl-Arish International Airport.

Jordan has conducted 87 airdrops into Gaza and took part in 209 international airdrops since October 7, according to Petra.

Petra reported thatTuesday's aid drop was conducted along withthe US, Egypt and Germany.

"Focus on Gaza:" As tit-for-tat strikes between Israel and Iran appear to have concluded, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told CNN, "The focus should remain on Gaza," as the strip edges towards famine.

6 min ago

"There will be nothing left" of Israel if Iran is attacked again, says Iranian President

From CNN's Ruba Alhenawi

An Israeli attack on Iranian territory would have serious consequences and result in there being "nothing left" of Israel, Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said Tuesday, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.

"There will be nothing left of that entity" if Israel attacks Iran again, Raisi said.

Raisi's comments were made on the second of his three-day official visit to Pakistan, at a university in Punjab province.

Raisi warned that if Israel "commits another mistake and violates the sovereignty of the holy Iranian lands, the situation will be different."

The warning came after Israel on Friday carried out a military strike inside Iran, a US official told CNN, although Israel has not officially claimed the attack. Officials in Tehran havesought to play downthe Friday morning strike on Iran, as tensions simmer from a significant escalationbetween the regionalpowerhouses.

27 min ago

IDF warns people to leave "dangerous combat zone" in parts of northern Gaza

From CNN's Lauren Izso and Tim Lister

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has issued a warning to people in parts of the area of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza.

Identifying several blocks from its map of Gaza, the IDF warns: “You are in a dangerous combat zone. The IDF will work with extreme force against terrorist infrastructure and subversive elements in the region.”

The IDF called on residents to evacuate and "head towards the known shelters in Blocks No. 1770, 1766" in the west and south of the city.

“The most excused is he who warns,” the message ends.

It’s unclear how many people would receive the warning, given the sporadic nature of electricity and connectivity in northern Gaza.

Reports from journalists in Gaza speak of artillery bombardments and air strikes in the north and renewed airstrikes in Zeitoun in central Gaza.

1 hr 3 min ago

Qatar rules out shutting Hamas office "as long as mediation channels continue"

From CNN’s Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi

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Qatar is yet to decide whether it will shut Hamas’ office in Doha, Qatar's capital,as it questions both the Palestinian militant group and Israel’s commitment to reach a hostage-ceasefire agreement in Gaza, the foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Qatar has come under pressure from Israel and US politicians over its links with the Palestinian militant group. But it said on Tuesday that there won’t be a need to shut the Hamas political bureau in Doha provided that communication channels remain open.

“If the office is performing that role, as in the mediation efforts are ongoing, then there is no justification to end the presence of the (Hamas) office in Doha,” the spokesperson Majed Al Ansari told a news conference on Tuesday.

“We are calling on both sides to show more flexibility and seriousness in the negotiations,” Ansari said.

Stalled talks: Meetings between negotiators in Qatar have stopped amid a deadlock in the months-long indirect talks between Hamas and Israel. The lack of progress, coupled with criticism of Qatar’s relationship with Hamas, has pushed Doha to reconsider its role as an interlocutor in the stagnant negotiations.

1 hr 3 min ago

IDF says suspicious aerial targets intercepted off Israel's north coast

From Tamar Michaelis and Charbo Mello

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says it has “successfully intercepted two suspicious aerial targets off the northern coast.”

“The sirens regarding rocket fire sounded following the possibility of fallen shrapnel from the interception. The incident has concluded,” it said.

Sirens sounded in the city of Acre for the first time since December.

Hezbollah said that “in response to the Israeli aggression on the town of Adloun and the assassination of one of our mujahideen brothers,” it had launched an attack on the command headquarters of the Golan Brigade and the Eguz 621 unit near Acre.

Earlier, Hezbollah had acknowledged the death of a senior operative, Hussein Ali Azkul. The IDF said it had killed Azkul, whom it described as “a significant terrorist operative in Hezbollah'sAerialDefense Unit”in southern Lebanon.

There are no reports of damage or casualties from the Hezbollah attack.

43 min ago

Hundreds of thousands of tons of waste across Gaza remain uncollected, says UNRWA

From CNN's Tim Lister

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More than 270,000 tons of solid waste across the entire Gaza Strip remain uncollected, the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said Tuesday, as Israel's military campaign has disrupted essential services in the enclave. In January and February, UNRWA and the UN's Development Programme collected 10,000 tons of solid waste in Gaza.

Scores displaced: As of April 21, up to 1.7 million people (more than 75% of the entire population) have been displaced across Gaza, the majority multiple times, UNRWA estimated.

Israeli attacks intensified in central Gaza and the southern city of Khan Younis in recent weeks, uprooting "a significant number of displaced people" further south, UNRWA said, adding, “Families are forced to move repeatedly in search of safety." In the northern Gaza and Gaza City governorates, about 300,000 people were estimated to be sheltering.

Relief operations hindered: Efforts to provide relief for Palestinians in northern Gaza have been "severely restricted," the agency said, claiming that Israeli authorities have impeded aid missions to the area.

Israel has longstanding issues with UNRWA, having accused some staffers of being directly involved in the Hamas-led October 7 attacks into southern Israel.An independent review noted that "Israel has yet to provide supporting evidence" forits allegations.

Health system crushed: As of April 17, eight out of 24 UNRWA health centers were operational across the north, central Gaza and in the south, as Israel’s siege in Gaza has diminished food, fuel and water supplies, and severely damaged the medical system.

1 hr 12 min ago

UN agency claims Israel is impeding aid missions to northern Gaza

From CNN's Tim Lister

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Israel has consistently denied aid convoys to northern Gaza, according to the UN's agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA). Food shortages are worst in northern Gaza, where Israel concentrated its military offensive in the early days of the war.

Israeli authorities vetoed at least 27 out of 81 aid missions that require coordination in the north and south of the strip, between April 1 and April 19, UNRWA said in a report on Tuesday. The last time UNRWA was able to deliver food supplies to the area was on January 23.

The Israeli agency in charge of inspecting convoys entering Gaza told CNN earlier this month that it was “cooperating [in the north] with a wide array of humanitarian organisations" including UN agencies and regional actors.

Since the beginning of April, an average of 186 aid trucks have crossed into Gaza per day via the Kerem Shalom and Rafah land crossings, UNRWA added. As of 8 April, UNRWA said it had delivered flour to nearly 400,000 families in southern Gaza.Before the war, about 500 trucks of supplies were entering the Palestinian enclave daily.

Barely trickling in: Human rights agencies have repeatedly warned that Israel's severe restrictions on aid entering Gaza means relief is barely tricking into the strip.

UNRWA says there “has been very little significant change in the volume of humanitarian supplies entering Gaza or improved access to the north." Israeli agencies have frequently blamed the United Nations for failing to distribute aid within Gaza, saying last week that hundreds of trucks of aid piled up at Kerem Shalom.

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2 hr 2 min ago

‘Destruction like an earthquake.’ Palestinians return after Israeli forces withdraw from Nuseirat, in central Gaza

From CNN’s Mohammad Al Sawalhi, Abeer Salman and Sana Noor Haq

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Dozens of Palestinians visited the central Gaza neighborhoodof Nuiseratlast week, after Israeli forces withdrew.

CNN footage shows the destroyed interior of buildings sliced by bombardment, as men and boys wearing flip flops stand on huge mounds of debris.A young Palestinian child sits on a white sofa surrounded by pink cushions, old blankets, and upturned concrete slabs in the Nuseirat refugee camp. Residents in Gaza say they were desperately trying to salvage precious objects from homes ravaged by Israeli strikes, as they surveyed the area in horror.

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“On the second day of Eid rockets started hitting us,” Abu Mohammad Farajallah, a displaced resident, told CNN on April 18. “We came back after a week to struck houses and buildings, there is no place to stay.”

Earlier this month, the Israeli military retreated from Nuseirat and left swathes of rubble, damaged residential buildings and destroyed water, sanitation and waste collection services, Palestinian officialstold CNN. Israeli attacks in the neighborhood left at least 500 people killed, injured or missing, said Gaza’s Civil Defense spokesperson, Mahmoud Basal. CNN cannot verify the estimate and contacted the Israeli military about the scope and purpose of its attacks in Nuseirat.

Another resident, Hassan Al Habbash, compared the devastation to “an earthquake.”

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"We have never witnessed such destruction in history,” added the doctor, who wore glasses and had a wispy white beard. “I came back to find my house demolished.”

This destruction reflects hate, rage,” a woman said, as she rummaged through a pile of stuffed toys and other belongings covered in dust. “Those are the remains of the memories, of what was left of our lives.”

3 hr 17 min ago

Israeli air strike destroys top three floors of building in Gaza City, in northern Gaza

From CNN’s Kareem Khadder and Jessie Gretener

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Israel's bombardment demolished the top three floors of the Al-Sahaba building in Gaza City, in the northern part of the enclave, Monday.

Footage from the attack shows the Israeli airstrike hitting the eight-story tower, igniting a ball of fire and triggering a massive plume of smoke. The strike was also captured from a distance, with another video showing a dark cloud of smoke rising on the city’s horizon.

A warning was issued an hour ahead of the strike, with no casualties reported, according to journalists on the ground. The Israeli military says it launched 25 air strikes across Gaza over past 24 hours.

Human rights warnings: Oxfam and Human Rights Watch have accused Israel of imposing "indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks in violation of international humanitarian law" in Gaza.

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