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Conflict between Israel and Hamas - 187th day

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Humanitarian aid for residents of Gaza, Photo: REUTERS
Humanitarian aid for residents of Gaza, Photo: REUTERS
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Israel will open a new land crossing into the Gaza Strip designed mainly to facilitate the delivery of aid to Palestinians from abroad or from neighboring Jordan, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galan said, according to Reuters.

After a cross-border attack by the ruling Islamists Hamas in Gaza on October 7, Israel went to war and cut off supplies to the impoverished coastal enclave from or through its territory.

The growing humanitarian crisis has prompted pressure on Israel from its Western and Arab partners to do more to ease the flow of aid, after months of seeking to shift the burden to Egypt, which also borders Gaza.

17: 36h

Three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were killed today in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza, the Palestinian Islamist group and Haniyeh's family announced, Reuters reports.

The three sons - Hazem, Amir and Mohammed - were killed after the car they were traveling in was bombed in Gaza's al-Shati camp, Hamas said.

Two of Haniyeh's grandsons were also killed in the attack, and the third was wounded, according to Hamas media.

"Our demands are clear and specific and we will not make concessions on them. The enemy will be delusional if he thinks that targeting my sons, at the height of negotiations and before the movement sends its response, will force Hamas to change its position.", Haniyeh told Al Jazeera television.

"The blood of my sons is not dearer than the blood of our people," said Haniyeh, who lives abroad in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar.

Reuters reports that Haniyeh was the hard-spoken face of Hamas' international diplomacy as the war with Israel raged in the Gaza Strip, where his family home was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike back in November.

Hamas said on Tuesday that it was studying Israel's ceasefire proposal, but that it was "intransigent" and had not met any of the Palestinian demands.

In the seventh month of a war in which Israeli air and ground offensives have devastated Gaza, Hamas wants an end to Israeli military operations and a withdrawal from the enclave, as well as permission for displaced Palestinians to return home.

The eldest son of Haniyeh confirmed in a post on Facebook that his three brothers were killed.

"Thanks be to God who honored us with the martyrdom of my brothers Hazem, Amir and Muhammad and their children," Abdel-Salam Haniyeh wrote.

Appointed head of the militant group in 2017, Haniyeh has moved between Turkey and the Qatari capital of Doha, avoiding travel restrictions in the blockaded Gaza imposed by Israel and allowing him to act as a negotiator in the latest ceasefire talks or communicate with Hamas' main ally Iran .

Israel considers the entire Hamas leadership to be terrorists, accusing Haniyeh and other leaders of continuing to "pull the strings of the Hamas terrorist organization."

But how much Haniyeh knew in advance about the Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Gaza militants on Israel is unclear, according to Reuters.

The plan for the attack, drawn up by Hamas' military council in Gaza, was so closely guarded that some Hamas officials abroad appeared shocked by its timing and scope.

11: 02h

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said today that the recognition of a Palestinian state "is in the geopolitical interest of Europe".

"The international community will not be able to help the Palestinian state if it does not recognize its existence," Sanchez told Spanish lawmakers.

He added that "Spain is ready to recognize a Palestinian state", without specifying dates.

Sanchez again condemned what he called the "absolutely disproportionate response" of Benjamin Netanyahu's government to the "terrorist attack by Hamas" on October 7 last year.

He warned that such a response threatens to "destabilize the Middle East, and therefore the whole world."

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09: 00h

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei once again threatened Israel today, which he said would be "punished" for the attack in Syria.

"The vile regime made a mistake. It must be punished and it will be punished," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

An attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1 killed 16 people, including seven members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

Iran and Syria blamed the attack on Israel, which has not confirmed its involvement.

07: 43h

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's approach to the war in Gaza is a "mistake," US President Joe Biden said in an interview, continuing to criticize Israel's approach to resolving the conflict, Reuters reports.

"I think what he's doing is a mistake. I don't agree with his approach," Biden said in comments to Univision, the US Spanish-language TV network.

Biden also previously called Israel's bombing of Gaza "indiscriminate" and military actions "excessive".

The White House announced last week that the president, in a conversation with Netanyahu, threatened to make American support for Israel's offensive conditional on taking concrete steps to protect aid workers and civilians.

That call followed an Israeli airstrike in which seven members of the humanitarian organization "World Central Kitchen" were killed.

"I appeal to Israel to call for a ceasefire, to allow full access to all food and medicine to the population of Gaza for the next six, eight weeks," Biden said in an interview.

07: 42h

Conflict between Israel and Hamas - 187th day.

More than 1.200 aid trucks have entered the Gaza Strip in the past three days, 468 of them yesterday.

This is the largest number of trucks with humanitarian aid since the beginning of the war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas, the Israeli army announced.

It all comes at a time when Israel is under pressure to deliver more aid to starving civilians in Gaza.

The 468 trucks that passed inspection and arrived in Gaza yesterday represent the largest number of aid trucks that have entered in one day since the beginning of the war, the army said.

The service of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which coordinates the civilian activities of the army in the Palestinian territories, announced that a record daily number of trucks entered on Sunday (322) and on Monday (419).

According to the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, an average of 150 trucks a day entered Gaza in March, far fewer than the 500 trucks a day that entered the territory before the war that began on October 7 with a Hamas attack on southern Israel.

For weeks, international organizations and the US have been pressuring Israel to open the passage to the north of the Palestinian territories, where the humanitarian crisis is the most severe.

The Israeli army announced that of the 468 trucks that entered Gaza today, 47 of them were destined for the north of the territory.

NGOs and Israel blame each other for the slow delivery of aid, humanitarian organizations talk about drastic vehicle inspections by Israeli authorities, while Israel claims that humanitarian organizations are unable to distribute so much aid in the Gaza Strip.

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