By | January 15, 2024

Hamas, the Palestinian resistance group, has released a video announcing the death of two Israeli captives who were taken to Gaza on October 7. The video features Noa Argamani, a woman hostage, revealing that the two men she was held captive with had been killed. The timing of the video is unclear. Hamas had previously released another video showing Argamani along with two other hostages who were seen alive. The two men, Yossi Sharabi and Itay Svirsky, were identified as the same men announced as having been killed in Monday’s video. Hamas claims the hostages were killed by Israeli bombardment, but the Israeli military denies this and states that an investigation is underway.

Greece has reiterated its deep concern over the situation in Gaza and the escalation in the Red Sea. Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis expressed support for the creation of an independent Palestinian state and called for a two-state solution. He also expressed concern over the loss of civilian life and the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, as well as the escalation in the West Bank, the Lebanese-Israeli border, and the Red Sea.

Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant stated that Palestinians will govern Gaza after the war with Israel ends. He emphasized that there won’t be a military threat from Gaza and that Hamas won’t be able to function as a military force. He also mentioned that Israeli forces will have the freedom to operate in order to protect Israeli citizens.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, as the fighting between Israel and Hamas passed the 100-day milestone. He expressed concern about the escalating spillover of the conflict, including across the Lebanon-Israeli border, and warned about the risk of broader escalation and miscalculation.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid stated that the Israeli government is unfit to run the Gaza war and called for change. He criticized the government’s management of the war and its impact on the economy, as well as the lack of responsibility taken by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. South Africa has filed a lawsuit accusing Israel of perpetrating genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

The Yemeni Houthi movement announced that it will expand its targets to include US ships, claiming that the United States is on the verge of losing its maritime security. Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni offered support to mediate between Lebanon and Israel, emphasizing Italy’s commitment to Lebanon’s stability and the need to avoid further escalation in Gaza.

Former Austrian president Heinz Fischer stated that while Israel has the right to self-defence, there are limits and international law that must be observed. He called for compliance with international law and human rights, especially for the civilian population in Gaza.

In other news, a missile fired from Yemen struck a US-owned ship in the Gulf of Aden, and three Palestinians were killed and nine injured in an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank..

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