Israel’s war on Gaza live: Israel still denying aid to north Gaza, says UN

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By Alastair Mccready
  •     UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says Israel “impeded” and “denied” a significant number of aid missions to north Gaza in April, and that despite the opening of new aid crossing, six months of starvation cannot be ended without a consistent supply of aid.
  •     The Beit Hanoon (Erez) crossing, the Gaza Strip’s northern border crossing with Israel, has been opened for the first time since October 7, admitting a convoy of 31 aid trucks from Jordan.
  •     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told US Secretary of State Blinken that he will not accept a ceasefire deal with Hamas that includes ending the war on Gaza, according to Israeli media reports.
  •     UNICEF chief Catherine Russell said 600,000 Palestinian children are “crammed into Rafah” and an Israeli ground invasion would bring “catastrophe on top of catastrophe”.
  •     At least 34,568 Palestinians have been killed and 77,765 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. The death toll in Israel from Hamas’s October 7 attacks stands at 1,139 with dozens of people still held captive.

    Two killed, children among five injured, as Israeli jets, artillery hit central, southern Gaza

    The Palestinian state news agency Wafa reports that two people have been killed and five injured in an Israeli air strike on a house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza and artillery shelling east of Fukhari in the south of the territory.

    Children were reported among the wounded, Wafa reports.

    Our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic have also reported attacks overnight on the Nuseirat camp.

    We will bring you more information as it emerges.

    University protests latest sign of ‘disdain’ for US role in Gaza war: Analyst

    US political analyst Eric Ham, co-author of The GOP Civil War: Inside the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, said the student-led university protests are just the latest sign of public disdain for the Biden administration’s role in Israel’s war on Gaza.

    “We have already begun to see the impacts that these protests, that these demonstrations, but more importantly, the backlash that many people are feeling about President Biden’s handling of this conflict,” Ham told Al Jazeera.

    “We’ve already begun to see the impact that they are, in fact, having on elections across the country.

    “If you go back to the primaries in Michigan, Wisconsin or even Pennsylvania, there have been sizeable numbers of voters who have been voting ‘uncommitted’ to protest and to showcase their disdain for the administration’s handling of the war.

    “Now what we are seeing is just the escalation of that disdain that’s now playing out across the nation on America’s colleges and universities.”

    Palestinian Authority forces shoot dead Islamic Jihad fighter, group claims

    Palestinian Authority security forces have reportedly shot dead a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) fighter in the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem, the paramilitary group has said on X.

    PIJ named the man, who was wanted by the Israeli military for terror-related offences, as Ahmad Abu Foul and said he was a member of the group’s Nur Shams Brigades.

    A Palestinian Authority spokesperson has claimed he opened fire on security forces first, something the PIJ has denied.

    At least 20 protesters arrested at University of Texas, Dallas

    At least 20 pro-Palestine protesters have been arrested from a Gaza solidarity encampment on the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) campus, according to local police.

    Several dozen people set up tents at UTD’s Chess Plaza on Wednesday morning, with one sign saying “Welcome to Gaza Liberation Plaza”.

    Police were seen dismantling the encampment and arresting protesters for criminal trespass on Wednesday afternoon. It is unclear how many of the protesters are students at the university.

    Major demonstrations in support of Palestine have spread across US college campuses, including at the University of Texas at Austin, where dozens of people have been arrested.

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