Israel’s war on Gaza live: Ray of hope after UNSC approves ceasefire

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By Alastair McCready

    For the first time since Israel’s bloody war on Gaza began eight months ago, the UN Security Council finally approved an immediate ceasefire – but many questions over its implementation remain.

    Hamas says it’s willing to engage in indirect negotiations to implement the principles of the resolution “that are consistent with the demands of our people and resistance”.

    Israel’s UN representative said after the vote that her country “will not engage in meaningless and endless negotiations, which can be exploited by Hamas”.

    Global charity Mercy Corp says the ceasefire resolution must be “implemented fully and immediately” with no time to waste as half of Gaza’s population is “on the verge of starving to death”.

    At least 37,124 people have been killed and 84,712 wounded in Israel’s war on Gaza since October 7. The death toll in Israel from Hamas’s attacks stands at 1,139 with dozens of people still held captive in Gaza.

    Biden calls on Hamas to ‘prove’ they want a ceasefire

    US President Joe Biden has called on Hamas to accept a US-backed ceasefire deal, following the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution on Monday calling for an immediate halt to fighting in Gaza.

    “Hamas says it wants a ceasefire. This deal is an opportunity to prove they mean it,” he wrote on X.

    Hamas released a statement welcoming the UN resolution shortly after it passed, and said it’s ready to work with mediators to implement it.

    The US has claimed that Israel’s government proposed the ceasefire proposal currently on the table, but public statements from key members of Netanyahu’s coalition, including the prime minister himself, have called into question their commitment to the deal.

    Israeli military kills three Hezbollah members in strike on convoy

    The Israeli military has killed three Hezbollah members in a strike on a convoy of tankers in northern Lebanon, a military source from the Lebanese group has told the AFP news agency.

    The Israeli attack targeted a village in Lebanon’s northern Hermel district on the border with Syria, according to the source.

    “Three Hezbollah members were killed by nine Israeli missile strikes that targeted a convoy of tankers and a building,” the source said, adding that three people were also wounded.

    The Israeli military is yet to confirm the casualties.

    Israeli military bombs apartment in Gaza City, killing at least 8

    At least eight people have been killed, most of them children, and several injured in an Israeli attack on a residential apartment in Gaza City, local media is reporting.

    The apartment, located in the northern city’s Daraj neighbourhood, belonged to the Ashour family.

    We will bring you updates on this story when we have them.

    California university academics end Gaza protest strike under court order

    Thousands of academic workers at the University of California (UC) have ended their strike over the university’s response to pro-Palestine protesters and returned to work following a court order from a state judge.

    United Auto Workers Local 4811, which represents 48,000 graduate students working as teaching assistants, researchers, tutors and other academic employees, started its strike on May 20 in Santa Cruz.

    The union alleged that the free speech rights of its members were violated during police and university crackdowns on pro-Palestine protests on six UC campuses last month.

    But on Friday, an Orange County Superior Court judge granted a temporary restraining order sought by the university asserting that the walkout was in violation of a no-strike clause in the union’s contract as it stemmed from non-labour issues.

    The judge also ruled that the walkout was causing “damage to students’ education” ahead of their final exams.

    Following the decision, United Auto Workers Local 4811 has said that it is planning protests on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Angry scenes as Israeli parliament votes to move ahead with Orthodox conscription law

    Israel’s parliament opted to move ahead with a controversial proposed conscription law for ultra-Orthodox Jewish people in a late-night vote on Monday.

    The conscription bill is still required to pass further readings and committee hearings but if approved, it would see the gradual entry of some ultra-Orthodox Jews into the Israeli military.

    Ultra-Orthodox Israelis can currently claim the right to study in seminaries instead of serving in uniform for the standard three years. But as the war rages on in Gaza and Israeli troops serve on the northern border with Lebanon, many resent their fellow citizens being spared their share of the risk.

    But if approved, the bill would also lower the current age of exemption from mandatory service for ultra-Orthodox students from 26 to 21, and would only “very slowly” increase the rate of conscription, the Times of Israel reports.

    Opposition leader Benny Gantz originally put forward the measure in 2022, but he now opposes it, saying it’s inadequate for meeting the Israel military’s personnel needs. Defence Minister Yoav Gallant also broke ranks with his Likud party and voted against the bill.

    There were angry scenes outside Israel’s parliament amid voting on the bill, as families of some of the captives still held in Gaza protested outside the Knesset demanding more be done to get them home.

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