Satellite pictures analyzed by The Associated Press seem to point out a brand new compound of tents being constructed close to Khan Younis…

Satellite pictures analyzed by The Associated Press seem to point out a brand new compound of tents being constructed close to Khan Younis within the southern Gaza Strip because the Israeli navy continues to sign it plans an offensive on the town of Rafah.

Khan Younis has been focused by repeated Israeli navy operations over latest weeks. Israel has mentioned it plans to evacuate civilians from Rafah throughout an anticipated offensive on the southern metropolis, the place a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals have taken refuge throughout the conflict, now in its seventh month. The navy mentioned it was not concerned within the tent development.

On Monday, a failed rocket strike was launched at a base housing U.S.-led coalition forces at Rumalyn, Syria, marking the primary time since Feb. 4 that Iranian-backed militias have attacked a U.S. facility in Iraq or Syria, a U.S. protection official mentioned. No personnel had been injured within the assault, and no group has claimed accountability.

The battle has sparked regional unrest pitting Israel and the U.S. towards Iran and allied militant teams throughout the Middle East. Israel and Iran traded fire directly this month, elevating fears of all-out conflict.

The conflict was sparked by the unprecedented Oct. 7 raid into southern Israel by which Hamas and different militants killed round 1,200 individuals, largely civilians, and kidnapped round 250 hostages. Israel says militants are still holding around 100 hostages and the stays of greater than 30 others.

The Israel-Hamas conflict has killed greater than 34,000 Palestinians, based on native well being officers, round two-thirds of them children and women. It has devastated Gaza’s two largest cities and left a swath of destruction. Around 80% of the territory’s inhabitants have fled to different components of the besieged coastal enclave.

The U.S. House of Representatives accredited a $26 billion aid package on Saturday that features round $9 billion in humanitarian help for Gaza, which consultants say is on the brink of famine, in addition to billions for Israel. The U.S. Senate might cross the bundle as quickly as Tuesday, and President Joe Biden has promised to signal it instantly.

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Here is the most recent:

HEZBOLLAH SAYS IT TARGETED AN ISRAELI BASE IN RESPONSE TO THE KILLING OF ITS OFFICIAL

BEIRUT — The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah mentioned Tuesday afternoon it had launched an assault on an Israeli base close to the town of Acre, significantly farther south than the areas it often targets, in response to an Israeli airstrike that killed of one in all its officers.

The Israeli navy mentioned in a press release earlier Tuesday that it had killed Hussein Ali Azqul in an airstrike in south Lebanon and described him as a “vital” operative in Hezbollah’s aerial protection unit. Hezbollah confirmed in a press release that Azqul had been killed.

State media and witnesses mentioned the strike occurred within the space of Adloun, between the coastal cities of Sidon and Tyre, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the border with Israel.

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and allied teams have been clashing with Israeli forces alongside the border for greater than six months towards the backdrop of Israel’s conflict towards Hamas within the Gaza Strip.

Israel has frequently carried out focused killings of Hezbollah and Hamas members in Lebanon, generally in areas removed from the border.

Hezbollah mentioned the strike it launched was “in response to the Israeli aggression in town of Adloun” and the “assassination” of Azqul. It mentioned the strike focused a location about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the border and was the deepest it had launched because the outbreak of the conflict.

The Israeli navy mentioned in a press release that it had “efficiently intercepted two suspicious aerial targets off the northern coast.”

A PALESTINIAN IS FATALLY SHOT IN THE WEST BANK

JERICHO, West Bank — Israeli forces shot useless a Palestinian man early Tuesday within the West Bank metropolis of Jericho, an eyewitness and Palestinian officers mentioned.

The Palestinian Health Ministry recognized the person as Shadi Jalaita, 44, and mentioned he suffered a deadly gunshot wound to the chest.

His uncle, Shafiq Jalaita, mentioned the person had been exterior of his dwelling watching an Israeli navy raid going down at a neighbor’s home within the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Suddenly, three gunshots rang out, he mentioned.

“The third bullet hit his chest and got here out of his again,” Jalaita mentioned.

The Israeli military has not commented on the taking pictures.

The Health Ministry mentioned a baby additionally was shot within the abdomen in Jericho and was in essential situation. No additional particulars had been obtainable.

Violence has surged within the West Bank because the Israel-Hamas conflict broke out on Oct. 7. Since then, at the least 487 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fireplace within the territory, the Ramallah-based Health Ministry mentioned.

QATAR SAYS IT NEEDS TO SEE ‘SERIOUSNESS’ IN ISRAEL-HAMAS TALKS

DOHA, Qatar — Qatar is in a “reevaluation section” relating to making an attempt to mediate talks between Israel and Hamas over a cease-fire within the Gaza Strip.

“We have to see seriousness from everybody,” Majed al-Ansari, a spokesman for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, instructed a information convention Tuesday.

He additionally mentioned discussions had been ongoing about Hamas’ ongoing presence in Qatar.

The militant group has had a political workplace in Doha, Qatar, for years, however the Wall Street Journal has reported in latest days that Hamas might depart the nation because the talks stay deadlocked. Hamas has denied that the group was contemplating leaving Qatar.

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Associated Press author Lujain Jo contributed to this report.

UN RIGHTS CHIEF RENEWS WARNING AGAINST RAFAH OFFENSIVE

The United Nations’ human rights chief is renewing a warning towards a large-scale Israeli offensive within the metropolis of Rafah and decrying latest Israeli strikes on the town.

Volker Türk, the U.N. excessive commissioner for human rights, mentioned that a big incursion into Rafah “would threat extra deaths, accidents and displacement on a big scale – even additional atrocity crimes, for which these accountable could be held accountable,” his workplace mentioned in a press release.

Türk deplored three strikes in Rafah in latest days that reportedly killed largely girls and kids. He mentioned that “the world’s leaders stand united on the crucial of defending the civilian inhabitants trapped in Rafah.”

Israel has carried out near-daily air raids on Rafah, the place greater than half of Gaza’s inhabitants of two.3 million has sought refuge. It has additionally vowed to broaden its floor offensive towards the Hamas militant group to the town on the border with Egypt regardless of requires restraint, together with from the U.S.

AN ISRAELI STRIKE KILLS A HEZBOLLAH OFFICIAL

BEIRUT — An Israeli airstrike on a automotive in southern Lebanon on Tuesday killed a Hezbollah official.

The Israeli navy mentioned in a press release that it had killed Hussein Ali Azqul within the strike and described him as a “vital” operative in Hezbollah’s aerial protection unit. Hezbollah confirmed in a press release that Azqul had been killed.

State media and witnesses mentioned the strike occurred within the space of Adloun, between the coastal cities of Sidon and Tyre, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the border with Israel.

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and allied teams have been clashing with Israeli forces alongside the border for greater than six months towards the backdrop of Israel’s conflict towards Hamas within the Gaza Strip.

Israel has frequently carried out focused killings of Hezbollah and Hamas members in Lebanon, generally in areas removed from the border.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY REPORTS 32 DEAD

The Gaza Health Ministry mentioned Tuesday the our bodies of 32 individuals killed by Israeli strikes have been delivered to native hospitals over the previous 24 hours. Hospitals additionally obtained 59 wounded, it mentioned in its every day report.

That brings the general Palestinian demise toll from the Israel-Hamas conflict to at the least 34,183, the ministry mentioned. Another 77,143 have been injured, it mentioned.

The Health Ministry doesn’t distinguish between fighters and civilians in its tallies, however has mentioned that ladies and kids make up round two thirds of these killed.

The Israeli navy says it has killed 13,000 militants, with out offering proof to again up the declare.

APPARENT ISRAELI STRIKE HITS CAR IN LEBANON, KILLING AT LEAST 1

BEIRUT — An obvious Israeli airstrike on a automotive in southern Lebanon killed at the least one particular person Tuesday, officers mentioned.

State media and witnesses mentioned the strike occurred within the space of Adloun, between the coastal cities of Sidon and Tyre, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the border with Israel.

It was not instantly clear who was killed.

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and allied teams have been clashing with Israeli forces alongside the border for greater than six months towards the backdrop of Israel’s conflict towards Hamas within the Gaza Strip.

There was no instant remark from the Israeli navy on Tuesday’s strike. Israel has frequently carried out focused killings of Hezbollah and Hamas members in Lebanon, generally in areas removed from the border.

SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW TENT COMPOUND UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN KHAN YOUNIS

JERUSALEM — Satellite pictures analyzed by The Associated Press seem to point out a brand new compound of tents being constructed close to Khan Younis within the Gaza Strip because the Israeli navy continues to sign it plans an offensive focusing on the town of Rafah.

Images from Planet Labs PBC analyzed by the AP present the tent compound beginning to be absolutely underneath development on April 16 simply west of Khan Younis. Images taken Sunday present the tent compound within the time since has grown.

The Israeli navy mentioned Tuesday that it was not concerned within the tent development close to Khan Younis. The Israeli every day newspaper Haaretz, with out attributing the knowledge, mentioned that Egypt was establishing the tent compound forward of a attainable Rafah offensive.

The Israeli navy didn’t reply to a request for remark Tuesday in regards to the tents. However, their development comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened “extra painful blows” focusing on Hamas over the breakdown of talks over making an attempt to free the remaining hostages held within the Gaza Strip.

That might embody the long-threatened assault on Rafah, the place half of the Gaza Strip’s 2.3 million individuals have fled amid the conflict. The U.S., Israel’s principal ally, has repeatedly mentioned any navy operation wants to guard civilians.

Netanyahu has mentioned he would order to navy to evacuate civilians from Rafah for the offensive, however it isn’t clear the place they may go.

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Associated Press author Jon Gambrell contributed to this report.

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