Fighter pilot dies in Bangladesh after risky maneuver

Fighter pilot dies in Bangladesh after risky maneuver
Fighter pilot dies in Bangladesh after risky maneuver

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Strikes on Gaza, commemorations in Israel overshadowed by war

Israeli strikes increase early Monday in the Gaza Strip as Israel prepares to celebrate its anniversary “without peace”, darkened this year by more than seven months of war against Hamas. In the early hours after midnight, teams of AFP reported strikes in different areas of Gaza, where, according to the UN, there is no longer “a safe place” for the approximately 2.4 million inhabitants. The strikes targeted in particular the city ​​of Rafah (south), populated alone by 1.4 million Palestinians, the majority displaced by bombings and fighting. Ignoring American and European warnings which fear numerous civilian victims, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to launch a large ground offensive in Rafah, which he considers to be the last stronghold of Hamas. Over the past week, Israeli forces have called on the population in eastern Rafah to leave the city and carried out operations there. “targeted” against the Islamist movement. A vast operation on Rafah would risk creating “chaos”, “anarchy” and “enormous damage” for the civilian population “without resolving the Hamas problem, the Hamas warned again on Sunday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “There will always be thousands of armed members of Hamas”, even after an operation in Rafah, especially since the armed Islamist movement has “returned to the areas that Israel liberated in the north , even in Khan Younes”, added Mr. Blinken in an interview with the NBC channel. – “Hell” – On foot, aboard vehicles or tricycles, Palestinians continue to flee areas of Rafah in an attempt to find refuge elsewhere in the Palestinian territory. “We lived through hell for three days and the worst nights since the start of the war,” Mohammed Hamad, 24, who is one of the 300,000 Palestinians who, according to Israel, fled the areas of eastern Rafah targeted by the bombings after the army’s evacuation orders. The armed wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for shelling Israeli soldiers and vehicles near the Rafah crossing.”Israeli authorities continue to issue forced displacement orders (…) This forces the residents of Rafah to flee anywhere,” the head of the UN agency wrote on X for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa), Philippe Lazzarini. “Talk about safe zones is false and misleading. No place is safe in Gaza,” he said.- “Scuttle” the truce -By attacking Rafah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to “scuttle” the truce talks on a truce and a release of hostages held in Gaza, Hamas accused on Sunday. The Islamist movement claimed to have accepted a proposal from the mediators – Egypt, Qatar, United States – on a truce, but Israel responded that the accepted proposal was “far from (its) demands”. UN boss Antonio Guterres called again for a ceasefire and the release of hostages, during a conference in Kuwait where donors are committed to paying more than 2 billion dollars over two years for humanitarian operations in Gaza. Egypt, hostile to an operation in Rafah, has said it wants to join South Africa in its request to the Court international justice to impose new emergency measures on Israel, taking into account “the extent of Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians” in response to October 7. On that day, Hamas commandos infiltrated from Gaza into the southern Israel had launched an attack which left more than 1,170 dead, mostly civilians, according to an AFP report based on official data. More than 250 people were kidnapped during the attack and 128 remain captive in Gaza, of whom 36 are believed to have died, according to the army. After this attack, Israel launched a vast operation in Gaza which caused a humanitarian catastrophe and a heavy human toll: 35,034 deaths, the majority civilians according to the Hamas Ministry of Health. The Israeli army deplored the loss of 272 of its soldiers in the military campaign in Gaza. – “Neither peace, nor silence” -After sounded for the first time on Sunday evening, the sirens must sound again on Monday at 11:00 a.m. local time (08:00 GMT), to mark the start of the annual commemorations for the soldiers who fell in the defense of the country and the victims of attacks, on the eve of his 76th anniversary darkened by the war in Gaza. It will be followed by a series of ceremonies in Israel’s military cemeteries. The meditation will give way in the evening from Monday to Tuesday to the celebrations marking Independence Day, the anniversary of the proclamation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. Part of the festivities were canceled this year due to the war. “Tonight we have neither peace nor silence” in our hearts, the president said Isaac Herzog during a ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. At his side, the head of the army, Herzi Halevi, declared that he bore “responsibility for the failure of our mission to protect the citizens of the State of Israel on October 7. On May 15, the Palestinians must commemorate for their part the Nakba, the “Catastrophe” that the creation of Israel was for them.bur-gl/ib

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