Israel-Hamas War. Bodies of hostages in a tunnel, targeted raids in Gaza… the latest news

Israel-Hamas War. Bodies of hostages in a tunnel, targeted raids in Gaza… the latest news
Israel-Hamas War. Bodies of hostages in a tunnel, targeted raids in Gaza… the latest news

Violent fighting pits the Israeli army and Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip, at a time when the two enemy camps denounce the arrest warrants requested from the International Criminal Court (ICC) against their leaders for alleged war crimes.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said Monday he had requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for crimes including “deliberately starving civilians”, “intentional homicide” And “extermination and/or murder”.

Charges against Hamas leaders also targeted by this request for arrest warrants, including its Gaza leader Yahya Sinouar, include “extermination”, “rape and other forms of sexual violence” And “hostage-taking as a war crime”.

Bodies of hostages in tunnels

The Israeli army indicated on Monday May 20, 2024 that the bodies of four hostages found in the Gaza Strip last week were in tunnels in Jabalia, where intense fighting had taken place in the previous days.

The bodies of Ron Benjamin, Shani Louk, Amit Buskila and Itzhak Gelerenter were repatriated to Israel following an operation carried out on the basis of information obtained during interrogations, according to the Israeli army, which indicated that according to available information these four people were killed during the attack carried out by Hamas on October 7 in southern Israel.

The remains were extracted “underground tunnels in Jabalia in northern Gaza”the army said in a statement Monday.

Israeli forces inspected a suspicious building in which a tunnel entrance was located, according to the statement.

“The soldiers then entered the underground tunnel during a night operation, and fought inside”adds the army.

During this operation the soldiers “located the bodies of hostages and extracted them from the tunnels”according to the same Source.

The car of Ron Benjamin, 53, was found riddled with bullets when he planned a bike ride near the border with the Gaza Strip, and turned around when he heard warning sirens.

Shani Louk, Amit Buskila and Itzhak Gelerenter had for their part been ” taken hostage ” And “brutally murdered” the same day by Hamas while trying to flee the Nova music festival near the Gaza Strip, army spokesperson Daniel Hagari said on Friday.

Bombings and fighting

Violent fighting broke out between the Israeli army and Palestinian Hamas on Monday in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli military planes and helicopters have carried out new strikes on the Gaza Strip, where ground fighting is also taking place between Palestinian soldiers and armed groups.

In the north of the Palestinian territory, the air force bombed Gaza City and the Jabalia refugee camp, where the army reported “fierce fighting”.

Civil defense reported eight deaths and injuries in an Israeli strike on an apartment of the Al-Attar family in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza.

The army has intensified its ground operations, mainly in eastern Rafah, backed by the closed border with Egypt, saying it wants to reduce the last Hamas battalions there. She claims to carry out “targeted raids against terrorist infrastructure”according to the army.

In the south, a strike hit a house in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, west of the city of Rafah, killing three and wounding eight, according to hospital sources. Rafah was also targeted by Israeli naval fire, witnesses said.

Five killed by Israeli fire in southern Lebanon

Five people, including four Hezbollah fighters, were killed on Monday in southern Lebanon, according to the pro-Iranian group and the official Lebanese press agency (ANI).

Hezbollah announced a retaliatory attack, while Israel claimed responsibility for strikes.

“At least four Hezbollah fighters were killed in strikes on Naqoura and Meïss el-Jabal”two border localities, indicated a Source close to the powerful Islamist group.

Hezbollah later announced the death of two of its fighters, originally from Naqoura.

A Hezbollah fighter was also killed Monday in a strike in neighboring Syria blamed on Israel, another Source from the group told AFP.

Hezbollah added that five of its fighters, including two from Naqura, had been killed, without providing details on the location and date of their deaths.

ANI indicated for its part that the Israeli strike on Naqoura had targeted an area where rescue workers affiliated with Hezbollah were located.

The agency later added that a “Enemy airstrike targeted a motorcycle” at the entrance to the coastal town of Al-Mansouri, leaving “one martyr and one injured”, without giving further details.

The Israeli army, for its part, announced that it had targeted “a Hezbollah terrorist cell” in the region of Meïss el-Jabal, and having affected “a Hezbollah weapons storage site and military compound”.

Hezbollah announced that it had targeted Israeli military positions in response “to Israeli attacks, particularly on Naqoura”.

Amal Clooney among Gaza experts

Lawyer Amal Clooney said Monday that she was part of a group of experts who advised the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) who requested arrest warrants against two Israeli ministers, including Benjamin Netanyahu, and three Hamas leaders.

In a message on the website of the “Clooney foundation for justice”, founded with her actor husband George Clooney, the lawyer and human rights activist explains that she was contacted “more than four months ago” by the ICC Prosecutor to join a group of international law experts tasked with“examine evidence of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity” committed in Israel and the Gaza Strip.

“Our legal conclusions were unanimous”she assured.

“We have unanimously established that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Hamas leaders Yahya Sinouar, Ismaïl Haniyeh and Mohammed Deif have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including hostage-taking, assassination and sexual crimes. . We have unanimously established that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the use of famine as a weapon of war, assassination, persecution and extermination”she wrote.

France supports the ICC

France said it supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the prosecutor of the court based in The Hague announced on Monday that it had filed a request for the issuance of arrest warrants targeting in particular Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes and alleged crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip.

“France supports the International Criminal Court, its independence, and the fight against impunity in all situations”said the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

Recalling having “condemned from October 7 the anti-Semitic massacres perpetrated by Hamas”who has “claimed barbaric attacks against civilians”the deputy spokesperson for the Quai d’Orsay added that “concerning Israel, it will be up to the Pre-Trial Chamber (of the ICC) to decide on the issuance of these warrants.”

Paris “warning for many months about the imperative of strict respect for international humanitarian law and in particular about the unacceptable nature of civilian losses in the Gaza Strip and insufficient humanitarian access”it is underlined in the press release.

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