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UNSC to Discuss Palestine's Full UN Membership Monday

UNSC to Discuss Palestine's Full UN Membership MondayNew York, 7 Apr (ONA) —- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will convene a meeting on Monday to decide on the full membership of the State of Palestine in the United Nations.Palestine has sent a letter to the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations regarding this matter, supported by the Arab Group, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non-Aligned Movement.Currently, Palestine holds the non-member observer state status, where observer status does not grant the right to vote on resolutions ...

Palestinian Youth Shot Dead by Occupation Forces Gunfire in Jenin

Palestinian Youth Shot Dead by Occupation Forces Gunfire in JeninOccupied Jerusalem, 4 Apr (ONA) —- A Palestinian youth was shot dead today by Israeli occupation forces gunfire in the town of Ya'bad, south of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank.Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported the martyrdom of the young man, Asaad Issam Al-Qaniri (28), a former prisoner, after the occupation surrounded his house, executed him and prevented ambulance crews from trying to treat him.The Israeli occupation forces arrested four Palestinians from Bethlehem, and also raided and searched a number of ...

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression on Gaza Rises to 33,037 Martyrs, 75,668 Wounded

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression on Gaza Rises to 33,037 Martyrs, 75,668 WoundedGaza, 4 Apr (ONA) —- The Ministry of Health in Gaza today announced that the death toll from the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7 has risen to 33,037 martyrs, the majority of whom are women and children, in addition to 75,668 wounded.Meanwhile, thousands are still missing under the rubble.The Israeli occupation forces committed six massacres against families in the Gaza Strip over the past 24-hours, resulting in 62 martyrs and 91 wounded, while a number of victims remain under the ...

US Special Envoy for Yemen Stresses Oman’s Role in Backing Peace Efforts in Yemen

US Special Envoy for Yemen Stresses Oman’s Role in Backing Peace Efforts in Yemen Muscat, 3 Apr (ONA) --- Tim Lenderking, US Special Envoy for Yemen underscored the importance of the role of the Sultanate of Oman as it is a key partner in supporting efforts of de-escalation in the Red Sea and backing peace in the region. He said during a telephonic press briefing in which Oman News Agency (ONA) took part that he met with Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister. He hailed Oman’s role in backing efforts of peace process and benefiting from the truce to address the ...

Foreign Minister Receives US Special Envoy for Yemen

Foreign Minister Receives US Special Envoy for Yemen Muscat, 3 Apr (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister today received in his office Tim Lenderking, US Special Envoy for Yemen. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on the Yemeni crises and the current escalation in the region. They underscored the importance of ending the war and achieving a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, as well as facilitating the entry of relief and humanitarian aid. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Ahmed Hashel Al Maskari, Head of the GCC Department and several ...

UN Secretary-General Renews Call for Ceasefire in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Renews Call for Ceasefire in Gaza New York, 3 Apr (ONA) --- Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General renewed the call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, saying that the devastating Israeli airstrikes that killed World Central Kitchen (WCK) personnel in the city of Deir Al Balah in the middle of the Strip are "unconscionable but it is an inevitable result of the way the war is being conducted." Guterres said, addressing an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly held to discuss his report on "human security," that "it demonstrates yet again ...

Ongoing Israeli Aggression on Gaza Kills 32,916 Palestinians, Injures 75,494

Ongoing Israeli Aggression on Gaza Kills 32,916 Palestinians, Injures 75,494 Gaza, 2 Apr (ONA) --- The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced today that the number of victims from the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has risen to 32,916 martyrs and 75,494 wounded, the majority of whom are children. The ministry said in a statement that the occupation forces committed seven massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the death of 71 people and the injury of 102 others. The ministry explained that thousands of victims are still under the rubble ...

Japan to Resume Funding for UNRWA

Japan to Resume Funding for UNRWA Tokyo, 2 Apr (ONA) --- Japan will resume providing funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said today, after suspending it in January following agency staff's alleged involvement in last year's attack on Israel. A contribution of some $35 million that had been scheduled in fiscal 2023 ended March for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, known as UNRWA, will be delivered soon, Japan's News Agency (Kyodo) quoted ...

Iran Demands Urgent UNSC Meeting on Israeli Attack on Consulate in Syria

Iran Demands Urgent UNSC Meeting on Israeli Attack on Consulate in Syria New York, 2 Apr (ONA) --- Iran called for an urgent UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting to address the attack launched by the Israeli entity on the Iranian consulate building in Syria. Iran's permanent delegation to the UN sent a letter to the rotating president of the UN Security Council, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, following the attack that targeted the Iranian consulate in Damascus, (IRNA) reported. The letter explained that these attacks constitute a flagrant violation of the United ...

Al-Shifa Medical Complex Witnesses One of Largest Massacres in Palestinian History

Al-Shifa Medical Complex Witnesses One of Largest Massacres in Palestinian History Geneva, 2 Apr (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation army carried out a massive, shockingly horrific military operation in Al-Shifa Medical Complex in Gaza City over the course of the past two weeks, indiscriminately targeting and attacking Palestinians regardless of their civilian status, professional standing, gender, age, or health condition, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said. Though the exact number of casualties from the atrocity is still unknown, preliminary reports suggest that over ...

World Central Kitchen Suspends Gaza Operations After 7 Workers Killed in Strike

World Central Kitchen Suspends Gaza Operations After 7 Workers Killed in Strike Washington, 2 Apr (ONA) --- World Central Kitchen (WCK), a US-based relief organization, has announced the suspension of its operations in the Gaza Strip after confirming the tragic loss of seven of its members killed in an Israeli strike. The non-governmental organization has been actively involved in relief operations since the outbreak of the Israeli war on Gaza on Oct. 7 by distributing food to the famine-threatened residents of the Strip. "The seven killed are from Australia, Poland, ...

Arab League Stresses Need to Implement UNSC's Resolution for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

Arab League Stresses Need to Implement UNSC's Resolution for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza Cairo, 1 Apr (ONA) --- The League of Arab States has emphasized the necessity of implementing the recent resolution issued by the United Nations Security Council regarding an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, calling for an end to the Israeli military operations and the months-long bloodshed, and the provision of humanitarian aid to the population through a sustainable and reliable mechanism. This remark came during a meeting between Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, ...

Bulgaria, Romania Officially Join Schengen Area

Bulgaria, Romania Officially Join Schengen Area Brussels, 31 Mar (ONA) --- Bulgaria and Romania today officially joined the Schengen Area after a 13-year wait, allowing citizens of the two countries to freely travel by air and sea without border checks, which will keep their land borders closed to them for the time being. The Schengen Area is an area that includes 27 European Union (EU) countries, and it has abolished passport and immigration controls on their common internal borders. Despite this partial accession, which is limited to airports and seaports, the step is ...

Several Palestinians Killed, Injured in Israeli Occupation Airstrike on Gaza

Several Palestinians Killed, Injured in Israeli Occupation Airstrike on Gaza Gaza, 31 Mar (ONA) --- A number of Palestinians were killed and others were injured today after an occupation airstrike targeted a house in the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza Strip. Palestinian medical sources reported that at least three citizens were martyred, several others were missing, and several more were wounded following the attack on a residence in the heart of Maghazi camp. The Israeli occupation also launched a series of raids on southern areas in Deir al-Balah in the central ...

Omani, Palestinian Foreign Ministers Discusses Developments in Palestinian Arena

Omani, Palestinian Foreign Ministers Discusses Developments in Palestinian ArenaMuscat, 28 Mar (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, today made a phone call with Dr. Riyadh Al Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in the State of Palestine. During the conversation, the two ministers discussed prevailing conditions and developments taking place in the Palestinian arena, notably the tragic situation in the Gaza Strip that was a result of Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its aggression.Sayyid Badr laid emphasis on the need to unify the efforts of all ...

Oman Addresses Security Council in Geneva, Stresses Need to Implement Ceasefire in Gaza

Oman Addresses Security Council in Geneva, Stresses Need to Implement Ceasefire in GazaGeneva, 28 Mar (ONA) --- Oman has strongly underlined the need to implement the Security Council’s resolution calling for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.A statement to this effect was delivered before the 55th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today by Idris Abdulrahman Al Khanjari, Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations and international organizations.In the statement, Al Khanjari stressed the Sultanate of Oman’s condemnation of ...

Death Toll from Ongoing Israeli Aggression Against Jenin Climbs to 3 Martyrs, 7 Injured

DeathTollfrom Ongoing Israeli Aggression AgainstJeninClimbs to 3 Martyrs, 7 Injured Occupied Jerusalem, 27 Mar (ONA) --- Two Palestinians were martyred, and seven others were injured today, following an Israeli shelling of group of youths in the Jenin camp. According to Director of Jenin Governmental Hospital, Dr. Wissam Bakr, two Palestinians were martyred in an Israeli shelling in front of a house in Al-Damj neighborhood; One of them is from Al-Ain camp in Nablus, and the other is from Jenin camp, Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported. With the death of the two ...

Israeli Forces Pound Gaza, Storm into Nasser Medical Complex

Israeli Forces Pound Gaza, Storm into Nasser Medical Complex Gaza, 27 Mar (ONA) --- Scores of Palestinians were martyred and wounded today as the Israel occupation began a raid on Nasser Medical Complex, west of Khan Yunis, the latest of a string of attacks against hospitals in Gaza Strip. The occupation soldiers arrested medical staff and displaced civilians sheltering inside the hospital, and opened fire at displaced men at the site after ordering them to leave the building. Meanwhile, several Palestinians were martyred and injured in a new series of Israeli air ...

Deputy PM of Kosovo Lauds Oman’s Efforts in Promoting Security, Peace

Deputy PM of Kosovo Lauds Oman’s Efforts in Promoting Security, Peace New York, 27 Mar (ONA) --- Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, hailed the march of comprehensive development in the Sultanate of Oman, as well as its foreign policy, describing it as an oasis of security and stability in the Middle East region. She stressed that the efforts made by Oman to promote and enhance security, peace and coexistence in the region have enjoyed a special appreciation by the international ...

UN Rapporteur Accuses Israeli Occupation of Committing Several Genocidal Acts in Gaza

UN Rapporteur Accuses Israeli Occupation of Committing Several Genocidal Acts in Gaza Geneva, 26 Mar (ONA) --- Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories affirmed that there are "reasonable grounds" to determine that the Israeli occupation committed several acts of "genocide," warning also of "ethnic cleansing." "The overwhelming nature and scale of Israel's assault on Gaza and the destructive conditions of life it has inflicted reveal an intent to physically destroy Palestinians as a group," she said in ...

Japan Approves Plan to Sell Fighter Jets to Other Nations in Latest Break from Pacifist Principles

Japan Approves Plan to Sell Fighter Jets to Other Nations in Latest Break from Pacifist Principles Tokyo, 26 Mar (ONA) --- Japan’s Cabinet today approved a plan to sell future next-generation fighter jets that it’s developing with Britain and Italy to other countries, in the latest move away from the country’s postwar pacifist principles. The contentious decision to allow international arms sales is expected to help secure Japan’s role in the joint fighter jet project and part of a move to build up the Japanese arms industry and bolster its role in global ...

UN Demand for Gaza Cease-fire Provokes Clash between US, Israel since War Began

UN Demand for Gaza Cease-fire Provokes Clash between US, Israel since War Began New York, 26 Mar (ONA) --- The United Nations Security Council has issued its first demand for a cease-fire in Gaza, with the US angering Israel by abstaining from the vote. Israel responded by canceling a visit to Washington by a high-level delegation in the strongest public clash between the allies since the war began. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the US of “retreating” from a “principled position” by allowing the vote to pass without conditioning the cease-fire on the ...

Japanese PM Conveys Intent to Hold Summit with North Korean Leader

Japanese PM Conveys Intent to Hold Summit with North Korean LeaderTokyo, 25 Mar (ONA) —- Fumio Kishida, Japanese Prime Minister expressed his intention to meet Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader, North Korean official media reported today.North Korean Leader's sister Kim Yo Jong said in a statement that Kishida wants to hold talks with Kim as soon as possible, according to Japan's news agency (Kyodo).In response to these statements, Kishida stressed in a parliament today the importance of summit talks to secure the return of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s.Kim ...

Dozens of Colonists Storm Al Aqsa Mosque, Israeli Occupation Tightens Procedures Around It

Dozensof Colonists Storm Al Aqsa Mosque, Israeli Occupation Tightens Procedures Around It Occupied Jerusalem, 24 Mar (ONA) --- Dozens of colonists stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque today, guarded by the Israeli occupation police. Dozens of colonists broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Maghrebi Gate under heavy protection of the Israeli occupation police, amidst extremist colonists from the temple groups, the Palestinian news agency (WAFA) quoted eyewitnesses as saying. The occupation police also tightened procedures at the gates of Al-Aqsa and the main gates of Old ...

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression on Gaza Reaches 32,226

DeathTollfrom Israeli Aggression on Gaza Reaches 32,226 Gaza, 24 Mar (ONA) --- The death toll from the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip since October 7 has risen to 32,226 martyrs, the majority of whom are children and women, along with 74,518 wounded, Palestinian medical sources announced. The occupation forces committed 8 massacres during the past 24 hours against families in the Gaza Strip, resulting in 84 martyrs and 106 wounded, Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported. Sources pointed out that a number of victims are still under the rubble and on the ...

South Africa Says Israeli Attack on Gaza Defies Decisions of Top UN Court

South Africa Says Israeli Attack on Gaza DefiesDecisions of Top UN Court Pretoria, 20 Mar (ONA) --- Naledi Pandor, South African Foreign Minister accused Israel of setting a precedent in defying decisions of the top UN court as she again alleged a campaign of "mass starvation" in Gaza. South Africa is suing Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accusing it of committing genocide in the war on Gaza. Pretoria's move angered Israel and called for condemnation from the US. The South African Foreign Minister said that Israel defied a January interim ruling by ...

Dozens Martyred, Injured in Israeli Air Strikes and Artillery Shelling on Gaza Strip

Dozens Martyred, Injured in Israeli Air Strikes and Artillery Shelling on Gaza Strip Gaza, 20 Mar (ONA) --- Dozens of Palestinians were martyred and injured today in Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling targeting homes, buildings and residential apartments in various areas of the Gaza Strip. The occupation army bombed several areas in Gaza City, specifically Al-Rimal neighborhood and the vicinity of Al-Shifa Hospital, west of the city, Palestinian (WAFA) News Agency said. WAFA also said that 20 people were killed as a result of an Israeli missile bombardment that ...

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression in Gaza Reaches 31,819 Martyrs

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression in Gaza Reaches 31,819 Martyrs Gaza, 19 Mar (ONA) --- The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the death toll from the Israeli war on the Strip had risen to 31,819 martyrs and 73,934 injured since 7 October 2023. The ministry said that the Israeli occupation forces committed 9 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, of which 93 martyrs and 142 injured arrived at hospitals during the past 24 hours. The ministry pointed out that there are still a number of victims under the rubble and on the roads, where ambulance and civil defense ...

War in Gaza A Graveyard for Humanitarian Law, Top EU Diplomat Says

War in Gaza A Graveyard for Humanitarian Law, Top EU Diplomat Says Brussels, 18 Mar (ONA) --- The war in Gaza has become a "graveyard for many of the most important principles of humanitarian law," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said today. The European Union's top diplomat described the conflict in the Gaza strip as "the greatest open-air graveyard" in reference to civilian casualties among the Palestinian population. EU foreign ministers are in Brussels to discuss the Israel-Hamas war with sanctions on Israeli settlers in the West Bank to be decided after the ...

Israeli Occupation Arrests 25 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli Occupation Arrests 25 Palestinians in West Bank Ramallah, 18 Mar (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation forces today arrested at least 25 Palestinians in the West Bank. In a joint statement, Palestinian Prisoners Society and Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said that the arrests were concentrated in the governorates of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarm and Occupied Jerusalem, noting that the occupation forces arrested a Palestinian woman who happens to be one of the hostages that were released as part of the recent exchange ...