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EU: Israel's Attack on Rafah will Kill More Palestinians

EU:Israel's Attack on Rafah will Kill More Palestinians Brussels, 7 May (ONA) --- Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said today that the likely Israeli attack on Rafah will kill more Palestinians, adding that Israel is launching the attack despite explicit warnings against it from EU member states and the United States. "The Rafah offensive has started again, in spite all the requests of the international community, the US, the European Union member states, everybody asking Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ...

Israeli Occupation Takes Control of Rafah Crossing, Stops Movement of Passengers, Entry of Aid into Gaza

Israeli Occupation Takes Control of Rafah Crossing, Stops Movement of Passengers, Entry of Aid into Gaza Gaza, 7 May (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation army penetrated into Rafah crossing across the border with the Arab Republic of Egypt and closed it completely, halting passenger movement and the entry of aid into the Gaza Strip. The occupation vehicles stormed the crossing amid heavy fire on its buildings and occupied it completely, preventing the movement of travellers, especially the sick and wounded, and the entry of humanitarian aid, or the transfer of accumulated aid to ...

US, Philippine Forces Stage Joint Combat Drills in South China Sea

US, Philippine Forces Stage Joint Combat Drills in South China Sea Manila, 7 May (ONA) --- US and Philippine forces have launched their largest joint combat exercises in years on the Philippines' northern coast near the disputed South China Sea. In the mock battle scenario, American and Filipino forces took positions at the airfield, ringed by low-lying hills, as three Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters landed to deliver combat supplies. The troops fired missiles and artillery. The annual exercises by the long-time treaty allies will run until 10 May 2024. The drills involve ...

UN Calls for Avoiding Escalation after Moscow Announced Nuclear Drills

UN Calls for Avoiding Escalation after Moscow Announced Nuclear DrillsNew York, 7 May (ONA) --- The United Nations (UN) called on all international parties to avoid escalation after Russia announced drills for using non-strategic nuclear weapons. The various parties begun to talk more and more recently about the issue of the use of nuclear weapons. "Current nuclear risks are at an alarmingly high level. All actions that could lead to miscalculation, escalation with catastrophic consequences must be avoided", Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the ...

WHO: Operation in Rafah will "Increase Humanitarian Catastrophe"

WHO: Operation in Rafah will "Increase Humanitarian Catastrophe" Geneva, 7 May (ONA) --- The World Health Organization (WHO) said that a military operation in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, will "exponentially increase humanitarian catastrophe", warning that new displacement will result in "worsening levels of hunger. "Given the already precarious living conditions, and broken health system, any operation in Rafah will exponentially increase the humanitarian catastrophe and push an already fragile aid operation to a breaking point", Margaret Harris, WHO ...

Chinese President Affirms Support for Palestine's Full UN Membership

Chinese President Affirms Support for Palestine's Full UN Membership Paris, 7 May (ONA) --- President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China called on all parties to work for an immediate, comprehensive and sustainable ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, adding that China supports Palestine’s full membership in the United Nations, and supports restoring to Palestine its legitimate national rights and restarting the two-State solution, so as to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East. "This prolonged tragedy is a test for human conscience. The international community must ...

UN Commissioner: Decision to Evacuate Rafah is Inhumane, Contradicts International Law

UN Commissioner: Decision to Evacuate Rafah is Inhumane, Contradicts International Law New York, 7 May (ONA) --- Volker Turk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the evacuation order issued by the Israeli occupation authorities to citizens east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip is "inhumane". The evacuation decision also contradicts the basic principles of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, Turk added in a statement. The occupation aircraft had previously dropped written leaflets warning civilians to ...

Oman Sounds Alarm Over Israel's Persistent Military Escalation, War Crimes in Gaza

Oman Sounds Alarm Over Israel's Persistent Military Escalation, War Crimes in GazaMuscat, 7 May (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman has expressed deep concern over Israeli forces’ continued military escalation, war crimes and genocide against unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories.Oman cautioned against the dire consequences of the military operations that the Israeli occupation forces intend to carry out by storming the city of Rafah. "Such action portends serious catastrophic impacts that may expand the conflict and tension in the region", Oman ...

Foreign Minister, Arab League Secretary General Discuss Regional Issues, Challenges

Foreign Minister, Arab League Secretary General Discuss Regional Issues, Challenges Muscat, 6 May (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister made a phone call today with Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League. During the telephonic call, the two sides exchanged views on several topics related to the activities of the Arab League and the integration of joint Arab action. They also touched on bilateral Arab cooperation in various fields in a bid to serve joint interests and unify stances and approaches regarding a number of issues and challenges. ...

Palestinian Presidency: Israeli Occupation Prepares to Commit Largest Genocide by Invading Rafah

Palestinian Presidency: Israeli Occupation Prepares to Commit Largest Genocide by Invading Rafah Ramallah, 6 May (ONA) --- The Palestinian presidency warned that the Israeli occupation authorities had actually begun preparing to commit the greatest crime of genocide by invading Rafah, holding the US administration responsible for these alarming Israeli policies. Spokesperson for the Palestinian Presidency Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that the US administration, which provides financial and military support to the occupation, and stands against the international community to prevent ...

Ireland, Spain Discuss Recognition of Palestinian State

Ireland, Spain Discuss Recognition of Palestinian State Dublin, 6 May (ONA) --- The Irish and Spanish prime ministers have had further discussions on the recognition of the State of Palestine. Taoiseach Simon Harris and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez spoke by telephone today following discussions in Dublin and Brussels last month. Harris said it was their third conversation in recent weeks, and that they are eager to make progress on this very shortly. Harris added “We discussed the dire situation in the Middle East and particularly in Gaza and agreed to continue ...

UNRWA: Israeli Entity Continues to Deny UN Humanitarian Access to Gaza

UNRWA: Israeli Entity Continues to Deny UN Humanitarian Access to GazaNew York, 6 May (ONA) —- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) affirmed that the Israeli entity continues to deny UN humanitarian access to Gaza. "Just this week, they have denied - for the second time- my entry to Gaza where I planned to be with our UNRWA teams including those on the front lines," the UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said. "We have recorded 10 incidents involving shooting at convoys, arrests of UN staff ...

South Korea, China, Japan in Talks to Hold Trilateral Summit

South Korea, China, Japan in Talks to Hold Trilateral Summit Seoul, 5 May (ONA) --- The Republic of Korea is in final consultations with the People's Republic of China and Japan to hold a long-stalled trilateral summit of their leaders on 26 and 27 May 2024, according to the foreign ministry. "South Korea, Japan and China agreed to hold the summit at the earliest date convenient for all sides," an official at the ministry said. "We have been in consultations with Japan and China as the current chair country." Fumio Kishida, Japanese Prime Minister and Li Qiang, Chinese ...

Israeli Entity Renews Targeting of Southern Regions of Lebanon

Israeli Entity Renews Targeting of Southern Regions of Lebanon Beirut, 5 May (ONA) --- Israeli entity renewed its targeting and bombing of the southern regions of Lebanon today. Field sources reported that Israeli warplanes launched air strikes with missiles on the towns of Meiss El Jabal and the outskirts of the towns of Aitaroun, Khiam, and Dhahirah, causing several injuries while the occupation army artillery targeted Al-Labouneh area, south of the town of Naqoura, and Kfarkela. The Israeli entity continues its escalation against the towns and villages of southern ...

2 Martyrs, Wounded in Israeli Bombardment across Gaza Strip

2 Martyrs, Wounded in Israeli Bombardment acrossGazaStrip Gaza, 5 May (ONA) --- At least two Palestinians were martyred and others were injured in an Israeli occupation air and artillery bombardment on various areas in the Gaza Strip today. Medical sources said that one Palestinian was martyred and several others were injured in the Israeli artillery shelling on the neighborhoods of Al-Zaytoun, Tal Al-Hawa, Sheikh Ajleen, and the Netzarim axis, south of Gaza City, Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported. Meanwhile, Israeli warships fired heavy machine gun fire towards the ...

WHO Warns Israeli Entity's Military Operations in Rafah Could Lead to "Bloodbath"

WHO Warns Israeli Entity's Military Operations in Rafah Could Lead to "Bloodbath" Geneva, 5 May (ONA) --- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of what he described as a "bloodbath" if the Israeli entity carried out a full-scale military operation in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. "WHO is deeply concerned that a full-scale military operation in Rafah could lead to a bloodbath," Ghebreyesus said in a post on X. "Rafah incursion would substantially increase mortality and morbidity and further weaken an already broken health ...

Oman’s Statement Before UN General Assembly Supports Palestine’s Call for Full UN membership

Oman’s Statement Before UN General Assembly Supports Palestine’s Call for Full UN membershipNew York, 2 May (ONA) --- Dr. Mohammed Awadh Al Hassan, Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations in New York, affirmed that Oman’s delegation joined a statement about “Item 63 of the UN agenda on the use of the Veto” that was delivered on behalf of the Arab Group by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Permanent Representative.In the statement, Al Hassan expressed Oman’s deep regret and disillusionment over the United States of America’s use of the ...

Foreign Minister Receives Written Message from Syrian Counterpart

Foreign Minister Receives Written Message from Syrian Counterpart Muscat, 2 May (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister today received a written message from Dr. Faisal Al Miqdad, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic. The message deals with bilateral relations. The message was handed over to Sheikh Faisal Omar Al Marhoon, Head of the Arab Department at the Foreign Ministry when he received Dr. Idris Maya, Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Sultanate of Oman. --- Ends/Anas ...

Oman Participates in Ministerial Meeting Between GCC-US Foreign Ministers

Oman Participates in Ministerial Meeting Between GCC-US Foreign MinistersRiyadh, 29 Apr (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman took part today in the joint ministerial meeting between foreign ministers of GCC countries and Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America (USA). The meeting was held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the GCC in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Oman’s delegation in the meeting was headed by Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister. The meeting reviewed GCC-US partnership relations and cooperation in political ...

Chinese President to Visit France, Serbia, Hungary Next Week

Chinese President to Visit France, Serbia, Hungary Next Week Beijing, 29 Apr (ONA) --- Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit France, Hungary and Serbia in early May, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman announced in Beijing today. President Xi will travel to Europe from 5 to 10 May 2024, the ministry said. His exact itinerary has not yet been announced. The 70-year-old last visited France in March 2019, on a trip which also included visits to Italy and Monaco. The Chinese head of state is set to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, just a few weeks after German ...

Occupation Forces Arrest 15 Palestinians in West Bank

Occupation Forces Arrest 15 Palestinians in West Bank Occupied Jerusalem, 28 Apr (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation forces arrested at least 15 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in the past 24 hours, including a girl, two children and former prisoners. The arrests took place in the governorates of Tulkarm, Qalqilya, Jenin, Tubas, Salfit, Jericho, and Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) and the Prisoners Affairs Authority said today in a joint statement, reported by Palestinian news agency (WAFA). The joint statement added that Israeli occupation forces ...

Israeli Entity Renews Shelling of Towns in Southern Lebanon

IsraeliEntityRenews Shelling of Towns in Southern Lebanon Beirut, 28 Apr (ONA) --- The Israeli entity renewed its shelling of villages and towns in southern Lebanon today. Field sources reported that Israeli warplanes launched a series of missiles air strikes, targeting the towns of Tayr Harfa and Maroun al-Ras, which are among the villages of Bint Jbeil district in Nabatieh Governorate. The village of Maroun al-Ras is located two km from the Lebanese-Palestinian border. The Israeli army also fired heavy machine-gun from its position in Jal al-Alam towards Labouneh and ...

Hundreds of Colonists Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

HundredsofColonists Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Occupied Jerusalem, 28 Apr (ONA) --- A big number of colonists stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque today, heavily guarded by the Israeli occupation police. Palestinian news agency (WAFA) cited Jerusalem Endowments Council as saying that more than 400 colonists stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque from Mughrabi Gate, coinciding with the sixth day of the Jewish Passover. They carried out provocative tours and performed Talmudic rituals in its courtyards. The occupation police also tightened its military procedures at the gates of the Old City ...

Ongoing Israeli Aggression Kills 34,454 Palestinians, Injures 77,575 Others

Ongoing Israeli Aggression Kills 34,454 Palestinians, Injures 77,575 Others Gaza, 28 Apr (ONA) --- The Palestinians Ministry of Health announced today that the Israeli occupation has killed 34,454 Palestinians and injured 77,575 others, since the start of its aggression on Oct. 7. The ministry said in a statement that, in the past 24 hours, the Israeli occupation has committed seven massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, killing 66 Palestinians, and injuring 138 others. Thousands of victims are still either under the rubble or on the streets, as the ...

US Demands Transparent Investigation on Mass Graves in Gaza

US Demands Transparent Investigation on Mass Graves in Gaza Washington, 25 Apr (ONA) --- The United States of America called on the Israeli entity's settlement authorities to provide "answers" after reports of "mass graves" at the Gaza Strip's two main hospitals, which sparked international demands for a comprehensive investigation. According to local sources, Gaza's Civil Defence agency said that health workers had uncovered around 340 bodies over the past four days of people killed and buried by Israeli occupation forces at a hospital in Khan Younis. In addition, ...

OIC Acknowledges IRC Report on UNRWA

OIC Acknowledges IRCReport on UNRWA Jeddah, 25 Apr (ONA) --- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the report issued by the Independent Review Committee (IRC) on United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which concluded that the agency is committed to the humanitarian principle of neutrality, as well as the importance of its vital role in supporting relief and humanitarian efforts for millions of Palestinian refugees who are experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, especially in the Gaza Strip, as a result of the ongoing Israeli military ...

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression on Gaza Rises to 34,305 Martyrs

Death Toll from Israeli Aggression onGazaRises to34,305 Martyrs Gaza, 25 Apr (ONA) --- The death toll from the ongoing Israeli occupation aggression against the Gaza Strip for 202 days has risen to 34,305 martyrs, in addition to 77,293 injured. Health authorities in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation forces committed five massacres in the Strip during the past 24 hours, leaving 43 martyrs and 64 injured. The authorities noted that there are still numbers of victims under the rubble and on the roads, where ambulance and civil defense crews cannot reach them. The ...

Israeli Occupation Kills Several Palestinians in Bombing on Rafah

Israeli Occupation Kills Several Palestinians in Bombing on Rafah Gaza, 25 Apr (ONA) --- The Israeli occupation today killed several Palestinians and injured others in an Israeli bombing in Rafah city, south the Gaza Strip. The Israeli occupation aircraft targeted an inhabited house, east of Rafah, killing five citizens and injuring others, the majority of whom were children, and they were all transferred to Abu Yousef Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah. The occupation forces bombed a site in the vicinity of the hospital itself, and a Palestinian was killed and others were ...

Oman Welcomes Outcome of Independent Committee’ Report Evaluating UNRWA Performance

Oman Welcomes Outcome of Independent Committee’ Report Evaluating UNRWA Performance Muscat, 25 Apr (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman has welcomed the outcome of a report issued by the independent committee tasked with evaluating the performance of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Oman commended the international organization’s efforts in providing vital assistance and basic services to Palestinian refugees. A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry today reiterated the steadfastness of Oman’s support for the Palestinian people. It ...

UN Calls for Investigation into Mass Graves Uncovered at Two Gaza Hospitals Raided by Israel

UN Calls for Investigation into Mass Graves Uncovered at Two Gaza Hospitals Raided by Israel New York, 24 Apr (ONA) --- The United Nations called for “a clear, transparent and credible investigation” of mass graves uncovered at two major hospitals in war-torn Gaza that were raided by Israeli occupation troops. Credible investigators must have access to the sites, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters, and added that more journalists need to be able to work safely in Gaza to report on the facts. Earlier Tuesday, U.N. human rights chief Volker Türk said ...