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# israel-hamas war

Gaza Government say 240 killed in latest bombardment by Israel
Israeli forces claimed they were hitting “terrorist targets” inside the Gaza Strip.
This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Hamas hands over released hostages to Red Cross in Gaza
The Israeli hostages, all women, were handed over by masked and armed fighters.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Doctor at Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital says its director was arrested by Israel
The Israeli army alleged that Hamas fighters used a tunnel complex beneath the facility in Gaza City to stage attacks.
Israeli strikes on Lebanon kill eight, including two journalists
The border between Lebanon and Israel has seen escalating violence, mainly between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.
Father of Irish-Israeli child hostage Emily Hand says he is living through ‘nightmare’
Thomas Hand initially thought his daughter, who had been at a sleepover at a friend’s house, had been killed on 7 October.
Last month
November 2023
Thousands marched through Dublin for 'National Demonstration for Palestine'
It follows a week of intense debate about whether the Israeli ambassador Dana Erlich should be expelled.
Varadkar says Ireland would lose influence by going 'too far' in response to Israel motion
Opposition TDs have called for sanctions on Israel in response to its treatment of the Palestinian people.
Explainer: What does it mean to expel an ambassador?
The Dáil is debating a motion this morning to expel Israel’s ambassador.
Pro-Palestine rallies held in Dublin and Cork as Israeli bombardment and siege of Gaza continues
People made their way through the streets of the city centre chanting “ceasefire now”.
Failure to observe humanitarian law 'can’t be inconsequential', Varadkar tells conference on Gaza
The Palestinian Prime Minister is also in attendance and said: ‘How many Palestinians have to be killed before the war stops?’
Medical NGO describes dire conditions in Gaza including 'amputations without adequate anaesthetic'
An Irish representative for MSF described the medical situation in Gaza as ‘truly dire’.
50,000 Gazans flee to south of Strip as reported death toll reaches 10,500
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted that there will be no pause until the more than 240 hostages seized by Hamas are freed.
Varadkar dismisses suggestion Ireland is being 'penalised' by Israel over Gaza stance
Varadkar told the Dáil that only about 20% of EU citizens have been allowed to leave Gaza so far.
Dublin City councillors clash over next steps after failed 'peace flag' motion creates confusion
A vote on flying a so-called ‘peace flag’ above City Hall ran overtime, leading to ambiguity about its result.
Ó Broin says Sinn Féin's u-turn on Israeli ambassador due to situation getting 'worse and worse'
He rejected that the move was due to pressure from People Before Profit or Sinn Féin party activists.
'Have some humanity': Emily Hand's father begs Hamas to release her and other children
The eight-year-old Irish-Israeli girl was initially feared dead, but it has since emerged she may still be alive.
Varadkar doesn't regret Israel 'revenge' remark amid attempts to get Irish citizens out of Gaza
The Taoiseach said the Government is doing its best to get around 40 Irish citizens out of Gaza.
Tánaiste to speak with Israeli Ambassador and says calls for her expulsion are 'not responsible'
Martin said Sinn Féin’s statement on the issue was “playing to a populist agenda”.
Mary Lou McDonald says position of Israeli Ambassador to Ireland is now 'untenable'
McDonald’s comments have been welcomed by opposition TDs in People Before Profit and the Social Democrats.
Varadkar says Israel actions ‘more approaching revenge than self-defence’
He said Israel will not consider Ireland a close friend or ally because of its stance on Palestine.
'A scale of death unknown this century': Over 30 journalists killed in Israel-Hamas war to date
More journalists have been killed in the course of their work in recent weeks in the Middle East than in Ukraine since February 2022, RSF said.
October 2023
Green Brigade banned from Celtic Park as club extend suspension to home matches
The move comes after incidents including the group’s co-ordination of a display showing solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Analysis: A land war won't go well and faltering international support means the world knows it
Professor of Peace Studies Paul Rogers says Israel cannot hope to bring any kind of end to the conflict with a ground offensive.
Israeli PM Netanyahu says ceasefire in Gaza would be 'surrender to Hamas'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “now is a time for war”.
Netanyahu made "clear" that Israel would not agree to a ceasefire, claiming it would "not happen".
An Israeli soldier, held hostage in Gaza, was freed by Hamas today - but hundreds more remain captured.
Gaza braced for invasion amid warning of 'catastrophe of epic proportions'
Hamas has accused Israel of trying “to perpetrate massacres with bloody retaliatory strikes from the air, land and sea”.
"The ground forces are extending the ground operation tonight," a military spokesman told reporters.
The announcement follows two straight nights of tank incursions into Gaza.
Israel has heavily bombarded Gaza since Hamas gunmen stormed across the border on October 7, killing 1,400 people.
UN raises war crimes concerns over Israel-Hamas conflict
Doctor: 'I have lived through many wars in Gaza - this one is different - we've lost so many'
Israel's Gaza invasion delayed amid internal disputes and international pressure
Despite announcing its imminence, the much-vaunted land offensive has not taken place.
Israeli UN ambassador calls for resignation of UN chief after rejecting ceasefire
The UN secretary-general had earlier said that it was important to recognise that ‘the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum’.
Macron to discuss creation of Palestinian state on Israel visit
Macron will also urge “a halt of the colonisation” of the West Bank as a result of Israeli settlements.
Hamas says two more Gaza hostages freed after mediation by Qatar and Egypt
Two American women, a mother and daughter, were freed on Friday.
Israeli diplomat in Dublin deletes claim that Ireland funded Hamas tunnels in Gaza
The Israeli Embassy posted a statement today on the matter.
New aid convoy enters Gaza amid concerns region could spiral 'out of control'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah that if it got involved, it would be “the mistake of its life”.
First humanitarian aid rolls into Gaza as Israel vows to increase air strikes
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said the convoy “must not be the last”.
Thousands march in Palestinian solidarity demonstration in Dublin
Organisers called for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.
All Irish citizens in Gaza accounted for, as efforts continue to get them out, minister says
There are around 35 to 40 people with Irish citizenship or dual citizenship in Gaza, as well as their dependents.
Meta and Google become latest major companies to pull out of Web Summit
Meta and Google’s announcements come after the withdrawal of Intel, Siemens and a string of celebrities.
WHO's Mike Ryan says agreed convoy of 20 aid trucks for Gaza 'is a drop in the ocean of need'
Mike Ryan said the 20 lorries is “a drop in the ocean of need right now” in the enclave.
Saudi leader tells Rishi Sunak attacks on Gaza 'heinous', risk of 'dangerous repercussions'
Yesterday, Sunak said he wanted Israel to win the war with Hamas.
Israeli troops told to be ready to see Gaza territory 'from the inside'
The Journal’s liveblog will bring you the latest developments throughout the day.
Rishi Sunak tells Benjamin Netanyahu 'we want you to win' during visit to Israel
The UK Prime Minister also welcomed the decision to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.
EU Parliament backs Middle East motion but it's not unanimous among Irish MEPs
Amendments to the motion are currently being voted on in the European Parliament.