Tag: Civilian Casualties

A U.S. Call for a Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza

Vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza while circulating a softer hostages-for-cease-fire resolution of its own may have been the best of the bad options available to the Biden administration. President Biden is right to take this step. Given the scale of death and destruction in Gaza, and […]

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I’m the Mayor of Dearborn, Mich., and My City Feels Betrayed

“Dearborn doesn’t sleep,” I recently told an out-of-state visitor to my hometown. It was a reference to the celebratory time of Ramadan, when our city breaks bread together for iftar at sunset and suhoor, before sunrise, each day. For a month, Dearborn is bustling around the clock: Business districts buzz during the day, and residents […]

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Four Dead At Nasser Hospital After Outage, Gaza Health Ministry Says

Gaza’s health ministry said Friday that electric generators cut out and all power was lost at a major Gaza hospital raided by Israeli forces a day earlier, leading to the deaths of four patients dependent on oxygen. The Gaza health ministry said in posts on Facebook that the Israeli military was in control of the […]

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Palestinians Flee as Israeli Forces Raid Nasser Hospital in Gaza

The Israeli military on Thursday raided the largest hospital still functioning in the Gaza Strip, in what it called a search for Hamas fighters and the bodies of hostages. Many people who had sought shelter there were forced to flee from combat once again. Explosions and gunfire rocked the hospital in the city of Khan […]

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He Lost a Son, Then Chronicled Life in a Gaza Hospital Where He Sought Shelter

For weeks, Mustafa Abutaha wandered the halls of one of Gaza’s few functioning hospitals and filled his days by volunteering to do whatever was needed — sweeping floors, baking bread, dressing injured patients, feeding dates or tomato sandwiches to those who couldn’t feed themselves. Anything to avoid thinking about his son, Muhammed. As the Israeli […]

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Hundreds Flee Nasser Hospital in Gaza After Israel Orders Evacuation

Hundreds of displaced Palestinians were fleeing a major hospital in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, according to doctors and videos from the scene, after Israeli forces ordered them to leave and threatened military action to stop what it said was Hamas activity at the hospital. Thousands of Gazans have been sheltering at the Nasser Medical […]

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Talks in Cairo Aim for a Deal to Halt Gaza War and Free Hostages

Negotiators from multiple countries met in Cairo on Tuesday, struggling to reach an agreement to temporarily stop the war in the Gaza Strip, as international concern mounted over Israel’s plan to press its ground offensive into the city of Rafah, where more than half of the territory’s population has sought refuge. Talks involving lower-level officials […]

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Dozens Killed in Rafah During Israeli Hostage Rescue, Gazan Officials Say

Palestinians in Rafah described a night of fear as Israeli strikes pummeled the area early Monday, killing and wounding dozens, according to the Gazan health ministry, and highlighting the cost of Israel’s military operation to free its hostages. “I swear to God it was an indescribable night,” said Ghada al-Kurd, 37, who is among more […]

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Biden Cautions Netanyahu on Ground Offensive in Southern Gaza

President Biden warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Sunday that a ground offensive in southern Gaza should not proceed without a plan to protect the more than 1.4 million Palestinians clustered there, the latest sign of frustration by the White House over rising civilian deaths from Israel’s military assault. During the call on […]

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Netanyahu Orders Military Evacuation Plan for Rafah in Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the Israeli military to draw up plans to evacuate Rafah, a Gazan city packed with more than a million people, in advance of an expected ground offensive that has set off international alarm. In a statement announcing the orders on Friday, Mr. Netanyahu’s office did not give any details […]

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Crowded Gazan City Bombed as Negotiators Try to Revive Cease-Fire Talks

Airstrikes hit a southern Gaza border city crowded with civilians on Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced a cease-fire proposal by Hamas and signaled that the Israeli military was preparing to move into the area. The strikes on two houses in Rafah killed and injured multiple people, according to Palestinian news outlets, […]

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Under Gaza’s Shadow, Syria Faces a New Welter of Conflict

The scale and ferocity of the conflict in Gaza and the unspeakable suffering of its civilians have rightly provoked the world’s outrage. But in Syria, a steep escalation of violence that has forced the flight of tens of thousands more people in what remains the world’s largest displacement crisis is taking place largely unnoticed outside […]

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The Political Perils of a Black-Jewish Rift Over the War in Gaza

“There’s no alliance more historic, nor more important, than the alliance between Black Americans and Jewish Americans.” That’s what Marc Morial, the president of the National Urban League, said in 2020 during his organization’s Black-Jewish Unity Week joint event with the American Jewish Committee. But, Morial told me this week, that alliance is “being tested” […]

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Portraits of Gazans and the Destruction of the Israel-Hamas War

By Declan Walsh and Samar Abu Elouf Photographs by Samar Abu Elouf Samar Abu Elouf, a photojournalist, spent weeks documenting five Palestinians in Gaza whose lives had been shattered by the war. Declan Walsh is an international correspondent for The New York Times. Feb. 4, 2024 A toddler, a teenager, a mother, a photojournalist. Their […]

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In Gaza, We Can’t Justify This Much Suffering

There’s a whip-smart 10-year-old girl in Gaza who speaks good English, displays a radiant smile and seemed to have a bright future. The daughter of an X-ray technician, she had been accepted to an international exchange program and was supposed to be leaving soon. Instead, she’s lying in a hospital bed with a badly infected […]

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U.N. to Study Reports of Sexual Violence in Israel During Oct. 7 Attack

A United Nations team has arrived in Israel to examine reports of sexual violence during the Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7 even as Hamas and some critics of Israel continue to reject evidence that such assaults occurred. Israeli officials have said that Hamas terrorists brutalized women throughout their incursion into southern Israel and have complained […]

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The International Court of Justice’s Ruling on Israel Tests International Law

Over the past month, we’ve watched an astonishing, high-stakes global drama play out in The Hague. A group of countries from the poorer, less powerful bloc some call the Global South, led by South Africa, dragged the government of Israel and by extension its rich, powerful allies into the top court of that order, and […]

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U.N. Court Orders Israel to Prevent Genocide, but Does Not Demand Stop to War

The United Nations’ highest court said on Friday that Israel must take action to prevent acts of genocide by its forces in the Gaza Strip, adding to the international pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reduce death and destruction in the battered Palestinian enclave. But the court did not rule on whether Israel was […]

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Israeli Soldiers Clearing Buffer Zone in Gaza Die in Blast

“There is simply no provision in the Geneva Conventions for what Israel is doing along the border, which is kind of a pre-emptive clearing of property,” said Professor Rajagopal, an expert in law and development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “On a particular property-by-property basis, Israel can take action, but not on a widespread […]

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Israel-E.U. Meeting on Gaza’s Future Yields Division and Confusion

European foreign ministers pressed their Israeli counterpart on Monday to agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, in a meeting that left European diplomats bewildered about postwar Israeli plans for the Gaza Strip and reinforced the deep disconnect between Israel and much of the world. The two sides appeared to be having two different […]

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Deadly Blast Hits Market in Russia-Held Donetsk, Ukraine, Officials Say

At least 25 people were killed on Sunday when artillery shells hit a market in Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine occupied by Russian forces, the pro-Moscow head of the region said, blaming Ukrainian forces for the strike. If confirmed, the episode would be one of the most serious in recent months involving civilians in […]

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What Might Happen Next in the Genocide Case Against Israel

Depending on the angle from which you view it, the genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice can embody either the promises or the failures of one of the primary aims of the international human rights project: making rights a matter of law, not just of power. Last week, the court, which […]

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Palestinians Flee Gaza Hospital Refuge as Fighting Intensifies

Scores of displaced Palestinians fled the grounds of a hospital in southern Gaza as fighting raged on Wednesday in and around the city of Khan Younis, where the Israeli military says it is trying to crush a Hamas stronghold. Videos verified by The New York Times show families fleeing the hospital, Nasser Medical Center in […]

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The Genocide Charge Against Israel Is a Moral Obscenity

In recent decades, as many as three million people perished in a famine in North Korea that was mainly government-induced. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians were gassed, bombed, starved or tortured to death by the Assad regime, and an estimated 14 million were forced to flee their homes. China has put more than a million […]

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Senate to Vote on Potential Freeze to Israel Aid as Democrats Question Conduct of War

When Hamas unleashed a bloody attack against Israel in October, there was a swift and strong bipartisan clamor of support in Congress for the United States to spare no expense in backing a robust military response by the Jewish state. One hundred days later, that consensus on Capitol Hill shows signs of fraying, as left-wing […]

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Iran Hits Iraq and Syria With Missiles, Citing Terrorist Attack

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards launched a missile attack against what they called “anti-Iranian terrorist groups” in a northern Iraqi city, setting off large explosions and sirens, including at the American Consulate, around midnight on Tuesday. The strike in the city of Erbil killed at least four civilians, according to the Kurdistan Regional Security Council in Iraq, […]

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U.N. Warns Gaza Is Heading for Famine as Specter of Wider War Looms

The twin specters of a widening regional war and intensified suffering of civilians loomed over the Middle East on Saturday as the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen threatened to respond to American airstrikes, and a senior U.N. official warned of a “horrific” humanitarian crisis in Gaza that he said was hurtling toward famine. An American […]

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Russia Regains Upper Hand in Ukraine’s East as Kyiv’s Troops Flag

The Ukrainian soldier stared at the Russian tank. It was destroyed over a year ago in the country’s east and now sat far from the front line. He shrugged and cut into its rusted hull with a gas torch. The soldier was not there for the tank’s engine or turret or treads. Those had already […]

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Don’t Turn Away From the Charges of Genocide Against Israel

With the question of whether Israel is committing genocide in Gaza now before the International Court of Justice, the Biden administration has struck a tone of glib dismissal. “Meritless” seems to be the agreed-upon term among U.S. officials. “The charge of genocide is meritless,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken intoned from a podium in Tel […]

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A Glimpse Inside a Devastated Gaza

For a few fleeting moments, the two-story house on the edge of Bureij, a ruined town in central Gaza, still felt like a Palestinian home. Bottles of nail polish, perfume and hair gel stood untouched on a shelf. A collection of fridge magnets decorated the frame of a mirror. Through a window, one could see […]

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