Israel-Hamas war: Ramadan begins as Gaza hunger worsens

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Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have begun Ramadan with food shortages across the territory getting steadily worse. A Spanish aid ship carrying 200 metric tons of supplies is set to sail from Cyprus.

Israel investigating reports that high level Hamas military leader was killed in Gaza. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun with the Gaza Strip’s population in desperate need of supplies. A Spanish ship carrying food aid is due to set sail from Cyprus to the Palestinian territory. The Oscars awards ceremony see protests against war in Gaza.

UN chief calls for guns in Gaza to fall silent for holy festival

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for “silencing the guns” in Gaza to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Guterres said Ramadan celebrates “peace, reconciliation and solidarity. Yet even though Ramadan has begun, the killing, bombing and bloodshed continue in Gaza.”

The UN chief also called for the release of hostages held by Hamas and the removal of “all obstacles to ensure the delivery of lifesaving aid at the speed and massive scale required” to Gaza. The UN has warned that a quarter of Gaza’s population are on the brink of famine.

“International humanitarian law lies in tatters,” Guterres told reporters. “And a threatened Israeli assault on Rafah could plummet the people of Gaza into an even deeper circle of hell.”

Courtesy of DW