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Israel-Hamas war: Netanyahu dismisses U.S. push for a Palestinian state

The Israeli prime minister's rejection of the idea was a public blow to the Biden administration's diplomatic efforts to secure a new hostage deal and cease-fire in Gaza.

What we know

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he told the United States he rejects the idea of a Palestinian state being created after the war in Gaza, a public stand at odds with his country's biggest ally. The Biden administration indicated it would keep pushing on the issue, as Washington and Middle Eastern powers work on a plan to end the conflict.
  • U.S. diplomacy has also focused on preventing a broader regional escalation, but President Joe Biden conceded that continued strikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen have yet to deter the Iran-backed militants from targeting shipping in the Red Sea. The Houthis launched a new missile strike at a U.S.-owned tanker last night, a third such attack in three days, after another round of pre-emptive U.S. strikes.
  • The Israeli military has indicated to NBC News that it conducted search and rescue operations, including for bodies of dead hostages, in a cemetery in Gaza.
  • More than 24,700 people have been killed in Gaza since the war began, including more than 10,000 children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than 62,000 have been injured, and thousands more are missing and presumed dead.
  • Israeli military officials said at least 193 soldiers have been killed during the ground invasion of Gaza. About 1,200 people were killed and about 240 hostages were taken after Hamas launched multipronged attacks on Israel on Oct. 7.
  • NBC News’ Richard Engel, Raf Sanchez, Chantal Da Silva, Anna Schecter and Ali Arouzi are reporting from the region.

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Switzerland says Israeli president subject of criminal complaints at Davos

Reuters

Swiss prosecutors on Friday confirmed that Israeli President Isaac Herzog had been the subject of criminal complaints during his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, as Israel finds itself accused of committing war crimes in Gaza.

“The criminal complaints will be examined according to the usual procedure,” the Office of the Swiss Attorney General said, adding that it would contact the Swiss foreign ministry to examine the question of immunity of the individual concerned.

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Isaac Herzog, Israel's president, at the World Economic Forum in Davos yesterday. Stefan Wermuth / Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Office of the Swiss Attorney General would not reveal details about the nature or number of the complaints or who had lodged them.

A spokesperson for Herzog’s office and spokespeople for Israel’s government and foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Herzog spoke at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, where he called on the international community to reject genocide claims against Israel.

White House 'seriously concerned' by reports of Palestinian-American teen killed in occupied West Bank

TEL AVIV — A Palestinian-American teenager was fatally shot in the occupied West Bank today, paramedics said, with the reported incident sparking concern at the White House.

Muhamad Malash, a paramedic with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, told NBC News that a 17-year-old boy had been driving with friends in the area of Al-Mazra'a Al-Sharqiya when he was shot in the head. Malash said he knew the teen and described him as a “friend to everyone.”

It was not immediately clear who shot him, but the Israel Defense Forces said it had received a report regarding an "off-duty police officer and a civilian who fired toward a Palestinian individual suspected of hurling rocks" in the area.

They said an IDF soldier was also in the area at the time — and that they were investigating claims that the soldier had fired at the Palestinian. They said Israeli police, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, had also opened an investigation. The Palestinian official news agency WAFA said the teen was thought to have been killed by Israeli gunfire, Reuters reported.

National Security spokesman John Kirby said that U.S. officials “don’t have perfect context about exactly what happened, but we’re seriously concerned about it.” He said the White House would be in “constant touch” with counterparts in the region to get more information.

Veteran Palestinian political activist Mustafa Barghouti said the incident unfolded amid a surge in violence by extremist Israeli settlers and security forces against Palestinians in the West Bank in the weeks since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack. “There’s continuous attacks from the settlers on the people of the area,” he told NBC News. “It’s not enough that this ... is happening in Gaza. Now in the West Bank, nobody is safe as well.”

Democrats push Biden over civilian toll in Israel’s Gaza campaign

Reuters

Dozens of President Joe Biden’s fellow Democrats signed a letter today urging his administration to reaffirm that the United States strongly opposes “the forced and permanent displacement” of Palestinians from Gaza.

The letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, led by U.S. Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Jamie Raskin, was signed by 60 Democratic House of Representatives members, reflecting concern, especially on the left, over the steep toll on Palestinian civilians of Israel’s campaign against Hamas.

“We urge you to continue to reiterate the United States’ firm commitment to this position and ask that you provide clarification regarding certain provisions of the administration’s supplemental humanitarian and security funding request,” the letter said.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mexico, Chile refer Israel-Hamas conflict to ICC over potential crimes

Reuters

Mexico and Chile expressed "growing worry" yesterday over "an escalation of violence" after several months of war between Israel and Hamas in a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over possible crimes.

In a statement, Mexico’s foreign ministry argued that the ICC was the proper forum to establish potential criminal responsibility, "whether committed by agents of the occupying power or the occupied power." The Palestinian Foreign Ministry welcomed the referral to the ICC.

Israel is not a member of the Hague-based court and does not recognize its jurisdiction. But the ICC’s prosecutor has stressed his court has jurisdiction over potential war crimes carried out by Hamas militants in Israel and by Israelis in Gaza.

Mexico said it was closely following the case presented last week before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in which South Africa accused Israel of carrying out genocide in Gaza and demanded that the court order an emergency suspension of Israel’s military campaign. Israel has rejected the accusation.


A story of survival: 13-year-old takes care of seven siblings amid the war in Gaza

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Mohammad Al Yazji lost his mother in an Israeli airstrike, and the fate of his father is still unknown.

As the eldest, the 13-year-old is left alone to care for his seven siblings in Gaza — the youngest is only 6 months old.

U.S. launches new strikes on Houthi targets

NBC News

U.S. Central Command conducted strikes against three Houthi anti-ship missiles, three Defense officials said.

The missiles were aimed at the Red Sea and presented an imminent threat, they said.

The missiles were destroyed in the strikes, the officials said.

One of the officials said the strikes happened about 10:45 a.m. ET and were carried out by F-18s. 


Communication services gradually returning in Gaza, telecom company says

The latest communication blackout in Gaza is slowly lifting, the telecommunication provider for the besieged enclave announced today.

Paltel said a "gradual return of communications services in various areas of the Gaza Strip" after their technical teams repaired major malfunctions during the past few days caused by the ongoing conflict, according to the company's post on X

Telecommunications services in the Gaza Strip have been "blacked out" since Jan. 12, according to Paltel. This is the seventh and longest outage since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war.

10-month-old baby rescued from rubble of IDF airstrike has died

Tala Rouqa, a 10-month-old rescued on Dec. 28 from rubble created by an IDF airstrike, has died nearly three weeks later. Her grieving father, Ahmed Rouqa, is the only surviving member of the family.

Rouqa told NBC News on Thursday that the baby had been showing signs of recovery from the wounds she received in the strike and isn’t sure what caused her death. “She suffered fractures and wounds in her legs. And she was taking medicines," he said. "There were complications from the blow. Praise to Allah, she joined her siblings. Praise Allah for everything."

"To this moment, I am shocked," Rouqa said. "How did she die? I thought she got better, and there were treatments... but in the last 48 hours, she suffered complications, and she died."

"I had a glimmer of hope," Rouqa said. "I hoped that she would remain with me in this life. As a memory of her mother and her siblings, her aunts and her uncles. But praise Allah, she died. She is with God; it's better than anything."

Her father, heartbroken over his daughter's passing, said he hoped no other family has to endure such loss.

"I have lost the most precious thing I have. I don’t want others to lose their children, to lose themselves, because war is destruction," Rouqa said. "We are the victims in every way. The people, we are the victims."

Israeli drones attack hospital in southern Gaza, Palestinian Red Crescent says

Reuters

The Palestinian Red Crescent accused Israel on Friday of firing at a hospital in Khan Younis, as a major advance in the main city in the southern Gaza Strip threatened the few health care facilities still open.

The Red Crescent said displaced people were injured “due to intense gunfire from the Israeli drones targeting citizens at Al-Amal Hospital” as well as the rescue agency’s base. The military said it was checking the report.

Nearby in the same city, Israeli tanks were also approaching Gaza’s biggest remaining functioning hospital, Nasser, where people reported hearing shellfire from the west. Residents also reported fierce gun battles to the south.

Israel has launched a major new advance in Khan Younis this week to capture the city, which it says is now the primary base of the Hamas fighters who attacked Israeli towns on Oct. 7, precipitating a war that has devastated the Gaza Strip.

U.N. says Israeli military has increasingly denied humanitarian access to northern Gaza

The Israeli military is increasingly denying humanitarian aid to northern Gaza, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The U.N. reports that only seven of the planned 29 humanitarian missions in the first half of January were either fully or partially carried out because of the denial of access by the Israeli military. An additional two missions coordinated by Israel were unsuccessful because of inaccessible routes or excessive delays at checkpoints.

The 69% restriction rate to northern Gaza is a sharp increase from the previous three months, when only 14% of planned humanitarian missions were denied access.

Most of the humanitarian aid denied this month involved the distribution of fuel and medicines to water reservoirs and health facilities. Without such aid, health and environmental hazards increase, while placing further strain on functioning hospitals.

Netanyahu’s words on two-state solution will ‘change pretty dramatically’ after war, Sen. Ben Cardin says

Netanyahu is ruling out the establishment of a Palestinian state after the Israel-Hamas war ends, despite calls from the U.S. to start working toward that goal.

Andrea Mitchell is joined by the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., to discuss the post-war future of a Palestinian state. “Once the Hamas threat is eliminated, the attitude and I think the language is going to change pretty dramatically. There is no other option for peace in the region than two states living side by side in peace,” Cardin tells Mitchell.

“So I recognize what the prime minister is saying today. When the war is over, when the threat is eliminated from Hamas, we expect there will be a different attitude, particularly in the desire to get normalization with countries in the region.”

Biden's call to Netanyahu was already scheduled and not about the PM rejecting two-state solution, White House says

Biden spoke with Netanyahu as part of “regular communication” between the two leaders to discuss the latest on Israeli operations in Gaza, a White House official tells NBC News.

They also discussed increasing the flow of humanitarian assistance into Gaza and efforts to free hostages, the official said.

The White House says this call was not in response specifically to Netanyahu’s comments yesterday rejecting a two-state solution and was in the works before then, according to this official.

Pakistan seeks to de-escalate tensions with Iran after the neighboring countries exchange attacks

Mushtaq Yusufzai

Katherine Itoh and Mushtaq Yusufzai

Pakistan sought to de-escalate tensions with Iran and re-establish diplomatic relations with its neighbor, releasing statements today from the prime minister and the national security Cabinet reaffirming the bond between the "two brotherly countries." 

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, addressing the Cabinet, said Pakistan "sought friendly and cooperative relations with all countries, particularly its neighbors," according to a release from the Prime Minister's Office.

The Cabinet said in a statement that Iran was a "neighborly and brotherly Muslim country" and that "communication channels between the two countries should be mutually utilized to address each other’s security concerns in the larger interest of regional peace and stability." 

The announcements come days after Iran launched missile attacks on a small village in Balochistan that left two children dead and three others injured. Pakistan launched counterattacks in response, targeting terrorist hideouts in Sistan.

French shipping giant CMA CGM to avoid Red Sea and Suez Canal after attacks on commercial vessels

Lori Rampani

Following the recent attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea by Houthi militants based in Yemen, the French shipping giant CMA CGM Group said today that it is rerouting vessels.

The company says it is adopting contingency measures on several services crossing the Suez Canal to ensure the safety of its vessels and crews navigating the area.

Services will be rerouted from the Suez Canal and start traveling via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, CMA CGM said.

Children in Gaza clamor for food at a makeshift soup kitchen

Yasmine Salam and NBC News

Crowds of Palestinian children were seen holding old kitchen pots and containers at the gates of a makeshift soup kitchen in the southern city of Rafah yesterday.

In a video shot by an NBC News team on the ground, several dozen Palestinians — some wrapped in jackets and others barefoot — are seen waiting as workers prepared large cauldrons of soup with pasta shells to hand out. As workers begin to ration out the soup in various bowls, some children clamored at the gates amid shouts and childish cheers.

A man on video behind the rush of young kids is heard pleading in Arabic.

He waves his pot, asking for a serving and says: "Please, brother. I'm with 25 people. I come every day. We've been displaced for three months, no electricity and no water, not even a biscuit."

The United Nations and humanitarian groups have warned that much of Gaza's population is at the risk of famine and starvation.


Pakistan tells Iran it wants to build trust after tit-for-tat strikes

Reuters

Pakistan expressed its willingness to work with Iran on "all issues" in a call between their foreign ministers today after both countries exchanged drone and missile strikes on militant bases in each other’s territory.

The tit-for-tat strikes by the two countries are the highest-profile cross-border intrusions in recent years and have raised alarm about wider instability in the Middle East since the war between Israel and Hamas erupted Oct. 7.

However, both sides have already signaled a desire to cool tensions, although they have had a history of rocky relations.

Iran said that yesterday’s strikes killed nine people in a border village in its territory, including four children. Pakistan said the Iranian attack Tuesday killed two children.

The contacts come as Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar began a meeting of the National Security Committee, with all the military services chiefs in attendance, a source in his office said. The meeting aims at a "broad national security review in the aftermath of the Iran-Pakistan incidents," Information Minister Murtaza Solangi said.

UNICEF pleads to stop 'war on children' in Gaza

The United Nations children's agency is calling for an immediate end to the killing of Gazan children as it says the situation inside the enclave has gone from "catastrophic to near collapse" in the last three months.

"UNICEF has described the Gaza Strip as the most dangerous place in the world to be a child," Deputy Executive Director Ted Chaiban said in his report after a three-day visit to Gaza released late yesterday.

"We have said this is a war on children," he said. "But these truths do not seem to be getting through."

Palestinian health officials said today that 24,762 people have been killed in Gaza since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. Of the almost 25,000 dead, health officials said last month that 70% were women and children.

IDF soldiers patrol against a backdrop of destruction

Max Butterworth

An Israeli tank rolls along the border in southern Israel today, as the shattered ruins of homes in northern Gaza appear in the background.

Israel Gaza Tanks
Jack Guez / AFP - Getty Images

Israel will carry on until goals of the war are achieved, Israeli defense minister tells U.S.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told his U.S. counterpart in a call last night that Israel was committed to the war in Gaza until its goals are met.

Speaking with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Gallant "emphasized the determination of the State of Israel and the defense establishment within it, to continue operating until the goals of the war are achieved, namely — the destruction of Hamas’ military and governing capabilities and the return of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza," according to the read-out of the call from Gallant's office.

The U.S. has been pushing Israel to reduce the intensity of its air and ground campaign in Gaza, amid mounting civilian causalities.

Earlier this week, Gallant said Israel has ended its “intensive” phase of operations in northern Gaza and will soon do the same in southern Gaza, as the IDF also announced that it was pulling one of four divisions out of the Gaza Strip for "a period of refreshment and training."

Palestine Red Crescent ambulance damaged after West Bank raid

Max Butterworth

A damaged ambulance in a refugee camp in Tulkarem, in the occupied West Bank today, where the IDF carried out overnight raids.

Damaged ambulance in West Bank
Zain Jaafar / AFP - Getty Images

New proposals in hostage talks but no deal is imminent, senior administration official tells NBC News

There are new proposals on the table for another deal to secure the release of hostages held in Gaza, but an agreement is still some way away, a senior administration official has told NBC News.

It will take at least another few weeks to arrive at any deal as the sides are still quite a ways apart, said the official.

More than 130 hostages, including Americans, are believed to still be held in Gaza. More than 100 were freed in exchange for Palestinian prisoners in a truce deal last year, but the families of remaining hostages have been desperate for any information on the fate of their loved ones.

The official said the latest proposals have the same contours as earlier talks and would see hostages being released in exchange for a pause in fighting, but that there has also been a maximalist proposal to get all the Israeli and American hostages out in exchange for a cease-fire, with a possible caveat surrounding the hostages who served in the Israeli military.

Washington sees some softening within the Israeli system to a longer pause or cease-fire, the official added, because Israel is under intense pressure to get the hostages home.

Hostage's mom accuses world leaders of failing them

Keir Simmons

DAVOS, Switzerland — She traveled to Davos with only one thing in mind: to plead with world leaders to secure the release of the hostages who remain in Hamas captivity, including her son Hersh Goldberg-Polin. 

“This is a slow motion trauma,” Rachel Goldberg told NBC News today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “A truck has been running over us slowly for more than 100 days.”

“To me, it’s so obvious that when civilians are dragged from their beds, the world should unite and say we are going to get them home,” added Goldberg, who wears a number on her heart representing the number of days her son has been held. Today, it said 104. 

Of the 240 Israelis taken Oct. 7, around 100 remain in captivity after scores were freed as part of an exchange for Palestinian prisoners in late November. 

As world leaders debated the possibility of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Goldberg said she thought everyone “using the hostages and everyone has failed them.” 

“There are lots of competing interests in the negotiations but I only have one interest,” she added. “His name is Hersh. To me, Hersh is my universe but he is not theirs.”

Houthi official says Russian, Chinese ships are safe from Red Sea attacks

Russian and Chinese ships in the Red Sea are guaranteed safety, a member of the Houthi rebel group's political wing has said.

The Yemen-based militants, backed by Iran, have targeted international shipping in what they say are attacks aimed at supporting Hamas in its confrontation with Israel, prompting retaliatory strikes from the U.S. and its partners. But it appears the Houthis are making an exception for Russia and China, both of which have called for a cease-fire in Gaza and have been more rhetorically sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.

“As for all other countries, including Russia and China, their shipping in the region is not threatened," Muhammad al-Buheiti, a political member of the Houthis, told Russia’s pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper.

"Moreover, we are ready to ensure the safety of the passage of their ships in the Red Sea, because free navigation plays a significant role for our country," al-Buheiti added.


IDF says it killed Islamic Jihad propaganda deputy

The Israel Defense Forces has said it killed a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza who served as the militant group's propaganda deputy.

The IDF said in a joint statement with Israel’s intelligence agency Shin Bet that it targeted Wael Abu-Fanounah with a "precise" airstrike yesterday. It said Abu-Fanounah was the deputy head of Islamic Jihad’s "psychological warfare operations" and was responsible for publishing videos of the Islamic Jihad’s rocket attacks against Israel, and creation and distribution of documentation of the Israeli hostages.

NBC News was not able to verify the claims.

WHO warns about hepatitis A spread in 'inhumane living conditions'

The head of the World Health Organization has warned that a lack of clean water and toilets in Gaza will enable the Hepatitis A virus to spread in the war-ravaged enclave.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a post on X that kits supplied by the WHO have confirmed cases of hepatitis A, which he described as inflammation of the liver.

"Hepatitis A is usually mild but can occasionally cause severe disease," he said, adding that 24 cases have been confirmed but that no deaths have been reported so far. Palestinian health officials reported 8,000 cases of viral hepatitis infection due to displacement yesterday.

"The inhumane living conditions — barely any clean water, clean toilets and possibility to keep the surroundings clean — will enable Hepatitis A to spread further and highlight how explosively dangerous the environment is for the spread of disease," Ghebreyesus said, adding that capacity of disease testing and diagnosis remains "extremely limited" in Gaza, with no functioning laboratory.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its report yesterday the availability of water for drinking and domestic use in Gaza is "shrinking" each day.

Mother and daughter injured after strikes in Khan Younis

Max Butterworth

An injured Palestinian mother and her daughter are brought to Nasser Hospital for treatment following Israeli attacks in Khan Younis, Gaza, today.

Israeli attacks continue on Gaza
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Israeli war Cabinet member says pre-emptive attack against Hezbollah was called off last-minute

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Chantal Da Silva and The Associated Press

TEL AVIV — An Israeli pre-emptive strike against the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon was called off at the last minute early on in the war, a member of Israel's war Cabinet has told local media.

Speaking on Israel's Channel 12 TV, Gadi Eisenkot, a former military chief of staff, said he had been among those arguing against a pre-emptive strike, which he said would have been a "strategic mistake" that would have risked sparking a regional war.

He said objections he and others raised during a Cabinet session in early October played a key role in preventing the attack.

Since Hamas' Oct. 7 attack, there have been regular exchanges of fire between the IDF and Hezbollah, which controls much of Lebanon's south. But, so far, there has been no broader expansion of the war onto a second front with Hezbollah.

U.S. says it will keep pushing Israel on Palestinian statehood despite Netanyahu's dismissal

The Biden administration has made clear it will keep pushing for Israel to embrace a path to the creation of a Palestinian state, despite Netanyahu's public rejection of the idea.

“If we took such statements as the final word, there would be no humanitarian assistance going into Gaza and no hostages released,” a senior administration official told NBC News in response to Netanyahu’s comments. “As with those and many other issues, we will continue to work toward the right outcome, particularly on issues where we strongly disagree,” the official said.

There is “no way” to solve Israel’s security issues and the Gaza war without a Palestinian state, the State Department said after Netanyahu's comments put him at odds with Israel's biggest ally.

In a briefing yesterday, spokesman Matthew Miller said Israel has "a historic opportunity" to deal with challenges that it has faced since its founding — in countries in the region who are "ready to step up and further integrate with Israel" and provide "real security assurances" to Israel.

"There is no way to solve their long-term challenges to provide lasting security, and there is no way to solve the short-term challenges of rebuilding Gaza and establishing governance in Gaza, and providing security for Gaza, without the establishment of a Palestinian state," Miller said.

The U.S. has been pushing for Israel to scale back its ground and aerial campaign in Gaza, and work toward a resolution to the conflict based on the "two-state solution," a peace formula that would create a state for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza alongside Israel.

But Netanyahu was defiant in a news conference last night and said that he has made clear to Washington that Israel must control the security of all the territory "west of the Jordan river," a necessary condition which he said "conflicts with the idea of sovereignty."

U.S. reports third Houthi attack on commercial ships in 3 days

The Iran-backed Houthi militants launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles at a U.S.-owned tanker ship late yesterday, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said, but there were no injuries or damage to the ship.

CENTCOM said the third such attack in three days took place at approximately 9 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and targeted M/V Chem Ranger, a Marshall Island-flagged but U.S.-owned and Greek-operated tanker ship.

"The crew observed the missiles impact the water near the ship," CENTCOM said in a post on X. "There were no reported injuries or damage to the ship. The ship has continued underway."

It's the latest in a string of Houthi attacks amid a growing escalation in the Red Sea that has disrupted global trade and provoked retaliatory strikes by the U.S. and its allies, raising fears that the Israel-Hamas war could spill into a wide-ranging Middle East conflict.

Calls for restraint after Iran and Pakistan trade missile strikes

Samra Zulfaqar

The United Nations and world powers called on Iran and Pakistan to exercise restraint after both countries carried out strikes this week on militants in each other’s territory.

“All security concerns between the two countries must be addressed by peaceful means,” a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement yesterday.

The White House also said it was closely monitoring the situation and did not want to see an escalation, with Biden saying the clashes showed that Iran “is not particularly well liked in the region.”

Russia said it was “regrettable” that this was happening between two members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a regional forum founded by Russia and China.

“Further aggravation of the situation plays into the hands of those who are not interested in peace, stability and security in the region,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

China, which has close ties with both Iran and Pakistan, said it “sincerely hopes that the two sides will remain calm,” offering to mediate if necessary.

Lives shattered in southern Gaza

Max Butterworth

A woman sits amid the ruins of homes damaged in Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, in southern Gaza yesterday.

Heavy IDF Strikes On Southern Gaza, As Deal Reached For Humanitarian Aid
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Top Houthi leader says they are at war with the U.S.

Richard EngelNBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, Host of MSNBC's "On Assignment with Richard Engel"

JERUSALEM — The U.S. military attacked Houthi targets inside Yemen for the fifth time in retaliation for attacks in the Red Sea after the Biden administration formally re-designated the Houthis as a terrorist organization. 

NBC News spoke with a top commander of the Houthis who claims the group is at war with the U.S.

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