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On the 142nd day of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, fierce battles are taking place between the Palestinian resistance and the occupation forces in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, amid continuing violent bombardment on several neighborhoods in Gaza City, leaving about 90 martyrs in one day, coinciding with the occupation army announcing the end of its operation. Military inside Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis.

While efforts to reach a prisoner exchange deal are intensifying according to the outcomes of the Paris meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered the demands of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) unrealistic, while Washington spoke of progress.

In light of these movements, the United States confirmed its refusal to launch an Israeli military operation in Rafah unless there is a plan to protect civilians.

On the Lebanese front, the escalation continued between Hezbollah and Israel, and the settlement of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel was subjected to intense bombing, and its mayor called on the remaining residents to leave, while Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant threatened to increase the bombing in the north until Hezbollah surrenders.

In the Red Sea axis, the Houthi group considered the continued US-British raids on Yemen to be a condemned and rejected aggression, and vowed to escalate the response.

Fierce battles in Al-Zaytoun neighborhood

In the latest field developments in Gaza, violent clashes took place between the occupation forces and the Palestinian resistance in the north and south of the Gaza Strip.

Al Jazeera obtained new scenes of fierce battles between the Al-Qassam Brigades and the occupation army in Khan Yunis, and the scenes showed clashes with Israeli forces, and the targeting of a number of vehicles with explosive devices in the area.

The Al-Quds Brigades announced that its fighters sniped an Israeli soldier in the vicinity of the Star Hall, south of the Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City.

It also bombed with mortar shells concentrations of the occupation forces on the same axis.

The brigades added that they bombed with a barrage of mortar shells a position of Israeli soldiers in the vicinity of the Abu Absal Gate, east of Khan Yunis.

On the other hand, the Israeli army said that it killed Palestinian militants in the Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City and in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army added that it targeted rocket launchers that were prepared to be launched towards Israel.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation forces announced the end of their military operation at Nasser Medical Hospital in the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, more than 10 days after storming it and converting it into a military barracks.

The number of Israeli soldiers and officers killed in the battles in the Gaza Strip in the last hours, according to the Israeli army, rose to 3.

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New massacres

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip said that during the last 24 hours, the occupation army committed 7 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, claiming the lives of about 90 martyrs and 131 injured, which raises the number of victims of the Israeli aggression to 29,692 martyrs and 69,879 injured, since October 7th.

The Ministry confirmed that a number of victims are still under the rubble and on the roads, and that the occupation is preventing the arrival of ambulance and civil defense crews.

The specter of famine

The specter of famine still looms over various parts of the Gaza Strip, where about two million people suffer from severe shortages of food, medicine, and even shelter places.

Scenes from Al Jazeera showed the displaced crowding in long lines to obtain what they could survive, despite the lack of resources and the severe shortage of basic foodstuffs, which threatens the occurrence of famine, according to what international humanitarian organizations warn of.

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The occupation forces sent military reinforcements to Jenin (Anatolia)

Developments in the West Bank

Today, Sunday, the Israeli occupation army continued its raids into the cities and villages of the occupied West Bank, and carried out raids and arrests of dozens, including former prisoners.

Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that special forces of the occupation army surrounded a house and arrested two young men from inside it in the Al-Sa'ada Forest area, west of the city of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, and sent military reinforcements to the area.

He said that armed clashes with resistance fighters broke out after the occupation forces stormed the area.

Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that the Israeli occupation forces closed the "Container" military checkpoint northeast of Bethlehem in the West Bank this morning, without providing any justifications.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested 15 Palestinians, including a journalist and former prisoners, last night and this morning in various parts of the West Bank.

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Sullivan expressed his country's hope that a final agreement would be reached soon (Anatolia)

Prisoner exchange deal

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that representatives of the United States, Israel, Qatar and Egypt met in Paris and agreed on the basic elements of the hostage deal.

Sullivan added in an interview with the American television network CNN that negotiations are still ongoing in this regard, expressing his country’s hope to reach a final agreement soon.

For his part, Netanyahu stressed that he did not know if an agreement would be reached, but he pointed out that “if Hamas gives up its unrealistic demands, there will be an agreement and the process in Rafah will be delayed a little.”

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said that he would vote against any hostage and prisoner exchange deal if it was not the best for Israel.

On the other hand, a leading Hamas source said - today, Sunday - that the atmosphere of optimism about the nearness of reaching an agreement on a possible prisoner exchange deal does not reflect the truth.

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The threat of invading Rafah

Regarding the military operation that Israel threatens to launch in Rafah, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that Washington’s position is clear, which is that Israel should not launch an operation in Rafah unless it has a plan to protect civilians.

Sullivan added in an interview with the American network NBC that US President Joe Biden has not yet seen Israel's plan regarding the Rafah operation.

Netanyahu announced, on Saturday, that he is in the process of approving “operational plans” next week regarding Rafah, including the evacuation of the civilian population from it.

For weeks, Israeli threats to carry out a ground operation in Rafah, adjacent to the border with Egypt, have been escalating, despite mounting regional and international warnings of possible catastrophic repercussions.

Smoke rising after a previous Israeli bombing of a town in southern Lebanon (Getty)

Lebanese Front

On the Lebanese front, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant stressed the importance of accumulating what he described as tactical achievements and collecting increasing prices from Hezbollah, as he put it, until a practical achievement is achieved that changes the security situation in the border region and allows the residents of northern Israel to return to their homes, after assessing the situation. .

On the ground, Hezbollah announced that it had carried out several operations against Israeli targets in the Galilee and within the occupied Shebaa Farms.

The party said that it targeted two buildings where Israeli soldiers are stationed in the Al-Malikiyah settlement, as well as a house where Israeli soldiers are stationed in the Al-Manara settlement.

The party also bombed with rockets and artillery shells the Israeli occupation artillery positions and a position for its soldiers in the south of the Kiryat Shmona settlement.

Israeli warplanes launched raids on the town of Blida in southern Lebanon, and their artillery bombed the surroundings of several border towns.

Hezbollah mourned 3 of its fighters.

On the other hand, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper revealed that the Israeli government is expected to extend a plan to evacuate about 60,000 residents of Galilee towns for about 5 months, ending on July 7, in anticipation of the outbreak of war with Hezbollah, according to the newspaper.

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Red Sea axis

Today, Sunday, the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) announced that one person was killed and 6 others were injured in an American-British bombing of Taiz Governorate. This is the first time that the Houthi group has announced civilian casualties in American-British raids since the start of the two countries’ operations on January 12.

At dawn on Sunday, US-British coalition fighters launched a series of air strikes targeting various Houthi sites in the governorates of Sanaa, Amran, Taiz, and Hodeidah.

Politically, Ansar Allah group spokesman Muhammad Abdel Salam said that the continued US-British raids on Yemen are “a condemned and rejected aggression, and come in the context of futile attempts to prevent Yemen from continuing its support position for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in Gaza.”

For his part, the military spokesman for the Ansar Allah group, Yahya Saree, said, “The Yemeni armed forces will confront the American-British escalation with more qualitative military operations.”

In this context, Iran on Sunday condemned the strikes carried out by the United States and Britain on Yemen.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said, "By committing such attacks, the United States and Britain want to escalate the tension and crisis in the region, and expand the scope of war and instability."

For his part, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that, despite repeated warnings, the Houthis continued their attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, including targeting ships linked to the United Kingdom, which undermines regional stability.

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Source: Al Jazeera + agencies