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France says Israeli strikes on Gaza schools 'unacceptable'

France on Wednesday condemned Israel's recent deadly air strikes on schools sheltering displaced Palestinians in Gaza, declaring such tactics "unacceptable".

"We call for these strikes to be fully investigated," the foreign ministry said, highlighting a strike on Tuesday on a school near the southern city of Khan Yunis.

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Syria's national airline resumes Saudi flights after 12 years

Syria's national airline resumed regular services to Saudi Arabia after a 12-year suspension on Wednesday as the first flight arrived in Riyadh.

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Israeli army urges all Gaza City residents to leave

The Israeli army on Wednesday dropped leaflets on Gaza City urging all residents to leave for safe zones amid an intensified military offensive on the Palestinian territory's main city.

The thousands of leaflets, addressed to "everyone in Gaza City", set out routes out of the city to the south and warned it would "remain a dangerous combat zone", an AFP journalist said.

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Airstrike on school-turned-shelter kills 25 in southern Gaza

An Israeli airstrike on a school-turned-shelter in southern Gaza killed at least 25 Palestinians on Tuesday, as heavy bombardment in the north forced the closure of medical facilities in Gaza City and sent thousands fleeing in search of increasingly elusive refuge.

Israel's new ground assault in Gaza's largest city is its latest effort to battle Hamas militants regrouping in areas the army previously said had been largely cleared.

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US-built aid pier in Gaza reopens for few days before being permanently removed

The pier built by the U.S. military to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza will get reinstalled Wednesday to be used for several days, but then the plan is to pull it out permanently, several U.S. officials said. It would deal the final blow to a project long plagued by bad weather, security uncertainties and difficulties getting food into the hands of starving Palestinians.

Heavy Israeli bombardments pounded Gaza City on Tuesday, driving thousands of Palestinians to flee and forcing medical facilities to shut down because of the latest offensive in the territory’s north. And in southern Gaza, an apparent Israeli airstrike on a school-turned-shelter killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens more, Palestinian health officials said.

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2 killed in Israeli strike on Hezbollah vehicle in Syria

A war monitor said two people were killed Tuesday in an Israeli strike on a vehicle belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah group in the Damascus countryside near the Lebanese border.

Hezbollah has traded almost daily cross-border fire from Lebanon with the Israeli army since October in support of Palestinian ally Hamas, with Israel targeting operatives from the group in both Lebanon and neighboring Syria.

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What we know about the rocky 'roadmap' to a Gaza truce

Qatari and Egyptian mediators are cajoling Israel and Hamas towards negotiations on a plan to end their war, which has left tens of thousands dead.

U.S. President Joe Biden first outlined in late May what he called an Israeli initiative for a truce and hostage release deal. Mediators are now embroiled in secret contacts with both sides, who have launched diplomatic barbs ahead of this week's talks.

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CIA chief meets Egypt's Sisi on Gaza truce efforts

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met CIA director William Burns Tuesday in Cairo, where US and Israeli delegations discussed efforts for a Gaza truce.

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Suspected Houthi attack targets ship in Gulf of Aden

A suspected attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels targeted a ship in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, the latest assault by the group on the crucial maritime trade route.

The captain of the ship reported an explosion in close proximity to the vessel off the coast of Nishtun, Yemen, close to the country's border with Oman, the British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center said. The ship, whose name and flag were not released, and all crew are safe, the UKMTO said in a warning to mariners.

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House keys carry symbolic weight for Gaza families repeatedly displaced by war

On his key chain, Hassan Nofal keeps the keys to two homes. One is to the house of his grandparents in what is now southern Israel, which his family was driven out of by Israeli forces in 1948 and to which they've never been able to return.

The other is to Nofal's house in northern Gaza that he had to flee last year after Israel launched its campaign of bombardment and offensives in the territory.

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