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Live blog: Yemen’s Houthis attack more ships in solidarity with Gaza

Yemen’s Houthi group said that it carried out attacks on three ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden over the past 24 hours.

The UK’s Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) office confirmed receiving reports of attacks on two of the ships mentioned by the Houthis.

“The naval and missile forces and the air force carried out three military operations in the last 24 hours,” the group’s military spokesperson, Yahya Saree, said in a televised briefing.

He said the first operation was carried out by missile forces targeting the M/V Verbena in the Gulf of Aden, causing a fire onboard.

The second and third operations targeted the Seaguardian and Athina in the Red Sea with ballistic missiles and drones, he added.

No information on the owners or operators of the ships was provided.

UKMTO confirmed reports of attacks on the M/V Verbena and Seaguardian.

A third projectile caused minor additional damage. However, the ship’s security officer reported that the crew had controlled the fire and the ship remained operational.

In a second incident, UKMTO received notification from the Seaguardian of an explosion near the vessel as it sailed in the Red Sea. The ship’s captain reported no damage to the vessel and that all crew members were safe.

Palestinian children will become ‘lost generation’ without Gaza cease-fire: UNRWA chief

The head of the UN agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) warned that without a cease-fire in Gaza, a “lost generation” is imminent.

“Children suffer first suffer most in conflicts & wars. In #Gaza it is no different. Children have gone through what no child anywhere in the world should see or undergo. Far too many were killed, far too many were injured & far too many will be scarred for life.

Those who survived are in deep trauma…The war robbed the children of #Gaza of their childhood,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini wrote on X.

He warned that “without a cease-fire, they will become a lost generation.”

Hezbollah says it launched rockets, drones against northern Israel

Hezbollah said that it launched rockets and drones towards Israeli military bases and command centers in northern Israel amid heightened tensions between the two sides.

In a statement, the Lebanese group detailed its operations, saying it used Katyusha and Falaq rockets to target the sites, including artillery positions in al-Zaoura and the Keila and Yoav barracks as well as the Katsavya and Nafah bases and the Sahal battalion in Beit Hillel.

Hezbollah further said that it targeted with drone attacks the David base (Northern Command headquarters), Mishar base (headquarters of the central intelligence unit of the north of region charged with assassination missions) and the Katsavia barracks (headquarters of the 7th Armored Brigade of the Golan Division 210), “successfully hitting their targets.”

The group noted that these attacks were in response to the assassination of one of its senior commanders, Taleb Sami Abdullah, in a drone s trike by Israel in Jwaya, southern Lebanon.

Civilian killed in Israeli strike on Lebanon

A civilian has been killed and at least seven others wounded in an Israeli nighttime strike on southern Lebanon, the country’s national news agency reported.

“Enemy warplanes launched a raid targeting a house” in the town of Janata, killing one civilian and wounding seven other civilians, the agency said.

 Israel kills 11 Palestinians in strike on Gaza City

Israel has killed 11 Palestinians and wounded many others, including women and children, in its latest strikes on a residential apartment in Gaza City, according to Gaza’s Civil Defense Agency.

The agency reported that its teams “retrieved seven bodies: three children, three women, and a man, and dealt with several injuries following an Israeli attack on an apartment in the Al-Nafaq Street, near Al-Tabeen school.”

While the agency did not specify the nature of the wounds, witnesses told Anadolu Agency that civil defence crews searched for more victims and survivors under the rubble. Officials later revised the death toll to 11.

Witnesses also told Anadolu that Israeli artillery continues to shell areas and homes in the Al Zaytoun neighbourhood in the southeast of Gaza City.

Houthis strike cargo carrier in Gulf of Aden

Two cruise missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthis have struck a bulk cargo carrier in the Gulf of Aden, severely wounding a sailor who was evacuated by American forces, the US military said.

The M/V Verbena — a Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned, Polish-operated ship — “reported damage and subsequent fires on board. The crew continues to fight the fire. One civilian mariner was severely injured during the attack,” the US Central Command [CENTCOM] said in a statement.

“Aircraft from USS Philippine Sea [CG 58] medically evacuated the injured mariner to a partner force ship nearby for medical attention,” CENTCOM said.

US condemns Israel’s ‘wrongheaded’ decision to redirect Palestine’s funds

The United States has condemned the Israeli finance minister’s “wrongheaded” decision to redirect some $35 million in tax revenue collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority to families of “victims of terrorism.”

Extremist Israeli minister Bezalel Smotrich’s actions “are not appropriate. We have made quite clear to the Government of Israel that these funds belong to the Palestinian people,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told journalists.

“They should be transferred to the Palestinian Authority immediately. They should not have been held. They should not be delayed,” Miller said.

“We think it’s an extraordinarily wrongheaded decision by that minister,” he added.

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