Hamas studies proposed deal, killings top 27,000

  • Hamas says it is still studying a proposal to halt the war in Gaza as Israeli bombardment continues.
  • Palestinians released after being detained by Israeli forces in Gaza share harrowing accounts of suffering and torture while being held in Israel.
  • Norway’s foreign minister ‘reasonably optimistic’ about UNRWA funding

    As we’ve been reporting, Norway has promised to continue supporting the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

    And the country’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide has now said he is “reasonably optimistic” that some states that had suspended funding would resume payments, according to Reuters.

    Speaking to Al Jazeera earlier this week, the minister said that cutting funding was “the wrong reply”.

    “That smells to me of collective punishment of everybody who works there but much more importantly of all the Palestinians that are dependent on the services of UNRWA,” he added.

    Uprooted and constantly on the move, Palestinians feel ‘forgotten’

    More than a million Palestinians are sheltering in southern Gaza after the Israeli military ordered them to move south to what it called a “safe” zone.

    But the area has become a battleground where the most intense Israeli air attacks and ground raids are taking place.

    Eman Nadim and her family are among the uprooted Palestinians.

    After surviving Israeli air raids and ground operations in central and southern Gaza, they have now moved to the furthest point in the south, at a temporary shelter erected right on the border with Egypt.

    But no matter where they go, the Israeli bombing has followed.

    “Let the Israelis kill us all; let them ethnically cleanse what remains of the Palestinians,” an exasperated Nadim said.

    Life in the overcrowded camp is hard, residents said. While some aid comes through the Rafah crossing, supplies are extremely limited.

    “Even here at the border, no relief aid is delivered,” Nadim said. “We are forgotten. Our children are falling sick and we cannot find treatment.”

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