Ramallah /PNN / Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as the implementing agency for Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) provides emergency medical consumables including, Bandages, Gauzes, Gloves, and Syringes, to improve the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. This is the second batch of support by JICA. The aid supplies arrived at El-Arish Airport in Egypt on December 1st, 2023, then will reach the Gaza Strip channeled by the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) and distributed within Gaza by the Palestine Red CrescentSociety (PRCS).A Japanese government delegation led by Mr. TAKADA Katsunobu, Minister and Deputy Chief of the Mission, Embassy of Japan in Egypt, and comprising Mr. MATSUNAGA Hideki, Director General of Middle East and Europe Department of JICA and Mr. KATO Ken, Chief Representative of JICA Egypt received the flight at El-Arish Airport together with ERC team who are handling its transportation; whereas H.E. Ambassador of Japan to Egypt; Mr. OKA Hiroshi witnessed the signing of confirmation of receipt by ERC. The delegation also visited the Rafah border crossing witnessing the flow of trucks and humanitarian supplies to Gaza.This batch came in response to growing critical health needs in Gaza resulting from the conflicts and clashes that erupted since October 7th, 2023. The death toll till 3December 2023 is over 15,500 according to MoH of Palestine, and about 1.7 million people had been displaced to southern Gaza. MoH reported, two-thirds of hospitals and primary healthcare clinics have ceased operation due to damage, lack of fuel, and insecurity, and the hospitals in the northern Gaza are “completely out of service”. The operating hospitals are in shortage of medical supplies and consumables. Currently, only the logistics route through Egypt is operational.Since ERC has been solely responsible for the transportation of humanitarian aid supplies to the Gaza Strip, JICA and ERC signed the Memorandum of Cooperation to ensure swift transportation of aid supplies. While the transportation to the Gaza Strip will be carried out by the ERC, the distribution will be carried out by the PRCS.JICA is one of the world’s largest Official Development Assistance (ODA) executing agencies and takes an integrated approach to development cooperation by combining technical cooperation, finance and investment cooperation, and grant, addressing challenges faced by developing countries. Operating in over 150 countries and regions, JICA engages in bilateral assistance to solve issues that are closely related to both Japan and the international community. Collaborating with partners domestically and internationally, JICA strives to contribute to global peace, prosperity, and further development of Japanese society. For more information,
GAZA /PNN/Dozens of people were killed and injured at dawn today during a series of violent Israeli strikes on various areas of the Gaza Strip.In the south of the Gaza Strip, occupation warplanes bombed a house in the city of Rafah, killing three people, while others remain under the rubble.Nine people were killed, and dozens injured in an Israeli airstrike on the al-Tannour neighborhood, east of Rafah.Journalist Shaima al-Jazzar and her family were killed in an Israeli airstrike of their home in the city of Rafah.The occupation warplanes also bombed a house in the center of the city of Khan Younis, which led to the killing of a woman and the injury of at least eight other people, in addition to the killing of two people and wounding of two others in an attack on the town of al-Qarara, northeast of Khan Younis. The occupation artillery also bombed the eastern area of the city.In Gaza City, occupation warplanes and artillery launched violent raids on al-Shuja'iya and al-Tuffah neighborhoods, east of the city, killing three civil defense crews and wounding others.Local sources said a child was killed in a raid that targeted a house in Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, in addition to a bombing that targeted Palestine Square and the vicinity of the Baptist Hospital in the center of Gaza City.The occupation warplanes also bombed a house in the al-Baraka area in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.In the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources said five people were killed in the bombing of a mosque in theaAl-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City, in addition to the death and injury of dozens in another bombing that targeted the Atallah family’s home on al-Nafaq Street in the city.The occupation warplanes targeted several inhabited homes in Jabalia refugee camp, leading to the death and injury of dozens, in addition to the bombing of homes in Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun.At midnight, the occupation warplanes targeted the northern gate of Kamal Adwan Hospital in Jabalia with a missile fired by an Israeli reconnaissance plane, which led to the death and injury of dozens of people.
RAMALLAH /PNN /President Mahmoud Abbas today received a telephone call from US Vice President Kamala Harris during which they discussed the latest developments in Palestine and the ongoing efforts to end the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.President Abbas stressed the need to immediately stop the aggression in the Gaza Strip and spare the civilians the torment of the bombings and destruction carried out by the Israeli killing machine.The President stressed the importance of increasing the entry of relief, medical and food supplies into Gaza, providing water, electricity and fuel as quickly as possible, and providing the necessary aid so that hospitals and basic facilities can resume their work to treat thousands of wounded and provide services to the people.The President reiterated his rejection and prevention of the forced displacement of the Palestinian people, whether in the Gaza Strip or in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, stressing the need for the United States to intervene to prevent the attacks, murders, demolition of homes, and expulsions of Palestinians carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities and terrorist colonists in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley which are facing silent and premeditated annexation.The President pointed out that the Gaza Strip is an integral part of the Palestinian state and that it is not possible to accept or deal with plans by the occupation authorities to separate, occupy, cut off, or isolate any part of the Gaza Strip, stressing the necessity of releasing the Palestinian clearance funds, adding “we will not and did not abandon our people in the Gaza Strip.”President Abbas assured US Vice President Kamala Harris of his readiness to work to implement the two-state solution based on international legitimacy resolutions, starting with the State of Palestine gaining full membership in the United Nations by a decision of the Security Council, convening an international peace conference to provide international guarantees and a timetable for implementation, and assuming full responsibility for the entire Palestinian territory in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.He stressed that peace and security are achieved by ending the Israeli occupation of the entire territory of the State of Palestine along the 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and resolving the refugee issue and their return as per Resolution 194. He stressed that security and military solutions have proven their failure and will not achieve security and stability for the region.
VATICAN / PNN/Pope Francis has said on Sunday that he is sad that the truce in the Gaza Strip had broken, and hoped that those involved reach a new ceasefire agreement as soon as possible.He said the end of the ceasefire meant "death, destruction, misery", stressing that Gaza lacked even essential supplies.On his official account on X, formerly known as Twitter, the Vatican official said that 'in Israel and Palestine the situation is serious.'"I hope that all those involved may reach a new ceasefire agreement as soon as possible and find solutions other than weapons, trying to take courageous paths to peace," he added.
Ramallah /PNN /Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, has held the United States administration responsible for Israel's resumption of its aggression on Gaza, saying the US administration has failed to compel Israel to stop its aggression."The resumption of [Israeli] aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, coupled with the escalating crimes of the Israeli occupation forces and terrorist settlers in the West Bank, is a continuation of the crimes of ethnic cleansing and genocide," said Abu Rudeineh in a press statement."These actions have been ongoing since the beginning of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, and are aimed at displacing the Palestinian people and eliminating their cause," he added.The presidential spokesman emphasized that "all these crimes will not bring security or peace to anyone in the region and must stop immediately."Abu Rudeineh reiterated what President Mahmoud Abbas had called for from the first day of the Israeli aggression, including the need for the immediate cessation of the Israeli assault, the intensified delivery of humanitarian aid, and the provision of basic services to the Palestinian people in Gaza."He [the President] also rejected any form of displacement, emphasizing that there is no solution except by recognizing the State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital i and ending the occupation of its land," he stressed.Abu Rudeineh pointed out that "the majority of countries and their populations worldwide stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, rejecting the crimes of genocide and collective punishment against them.""The international political and grassroots movements around the world support this stance. The return to the cycle of destruction and aggression, coupled with the double standards of the U.S. administration, will not bring security and peace to anyone," said the Palestinian official.Abu Rudeineh held the Israeli government fully responsible for its crimes and their catastrophic consequences, stating that the U.S. administration bears responsibility for not compelling Israel to halt this aggression.
Ramallah/PNN /President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed today US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, where they discussed the latest efforts to stop the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people.During the meeting, President Abbas emphasized the urgent need to establish a complete ceasefire in Gaza and end the Israeli aggression, aiming to spare civilians from the woes of bombardment, violence, and destruction inflicted by the Israeli war machinery.The President underscored the importance of increasing humanitarian, medical, and food aid, as well as swiftly providing water, electricity, and fuel to the Palestinian people in Gaza. He also called for the provision of all the necessary aid to ensure that hospitals and essential facilities in Gaza can resume their operations promptly, offering medical services to thousands of wounded individuals and serving the needs of the Palestinian population.During the meeting, President Abbas handed Secretary Blinken a comprehensive file documenting Israeli occupation crime in Gaza, and the West Bank, including Jerusalem. The file includes evidence of killings, destruction, ethnic cleansing, and other atrocities committed by Israeli occupation forces.Addressing the suppressive measures taken by Israeli authorities against Palestinian prisoners, President Abbas urged Secretary Blinken to compel the Israeli government to immediately halt these actions and cease violations against Palestinian prisoners and the broader Palestinian population.The President reiterated his rejection of the forced displacement of the Palestinian people, whether in Gaza or the West Bank, including Jerusalem. He emphasized the necessity of US intervention to prevent the Israeli authorities from expelling Palestinians in the West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley, which is witnessing silent annexation plans by settlers and the Israeli occupation army. The President pointed out that Gaza is an integral part of the State of Palestine, and its separation, as planned by the Israeli authorities, is utterly unacceptable. He stressed the importance of releasing Palestinian tax funds withheld by the far-right Israeli government.In this regard, President Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership will not abandon its responsibility for the people of Gaza, who fall under the jurisdiction of the State of Palestine.He affirmed the necessity of Palestine obtaining full membership in the United Nations and convening an international peace conference. The President emphasized that peace and security can only be achieved through the implementation of the two-state solution based on international legitimacy resolutions.This solution includes the entire land of the State of Palestine in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and recognition of the State of Palestine, said the President. He highlighted that security and military solutions have proven their failure and will not achieve security and stability in the region.
Thousands of miles from the Middle East, in a stadium in Santiago, Chile, the nation of Palestine exists, if only for the 90 minutes of a soccer match.Chileans and Palestinians created that alternate reality again on Thursday when Club Deportivo Palestino, which traces its origins to Palestinian immigrants who came to the South American nation in the early 1900s, held a tribute for the Gazan victims of the war between Israel and Hamas.
Harry Souttar scored the only goal as Australia held off a plucky Palestine in their 2026 World Cup qualifying match played at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City on Tuesday.Thousands of Palestinians and their sympathisers turned out at the 60,000-seat venue for the game against Australia, Palestine's first in front of fans since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
Palestinian flags and the black-and-white keffiyeh scarf flew high in Kuwait's Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium as football fans vented their emotions in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.Thousands of Palestinians and their sympathisers turned out at the 60,000-seat venue for the game against Australia, Palestine's first in front of fans since the start of the Israel-Hamas war."Palestine is in our hearts. We came to the stadium, old and young, in support," Anfal Al-Azmi, a 45-year-old Kuwaiti woman, told AFP.