US concerned with Gaza civilian casualties, warns Israel of possible support loss

The United States has told Israel of its concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza, the White House said Wednesday, after President Joe Biden warned Israel it could lose support over “indiscriminate bombing.” Biden’s comments on Tuesday were his strongest criticism yet after resolutely standing up for Israel’s right to defend itself after the October 7 attacks by Hamas. … Read more

US halts rifle sales to Israel amid concerns over settler violence in West Bank

The Biden administration has once again delayed the approval of licenses for the sale of more than 20,000 US-made rifles to Israel, two US officials told Axios, highlighting concerns about attacks by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians. Axios said the rifle deal is being subjected to another review by the State Department underscores its apprehensions regarding the … Read more

Saudi energy minister says Riyadh backs COP28 deal, praises flexible approach

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said on Wednesday that Riyadh supported the final COP28 deal as it leaves countries to decide for themselves on suitable pathways to transition to cleaner sources of energy. “What is there now, the issue of immediate and gradual disposal (of fossil fuels) has been buried,” Prince Abdulaziz said in … Read more

Israeli army opened fire at hospital wards, says Gaza’s health ministry

The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Wednesday that Israeli forces have opened fire at hospital rooms, raising fears for the safety of 12 children in pediatric care. “The occupation (Israeli) forces have tightened the siege and the targeting of Kamal Adwan hospital, firing at patient rooms and courtyards,” ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in … Read more

COP28 President says ‘historic’ first-ever climate deal on fossil fuels approved

COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber said Wednesday the global stocktake has been unanimously approved by 198 nations, marking a “historic” moment to keep the target of 1.5C within reach and which the UN described as “the beginning of an end on fossil fuels.” The deal comes after two weeks of tough negotiations taken place behind closed doors in Dubai … Read more