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1455 GMT — Shell hits UN peacekeeping HQ in south Lebanon: spokesman

A shell hit the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon, its spokesman said, the second such incident since the conflict erupted between Israel and Palestine in Gaza.

“A shell hit inside the base” in Naqura, said Andrea Tenenti, spokesperson for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. He reported “no injuries but some damage”, adding that UNIFIL was seeking to verify who fired the shell.

A Lebanese military source, on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media, said that “an Israeli shell penetrated the cement wall” around the UNIFIL headquarters.

1454 GMT — Western powers ‘main culprit’ behind Israel’s ‘massacre’ of Palestinians: Erdogan

Türkiye will introduce Israel to the world as a war criminal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Speaking at “Great Palestine Rally,” a pro-Palestine rally in Istanbul, Erdogan said: “Israel, we will also declare you as a war criminal to the world, we are preparing for it, and we will introduce Israel to the world as a war criminal.”

Erdogan stressed that the Western world mobilised its politicians, and media to legitimise the massacre of the innocent people in Gaza, adding: “Israel is committing war crimes.”

He said Israel is an “occupier,” adding: “West owes you, but Türkiye does not owe you.”

He also called Western powers “the main culprit” behind the Israeli army’s “massacre” of Palestinians in Gaza.

1449 GMT — EU top diplomat calls for ‘pause of hostilities’ in Gaza war

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell demanded a “pause of hostilities” to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza after the intense overnight bombing of the coastal territory.

“Gaza is in complete blackout and isolation while heavy shelling continues. UNRWA warns about the desperate situation of Gaza people without electricity, food, water,” he said on social media.

“Far too many civilians, including children, have been killed. This is against International Humanitarian Law,” he said.

“A pause of hostilities is urgently needed to enable humanitarian access,” Borrell added.

1447 GMT — Thousands join banned Paris pro-Palestinian march

Thousands of demonstrators protested in Paris in a banned march in “support of the Palestinian people”.

A large contingent of police blocked marchers in a central part of the capital. Among the protesters were elected officials wearing tricolour scarves, including a green MP and a far-left lawmaker.

“(The need for) a ceasefire is urgent, to stop killing women, children and men,” said the deputy mayor of the central town of Corbeil-Essonnes, Elsa Toure.

1431 GMT — Hamas calls for immediate implementation of UN Gaza aid decision

Hamas official Ghazi Hamad has called for immediate implementation of the United Nations’ General Assembly decision to allow humanitarian relief into Gaza, warning of a disaster as Israel widened its air and ground attacks overnight.

“We consider the decision a victory for our Palestinian people, and we demand that this aid piled up on the Egyptian side be quickly sent and distributed to all areas and hospitals in Gaza,” Hamad said in a news conference in Beirut.

1428 GMT — Another massive pro-Palestine rally in London slams Israeli bombing of Gaza

Tens of thousands of people once again held a massive pro-Palestine rally in the British capital amid intensifying attacks on Gaza.

Chanting pro-Palestinian slogans, people gathered in Embankment and later held a march towards Parliament Square with Palestinian flags.

As the Israeli attacks on Gaza intensified, the protesters called for an immediate ceasefire, criticising the British government for its support to Israel.

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