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In southern Gaza, Israel mounts fiercest attacks so far in war against Hamas

- Israel's military assaulted southern Gaza's main city in what it said was the fiercest combat since it began its ground invasion to eliminate Hamas five weeks ago, while the U.S. again pressed Israel to minimise Palestinian civilian casualties. Israel

In southern Gaza, Israel mounts fiercest attacks so far in war against Hamas

GAZA, (Reuters)

City, and in Shuja'iyya, east of the city, Finkelman said.

Hamas' armed wing said it killed or wounded eight Israeli troops and destroyed 24 military vehicles on



Tuesday. An Israeli military website listed two troop deaths for Tuesday and 83 since the ground operation began.

Gaza health officials said many civilians were killed in an Israeli strike on houses in Deir al-Balah, north of Khan Younis. Dr Eyad Al-Jabri, head of the Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital there, told Reuters at least 45 were killed. Reuters could not reach the area nor confirm the toll.

Israel unleashed its campaign in response to an attack on Oct. 7 by Hamas fighters who rampaged through Israeli office, said he could be extradited to neighboring Panama though he must first face criminal proceedings in Costa Rica and could even serve a prison sentence there.

Panama's attorney general, Javier Caraballo, said the arrest would pave the way for Ochy to eventually face justice in his home country.

In a video shared by local media showing Ochy's arrest, he turns to the camera and denies breaking Panamanian law, adding he is the victim of political persecution. as well as a lack of access to information around the management of jails, the attorney general's office, forensic services and the police.

Amnesty International said it documented 62 cases of human rights violations and conducted 83 interviews with victims and their families, human rights defenders, journalists and former justice officials.

Since Bukele's state of emergency went into effect in March 2022, security forces have arrested nearly 75,000 suspected gang members and released 7,000, according to official data. Human rights groups have reported 190 deaths and over 5,000 abuses related to the crackdown. towns, killing 1,200 people and seizing 240 hostages, according to Israel's tally.

Israeli police are investigating alleged sexual crimes and Israel's justice ministry has said "victims were tortured, physically abused, raped, burned alive, and dismembered."

Hamas' media office said on Tuesday at least 16,248 people including 7,112 children and 4,885 women had been killed in Gaza by Israeli military action since Oct. 7. Thousands more are missing and feared buried under rubble.

Those figures were not immediately verified by the Gaza health ministry.

initially said they were hired by the conspirators as interpreters.

At the time of the attack, the gunmen reportedly masqueraded as DEA agents, though the DEA later said neither Vincent nor Solages were acting on behalf of the agency. A court filing, signed by Vincent, said he had provided material support and services to the plot, including advice about the political landscape and meetings with key community leaders.

At these meetings, the filing said, Vincent often wore a U.S. State Department pin leading people to believe he was employed by the U.S. government.

Vincent traveled to Haiti early in 2021 to back Florida-based pastor and codefendant Christian Sanon's bid to replace Moise, according to the filing, and on the night of the attack was a passenger in a vehicle Solages drove to the president's home.

Vincent's guilty plea follows those by former Haitian Senator Joseph Joel John, retired Colombian army colonel German Rivera and Haitian-Chilean citizen Rodolphe Jaar, the latter accused of helping supply guns and vehicles for the attack.

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