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Gaza retaliatory missiles

Islamic Jihad says another of its commanders has been killed in a new Israeli airstrike on Khan Yunis in southern Gaza Strip. The Palestinian resistance movement confirmed the death of Ahmed Abu Daqqa. This after the head of Islamic Jihad's rocket-launching unit, Ali Ghali, and two other commanders died in similar airstrikes on Khan Yunis. The regime has also targeted civilian buildings in Rafah, Khan Yunis, Beit Hanon and other parts of the blockaded strip. Israel’s attacks have killed 30 people so far, including women and children. Nearly 100 Palestinians have also been injured. Meanwhile, a top Israeli commander has called for ramping up attacks on Gaza to kill more Islamic Jihad fighters. More than 140 Palestinians including women and children have been killed by the regime so far this year.

Russia-Ukraine war

Russia has denied reports that Ukrainian forces have made breakthroughs in various places along the front lines, saying such reports do not correspond to reality. A defense ministry statement said the overall situation in the area of Russia’s special military operation is under control. The ministry was reacting to online reports that claimed Ukrainian forces had made advances north and south of the city of Bakhmut. They suggested that a long-awaited counter-offensive by Ukraine has started. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Kiev needs more time before beginning a counter-offensive against Russian forces with the help of its Western supporters. Zelensky said his forces were mentally ready, but in terms of equipment, not everything the Western countries promised has arrived yet.

Sudan preliminary agreement

Talks between Sudan's warring sides to reach a truce have reportedly made some headway. The Sudanese army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces have reached a deal to protect civilians and the movement of humanitarian aid. The army and the RSF signed the preliminary agreement in the Saudi city of Jeddah after days of wrangling. A US state department official said the agreement, however, falls short of declaring a ceasefire on which the two sides remain far apart. The unnamed official added that negotiators have set a goal of reaching a ceasefire deal in up to 10 days. The declaration signed early Friday seeks to improve the flow of humanitarian relief and begin restoration of water and electricity services. The UN says more than 600 people have been killed and more than 5,000 injured in Sudan fighting. In addition, 700,000 people have been displaced inside the country while 150,000 have fled to neighboring states.

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