Houthi rebels vow new attacks after latest U.S. strikes

Waves of American strikes against Iranian-backed militia were carried out all weekend in response to the killing of three U.S. service members. 

Russia to summon Israeli ambassador over ‘unacceptable’ comments, state media reports

Russia’s foreign ministry will summon Israel’s ambassador, Simona Halperin, state news agency Tass reported, over her “unacceptable comments” in a recent interview.

In the interview with Russia’s Kommersant newspaper published yesterday, Halperin criticized Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for downplaying the significance of Holocaust and said Israel does not understand why Russia is giving special treatment to Hamas, welcoming their members in Moscow. Russia says these talks with Hamas are important to free the hostages, she said, but it has not yielded any results yet.

“Russia’s position worries and depresses me,” Halperin added.

In response, Russia’s foreign ministry told Tass that Halperin’s comments were “distorting Russian foreign policy approaches and historical realities,” and were an “extremely unsuccessful start” to her diplomatic mission.

The Kremlin has been sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and critical of Israel’s operation in Gaza, while trying to still maintain friendly diplomatic relations with Israel. Hamas members traveled to Moscow for talks in October, just weeks after the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, according to Russian state media. 

At least 30 people killed in air strikes in Deir al-Balah, Palestinian officials say

TEL AVIV — At least 30 people were killed in the area of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza over the weekend in Israel’s assault of the enclave, Palestinian officials said.

They said multiple homes and a mosque in the area were hit in air attacks within a 24-hour period.

Israeli attacks continue on Gaza Strip
A man gathers belongings from the rubble of his family home after Israeli attacks in Deir al-Balah, yesterday.Ashraf Amra / Anadolu via Getty Images

Images captured by local photographers showed injured people arriving at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah following reported strikes.

NBC News was not immediately able to independently verify the claims. The IDF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Houthi supporters gather in Yemen

Houthi tribesmen carry rocket-propelled grenades on the back of a vehicle near Sanaa, Yemen yesterday.

Houthi tribesmen gather to show defiance after U.S. and U.K air strikes on Houthi positions near Sanaa
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

Blinken on way to Saudi Arabia as part of fifth tour to Middle East since Oct. 7 attacks

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is travelling to the Middle East again today, his fifth trip to the region since the Oct. 7 attacks, to push for a new deal that will secure the release of hostages, an extended humanitarian pause to the fighting in Gaza and increased aid to the enclave.

Negotiators are still awaiting word from Hamas on the initial framework of an agreement drafted in Paris last month.

Blinken will also be travelling to Egypt, Qatar, Israel and the occupied West Bank for talks, according to the State Department.

U.S.-backed Kurdish forces say 6 fighters killed in drone strike on U.S base 

Six fighters of a U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force were killed today in a drone strike on an American base in eastern Syria, the group said in a statement.

The strike targeted a training academy in the al-Omar field, east of Deir ez-Zor, the Syrian Democratic Forces said.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attack was carried out by Iranian-backed militias in response to the U.S. strikes over the weekend.

The U.S. military has not commented.

U.S. carries out self-defense strikes on missiles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen

U.S. Central Command forces launched self-defense strikes against land attack and anti-ship cruise missles in Yemen yesterday, the agency said on X.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. local time, forces launched a strike “in self-defense against a Houthi land attack cruise missile,” Central Command said.

Then, starting at 10:30 a.m., “U.S. forces struck four anti-ship cruise missiles, all of which were prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea,” Central Command said.

U.S. forces identified the missiles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, and determined they were a threat to U.S. Navy ships and other merchant vessels in the area, according to Central Command.

The strikes were not a continuation of Saturday’s coalition strikes.

IDF operations in Khan Younis

An image released by the Israeli Army shows troops raiding a building in Khan Younis during ground operations in the southern Gaza Strip today.

IDF Gaza Khan Younis
Israeli Army / AFP – Getty Images


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