Middle East crisis: US officials reject Houthi claim they attacked American ship in Gulf of Aden – as it happened | Israel-Gaza war

  • The Gaza Strip has been plunged into another communications blackout on Monday, the Palestinian telecoms provider Paltel said, with internet and phone service cut off across the besieged territory for the 10th time since 7 October. Communication services in Gaza partially returned on Friday after a weeklong blackout – the longest communications outage since the start of the war.

  • US officials have said a claim by Yemen’s Houthi forces that it carried out an attack against a US military cargo ship, Ocean Jazz, in the Gulf of Aden is not true. “The Yemeni armed forces continue to retaliate to any American or British aggression against our country by targeting all sources of threat in the Red and Arab Sea,” a Houthi miitary spokesperson said on Monday.

  • The Israeli foreign minister, Israel Katz, has been criticised by one of the EU’s most senior diplomats, Josep Borrell, for not properly engaging with a summit in Brussels designed to pave the way for a peace plan in the Middle East. Borrell told reporters Katz had come to the meeting to present plans for an artificial island off the coast of Gaza and a railway to India, adding: “I think the minister could have made better use of his time to worry about the security of his country and the high number of deaths in the Middle East and the high death toll in Gaza.”

  • The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, has said he is determined to pursue a two-state solution in the Middle East, as foreign ministers gathered in Brussels for talks with top Israeli and Palestinian diplomats. “What we want to do is to build a two-state solution. So let’s talk about it,” he said a day after Netanyahu reaffirmed a hardline against any Palestinian state on the grounds it would pose “an existential danger” to Israel.

  • Israel’s foreign ministry has denied that its foreign minister, Israel Katz, suggested that Palestinians could be housed on an artificial island in the Mediterranean during his presentation to his EU ministers in Brussels. It is understood that Katz presented a video on the concept to the 27 EU foreign ministers as an alternative to the two-state solution. EU foreign ministers were dismayed and “disappointed” that Israel Katz had come to Brussels with the suggestion to talk about plans for an artificial island off Gaza, a source said.

  • Israeli troops have stormed the al-Khair hospital in southern Gaza and have arrested medical staff, and placed another under siege on Monday, Palestinian officials said. Troops advanced for the first time into the al-Mawasi district near the Mediterranean coast, west of Khan Younis, the main city in southern Gaza, where the hospital is situated. The Palestinian Red Crescent said it was “extremely worried” about the safety of their teams “trapped inside” another Khan Younis hospital, al-Amal, which it said was “besieged” by Israeli forces.

  • At least 50 Palestinians were killed and 100 have been injured in Israeli military strikes on Khan Younis since Sunday night, a Gaza health ministry spokesperson said. “We believe that many victims are trapped under the rubble and in areas the occupation forces had invaded where the medical teams are unable to reach to them,” said Ashraf al-Qidra. A total of 25,295 Palestinians have been killed and 63,000 injured in Israeli strikes on Gaza since 7 October, the Gaza health ministry said on Monday.

  • Family members of Israelis held hostage in the Gaza Strip have stormed a parliamentary meeting in Jerusalem to demand that Israel’s government does more to return their loved ones. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pushed back on Monday after speculation that a new release of Gaza hostages was in the works. “There is no real proposal by Hamas. It’s not true,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office quoted him as saying.

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