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# Middle East

Last week
14th July 2024 - 20th July 2024
Gaza famine: 'We are forced to eat what we used to consider animal feed'
Over 20% of people in the Gaza Strip are now facing the prospect of famine.
"These mulberry leaves are from the large trees that survived the war. I thank God for this blessing," one Gazan said.
"Does the world know?" asks another Gazan.
This month
July 2024
Ireland preparing plans to evacuate Irish troops from South Lebanon 'should the need arise'
The Tánaiste said the threat of an Israeli invasion and activity by Hezbollah has initiated contingency planning.
Last month
June 2024
'All I can offer my children is some available bread with hot water to dissolve it'
The Journal’s reporter in Rafah talks to parents about food shortages and how they are impacting their families.
May
May 2024
Opinion: The Irish Government must now push against the flow of arms to Israel
Alice-Mary Higgins
The Explainer: What next for Iran after the death of the country's president?
The inside story behind the months of secret talks that led to Ireland recognising Palestine
We go behind the scenes to see the diplomatic efforts of Irish officials that brought Ireland to the point of recognising a Palestinian State.
Hamas says commander killed in Israeli strike in Lebanon near Syrian border
World leaders call on Israel not to launch ground invasion as Palestinians told to evacuate from Rafah
The prospect of an invasion in Rafah has triggered alarm from aid groups and world leaders.
Blinken urges Hamas to accept deal for Gaza truce as he meets Israel leaders
April
April 2024
Hamas delegation will return to Cairo with 'response' on Gaza truce
Egypt, Qatar and the US have been trying to mediate an agreement between Israel and Hamas for months.
A Hamas delegation today left Egypt and returned to Qatar to discuss the proposal, saying it is keen to respond "as quickly as possible".
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today he is hopeful Hamas would accept the "extraordinarily generous" offer.
The US military is building a pier to help boost humanitarian supplies into Gaza, an effort that the Pentagon said will cost Washington at least $320 million.
Martin says people of Gaza being 'punished collectively' as he visits Rafah crossing
The Tánaiste said he “cannot rationally come to any other conclusion” after seeing some of the aid items being refused entry into Gaza by Israel.
Explosion reported at Iraq military base hosting pro-Iranian forces
G7 asks 'all parties' to prevent further escalation amid reported Israeli strike on Iran
There has been no reaction from Israeli or Iranian officials to the overnight strikes.
Iran's official broadcaster said explosions were heard near the city of Isfahan.
US media quoted officials as saying that Washington received advance notice of the strike, but did not endorse the operation or play any part in its execution.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said there had been no damage to Iranian atomic sites.
Netanyahu says Israel ‘will make our decisions ourselves’ as UK and German ministers visit Tel Aviv
Harris' first EU Council: Taoiseach to urge leaders to use 'every lever' to bring about ceasefire
Israel promises response to Iranian drone and missile attack as Iran warns against it
Ireland to increase number of peacekeepers deployed to south Lebanon to beef up security
'War is no joke': Iranians torn between pride and concern after attack on Israel
Iran attacks Israel: US warns against 'wider war', G7 condemns strikes
Hundreds of missiles and drones were intercepted with the help of the United States, the UK and allies.
World leaders are seriously alarmed at the 'unprecedented escalation' represented by the large-scale attack.
Iran's army has said that the attack 'achieved all its objectives' and that it has 'no intention to continue' the operation.
US President Joe Biden reiterated Washington's 'ironclad' support for Israel after an urgent meeting on the spiralling crisis.
Tom Clonan: After Iran's attack on Israel, the 'world now holds its breath'
Taoiseach condemns Iran’s 'reckless' attack and urges 'all sides' to show restraint
Iran launches drone and missile attack against Israel, warns US to 'stay away' from conflict
Iran has said the attack involves “dozens of missiles and drones at specific targets”.
An Israeli official said "more than 100 UAV drones launched towards Israel from Iran".
Blasts have been heard in the skies above Jerusalem early Sunday morning.
US and UK media have reported that both nations have been involved in Israel's defence.
Israel pounds Gaza while US says it will send reinforcements to deter any attack by Iran
US President Joe Biden said he expected Iran to attempt to strike Israel soon but warned against any retaliation for the 1 April strike on its Damascus consulate.
Opinion: Israel's treatment of innocent Palestinians is reminiscent of humanity's darkest days
Bobby McDonagh
This year
2024
Opinion: Israel's actions in Gaza have weakened our humanity — a ceasefire must come now
Karol Balfe
The Explainer: What challenges are Irish troops facing in an unstable Middle East?
Thousands told to evacuate largest hospital in south Gaza as 9 dead after Israel strikes Lebanon
Tom Clonan: Israel has pursued the relentless massacre of innocent Palestinians in Gaza
Tom Clonan
Iran says it 'will not hesitate' to respond to US attack on its territory
US and UK launch dozens of strikes on Houthi locations in Yemen
Joe Biden says he has decided how to respond to drone attack that killed US troops
US vows 'very consequential' response after military members killed in Jordan drone strike
Three US military members killed and more than 20 injured in drone strike on Jordan base
British ship on fire in Red Sea after attack claimed by Houthis
Holly Cairns: Ireland has long advocated for the Palestinians - we can't let them down now
Holly Cairns
Kittens & Current Affairs: 'Try not to look away from a world in flames, no matter how tempting'
Bobby McDonagh
US to reclassify Houthis as 'specially designated terrorists'
Sister of UK citizen being held hostage by Hamas says 'there is no more time'
US carries out fresh strike in Yemen, UK warns Iran to 'cease' Houthi support
The fresh strike comes after the Houthis warned of further attacks on ships in the Red Sea.
Mary Lou McDonald to address rally in London calling for ceasefire in Gaza