Cargo ship attacked by Houthis at risk of sinking

A cargo ship attacked by Houthi rebels in the Gulf of Aden is at risk of sinking, the Yemen-based militants said today in a statement.

The Houthis added that the crew had left safely after it targeted the ship with a number of naval missiles. The Belize-flagged Rubymar was traveling through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The U.K.’s Maritime Trade Operations also said today that the crew had abandoned the ship, adding “military authorities remain on scene to provide assistance.”

Hamas calls Israel’s decision to restrict Palestinians’ entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan ‘a violation of freedom’

Hamas has called Israel’s decision to restrict Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan “a violation of freedom of worship” at the holy site.

Israeli authorities plan to restrict access to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, ahead of Ramadan, war Cabinet minister Benny Gantz said over the weekend.

A statement from the militant group said the move “indicates the occupation’s intention to escalate its aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan” and called it “an intensification of the Zionist crime and religious war led by the group of extremist settlers in the terrorist occupation government.”

It called on Palestinians living in “occupied territories” to “reject this criminal decision, to resist the arrogance of the occupation, and to mobilize and march and be present in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The group also warned that restricting access to the mosque “will not pass without accountability.”

Israeli soldiers continue ground operations in Gaza

An image released by the Israeli Army on Saturday shows soldiers during ongoing ground operations at an undisclosed location in Gaza.

Israeli Soldiers in Gaza
Israeli Army / AFP – Getty Images

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