Monday Briefing – The New York Times | ET REALITY

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The Israeli military announced that its forces had completely surrounded Gaza City and were carrying out “a significant operation” in the Gaza Strip yesterday evening, while the entire enclave was engulfed in the same type of widespread communications blackout. which isolated it from the world during Israel’s initial ground invasion 10 days ago.

“At this hour, we are carrying out a major attack against terrorist infrastructure both underground and above ground,” Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military’s chief spokesman, said at a late-night briefing.

Journalists’ reporting was limited by the blackout, but the BBC said one of its Gaza reporters thought the night had brought “the most intense airstrikes since the start of the war”, focused mainly on northwest Gaza. . Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, reported “violent explosions and unprecedented shelling,” saying the raids targeted the vicinity of several hospitals and had killed and wounded dozens.

Related: Israel has quietly and unsuccessfully tried to drum up international support in recent weeks for the transfer of several hundred thousand civilians from Gaza to Egypt, senior foreign diplomats said.

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, made unannounced visits to the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Baghdad yesterday. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, he met with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the internationally backed Palestinian Authority, and other Palestinian leaders. Blinken will meet with Turkish leaders in Ankara today.

The trip to Iraq was intended to send a message to Iran and its proxies about the Biden administration’s commitment to defending its partners and American personnel amid concerns about a broader conflict. Tensions have risen in the Middle East since Israel launched its military operation aimed at crushing Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to the group’s attack on Israel on October 7. See the latest maps of the war.

Blinken’s visit to the West Bank followed talks with Israeli and Arab leaders in Tel Aviv and Amman, Jordan. In Israel, he urged protection of noncombatant Palestinians and “humanitarian pauses” in the fighting, even as he supported the country’s right to defend itself. With Abbas, he discussed efforts to stop extremist violence against Palestinians and restore calm in the West Bank.

Military aid: An Israeli government request for 24,000 assault rifles from the United States is drawing scrutiny from American lawmakers and some State Department officials who fear the weapons could end up in the hands of settlers and civilian militias trying to expel Palestinians from lands in West Bank, United States. officials say.

Intelligence discussions: William Burns, director of the CIA, arrived in Israel yesterday to talk with leaders and officials, the first stop on a trip to several countries in the region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office on Saturday rebuked the country’s top military commander for publicly declaring that the war was at a standstill, suggesting the comments would help Russia. It was a stunning public rebuke that signaled emerging divisions between military and civilian leaders at an already difficult time for Ukraine.

“Time has passed, people are tired, regardless of their status, and this is understandable,” Zelensky said at a news conference, adding: “But this is not a stalemate, I emphasize it once again.”

Fall of Ukrainian morale: Pessimism about the prospects for a quick victory is growing and the spirit that inspired the early days of the conflict is beginning to fade, polls show.

About 2,000 people are known to have died jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco since it opened in 1937. After years of pressure from victims’ families, workers have almost finished installing 3½ miles of stainless steel nettingwhich cost 217 million dollars and aim to prevent this type of tragedies.

So far, nets have proven to be a deterrent, but not a perfect solution.

“This is what I love to do”: He Liverpool superfan who has attended 1,000 consecutive games.

Olympic Games: In 1984, Leonel Martínez, a Venezuelan shooter, left the Summer Games without reaching the podium. At 60 years old, he is competing for a medal again.

Cricket World Cup: Afghanistan’s team has won big games and many fans in international competition, in stark contrast to its government’s pariah status.

New York Marathon: Tamirat Tola broke the course record in the men’s race and Hellen Obiri took a spectacular victory in the women’s race. See course highlights.

In “Dream Scenario,” Nicolas Cage plays a man who begins to appear in people’s dreams. He spoke to The Times about what attracted him to the film, childhood memories of him as Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew and the nature of fame.

“The sound of applause should never be taken lightly, and God knows I’ve had enough tomatoes,” he said. “But the goal of all this is to tell a story and make it connect with your audience, so that they know that secret with you.”

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