US, 16 other countries call for ceasefire agreement and other news.

  • The White House and leaders of 16 other countries apply pressure Thursday on Hamas and Israel to proceed with a ceasefire in Gaza under the terms outlined last week by President Biden. “We call on Hamas to conclude this agreement, which Israel is ready to carry forward,” they said in a joint statement. Neither Israel nor Hamas have said definitively that they will accept or reject the proposal amid disagreements on key issues.

  • Spain will ask to join South Africa's case before the International Court of Justice accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares announced on Thursday, the Reuters news agency reported. It joins Ireland, Türkiye, Egypt and several other countries that have said they will support the cause. Responding to an urgent request from South Africa, the court last month ordered Israel to halt its military offensive in Rafah, although it has few effective means to enforce its order.

  • Repairs to a temporary dock built by the US military Delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza is taking longer than the Pentagon initially estimated. The pier will be reattached to the Gaza coast in the next few days, the Pentagon said Wednesday; the initial estimate was that it would be fully restored by Tuesday. Rough seas tore the pier apart just days after it was installed last month, and it was towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod for repairs. A Pentagon spokesman said the pier cost $230 million to build, not the $320 million originally expected.

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