President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan counterpart, President Ashraf Ghani, at the White House, as the two countries prepare for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, Australia's largest city goes into partial lockdown over a spike in the COVID-19 delta variant in Sydney. Also, Palestinians are protesting the death of popular activist Nizar Banat while in Palestinian Authority custody.
Top of The World: At least 24 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed overnight and 122 others were wounded in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in a new round of escalating tensions. And, the COVID-19 variant first identified in India has been designated a global concern by the World Health Organization. Also, the FDA has expanded the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab to children as young as 12.
Top of The World: The European Union has launched legal action against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. And, Human Rights Watch alleged in a new report that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians. Also, world powers have resumed high-level talks in Vienna in an effort to bring the US back into the nuclear deal with Iran.
In the Gaza Strip, roughly 2 million Palestinians are squeezed into a small territory. And though there have been few reported cases of the coronavirus, experts worry Israel's years-long blockade has left the territory ill-equipped to handle the outbreak.
A truce to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold Monday, just as Gazans were preparing to begin the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Tuesday as Palestinians kept up rocket fire on Israeli territory, in the worst surge of violence since a 2014 war.
The Israeli undercover operation in Gaza led to fighting that killed a Hamas commander among others. Hamas said it dealt a blow to Egyptian, Qatari and UN efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire and ease an Israeli blockade that has deepened economic hardship in Gaza.
Washington's move against UNRWA was the latest in a series of US and Israeli policy decisions that have angered Palestinians and raised international concern.
The special session of the Human Rights Council was convened after the bloodiest day for Palestinians in years on Monday, when 60 were killed by Israeli gunfire during demonstrations that Israel said included attempts to breach its frontier fence.