The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has expelled twelve employees suspected of involvement in the Hamas massacre in Israel. Then several countries stopped payments to the organization. Germany is also not approving any new money at the moment.
DrDue to the alleged involvement of some employees of the United Nations Palestinian relief organization UNRWA in the Hamas massacre in Israel, Germany is unwilling to approve any new funds for the organization at the present time. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Development announced on Saturday evening in Berlin that “until clarification is completed, Germany, in coordination with other donor countries, will not temporarily approve any new funds for UNRWA in Gaza.” She added that, in any case, there are currently no new commitments pending.
At the same time, the ministries confirmed that humanitarian aid to the Palestinians continues. A few days ago, funding for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was increased by seven million euros. UNRWA is vital to the basic needs of the Palestinian population. It was “absolutely true” that UNRWA acted promptly in light of the allegations against staff and that Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini “took immediate action”.
After the United States and Canada, Great Britain, Italy and Australia also suspended their payments to the aid organization on Saturday.
In 2023, Germany provided 200 million euros to UNRWA
According to its own information, the federal government supported the United Nations Relief Organization (UNRWA) with more than 200 million euros in 2023 alone. Other Western countries are also important donors to UNRWA.
Israel had provided the relief organization with information that twelve of the organization's employees, numbering several thousand in the Gaza Strip, had participated in the massacre. They were released immediately. Lazzarini and UN Secretary-General António Guterres were horrified and threatened those affected with criminal consequences.
Rape by Hamas
In the October 7 attacks, terrorists from Hamas and other extremist Palestinian groups in Israel killed more than 1,200 people and took more than 250 hostage. Israel responded with massive air strikes and a ground attack. According to Palestinian figures, more than 26,000 people were killed as a result.
Könnten der Wahlbetrugs-Prozess gegen Donald Trump jetzt alle platzen? Der Ex-Präsident hatte sich in dem Verfahren an den Obersten Gerichtshof in Washington gewandt und auf Immunität gepocht.
Begründung: als Präsident habe er damals für seine Handlungen im Amt Immunität genossen. Seine Handlungen haben sich aus seinen Pflichten als Staatschef ergeben, argumentieren seine Anwälte.
Jetzt will das höchste US-Gericht diese Berufung im April prüfen. Sollten die Richter Trump recht geben, könnte der Staatsanwalt Jack Smith seine Anklage in den Papierkorb werfen müssen. Damit wäre dann wohl auch der Versuch gescheitert, Trump von der Wahlliste zu streichen und noch vor der US-Wahl im November zu stoppen.
So oder so wird das Verfahren den Beginn eines Prozesses gegen Trump weit nach hinten hinaus verzögern – gegebenenfalls bis nach den Wahlen. Somit ist diese Entscheidung ein Erfolg für den Ex-Präsidenten. Das zuständige Gericht hat bereits die Eröffnung von anfangs geplant März auf unbestimmte Zeit verschoben.
Trump ist in der US-Hauptstadt Washington im Zusammenhang mit versuchtem Wahlbetrug angeklagt. Seine Anhänger Trumps stürmten am 6. Januar 2021 den Parlamentssitz in Washington während der Kongress Trumps Gegner Joe Biden offiziell als Sieger der Wahl bestätigte. Trump hatte zuvor in einer Rede seine Anhänger in einer hitzigen Rede aufgewiegelt. Bei dem Sturm auf das Capitol kamen fünf Menschen zu Tode.
Das Gericht will nun prüfen, „ob und wenn ja, in welchem Umfang ein ehemaliger Präsident Immunität vor strafrechtlicher Verfolgung für Verhaltensweisen genießt, die mutmaßlich mit Amtshandlungen während seiner Amtszeit zusammenhängen“. Sowohl Staatsanwaltschaft als auch Trumps Lager werden in dem Verfahren im April angehört.
Diese Entscheidung hat auch immense Bedeutung für künftige Präsidenten. Sollten diese wirklich Immunität genießen, könnten sie möglicherweise Straftaten im Amt begehen, ohne Konsequenzen fürchten zu müssen.
The frigate „Hessen” inadvertently fires on an ally's drone
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The first live use of weapons by the frigate „Hessen” in the Red Sea was successful. On Tuesday evening, two enemy air targets were attacked. Another drone cannot be shot down previously. It later turned out that it appeared to be an American drone.
DrThe German frigate Hessen inadvertently fired on an allied nation's drone during its operation in the Red Sea. Defense Ministry spokesman Michael Stempfel reported on Wednesday that the German warship had already spotted a drone in the area of operations on Monday that could not initially be assigned to any of the allied nations. Hess then tried to shoot down this drone, but was unsuccessful. He added: „The case was solved because it was not an enemy drone, which did not become clear until later.”
Stempfle did not say which country this drone was later assigned to. However, he explicitly confirmed that before the bombing, Hesse requested all allied countries, and no country announced the presence of its own drone in the area of operations. Only later did it emerge that it was an unreported drone. It is known that there are American combat drones in the region that are not related to the operation in the Red Sea.
How the drone was shot down is now being investigated. According to the industry blog „augengeradeaus.net”, it is an American MQ-9 drone, which is also often referred to as the Reaper. According to available information, it was traveling in airspace without operating the identification friend-foe (IFF) transceiver and without knowledge of the operations centers of warships of other states.
Houthi attacks in the Red Sea
A short while ago, it was learned that the frigate “Hessen”, which was used to protect commercial ships, repelled an attack by the Houthi militias operating from Yemen for the first time on Tuesday evening and shot down two drones. According to X's account „The German Army in Action”, there were two drones. Consequently, there were no casualties or property damage on board the ship.
According to the industry blog, these drones were shot down with the frigate's 76mm gun and a RAM (airframe missile system). This indicates that the drones have already gotten relatively close to the naval vessel, because these weapons are designed for so-called close range.
Pistorius: The early deployment of the Hessen frigate was the right thing to do
Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) explained that the early deployment proved successful by shooting down two enemy drones on Tuesday evening. The first drone was initially spotted and intercepted around 8 p.m. 15 minutes later, a second missile „that was approaching the ship” was successfully intercepted, Pistorius said on Wednesday during a visit to troops in Oberwischtach in Bavaria. According to its mission, the frigate was patrolling the southern Red Sea in the area assigned to it at that time.
The minister confirmed that another incident had occurred the night before, “in which there was also shooting, but no one was injured,” he said. It was a reconnaissance drone. Hessen has contacted all interested parties. “In the end there was no shooting.”
„Hessen” has been participating in the European Union operation to protect commercial ships in the Red Sea since Friday. „Hessen” had previously departed from Wilhelmshaven towards the area of operations with the aim of being able to begin implementing the order immediately after the Bundestag's decision. Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that the operation would contribute to stability in the region. The operation is considered the most dangerous naval mission in the history of the German Army.
The Iran-aligned militia wants to use attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea to force an end to the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, which comes in response to the terrorist attack launched by the Islamist Hamas movement on October 7.
The Houthi militia said last week that it wants to expand its attacks on commercial ships off the coast of the country. The group's leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, said in a televised speech that they are counting on escalation in response to the Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip. So far, 48 ships have been attacked. He also announced the use of underwater weapons.
The sea route through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal is one of the most important trade routes in the world. Due to attacks by the Houthis, who are armed by Iran, major shipping companies are increasingly avoiding the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe – which is greatly affecting the global economy.
A building belonging to Putin's party in southern Ukraine was damaged by explosions. Macron's Foreign Minister is trying to contain the excitement surrounding the presidential initiative. More information in the news blog.
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Von der Leyen wants to help Ukraine with frozen Russian funds
9:57 AM: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for the available profits from frozen Russian assets to be transferred to Ukraine. In a speech to the European Parliament, she called for the funds to be used to purchase military equipment for Ukraine. She says this is the best way to use the money to make Ukraine and the whole of Europe safer.
The Chinese representative travels to Ukraine, Russia and Germany
9:22 AM: China's special envoy for Eurasian affairs is scheduled to visit Russia, Ukraine, Germany and the European Union in Brussels this week for talks on the war in Ukraine. Envoy Li Hui's trip represents „the second round of shuttle diplomacy to find a political solution to the Ukrainian crisis,” as the Chinese Foreign Ministry explained. Accordingly, the Special Representative will also travel to France and Poland.
China says „restoring peace” is the most urgent issue at the moment. „In the past two years, we have never given up our efforts for peace and have never stopped pushing forward the talks,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Naing said at a press conference. He added, „Everything we have done leads to one goal, which is to build consensus to end the war and pave the way for peace talks.”
Experts: Russia is making more progress on Avdiivka
8:01 AM: Russia is trying to maintain the momentum of its offensive around the recently captured city of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine. This is what military analysts at the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) wrote. The Russian Armed Forces appear to be „maintaining a relatively high pace of their offensive operations.” These aim to „advance as far as possible into the Avdiivka area before Ukrainian forces establish more closed and impenetrable defense lines in this area,” the analysis said.
A Ukrainian military spokesman recently said that Russia is working to transform its units in the region from smaller shock forces into larger battle groups and even companies. “Russian forces are currently focusing their attacks west of Avdiivka in the direction of Berdichi, Orlivka and Toninki,” the Institute for the Study of War wrote. In this area, Ukrainian positions are “disappointing” and “problematic,” say Ukrainian military observers, according to the Institute for War Studies report.
However, the difficult terrain with waterways to the west of Avdiivka could soon slow the Russian advance, according to the Institute for the Study of War. This may allow the Ukrainian Armed Forces to expand their defensive positions.
Rebels will likely blow up Putin's headquarters in southern Ukraine
7:28 AM: Explosions occurred at the regional headquarters of the Russian presidential party „United Russia” in southern Ukraine. This was reported by the Ukrainian Center for National Resistance. Ukrainian supporters are said to be responsible for the crime that likely occurred on Tuesday morning in the town of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region. The information cannot be independently verified.
Russian presidential elections began on Sunday in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson. The National Resistance Center wrote on its website that „the resistance movement forces directed 'peace' to the occupiers and stopped the fake 'elections' in the occupied city.” According to the information, Russia is trying to hide the fact that the explosions were the work of partisans: “In order not to spread panic, the Russians are currently claiming that an alleged drone hit the building, although this is not true.”