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Israel-Hamas war Highlights: WHO warns Gaza's health situation 'catastrophic'

Israel-Hamas war Highlights: WHO warns Gaza's health situation 'catastrophic'
TOPSHOT - Young boys push a loaded tolley in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on December 10, 2023, as battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. Israeli forces pushed into southern Gaza on December 10, where hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled in search of shelter from bombardments and intense fighting with Hamas militants. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
TOPSHOT - Young boys push a loaded tolley in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on December 10, 2023, as battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. Israeli forces pushed into southern Gaza on December 10, where hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled in search of shelter from bombardments and intense fighting with Hamas militants. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

Israel-Hamas war Highlights: The death toll of Palestinians in Gaza due to the Israel-Hamas conflict has crossed 17,700, according to the Health Ministry in the Hamas-controlled region. Israel's military operations in the southern Gaza Strip escalated on Saturday, marked by increased airstrikes and artillery bombardments. This occurred a day after the United States vetoed a United Nations resolution advocating for a ceasefire. Israel has confirmed the loss of 97 soldiers in the ground offensive following an earlier attack by Hamas on southern Israel on October 7. That attack resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 Israelis, predominantly civilians, and the abduction of around 240 hostages...Read More

-On Saturday, Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels issued a threat to halt the passage of ships bound for Israeli ports through the Red Sea and Arabian Sea until sufficient supplies of food and medicine are permitted into the Gaza Strip.

-The fighters supported by Iran in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen have taken responsibility for attacks on targets in Israel and the United States since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Recently, the Houthis have been involved in attacking ships in the Red Sea and have launched drones and missiles targeting Israel.

-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz conversed via phone on Saturday, as confirmed by Scholz’s office. The discussion centered on“spoke about the necessary efforts for the greatest possible protection of civilians and a substantial improvement of the humanitarian situation of people in the Gaza Strip,” as stated in the official communication, according to Associated Press.

-A member of Israel's War Cabinet has faced the loss of a nephew in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, further impacting the family of former military chief Gadi Eizenkot, who recently mourned the death of his son in battle. The Israeli military confirmed on Saturday that Sgt. Major Cohen Eizenkot, 19, died in a battle in southern Gaza.

-Despite growing international pressure, President Joe Biden’s administration remains opposed to an open-ended cease-fire, arguing it would enable Hamas to continue posing a threat to Israel. According to an Associated Press report, the US administration approved the emergency sale to Israel of nearly 14,000 rounds of tank ammunition worth more than $106 million, the State Department said.

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Dec 10, 2023 11:49 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Gaza's largest hospital Al-Shifa is in ruins

Gaza's largest hospital Al-Shifa is in ruins after Israel's offensive in the ongoing war in the Palestinian territory, reported AFP. At least 30,000 people have taken refuge in its grounds between piles of rubble and waste. Medical equipments in the hospital are damaged and cannot be used.

Dec 10, 2023 11:26 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Hamas threatens no hostage will leave alive unless demands met

According to a report by AFP, Hamas has threatened Israel that no hostages would be able to leave Gaza alive unless its demands are met.

"Neither the fascist enemy and its arrogant leadership... nor its supporters... can take their prisoners alive without an exchange and negotiation and meeting the demands of the resistance," Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, said in a televised broadcast.

Dec 10, 2023 10:58 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Death toll in Gaza nears 18,000

According to a report by AFP citing the health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, the death toll due to the Israel-Hamas war in the Palestinian territory had risen to at least 17,997.

Dec 10, 2023 10:15 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israel shares details about Iranian-backed attack plans in Cyprus

The official account of the Prime Minister of Israel shared details about Iranian-backed attack plans on Jews and Israelis in Cyprus.

Dec 10, 2023 9:43 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Blinken defends bypassing Congress to sell weapons to Israel and presses lawmakers to help Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday defended the emergency sale to Israel of nearly 14,000 rounds of tank ammunition and also called for quick congressional approval of more than $100 billion in aid for Israel, Ukraine and other national security priorities.

Blinken said the needs of Israel's military operations in Gaza justify the rare decision to bypass Congress. “Israel is in combat right now with Hamas,” he said during television interviews. “And we want to make sure that Israel has what it needs to defend itself against Hamas."

Dec 10, 2023 9:15 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Thousands demonstrate against antisemitism in Berlin as Germany grapples with a rise in incidents

Several thousand people demonstrated against antisemitism in Berlin on Sunday as Germany grapples with a large increase in anti-Jewish incidents following Hamas' attack on Israel two months ago.

Police estimated that around 3,200 people gathered in the rain in the German capital, while organizers put the figure at 10,000, German news agency dpa reported. Participants in the protest, titled “Never again is now,” marched to the Brandenburg Gate.

(AP)

Dec 10, 2023 8:44 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: What Russian Foreign Minister has said on Gaza war

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talked about the situation in Gaza in an interview with Al Jazeera, aired on Sunday at the Doha Forum conference.

"We strongly condemned the terrorist attack against Israel on Oct. 7," said Lavrov.

"At the same time, we do not believe it is acceptable to use this event for the collective punishment of the millions of Palestinian people with indiscriminate shelling," added Lavrov.

Dec 10, 2023 8:30 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Russia calls for international monitoring mission in Gaza

On Sunday, Russia called for an international monitoring mission to go to Gaza to assess the humanitarian situation amid ongoing war, reported Reuters. Notably, the ongoing war has resulted in the death of thousands of civilians on both sides.

Dec 10, 2023 7:55 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israel's PM voices 'dissatisfaction' to Putin over UN vote

During his discussion with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his 'dissatisfaction' over Russia's vote in favour of a UN Security Council resolution seeking cease-fire in Gaza.

"The prime minister expressed his dissatisfaction with the positions expressed against Israel by Russian representatives at the UN and in other forums" when he spoke with Putin on Sunday, Netanyahu's office said in a statement as quoted by AFP.

"Any country that had been struck with a criminal terrorist assault such as Israel experienced would have reacted with no less force than Israel is using," he told Putin.

Dec 10, 2023 7:11 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Gaza war with Putin

According to the official account of Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Gaza war with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Dec 10, 2023 6:55 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Gaza's health situation almost impossible to improve, says WHO chief

On Sunday, the World Health Organization chief highlighted that in current circumstances, Gaza's health situation is almost impossible to improve. He has labelled the health crisis in Gaza as "catastrophic".

"I must be frank with you: these tasks are almost impossible in the current circumstances," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Dec 10, 2023 6:32 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Heavy fighting across Gaza

Heavy fighting is happening across Gaza including the devasted north, reported AP. Israeli forces have been strengthened by the latest supply of arms and ammunitions from the US.

Reportedly, more than 17000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing war.

Dec 10, 2023 6:18 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Released Israeli hostages share how Hamas captivity was like

Israel has shared a video of released hostages talking about how Hamas captivity was like when they were held in Gaza.

Dec 10, 2023 6:05 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Lebanon's Hezbollah fired drones at an Israeli command position

On Sunday, Lebanon's Hezbollah claimed that it had launched explosive drones at an Israeli command position, reported Reuters. In retaliation, Israeli fighter jets carried out "an extensive series of strikes on Hezbollah terror targets in Lebanese territory".

Dec 10, 2023 5:47 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: IDF claims aerial targets crossed from Lebanon into Israeli territory

In a post on X(formerly Twitter), Israel Defense Forces claimed that aerial targets crossed from Lebanon into Israeli territory. In the operation against the targets, two Israeli soldiers got injured.

Dec 10, 2023 5:32 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Israel shares courageous thoughts of a released hostage

Israel has shared the courageous thoughts of an Israeli girl who was released from Hamas captivity in Gaza.

Dec 10, 2023 5:18 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Israeli tanks reach centre of Khan Younis in Gaza

According to a report by Reuters, on Sunday, Israeli tanks reached the centre of Gaza's major city Khan Younis. Reportedly, the ongoing war has claimed the lives of more than 17000 Gazans who were killed in Israeli strikes.

Dec 10, 2023 5:05 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Qatar's prime minister says efforts to renew Israel-Hamas truce 'continuing'

On Sunday, Qatar's prime minister said that mediation efforts are on to implement a new truce between Israel and Hamas.

"We are going to continue, we are committed to have hostages released, but we are also committed to stop the war," the Qatari premier said as quoted by AFP.

Dec 10, 2023 4:47 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: UN agency chief says Israel trying to expel Gazans into Egypt

The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees has accused Israel of trying to expel Gazans across the territory's border into Egypt, reported AFP.

"The United Nations and several member states, including the US, have firmly rejected forcibly displacing Gazans out of the Gaza Strip," UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini said.

"But the developments we are witnessing point to attempts to move Palestinians into Egypt, regardless of whether they stay there or are resettled elsewhere."

Dec 10, 2023 4:33 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Pictures from PM of Israel's meeting with the War Cabinet

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting of the War Cabinet at the Kirya in Tel Aviv. The official account of PM of Israel, has shared pictures from the meeting, on X(formerly Twitter).

Dec 10, 2023 4:09 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Palestinian Prime Minister says US should also be held responsible for Israeli attacks

On Sunday, while speaking at the Doha Forum conference in Qatar, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the United States should also be held responsible for Israeli attacks on Gaza and the loss of Palestinian lives, reported Reuters.

Dec 10, 2023 3:30 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: IDF shares list of their operations and achievements in last 24 hours

Taking to X(formerly Twitter), Israel Defense Forces shared a list of their operations and achievements in last 24 hours

Dec 10, 2023 3:12 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE updates: Impact of Gaza war on health is catastrophic, says WHO chief

On Sunday, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the war in Gaza is causing "catastrophic" impact on health.

Reportedly, more than 17000 Palestinians have been killed in the war in Gaza.

Dec 10, 2023 2:57 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israel reposts emotional message about hostage held captive in Gaza

Israel has reposted emotional message about a hostage named Noa Argamani who is held captive in Gaza. The social media post was written by Noa's cousin.

Dec 10, 2023 2:43 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: UN chief says he will keep appealing for ceasefire in Gaza

On Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he would continue appealing for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

"I urged the Security Council to press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and I reiterated my appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared," Guterres said.

"Regrettably, the Security Council failed to do it, but that does not make it less necessary," he said.

"I will not give up," Guterres added.

Dec 10, 2023 2:28 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Jordan says Israel wants to expel Palestinians from Gaza

On Sunday, Jordan's foreign minister Ayman Safadi said that Israel was trying to push Palestinians out of Gaza through its ongoing war. In Israel-Hamas War, more than 17000 Palestinians have reportedly lost their lives.

Dec 10, 2023 2:15 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: IDF releases video of Hamas robbing humanitarian aid from Gazans

Israel Defense Forces have shared a video claiming that Hamas terrorists robbed humanitarian aid from Gaza civilians.

Dec 10, 2023 2:00 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: Qatar ‘not going to give up’ on ceasefire demand amid Israel strike

Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said mediation efforts to secure a new ceasefire in Gaza amid Israel-Hamas war.

"Our efforts as the state of Qatar along with our partners are continuing. We are not going to give up," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told the Doha Forum, adding that “the continuation of the bombardment is just narrowing this window for us,” Al Thani said at Doha Forum.

Dec 10, 2023 1:31 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: UNSC ‘paralysed’ over Gaza, says UN chief

United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres on Sunday said the UNSC is "paralysed by geostrategic divisions" over Gaza and reiterated his demand for humanitarian pause.

"Regrettably, the Security Council failed to do it…I can promise, I will not give up," he said addressing the Qatar-Doha forum.

Dec 10, 2023 12:58 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: Over 250 targets stuck in Gaza overnight, says IDF

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) says its troops have conducted overnight strikes at some 250 Hamas targets in Gaza and they are carrying out further operation on the ground.

According to the IDF, in the last few hours, ground forces raided Hamas sites in Gaza, finding and destroying what they described as many weapons and tunnel shafts, and killing gunmen who had planned to attack the troops.

Dec 10, 2023 12:29 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: 1.9 million of Gaza's 2.4 million people have been displaced

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Blocked from leaving the narrow territory, they have turned Rafah, near the crossing with Egypt, into a vast camp. The United Nations children's agency said Saturday that nearly one million children had been forcibly displaced by the conflict.

With fighting intensifying in southern Gaza, where Israel previously urged civilians to seek shelter, children are running out of safe places to go.

"They are now being pushed further and further south into tiny, overcrowded areas without water, food, or protection, putting them at increased risk of respiratory infections and waterborne disease," said Adele Khodr of UNICEF.

Dec 10, 2023 10:46 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Hamas members beat civilians, steal humanitarian aid, IDF claims

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israel Defence Forces (IDF) on Sunday accused Hamas terrorists of beating civilians and stealing the humanitarian aid that Gaza received from international organisations, ANI reported.

IDF shared a video on X that showed people getting beaten by some individuals. In the video, some individuals also placed some material in the vehicle.

While sharing the video on X, the IDF said,“Hamas members beat civilians and steal the humanitarian aid they received from international organizations--facilitated by Israel. Hamas puts its terrorist goals over Gazans' needs.”

Dec 10, 2023 10:09 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Yemen rebels threaten Israel-bound Red Sea ships

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Yemen's Huthi rebels, backed by Iran, issued a threat on Saturday, warning to target any vessels bound for Israeli ports unless there's permission for food and medicine to enter the blockaded Gaza Strip, AFP reported.

This latest warning follows escalating tensions in the Red Sea and nearby areas after a series of naval attacks by the Huthi rebels since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on October 7.

In a social media statement, the Huthis stated their intention to block ships heading towards Israel if humanitarian aid isn't permitted to reach Gaza, which is under Hamas control.

While the Huthis have previously targeted ships they claim are linked to Israel, this new threat widens the range of potential targets.

Dec 10, 2023 9:21 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: French military guns down two drones over Red Sea

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: A French warship in the Red Sea intercepted and shot down two drones approaching from Yemen's coast, French military said on Sunday, AFP reported.

The frigate Languedoc, deployed in the Red Sea, executed the interception and destruction of these identified threats late Saturday, as stated by the general staff in a press release.

These interceptions occurred at 2030 GMT and 2230 GMT, approximately 110 km (68 miles) from Yemen's coastline.

On Saturday, Yemen's Huthi rebels, backed by Iran, issued a threat to target any ships heading toward Israeli ports unless there's permission for food and medicine to enter Gaza, stating, "The interception and destruction of these two identified threats."

Dec 10, 2023 8:35 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israeli troops move further into southern Gaza

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israeli forces have advanced into southern Gaza, prompting hundreds of thousands of civilians to seek refuge from airstrikes and intense clashes with Hamas militants, AFP reported.

Humanitarian groups have raised urgent concerns about the dire situation in the Palestinian region, describing it as nearing a catastrophic point with risks of disease outbreaks and severe food shortages.

Hamas, governing Gaza, claimed that Israel had initiated a series of aggressive attacks, targeting Khan Yunis in the south and the route toward Rafah along the Egyptian border.

Dec 10, 2023 7:55 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israeli hostage in Gaza killed in captivity

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Sahar Baruch, a 25-year-old Israeli who was abducted on October 7, has passed away while in captivity, as confirmed by Kibbutz Be'eri, his former residence, in an announcement made on Saturday, ANI reported.

"It is with great sadness and a broken heart that we announce the murder of Sahar Baruch who was kidnapped from his home by Hamas terrorists to Gaza on Black Saturday and murdered there," the kibbutz said in a joint statement with the Hostages and Missing Families Forum.

"His brother Idan was murdered by Hamas on October 7. We share in the unbearable grief of his parents, Tami and Roni, his brothers, Guy and Niv, his family and all his loved ones. We will demand the return of his body as part of any hostage return deal. We will not stop until everyone is at home."

Dec 10, 2023 7:16 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israeli army says five soldiers have died

The Israeli military said on Sunday that five soldiers lost their lives in the Gaza War. Four soldiers died during the Southern Gaza conflict, while the fifth soldier passed away due to injuries sustained from the fighting on October 7, as stated in the Israeli army's announcement shared on X (formerly Twitter).

Dec 10, 2023 6:49 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: More evacuations ordered in Gaza's southern city

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israel instructed the evacuation of residents from Khan Younis, Gaza's primary southern city, on Saturday after United States used its United Nations Security Council veto to protect Israel from a call for a ceasefire, Reuters reported.

Following the breakdown of a previous truce, Israel has extended its ground offensive into the southern part of Gaza, specifically advancing into Khan Younis. Concurrently, both parties have witnessed escalated conflict in the northern region.

Dec 10, 2023 6:34 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: University of Pennsylvania president Liz Magill resigns after antisemitism uproar

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: The president of the University of Pennsylvania has stepped down following pressure from donors and criticism regarding her testimony during a congressional hearing, Associated Press reported. In that hearing, she faced repeated questioning and was unable to affirm that calls on campus for the genocide of Jews would violate the school's conduct policy. Read more

Dec 10, 2023 6:26 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: North Korea slams US move blocking UN Gaza ceasefire call

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: A North Korean senior official criticized the United States for blocking a United Nations resolution that called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. The official claimed that the veto demonstrated Washington's “double standards”, Reuters reported, citing North Korean state media KCNA on Sunday.

The US vetoed a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza at the United Nations Security Council on Friday. The ceasefire resolution at the UN failed to pass after the United States vetoed the proposal and Britain abstained.

(Reuters)

Dec 10, 2023 2:28 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Jordan says Israel wants to expel Palestinians from Gaza

On Sunday, Jordan's foreign minister Ayman Safadi said that Israel was trying to push Palestinians out of Gaza through its ongoing war. In Israel-Hamas War, more than 17000 Palestinians have reportedly lost their lives.

Dec 10, 2023 2:15 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: IDF releases video of Hamas robbing humanitarian aid from Gazans

Israel Defense Forces have shared a video claiming that Hamas terrorists robbed humanitarian aid from Gaza civilians.

Dec 10, 2023 2:00 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: Qatar ‘not going to give up’ on ceasefire demand amid Israel strike

Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said mediation efforts to secure a new ceasefire in Gaza amid Israel-Hamas war.

"Our efforts as the state of Qatar along with our partners are continuing. We are not going to give up," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told the Doha Forum, adding that “the continuation of the bombardment is just narrowing this window for us,” Al Thani said at Doha Forum.

Dec 10, 2023 1:31 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: UNSC ‘paralysed’ over Gaza, says UN chief

United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres on Sunday said the UNSC is "paralysed by geostrategic divisions" over Gaza and reiterated his demand for humanitarian pause.

"Regrettably, the Security Council failed to do it…I can promise, I will not give up," he said addressing the Qatar-Doha forum.

Dec 10, 2023 12:58 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: Over 250 targets stuck in Gaza overnight, says IDF

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) says its troops have conducted overnight strikes at some 250 Hamas targets in Gaza and they are carrying out further operation on the ground.

According to the IDF, in the last few hours, ground forces raided Hamas sites in Gaza, finding and destroying what they described as many weapons and tunnel shafts, and killing gunmen who had planned to attack the troops.

Dec 10, 2023 12:29 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: 1.9 million of Gaza's 2.4 million people have been displaced

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Blocked from leaving the narrow territory, they have turned Rafah, near the crossing with Egypt, into a vast camp. The United Nations children's agency said Saturday that nearly one million children had been forcibly displaced by the conflict.

With fighting intensifying in southern Gaza, where Israel previously urged civilians to seek shelter, children are running out of safe places to go.

"They are now being pushed further and further south into tiny, overcrowded areas without water, food, or protection, putting them at increased risk of respiratory infections and waterborne disease," said Adele Khodr of UNICEF.

Dec 10, 2023 10:46 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Hamas members beat civilians, steal humanitarian aid, IDF claims

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israel Defence Forces (IDF) on Sunday accused Hamas terrorists of beating civilians and stealing the humanitarian aid that Gaza received from international organisations, ANI reported.

IDF shared a video on X that showed people getting beaten by some individuals. In the video, some individuals also placed some material in the vehicle.

While sharing the video on X, the IDF said,“Hamas members beat civilians and steal the humanitarian aid they received from international organizations--facilitated by Israel. Hamas puts its terrorist goals over Gazans' needs.”

Dec 10, 2023 10:09 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Yemen rebels threaten Israel-bound Red Sea ships

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Yemen's Huthi rebels, backed by Iran, issued a threat on Saturday, warning to target any vessels bound for Israeli ports unless there's permission for food and medicine to enter the blockaded Gaza Strip, AFP reported.

This latest warning follows escalating tensions in the Red Sea and nearby areas after a series of naval attacks by the Huthi rebels since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on October 7.

In a social media statement, the Huthis stated their intention to block ships heading towards Israel if humanitarian aid isn't permitted to reach Gaza, which is under Hamas control.

While the Huthis have previously targeted ships they claim are linked to Israel, this new threat widens the range of potential targets.

Dec 10, 2023 9:21 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: French military guns down two drones over Red Sea

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: A French warship in the Red Sea intercepted and shot down two drones approaching from Yemen's coast, French military said on Sunday, AFP reported.

The frigate Languedoc, deployed in the Red Sea, executed the interception and destruction of these identified threats late Saturday, as stated by the general staff in a press release.

These interceptions occurred at 2030 GMT and 2230 GMT, approximately 110 km (68 miles) from Yemen's coastline.

On Saturday, Yemen's Huthi rebels, backed by Iran, issued a threat to target any ships heading toward Israeli ports unless there's permission for food and medicine to enter Gaza, stating, "The interception and destruction of these two identified threats."

Dec 10, 2023 8:35 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israeli troops move further into southern Gaza

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israeli forces have advanced into southern Gaza, prompting hundreds of thousands of civilians to seek refuge from airstrikes and intense clashes with Hamas militants, AFP reported.

Humanitarian groups have raised urgent concerns about the dire situation in the Palestinian region, describing it as nearing a catastrophic point with risks of disease outbreaks and severe food shortages.

Hamas, governing Gaza, claimed that Israel had initiated a series of aggressive attacks, targeting Khan Yunis in the south and the route toward Rafah along the Egyptian border.

Dec 10, 2023 7:55 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israeli hostage in Gaza killed in captivity

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Sahar Baruch, a 25-year-old Israeli who was abducted on October 7, has passed away while in captivity, as confirmed by Kibbutz Be'eri, his former residence, in an announcement made on Saturday, ANI reported.

"It is with great sadness and a broken heart that we announce the murder of Sahar Baruch who was kidnapped from his home by Hamas terrorists to Gaza on Black Saturday and murdered there," the kibbutz said in a joint statement with the Hostages and Missing Families Forum.

"His brother Idan was murdered by Hamas on October 7. We share in the unbearable grief of his parents, Tami and Roni, his brothers, Guy and Niv, his family and all his loved ones. We will demand the return of his body as part of any hostage return deal. We will not stop until everyone is at home."

Dec 10, 2023 7:16 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israeli army says five soldiers have died

The Israeli military said on Sunday that five soldiers lost their lives in the Gaza War. Four soldiers died during the Southern Gaza conflict, while the fifth soldier passed away due to injuries sustained from the fighting on October 7, as stated in the Israeli army's announcement shared on X (formerly Twitter).

Dec 10, 2023 6:49 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: More evacuations ordered in Gaza's southern city

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Israel instructed the evacuation of residents from Khan Younis, Gaza's primary southern city, on Saturday after United States used its United Nations Security Council veto to protect Israel from a call for a ceasefire, Reuters reported.

Following the breakdown of a previous truce, Israel has extended its ground offensive into the southern part of Gaza, specifically advancing into Khan Younis. Concurrently, both parties have witnessed escalated conflict in the northern region.

Dec 10, 2023 6:34 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: University of Pennsylvania president Liz Magill resigns after antisemitism uproar

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: The president of the University of Pennsylvania has stepped down following pressure from donors and criticism regarding her testimony during a congressional hearing, Associated Press reported. In that hearing, she faced repeated questioning and was unable to affirm that calls on campus for the genocide of Jews would violate the school's conduct policy. Read more

Dec 10, 2023 6:26 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: North Korea slams US move blocking UN Gaza ceasefire call

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: A North Korean senior official criticized the United States for blocking a United Nations resolution that called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. The official claimed that the veto demonstrated Washington's “double standards”, Reuters reported, citing North Korean state media KCNA on Sunday.

The US vetoed a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza at the United Nations Security Council on Friday. The ceasefire resolution at the UN failed to pass after the United States vetoed the proposal and Britain abstained.

(Reuters)