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Israel-Hamas war news Highlights: United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday arrived in Israel to discuss the country's war with Hamas.
An Israeli army soldier adjusts the tip to a 155mm artillery shell near a self-propelled howitzer deployed at a position near the border with Lebanon.
An Israeli army soldier adjusts the tip to a 155mm artillery shell near a self-propelled howitzer deployed at a position near the border with Lebanon.

Israel-Hamas war news Highlights: The Russian foreign minister on Thursday said that they have sent 27 tons of humanitarian aid for civilians in the Gaza Strip to be transported from Egypt. United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday arrived in Israel to discuss the country's war with Hamas. Sunak's visit comes a day after Biden visited Tel Aviv....Read More

During his visit, Biden underscored the United States’ unwavering support for Israel in the face of Hamas’s terrorism. Biden also underlined that vast majority of Palestinians do not support Hamas and that the militant organisation was not their representative. He also announced a $100 million aid for humanitarian assistance in Gaza and the West Bank. The US president also announced that Egypt has agreed to open up the Rafah crossing to allow in up to 20 trucks of aid into Gaza. The development was confirmed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in a statement.

The US president traveled to Tel Aviv on a rapid visit to offer his country's support in the aftermath of the October 7 attack on Israeli villages and military bases by Hamas gunmen who killed close to 1,400 people and took about 200 hostages.

Meanwhile, Israel has strongly denied any involvement in the blast at a hospital in Gaza on Tuesday, which killed over 500 people. The Israel Defense Forces said the blast was caused by a misfired Palestinian militant rocket. The White House has also backed Israel's claim saying that US intelligence shows that Tel Aviv was not to blame for the strike.

Here are some key points about the Israel- Hamas war:

  • The war between Israel and the Hamas militants entered its 13th day on Thursday.
  • Tel Aviv has stationed its forces along the Gaza border, carrying out drills for a possible ground invasion to pursue Hamas militants.
  • The war has claimed over 4,000 lives since it began last Saturday. These include around 1,400 Israelis and 2,750 Palestinians.
  • Israel has put the Gaza Strip under a total blockade and has pounded it with unprecedented air strikes.
  • Concerns have been mounting globally about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip and fears that the war could metastasize into a broader regional conflict.

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Oct 20, 2023 4:41 AM IST

As Israel-Hamas war rages, Israelis can now travel to US for 90 days without getting a visa

As the Israel-Hamas war intensifies, the United States Thursday launched a visa waiver program allowing Israelis wishing to visit the United States for 90 days or less to come without applying for a visa.

The U.S. announced Sept. 27 that it was admitting Israel into the visa waiver program, adding the country to a select group of 40 mostly European and Asian countries whose citizens can travel to the U.S. for three months without visas.

Oct 20, 2023 3:50 AM IST

Gaza awaits aid from Egypt as Israel readies troops for ground assault

Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with airstrikes Thursday, including in the south where Palestinians were told to take refuge, and the country's defense minister ordered ground troops to “be ready” to invade, though he didn’t say when.

Oct 20, 2023 2:04 AM IST

US Navy intercepts 3 missiles fired from Yemen 'potentially' at Israel: Pentagon

A US Navy ship on Thursday shot down missiles and drones that had been fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen, possibly at Israel, the Pentagon said.

Three "land-attack cruise missiles and several drones" were intercepted by a destroyer, a spokesman told reporters. The attack had been conducted from Yemen and "potentially toward targets in Israel."

The ship, USS Carney, was patrolling in the Red Sea as part of a heavily reinforced US military presence ordered by President Joe Biden to maintain stability in the wake of war between Israel and the Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip.

Oct 20, 2023 1:39 AM IST

Gaza awaits humanitarian aid, as Israel tells troops to ‘be ready’ for ground invasion

Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with airstrikes Thursday, including in the south where Palestinians were told to take refuge, and the country's defense minister told ground troops to “be ready” to invade, though he didn’t say when.

Oct 20, 2023 12:59 AM IST

EU ministers promise tougher immigration policies after Islamist attacks

Ministers from across the European Union said on Thursday that member states must screen migrants and asylum seekers better and expel those deemed a security risk more quickly, after Islamist attacks highlighted persistent difficulties.

Interior and justice ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss what steps to take following deadly attacks in Brussels and France, at a time of heightened security concerns linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Oct 20, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Israel bombards Gaza with airstrikes and readies troops for a ground assault

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza continue and Israel's defense minister has told troops to be ready for a ground assault on the Palestinian territory, although he has not said when that will begin.

More than 1 million Palestinians, roughly half of Gaza’s population, have fled homes in the north and Gaza City after Israel told them to evacuate. The airstrikes early Thursday continued across the entire territory, including in areas in the south that Israel had declared as “safe zones.”

Oct 20, 2023 12:05 AM IST

Israeli minister says troops will soon see Gaza 'from inside'

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant told troops gathered at the Gaza border on Thursday that they will soon see the Palestinian enclave "from inside", suggesting an expected ground invasion with the aim of annihilating Hamas could be nearing.

Oct 19, 2023 10:58 PM IST

EU demands Meta and TikTok detail efforts to curb disinformation from Israel-Hamas war

The European Union on Thursday demanded Meta and TikTok detail their efforts to curb illegal content and disinformation during the Israel-Hamas war, flexing the power of a new law that threatens billions in fines if tech giants fail to do enough to protect users.

The European Commission, the 27-nation bloc's executive branch, formally requested that the social media companies provide information on how they're complying with pioneering digital rules aimed at cleaning up online platforms.

The commission asked Meta and TikTok to explain the measures they have taken to reduce the risk of spreading and amplifying terrorist and violent content, hate speech and disinformation.


Oct 19, 2023 10:50 PM IST

At least 16 Palestinian journalists killed in Gaza war: union

Since Israel initiated its bombardment of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian journalists' union has reported that sixteen Palestinian journalists have lost their lives in the conflict, AFP said.

Additionally, many other journalists have sustained injuries in the ongoing conflict, which began on October 7 following a Hamas militant attack on Israel that led to a substantial Israeli response in the Palestinian territory.

Oct 19, 2023 10:39 PM IST

UN chief calls for 'sustained' humanitarian access to Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged "rapid, unimpeded humanitarian access" to the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Israel kept up its retaliation for Hamas's deadly attacks.

"We need food, water, medicine and fuel now. We need it at scale and we need it to be sustained, it is not one small operation that is required," Guterres said in Cairo, as calls mounted for aid to reach the territory's 2.4 million people.

“In plain terms, that means humanitarians need to be able to get aid in and they need to be able to distribute it safely.”


Oct 19, 2023 10:16 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: UN chief urges ‘rapid, unimpeded humanitarian access’

On a visit to Cairo, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said there needed to be "rapid, unimpeded humanitarian access" after dire warnings about the impact of the Israeli blockade.

"We need food, water, medicine and fuel now. We need it at scale and we need it to be sustained, it is not one small operation that is required," he added.

The emergencies director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Michael Ryan, said aid needed to get in "every day", calling an initial 20 trucks -- the deal struck by Biden with Israel and Egypt -- "a drop in the ocean of need right now".

Oct 19, 2023 9:48 PM IST

Rafah Border crossing to reopen tomorrow for Gaza relief: Report

State-affiliated television channel Al Qahera News has announced that the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip will reopen tomorrow, Times of Israel reported.

This development follows an agreement brokered by US President Joe Biden, which involved Egypt and Israel, allowing the passage of relief supplies into Gaza through Egypt. Currently, hundreds of trucks laden with supplies are awaiting access on the Egyptian side of the border, ready to provide much-needed assistance to the region.

Oct 19, 2023 9:45 PM IST

Israeli Finance Minister unveils expansive economic aid package, deems more generous than COVID response

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has introduced an emergency economic relief plan, surpassing the aid provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, Times of Israel reported.

"We've collaborated closely with the Tax Authority in recent days to devise a comprehensive strategy aimed at sustaining the economy and assisting the Israeli public," Smotrich stated. "Today, we are unveiling a multifaceted plan that significantly exceeds the scale and scope of our response during the COVID-19 period."

Smotrich pledged compensation to businesses across the nation that have suffered due to the ongoing conflict.

"The resilience of the Israeli economy allows us to provide unwavering support for both military and civilian efforts during this crisis," he affirmed. "Our financial resources are available, and we are committed to deploying them generously for all necessary purposes."

Furthermore, Smotrich announced his intention to submit a bill to the Knesset in the coming days, aiming to expand the budget framework and enhance our flexibility to meet evolving needs.

Oct 19, 2023 8:49 PM IST

IDF Southern Command chief says the next ground offensive will be 'long and intense'

The head of the IDF Southern Command, Major Geeneral Yaron Finkelman, stated that the anticipated ground offensive in the Gaza Strip will be "long and intense", Times of Israel reported.

"This war was forced on us, with a cruel enemy that harmed us greatly. But we stopped them... we are striking them heavily," Finkelman conveyed to troops near the Gaza border today.

"Now, the maneuver is going to move the fighting to their territory. We are going to beat them in their territory," he continued. "It's going to be difficult, long, and intense."

Oct 19, 2023 8:22 PM IST

WHO says medical aid 'loaded and ready to go' into Gaza

Five trucks of medical supplies are ready at the border between Gaza and Egypt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, welcoming Israel's announcement that it will not block the entry of aid into the Palestinian territory.

"Our trucks are loaded and ready to go," WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference. He said he hoped the supplies would be delivered as soon as the Rafah crossing opened, "hopefully tomorrow".

The delivery of aid is set to be the first after Israel said it would impose a "total blockade" on the narrow Gaza Strip that is home to 2.3 million people, cutting electricity supplies and halting flows of food and fuel, in response to a devastating attack from Hamas on Israeli territory on Oct. 7.

There have also been heavy Israel air strikes in the war with Hamas. The U.N. has warned of a "humanitarian catastrophe".


Oct 19, 2023 8:09 PM IST

Hamas fighters may still be inside Israel

The Israeli military has not ruled out the possibility that Hamas fighters who infiltrated the Jewish state during the devastating cross-border invasion on October 7 remain in the country.

"We have not finished scanning [the Gaza border area] yet," IDF Spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said on Thursday.

He noted that troops on Wednesday located and captured a Palestinian fighter--tired and hungry--who was attempting to return to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Hagari stressed that there have been no additional infiltrations of Israel over the past few days.

On Tuesday, an unarmed Gazan was caught near the Israeli city of Netivot, about eight miles from the Strip, and taken to the local police station for questioning. It is thought that he entered Israel as part of the mass border infiltration.

Also on Tuesday, Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem said that it was refusing to treat a Hamas fighter.

The hospital said that security officials had attempted to admit the terrorist during the night, but that he was refused entry and thrown out of the building.

On October 7, some 2,500 terrorists broke through the Gaza security barrier and rampaged through Israeli communities in the western Negev, murdering more than 1,400 persons and wounding over 4,500. At least 203 people were taken back to Gaza as captives.

Oct 19, 2023 7:52 PM IST

‘Welcome Israel's decision to not block aid entry’: WHO

“We welcome Israel's announcement that it will not block the entry of food, water, and medicine into Gaza from Egypt,” the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Oct 19, 2023 7:36 PM IST

IDF says 10 officers injured in blast during operation in West Bank's Tulkarem

Authorities have confirmed that 10 police officers were wounded, with one in serious condition, due to a bomb explosion in the Nur Shams refugee camp near the West Bank city of Tulkarem earlier today.

In an official statement, the police disclosed that Border Police officers were conducting an operation in the camp to apprehend individuals wanted by law enforcement. During this operation, they came under fire, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were thrown at them. Earlier in the morning, one of these IEDs detonated near the officers, resulting in serious injuries to one of them. An additional nine officers sustained minor injuries, according to the police.

The Israel Defense Forces released a video depicting a drone strike on a group of Palestinian gunmen in Nur Shams earlier today. In a joint statement, both the IDF and the police noted that security forces had been conducting operations in the camp since late last night, resulting in the arrest of at least 10 wanted individuals.

Oct 19, 2023 7:10 PM IST

Turkish and Egyptian Ministers hold talks on Gaza conflict: Report

On Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan engaged in discussions with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry regarding the ongoing hostilities between Israeli and Palestinian forces, particularly the Israeli strikes on Gaza, according to an official source from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Reuters reported.

No additional details about the call were disclosed. It is worth noting that Turkey has dispatched humanitarian aid intended for the besieged population in Gaza, but these deliveries have faced delays due to the border closure in Egypt, a consequence of the ongoing conflict. Additionally, Cairo is slated to host a summit of regional leaders over the weekend to address the situation.

Oct 19, 2023 6:57 PM IST

Egypt's Sisi, Jordan king condemn 'collective punishment' in Gaza

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II condemned the "collective punishment" of Palestinians in Gaza as they met in Cairo for talks on the Israel-Hamas war.

Ahead of the meeting, the Jordanian royal court said Sisi and King Abdullah would "discuss means to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza".

In separate statements issued later, the Egyptian presidency and the royal court said the two leaders "affirmed their unified position rejecting the policy of collective punishment in the siege, starvation or displacement" of Palestinians.


Oct 19, 2023 6:41 PM IST

Simultaneous air raid alarms in northern Israel as Gaza rockets launched

Air raid sirens have been activated in towns in northern Israel near the Lebanese border and in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip, Times of Israel reported.

As of now, there have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage. This occurrence suggests a possible coordinated attack originating from both Gaza and Lebanon.

Oct 19, 2023 6:23 PM IST

PM Modi speaks to Palestinian President Abbas, says will continue to send humanitarian assistance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that he spoke to the president Palestinian Authority and offered support.

PM Modi said, “Spoke to the President of the Palestinian Authority H.E. Mahmoud Abbas. Conveyed my condolences at the loss of civilian lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. We will continue to send humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people. Shared our deep concern at the terrorism, violence and deteriorating security situation in the region. Reiterated India's long-standing principled position on the Israel-Palestine issue.”

Oct 19, 2023 6:20 PM IST

Hamas reports woman political leadership killed in Israeli airstrike

Hamas reports that the first woman elected to their political leadership, Jamila Al-Shantee, has been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, AFP reports.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening in Jabalia, a town in northern Gaza. In 2021, she made history as the first woman to be elected to Hamas's political bureau, which consists of 20 members. At the same time, another woman, Fatima Shurab, also joined the top leadership as the president of the women's commission through an automatic appointment.

Oct 19, 2023 6:02 PM IST

Three Palestinians killed in West Bank clashes with Israeli forces - ministry

Three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces in Nur Shams refugee camp in the West Bank city of Tulkarm, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

Israeli forces broke into the camp and clashes are still taking places between the Israeli army and a number of gunmen, witnesses said.


Oct 19, 2023 5:53 PM IST

Israel's Defense Minister Gallant assumes responsibility for inability to halt terror attacks in Israel

Israel's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has taken responsibility for the failure to prevent the terrorist onslaught by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7, Times of Israel reported.

"I bear the responsibility for the defense establishment. I have been responsible for it over the past two weeks, even during challenging incidents, and I am committed to leading it to victory in this battle," Gallant declared during a press conference held at a military assembly area near the Gaza border.

"We will maintain precision and decisiveness, continuing until we successfully accomplish our mission," Gallant affirmed.

Oct 19, 2023 5:18 PM IST

Missiles fired toward Israel's Tel Aviv region

Missiles have been launched from the Gaza Strip targeting the Tel Aviv area, Times of Israel reported.

Warning sirens have been activated in several locations, including Ramat Gan, Kiryat Ono, Or Yehuda, Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, and Givat Shmuel.

The Magen David Adom rescue service reports that, as of now, there are no immediate reports of direct hits or injuries.

Oct 19, 2023 4:59 PM IST

Aid coming to Gaza from Egyptian border unlikely to raise spirits

Twenty truckloads of aid have crossed the Egyptian border into the beleaguered Gaza Strip, but it is unlikely to lift spirits in the region. Palestinians in Gaza are currently grappling with the challenges of surviving Israeli air strikes and facing acute shortages of food and medicine, Reuters reported.

After extensive diplomatic efforts, Egypt has agreed to reopen its border crossing with Gaza to facilitate the delivery of aid to the 2.3 million people trapped in the area. The United States confirmed this move as the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen, while anti-Israel protests are erupting across the Middle East.

Regarding the aid, El-Awad El-Dali, a 65-year-old resident, expressed, "About the aid, this is something trivial. We want nothing from Arab and foreign countries except for them to halt the violent bombardment on our homes." He spoke amidst the debris of destroyed homes.

Oct 19, 2023 4:44 PM IST

“We have to fight them just as the civilised world united to fight Nazis”: Benjamin Netanyahu

“We have to fight them just as the civilised world united to fight Nazis”, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu says in a conference with UK PM Rishi Sunak.

Oct 19, 2023 4:37 PM IST

Sunak says Britain stood with Israel in “its darkest hour”

Sunak said Britain stood with Israel in “its darkest hour”.

“I know that you are taking every precaution to avoid harming civilians in direct contrast to the terrorists of Hamas which seeks to put civilians in harm's way…I welcome your decision yesterday that you took to ensure that routes into Gaza will be opened for humanitarian aid to enter ... I'm proud to stand here with you. In Israel's darkest hour as your friend. We will stand with you in solidarity. We will stand with your people and we also want you to win,” said Sunak.

Oct 19, 2023 4:21 PM IST

Gaza war will be long, Israel needs UK's continuous support: Netanyahu

Gaza war will be long, Israel needs UK's continuous support, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells UK's Rishi Sunak.

Oct 19, 2023 4:20 PM IST

UK PM Sunak, Israel's Netanyahu set to make statements post meeting

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are set to make statements after one-on-one meeting amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Oct 19, 2023 3:53 PM IST

Israeli airstrike kills senior Hamas leader

According to Hamas-affiliated media, an Israeli airstrike killed Jehad Mheisen, the leader of the Hamas-led national security forces, along with several of his family members in their residence.

Oct 19, 2023 3:18 PM IST

Israeli President meets UK PM Sunak; slams BBC reporting of Israel-Hamas conflict

In a high-level meeting between Israel President Isaac Herzog and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, President Herzog did not mince words in his criticism of the BBC's reporting on the ongoing conflict. Herzog expressed his concern regarding the portrayal of Hamas, a group widely recognized as a terrorist organization, in BBC's reporting.

"We feel that the way the BBC characterizes Hamas is a distortion of the facts. We are dealing with one of the worst terror organizations in the world, and I know that in modern democracies such as yours and ours, you cannot intervene per se. However, because the BBC has a certain linkage and is known as Britain all over the world, there has to be an outcry so that there will be a correction, and Hamas will be defined as a terror organization," President Herzog asserted.

"What else do they need to see to understand that this is an atrocious terror organization?" Herzog questioned.

British Prime Minister Sunak responded firmly, saying, “We should call it what it is – an act of terrorism perpetrated by the evil terrorist organization, Hamas.”

Oct 19, 2023 2:52 PM IST

Jordon's King on his way to Egypt to discuss Israel-Hamas war

Jordon's King Abdullah II is on his way to visit Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The Royal Court tweeted, “His Majesty King Abdullah II departs on a short visit to Cairo, during which His Majesty will meet with Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to discuss means of ending the Israeli aggression on Gaza.”

Oct 19, 2023 2:33 PM IST

Another anti-tank guided missile launched towards Israel from Lebanon

The Israel Defense Forces have reported the launch of an anti-tank guided missile from Lebanon towards Kibbutz Manara on the northern border. No injuries have been reported at this time, Times of Israel reported.

The Hezbollah terror organisation has launched numerous missiles and rockets into northern Israel since the conflict began in the Gaza Strip on October 7.

Oct 19, 2023 2:20 PM IST

‘Determined to secure release of hostages taken by Hamas’: UK PM Rishi Sunak on Israel visit

Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on his Tel Aviv visit posted on X, “To have a child taken from you is a parent’s worst nightmare. This morning I heard from families going through this unbearable agony. Working with our partners, we’re determined to secure the release of the hostages taken by Hamas terrorists.”

Oct 19, 2023 1:59 PM IST

Hamas militants likely used North Korean weapons in attack on Israel

Hamas fighters likely fired North Korean weapons during their assault on Israel on October 7. This claim is based on a militant video and analyses of weapons seized by Israel. Read to know more.

Oct 19, 2023 1:33 PM IST

Egyptian comedian's interview on Gaza war goes viral

A video clip of Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef countering British TV talk show host Piers Morgan in an interview for allegedly comparing Israel to the terror group Islamic State or ISIS on Tuesday has gone viral on social media. Watch it here.

Oct 19, 2023 1:14 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war, Day 13: Over 300 Israeli soldiers killed since Oct 7

The Israeli military says that the number of soldiers killed since October 7 is at least 306, reports Reuters. It also added that at least 203 people are kept as hostage by Hamas in Gaza.

Oct 19, 2023 12:52 PM IST

Russia sends humanitarian aid to Gaza

The Russian foreign ministry has said that they have sent 27 tons of humanitarian aid for civilians in the Gaza Strip to be transported from Egypt.

“Russia's EMERCOM to deliver 27 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip, mainly food supplies: flour, sugar, rice and pasta. The Il-76 transport aircraft is already en route to Arish in Egypt. The Egyptian Red Crescent will ensure the delivery of the aid,” the ministry wrote on X.

Oct 19, 2023 12:23 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war, Day 13: South Korean president to visit Saudi Arabia

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will be visiting Saudi Arabia and Qatar between October 21-26. As per South Korean news agency Yonhap, the president will discuss security conditions related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Oct 19, 2023 11:46 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war, Day 13: UK PM Rishi Sunak lands in Tel Aviv

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has landed in Tel Aviv, Reuters reported. His visit comes a day after US President Joe Biden left the country after holding talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"Every civilian death is a tragedy. And too many lives have been lost following Hamas’ horrific act of terror," Sunak had said in a statement ahead of his visit today.

Oct 19, 2023 11:26 AM IST

'We would welcome India's help to rescue hostages': Israeli envoy

As the war between Israel and Hamas terrorists entered its 13th day, Israel's ambassador to India, Naor Gilon on Wednesday said the country welcomes any sort of help from India for the release of over 200 people held hostage by Hamas.

The Israeli envoy said that they were moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gesture of expressing solidarity with Israel after the war-triggering attacks by Hamas that have claimed over 1,400 lives. Read on.

Oct 19, 2023 10:55 AM IST

Israel has been victimised but it can relieve suffering of Gazans: Biden

While on his way back to the US from Israel, President Joe Biden told reporters that Israel has been ‘badly victimised’ but it should explore the opportunity to relieve the suffering of people in Gaza who have nowhere to go.

“Look, Israel has been badly victimised," he said, according to AFP. "But the truth is that if they have an opportunity to relieve the suffering of people who have nowhere to go, it’s what they should do. And if they don't, they'll be held accountable in ways that may be unfair.”

Oct 19, 2023 10:55 AM IST

Hamas militants likely used some North Korean weapons in attack on Israel

The Associated Press reports that Hamas fighters used North Korean weapons during their attack on Israeli settlements on October 7. This claim is based on an analysis of a militant video and weapons seized by Israel. Pyongyang has denied that it sells arms to the militant group.

Oct 19, 2023 10:44 AM IST

Russia's Lavrov says there is serious risk of regional Middle East conflict

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is on a visit to North Korea, has warned that there exists a serious risk that the war between Israel and Hamas could spread further. He also said that attempts to blame Iran for the crisis amount to provocations.

Oct 19, 2023 10:44 AM IST

“Hamas does not represent Palestinian people,” says US Vice President Kamala Harris

After Joe Biden, US Vice President Kamala Harris has also said that Palestinian militant group Hamas does not represent Palestinians.

She wrote on X: “Israelis and Palestinians must have equal measures of security and prosperity. I support the right of the Palestinian people to dignity, freedom, and self-determination. Hamas does not represent these aspirations.”

Oct 19, 2023 10:39 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war, Day 13: Today's top updates

Three Palestinians, including two teenagers, were killed by Israeli forces in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank early on Thursday, Palestinian official news agency WAFA said, while the military said it attacked Hezbollah targets in the border area with Lebanon. Read on.

Oct 19, 2023 10:22 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war, Day 13: China will work with Egypt to help stabilise Middle East, says Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Egypt's prime minister that Beijing hoped to work with his country to bring "more stability" to the Middle East.

“China is willing to enhance cooperation with Egypt... and inject more certainty and stability into the region and the world,” Xi said at a meeting in Beijing. Read on.

Oct 19, 2023 10:08 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war, Day 13: Protests held against Israel, US in several countries

Thousands demonstrated outside the consulates of Israel and the United States in Istanbul late Wednesday. Many waved Palestinian flags, shouted anti-Israeli slogans and called for revenge against Israel a day after the deadly explosion at a hospital in Gaza.

Similar protests were also witnessed in US, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and Jordan, according to the Associated Press.

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