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Palestinians look for survivors of the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Rafah on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023.
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Israel-hamas war news highlights The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine's Hamas entered its 17th day on Monday. Over 6,000 people have died on both sides and thousands have been injured. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the country's troops stationed near the Lebanon border, where the forces have exchanged fire with the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group since the October 7 war began. This came after Hezbollah said that Israel would pay a price if it conducted another ground invasion in the Gaza Strip as the group was “in the heart of the battle”....Read More

Netanyahu said, “If Hezbollah decides to enter the war, it will miss the Second Lebanon War. It will make the mistake of its life. We will cripple it with a force it cannot even imagine and the consequences for it and the Lebanese state are devastating.”

Here is all that happened on Day 16:

  • On Sunday, Israel announced the approval of a second shipment of humanitarian aid for Gaza following a request from the US and guidance from other political officials. The first shipment, comprising 20 trucks, entered the region on Saturday, marking the first aid delivery since Israel's complete blockade began two weeks ago. The Sunday batch specifically included water, food, and medical supplies, with no fuel, according to Israeli authorities.
  • The United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees issued a warning on Sunday that Gaza will exhaust its fuel supply within three days. Philippe Lazzarini, the UNRWA Commissioner-General, emphasized the dire consequences of such a fuel shortage, including the inability to provide water, maintain operational hospitals and bakeries, and deliver essential aid to civilians in desperate need.
  • India dispatched approximately 6.5 tonnes of medical aid and 32 tonnes of disaster relief supplies to Palestinians on Sunday. A plane from the Indian Air Force, carrying these provisions, departed from New Delhi destined for Egypt's El-Arish airport. The aid package comprises vital life-saving medications, surgical equipment, tents, sleeping bags, tarps, water purification tablets, and other essential items, as confirmed by Arindam Bagchi, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson.
  • Syrian state media reported that Israeli airstrikes early Sunday targeted the international airports of the Syrian capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, resulting in one person's death and damage to the runways. This attack is the second on Damascus International airport this month and the third on Aleppo’s airport. It occurred as tensions increased in the Middle East due to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
  • The Israeli Defense Forces reported that a military aircraft conducted an airstrike on Sunday on the Al-Ansar mosque located in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, which is currently under Israeli occupation. The IDF, using X (formerly Twitter), stated that the airstrike was targeted at an "underground terror route" used by Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants that was concealed beneath the mosque. Tragically, one Palestinian lost their life as a result of the shelling, as confirmed by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

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Oct 24, 2023 2:48 AM IST

UN rights chief calls for 'immediate humanitarian ceasefire' in Gaza

The United Nations' rights chief called Monday for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as its residents face Israeli bombardments in response to the lightning Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.

"The first step must be an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, saving the lives of civilians through the delivery of prompt and effective humanitarian aid," rights chief Volker Turk said in a statement.

"This violence will never end unless leaders stand up and take the brave and humane choices that are required by fundamental humanity," he said.

Oct 24, 2023 2:33 AM IST

US says Iran assisting base attacks, confirms advisors in Israel

The United States accused Iran on Monday of "actively facilitating" attacks on US forces in the Middle East as it confirmed it had sent a small number of military advisors to Israel.

US concerns have been rising about the potential for escalation of the war between Israel and Hamas militants, although Washington has rejected calls for a ceasefire as it says that ally Israel has a right to self-defence.

"Iran continues to support Hamas and Hezbollah, and we know that Iran is closely monitoring these events and, in some cases, actively facilitating these attacks and spurring on others who may want to exploit the conflict for their own good or for that of Iran," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the White House.

"We know Iran's goal is to maintain some level of deniability here, but we're not going to allow them to do that," Kirby added.

Oct 24, 2023 2:32 AM IST

Scores killed, wounded in Israeli air strike on Gaza's Al-Shati camp -health ministry

Scores of Palestinians were killed and wounded in an Israeli air strike that hit homes in Gaza's Al-Shati camp late on Monday, the health ministry said.

"Many of the casualties are children and women who are still under rubble," ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Oct 24, 2023 1:24 AM IST

Pentagon rushes defenses and advisers to Middle East as Israel's ground assault in Gaza looms

The Pentagon has sent military advisers, including a Marine Corps general versed in urban warfare, to Israel to aid in its war planning and is speeding multiple sophisticated air defense systems to the Middle East days ahead of an anticipated ground assault into Gaza.

One of the officers leading the assistance is Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James Glynn, who previously helped lead special operations forces against the Islamic State and served in Fallujah, Iraq, during some of the most heated urban combat there, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss Glynn’s role and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Glynn will also be advising on how to mitigate civilian casualties in urban warfare, the official said.

Oct 24, 2023 12:55 AM IST

Hamas says it releases two female captives for health reasons; source says they are elderly Israelis

The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas militant group said on Monday it had released two more female civilian captives on health grounds in response to Egyptian-Qatari mediation efforts, and a source told Reuters they were elderly Israelis.

Abu Ubaida, spokesman for the armed wing, said in a statement on Telegram: "We decided to release them for humanitarian and poor health grounds." It named the two as Nurit Yitzhak and Yocheved Lifshitz.

Oct 24, 2023 12:02 AM IST

Hamas says it has released two civilian captives for humanitarian reasons

Hamas has released two female captives for humanitarian reasons and in response to a Qatari-Egyptian mediation, according to a statement for Abu Ubaida, the spokesman of the group's armed wing, on its Telegram channel.

"We decided to release them for humanitarian and poor health grounds ... Despite that, the enemy refused to receive them last Friday," the statement added.

Oct 23, 2023 11:32 PM IST

Russia's Lavrov: Unilateral Middle East moves unhelpful, the US has offered no ideas

Unilateral moves to resolve the conflict in the Middle East can only worsen the situation and the United States has not offered any new ideas on tackling the crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Monday. "The more we have such 'initiatives" from any one state, the greater in general will be the risks, the danger of the conflict growing," Russia's Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying after a regional meeting in Tehran.

Oct 23, 2023 11:18 PM IST

US rejects Mideast ceasefire calls, says would benefit Hamas

The United States warned Monday that any Gaza ceasefire by Israel would benefit Hamas, as the European Union considers a call for a humanitarian pause.

A ceasefire would "give Hamas the ability to rest, to refit and to get ready to continue launching terrorist attacks against Israel," State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters.

Oct 23, 2023 10:49 PM IST

US troops in Syria targetted by drones

American and allied forces in Syria were targeted Monday in an attack that did not cause casualties, a US official said, after a militant group claimed to have launched drones at Washington's troops.

Armed factions close to Iran have threatened to attack US interests over Washington's support for Israel since Hamas militants killed more than 1,400 people in a shock cross-border attack from Gaza on October 7. More details.

Oct 23, 2023 9:47 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Russia calls for ‘unhindered’ humanitarian aid access to Gaza

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for "unhindered access" for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza in a phone call to his Brazilian counterpart Lula da Silva, reported AFP.

According to the Kremlin, the two leaders "expressed serious concern about the growing number of civilian casualties and stressed the fundamental importance of an early ceasefire, the evacuation of foreign citizens from the Gaza Strip, and of ensuring unhindered access to the enclave for humanitarian aid".

Oct 23, 2023 9:15 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Hospital blast likely caused by missile from Gaza, says Rishi Sunak

The explosion at a hospital in Gaza City, which killed over 400 persons, was most likely caused by a missile fired from within Gaza and not by a rocket from Israel, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told the Parliament.

"The British government judges that the explosion was likely caused by a missile, or part of one, that was launched from within Gaza towards Israel," Sunak said. Read more.

Oct 23, 2023 8:16 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: UK PM to addresss Parliament

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak shortly will give a statement to the House of Commons in London about the situation in Israel and Gaza, the BBC reports.

Sunak travelled to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt last week amid the war between Hamas and Israel.

Oct 23, 2023 7:59 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news LIVE: Gaza's SOS to world

Doctors at a Gaza neonatal intensive care unit are scrambling to find fuel and basic medicines for their tiny patients who could die within minutes if their incubators lose power in the Palestinian enclave under Israeli siege.

"We call on everyone to send the necessary medical supplies for this critical department or else we face a huge catastrophe," said Doctor Nasser Bulbul at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Read further.

Oct 23, 2023 7:17 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news LIVE: PM Modi speaks with Jordan's King

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is saying that he spoke to Jordan's King Abdullah and exchanged views on the developments in the West Asia region.

“We share concerns regarding terrorism, violence and loss of civilian lives. Concerted efforts needed for early resolution of the security and humanitarian situation,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Oct 23, 2023 7:04 PM IST

More than 19,000 displaced in Lebanon amid tensions on Israeli border: UN agency

More than 19,000 people have been displaced in Lebanon amid an uptick in tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, a United Nations agency said.

"An increase in cross-border incidents" has resulted in the displacement of 19,646 people in Lebanon, "both within the south and elsewhere within the country", the International Organization for Migration said.

Oct 23, 2023 6:52 PM IST

Israel says two Gaza drones 'thwarted'

The Israeli army said that it had "thwarted" an attack from Gaza by two drones that was claimed by Hamas.

"Two UAVs were identified crossing from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory" at Nir Oz and Ein HaBesor near the border, the army said.

Oct 23, 2023 6:44 PM IST

EU to call for 'humanitarian pause' in Israel-Hamas war

According to draft conclusions of an EU summit, European Union leaders will call this week for a "humanitarian pause" in the Israel-Hamas war so that aid for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip can safely reach those in need. More details here.

Oct 23, 2023 6:20 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: A recap of latest developments

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine's Hamas entered its 17th day on Monday. Here's what has happened today.

  • At least 436 Palestinians, including 182 children, were killed in the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza in the last 24 hours, the Gazal Health Ministry has said.
  • A third convoy of trucks carrying aid for people in Gaza entered the Rafah crossing from Egypt.
  • The Israeli military said that their ground forces conducted “limited raids” in Gaza to kill gunmen and search for hostages.
  • The Israeli military said that it launched an interceptor missile at a "suspicious aerial target" that crossed in from Lebanon.
Oct 23, 2023 5:48 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Israeli FM heads to UN with families of hostages held by Hamas

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen is heading to New York Monday night to speak at the United Nations Security Council on the attacks by Hamas and Israel's retaliatory action.

He would bring families of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas, and would also take part in events with them in New York, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told The Times of Israel. More details here.

Oct 23, 2023 5:22 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news: EU continues talks on humanitarian ceasefire

Swedish foreign minister Tobias Billstrom has said that EU countries are still discussing the idea of a humanitarian ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas, but added that there could be more ways to get the much-needed aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

"The discussions are ongoing, but the question really isn't about a ceasefire, but about how to bring aid forward and that can be done in very many different ways," he said, according to Reuters.

Oct 23, 2023 4:52 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news Live: Turkey sends two planes full of supplies for Gaza

Turkey has sent two cargo planes to Egypt carrying medical equipment and supplies for Gaza, its Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told Reuters. He adds that the country would send two more aircraft with more supplies soon.

Oct 23, 2023 4:29 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news LIVE: Over 430 Palestinians, including 182 children, killed in Israeli strikes overnight

At least 436 Palestinians, including 182 children, were killed in the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza in the last 24 hours, Reuters is reporting, citing the Gaza health ministry.

Oct 23, 2023 4:17 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news LIVE: Tel Aviv failed on various fronts, IDF officer

Israel Defence Forces representative Major Doron has said that during the October 7 attack by Hamas, Tel Aviv failed on multiple fronts of security, including intelligence and military.

"There is no question that Israel failed here on many levels. The intelligence spheres, the military spheres, and many others," he says. Read further.

Oct 23, 2023 3:56 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news LIVE: Israel claims it fired on 'aerial target' from Lebanon

According to Reuters, the Israeli military is saying that it had launched an interceptor missile at a "suspicious aerial target" that crossed in from Lebanon. Sirens were also sounded in areas of the border as a precaution.

Oct 23, 2023 3:24 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news LIVE: Tel Aviv forms 'Elite unit' to hunt Hamas militants

Israel has formed an elite unit of agents to particularly track down Hamas militants who were involved in the October 7 attack on Israeli towns.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the specially selected members will function independently from other units. More details about the unit here.

Oct 23, 2023 3:05 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war news LIVE: Third aid convoy enters Gaza from Egypt

A third convoy of trucks carrying aid for people in Gaza has entered the Rafah crossing from Egypt, AFP is reporting. The deliveries of aid through the crossing began on Saturday.

Oct 23, 2023 2:32 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: At least 70 killed in Israeli strikes overnight, Hamas claims

Hamas officials are claiming that Israeli strikes on Gaza overnight have killed at least 70 people. Earlier today, the Israeli military said that it hit "over 320 military targets in the Gaza Strip" over the past 24 hours. Read further.

Oct 23, 2023 1:58 PM IST

ICYMI: Israeli warplanes strike Gaza ahead of another ground offensive

Israeli warplanes conducted airstrikes across Gaza early on Monday, even in areas designated as refuges for Palestinian civilians. This followed the limited entry of aid shipments into the besieged territory, which was under the control of Hamas on Sunday, AP reports.

The looming threat of an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza has become increasingly apparent since Hamas' incursion into southern Israel on October 7. Tanks and troops have been positioned along the Gaza border, and Israel has intensified its airstrikes in an effort to minimize risks to its forces in the forthcoming stages of the conflict.

Concerns of a broader regional conflict have escalated as Israeli warplanes have targeted locations in the occupied West Bank, Syria, and Lebanon in recent days.

Oct 23, 2023 1:46 PM IST

IDF says it eliminated 20 Hezbollah cells since the war began

IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said on Monday, as per Times of Israel, that the Israeli military carried out strikes to eliminate at least 20 Hezbollah cells in southern Lebanon since the war with Hamas began on October 7.

Oct 23, 2023 1:45 PM IST

Military wing of Hamas says it engaged with “infilterating” Israeli force: Report

The military wing of Palestinian Hamas said on Sunday, in a statement, that its fighters engaged with an infiltrating Israeli force and returned to base, claiming to have destroyed Israeli equipment, Reuters reports.

Oct 23, 2023 1:38 PM IST

Israel-Hamas LIVE | ‘Ground forces conducted limited Gaza raids to kill gunmen’: Israeli military

Israeli military said on Monday, “Ground forces conducted limited Gaza raids to kill gunmen, search for hostages.”

Oct 23, 2023 1:34 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE | ‘Monitoring to ensure Hamas doesn’t get Gaza aid': Israeli Military

Israeli military said on Monday, as per Reuters, “Monitoring to ensure Hamas doesn't get Gaza aid, ready to mount operations to prevent such seizures.”

Oct 23, 2023 1:33 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE | ‘Gaza gunmen gathering to ambush Israeli incursions’: Israeli military

As per Reuters, Israeli military said, “Gaza gunmen gathering to ambush Israeli incursions, prompts Israeli airstrikes on assembly points.”

Oct 23, 2023 1:31 PM IST

IDF Spokesman reports 222 hostages held in Gaza Strip, including foreign nationals

Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman, has disclosed that the military has successfully informed the families of 222 hostages that their loved ones are currently being held in the Gaza Strip. This encompasses a significant number of foreign nationals. The process of identification and family notification has been time-consuming, Hagari said as per Times of Israel reported.

This excludes Judith Raanan and her daughter Natalie, who were released by Hamas on Friday night, Hagari said.

Oct 23, 2023 1:01 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: National Security Minister Ben Gvir urges inclusion of another member in war cabinet, writes to PM Netanyahu

Itamar Ben Gvir, the National Security Minister and leader of far-right Otzma Yehudit party, has called upon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to incorporate a minister who does not belong to the Likud party or Benny Gantz's National Unity into the three-person war cabinet, Times of Israel reported.

“As a member of the coalition, a senior minister in the government and a member of the cabinet, I accepted your unilateral decision on the composition of the ‘restricted cabinet’ which does not include me — the national security minister. I do not intend to confront you on the matter, despite the fact that it is appropriate that the position of the huge number of voters who put their trust in us and asked us to represent them should be heard in the limited cabinet. I hereby demand that a member or even an observer be added to the cabinet,” Gvir wrote.

Oct 23, 2023 12:57 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: EU's Borrell supports humanitarian pause in the conflict

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday voiced the support for a pause in the conflict between Israel and Hamas to let more aid supplies into Gaza, reported AFP.

"Now the most important thing is for humanitarian support to go into Gaza," Borrell told reporters as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Borrell said the ministers would discuss the call from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a pause to allow much more humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians to enter Gaza.

Oct 23, 2023 12:22 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: EU top diplomat calls for ‘quicker’ aid supplies to Gaza

European Union top diplomat calls for 'more, quicker' aid supplies to Gaza, AFP reported.

Oct 23, 2023 12:07 PM IST

ISrael-Hamas war LIVE: Israeli forces detain 59 Palestinians in overnight raids

As overnight Israeli raids on the Palestinian community extended till morning, numerous individuals were arrested in the occupied West Bank, as reported by Palestinian authorities and media outlets.

The most recent round of arrests took place in the city of Hebron, where Israeli forces detained 59 individuals, including 40 labourers from the Gaza Strip, according to the official Palestinian news agency, Wafa.

Oct 23, 2023 12:03 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: Japanese PM Kishida unveils plans for Income Tax cut, Corporate Tax incentives

Japan's Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, announced on Monday his intention to implement significant economic measures, including reducing income tax for households affected by inflation and providing tax incentives to encourage corporate investment. These measures are seen as an effort to regain popularity among the public, as his support has dwindled, AP reported.

In his address marking the commencement of a new parliamentary session, Kishida stressed the need to shift away from an economy characterized by low costs, low wages, and cost-cutting. Instead, he emphasized the importance of fostering growth through sustainable wage increases and active investment.

Kishida stated, "I am committed to implementing remarkably bold measures," vowing to work intensively to enhance the country's supply capabilities over the next three years. He emphasized, "My primary focus will be on the economy above all else."

Oct 23, 2023 11:30 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: IDF targets over 320 Hamas and ‘Islamic Jihad’ sites in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces have reported striking approximately 320 targets affiliated with the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups in the Gaza Strip within the last day. In anticipation of a ground offensive in Gaza, the military has concentrated its strikes on locations that pose potential threats to its forces.

During the night, the IDF's Air Force conducted airstrikes on tunnels housing Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives, military installations, surveillance posts, and positions containing mortar and anti-tank-guided missiles. Additionally, infantry, artillery, and tank units of the IDF targeted various Hamas terror cells in Gaza, including one that was in the process of planning a missile attack along the border.

IDF said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, “In the last day, the IDF attacked over 320 targets throughout the Gaza Strip. In the last day, the IDF continued to attack terrorist infrastructures and military targets in the Gaza Strip.”

Oct 23, 2023 11:22 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: Netanyahu convenes top generals, war cabinet to assess conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convenes a meeting of the country's top generals and the war cabinet to assess the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine's Hamas.

Oct 23, 2023 10:41 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War: US officials tell Israel to allow more time for hostage negotiations, aid to reach Gaza before ground invasion

Several US officials told The New York Times that the White House wanted Israel to give more time for hostage negotiations and for humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip before launching another ground invasion.

Two officials told the news organisation that a message was conveyed to Israel through US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin who was constantly in touch with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

Oct 23, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: Israeli education ministry removes chapter on climate activist Greta Thunberg

Israel's Education Ministry has decided to remove a chapter on climate activist Greta Thunberg after the Swedish activist extended support to Gaza in a recent stand.

As per The Jerusalem Post, the ministry said, “Hamas is a terrorist organization responsible for the murder of 1,400 innocent Israelis, including children, women, and the elderly, and it has abducted over 200 people to Gaza. This stance disqualifies her from being an educational and moral role model, and she is no longer eligible to serve as an inspiration and educator for Israeli students.”

Thunberg in a recent post on X, formerly Twitter, said, “Today we strike in solidarity with Palestine and Gaza. The world needs to speak up and call for an immediate ceasefire, justice and freedom for Palestinians and all civilians affected.”

Oct 23, 2023 9:55 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: Germany, France, Italy, US, UK and Canada discuss Israel-Hamas war

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Monday, “I spoke with @POTUS, @EmmanuelMacron, @Bundeskanzler, @GiorgiaMeloni, and @RishiSunak today about the ongoing conflict between Israel and terrorist organization Hamas. We reaffirmed our support for Israel and its right to defend itself, in accordance with international law.”

He added, “We also welcomed the release of two hostages and called for the immediate release of all remaining hostages. We spoke about the humanitarian needs of Palestinians in Gaza, and the importance of adherence to international humanitarian law – including the protection of civilians. We committed to continued close diplomatic coordination – and we’ll keep working with partners in the region to make sure food, water, and emergency medical assistance are reaching civilians.”

Oct 23, 2023 9:20 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: IDF eliminates cell planning Anti-Tank Missile attack along Lebanon border

The Israel Defense Forces have announced that they conducted another operation, targeting a group of fighters in southern Lebanon and successfully neutralizing an anti-tank missile launcher, Times of Israel reported.

The military believes this cell was in the midst of planning a missile launch in proximity to the border town of Shlomi.

Oct 23, 2023 8:57 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: IDF identifies 19-year-old soldier Cpl. Tamir Barak killed in Hamas attack in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces has released the name of the soldier who lost his life in a Hamas attack on troops engaged in operations in Gaza. The soldier was identified as Cpl. Tamir Barak, aged 19, hailing from Nir Eliyahu. Cpl. Barak served within the Combat Engineering Corps, Times of Israel reported.

Oct 23, 2023 8:48 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: With 2nd round of aid entering Gaza, humanitarian crisis persists as only 4% of daily imports fulfilled

The UN agency dedicated to Palestinian refugees has officially confirmed the delivery of 14 trucks. Nevertheless, relief workers emphasize the urgent need for substantially more assistance to address the escalating humanitarian emergency in Gaza. Approximately half of the region's 2.3 million residents have been displaced from their homes. The UN humanitarian agency reported that the convoy on Saturday represented a mere 4% of the typical daily imports before the conflict, and it falls significantly short of the requirements after 13 days of a complete siege.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military contends that the humanitarian situation is "under control," despite the UN's call for 100 trucks to be allowed in each day.

Oct 23, 2023 8:17 AM IST

IDF clears explosives, booby-traps left by Hamas

The IDF's Yahalom Unit, a specialized combat engineering special forces team, remains committed to the challenging and meticulous task of recovering explosives and weaponry used by Hamas terrorists during the October 7 attack.

Hamas has also left behind numerous booby-traps, complicating the process of clearing Israeli territory from any remaining terrorists, explosives, and other hazards, as well as recovering the bodies of the victims. It has been reported that some of the deceased individuals were rigged with explosives,ANI reported.

As an illustration, the IDF has shared images of a child's school bag found in an open field, which was booby-trapped with a remote-activated explosive device weighing 7 kg. Notably, Hamas deliberately chose to booby-trap a child's backpack with the expectation that an unwitting civilian might pick it up.

Oct 23, 2023 7:53 AM IST

US prepared to respond if nationals targetted in Israel-Hamas conflict

On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized that the United States was bracing for the Israel-Hamas conflict to intensify, possibly involving Iranian proxies. They underlined that the Biden administration is ready to take action if American personnel or military forces became targets of such hostilities, AP reported.

Blinken stated, "We do not seek this; it's not our objective. We are averse to escalation. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our forces and personnel. But if the need arises, we are prepared to respond."

Austin echoed these sentiments, expressing concerns about a potential increase in attacks on US troops and citizens in the region. He asserted the US right to self-defense and a willingness to take appropriate action without hesitation.

Oct 23, 2023 7:26 AM IST

Israel Hamas war LIVE: Israeli Military conducts airstrikes near Gaza hospitals

The Israeli military reportedly carried out airstrikes in proximity to the Al-Shifa and Al-Quds hospitals in Gaza City, as reported by the Palestinian Authority's Wafa news site. Details regarding casualties and the specific targets of these strikes are not immediately available, Times of Israel reported.

These attacks occurred subsequent to the Israel Defense Forces' announcement of multiple airstrikes on locations associated with Hamas within the Gaza Strip.