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Israel-Hamas war Highlights: Hamas commander killed as Israel launches dozens of strikes on Gaza, says report

Israel Hamas war highlights: The Israeli military said it is trying to clear away civilians ahead of a concentrated campaign against Hamas militants.
Israeli troops prepare weapons and armed vehicles near the southern city of Ashkelon on October 15, 2023. More than one million people have been displaced in the Gaza Strip in the last week, the UN said on October 15, after sustained Israeli bombardment and warnings about a ground attack against Hamas commanders.
Israeli troops prepare weapons and armed vehicles near the southern city of Ashkelon on October 15, 2023. More than one million people have been displaced in the Gaza Strip in the last week, the UN said on October 15, after sustained Israeli bombardment and warnings about a ground attack against Hamas commanders.

Israel-Hamas war highlights: The war between Israel and the Hamas militants entered its ninth day on Sunday and is expected to be escalating further. A day after the Israeli military ordered hundreds of thousands of civilians living in Gaza City to evacuate ahead of an expected Israel ground offensive against Hamas for its surprise deadly attack on October 7, the military on Saturday said it is seeing a "significant movement" of civilians in southern Palestine. While no decision on a ground offensive has been announced yet, the Israeli troops have been massing troops along the Gaza border....Read More

According to the latest data, the war has claimed at least 3,200 lives since it began last Saturday.

On Sunday morning, Hamas announced that three of its members from Lebanon had been killed after crossing the border from Lebanon into Israel and clashing with Israeli forces. The group said in a statement that its militants had “inflicted losses” before being targeted by Israeli airstrikes.

Meanwhile, Russia asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to vote on a draft resolution on the Israel-Hamas conflict that calls for a humanitarian ceasefire. The one-page draft resolution also calls for the release of hostages, humanitarian aid access, and the safe evacuation of civilians in need. It refers to Israel and the Palestinians but does not directly name Hamas.

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Oct 16, 2023 2:41 AM IST

Israel kills Hamas commander as it launches dozens of strikes on Gaza: Report

Israeli military said it killed a Hamas commander in a series of airstrikes on approximately 250 targets, primarily concentrated in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, CNN reported. The identity of the commander, Muetaz Eid, who served as the head of Hamas' Southern District of National Security, was disclosed in a statement by the Israel Defense Forces. Intelligence from the IDF and the Israeli Security Agency played a role in locating him.

As of now, Hamas has not issued a statement regarding the incident. The IDF further mentioned that their strikes targeted numerous military facilities, including military headquarters, observation posts, and rocket launching sites utilized by both Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.

Oct 16, 2023 1:56 AM IST

WHO chief urges Hamas to free hostages

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made a plea to Hamas on Sunday, urging them to release all civilian hostages, news agency AFP reported. He also expressed deep concerns about Israeli attacks, stating that innocent Palestinian civilians and children were bearing the brunt of the conflict.

Ghebreyesus further said that this conflict was a stark reminder of how rapidly the well-being of millions of people could be jeopardized. Speaking at the World Health Summit in Berlin from Manila, he asserted, "War will bring nothing but destruction and horror."

The recent escalation of hostilities began when Israel declared war on Hamas following an attack by the militant group, which resulted in the death of over 1,400 people of Israel.

Oct 16, 2023 1:40 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war updates: Death toll on both sides

Israel declared war on the Hamas militant group last Sunday, a day after waves of its fighters broke through the heavily fortified border and shot, stabbed and burned to death more than 1,400 people, most of them civilians.

The relentless bombing since against those who masterminded the attack have flattened neighbourhoods and left at least 2,670 people dead in the Gaza Strip, the majority ordinary Palestinians.

But as Israel seeks to avenge the worst attack in its history, the Arab League and African Union warned the invasion could lead to "a genocide of unprecedented proportions".

It also faced a grave warning about the wider security implications of putting boots on the ground in the densely populated enclave.


Oct 16, 2023 1:14 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war updates here

-France has reported 19 of its citizens killed in Hamas' attack on Israel just over a week ago, while the fate of 13 others, potentially held hostage, remains unknown.

-A rocket struck the headquarters of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon's coastal town of Naqoura, marking an escalation in clashes between Hezbollah and its allies and the Israeli military on Sunday.

-Iran's hardline president engaged in a conversation with France's leader on Sunday, cautioning that unless Israel's blockade of Gaza ends, the conflict would expand, according to state-run media.

-The regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) conveyed to The Associated Press on Sunday that the evacuation of hospitals from the northern part of the Gaza Strip is "impractical" and emphasized that Israel's request for their evacuation violates international law.

-Confrontations between armed groups in Lebanon and Israel along the border escalated on Sunday, with Hezbollah firing rockets and Israeli forces responding with artillery fire.

Oct 16, 2023 12:44 AM IST

Rafah border crossing to reopen, aid delivery in progress: US Secretary of State Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on Sunday that the border crossing into Gaza, controlled by Egypt, would soon reopen, news agency Reuters reported. The United States, in collaboration with Egypt, Israel, and the United Nations, is actively working on facilitating the delivery of much-needed assistance.

For several days, hundreds of tons of aid from various countries have been held in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, awaiting a resolution for its secure transport to Gaza, along with the evacuation of foreign passport holders through the Rafah crossing.

Egypt has intensified its diplomatic efforts to overcome the impasse. Blinken, in Cairo after a "very good conversation" with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, stated, "We have put in place, Egypt has put in place a lot of material support for people in Gaza, and Rafah will be reopened." He also mentioned, "We are putting into place — with the United Nations, with Egypt, with Israel, with others — the mechanism by which to get the assistance in and to get it to the people who need it."

Oct 16, 2023 12:30 AM IST

Israel-Lebanon border clashes escalate

Lebanese Hezbollah fighters launched attacks on Israeli army posts and a northern border village on Sunday, prompting Israel to respond with strikes in Lebanon. Meanwhile, the United Nations peacekeepers warned that border clashes were intensifying.

Intermittent cross-border fire between Israel and Lebanon over the past week has raised concerns that the conflict with Hamas militants in Gaza could potentially escalate into a broader confrontation.

Hezbollah's assault on Shtula, a farming community located adjacent to the border fence, resulted in one fatality and three injuries, as reported by both the militant group and Israeli medical personnel. This marked the most significant border violence since a month-long war in 2006.

Hezbollah also claimed to have targeted Israeli barracks in Hanita with guided missiles and indicated that they had inflicted casualties among the enemy forces.

In retaliation, the Israeli military stated that it had conducted strikes within Lebanon and established a restricted zone extending 4 km (2 miles) from the Lebanese border, prohibiting public access.


Oct 16, 2023 12:14 AM IST

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Oct 15, 2023 11:52 PM IST

Israel partially restores water supplies to the Gaza Strip

Oct 15, 2023 11:25 PM IST

Gaza witnessing 'unprecedented human catastrophe': UN agency

Israel's airstrikes in the Gaza Strip have caused a severe humanitarian crisis, United Nations agency supporting Palestinian refugees said on Sunday. Philippe Lazzarini, the commissioner general of UNRWA, highlighted the dire situation, stating, "Not one drop of water, not one grain of wheat, not a litre of fuel has been allowed into the Gaza Strip for the last eight days." He further emphasised the urgency of the situation, saying, "Raise the alarm that as of today, my UNRWA colleagues in Gaza are no longer able to provide humanitarian assistance as I speak. In fact, Gaza is being strangled, and it seems the war right now has lost its humanity." Lazzarini also pointed out the critical issue of water scarcity, noting that "water is life, and Gaza is running out of water, and Gaza is running out of life."

On the other hand, Israel's Energy Minister Israel Katz mentioned earlier that talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden had resulted in the resumption of water supply to southern Gaza.


Oct 15, 2023 11:00 PM IST

Netanyahu assures Israelis to bring back hostages

Families in Israel, whose members are believed to have been held hostage by Hamas, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured that ‘one of the goals of the war is the return of the captive and missing’.

In response, the families forum issued a statement slamming the government for “effectively saying that it is abandoning its citizens who have been kidnapped.”

Oct 15, 2023 10:51 PM IST

Hospitals overwhelm in Gaza, supplies decline

Medics in Gaza warned Sunday that thousands could die as hospitals packed with wounded people ran desperately low on fuel and basic supplies. Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave struggled to find food, water and safety ahead of an expected Israeli ground offensive in the war sparked by Hamas' deadly attack.

Israeli forces, supported by a growing deployment of U.S. warships in the region, positioned themselves along Gaza’s border and drilled for what Israel said would be a broad campaign to dismantle the militant group. A week of blistering airstrikes have demolished entire neighborhoods but failed to stem militant rocket fire into Israel.

The Gaza Health Ministry said 2,450 Palestinians have been killed and 9,200 wounded since the fighting erupted, more than in the 2014 Gaza war, which lasted over six weeks. That makes this the deadliest of the five Gaza wars for both sides.

More than 1,400 Israelis were killed, the vast majority of them civilians, in Hamas' Oct. 7 assault. An estimated 150 others, including children, were captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza. It's also the deadliest war for Israel since the 1973 conflict with Egypt and Syria.

The U.S. State Department said Secretary of State Antony Blinken would return to Israel on Monday after completing a frantic six-country tour through Arab nations aimed at preventing the fighting from igniting a broader regional conflict.

Fighting along Israel's border with Lebanon, which flared since the start of the latest Gaza war, intensified Sunday with Hezbollah militants firing rockets and an anti-tank missile, and Israel responding with airstrikes and shelling. The Israeli military also reported shooting at one of its border posts. The fighting killed at least one person on the Israeli side and wounded several on both sides of the border.

A spokeswoman for Hezbollah, Rana Sahili, said the increased fighting represents a “warning” and does not mean Hezbollah has decided to enter the war.

With the situation in Gaza growing increasingly desperate, the U.S. named David Satterfield, the former U.S. ambassador to Turkey with years of experience in Mideast diplomacy, to be special envoy for Middle East humanitarian issues. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement Sunday that Satterfield will focus on getting humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in Gaza.

Oct 15, 2023 10:33 PM IST

IDF chief says military will go into Gaza ‘to win’

“Our responsibility now is to enter Gaza, to go to the places where Hamas is preparing, acting, planning, launching. Attack them everywhere, every commander, every operative, destroy infrastructure,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi quoted as saying by Times of Israel.

Oct 15, 2023 10:21 PM IST

Death toll in Gaza crosses 2,600

The death toll from Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip surged to at least 2,670 since Hamas's bloody attack on southern Israel last week, the Gaza health ministry said Sunday.

Another 9,600 people have also been injured as Israel continued its blistering air campaign on targets in the Palestinian coastal enclave, the Hamas-controlled ministry added.

Oct 15, 2023 10:15 PM IST

UN headquarters in Lebanon struck by rocket

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon said its headquarters was struck by a rocket in the southern town of Naqoura, amid exchanges of fire on the border with Israel.

"Our headquarters in Naqoura was hit with a rocket and we are working to verify from where. Our peacekeepers were not in shelters at the time. Fortunately, no one was hurt," UNIFIL said in a statement.

Oct 15, 2023 10:03 PM IST

US President dials Palestine counterpart to condemn Hamas attack

US President Joe Biden recently called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn the attack by Hamas on Israel and reiterate that the declared militant group doesn't represent Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination.

Oct 15, 2023 9:36 PM IST

‘Hands of all parties in the region are on the trigger’, warns Iran

Iran warned Israel of escalation if it failed to end aggressions against Palestinians, with its foreign minister saying other parties in the region were ready to act, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

"If the Zionist aggressions do not stop, the hands of all parties in the region are on the trigger," Hossein Amirabdollahian was quoted as saying.

Oct 15, 2023 9:25 PM IST

Israeli Air Force looking to pave way into Gaza

Israel Air Force chief Maj General Tomer Bar said its primary mission from this point on would shift to paving way for ground troops into Gaza Strip.

"We are laying the groundwork for the most effective possible ground maneuvers. We are removing as many threats as possible regarding the land and the air," the Air Force chief told Israel's daily Jarusalem Post.

Oct 15, 2023 9:14 PM IST

Biden to push for fianancial aid package for Israel

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that the Biden administration hopes to push a new weapons package for Israel and Ukraine through Congress that will be significantly higher than $2 billion.

Sullivan, in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," said U.S. President Joe Biden will have intensive talks with the U.S. Congress this week on the need for the package to be approved.

Republicans' struggles to pick a speaker for the House of Representatives after party hardliners ousted Kevin McCarthy nearly two weeks ago has delayed action on legislation, as Israel prepares a ground war against Hamas in Gaza and U.S. officials warn the regional crisis could escalate.

Oct 15, 2023 9:00 PM IST

Water runs out at UN shelters in Gaza

Water has run out at U.N. shelters across Gaza as thousands packed into the courtyard of the besieged territory's largest hospital as a refuge of last resort from a looming Israeli ground offensive and overwhelmed doctors struggled to care for patients they fear will die once generators run out of fuel.

Palestinian civilians across Gaza, already battered by years of conflict, were struggling for survival Sunday in the face of an unprecedented Israeli operation against the territory following a Hamas militant attack on Oct. 7 that killed 1,300 Israelis, most of them civilians.

Oct 15, 2023 8:47 PM IST

Israel announces financial aid for residents of Gaza border

Israel’s Tax Authority has opened applications for an estimated NIS 80 million of monetary assistance grants for residents of the Gaza border communities who were evacuated or chose to leave, since Hamas launched its mass assault on October 7.

Residents of communities within seven kilometers of the Gaza Strip border are eligible for grants, according to a cabinet decision.

NIS: Israeli New Shekel

Oct 15, 2023 8:41 PM IST

Hamas fired 20 rockets from Lebanon

Hamas' armed wing, Al Qassam Brigades, said on Sunday it fired 20 rockets from Lebanon on two Israeli settlements.

Separately, Lebanon's Hezbollah also said it had targeted barracks in Israel's Hanita with guided missiles and said it had inflicted casualties on "the enemy ranks".

Oct 15, 2023 8:38 PM IST

Iran's forewarning to Israel: ‘If you invade Gaza…it’s expansion of conflict'

Iran warned that "no one can guarantee" control of the situation if Israel invades Gaza ahead of an expected ground offensive by Israeli forces. Read more

Oct 15, 2023 8:35 PM IST

Gaza's death toll rises to over 2,400

Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed at least 2,450 people since Hamas' bloody attack on southern Israel last week, the Gaza health ministry said Sunday.

Another 9,200 people have also been injured as Israel continued its blistering air campaign on targets in the Palestinian coastal enclave, the Hamas-controlled ministry added.

Oct 15, 2023 8:31 PM IST

Hezbollah claims responsibility of attacking Israeli military posts

The Hezbollah terror group claims responsibility for attacking a number of Israeli military posts along the Lebanon border with light arms.

The IDF said troops returned fire at the gunmen, and that combat helicopters were carrying out strikes in the area.

Oct 15, 2023 8:27 PM IST

Over 1,400 killed in Hamas attacks on Israel

More than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel since the attack unleashed last week by Hamas militants from the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Israeli prime minister's office said Sunday.

"Over 1,400 were killed (and) over 120 Israelis were abducted by Hamas terrorists" since the October 7 attack, Tal Heinrich, spokeswoman for the prime minister's office, told journalists.

Oct 15, 2023 8:16 PM IST

Spicejet set to bring more Indians from Israel

SpiceJet on Sunday said it will be operating a flight from the national capital to Tel Aviv.

It will be the second flight to be operated by SpiceJet under Operation Ajay to bring back Indians from Israel where tensions are high in the wake of the conflict with the militant group Hamas.

The airline will operate a flight with an A340 aircraft from Delhi to Tel Aviv on Sunday and the flight will return on Monday morning.

"SpiceJet's first evacuation flight from Israel, carrying 320 Indian passengers, touched down in Delhi at 8.10 am today," the airline said in a statement.

Oct 15, 2023 7:59 PM IST

Gazan health officials resort to store bodies in ice-cream truck

Health officials in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip have resorted to storing the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli air strikes in ice cream freezer trucks because moving them to hospitals is too risky and cemeteries are short of space.

Israel has unleashed the fiercest bombardment on the Gaza Strip to hit back at the Palestinian militant group Hamas after it carried out the deadliest attack on Israel for decades.

“The hospital morgue can only take 10 bodies, so we have brought in ice cream freezers from the ice cream factories in order to store the huge numbers of martyrs,” said Dr. Yasser Ali of the Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir Al-Balah.

Oct 15, 2023 7:45 PM IST

Egypt plans to host summit for ‘Palestinian’s cause'

Egypt said Sunday it plans to host a summit on "the future of the Palestinian cause" as the Israel-Hamas war raged in Gaza and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Cairo.

Egypt controls the Rafah border crossing, the only passage in and out of the Gaza Strip not controlled by Israel, which has been closed since Tuesday after three Israeli air strikes on the Palestinian side.

Palestinians and foreigners have been unable to flee, and aid trucks bound for Gaza have been waiting in El Arish, 50 kilometres (30 miles) away.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi headed a national security council meeting Sunday on the "military escalation in Gaza", said a statement from his spokesman.

His administration has pushed for diplomatic efforts with allies and humanitarian groups to "deescalate" the conflict and "deliver the required aid", he said.

Oct 15, 2023 7:31 PM IST

Warned Iran against escalating war: US

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return to Israel on Monday following a whirlwind round of talks across the region aimed at heading off a widening of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Blinken met in Riyadh on Sunday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The US also said it has held talks with Iran, with which it has no formal diplomatic relations, through back-channels - warning Tehran against escalating the conflict.

Rockets were fired at Tel Aviv and southern Israel overnight, and the Israel Defense Forces attacked targets in and around the northern part of Gaza. One Israeli died on Sunday in a Hezbollah attack on Israeli army posts as clashes intensified near the border with Lebanon.

Moroccans took to the streets to demand the kingdom cut ties with Israel, which were restored in 2020, and bank shares led a slide in the Israeli stock market to multi-year lows.

Oct 15, 2023 7:16 PM IST

Israel's reaction to Hamas attack amounts to collective punishment: Egypt President

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Israel's reaction to Hamas' attack went beyond self-defence and amounted to collective punishment.

In televised comments during a meeting with Blinken in Cairo on Sunday, Sisi also said he rejects the targeting of any civilians in the ongoing conflict.

Oct 15, 2023 7:06 PM IST

US fears war may escalate; Iran's ‘direct engagement’ likely

The United States said Sunday it fears an escalation of the war between Israel and Hamas and the prospect of Iran getting directly involved.

Speaking on CBS, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan cited the possibility of a new battle front on the Israel-Lebanon border and added, "We can't rule out that Iran would choose to get directly engaged some way. We have to prepare for every possible contingency."

Iran is a long-time backer of the militant group Hamas and of Hezbollah in Lebanon, providing them funding and weapons.

"That is a risk and that's a risk that we have been mindful of since the start," Sullivan said of the prospect of Iran getting involved in the war, which was triggered by the Hamas attack on southern Israel from Gaza last weekend.

"It's why the president moves so rapidly and decisively to get an aircraft carrier into the eastern Mediterranean, to get aircraft into the Gulf, because he sent a very clear message to any state or any actor that would seek to exploit this situation," Sullivan added.

Oct 15, 2023 6:55 PM IST

Israelis turn on water pipes in southern Gaza

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a CNN interview on Sunday that Israeli officials have informed him that water pipes in southern Gaza have been turned back on.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Sullivan said Israeli officials informed him of the development in the last hour.

Oct 15, 2023 6:54 PM IST

Iran warns 'no one can guarantee' control of situation if Israel invades Gaza

Iran on Sunday warned that any Israeli ground offensive in the Gaza Strip could escalate conflicts elsewhere in the Middle East.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held talks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, as Israeli troops massed on the border.

"No one can guarantee the control of the situation and the non-expansion of the conflicts," he said, according to an Iranian foreign ministry statement.

Oct 15, 2023 6:46 PM IST

US focused on safe passage for American citizens out of Gaza into Egypt

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States is focused on ensuring American citizens can find safe passage out of Gaza into Egypt.

The Israeli military said on Sunday it would continue to allow Gazans to evacuate south ahead of an expected ground assault by its forces on the Gaza Strip in retaliation for unprecedented attacks by Hamas militants eight days ago.

Sullivan, who spoke to CBS's "Face the Nation", also said the U.S. is making sure the broader civilian population leaving Gaza has access to food, water, medicine and shelter.

Oct 15, 2023 6:33 PM IST

White House expects new Israel and Ukraine aid to be over $2 billion

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that a new weapons package for Israel and Ukraine will be significantly higher than $2 billion.

Sullivan, in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," said U.S. President Joe Biden will have intensive talks with the U.S. Congress this week on the need for the package to be approved.

Oct 15, 2023 6:31 PM IST

People bothered about atrocities in Palestine should focus on wrongs nearer home: Taslima Nasrin

A life-long rebel, Bangladeshi poet Taslima Nasrin, believes that those of her compatriots who are bothered about atrocities against Palestinians should also be equally bothered about the plight of minorities in their own country.

At 62, the spark within Nasrin, which saw her defying convention and writing to expose hypocrisy and "misogynistic" religious practices in her society, has not died down and she strongly believes she has a duty to continue the "good fight" against injustice wherever and whenever she finds it.

In a free-wheeling interview to PTI, Nasrin said on Sunday, "I hear that my fellow Bangladeshi citizens are very agitated about atrocities on Palestinians and some even wish to go Palestine to help them. I personally condemn any atrocity anywhere in the world including on Israelis and Palestinians.

Oct 15, 2023 6:24 PM IST

Blinken to make second stop in Israel as war intensifies

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will make a second stop in Israel on Monday for further consultations with senior Israeli officials as the Biden administration tries to limit the threat of a spreading conflict in the Middle East.

The top US diplomat, who landed in Israel for meetings last week on a busy trip across the region, will touch down again for several hours on Monday before returning to Washington, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters traveling with the secretary.

Oct 15, 2023 6:21 PM IST

Thousands march in Morocco's capital in support of Gaza Palestinians

Thousands took the streets of the Moroccan capital on Sunday to rally in support of Palestinians in Gaza and denounce Israel's actions in the latest war with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.

Waving Palestinian flags, the rally also marked a major showing for the banned Islamist movement Al Adl Wa Ihssane, which supports Hamas. After Hamas's unprecedented and deadly Oct 7 incursion into Israel, Morocco issued a statement condemning the violence. Royal Air Maroc, temporarily cancelled flights from Casablanca to Tel Aviv - a route that began in 2021.

Demonstrators marched in central Rabat and threw smoke bombs and fireworks as riot police stood between them and the Parliament building and other landmarks.

Oct 15, 2023 6:05 PM IST

Israel urges Gazans south, as airstrikes continue ahead of ground assault

The Israeli military said on Sunday it would continue to allow Gazans to evacuate south ahead of an expected ground assault by its forces on the Gaza Strip in retaliation for unprecedented attacks by Hamas militants eight days ago.

The army said hundreds of thousands had already moved south as Israel carried out the most intense bombardment the enclave has ever seen in response to the killing of 1,300 people in Israel, including 279 Israeli soldiers.

Authorities in Gaza said more than 2,300 people had been killed, a quarter of them children, and nearly 10,000 wounded so far. The enclave's hospitals are running short of medical supplies and struggling to cope with the flow of injured.

Oct 15, 2023 5:57 PM IST

Estimated one million people displaced in first week of Gaza war: UN agency

An estimated one million people have been displaced in the first seven days of the conflict in Gaza, the United Nations agency supporting Palestinian refugees said Sunday.

"An estimated one million people have been displaced in the first seven days" of the war in Gaza, UNRWA Director of Communications Juliette Touma told AFP.

Oct 15, 2023 5:54 PM IST

US State Secy Blinken meets Saudi Crown Prince, discusses Hamas terror attacks on Israel

Amid the escalating tensions and conflict between Israel and Hamas terror group, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and discussed the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel.

Sharing on his social media 'X', formerly known as Twitter, Blinked said, "Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and I met today in Riyadh and discussed the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel."

Oct 15, 2023 5:53 PM IST

Chinese FM says Beijing supports 'just cause' of Palestinian nation: foreign ministry

China supports the "just cause of the Palestinian people in safeguarding their national rights", foreign minister Wang Yi told his Iranian counterpart on Sunday as Beijing takes an increasingly clear stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict.

"The root cause... of the Palestine-Israel situation is that the Palestinian people's right to statehood has been set aside for a long time," Wang said in a call with Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, according to an official Chinese readout.

Oct 15, 2023 5:33 PM IST

Netanyahu convenes emergency Israeli cabinet, vows to 'demolish Hamas'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened Israel's expanded emergency cabinet for the first time on Sunday, saying the national unity on display sent a message at home and abroad as as the country gears up to "demolish Hamas" in Gaza.

The meeting, held in military headquarters in Tel Aviv, began with ministers standing for a moment's silence in memory of some 1,300 Israelis killed in Hamas' shock Oct 7 onslaught.

Oct 15, 2023 5:18 PM IST

Israeli military forces know entire country is behind them and understand this is a fateful hour: Netanyahu

Israeli military forces know entire country is behind them and understand this is a fateful hour, says Benjamin Netanyahu

Oct 15, 2023 5:17 PM IST

Gaza residents lose entire families, fear more destruction

As Israel prepared on Sunday for a ground assault on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Palestinians who have lost family members in air strikes were bracing for more destruction.

Um Mohammad Al-Laham's 4-year-old granddaughter Fulla Al-Laham lay in a Gaza hospital, which like others is operating on low supplies of medicine and fuel. She said an Israeli air strike hit the family home, killing 14 people including Fulla's parents, siblings and members of her extended family.

"All of a sudden and without warning, they bombed the house on top of the residents inside. No-one survived except my grandchild Fulla," said the grandmother, who has witnessed many wars between Hamas and the Israeli army over the years.

She says this is the toughest.

Oct 15, 2023 5:16 PM IST

Hamas actively preventing Palestinians from leaving Gaza: Israel Defence Forces

While a humanitarian corridor has been opened to enable civilians to move out of the war-torn Gaza Strip into Egypt, the Hamas terrorists were actively preventing Palestinians from evacuating to the south in order to protect themselves, the Israel Defence forces stated on Sunday.

In a telephonic conversation released by IDF, between an Israel's Intelligence Officer and a resident of Jabalya in Gaza, the resident allegedly claimed that the Hamas confiscated personal belongings and car keys from the people taking shelter.

Oct 15, 2023 5:09 PM IST

China says Israel acting 'beyond scope of self-defence'

Israel's actions in Gaza have gone "beyond the scope of self-defence" and the Israeli government must "cease its collective punishment of the people of Gaza", China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in remarks published Sunday.

Wang's remarks, made on a call to his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Saturday, came as Israel appeared poised for a ground offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza.

"Israel's actions have gone beyond the scope of self-defence," Wang said according to a foreign ministry readout.

Oct 15, 2023 5:05 PM IST

Iran warns 'no one can guarantee' control of situation if Israel invades Gaza

Iran warned Sunday that "no one can guarantee" control of the situation if Israel invades Gaza, ahead of an expected ground offensive by Israeli forces.

"If the attacks of the Zionist regime (Israel) against the defenceless citizens and people of Gaza continue, no one can guarantee the control of the situation and the non-expansion of the conflicts," Iran's foreign ministry quoted Foreign Minster Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as saying during his meeting with Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Oct 15, 2023 4:47 PM IST

Backlog at Israeli ports grows as country steps up shipping supplies

The backlog of ships is growing at Israeli ports while operations continue at most terminals amid preparations by the military to launch a ground assault in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to data and sources.

Israel has vowed to annihilate Hamas in retaliation for a rampage in which its fighters stormed through Israeli towns a week ago, shooting civilians and seizing scores of hostages in the worst attack on civilians in Israel's history.

Oct 15, 2023 4:39 PM IST

An Arab paramedic who treated Israelis injured by Hamas militants is remembered as a hero

When Hamas unleashed its attack on thousands of Jews attending a music festival in southern Israel earlier this month, an Israeli Arab paramedic insisted on staying at the scene to try to save lives.

In the end, he gave his own.

Awad Darawshe was 23, single, handsome — but he wasn't at the Tribe of Nova festival to dance. He worked for Yossi Ambulances and was among a team of paramedics assigned to work the festival in a tent on the site's periphery.

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