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Israel-Hamas war Day 3 highlights: 11 US nationals killed; Washington begins munition delivery to Israel

Israel-Hamas war Day 3 highlights: Tel Aviv has ordered to cut off all supplies to Gaza.
An member of the Israeli security forces stands close to a car hit by a rocket fired from Gaza,
An member of the Israeli security forces stands close to a car hit by a rocket fired from Gaza,

Israel-Hamas War Day 3 highlights: The United States has moved an aircraft carrier, ships and jets to the eastern Mediterranean in the wake of the war between Israel and Hamas militants in Palestine. US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said that fighter jets are also likely to be sent. Tel Aviv formally declared war on Sunday following unprecedented large-scale attacks by Gaza-based Palestinian militant group Hamas a day before. The ongoing conflict, triggered by Hamas' operation known as 'Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,' has resulted in over 1,100 deaths on both sides. Thousands have been wounded and displaced. Over 130 Israeli and other nationals are also feared as taken hostage by the Hamas....Read More

On Saturday, Hamas launched a triple attack on Israel, firing rocket barrages, conducting a successful infiltration bid into its southern towns and sending armed men via route. In response, Israel initiated a massive airstrike operation, claiming to have eliminated 400 militants, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to reduce the group to “rubble".

As the escalation entered day two, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah also waged rocket strikes against Israel in its northern region, “in solidarity” with the Palestinians.

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Oct 10, 2023 2:21 AM IST

US backs Israel's defender after attack

The shock of a Hamas assault has restored the United States to a familiar role as unequivocal backer of Israel, using its leverage not to encourage calm but to shield its ally.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has historically had rocky relations with Democratic presidents such as Joe Biden over the Israeli leader's opposition to Palestinian sovereignty and engagement with Iran and, most recently, his hard-right government's overhaul of the judiciary.

Biden had already turned a page with Netanyahu in pursuit of a potentially landmark Israeli-Saudi normalization deal. That prospect is now likely on hold, but the violence has also pushed his differences with Netanyahu farther into the rear view.

The US president has promised "full support" for Israel, sent munitions and ordered warships to the eastern Mediterranean -- a veiled warning to Hamas backer Iran.

At the UN Security Council, Washington pushed for full-throated condemnation of Hamas, while Moscow sought a broader statement backing a return to a Middle East peace process.

Oct 10, 2023 2:13 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Hezbollah launches rockets at Israel

Lebanese armed group Hezbollah fired a salvo of rockets onto northern Israel on Monday in response to at least three of its members being killed in Israeli shelling on Lebanon.

The exchange of fire marks a significant expansion of the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants to the Israeli-Lebanese border further north. Iran-backed Hezbollah and Israel fought a brutal month-long war in 2006.

Hezbollah in a statement on Monday said it had fired rockets and mortars on two Israeli military posts in the Galilee. The Israeli military said it identified a number of "launches" from Lebanon into Israel, without any injuries. It said it was responding with artillery fire onto Lebanon.

Hezbollah said in consecutive online statements that three of its members had been killed in Israel's "aggression" on southern Lebanon on Monday afternoon. Two Lebanese security sources told Reuters two more Hezbollah members were killed.

Oct 10, 2023 1:34 AM IST

2 Italians missing near Gaza, presumed kidnapped

A married couple with dual Italian-Israeli citizenship are missing from their kibbutz near Gaza and have probably been taken hostage, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said on Monday.

"They are a man and a woman, husband and wife ... and were living in the Be'eri kibbutz. They are not answering calls from their family," Tajani told state broadcaster RAI.

"We hope to find them, but at this time we don't have any other news. It is probable that they have been kidnapped."

He did not give their names.

Oct 10, 2023 1:19 AM IST

Unity call from Netanyahu: Israel PM calls for 'national unity government'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called on Israel's opposition to form a government of national unity as the country reeled under a deadly assault by Palestinian militant group Hamas.

"I call on opposition leaders to immediately form an emergency government of national unity without any preconditions," Netanyahu said in a televised speech.

Netanyahu, who sits at the head of a hard-right coalition government, is facing one of the biggest crises in Israel's history after Hamas launched its surprise attack on Saturday morning.

In his speech on Monday, he said the government planned to regain control of the territory and "eliminate terrorists" still present in Israel.

Israel planned to carry out a "massive" assault against Hamas with "unprecedented force" and "strengthen other fronts in the north against Hezbollah" in Lebanon, as well as in the occupied West Bank, he said.

Netanyahu said he will also continue to campaign for international support and work for the "unity of the people" by forming the national unity government.

Oct 10, 2023 1:01 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war: World Bank calls for ‘rapid de-escalation’

The World Bank on Monday urged a "rapid de-escalation" of the fighting in Israel and Gaza as the violence cast a pall over the start of the bank's annual meetings with the International Monetary Fund in Morocco.

An internal World Bank memo seen by Reuters cited a "devastating loss of life, destruction and heavy toll on civilians being incurred on both sides," but voiced support for the lender's work in Gaza and the West Bank.

"We hope for a rapid de-escalation of the conflict and end to the violence. The World Bank and our development partners have long worked to support the poorest, most vulnerable people in the West Bank and Gaza, and we remain committed to building the foundations for a more stable and sustainable future."

The Oct. 9-15 annual meetings in Marrakech are expected to focus heavily on increasing resources for the IMF and the World Bank, both potentially contentious moves. But the attention of many government officials and non-profit representatives on the first day turned to the possibility of a wider conflict.

"We're all just very much taken aback by the magnitude of the casualties on both sides," Anna Bjerde, the World Bank's managing director of operations told Reuters in an interview.

Oct 10, 2023 12:51 AM IST

Turkey urges Israel against attacking Gaza civilians; ,criticises Hamas

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged Israel against "indiscriminately" attacking civilians in its war with Hamas militants in Gaza.

But Erdogan also delivered measured criticism of Hamas and urged both sides to respect the "ethics" of war.

Erdogan told Israeli President Isaac Herzog by phone that "harming the people of Gaza collectively and indiscriminately would further increase the suffering and the spiral of violence in the region," Erdogan's office said.

Erdogan has fervently backed the Palestinian cause and supported a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He broke away from a regular cabinet meeting to hold an urgent round of telephone diplomacy Monday aimed at easing the raging crisis.

Oct 10, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Israeli PM dismisses reports of advance warning from Egypt

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu denies reports of being warned ahead of attack from Egypt. He urged Israelis to avoid spreading fake news. “Difficult days are still ahead of us,” he said.

Oct 10, 2023 12:30 AM IST

Netanyahu equates Hamas with ISIS

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, in his first public address after the attack, said ‘we have not seen atrocities that Hamas carried out since the days of ISIS’.

“We have always known what Hamas is. Now the world knows. Hamas is ISIS.”

Oct 10, 2023 12:19 AM IST

More than 680 killed after Israeli strike, says health ministry in Gaza

Health Ministry in Gaza says more than 680 people have been killed in Israeli strikes and more than 3,700 others wounded, reports AP

Oct 10, 2023 12:06 AM IST

100x worse than Yom Kippur War…equivalent of Nazis, says former Israeli PM

Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calls the current conflict “the harshest event since the War of Independence.”

Speaking to local news channel from southern Israel, Bennett elaborates: “This is not the Yom Kippur War — it is Yom Kippur multiplied by 100, because here we are talking about murder, the systematic slaughter of babies, girls, boys, things that are hard to bear.”

“We set up a Jewish state in this land in order to defend ourselves, and now the time has come to fight back,” he says.

“We have to lift up our heads… we are heroic people,” Bennett adds, citing acts of heroism by residents of Kfar Aza, Nahal Oz, Netiv Ha’Asara and other communities where “heroes confronted the terrorists,” killed some of them, and in some cases were killed. “We are a people of lions,” he says.

Oct 9, 2023 11:59 PM IST

Over 100 bodies found in small farming community, says Israeli rescue service

Israeli rescue service says more than 100 bodies found in a small farming community that was scene of a hostage standoff, reports AP

Oct 9, 2023 11:51 PM IST

Israeli PM keeps close eye at security arrangements

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security assessment this evening at the Kirya in Tel Aviv

Oct 9, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Hamas to kill a civilian hostage for each uncalled airstrike from Israel

Hamas military spokesman says it will kill a civilian hostage any time Israel targets Gaza civilians without warning, reports AP

Oct 9, 2023 11:22 PM IST

EU freezes aid for Palestine

The European Commission said on Monday it was putting all of its development aid for Palestinians, worth 691 million euros ($729 million), under review and immediately suspending all payments following Hamas' attack on Israel.

Germany and Austria earlier on Monday said they were suspending bilateral development aid to Palestinians, while others such as Italy had said suspending aid was not up for discussion.

Europe is one of the main sources of aid to the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories where the United Nations estimates that around 2.1 million people need humanitarian assistance, among them 1 million children. It is unclear whether the suspensions in development aid will also apply to such assistance.

The EU commission did not immediately respond to a request to clarify this.

"The scale of terror and brutality against Israel and its people is a turning point," Oliver Varhelyi, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, said in a post on social media. "There can be no business as usual."

Oct 9, 2023 11:01 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war fear turns Jerusalem into 'ghost town'

The usually bustling streets of Jerusalem were eerily quiet on Monday as deadly fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants raged for a third day in and around the Gaza Strip.

"Jerusalem is indeed a ghost town," said May Bahbah, a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem in her 40s.

"People are in fear and worried," she told AFP, standing next to a shuttered greengrocer.

Palestinians living in the city's Israeli-annexed east "have to go to their jobs but they are worried they might be abused" by Israeli forces "because of the war situation", said Bahbah.

Near Khan al-Zait, the Old City's main market, few shops had opened on Monday.

Hazem, 42, who did not wish to disclose his full name, came from the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan to run some errands and was visibly angry.

"The (Israeli) police officers asked me to get out of the car, and they searched it and found an electrical outlet tester," he told AFP.

"One of them slapped me so hard, and when they wanted to attack me, an Arab officer stopped them."

Oct 9, 2023 10:51 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Hamas armed wing threatens to kill captives if Israel continues its pre-warning attacks

Hamas' armed wing said on Monday it will begin executing an Israeli civilian captive in return for any new Israeli bombing of civilian houses without pre-warning.

Hamas armed wing spokesman Abu Obaida said they have been acting in accordance with Islamic instructions by keeping the Israeli captives safe and sound, blaming the intended move on Israel's stepped-up bombing and killing of civilians inside their homes in air strikes without warning them.

Oct 9, 2023 10:41 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Erdogan warns Israel against collective steps against Gaza

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan told his Israeli counterpart on Monday that any steps that collectively harmed the people of Gaza would increase suffering in the region and that common sense was needed, the Turkish presidency said.

Erdogan told Israeli President Isaac Herzog in a phone call that Turkey would ramp up its efforts for lasting peace in the region, the presidency added.

Oct 9, 2023 10:36 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: EU humanitarian aid to Palestinians in need will continue as long as needed, says EU official

While I most strongly condemn the terrorist attack by Hamas, it is imperative to protect civilians and respect IHL. EU humanitarian aid to Palestinians in need will continue as long as needed, says European Commissioner for Crisis Management.

Oct 9, 2023 10:33 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: 'We gave the Palestinian Gaza till the last millimetre,' Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen

Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen says, "...There is no dispute in regards to the land of Gaza. We gave the Palestinian Gaza till the last millimetre. There is no dispute in regard to the land..."

Oct 9, 2023 10:23 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: The humanitarian situation in Gaza will only deteriorate exponentially, says UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he was "deeply distressed" by Israel's imposition of a total siege on the Gaza Strip following Hamas' assault on the country.

"The humanitarian situation in Gaza was extremely dire before these hostilities," Guterres told reporters. "Now it will only deteriorate exponentially."

Oct 9, 2023 10:03 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Mexico deploys planes to Israel to return nationals

The Mexican army is carrying out humanitarian flights aimed at bringing home nationals from Israel amid the attack on the country by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, the government said on Monday.

An unknown number of hostages were taken by Hamas after it launched a surprise attack in Israel on Saturday. Two Mexicans are believed to have been among those taken by the group, Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena said on Sunday.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday said in a press conference that Mexico would not take sides in the conflict and the United Nations should convene all member countries to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict.

"More than condemnation, what is required is a search for peaceful solutions, that there is dialogue and that further confrontation and violence is avoided," Lopez Obrador said.

Some 5,000 Mexican nationals are in Israel and some 300 have asked to leave, according to Lopez Obrador.

A plane leaving on Monday morning has a capacity of about 170 passengers, the defence ministry said. A second plane was to leave later in the day.

Oct 9, 2023 9:40 PM IST

Norwegian Air cancels its flights to and from Tel Aviv this week

Norwegian Air is cancelling its flights from Copenhagen and Stockholm to Tel Aviv this week and return flights, a spokesman for the company said on Monday.

"Due to the current situation in Israel, Norwegian has decided to cancel all its flights to and from Tel Aviv up to and including Sunday 15th October," a company spokesperson said.

Oct 9, 2023 9:33 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: 'No electricity, no food, no water, no gas' says Israeli officials

Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said Israel would impose a "complete siege" on the long blockaded enclave and stressed what this meant for its 2.3 million people: "No electricity, no food, no water, no gas -- it's all closed."

Palestinians in the impoverished coastal territory braced for what many feared will be a massive Israeli ground attack aiming to defeat Hamas and liberate the hostages.

Oct 9, 2023 9:06 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Israel imposes total siege on Gaza

Israel imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip Monday and cut off the water supply as it kept bombing targets in the crowded Palestinian enclave in response to the Hamas surprise assault it has likened to the 9/11 attacks.

Reeling from the Islamist group's unprecedented ground, air and sea attacks, Israel has counted over 700 dead and launched a withering barrage of strikes on Gaza that have raised the death toll there to 560 people.

Oct 9, 2023 9:01 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: No chance for negotiation, says Hamas

"The military operation is still continuing," Hossam Badran, a Hamas official, told AFP from Doha, adding that "there is currently no chance for negotiation on the issue of prisoners or anything else".

Oct 9, 2023 8:40 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Adani Ports issue statement over Haifa Port's concerns

Gautam Adani-led Adani Ports and SEZ Limited, which acquired Israel's Haifa port earlier this year, said on Monday that their business remains safe amidst the recent Hamas attack and ensuing conflict.

In a statement, the Indian private port operator said, "We are closely monitoring the action on the ground which is concentrated in South Israel, whereas Haifa port is situated in the North."

Read here: Adani Ports on Israel-Hamas war

Oct 9, 2023 8:38 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: More than 10 Britons feared dead or missing in Israel

More than 10 Britons are feared dead or missing in Israel, the BBC reported on Monday, citing an official source, although foreign minister James Cleverly said he would not speculate on the number of British or dual nationals in the area.

Britain's Foreign Office declined to comment on the report.

Oct 9, 2023 8:37 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Oil prices and defense stocks climb

Oil prices are climbing, and stocks are slipping Monday as violence in the Middle East injects more unease into financial markets.

The S&P 500 was 0.5% lower in its first trading since Hamas launched a surprise attack over the weekend against Israel, which then formally declared war. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 137 points, or 0.4%, as of 10:50 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 0.9% lower.

The area under conflict is not home to major oil production, but fears that the fighting could spill into the politics around the crude market sent a barrel of U.S. oil up 4.2% to $86.23. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 4% to $88.00 per barrel.

Oct 9, 2023 7:51 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: CPI MP writes to Jaishankar on safety of Indians stranded in West Asian region

CPI MP Binoy Viswam on Monday wrote to External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar regarding the safety and security of Indian citizens stranded in the West Asian region amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

“In the event of recent attacks and counterattacks by Israeli security forces and Hamas, the lives of these Indian citizens are in danger. I request your intervention in carrying out immediate evacuation process to safely rescue them from the war-like situation,” he wrote in the letter.

Oct 9, 2023 7:42 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Congress calls for an immediate cease-fire and for negotiations to begin

Congress Working Committee passes resolution - CWC expresses its dismay and anguish on the war that has broken out in the Middle East where over a thousand people have been killed in the last two days. The CWC reiterates its long-standing support for the rights of the Palestinian people to land, self-government and to live with dignity and respect. The CWC calls for an immediate cease-fire and for negotiations to begin on all outstanding issues including the imperative issues that have given rise to the present conflict.

Oct 9, 2023 7:15 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Israel shuts down major offshore gas field amid violence

Israel has suspended production at the Tamar gas field off its southern coast and will seek alternative fuel sources to meet its needs, the energy ministry said on Monday following three days of violence in the region.

Chevron, which operates the field, confirmed it had been instructed by the ministry to shut down the field, which is a major source of gas to Israel's power generators and industry.

Some of Tamar's gas is also exported to neighbouring Jordan and Egypt.

Oct 9, 2023 7:00 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Israel says it kills armed infiltrators entering from Lebanon

Israel said on Monday its troops backed by helicopters had killed a number of armed infiltrators entering the country from Lebanon, raising fears fighting could spread two days after Hamas gunmen burst in from Gaza on a deadly rampage.

The Israeli military said it had called up an unprecedented 300,000 reservists and was imposing a total blockade of the Gaza Strip, signs it could be planning a ground assault there to defeat Hamas.

Oct 9, 2023 5:54 PM IST

At least 560 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza

At least 560 Palestinians have been killed and 2,900 wounded in Israeli air strikes on the blockaded enclave since Saturday, said Gaza's Health Ministry.

Oct 9, 2023 5:30 PM IST

Israeli strikes on Gaza kill four 'prisoners': Hamas

Israeli air strikes on Gaza have killed four "prisoners" held by Hamas, said Monday the Palestinian militant group whose fighters carried out a surprise attack on Israel over the weekend.

"The occupation's bombing last night and today on the Gaza Strip led to the killing of four of the enemy's prisoners," the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said on its website.

Oct 9, 2023 5:00 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: World Bank says it hopes for a rapid de-escalation of the conflict in Israel, Gaza

The World Bank told its staff it was gravely concerned about the "shocking escalation" of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since Saturday and hoped for a rapid de-escalation of the conflict.

"We hope for a rapid de-escalation of the conflict and end to the violence. The World Bank and our development partners have long worked to support the poorest, most vulnerable people in the West Bank and Gaza, and we remain committed to building the foundations for a more stable and sustainable future."

Oct 9, 2023 4:24 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: EU foreign ministers to hold emergency talks

The foreign ministers of the European will on hold urgent talks on the situation in Israel and Gaza, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

"I am convening tomorrow an emergency meeting of EU Foreign Ministers to address the situation in Israel and in the region," Borrell said, according to Reuters.

Oct 9, 2023 3:45 PM IST

Germany ‘temporarily suspends’ aid to Palestine

Germany has said that it has temporarily halted the development aid to the Palestinian territories as it carries out a thorough review amid the attack on Israel by Hamas militants.

The aid included help for desalination projects, food security, and job creation, and amounted to $131 million, according to AFP.

Oct 9, 2023 3:12 PM IST

Israel to impose a total blockade on Gaza

Israel’s defense minister Yoav Gallant announced on Monday a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip, stating that authorities would cut the supply of electricity and block the entry of food and fuel to Gaza.

Gallant said that the move was a part of a war, which was against “beastly people”. More here.

Oct 9, 2023 3:01 PM IST

Israel's army launches air strikes on two Gaza refugee camps

Israel's army launched air strikes on two refugee camps in Gaza, AlJazeera reported. The two raids hit the Jabalia and al-Shati camps.

Dozens of casualties brought to Gaza City's hospital.

Oct 9, 2023 2:53 PM IST

China says ‘highly concerned’ about Palestine-Israel conflict.

Chinese FM spokesperson Mao Ning said that Beijing condemns any behavior that is harmful to civilians and opposes the escalation of the situation between Israel and Palestine, according to Global Times.

Mao said that the way out of conflict is to resume peace talks, implement the "two-state solution" and push for a political solution to the Palestine question.

"China is willing to work with the international community to find adequate solutions," she added.

Oct 9, 2023 2:39 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: Alert in Tel Aviv; explosions heard in Jerusalem

Explosions are being heard in Jerusalem, Reuters reported, citing witnesses. A siren is also sounded in Tel Aviv warning of rockets.

Oct 9, 2023 2:34 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Russia ‘extremely concerned’ about the situation in Israel

Russia on Monday said that Moscow was “extremely concerned” about the situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, adding that they posed a "great danger" to the wider region.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that its embassy has no information yet on how many Russian citizens in Israel might have been hurt or killed in the attack.

Oct 9, 2023 2:11 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Austria suspends aid to Palestine

Austria is suspending its aid to Palestinians, totaling around $20 million, in response to Islamist group Hamas's attack on Israel, its Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg has said.

“The extent of the terror is so horrific ... that we cannot go back to business as usual,” Schallenberg said, according to Reuters.

Oct 9, 2023 1:59 PM IST

Iran calls for emergency meeting of Muslim group OIC

Iran has called for an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as fighting between Hamas and Israeli forces raged on Sunday. It also denied any involvement in the attack.

"Tehran has called for an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss regional developments," spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said, according to Reuters.

Oct 9, 2023 1:47 PM IST

UN agency says it is sheltering over 74,000 people in Gaza

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees says that the number of people forced to flee their homes in search of safety in Gaza has significantly increased to nearly 74,000 people overnight.

Oct 9, 2023 1:44 PM IST

Joe Biden criticised for holding barbeque amid Israel-Hamas war

President Joe Biden is being criticised after he apparently held a barbecue for his staff at the White House amid the Hamas attack on Israel.

A pool reporter claimed he heard a band playing from the White House lawn while pro-Palestine protesters chanted ‘Free Palestine’ at the gates.

Four Americans have reportedly been killed and many have been taken hostage in the Hamas attack on Israel. Read on.

Oct 9, 2023 1:39 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: UAE comes out in Tel Aviv's support

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday described the attacks carried out by Hamas militants against Israeli towns as a "serious and grave escalation."

The country's foreign ministry said in a statement that it was "appalled" by reports that Israeli civilians were taken as hostages from their homes.

Notably, the UAE became the first Gulf country to normalise relations with Israel in 2020, breaking decades of Arab policy toward the Palestinian cause, according to Reuters.

Oct 9, 2023 1:07 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: ‘This is our 9/11,’ Israeli Army major says

"This is our 9/11," Major Nir Dinar, spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Forces said, according to Reuters.

"They got us. They surprised us and they came fast from many spots - both from the air and the ground and the sea," he added.

Oct 9, 2023 12:57 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: More than 1.23 lakh people displaced in the Gaza, UN says

The United Nations on Monday said that more than 1,23,000 people have been displaced in the Gaza Strip since the outbreak of the conflict between Hamas militants and Israel, reported AFP.

More than 73,000 are sheltering in schools, some of which have been designated emergency shelters, it added.

Oct 9, 2023 12:22 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: American travellers flock Tel Aviv airports

Israel-Hamas war: American citizens in Israel are now trying to find a way out of the country. Passengers have flocked the Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

"It took four hours to get to the gate. It was a madhouse," tourist Alan Goldfarb of New Jersey told CBS New York. Read on.