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Israel-Hamas war Highlights: Hostage release deal ‘very close’, says Israeli official

Nov 22, 2023 04:17 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war Highlights: Check out latest developments on the conflict in West Asia as it takes place.

Hospitals in Gaza have become the primary target for Israeli forces as they press their offensive against Hamas in the northern region. At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a fresh attack at Indonesian Hospital in the beseiged enclave, the Gazan health ministry said. Thousands of patients and displaced people have been sheltering in that hospital for weeks.

Smoke rises after Israeli strikes in Gaza, as seen from southern Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, November 21, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko(REUTERS)

The fresh offensive came as 28 premature babies were being evacuated from another hospital in Gaza City, Al-Shifa, which was raided by the Israeli military earlier based on the claim that Hamas has been using the complex as a key military base.

Like all other health facilities in the northern half of Gaza, the Indonesian Hospital has largely ceased operations but is still sheltering patients, staff and displaced residents.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his commitment on securing the release of hostages after he met with the family members of Israelis being held captive in Gaza.

Meanwhile, both Israel and Hamas officials indicated a potential truce deal to release dozens of hostages from Gaza. However, no timeline has been announced either on the release of hostages or the final completion of the deal.

Follow all the updates here:

  • Wed, 22 Nov 2023 04:15 AM

    South African leader accuses Israel of war crimes. Putin and Xi strike more cautious note at meeting

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa accused Israel of war crimes and acts “tantamount to genocide” in Gaza during a virtual meeting Tuesday of leaders of developing countries, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping.

    Ramaphosa also condemned Hamas for its attack on Israeli civilians that sparked the war in Gaza and said both sides were guilty of violating international law.

  • Wed, 22 Nov 2023 02:43 AM

    Netanyahu says war will continue as Gaza hostage deal nears

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli Cabinet that the war to eliminate Hamas wouldn’t let up after a cease-fire, even as he signaled that a deal was near to free hostages in Gaza in return for a temporary pause in fighting.

    “There is nonsense out there as if after the pause in fighting, we will stop the war,” Netanyahu said at the start of a meeting where officials set to vote on a hostage deal, according to his office. “We are at war and we will continue it until we achieve all the objectives. We will eliminate Hamas, return all the hostages and guarantee that there will be no element in Gaza that threatens Israel.”

  • Wed, 22 Nov 2023 01:14 AM

    Hopes for hostages as Israel, Hamas, Qatar say progress in talks

    Hopes mounted Tuesday that Hamas could release dozens of hostages from war-torn Gaza after the militant group's leader and key mediator Qatar said a truce deal was in sight and the Israeli premier pointed to "progress".

    The announcements are the most optimistic yet of a potential breakthrough in the conflict, which has raged for more than six weeks and left thousands dead on both sides.

    "We are close to reaching a deal on a truce," Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said.

    In Qatar, foreign ministry spokesman Majed Al-Ansari said "we're very optimistic, very hopeful" and told reporters: "We are at the closest point we ever had been in reaching an agreement."

  • Wed, 22 Nov 2023 12:20 AM

    Hamas officials say hostage agreement could be reached soon

    Senior Hamas officials said Tuesday that an agreement could be reached soon in which the militant group would release hostages and Israel would free Palestinian prisoners. Meanwhile, Israeli officials announced that meetings of key decision-making bodies would be held late Tuesday to discuss “the issue of the release of hostages.”

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 11:57 PM

    Hostage deal could bring 'disaster' on Israel, says Cabinet Minister

    Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir warned on Tuesday that an emerging deal to secure the release of some hostages in exchange for a ceasefire in the war against Hamas could backfire.

    Ben-Gvir said he was "very concerned" that the exact details of a potential agreement were not being divulged and that members of the government were "not being told the truth."

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 11:14 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: EU will continue to fund the Palestinians amid ongoing conflict

    The European Union will continue to provide substantial amounts of financial aid to the Palestinians after an investigation found that no money has been diverted to the militant group Hamas, the EU's executive branch said Tuesday.

    The review of the use of hundreds of millions of euros' worth of development assistance meant to help the Palestinians fight poverty was announced on Oct. 9, two days after Hamas rampaged into southern Israel. (PTI feed)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 11:12 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: WHO claims an employee got killed in Gaza amid ongoing Israel-Hamas war

    The World Health Organization chief said on Tuesday that an employee of the organisation got killed in Gaza amid ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The employee's six-month-old baby, husband and two brothers also died.

    "My colleagues and I are devastated: we have lost one of our own in Gaza today," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on social media platform X.

    "Reportedly multiple other family members sheltering in the same house were also killed," he added.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 11:04 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Bahrain government websites suffer cyberattack amid ongoing Israel-Hamas war

    The websites of two government ministries in Bahrain briefly became inaccessible Tuesday night after a cyberattack took them down, purportedly over the island kingdom's stance on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

    A statement posted online by a self-described group calling itself Al-Toufan, or “The Flood” in Arabic, claimed hacking the Foreign Ministry and the Information Affairs Ministry's websites. Both later became accessible. (AP feed)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:45 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Palestinians fly flag in emotional World Cup qualifier

    Palestinian flags and the black-and-white keffiyeh scarf flew high in Kuwait's Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium as football fans vented their emotions in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

    Thousands of Palestinians and their sympathisers turned out at the 60,000-seat venue for the game against Australia, Palestine's first in front of fans since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

    "Palestine is in our hearts. We came to the stadium, old and young, in support," Anfal Al-Azmi, a 45-year-old Kuwaiti woman, told AFP. (AFP feed)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:41 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: No joint declaration on Gaza conflict by BRICS countries

    During the BRICS virtual summit on Tuesday, countries couldn't agree on a joint declaration about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa shared that diplomats did not have sufficient time to draft a declaration.

    "We've called upon all parties to exercise maximum restraint. We affirmed ... that a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can be achieved by peaceful means," Ramaphosa said in his summary of the discussions.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:25 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: US President Joe Biden says Gaza hostages deal 'now very close'

    US President Joe Biden on Tuesday signaled that a deal to free hostages held by Hamas in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel and a temporary truce is "now very close."

    "We are now very close, very close. We could bring some of these hostages home very soon. But I don't want to get into the details of things, because nothing is done until it's done," he said at the White House. "Things are looking good at the moment." (as reported by AFP)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:12 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: South African lawmakers vote to shut down Israeli embassy in the country

    Amid ongoing Israel-Hamas war, South African lawmakers have voted to shut down Israeli embassy in the country. Notably, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been a critic of Israel's ongoing offensive in Gaza.

    The ruling African National Congress is known for standing up for the Palestinian people. The final decision on whether to close the Israeli embassy will be taken by Ramaphosa.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 09:58 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet ‘war cabinet’ amid hopes of hostage release deal with Hamas

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet war cabinet amid hopes of a deal with Hamas regarding the release of Israeli hostages.

    "We are making progress. I don't think it's worth saying too much, not at even this moment, but I hope there will be good news soon," Netanyahu told reservists without providing further details.

    During the October 7 attack on Southern Israel, Hamas reportedly abuducted 240 hostages, including women, children and elderly people.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 09:47 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: What Chinese President Xi Jinping has said

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict, the release of all civilian captives and the implementation of a two-state solution for lasting peace in the strife-torn region.

    Addressing the BRICS extraordinary virtual summit on the Palestine-Israeli issue, Xi said fundamental way out of the recurring Palestinian-Israeli conflicts is to implement the two-state solution, restore the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation, and establish an independent State of Palestine. (PTI feed)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 09:36 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: IDF shares antisemitic material taught in Gaza

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 09:27 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israel Defense Forces release emotional video of children held hostage by Hamas

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 09:17 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman gives statement on Palestine during virtual summit of BRICS

    During a virtual summit of the BRICS group, Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman demanded the start of a serious and comprehensive peace process to establish a Palestinian state along the borders of 1967.

    “The Kingdom’s position is constant and firm; there is no way to achieve security and stability in Palestine except through the implementation of international decisions related to the two-state solution,” said Prince Mohammed.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 09:16 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Egypt says bombing in South Gaza is to force residents to leave

    According to a report by Reuters, Egypt's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that bombing targeting displaced people in south Gaza has "a clear objective," and that is to force the enclave's residents to leave.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 08:23 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: South Africa accuses Israel of war crimes and 'genocide'

    According to a report by AFP, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa accused Israel of war crimes and "genocide" in Gaza, as he chaired an extraordinary summit of the BRICS group of nations on Tuesday.

    Pretoria is hosting a virtual meeting of BRICS -- a group of major emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- aimed at drawing up a common response to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

    "The collective punishment of Palestinian civilians through the unlawful use of force by Israel is a war crime. The deliberate denial of medicine, fuel, food and water to the residents of Gaza is tantamount to genocide," Ramaphosa said.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 08:09 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Check out before and after pictures of the Palestinian Ministry of Justice in Gaza

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 07:55 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Hostage release deal between Israel and Hamas?

    According to a report by CNN, Israel and Hamas are deciding on the names of hostages who could be released as part of a deal. As part of the deal being discussed, Israel would do a temporary ceasefire and exchange Palestinian prisoners lodged in its jails with Israeli hostages being held by Hamas.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 07:45 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Video highlights horror of October 7 Hamas attack

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 07:29 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Germany urges Muslims to condemn October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel

    Germany has urged Muslim groups in their country to condemn the horrific terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7 in Israel.

    "I expect the Muslim organisations to clearly position themselves and uphold their responsibilities in society," interior minister Nancy Faeser said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD.

    During the October 7 attack, Hamas had killed hundreds of innocent civilians, beheaded babies, raped women and abducted people.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 07:16 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Canada condemns violence against Palestinians in the West Bank

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 07:03 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israeli PM gives statement on release of hostages held by Hamas

    According to a report by Reuters, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday progress was being made on the release of hostages held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

    "We are making progress. I don't think it's worth saying too much, not at even this moment, but I hope there will be good news soon," he told reservists according to a statement from his office.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 06:49 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Survivor of October 7 Hamas attack recalls the horror

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 06:39 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israel bans terror group Lashkar e Tayyiba ahead of 15th anniversary of Mumbai 26/11 attacks.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 06:31 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israel reiterates that Hamas fighters are murderers and terrorists

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 06:21 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Here is a tribute to the hostages

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 06:06 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Former PM of UK, Boris Johnson emphasises the need to learn from Hamas' attack

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 05:51 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Hostage deal announcement may happen soon

    According to a report by CNN, two Israeli sources have said that a deal regarding hostages, may be announced today. In exchange of the hostages, Israel would do a temporary ceasefire and release some Palestinian prisoners as well.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 05:34 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israeli bombardment kills four civilians: Lebanon state media

    According to a report by AFP, Israeli bombardment of south Lebanon killed four civilians, two of them journalists, on Tuesday, official media said, as Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen television said it employed the two journalists.

    The state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported "the deaths of three citizens -- two journalists and another civilian -- in enemy bombing" of the Tair Harfa area.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 05:24 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Israel Defense Forces give an update about their operations

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 05:16 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Check out External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar talking about India's position on the matter

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 05:08 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Health care crisis in Gaza ?

    Due to proposed evacuations from three big hospitals namely Al Shifa, Indonesian Hospital and Al Ahli Hospital, a health crisis looms in Gaza amid the ongoing war.

    "It's robbing the entire population of the north of the means to seek health (care)," WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier told a Geneva press briefing.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 05:02 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Three hospitals in Gaza are set to be evacuated !

    Three hospitals in Gaza are set to be evacuated in the wake of Israel's offensive in the region, informed a World Health Organization(WHO) spokesperson on Tuesday. The three hospitals are Al Shifa, Indonesian Hospital and Al Ahli Hospital.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 04:53 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: What is UNRWA ?

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), is an organisation to support registered Palestine refugees. It provides relief and also helps them through work programmes. UNRWA receives voluntary funds from UN member states.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 04:40 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: India donates $2.5 million to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

    According to a report from PTI, India has donated USD 2.5 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, prompting the UNRWA on Tuesday to welcome the generous contribution at a "difficult time", particularly in Gaza.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 04:29 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Gaza hostage talks 'closest' to deal since start of war: Qatar

    Qatar has said that negotiations to free hostages abducted during Hamas' October 7 attack on Israel, are at their 'closest point' to a deal.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 04:20 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: How many Palestinians have died?

    More than 12,700 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the West Bank. Officials there say another 4,000 are missing. Their counts do not differentiate between civilians and combatants. Israel says it has killed thousands of militants. (AP feed)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 04:09 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Gaza sanitation 'perfect storm for tragedy': UN

    Fuel shortages and the worsening sanitation situation in the Gaza Strip is shaping up to be the perfect storm for tragedy through the spread of disease, the United Nations warned Tuesday.

    "Without enough fuel, we will see the collapse of sanitation services. So we have then, on top of the mortars and the bombs, a perfect storm for the spread of disease. It's a perfect storm for tragedy," UNICEF spokesman James Elder told a press briefing in Geneva. (AFP feed)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 03:46 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Two journalists killed in Lebanon

    Two journalists and a third person were killed by a rocket strike near Lebanon's border with Israel on Tuesday, the Lebanese state news agency reported.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 03:16 PM

    Israel-Hamas LIVE updates: IDF hits 250 terror targets

    As part of the IDF's continuing activities in the Gaza Strip, its aircraft attacked about 250 targets of the terrorist organization Hamas over the past 24 hours. Among the targets hit were dozens of terrorists, missile launchers and various terrorist infrastructures. (ANI)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 02:42 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE updates: Putin to discuss Gaza at BRICS

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with the leaders of the BRICS bloc in a video conference on Tuesday, after which the group is expected to issue a joint statement, the Kremlin said. (Reuters)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 02:22 PM

    Israel-Hamas war LIVE: Truce deal in works

    Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday a temporary truce agreement with Israel was in sight, raising hopes that dozens of people taken hostage could be released. (AFP)

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 01:46 PM

    Israel-Hamas war Live: Details of truce to be announced shortly, says Hamas official

    Hamas official claims details of a temporary humanitarian truce in exchange for the release of hostages will be announced in coming hours.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 01:18 PM

    Israel-Hamas war Live: ‘Very close’ to hostage deal, says Israeli official

    A senior Israeli said “we are very close to a deal” for the release of some hostages from Gaza, a local news channel reported. The official said agreement reached to release at least 50 people while dozens more could be released if ceasefire is extended. Those set to be released are expected to be children, their mothers and other women, the channel reported.

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 12:43 PM

    Israel-Hamas war Live: IDF says encirclement of Gaza's Jabaliya complete

    The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said it has completed the encirclement of Gaza's Jabaliya amid deepening fights with militants. It said the 215th Artillery Regiment and the Air Force carried out heavy strikes in Jabaliya to “prepare the ground for battle.”

  • Tue, 21 Nov 2023 12:10 PM

    Israel-Hamas war Live: BRICS nations to discuss Gaza crises in virtual meeting today

    As per the press statement, in the meeting, the South African President will deliver an opening speech, followed by speeches from invited states and members on the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    Later in the meeting, a joint statement on the situation in the Middle East with particular reference to Gaza will be adopted. Read more

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