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Israel-Hamas War updates: No ceasefire till all hostages freed, says Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel-Hamas War: Israel Defence Forces have said that they will try to reopen a corridor for Gazan civilians in the north of the Strip to escape south on Sunday.

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: In this picture taken from the Israeli side of the border fence, an Israeli tank rolls inside the Gaza Strip on November 5, 2023 amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP) (AFP)Premium
Israel-Hamas War LIVE: In this picture taken from the Israeli side of the border fence, an Israeli tank rolls inside the Gaza Strip on November 5, 2023 amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP) (AFP)

Israel-Hamas War Updates: As the war entered its 30th day, more than 30 people were killed in an Israeli bombing on a refugee camp in central Gaza late Saturday, the Hamas-run health ministry there said, amid ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, AFP reported.

 

Maghazi is located in the Deir al-Balah Governorate in the central Gaza Strip.

“Given the high number of civilian casualties & the scale of destruction following Israeli airstrikes on Jabalia refugee camp, we have serious concerns that these are disproportionate attacks that could amount to war crimes," the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights said in a post on X Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Israel asserts that its target is Hamas, not civilians, and alleges that militants are using residents as human shields.

The United States and Arab partners disagreed Saturday on the need for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip as Israeli military strikes killed civilians at a UN shelter and a hospital, and Israel said the besieged enclave’s Hamas rulers were “encountering the full force" of its troops, as reported by Associated Press (AP).

Israeli officials say more than 1,400 people, mainly civilians, were killed.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said on Saturday that 9,488 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli bombardments, including 3,900 children, AFP reported.

Check all the Israel-Gaza war updates here.

 

05 Nov 2023, 10:45:25 PM IST

Israel snaps internet, telecommunication services in Gaza

Israel-Hamas war: The Israeli government has snapped telecommunication and internet services in Gaza, reports said. "The main routes that were previously reconnected (were) cut off again from the Israeli side," Palestinian telecommunications company Paltel said in a statement. Read here

05 Nov 2023, 10:32:17 PM IST

Hamas systematically exploits hospitals as part of its war machine, says IDF

“Hamas systematically exploits hospitals as part of its war machine," Israel's chief military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told reporters in Jerusalem. “They launch rockets on Israel 75 meters from a hospital. Why? They know precisely that if Israel will air strike a launch pad like that, the hospital would be damaged," Reuters quoted him as saying. The claims could not be verified.

05 Nov 2023, 09:52:39 PM IST

No ceasefire till Hamas frees all hostages, says Netanyahu

Israel-Hamas war: “Take this (word 'ceasefire') out of the lexicon. We will continue until we defeat them; we do not have an alternative," news agency ANI quoted Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying. A ceasefire will take place only if all the hostages are freed, he added, as per a report in The Times of Israel.

05 Nov 2023, 08:54:35 PM IST

Iran's Khamenei meets Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Tehran

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held a meeting in Tehran with Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas that is at war with Israel. 

"Ayatollah Khamenei praised the steadfastness and resilience of the people of Gaza and expressed strong regret over the crimes of the Zionist regime, supported directly by Washington and some Western countries," Iran's state broadcaster reported.

05 Nov 2023, 07:33:44 PM IST

Aid entering Gaza ‘nowhere near enough’, says World Food Programme chief

The supplies of food and other essentials to war-torn Gaza is “nowhere near enough", said World Food Programme (WFP) chief  Cindy McCain. “We need to continue to work together to get safe and sustained access to Gaza at a scale that aligns with the catastrophic conditions facing families there."

05 Nov 2023, 07:31:29 PM IST

PA to take over Gaza only as part of ‘comprehensive solution’, Abbas tells Blinken

Israel-Hamas war: Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, told the visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the Palestinian Authority would take over the administrative role in Gaza only as part of a “comprehensive political solution" to the entire Israel-Palestine conflict, the official WAFA news agency reported. The two leaders held a meeting Ramallah in West Bank.

05 Nov 2023, 05:09:33 PM IST

‘Genocide in Gaza at hands of Israel’: Palestine President tells visiting US Secy of State

Israel-Hamas war: "I have no words to describe the genocide and destruction suffered by our Palestinian people in Gaza at the hands of Israel's war machine, with no regard for the principles of international law," Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who arrived in West Bank on a surprise visit, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

05 Nov 2023, 03:50:00 PM IST

100 Israeli doctors sign open letter demanding IDF to bomb Gaza hospitals: Reports

Israel-Hamas war: Around 100 Israeli doctors have signed an open letter demanding the Israel Defence Force (IDF) to bomb the hospitals in the Gaza Strip, reports said. The news could not be independently verified. 

The development comes in the aftermath of Israel drawing flak for targeting refugee camps in Jabilia in northern Gaza.

05 Nov 2023, 03:46:13 PM IST

US Secy of State Blinken meets Palestinian President Abbas in surprise West Bank visit

Israel-Hamas war: Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a surprise visit to the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority said in a statement issued on November 5. The meeting comes amid the escalation of war between Israel and Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip.

05 Nov 2023, 02:24:57 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War: Israel acknowledges ambulance attack in Gaza, sparks global protests amid ceasefire calls

Israel-Hamas War: As Israel acknowledged its role in the attack on an ambulance outside Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, resulting in the deaths of 15 people and injuring 60 others, the incident sparked protests worldwide in support of Palestine and urging a ceasefire in Gaza. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 02:20:13 PM IST

Hamas-run health ministry says Israeli bombing on Gaza camp kills 45

At least 45 people have been killed in Israeli strikes on a central Gaza refugee camp, the Hamas-run health ministry said Sunday in an updated toll, as fighting rages in the Palestinian territory.

Israel has not confirmed it had hit Al-Maghazi camp, and a military spokesperson said they were looking into whether forces were operating in the area at the time of the bombing late Saturday.

The Hamas-run ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip said in a statement that "the number of martyrs in the Maghazi massacre has risen to 45." (AP)

05 Nov 2023, 02:19:05 PM IST

Israeli warplanes hit a refugee camp in Gaza Strip, killing dozens

Israeli airstrikes hit a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip early Sunday, killing dozens of people, health officials said. The strikes came a day after the U.S. urged Israel to take a humanitarian pause from its relentless bombardment of Gaza and rising civilian deaths.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made another push Saturday to help beleaguered civilians and met with Arab foreign ministers in Jordan. That was after his talks in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who insisted there could be no temporary cease-fire until all hostages held by Hamas are released. President Joe Biden suggested Saturday that progress was being made on the humanitarian pause. (AP)

05 Nov 2023, 02:15:37 PM IST

UN chief Antonio Guterres ‘horrified’ by ambulance convoy attack in Gaza, says, ‘This must stop’

Condemning the attack on an ambulance convoy outside a hospital in Gaza City, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said ‘I am horrified by it’ and also asserted that ‘all hostages must be released immediately and unconditionally.’

Taking to X, Guterres said, “I am horrified by the reported attack in Gaza on an ambulance convoy outside Al Shifa hospital. Now, for nearly one month, civilians in Gaza, including children & women, have been besieged, denied aid, killed & bombed out of their homes. This must stop." Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 01:53:52 PM IST

Former Prime Ministers of UK, Australia arrive in Israel amid ongoing conflict with Hamas

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former Australian Prime Minister Boris Johnson have arrived in Israel to showcase support for Tel Aviv amid its ongoing conflict with Hamas, The Times of Israel reported.

During their visit, Johnson and Morrison will reportedly meet Israel President Isaac Herzog and family members of hostages held by terrorists in Gaza. The two leaders will also visit southern Gaza border towns that have been devastated by the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, according to The Times of Israel report. (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 01:46:16 PM IST

Thousands march in Berlin in solidarity with Palestinians

Thousands took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza amid ongoing bombardments by Israel after the deadly Hamas attack on its territory on October 7.

Police put the turnout at 9,000 in the Berlin demonstration and at 17,000 in the western city of Duesseldorf -- more than expected. (AFP)

05 Nov 2023, 01:36:07 PM IST

Hamas govt says Israeli strike on camp kills 38; Arab world, US split on ceasefire

The Hamas-run government said on Sunday that Israeli military attacked a Gaza refugee camp on Saturday night, killing at least 38 people, as calls for a ceasefire by the Arab world were rejected by the United States and Israel.

With the death toll in Gaza mounting, pro-Palestinian demonstrators staged protests in cities around the world on Saturday, calling for an end to the nearly month-old war.

Gaza health officials said on Saturday more than 9,488 Palestinians have been killed in the war, which began when Hamas fighters launched a surprise attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,400 people and taking more than 240 others hostage. (Reuters)

05 Nov 2023, 01:24:35 PM IST

Israel-Hamas conflict: IDF spokesperson says forces continue to operate against Hamas

As the Israel-Hamas war completes almost a month, the ground offensive by Israel continues to take place in northern Gaza, as Israel Defence Forces spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari has said the forces are determined to continue to operate against Hamas terrorists.

In a post on social media platform X, the IDF wrote, quoting Hagari, "They are strong. They are determined. They are prepared. They know what they are fighting for." (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 01:05:57 PM IST

IDF has attacked 2500 targets in Gaza

The IDF said its forces continue to eliminate terrorists in face-to-face battles and direct air attacks to destroy terrorist infrastructure, weapons warehouses, observation posts and operational headquarters of the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The IDF said that in the combined activities of its ground and air forces in the Gaza Strip, more than 2,500 terrorists targets have been attacked since the start of the war. (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 01:03:28 PM IST

Lebanese border clashes continue, without escalation, following Nasrallah speech

Israeli-Lebanese border clashes continued on Saturday but did not escalate following Friday's speech by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

Sirens were heard in numerous Israeli communities near the Lebanese border amid rocket and missile fire from southern Lebanon. No causalities were reported. Israel already evacuated most communities near the border.

The Israel Defense Forces said it struck two terror squads with air strikes. The IDF also released footage of the destruction of a Hezbollah observation post along the border. (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 12:46:31 PM IST

IDF uncovers access points during operational activity in Northern Gaza| WATCH

05 Nov 2023, 12:42:30 PM IST

‘Will open Gaza evacuation route again despite Saturday attack,’ says IDF

Despite coming under attack on Saturday in an attempt to open the road, Israel Defence Forces have said that they will try to reopen a corridor for Gazan civilians in the north of the Strip to escape south on Sunday, The Times of Israel reported.

Despite being attacked while attempting to restore the route on Saturday, Israeli officials said they would let Gazan civilians in the northern part of the Strip flee south on Sunday, according to IDF Arabic Spokesman Avichay Adraee.

Israel will allow southbound traffic on Salah-al-Din Street on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to Adraee's post on X. (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 12:28:26 PM IST

What is a two-state solution to end Israel-Hamas war? Explained

The long-running dispute between Israel and Palestine gave rise to the two-state solution, which is fundamentally about how or whether to split the country's territory between the Jewish and Arab populations.

In simple words, the two-state solution means establishing two states for the people of two communities, that is, Israel for the Jewish people and Palestine for the Palestinian people.

According to the New York Times, in theory, this would provide the Palestinians a state while giving Israel security and preserving its Jewish majority (allowing the nation to stay democratic and Jewish).

The origin of the two-state solution was the 1978 Camp David Accords, a peace accord inked by Egypt and Israel. At first, the Palestinian Liberation Organization acknowledged Israel's rights to exist in 1988, indicating support for the two-state solution, The Print reported.

Between 1993 and 1995, Palestinians recognized the State of Israel and Israel acknowledged the PLO as its historical enemy. Subsequently, Hamas rejected the two-state solution over the years. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 12:16:16 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: ‘Will open Gaza evacuation route again despite Saturday attack,’ says IDF

Despite coming under attack on Saturday in an attempt to open the road, Israel Defence Forces have said that they will try to reopen a corridor for Gazan civilians in the north of the Strip to escape south on Sunday, The Times of Israel reported.

Despite being attacked while attempting to restore the route on Saturday, Israeli officials said they would let Gazan civilians in the northern part of the Strip flee south on Sunday, according to IDF Arabic Spokesman Avichay Adraee. (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 12:12:23 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war LIVE: US asks Netanyahu govt to explain why it attacked Gaza's biggest refugee camp, say reports

The United States has sought an explanation from Israel over the attack on the refugee camp in northern Gaza's Jabalia, which claimed around 195 civilian lives, reports said on November 4.

Apart from the 195 killed in the Israeli strike on October 31, an estimated 120 others were feared to be under the rubble, the Gaza health ministry had said, adding that 777 others were wounded. The site which was attacked is the biggest refugee camp in Gaza.

"The US asked for an explanation of the first (attack) on Jabalia," an official of the Joe Biden administration told Politico, on the condition of anonymity. The explanation was sought during a conversation in which Washington conveyed to Tel Aviv to “do more to avoid civilian casualties", the official reportedly added. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 11:55:40 AM IST

Israel resists US pressure to pause the war to allow more aid to Gaza, wants hostages back first

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday pushed back against growing U.S. pressure for a “humanitarian pause" in the nearly month-old war to protect civilians and allow more aid into Gaza, insisting there would be no temporary cease-fire until the roughly 240 hostages held by Hamas are released.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made his third trip to Israel since the war began, reiterating American support for Israel's campaign to crush Hamas after its brutal Oct. 7 attack in Israel. He also echoed President Joe Biden’s calls for a brief halt in the fighting to address the worsening humanitarian crisis. (AP)

05 Nov 2023, 11:39:03 AM IST

‘There must be no conflation between Hamas and Palestinians,’ says Kamala Harris

05 Nov 2023, 11:27:10 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: Protests outside Israeli PM Netanyahu's residence, demands for 'bring hostages home now' grow louder

In Israel, protesters gathered in large numbers outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence on November 4. In view of the failures of the government to address the situation, that led to the previous month's deadly attack by Hamas gunmen on communities around the Gaza Strip, protestors raised slogans in front of Netanyahu's house, reported Reuters.

Hundreds of Hamas gunmen stormed into southern Israel on October 7, killed over 1,400 people and took more than 240 hostage. Israeli PM Netanyahu has not accepted personal responsibility so far for the failures of the government under whose reign such surprise assault took place. Read the story here.

05 Nov 2023, 11:12:48 AM IST

Israel-Gaza War LIVE Updates: Israel shoots down farthest rocket fired from Gaza

Israel's Arrow missile defense system intercepted a rocket in the Arava region north of Eilat that had been fired from the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said. (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 11:08:29 AM IST

Israel-Gaza War LIVE Updates: Israeli jets strike Gaza refugee camp

Israeli warplanes struck a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, killing at least 33 people and wounding dozens, health officials said. The strike came as Israel said it would press on with its offensive to crush the territory's Hamas rulers, despite US appeals for a pause to get aid to desperate civilians.

The soaring death toll in Gaza has sparked growing international anger, with tens of thousands from Washington to Berlin taking to the streets Saturday to demand an immediate cease-fire. (AP)

05 Nov 2023, 11:00:43 AM IST

Israel-Gaza War LIVE Updates: 'What Hamas did was horrific...what's happening to Palestinians is unbearable,' says Obama

In a strong condemnation of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, former US President Barack Obama has said that the conflict is the "century-old stuff" that has now come to the fore and blamed social media for amplifying the divisions, according to the New York Times.

Not only did he condemn the October 7 assault on Israel that killed many innocent Israelis but he also underlined the sufferings of the civilians in Palestine.

In an interview conducted by his former staffers for their podcast, Pod Save America, the former US President said, "I look at this, and I think back, 'What could I have done during my presidency to move this forward, as hard as I tried?' 'But there's a part of me that's still saying, 'Well, was there something else I could have done?'" the New York Times reported. (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 10:55:55 AM IST

Israel-Gaza War LIVE Updates: Israeli jets strike Gaza refugee camp, as US fails to win immediate support for pause in fighting

Israeli warplanes struck a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, killing at least 33 people and wounding dozens, health officials said. The strike came as Israel said it would press on with its offensive to crush the territory's Hamas rulers, despite US appeals for a pause to get aid to desperate civilians. (AP)

05 Nov 2023, 10:38:40 AM IST

Israel-Gaza War LIVE Updates: Israeli bombing kills over 30, mostly children and women, in Gaza's Al-Maghazi camp

Israel-Hamas war: Israel bombarded Gaza's Al-Maghazi camp on Saturday night which killed a large number of people and injured others. Maghazi is located in the Deir al-Balah Governorate in the central Gaza Strip. As per the Hamas-run Health Ministry, more than 30 people were killed in an Israeli bombing of a refugee camp in central Gaza late Saturday.

"More than 30 (dead) arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah in the massacre committed by the occupation in Al-Maghazi camp in the central Gaza Strip," health ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al-Qudra said in a statement as reported by AFP. While Palestinian news agency WAFA said 51 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli bombing of Gaza's Maghazi camp. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 10:24:39 AM IST

Israel responds to Hezbollah chief's threats, says, ‘hiding in a bunker like a coward’

Israel responds to Hezbollah chief's threats, saying, 'hiding in a bunker like a coward'. According to Times of Israel, the Israeli government described Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah's speech, as "boring" and "long and rambling".

Government spokesperson Eylon Levy hit back at Hezbollah's speech, saying, "was hiding in a bunker like a coward". Read the complete story.

05 Nov 2023, 10:12:46 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Day 30: Over 50 killed in Gaza camp, Arab leaders push for ceasefire, Blinken says counterproductive

As the war between Israel and Hamas enters its 30th day, an Israeli bombardment of Gaza's Maghazi camp on Saturday night killed a large number of people and injured others in the Deir al-Balah Governorate in the central Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military has continued to exchange fire with Hamas militants in Gaza. Gaza's living conditions, already dire before the fighting, have deteriorated further. Food is scarce, residents have resorted to drinking salty water, and medical services are collapsing in Gaza. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 09:56:12 AM IST

Jewish woman stabbed, 'swastika' drawn at her house in France as Israel-Gaza war intensifies

‘A swastika was found graffitied at her home’, French Police were hunting for a man who stabbed and wounded a Jewish woman in Lyon city on Saturday, the cops and mayor said.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet said, “Such an act of violence is unthinkable. I offer all my support to the victim and her relatives." Read the complete story.

05 Nov 2023, 09:41:31 AM IST

Israeli bombing kills over 30, mostly children and women, in Gaza's Al-Maghazi camp

Israel-Hamas war: Israel bombarded Gaza's Al-Maghazi camp on Saturday night which killed a large number of people and injured others. Maghazi is located in the Deir al-Balah Governorate in the central Gaza Strip. As per the Hamas-run Health Ministry, more than 30 people were killed in an Israeli bombing of a refugee camp in central Gaza late Saturday.

"More than 30 (dead) arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah in the massacre committed by the occupation in Al-Maghazi camp in the central Gaza Strip," health ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al-Qudra said in a statement as reported by AFP. Meanwhile, Palestinian news agency WAFA said 51 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli bombing of Gaza's Maghazi camp. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 09:25:49 AM IST

Thousands of protesters gathered to march down streets of Washington| WATCH

05 Nov 2023, 09:07:41 AM IST

People supporting Palestinian rights marched through downtown Washington| WATCH

People supporting Palestinian rights marched through downtown Washington, DC demanding a cease-fire in Gaza, amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

05 Nov 2023, 09:05:43 AM IST

In Pictures: From Washington to Berlin and Istanbul, protests against Israel's war against Gaza

Protesters gathered in cities worldwide, including Washington, Berlin, and Istanbul, to demonstrate against Israel's military campaign in Gaza. Demonstrators expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people, condemning the violence and calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. See here.

05 Nov 2023, 08:53:35 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Justin Trudeau almost says ceasefire but backtracks, internet calls out ‘Freudian slip’. Video

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 3 called for a “humanitarian pause" in the Israel-Hamas war, highlighting the need to protect civilian lives in Gaza. The internet, however, called out his “Freudian slip" as he almost stated the word “ceasefire" but seemingly backtracked.

"We need to see a cease-, we need to see a humanitarian pause so we can flow, we need ceasing of the levels of violence that we're seeing," Trudeau said in a statement issued during his visit to Washington. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 08:41:33 AM IST

'Time has stopped' for relatives of Hamas's Gaza hostages

For Yoni Asher, all sense of time stopped on October 7 when his wife and two daughters were taken hostage by Hamas during its surprise attack on Israel.

"I don't work, don't sleep. I eat the minimum to survive," the exhausted 37-year-old in a black T-shirt and necklace told a group of journalists.

Israel says at least 242 hostages were seized by Hamas militants who stormed out of the Gaza Strip a month ago and killed 1,400 people, mainly civilians, in the deadliest-ever attack on the nation. (AFP)

05 Nov 2023, 08:39:50 AM IST

Netanyahu fights for political survival to beat of war drums

Israelis, deeply divided since Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power last year, have united against Hamas in war, but experts predict the veteran leader will be fighting for his survival when the conflict ends.

In the shock that gripped Israel after Hamas's October 7 attacks, the country has closed ranks behind the military operation that the 74-year-old ordered to "crush" the Palestinian militants. (AFP)

05 Nov 2023, 08:38:58 AM IST

Protests erupt outside Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem

On Saturday, police held back protesters demonstrating outside the residence of Netanyahu, amid widespread anger in Israel over the failures that led to the Hamas attacks last month. The protest coincided with a poll showing more than three-quarters of Israelis believe Netanyahu should resign. (Reuters)

05 Nov 2023, 08:00:32 AM IST

Palestinian workers in Israel ‘tortured, detained', deported to Gaza ‘with nothing’

Israel-Hamas war: The Israel authorities have deported thousands of Palestinians workers, whom they had detained since the 7 October Hamas attack. The Palestinian authorities confirmed the development adding that they workers had been subjected to torture and interrogation.

An Al Jazeera report cites a workers who returned to the Gaza Strip, said that the workers were arrested and tagged on 8 October before being taken to Ofer Prison on the outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 07:49:22 AM IST

'Even wars have rules, and everyone must respect them,' says UN

"Even wars have rules, and everyone must respect them. International humanitarian law protects people during conflict and helps ensure humanitarian assistance reaches those in need, without discrimination," the UN tweeted.

05 Nov 2023, 07:29:07 AM IST

Arab envoys clash with Blinken on cease-fire

Secretary of State Antony Blinken took US calls for “humanitarian pauses" in the Israel-Hamas war to key Arab allies, who publicly insisted on an immediate cease-fire instead. The rift played out on Blinken’s tour of the Middle East against the backdrop of a growing backlash against the death toll in Gaza as Israeli forces seek to eliminate Hamas as a threat after the militant group’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel. (Bloomberg)

05 Nov 2023, 07:27:04 AM IST

Israel shoots down farthest rocket fired from Gaza

Israel's Arrow missile defense system intercepted a rocket in the Arava region north of Eilat that had been fired from the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Eilat, Israel's port city on the Gulf of Aqaba, is about 250 km from Gaza, making the rocket the furthest to travel from Gaza. (ANI)

05 Nov 2023, 07:12:39 AM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Turkey recalls envoy, says ‘PM Netanyahu is no longer someone we can talk to’

Turkey said Saturday it was recalling its ambassador to Israel and breaking off contacts with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in protest at the bloodshed in Gaza.

Ankara announced its decision on the eve of what promises to be a difficult visit to Turkey by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Palestinian ally Turkey had been gradually mending its torn relations with Israel until last month's start of the Israel-Hamas war. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 06:59:40 AM IST

 ‘Hiding in a bunker like a coward,’ Israel responds to Hezbollah chief's threats

Israel responds to Hezbollah chief's threats, saying, 'hiding in a bunker like a coward'. According to Times of Israel, the Israeli government described Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah's speech, as "boring" and "long and rambling".

Government spokesperson Eylon Levy hit back at Hezbollah's speech, saying, "was hiding in a bunker like a coward".

"We listened to Hassan Nasrallah’s long and rambling speech. I admit it was so boring that I don’t know whether his speechwriter was killed in recent IDF (Israel Defence Forces) strikes on Hezbollah up in the north," Levy told Times of Israel. Read the complete story here.

05 Nov 2023, 06:52:35 AM IST

Israeli Foreign Minister thanks Jaishankar for India's support amid war on Hamas

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen thanked his India counterpart S Jaishankar for supporting Israel's war against Hamas, saying, the "war against a despicable terrorist organisation that is worst than ISIS".

"Thank you @DrSJaishankar for your support of Israel and of its war against the Hamas terrorist organisation. Our war is the entire democratic world's war against a despicable terrorist organisation that is worst than ISIS," posted Cohen on X. (ANI)

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