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Israel-Palestine war Highlights: Gaza witnesses ‘congestion in morgue’; Hamas threatens to execute Israeli captives

Israel-Palestine War News LIVE Updates: In an unprecedented escalation of conflict between Israel and Palestine, the Hamas fighters from Gaza launched all-out strike on Israel, which in turn hit back in retaliation killings thousands on both sides of the fence

Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City. The militant Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip carried out an unprecedented, multi-front attack on Israel at daybreak Saturday, firing thousands of rockets as dozens of Hamas fighters infiltrated the heavily fortified border in several locations, killing hundreds and taking captives. Palestinian health officials reported scores of deaths from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza (AP)Premium
Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City. The militant Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip carried out an unprecedented, multi-front attack on Israel at daybreak Saturday, firing thousands of rockets as dozens of Hamas fighters infiltrated the heavily fortified border in several locations, killing hundreds and taking captives. Palestinian health officials reported scores of deaths from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza (AP)

Israel-Palestine War News LIVE Updates: Hamas fighters on Saturday fired more than 5,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, killing at least many people and wounding several others, setting off air raid sirens across the country and raising the likelihood of a new round of heavy fighting. Israel has declared complete seize of Gaza imposing a complete blockade on the strip, as Palestinians brace for 'living another Nakba’

Catch Israel-Palestine War News LIVE Updates here. 

09 Oct 2023, 10:48:51 PM IST

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09 Oct 2023, 10:44:32 PM IST

Hamas’s Qassam Brigades threatens to execute israeli captives 

As Israel intensifies attack on Gaza strip, Hamas’s Qassam Brigades have threatened that they would execute all captives, if Israel continues to bombard and kill civilians in Gaza.

“Any targeting of innocent civilians without warning will be met regretfully by executing one of the captives in our custody, and we will be forced to broadcast this execution," said Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas’ Qassam Brigades, reports Al Jazeea

“We regret this decision but we hold the Zionist enemy [Israel] and their leadership the responsibility for this," he said.

09 Oct 2023, 10:41:47 PM IST

Israeli army has said will continue attack  on Gaza even if captives die

The Israeli army radio has reported that Israel's intensified airstrikes on Gaza will continue even at the cost of harming Israeli captives in Gaza.

“Attacks on the Gaza Strip will be carried out powerfully and widely, even at the cost of harming Israeli hostages who are in captivity in Gaza, as reported by Al Jazeera

09 Oct 2023, 09:50:25 PM IST

Israel announces largest airstrikes in Gaza

The Israeli Defence Forces have announced that it will carry one of the largest airstrike in Gaza in order against Hamas fighters inretaliation to the deadly surprise attack the Muslim brotherhood unleashed on Israel. 

Commoners who have been caught in crossfires have been left without a rescue space even as more and more continue to die in intensified airstrikes by Netanyahu government. 

Israeli media also reported that Israel has hit 1000 targets in Gaza, adding that the military has announced it will continue airstrikes on Gaza, even if at the cost of harming Israeli captives in the enclave.

09 Oct 2023, 09:47:45 PM IST

Man from Scotland died in Saturday's Hamas attack: Report

Bernard Cowan, from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, reportedly died on Saturday, according to BBC. 

A statement from his family, shared by the BBC, reads:

We are grieving the loss of our son and brother, Bernard Cowan, who was horrifically murdered on Saturday during the surprise terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas.

We ask for privacy at this time while we process this huge loss to our family, both at home and in Israel, and to the Jewish community in Glasgow where he will be sorely missed.

09 Oct 2023, 09:19:39 PM IST

Gaza morgue overcrowded as Israel intensifies attack 

According to a Guardian report, a spokesperson for the health ministry in Gaza described an increasing number of casualties arriving at all hospitals, which has led to “significant overcrowding" and “congestion in the morgue refrigerators".

09 Oct 2023, 09:03:45 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: What we know so far

-Israel’s death toll has risen to at least 800, with 2,616 injured, according to Israeli authorities.

-The death toll in Gaza has risen to 560, with 2,900 injured, according to Palestinian authorities.

-Israel continued carrying out airstrikes in Gaza. While Gaza fired rockets toward southern and central Israel. 

-Israeli authorities said they restored control in southern communities but that some Hamas militants might still be present inside Israel.

09 Oct 2023, 09:00:43 PM IST

European Parliament members slams EU decision to freeze Plaestinian aid

A Swedish politician and member of the European Parliament has criticised the move to freeze all developmental aid to Palestine by the European Union. 

“Hamas does not represent the entire Palestinian population," Evin Incir told Al Jazeera.

“This is something that Commissioner Varhelyi knows very well, but it seems to be his goal in life to withdraw and hold in the money from the Palestinian Authority and the people of Palestine. I do not understand where these bad feelings from his side comes from towards the Palestinian people. But I know one thing: to punish the Palestinian people for the terrorist attacks of Hamas would not serve anyone anything good. It will only fuel the ongoing violence."

She accused Varhelyi of trying to take the EU on a “dangerous path", saying he knows that EU funds do not go to Hamas, as per Al Jazeera report

“He is trying to lie in the face of the European people and trying to connect the EU financial support to Hamas. It doesn’t go there. It goes through the Palestinian Authority."

09 Oct 2023, 08:57:48 PM IST

Islamic Jihad claims northern border attack: Report

According to updates by The Times of Israel, Gaza Strip-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group has claimed responsibility for the armed infiltration on the Lebanon border earlier today.

The terror group made the announcement on its Telegram channel, calling the attack part of the ongoing war between Israel and terror groups in Gaza.

09 Oct 2023, 08:31:13 PM IST

EU Commission suspends 'all payments immediately' to the Palestinians following the Hamas attack

European Union Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said Monday the bloc is suspending “all payments immediately" to the Palestinians because of what he called the “scale of terror and brutality" during the attacks on Israel by Hamas.

The surprise announcement by Varhelyi came just hours after EU officials stressed that no EU money whatsoever was going to Hamas in the first place and that contacts had been frozen for 16 years. The EU considers Hamas a terror group.

09 Oct 2023, 08:00:22 PM IST

Netanyahu vows to 'change Middle East' 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to "change the Middle East" in Israel's war with Palestinian militant group Hamas, as the army pounded the Gaza Strip with air strikes.

"What Hamas will experience will be difficult and terrible... we are going to change the Middle East," Netanyahu told officials in the country's south where Hamas militants carried out a surprise attack on Saturday morning.


09 Oct 2023, 07:44:42 PM IST

Siren alarms sounded in Jerusalem 

Guardian reported that sirens are now sounding in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Israel’s military has announced that its jets are attacking targets in Lebanon’s territory

09 Oct 2023, 07:42:57 PM IST

Israel preparing for ground operation in Gaza: Reports

Walla News’ Barak Ravid has reported that during a call yesterday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US president Joe Biden that Israel has no choice but to enter Gaza.

09 Oct 2023, 07:40:13 PM IST

Israeli Defence ministers says 'fighting human animals’

Israel’s Defence Minister has called Palestinians in Gaza ‘human animals’ as he announced a full siege on the coastal enclave, reported Al Jazeera

“I have ordered a complete siege on the Gaza Strip. There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed," Yoav Gallant said.

“We are fighting human animals and we act accordingly."

09 Oct 2023, 07:03:07 PM IST

TCS employees stuck in Israel, IT firm monitoring their safety

Mint correspondent Devina Sengupta has reported that India's largest IT services company -Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is monitoring the safety of its employees, their families and is in touch with teams which have employees from India.

"We are monitoring , have been in touch with the HR officials there. We are helping them with their safety. There are some employees from India and their families," said the executive who did not to be named. The executive did not divulge the number of TCS employees in Israel including those from India.

09 Oct 2023, 06:59:10 PM IST

Gaza today

Image from Gaza today, as war between Israel and Hamas fighters entered a third day

Smoke rises following Israeli strikes in Gaza, October 9, 2023. REUTERS/Saleh Salem
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Smoke rises following Israeli strikes in Gaza, October 9, 2023. REUTERS/Saleh Salem (REUTERS)
09 Oct 2023, 06:54:13 PM IST

EU suspends development aid payments to Palestinians

The EU has halted development aid payments to the Palestinians and is placing 691 million euros ($728 million) of support "under review" after the Hamas assault on Israel, an EU commissioner said Monday, as per AFP reports.

"All payments immediately suspended. All projects put under review. All new budget proposals, including for 2023 postponed until further notice. Comprehensive assessment of the whole portfolio," European Union Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi posted on social media.

09 Oct 2023, 06:53:22 PM IST

Gaza death toll rises to 560, amid Israel strikes

The death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 560, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave says.

Another 2,900 injured were injured since Saturday’s surprise dawn attack when Hamas gunmen stormed Israel under a barrage of rocket fire.


09 Oct 2023, 06:39:10 PM IST

Iran President Raisi praises Hamas attack's ‘innovation’

In a call with Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad Nakhaleh,  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi hailed the “brilliant and impressive victories" of the “Palestinian resistance,", Iran’s Tasnim news outlet reports.

“You really made the Islamic community happy with this innovative and victorious operation," the president says. “The Zionist regime is declining while the resistance front is conquering the peaks of victory," Raisi adds.

The report comes after Iran rejected allegations it had a role in the Hamas onslaught.

Iran has made support for the Palestinian cause a centerpiece of its foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and was one of the first countries to hail Hamas’s devastating surprise assault on Saturday.

09 Oct 2023, 06:39:10 PM IST

US says nine Americans killed in Israel

“We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and to the families of all those affected, and wish those injured a speedy recovery. We continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in touch with our Israeli partners, particularly the local authorities," a National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

09 Oct 2023, 06:39:10 PM IST

Israel infiltrated in the north from Lebanon : Report

According to updates by Times of Israel, even as the Benjamin Netanyahu government wages war on the economically fragile Gaza, northern prong of the country has been reportedly infiltrated by Lebanon, by suspects as informed by the Israeli Defense Forces. 

Further, amid loud sire blaring throughout Israel, which has been declared to be ins atte of war, residents of several towns have been instructed to remain locked in their homes.

09 Oct 2023, 05:14:41 PM IST

Qatar mediates between Israel, Hamas 

According to a report by Reuters, Qatar has been trying to negotiate exchange with Hamas to try to negotiate freedom for Israeli women and children held in Gaza in exchange for the release of 36 Palestinian women and children from Israel’s prisons, a source told Reuters.

Qatar has been conducting the negotiations in coordination with the United States, Reuters reported.

09 Oct 2023, 05:12:52 PM IST

Water supply to Gaza to be ‘immediately cut’: Israel minister

Amid calls for seize, and putting Gaza under 'total blockade' spokesman for Israel Katz, the Israeli energy minister, says Katz has ordered “to immediately cut the water supply" to Gaza, following the announcement of a “total blockade" on Gaza by the defence ministry.

09 Oct 2023, 04:44:46 PM IST

All about US aircraft Gerald Ford

The US government in show of strength is sending aircraft carrier Gerald Ford to lead the deployment of additional aid to Israel. According to Al Jazeerah, it is the largest aircraft carrier in the world to date.

The US aircraft Gerald Ford was named after the 38th US president

09 Oct 2023, 04:40:04 PM IST

Israel-Hamas war: Latest casualty figures

Here are the latest casualty figures 


Killed: At least 510

Injured: At least 2,750

Occupied West Bank

Killed: At least 16

Injured: At least 80


Killed: At least 800

Injured: At least 2,243

The figures have been reported by the Palestinian health ministry, Palestine Red Crescent Society and Israeli Medical Services.

09 Oct 2023, 04:38:55 PM IST

Russia warns of ‘third party’ entering war

Accordsing to TASS news agency, Moscow has alerted that there is a ‘high risk’ of a third party entering the war between Israel and Hamas fighters. The warning comes as US sends world's biggest aircraft carrier to Israel as part of the ‘additional support’ in the form of military aid. 

“The risk of third forces becoming involved in this conflict is high. It is very important to find ways as soon as possible to move towards some kind of negotiation process," Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, was quoted as saying by local media outlet TASS news agency.

09 Oct 2023, 04:21:17 PM IST

Hamas says 130 Israelis captive including IDF personnel

According to Times of Israel update, the Hamas fighters have taken at least 130 people captive and this also incldes Israel Defense Force personnel. Israel’s defence minister said Gaza Strip to go under “total blockade", including a ban on admitting food and fuel.

09 Oct 2023, 04:16:58 PM IST

Gaza under ‘total blockade’

Palestinian commoners left int he lurch amid a deadly war between Hamas fighters and Benjamin Netanyahu, has cried out 'We are living another Nakba’

According to ground reports by Al Jazeera, as the conflict entered its third day, Palestinains was forced to seek refuge in a school for protection from air raids.

09 Oct 2023, 03:48:17 PM IST

Israel declares complete ‘seize’ of Gaza

according to news report by AFP, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a "complete siege" on the Gaza Strip as the military pounded the Palestinian territory with air strikes.

"We are putting a complete siege on Gaza... No electricity, no food, no water, no gas -- it's all closed," Gallant said in a video message, referring to the enclave that is overcrowded with 2.3 million people.

"We are fighting animals and are acting accordingly," Gallant said in Hebrew.

At least 493 people have also been killed in the Gaza Strip after Israeli military launched air strikes on the Palestinian enclave in response to the Hamas attack.

09 Oct 2023, 03:07:51 PM IST

Arab League rejects violence 

Arab League head says rejects violence from 'both sides' in Israel, Gaz

09 Oct 2023, 02:56:24 PM IST

Israel faces threat of multi-front war despite high-tech defense 

Israel, which has long enjoyed a high-tech military edge in its many conflicts, has been shaken to the core by Hamas's unprecedented ground, air and sea attack on the Jewish Sabbath.

It now faces the threat of a multi-front war after Hezbollah launched guided missiles and artillery shells from the north Sunday "in solidarity" with Hamas, in what some observers considered a warning shot.

09 Oct 2023, 02:50:57 PM IST

Siren blasted throughout Israel 

Sirens are sounding across Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and other areas of Israel.

After the surprise assault by the Hamas fighters, Israeli defence forces have said on Monday that Israel is “in control" of all communities and at the moment there is no fighting inside Israel, but that it is possible there are still Hamas militants in Israeli territory.

09 Oct 2023, 02:18:13 PM IST

Israeli forces regain control of all towns on Gaza border says Israel Defense Forces official 

Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari claimed that Israeli troops have reclaimed control of all towns on the Gaza border.

He asserted that incidents of clashes between troops and Hamas militants have been “isolated."

09 Oct 2023, 02:03:00 PM IST

Over 123,000 people displaced in Gaza Strip since outbreak of conflict between Hamas militants and Israel

UN’s humanitarian agency, OCHA stated, “Over 123,538 people, have been internally displaced in Gaza, mostly due to fear, protection concerns and the destruction of their homes," with over 73,000 sheltering in schools.

09 Oct 2023, 01:40:06 PM IST

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich calls on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to form emergency government

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich urged PM Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader MK Benny Gantz who is a former IDF chief of staff and defence minister, to form an emergency government promptly to manage war.

09 Oct 2023, 01:34:51 PM IST

Israel Forces exchange blows with Hamas militants in around 8 locations on Israeli border 

Israeli Defence Forces continue to engage in ongoing battles with Hamas terrorists around 8 locations within Israel near the Gaza Strip, reported The Times of Israel. Military spokesperson Richard Hecht said, “We’re still fighting. There are between seven to eight open places around Gaza (where) we have still warriors fighting terrorists." Media reports indicate that Israeli forces have engaged in a firefight with multiple Hamas terrorists at a municipal swimming pool in Sderot. The reports further state that there are several Israeli casualties, while the terrorists have been killed.

09 Oct 2023, 01:22:19 PM IST

In pic| Smoke rises above buildings as Israel forces strike Hamas hideouts in Gaza, death toll rises to over 1,100

In response to the Hamas attack, the Israel Air Force launched retaliatory airstrikes targeting Hamas leaders, operational headquarters and assets. The airstrike attacked militant headquarters spread over an area of three floors and a headquarter linked to senior Hamas naval force Muhammad Kashta, according to the Israel Air Force. These strikes included the destruction of an operational asset located within a mosque in the Jabaliya area.

In Gaza City on October 9, smoke rises above buildings as a result of an Israeli airstrike. Israeli forces launched airstikes to reclaim control of the desert surrounding the Gaza Strip and evacuated residents from the conflict-ridden border region. The death toll from the ongoing war with Hamas exceeded 1,100 casualties by the third day of the conflict.
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In Gaza City on October 9, smoke rises above buildings as a result of an Israeli airstrike. Israeli forces launched airstikes to reclaim control of the desert surrounding the Gaza Strip and evacuated residents from the conflict-ridden border region. The death toll from the ongoing war with Hamas exceeded 1,100 casualties by the third day of the conflict. (AFP)
09 Oct 2023, 12:32:49 PM IST

Israel Air Force launches retaliatory airstrikes targeting Hamas leaders, operational headquarters 

Israel Air Force launched retaliatory airstrikes targeting Hamas leaders, operational headquarters and assets. These strikes included the destruction of an militant group's operational asset located within a mosque in the Jabaliya area.

09 Oct 2023, 12:09:04 PM IST

Israel death toll surpasses 700 with over 2,150 civilians injured following Hamas attack

The death toll in Israel surpassed 700 people with over 2,150 civilians have been injured. In a post on X Israel Defence Force stated that 3,284 rockets have been fired from Gaza and 653 Hamas militant group's targets have been struck.

09 Oct 2023, 11:39:54 AM IST

Bank of Israel to sell around $30 billion of foreign currency to maintain stability

Bank of Israel announced that it will sell around $30 billion of foreign currency in the open market to maintain stability following the declaration of a war with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

It released a statement that said, "The bank will operate in the market during the coming period in order to moderate volatility in the shekel exchange rate and to provide the necessary liquidity for the continued proper functioning of the markets." 

Bank of Israel would also provide liquidity of up to $15 billion through SWAP mechanisms in the market.

09 Oct 2023, 11:20:07 AM IST

Hungary evacuates 215 people from Israel by air on two planes overnight

Hungary Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto in a Facebook post stated that 215 people from Israel have been evacuated by air on two planes overnight. Those rescued were taken to Budapest. Szijjarto exrpessed gratitude to Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania for assistance in granting quick permissions for the flight.

09 Oct 2023, 11:00:33 AM IST

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele of Palestinian ancestry condemns Hamas attack on Israel

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, who has Palestinian ancestry, condemned Hamas attack on Israel.

In a post on X, Bukele stated, “The best thing that could happen to the Palestinian people is for Hamas to completely disappear. Those savage beasts do not represent the Palestinians," 

He likened Hamas to the MS-13 gang that terrorised El Salvador for years.

“Anyone who supports the Palestinian cause would make a great mistake siding with those criminals," he added.

09 Oct 2023, 10:45:15 AM IST

Israel launches 'Operation Swords of Iron', strikes suspected Hamas hideouts in Gaza Strip

Israel initiated 'Operation Swords of Iron,' conducting targeted airstrikes on several suspected Hamas hideouts within the Gaza Strip. Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel's retaliation against the Hamas incursion will "exact a huge price" on the terrorist group.

09 Oct 2023, 10:12:08 AM IST

Hamas militant attack injures Kerala woman 

A 41-year-old Kerala woman named Sheeja Anand employed as a caregiver in Israel sustained injuries during the Israel-Hamas conflict on October 7. She was working for an Israeli family when she was wounded in a rocket attack.

Read more at Israel-Palestine war: Indian woman hurt during Hamas rocket attack, undergoes surgery

09 Oct 2023, 09:49:43 AM IST

Israel's representative at UN says Hamas 'terrorists broke into homes, shot people point blank' like ‘insects’

Israel's representative at United Nations said, “These terrorists broke into homes, shot people point blank as if they were stomping on insects."

09 Oct 2023, 09:20:54 AM IST

Hamas holds more than 100 people captive following its attack on Israel

Hamas militant group confirmed that it is holding over 100 people as captives following its unexpected attack on Israel in addition to 30 people held by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group.

09 Oct 2023, 09:13:27 AM IST

Death toll from Hamas attack rises to over 1,100, oil prices surge amid tensions

The death toll from the recent Hamas attack on southern Israel has now exceeded 1,100, with the conflict entering its third day. This Israel-Hamas war has caused oil prices to surge due to concerns about increased tensions in the Middle East.

09 Oct 2023, 08:54:50 AM IST

Hamas militants attack at Tribe of Nova music festival turned deadly

The Tribe of Nova music festival, intended as an all-night celebration for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot near the Gaza-Israel border, turned into a scene of deadly chaos when Hamas militants attacked on October 7, resulting in around 260 casualties.

09 Oct 2023, 08:37:47 AM IST

Indonesia calls for an end to the fight between Hamas and Israel

Indonesia urges an end to the fight between Hamas and Israel and blames the occupation of the Palestinian territories for the conflict. Indonesia’s foreign ministry stated, “The occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel, as the root of the conflict, must be resolved, according to the parameters agreed upon by the UN."

09 Oct 2023, 08:14:49 AM IST

'This is Israel's 9/11' Israel's representative at UN

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erda accused Palestinian Islamist group Hamas of war crimes and called the attack as ‘Israel's 9/11.’ In a news conference, he said, "The United Nations has a very short memory when it comes to Israel, the terror that we endore quickly becomes a side note, but this time will not be the same. We will not let the world forget the atrocities our country suffered. Hamas is a genocidal Islamist terror organisation, it is no different than ISIS, Al-Qaeda. They do not want dialogue or conversation. They want one thing and one thing only, the annihilation of the Jewish state."

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