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Israel-Hamas War: Gaza death toll crosses 13,000; FMs of 4 Muslim nations to head to China for discussions

Israel-Hamas War: The foreign ministers of the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Indonesia will visit China on November 20 to discuss the situation in Gaza. They will be joined by the secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Israel-Hamas War: Smoke rises after an explosion in Gaza, as seen from southern Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, November 18, 2023. (Image: Reuters)Premium
Israel-Hamas War: Smoke rises after an explosion in Gaza, as seen from southern Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, November 18, 2023. (Image: Reuters)

Israel-Hamas War: In an op-ed published on Saturday, US President Joe Biden dismisses increasing ceasefire calls for Gaza, asserting that it won't bring about peace. The US President also called for Israel to respect humanitarian law and minimise the loss of civilian life, saying he counselled Israeli officials during his trip to Tel Aviv "against letting their hurt and rage mislead them into making mistakes we ourselves have made in the past." The Israel Defence Forces in a recorded conversation with the medical center's director confirmed on Saturday that most patients and staff of Gaza's Shifa Hospital have already been evacuated. However, only the patients left are too sick to evacuate. The officer told the hospital director, “When there is the opportunity and the possibility from a medical point of view, we will coordinate."

19 Nov 2023, 11:00:17 PM IST

Death toll crosses 13,000, says Gaza health ministry

The death toll in in the besieged Gaza Strip has crossed 13,000, according to the update shared by the Gaza health ministry. This includes around 5,500 children and 3,500 women, the Hamas-run government said, according to news agency AFP. Over 30,000 others were reported to be wounded.

19 Nov 2023, 10:32:20 PM IST

2 UNRWA schools struck in Gaza in last 24 hours, says Antonio Guterres 

19 Nov 2023, 09:52:49 PM IST

Yemen's Houthi rebels seize ship travelling to India, claims Israel

Houthi rebels from Yemen have seized a cargo ship that was travelling from Turkey to India, Israel claimed, calling it an “act of Iranian terrorism" with international implications. Read here

19 Nov 2023, 08:51:41 PM IST

Ministers of Palestine, 4 other Muslim countries to visit China to discuss Gaza situation

The foreign ministers of the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Indonesia will visit China on November 20 to discuss the situation in Gaza. They will be joined by the secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

"During the visit, China will have in-depth communication and coordination with the joint delegation of foreign ministers of Arab and Islamic countries to promote a de-escalation of the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict, protecting civilians, and justly resolving the Palestinian issue," news agency AFP quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning as saying.

19 Nov 2023, 07:18:42 PM IST

‘Determined to stand up to this evil’, says Israeli President Herzog

"This is not only a war between Israel and Hamas. Israel may be fighting on the ground, but it is fighting the battle of the entire civilized world. We are determined to stand up to this evil," news agency ANI quoted Israeli President Issac Herzog as saying.

19 Nov 2023, 06:52:53 PM IST

IDF raids homes of senior Hamas members in North Gaza

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has raided homes of senior Hamas members in North Gaza, reports said. The raids were reportedly carried out by the paratroopers.

19 Nov 2023, 04:51:10 PM IST

Immediate ceasefire needed in Gaza to avert humanitarian catastrophe, says Jordan King

Israel's “ugly war against civilians" will result into a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, and only an immediate ceasefire could avert it, Jordan's King Abdullah said during a meeting with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, news agency Reuters reported.

19 Nov 2023, 04:01:52 PM IST

30 premature babies evacuated from Al Shifa hospital

At least 30 premature babies have been evacuated from the Al Shifa hospital, the Gaza Health Ministry said, as per an AP report. The medical facility has been on the radar of the Israeli troops that have launched a ground offensive in the besieged region.

19 Nov 2023, 02:29:25 PM IST

Pro-Iranian Iraq militia labels US sanctions 'ridiculous'

Iraq's powerful pro-Iranian armed group Kataeb Hezbollah has denounced as "ridiculous" sanctions unveiled this week by the United States over recent attacks on US troops in Iraq and Syria.

American forces deployed in those two countries have been attacked more than 55 times since mid-October, according to the Pentagon, coinciding with US ally Israel's war on Hamas militants in Gaza.

In a statement released late Saturday on Telegram, Kataeb Hezbollah spokesman Abu Ali al-Askari said attacks by "the Islamic resistance in Iraq" were part of a "strategy of attrition", dismissing sanctions as ineffectual.

19 Nov 2023, 01:36:16 PM IST

Foreign ministers from Arab and Muslim-majority countries to visit China to push for a ceasefire

Foreign ministers from Arab and Muslim-majority countries will visit China tomorrow to push for a ceasefire, as reported by The Spectator.

19 Nov 2023, 01:35:13 PM IST

Israel Latest: Focus Turns to Gaza’s South in Next Stage of War

Israel said it was entering the “next stage" of the six-week-old war with Hamas, turning its attention to the south of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wouldn’t say if he believed top Hamas leaders were hiding around the city of Khan Younis in the area. “We’ll get to them," he told reporters, describing the leadership as “dead men walking." About 2,500 internally displaced persons, along with patients and staff, on Saturday vacated northern Gaza’s Al Shifa Hospital, the focus of Israel’s ground offensive for the past week, a United Nations agency said.

19 Nov 2023, 12:19:48 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: UN-run school in Gaza attacked

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: A school run by the United Nations in northern Gaza has been attacked, the UN confirmed on Saturday. A top UN official described it as a "horrifying" incident, CNN reported. Video from al-Fakhoura School in Jabalya, which was being used as a shelter for displaced people, showed bloodied bodies across a series of rooms on the two floors of the two-story building. Many women and children are among the dead.

In the video, one room appears to contain about a dozen bodies lying on the floor, covered in dust. Desks are strewn and smashed up and a huge hole can be seen in one of the room's walls. In the building courtyard, a canopy roof across a metal structure appears to have been torn off, and debris is visible on the ground, as per CNN. A spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Juliette Touma confirmed the incident. The total number of casualties remains unclear, she said, as information is still coming in.

19 Nov 2023, 12:18:29 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: 15 Palestinians killed in Israeli bombardment of central, southern Gaza

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Fifteen Palestinians were killed early on Sunday in Israeli air bombardments of the central and southern Gaza strip, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Thirteen people were killed in an attack on a home in Nuseirat camp in central Gaza, while a woman and her child were killed in southern Khan Younis city, WAFA said.

19 Nov 2023, 12:17:07 PM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: India sends second batch of aid to Palestine

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Hindon Air Base, Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) | Second IAF C-17 flight carrying nearly 32 tonnes of aid departs for the El-Arish Airport in Egypt to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Palestine.

19 Nov 2023, 11:57:28 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: US working to broker deal to free hostages in Gaza in exchange for pause in fighting: White House

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: White House National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson has said the US is working hard to broker a deal between Israel, the US and Hamas to free hostages held in Gaza in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting.

"We have not reached a deal yet, but we continue to work hard to get to a deal," the White House National Security Council spokesperson said in response to a report by The Washington Post.

The report said Israel, the United States and Hamas have agreed to a tentative deal that would free dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting.

19 Nov 2023, 10:37:29 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates:  Joe Biden rejects ceasefire call in Gaza, says ‘every cease-fire is time Hamas exploits...'

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: US President Joe Biden dismissed increasing ceasefire calls for Gaza and asserted that it won't bring about peace but a time to rebuild their stockpile of weapons and fighters, he wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post. "As long as Hamas clings to its ideology of destruction, a cease-fire is not peace. To Hamas's members, every cease-fire is time they exploit to rebuild their stockpile of rockets, reposition fighters, and restart the killing by attacking innocents again," The Post read. Read more here

19 Nov 2023, 10:36:50 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israeli army kills two Palestinians in West Bank incursion

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: The Israeli army killed two Palestinians in incursions in the West Bank early on Sunday, the Palestinian news agency WAFA said.

Israeli forces shot dead Issam Al-Fayed, a disabled 46-year-old, at the entrance of the Jenin refugee camp, the agency said.

Another man, Omar Laham, 20, was killed by a gunshot to the head in clashes with Israeli forces in Dheisheh refugee camp south of Bethlehem, it added.

19 Nov 2023, 10:21:00 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: 32 babies in critical condition are among the patients left at Gaza's main hospital, UN team says

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: A United Nations team said Sunday that 291 patients were left at Gaza's largest hospital after Israeli troops had others evacuate. Those left included 32 babies in extremely critical condition, trauma patients with severely infected wounds and others with spinal injuries who are unable to move.

The team was able to tour Shifa Hospital for an hour after about 2,500 displaced people, mobile patients and medical staff left the sprawling compound Saturday morning, said the World Health Organization, which led the mission.

“Patients and health staff with whom they spoke were terrified for their safety and health, and pleaded for evacuation," the agency said, describing Shifa as a death zone. It said more teams will attempt to reach Shifa in coming days to try to evacuate the patients to southern Gaza, where hospitals are also overwhelmed.

19 Nov 2023, 09:20:34 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital a 'death zone', WHO says urging evacuation

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Gaza's largest hospital has become a "death zone," the World Health Organization said Sunday, announcing plans to evacuate the facility, as Israel's army said it was expanding operations to destroy Hamas.

The assessment came after a visit by WHO and other UN officials to the hospital, which Israeli troops raided earlier this week.

Elsewhere, a Hamas health official said more than 80 people were killed Saturday in twin strikes on a northern Gaza refugee camp, including on a UN school sheltering displaced people.

Social media videos verified by AFP showed bodies covered in blood and dust on the floor of a building where mattresses had been wedged under school tables, in Jabalia, the Palestinian territory's biggest refugee camp.

Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, described "horrifying images" from the incident, while Egypt called the bombing a "war crime" and "a deliberate insult to the United Nations".

19 Nov 2023, 08:11:06 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: No deal on temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, says White House

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israel and Hamas have not yet reached a deal on a temporary ceasefire, a White House spokesperson said on Saturday night.

The U.S. is continuing to work to get a deal between the two sides, the spokesperson said. A second U.S. official confirmed no deal had been reached

19 Nov 2023, 07:52:45 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Death toll from Oct 7 music festival massacre rises to 350

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: The death toll from Hamas' October 7 attack at the Nova Music Festival was raised from 260 to 350, with officials stressing the number could rise more as new information surfaces. The increase was based on data from Israel's National Insurance Institute, which found that the number of victims who were shot and then burned in their cars while attempting to flee is higher than previously thought. Another 40 attendees of the all-night rave were taken to Gaza as hostages.

Some 1,200 people were killed during Hamas' October 7 attack on Jewish communities near the Gaza Strip and around 240 people are confirmed to be held hostage in Gaza. Authorities have identified 870 of the victims, while others still remain unaccounted for.

Archaeologists have been enlisted to help find the remains of massacred Israelis while search teams continue looking for bodies in open areas.

19 Nov 2023, 07:36:01 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Should you make travel plans to Jordan, Egypt this winter? Expert says ‘risk level depends on…’

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: The Israel-Hamas war, which has now stretched over a month and continues to escalate, is prompting travelers heading to Egypt, Jordan, or Lebanon this winter to rethink their plans. After violence erupted in the region on the first week of October, the US State Department immediately issued an alert urging citizens in specific Middle Eastern countries to exercise caution. A few days later came a worldwide travel advisory that further expanded the guidelines. Read more here

19 Nov 2023, 07:35:01 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Hamas says more than 80 dead in Israeli strikes on Gaza camp

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: A Hamas health official said more than 80 people were killed Saturday in twin strikes on a northern Gaza refugee camp, including a UN school used as a shelter for people displaced by the Israel-Hamas war.

Social media videos verified by AFP showed bodies covered in blood and dust on the floor of a building, where mattresses had been wedged under school tables in Jabalia, the Palestinian territory's biggest refugee camp.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas in response to the October 7 attacks which Israeli officials say killed about 1,200 people, most of them civilians in southern Israel, and saw about 240 people taken hostage.

19 Nov 2023, 07:33:24 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Three in four Palestinians support Hamas' massacre: Survey

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Slightly more than three in four Palestinians have a positive view of Hamas in the wake of its October 7 terrorist attacks in Israel, according to a survey by the Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD) research firm. The Ramallah-based institute polled 668 Palestinian adults in the southern Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria between October 31 and November 7.

The Palestinian poll--the first of its kind since the October 7 attacks--found that 48.2 per cent of respondents characterise Hamas's role as "very positive," while 27.8 per cent view Hamas as "somewhat positive." Almost 80 per cent regard the role of Hamas's Al-Qassam Brigade's "military" wing as positive.

19 Nov 2023, 07:32:51 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: WHO says Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital a 'death zone', urges full evacuation

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: The World Health Organization said Sunday it had led an assessment mission to Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City and determined it was a "death zone", urging a full evacuation.

"WHO and partners are urgently developing plans for the immediate evacuation of the remaining patients, staff and their families," the United Nations health agency said in a statement, adding that 291 patients and 25 health workers remained inside the hospital.

19 Nov 2023, 07:31:57 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Day 45: Israel-Hamas near hostage deal; Gaza hospital evacuated amid ongoing Israeli assault. 10 points

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: The war which was triggered by Hamas after the October 7 attack in southern Israel has now reached its 45th day. Israel has now vowed to destroy Hamas after the militant group's October 7 rampage killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and abducted some 240 men, women and children. Fifty-two Israeli soldiers have been killed. Speaking of the Palestinians, more than 11,500 people have been killed, according to Palestinian health authorities. Apart from this, another 2,700 have been reported missing, believed buried under rubble. In the latest development, Israel, the United States and Hamas are close to an agreement to free dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza. Read more here

19 Nov 2023, 07:30:59 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Director confirms most patients, staff have evacuated Gaza's Shifa Hospital

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Most patients and staff of Gaza's Shifa Hospital have already been evacuated, the Israel Defence Forces confirmed in a recorded conversation with the medical center's director on Saturday. The military released a copy of the recording to the press on Saturday evening.

The hospital's director told an Arab-speaking officer from the IDF's Coordination and Liaison Administration that patients well enough to evacuate were already transferred, while most of the staff left too. The only patients left are too sick to evacuate.

The officer told the hospital director, "When there is the opportunity and the possibility from a medical point of view, we will coordinate."

19 Nov 2023, 07:21:19 AM IST

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israel, US, Hamas near deal to free hostages in Gaza, pause fighting

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israel, the United States and Hamas are close to an agreement to free dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza, in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting, the Washington Post reported on Saturday citing people familiar with the provisions.

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