My colleague Peter Beaumont reports from Jerusalem that there was an overnight ground raid into the northern Gaza Strip, targeting Hamas. The raid lasted for several hours.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) released a low-quality video that depicted a group of approximately twelve main battle tanks and other armored vehicles entering through an opening in the Gaza border wall. The vehicles proceeded to attack a nearby area of destroyed buildings.
Despite frequent incursions by Israeli troops into Gaza during the recent conflict, this particular invasion has been deemed significantly larger in size with the purpose of setting the stage for future fighting in border areas during the next phases of the war.
According to reports from Israeli media, the soldiers who were part of the Givati brigade and 162nd Armoured Division completed the raid without any injuries. They have now returned.
According to Israeli military spokesperson R Adm Daniel Hagari, the raid successfully eliminated terrorists, neutralized threats, dismantled explosives, and neutralized ambushes. This allowed for the advancement of the ground forces in future stages of the war.
The presence of Hamas is important, however it must adhere to the regulations set by international law.
Rutte stated upon his arrival at an EU summit in Brussels that in order for Israel to ensure its long-term survival, a military operation must be carried out to eliminate Hamas. He emphasized the importance of minimizing harm to innocent civilians during this operation. Reuters was the source of this information.
On October 7th, Hamas launched attacks outside the UN European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. A prominent banner displayed behind them reads: “Bring them home.”
The Israeli military announced on Thursday that the number of people being held captive in the Gaza Strip has increased by two, to a total of 224, since the cross-border attacks by Hamas.
At almost 4pm in Gaza, the following is a brief overview of the most recent updates:
The Israeli army, supported by tanks and armored bulldozers, launched an extended ground attack into the northern part of Gaza Strip to target Hamas. The military stated that this operation was in readiness for future battles and confirmed that the soldiers have withdrawn from the area and returned to Israel.
A local radio report described the attack as a significant ground invasion, indicating that it was the largest attempt since Israel began gathering troops near the area in preparation for a large-scale invasion.
According to the Israeli military, the number of individuals currently being held hostage in the Gaza Strip following the cross-border attacks by Hamas on October 7th has increased by two to a total of 224. Up to this point, four hostages have been released.
According to the health ministry in Gaza, controlled by Hamas, a total of 7,028 Palestinians have lost their lives in Israeli attacks since October 7th, including 2,913 children. However, these numbers have not been confirmed by an independent source. On Wednesday, Biden expressed doubt about the accuracy of the Palestinian death toll but did not provide any additional information. The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Biden’s remarks and urged him to issue an apology.
According to Rishi Sunak, British officials are strategically located in Egypt to aid UK citizens attempting to depart Gaza. He stated, “In the event that our nationals are able to cross the Rafah crossing, we are prepared to facilitate their return.”
The EU plans to request for “humanitarian corridors and pauses” in the shelling of Gaza to permit the delivery of essential supplies such as food, water, and medical aid to the Palestinian population. A formal statement will be released following a meeting of the 27 member states in Brussels on Thursday.
The UN agency responsible for providing assistance and aid to the Palestinian population has announced that it anticipates depleting its fuel reserves today. The agency has been using its resources to enable trucks to deliver aid, bakeries to provide food for those in shelters, and water to be treated, as well as ensuring that hospitals can continue operating essential equipment such as incubators and life support machines.
Be on the lookout for future updates.
My colleague Peter Beaumont reports from Jerusalem that there was an overnight ground raid into the northern Gaza Strip which lasted for several hours. During this raid, Hamas targets were attacked.
The IDF shared low-quality video footage depicting a group of around twelve main battle tanks and other armored vehicles entering Gaza through a gap in the border wall. They can be seen firing at damaged buildings in the nearby populated area.
Even though Israeli soldiers have been frequently entering Gaza during the recent conflict, this invasion was deemed to be much larger in scope and intended to influence the circumstances for fighting in the immediate border regions for future stages of the war.
The soldiers, reported by Israeli media to be from the Givati brigade and 162nd Armoured Division, returned from the attack unharmed.
The Israeli military spokesperson R Adm Daniel Hagari stated that during the raid, they were able to eliminate terrorists, neutralize threats, dismantle explosives, and neutralize ambushes. This was done in order to facilitate the next phases of the war for the ground forces.
The Gaza government department responsible for reporting death toll statistics.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations expressed concern over Biden’s remarks regarding the Gaza statistics in the US, and urged the president to issue an apology.
The assault by Hamas on southern Israel on October 7 resulted in over 1,400 fatalities, mostly among innocent civilians. It also resulted in at least 224 individuals being taken as hostages back to Gaza by Hamas fighters. The targets of this violent attack, which the UK’s prime minister Rishi Sunak deemed a pogrom, included a music festival and caused chaos that was described as a massacre by emergency responders.
Four of the captives have been freed.
There were at least five individuals from Britain who were believed to be among the captives being held by Hamas.
The region of Gaza is quickly becoming a place where the population is trapped between the horrors of war, siege, and deprivation, leading to a high number of deaths and suffering.
Approximately 600,000 individuals are currently seeking refuge in 150 schools and other UNRWA structures, enduring unhygienic conditions with minimal access to clean water, limited food supplies, and inadequate medical resources. Mothers are struggling to properly care for their children, while pregnant women fear for potential delivery complications due to overcrowded hospitals. Entire families have been forced to reside in our buildings as they have no other options for shelter.
Unfortunately, our facilities are not secure. 40 UNRWA buildings, such as schools and warehouses, have been harmed due to the strikes. Tragically, numerous civilians who had sought shelter inside these buildings were also killed.
Bringing water, food, medicines and medical supplies to Gaza.
According to a social media post, 74 trucks have been received at this point. However, the post also mentioned that fuel has not yet been permitted to enter.
Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Israel has expressed worries about Hamas potentially misusing fuel deliveries. The White House has acknowledged these concerns as valid.
According to a statement from the Qatar-based network, an Al Jazeera reporter is grieving the death of his entire immediate family as a result of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza.
Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief, Wael al-Dahdouh, relocated with his family to the Nuseirat camp in central Gaza following Israel’s warning to evacuate the northern half of the territory.
“The Israeli military declared this region to be secure, so my family sought refuge in this residence,” al-Dahdouh informed journalists. “However, tragedy followed them…the bombings continued.”
Reuters reported that the Israeli military did not provide an immediate response to the strike.
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Prepare a request for the implementation of “humanitarian corridors and pauses” in Gaza to enable the delivery of essential resources such as food, water, and medical supplies to the Palestinian population.
On Thursday, al-Maliki stated that he found the EU’s proposal to be unacceptable. He argued that it does not guarantee the arrival of aid and the restoration of water and electricity supplies.
The current time in Gaza is almost 1pm. Here is an overview of the most recent updates:
The Israeli military has announced that they have carried out a limited invasion in the Gaza Strip, with the support of tanks, targeting Hamas sites. They stated that this was in preparation for future combat and that the soldiers have now withdrawn from the area and returned to Israel.
A recent broadcast from a nearby radio station characterized the attack as a “significantly large” land invasion, indicating that it was the largest operation since Israel began gathering troops near the area in preparation for a complete invasion.
British government officials will convene an urgent committee meeting as efforts heighten to attain “breaks” in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas following a tank incursion into Gaza.
The European Union plans to request for the establishment of “humanitarian corridors and pauses” in Gaza to enable the delivery of essential resources such as food, water, and medical supplies to the Palestinian people. The final version of this proposal will be released following a meeting of the leaders from all 27 EU member countries in Brussels on Thursday.
The UN agency responsible for providing relief and assistance to the Palestinian population has announced that it anticipates depleting its fuel reserves today. The agency has been rationing its supplies to ensure that aid can be delivered, shelters can be supplied with food from bakeries, water can be desalinated, and hospitals can continue to operate vital equipment such as incubators and life support machines.
According to the Israeli military, the number of individuals being held captive in the Gaza Strip since the 7 October attacks by Hamas has increased by two to a total of 224. Reuters states that four hostages have been freed thus far.
Keep an eye out for more information coming soon.
British government officials will convene an urgent committee meeting as efforts increase to achieve “breaks” in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, following a tank raid by Israel in Gaza.
The deputy prime minister, Oliver Dowden, announced that he will be leading a Cobra meeting on Thursday morning with representatives from the Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence, and Cabinet Office.
He mentioned that there has been progress in providing assistance to the people in Gaza who are facing shortages of food, water, or medicine. However, talks among countries are ongoing to address the needs of those who have yet to receive aid.
He stated that the UK had been advocating for targeted breaks in combat, which would take place at specific times and locations in order to facilitate the delivery of essential supplies by aid organizations, such as water filters and medical kits. However, Britain has refused to comply with demands for a complete halt to fighting.
“The reason why we don’t support a wider ceasefire is one just has to understand the position of people in Israel,” Dowden told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “If it had been the case in the UK that a group of terrorists had entered and indiscriminately sought to murder over 1,000 people, there would be demands that we remove this threat.
Gaza in Egypt.
The resources could offer medical treatments for 3,700 individuals with injuries, necessary and crucial healthcare for 110,000 individuals, and equipment for 20,000 patients with long-term illnesses.
On social media, the agency stated that Gaza’s hospitals are facing a potential humanitarian crisis due to a lack of fuel, medicines, and health supplies. The WHO demands immediate and continuous entry into and throughout Gaza in order to quickly restore their struggling healthcare system.
According to the Associated Press, in the past few days, Israel has allowed over 60 aid trucks to enter from Egypt. However, aid workers argue that this is not enough and only makes up a small portion of the aid that was being delivered before the war.
The European Union is expected to request for “humanitarian corridors and ceasefires” in Gaza in order to facilitate the delivery of food, water, and medical resources to the Palestinian population, as stated in its most recent draft.
A formal announcement will be made following a meeting of the leaders from the group’s 27 member countries in Brussels on Thursday.
Following several days of arguing about the precise wording, one diplomat described a week of challenging conversations regarding a situation that all parties acknowledged as “horrific”.
Three countries, including Germany, that supported the term “windows”, believed that a previous text using the phrase “humanitarian pause” implied a lasting ceasefire and would weaken Israel’s ability to protect itself.
On Thursday evening, leaders will be requested to approve a statement that expresses the European Council’s deep worry about the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The statement also urges for ongoing and efficient efforts to provide safe and unobstructed access for humanitarian aid to reach those in need, which may include implementing humanitarian corridors and temporary pauses.
Hamas aims to strike before pulling out. Israel’s radio service for the military referred to the invasion as the largest yet.
According to army radio, the Jerusalem Post has reported.
Since the outbreak of the conflict on October 7th, the Israel Defence Forces have conducted multiple raids to investigate Hamas locations and gather intelligence on hostages.
Israel continued its bombardment of Gaza in anticipation of a previously promised incursion by ground forces.
According to the Israeli military, Reuters reports that the total number of individuals currently being held captive in the Gaza Strip following the cross-border attacks by Hamas on October 7th has reached 224.
According to the military, the number may continue to increase.