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Army Makes Brief Gaza Raid With Troops on Standby

Army Makes Brief Gaza Raid With Troops on Standby

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26 October, 2023, 07:25 am

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Israeli ministry proposes to extend evacuations from north, south until December: Report

Israel’s Ministry of Defence has proposed to extend the evacuation of communities living along the Gaza fence and its northern border with Lebanon until the end of December, Israeli public broadcaster reports, reports Al Jazeera.

It has also proposed for the government to pay 6,000 shekels (about $1,470) per month per adult and 3,000 shekels per child for families who choose to evacuate independently or who can’t find a state-funded hotel room. Last week, Israeli authorities said about 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate from 105 communities near Gaza and Lebanon borders.


More on the Israeli ground raid inside Gaza …

Al Jazeera has more information on the ground raid carried out by the Israeli army inside Gaza, its latest brief incursion in the enclave. The Israeli army said tanks and infantry entered northern Gaza overnight, killing “many” fighters, and destroying military infrastructure and antitank positions.

The operation, which took place under the control of the Givati Brigade, one of the army’s five infantry units, was done in preparation for the “next stages of combat”, the army continued, adding that its forces exited Gaza at the end of the raid. It did not mention any casualties among Israeli soldiers.


Israel ’employing terror tactics’ to silence journalists: Turkey official

Regarding the Israeli attack which killed family members of Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief Wael Al-Dahdouh on Wednesday, Turkey’s communications director Fahrettin Altun has said they “find it difficult to believe that this was random as Israel has been trying to stop the truth coming out from Gaza, reports Al Jazeera.

“These kinds of attacks amount to employing terror tactics against journalists to silence them,” Altun said on X (Twitter). “The whole world has seen not only the October 7 attack against Israeli cities but also Israel’s indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Gaza that killed more than 6,000 civilians so far. Besieging millions of civilians with no humanitarian aid allowed is inhumane and barbaric.


IDF disputes UN claim that fuel is about to run out in Gaza: BBC

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has disputed a claim from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) that fuel will imminently run out in the Gaza strip, reports BBC.

“As far as I know, there’s still electricity in the Gaza Strip. And this report is a bit questionable,” IDF spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said in a live briefing, referencing a UNRWA report from 16 October.

“We responded to the claim by UNRWA referring them to where Hamas – which governs the Gaza Strip – source fuel, both diesel fuel and other types. It’s all inside the Gaza Strip.

“There’s enough for many days for hospitals and water pumps to run. Only the priorities are different. Hamas prefers to have all of the fuel for its warfighting capabilities, leaving civilians without it,” he added.

Hospitals in Gaza are taking on emergency cases only amid fears fuel supplies could run out in the coming hours, according to the UN.


Israeli ground forces conducted ‘relatively large’ Gaza incursion

Israeli ground forces carried out a relatively large incursion into the Gaza Strip overnight to attack Hamas positions, according to Reuters news agency quoting Israel’s Army Radio.

It described the raid as larger than previously carried out during the Gaza war, now in its 20th day.


EU leaders eye call for ‘humanitarian pause’ in Gaza

EU leaders are expected to back a pause in the current conflict between Israel and Hamas to facilitate the passage of crucial humanitarian aid into Gaza.

European Council President Charles Michel says the deteriorating conditions on the ground in Gaza are of grave concern, and the leaders are keen to facilitate access to food, water, medical care, fuel, and shelter.

The decision will be made at a meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

For weeks, the European Union’s stance on the war has been clouded with mixed messages, diplomatic gaffes, and conflicting national views.


Short on fuel, Gaza hospitals treat emergency cases only

Across the territory, hospitals have shut down all departments except for their emergency rooms, says the BBC’s Rushdi Abu Alouf, who is in Gaza’s southern city of Khan Younis.

Hospitals need to conserve the little fuel that they have to power life-saving equipment such as ventilators, neonatal incubators and kidney dialysis machines, he says.

Gaza’s hospitals are now “in a state of complete collapse”, says Mohammed Abu Selmeya, the head of the territory’s biggest hospital, Al-Shifa.

Israel is blocking new fuel deliveries to Gaza, saying they could be stolen and exploited by Hamas for military purposes. It also accuses Hamas of stockpiling hundreds of thousands of litres of diesel and refusing to share it.


Hamas attack and Israeli blockade ‘crimes against humanity’ – ex-ICC chief

The 7 October attack by Hamas that killed over 1,400 people and resulted in more than 220 hostages was “clearly a crime against humanity”, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has said.

“Hamas’s attack on October 7 is clearly a crime against humanity… Because killings with the intention to strike a group is a genocide, and Hamas’s official intention is to strike Israelis,” he told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

But Mr Moreno-Ocampo also referred to Israel’s subsequent blockade of Gaza as a “crime against humanity and a genocide”.

“One of the forms to commit a genocide is to inflict on the people [sic] conditions to destroy them. And that’s exactly what the blockade is.

“The blockade is blocking water, food, hospitals cannot work, [there is] no electricity for people who can go nowhere. Israel has the right to defend itself, but cannot block 2 million people and in doing so make it into a concentration camp,” he said.

Israeli forces arrest young Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem

A video posted by Al Jazeera Arabic on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, showed Israeli forces arresting a young Palestinian, Mufid al-Abbasi, after storming and searching his house in the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood in the town of Silwan in the occupied East Jerusalem.


Pro-Israel resolution is new US House leader’s first act

Speaker Mike Johnson called up a resolution supporting Israel in his first action as leader of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, after a three-week leadership vacuum that left the Republican-led chamber unable to respond to the Middle East crisis.

“The first bill I’m going to bring to this floor in a little while will be in support of our dear friend Israel and we are overdue in getting that done,” Johnson said as he accepted the speakership.

The House backed the resolution by 412 to 10, with six members voting “present,” reflecting traditional strong support in Congress for the Jewish state. The non-binding measure reaffirms U.S. commitment to Israel and calls on Hamas to immediately cease attacks and release every hostage.

Nine of the no votes were from Democrats, some of whom said they opposed the resolution since it did not address the loss of Palestinian lives, and one from a Republican. All six of the “present” votes came from Democrats.


Biden says he has ‘no confidence’ in Gaza death toll

US President Joe Biden said he had “no confidence in the number that the Palestinians are using” when asked whether Israel was doing enough to “minimise civilian casualties” in a press conference earlier.

“I have no notion that the Palestinians are telling the truth about how many people are killed. I’m sure innocents have been killed, and it’s the price of waging a war,” Biden told reporters on Wednesday.

“The Israelis should be incredibly careful to be sure that they’re focusing on going after the folks that are propagating this war. And it’s against their interest when that doesn’t happen. But I have no confidence in the number that the Palestinians are using,” he added.

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Biden discusses ‘pathway’ to ‘permanent peace’ with Netanyahu

US President Biden has discussed a “pathway for a permanent peace” after the “current crisis” in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reports Al Jazeera.

The White House released a short summary of the latest of the regular telephone calls between the two leaders. 

Biden and Netanyahu also discussed “ongoing efforts to locate and secure” captives held by Hamas and provide “safe passage for foreign nationals wishing to depart Gaza as soon as possible”, according to the White House.


Russia, China veto US push for UN action on Israel, Gaza

Russia and China on Wednesday (25 October) vetoed a US push for the United Nations Security Council to act on the Israel-Hamas conflict by calling for pauses in fighting to allow humanitarian aid access, the protection of civilians, and a stop to arming Hamas and other fighter groups in the Gaza Strip.

The United States put forward a draft resolution on Saturday as global outcry grew over a worsening humanitarian crisis and mounting civilian death toll in Gaza. It made the move just days after it vetoed a humanitarian-focused draft from Brazil, arguing more time was needed for U.S.-led diplomacy.

The initial US text shocked many diplomats with its bluntness in stating Israel has a right to defend itself and demanding Iran stop exporting arms to fighter groups. It did not include a call for humanitarian pauses for aid access. But it largely toned down the final text that was put to the vote.


US House backs pro-Israel resolution 412 votes to 10

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted in support of a resolution reaffirming US commitment to Israel, put forward by new Speaker Mike Johnson.

Johnson said the house had become “overdue” in showing support for its “dear friend” Israel, after taking up the position of leader which had been vacant for three weeks.

The House backed the resolution by 412 votes to 10, with six members voting “present,” reflecting traditional strong support in Congress for the Jewish state.

The representatives who voted against the measure including Democrats Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilham Omar as well as Republican Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

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Under pressure to back calls for Gaza ceasefire, Bernie Sanders urges ‘humanitarian pause’

US Senator Bernie Sanders says he supports a “humanitarian pause” in Gaza – not a ceasefire – a day after hundreds of his former staffers called on the progressive US politician to add his voice to the ceasefire push.

The former staff members released an open letter to Sanders yesterday, asking him to introduce a Senate resolution calling for a ceasefire and support an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

“Your voice is needed now more than ever because cooler heads must prevail and prevent further suffering and bloodshed,” they wrote.

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Frustrated Security Council members drafting new resolution

We’re now at the fourth UN Security Council resolution. Two today. Two previously. All four have failed, reports Al Jazeera.

It’s not over. Malta is on the Security Council, and many of the non-permanent countries on the Security Council, there are 10 of them, are frustrated.

They’re frustrated with Russia and they’re frustrated with the US, quite frankly. That’s why [we] saw so many abstentions in the Russia resolution.

[These non-permanent members of the Security Council] are going to come up with another resolution, the Brazilian foreign minister just mentioned a couple of hours ago.

They don’t want it to be sponsored by Russia. They don’t want it to be sponsored by the US. They think that’s too political. They’re going to come up with their own resolution trying to get some sort of uniformity here because they say it is critical because people are dying.

They say that their…

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