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Israel-Hamas War HIGHLIGHTS: US President Biden to visit war-torn Israel in show of solidarity today

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: A Hamas official has demanded 6,000 Palestinian men and women detained in Israel's jails be released in exchange for hostages in Gaza. Earlier on Monday, the Israeli military said that 199 captives were being held in the besieged territory.

Ajeet Kumar Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Jerusalem Updated on: October 18, 2023 6:12 IST
Israeli forces approach the Gaza border ahead of an
Image Source : AP Israeli forces approach the Gaza border ahead of an imminent ground operation.

Israel-Hamas War LIVE: The conflict between Israel and the Hamas fighters has become the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides, with more than 4,000 dead. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Monday, again warned Hamas militants and said IDF would wipe out the name of the terror group as the world had "erased ISIS". Besides, there are a number of developments have taken place-- US President Joe Biden announced to visit the war-torn nation where he is scheduled to meet Netanyahu, and leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine. Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke to Netanyahu and expressed his willingness to mediate the peace talks between Israel and Palestine. However, the Israeli PM, in staunch words, the military will not stop until Hamas is wiped out.

This is a LIVE blog where you can get all updates regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Scroll down patiently to get the latest news about the war.

 

 

 

Israel-Hamas War OCT 17)

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  • 11:39 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    US Senate leaders pledge bipartisan support for Israel

    US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed their resolve to support Israel during the ongoing war with Hamas, saying they would spend the coming weeks reaching a bipartisan agreement to provide aid for Israel's counterterrorism operations, CNN reported. 

  • 11:38 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Italian national killed in Hamas attacks on Israel, 2 likely kidnapped

    Italy says one of three Italian-Israeli citizens believed to be kidnapped by Hamas was killed in Israel during the Hamas terror assault on the Be’eri kibbutz in southern Israel, reported The Times of Israel.

  • 11:11 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    We will feel the terrible grief of Israelis, working hard on releasing German hostages: Olaf Scholz

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says, "We feel the terrible grief of all Israelis whose parents, siblings and children were killed in this barbaric attack. We share the unbearable worry of all those whose family members were taken from their everyday lives and brutally abducted. Among the abducted are also Germans and our focus is on them and on all the other hostages. We are working hard to secure their release."

  • 11:10 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    4 Hezbollah fighters have been killed as tensions flared along the Lebanon and Israel border

    Tensions flared on Tuesday along the Lebanon-Israel border, leaving four Hezbollah fighters dead, the largest number in a single day since the militant group and Israeli military started clashing last week.

     

  • 11:09 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Gaza Health Ministry says death toll in Gaza City hospital blast rises to at least 500

    The Hamas-run Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip says at least 500 people have been killed in an explosion that it says was caused by an Israeli airstrike.

  • 11:07 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    IDF arrested 440 Palestinians including Hamas militants in West Bank since October 7

    The Israel Defense Forces says troops have arrested 440 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank, including 220 affiliated with Hamas, since the war in the Gaza Strip began on October 7, reported The Times of Israel.

  • 11:00 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Palestinian health ministry says 200 to 300 people may have been killed in Israeli strike on hospital in Gaza

    Preliminary estimates indicate between 200 to 300 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a hospital in the center of Gaza City, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said in a statement Tuesday, noting many people still remained beneath the rubble, reports CNN.

  • 10:59 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    At least 20 humanitarians killed in Gaza as hospital fuel and water supplies dwindle: UN

    At least 20 humanitarians from the United Nations and Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have been killed in Gaza, the UN said. Supplies continue to dwindle in what the agency described as "utter catastrophe", CNN reported.

  • 10:59 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Egypt still negotiating with Israel on allowing aid into Gaza

    Egypt is still negotiating with Israel on the delivery of humanitarian assistance and fuel to Gaza from its crossing points, Rafah and Kerem Shalom, a senior Egyptian official said as trucks loaded with aid waited for permission to cross into the besieged territory.

  • 9:55 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    We will respect humanitarian law, Israel acting in self-defence: Foreign Minister Eli Cohen

    Tel Aviv: | Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen says, "We did not start this war. They forced us to enter this war. We expect the international community to support us as we fight Hamas...We will respect the guidelines of the international humanitarian law. And take maximum. Recursion in protecting innocent civilian population...Israel's war is just war. We are acting in self-defence eliminating threats and the enemy which aims to kill and destroy us..."

  • 8:53 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    IDF shares visuals of airstrikes that killed Hamas commander Ayman Nofal

    Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweets, "We just eliminated Ayman Nofal, a senior Hamas operative. Nofal was the Commander of Hamas’ Central Brigade in Gaza and the former Head of Military Intelligence. Nofal directed many attacks against Israeli civilians and besides being one of the most dominant figures in the terrorist organization, he was involved in the planning of the abduction of Gilad Shalit. We won't stop until we eliminate Hamas."

  • 8:42 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    France says 21 citizens killed, 11 missing in attacks on Israel

    France's foreign ministry on Tuesday confirmed the death of 21 French citizens killed in the Hamas militants attacks on Israel. The ministry says 11 French citizens are missing.

  • 8:42 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    100 Jewish groups condemn deadly attack on 6-year-old Palestinian boy in US

    In the wake of the attack in which a six-year-old Muslim boy was murdered and his mother critically injured by a man who targeted them because of their faith and the October 7 Hamas assault, over 100 Jewish groups have released a statement condemning the attack and rejecting any effort to exploit the situation in Israel and Gaza to spread hate and bigotry, reported The Times of Israel.

  • 8:40 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Death count rises to 3,000 killed in Gaza Strip, says Palestinian health ministry

    At least 3,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since last Saturday, CNN reported citing the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

     

     

  • 8:39 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    World Food Program sends food aid to Egypt for delivery to Gaza

    The World Food Program says it has tons of aid arriving in Egypt from warehouses around the region, ready to enter Gaza, reported the Associated Press.

  • 8:13 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Israeli airstrikes hit two refugee camps in Gaza, several killed: Palestinian interior ministry

    Israeli airstrikes hit two densely populated refugee camps in central Gaza on Tuesday, according to the Palestinian Interior Ministry, resulting in close to 20 casualties, reported CNN.

  • 8:12 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Two Israeli reserve personnel, one civilian injured in rocket attacks from Lebanon

    "An anti-tank missile was fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel earlier today. 2 IDF reservists were injured, 1 lightly and 1 moderately. They were evacuated to a hospital to receive further medical treatment. An Israeli civilian was injured as well," said the Israel Defence Forces.

    https://twitter.com/IDF/status/1714270011706179718

     

     

  • 7:43 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Hospital in southern Gaza says it has received evacuation order

    A hospital in the southern Gaza city of Rafah says it has received two Israeli warnings to evacuate the facility even though it is in the area where Israel told civilians to take refuge.

  • 7:43 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    German chancellor lands in Israel ahead of meetings with PM Netanyahu, President Herzog

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz lands in Israel ahead of expected meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Isaac Herzog and other officials, reported The Times of Israel.

  • 7:09 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Israel airstrikes kill chief of Hamas military brigade in Gaza

    The Hamas terror group announces the death of a senior member in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip. Ayman Nofal, a member of the terror group’s General Military Council and the head of its military wing’s Central Gaza Brigade, was killed, reported The Times of Israel.

  • 7:09 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Biden believes this is exactly the right time to visit Israel: White House

    United States President Joe Biden "believes that this is exactly the right time to go to Israel and to go to Jordan," National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said Tuesday, previewing the president’s visit to the region, which is set for Wednesday, reports CNN

     

  • 6:46 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    IDF says another anti-tank missile fired from Lebanon; responds with shelling

    The Israel Defense Forces says another anti-tank guided missile was fired from Lebanon, at the northern town of Zar’it, apparently by the Hezbollah group, reported The Times of Israel.

  • 6:31 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Israeli military returning fire across Lebanon border

    The Israeli military said Tuesday it was responding with "tank and artillery fire towards military posts belonging to Hezbollah," after "two anti-tank missiles" were fired near the border with Lebanon, CNN reported.

  • 6:30 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Mother of Israeli woman in Hamas hostage video appeals for her release

    The mother of a young Israeli woman held by Hamas appealed for her release on Tuesday, calling the seizure of some 200 hostages by the Palestinian militant group “a crime against humanity.”

  • 4:59 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Iran's Supreme Leader accuses Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Tuesday said if the "atrocities" against Gaza persisted, "Muslims and resistance forces could lose patience," and nobody would be able to prevent their actions, CNN reported.

  • 4:54 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    French President Emmanuel Macron set to visit Israel amid war with Hamas

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced that he will visit Israel following the fatal terror attacks by the Hamas terror group in Israel, reported Jerusalem Post.

  • 4:50 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Rocket alert sirens sound in Israel's Ashkelon

    Rocket alert sirens sound in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage, reported The Times of Israel.

  • 4:36 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Macron calls for "immediate and unconditional release" of French-Israeli hostage Mia Schem

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for the "immediate and unconditional release" of Mia Schem, the woman shown in the first hostage video released by Hamas, CNN reported.

  • 4:35 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    No Gaza ceasefire yet, says Israeli military

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Israel is concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza, but for now there is no ceasefire and the Rafah crossing into Gaza from Egypt remains closed, CNN reported.

  • 4:34 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    UN human rights office condemns reported killing of fleeing civilians

    The UN human rights office is decrying “appalling reports” that civilians who were trying to flee to southern Gaza were hit and killed by a military strike.

  • 3:32 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    IDF hits terror targets in Gaza City, Rafah, Jabaliya and Khan Younis

    The Israel Defense Forces says it carried out a series of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip this morning, targeting Hamas headquarters, military sites where members were gathered, and hideout apartments, reported The Times of Israel

  • 3:31 PM (IST) Posted by Aveek Banerjee

    Clashes erupt again on Lebanese-Israeli border after anti-tank missile launched from Lebanon

    Clashes erupted again Tuesday on the border between Lebanon and Israel, where Israeli forces and armed groups in Lebanon have engaged in a series of low-level skirmishes since the outbreak of the latest war in Gaza.

  • 2:53 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    In Pics: Scenes of pain and grief on war’s 10th day

    India Tv - Israeli soldiers patrol along a road near the bord

    Image Source : APIsraeli soldiers patrol along a road near the border between Israel and Lebanon

     

    India Tv - U.S. citizens make their way to board an emergency

    Image Source : APU.S. citizens make their way to board an emergency evacuation ship bound for Cyprus at the port of Haifa, Israel

     

    India Tv - Palestinians take shelter from Israeli bombardment

    Image Source : APPalestinians take shelter from Israeli bombardment at a school in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip

     

    India Tv - Mourners attend the funeral of Israeli soldier Ami

    Image Source : APMourners attend the funeral of Israeli soldier Amitai Zvim, killed by Hamas militants, at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem

     

    India Tv - Palestinians wait to cross into Egypt at the Rafah

    Image Source : APPalestinians wait to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the Gaza Strip

  • 2:32 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Metula declared closed military zone amid missile attack from Lebanon

    The entire Metula local council area was declared a closed military area after anti-tank missile fire from Lebanon, Jerusalem Post reported citing IDF. Citizens are asked not to try to approach the place and Metula residents have been asked to evacuate the area under the council's jurisdiction. 

     

  • 2:30 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    IDF Chief of the General Staff writes motivational letter to fellow soldiers, commanders and reservists

     

  • 2:29 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza, kills Hezbollah terrorists in North

    The Hamas-appointed head of crossings in Gaza, Fouad Abu Btihan, and some of his relatives were killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Tuesday, Jerusalem reported citing Hamas radio.

  • 2:18 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Malaysia’s Anwar warns Gaza crisis could turn into genocide

    Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim says the crisis in Gaza could turn into genocide if Israel’s war against Hamas in the territory continues.
    Anwar said Tuesday that civilian safety must be given top priority. He said he expressed Malaysia’s unwavering support for the Palestinian people during a phone conversation Monday with Hamas political bureau chief, Ismail Haniyeh.

  • 2:05 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Israel says military killed 4 militants crossing border from Lebanon

    The Israeli military said it killed four militants attempting to cross into the country from Lebanon with an explosive device, its Arabic spokesperson, Avichay Adraee said.
    A video from a reconnaissance drone the Israeli army shared showed the militants near the separation wall before they were targeted, causing an explosion.

  • 1:19 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    6,000 prisoners must be freed in exchange for hostages, says top Hamas official

    A Hamas official has demanded 6,000 Palestinian men and women detained in Israel's jails be released in exchange for hostages in Gaza, Sky News reported. Earlier on Monday, Israeli military said that 199 captives were being held in the besieged territory - a higher figure than previously estimated. Khaled Meshaal, head of Hamas' diaspora office, said the hostages include high-ranking officers from the Israeli Defence Forces' Gaza Division, which is responsible for patrolling around the Gaza Strip.

  • 12:46 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Hezbollah shoots at IDF posts, fires missile at tank in fresh Lebanon border clashes

    The Hezbollah terror group on Monday opened fire with light arms at a number of Israeli military posts on the Lebanon border and launched a missile at a tank, causing no injuries, in the latest skirmishes on the northern frontier, Times of Israel reported. According to the Israel Defense Forces, no soldiers were hurt in the attacks.

  • 12:21 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Blinken, Netanyahu take shelter in bunker as air raid sirens during meeting in Tel Aviv I VIDEO

    Amid the unprecedented attack on Israel, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was in the war-torn country with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had to take shelter in a bunker for five minutes on Monday. According to State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, air raid sirens went off in Tel Aviv during their meeting.

    Read full story here

  • 11:52 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Palestinians report heavy shelling in south Gaza towns where civilians are seeking refuge

    Palestinians in Gaza reported intense bombardments near the southern towns of Khan Younis and Rafah, where Israel ordered civilians to seek refuge, early on Tuesday. Details of causalities were not immediately available. Israeli bombs hit areas west and southeast of Khan Younis and west of Rafah, according to local reports.

  • 11:27 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Putin calls for peace in Middle East, Kremlin says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken with Egyptian, Iranian, Syrian and Palestinian leaders, urging a quick end to the hostilities. The Kremlin said in its readout of Monday’s phone calls that Putin emphasized “the unacceptability of any form of violence against civilians” and noted that Moscow has submitted a draft U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce.

  • 11:15 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    New York Governor Hochul set to arrive in Israel for solidarity mission

    New York Governor Kathy Hochul says she will arrive in Israel on Tuesday for a “solidarity mission.” Hochul said she planned to meet with diplomatic leaders and communities devastated after the brutal attack by Hamas terror attack on southern Israel.

  • 11:10 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    200 Hamas, Islamic Jihad targets hit in overnight Gaza strikes: IDF

    The Israel Defense Forces says it struck more than 200 Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip overnight.

     

  • 10:35 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    'They are taking care of me, everything is fine...': Hamas releases new video of hostage in Gaza

    In a major development, Hamas, on Monday, released another video of a hostage, wherein it showed a young woman receiving medical treatment at an unknown place, Jerusalem Post reported. According to the report, the girl introduced herself as Mia Shem from Shoham and said she was kidnapped by Hamas at a party and added she has been receiving medical treatment.

    Read full story here

  • 10:06 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Biden will head to Israel and Jordan as concerns mount that Israel-Hamas conflict will spread

    President Joe Biden will travel to Israel on Wednesday to show support for the U.S. ally amid concerns the Israel-Hamas war could become a larger regional conflict, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said early Tuesday in Tel Aviv. Biden will then go to Jordan to meet with Arab leaders, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said.

  • 9:49 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Hamas steals UN fuel, medical kits kept for humanitarian purposes in Gaza city

     Hamas militants have allegedly stolen fuel and medical equipment kept for them from a UN compound in the war-torn Gaza City, IDF Spokesperson, RAdm. Daniel Hagari said on Tuesday.

  • 9:41 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Gaza’s limited water supply raises concerns for human health

    A lack of clean water in the Gaza Strip is raising major concerns for human health. Gaza is running out of water, and Gaza is running out of life,” said Philippe Lazzarini, chief of the UN agency for Palestinians. Gaza normally gets its water supplies from a combination of sources, including a pipeline from Israel, desalination plants on the Mediterranean Sea and wells. Those supplies were slashed when Israel cut off water, along with the fuel and electricity that power water and sewage plants in the wake of the Hamas attacks.

     

  • 9:39 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Head of Israeli security service takes responsibility for no warning before Hamas attack

    The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service has taken responsibility for the bloody October 7 Hamas rampage that killed over 1,400 Israelis. In a message sent to Shin Bet workers and their families over the weekend, Ronen Bar wrote that “despite a number of actions we took, unfortunately, on Saturday we were unable to create enough early warning to prevent the attack.”

  • 9:38 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    18 members of same family killed in Gaza

    Israeli air strikes continue to lay waste to Gaza, hitting homes sheltering people seeking safer ground and wiping out 18 members of the same family. Three families who had fled Gaza City were in a house that was struck early Monday in the southern city of Rafah. The attack killed a dozen people and left nine buried in the rubble, according to surviving family members.

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