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Israel-Hamas War HIGHLIGHTS: UN to inspect aid shipments into Gaza under Israel-Egypt deal

Israel-Hamas war: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Israeli counterpart Netanyahu have begun meeting at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem. Sunak will meet family members of those kidnapped by Hamas later in the day.

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Jerusalem Updated on: October 19, 2023 23:55 IST
Israel-Hamas War: People rescuing their loved ones from the
Image Source : PTI Israel-Hamas War: People rescuing their loved ones from the conflict zone.

Israel-Hamas war: The Israel-Hamas war that began on October 7 has become the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides, with more than 4,000 dead in the past 12 days. According to the United Nations, more than a million people have fled their homes in the Gaza Strip ahead of an expected Israel invasion that seeks to eliminate Hamas’ leadership after its deadly incursion. Aid groups warn an Israeli ground offensive could hasten a humanitarian crisis. Earlier on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden visited the war-torn nation and met Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. He condemned the attack on a hospital in Gaza and brokered a deal wherein he asked to let the humanitarian aid pass in Gaza. However, he advised the Israeli military to follow the law of war but accused the "other side" of the deadliest attack on al-Ahli hospital. Besides, he also promised $100 million in aid to Palestine. On Thursday, UK PM Rishi Sunak reached Israel where he will meet Netanyahu and other top officials.

This is an India TV blog where you can get all developments related to the Israel-Hamas war. Scroll down patiently to get authentic and swift information from the battlefield.  




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  • 11:46 PM (IST) Posted by Anurag Roushan

    Israel’s defense minister promises ground invasion of Gaza, tells troops to be ready

    Israel’s defense minister told ground troops to be ready to enter the Gaza Strip, though he didn’t say when the invasion will start. In a meeting with Israeli infantry soldiers on the Gaza border Thursday, Yoav Gallant urged the forces to “get organized, be ready” for an order to move in.

  • 11:34 PM (IST) Posted by Anurag Roushan

    India’s PM promises aid for Palestinian people

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and conveyed his condolences for the loss of civilian lives at the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza. “We will continue to send humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people,” Modi said in a post on X.

  • 11:33 PM (IST) Posted by Anurag Roushan

    UN to inspect aid shipments into Gaza under Israel-Egypt deal

     A UN flag will be raised at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza to protect against Israeli airstrikes under a UN-brokered deal between Israel and Egypt to allow aid into the Palestinian territory. An Egyptian official and a European diplomat said observers from the UN will also inspect trucks carrying aid before crossing into Gaza.

  • 9:00 PM (IST) Posted by Anurag Roushan

    Authorities urgently request diesel to keep Gaza hospitals open

    The Gaza Health Ministry has issued an urgent request for diesel after a fifth major hospital closed due to a lack of fuel. The Yemen al-Saeed Hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip was forced to shut down after running out of fuel, the ministry today.

  • 7:05 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Israeli airstrike hits densely populated area in southern Gaza

    An Israeli airstrike hit a densely populated area in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, again on Thursday. Many wounded were being rushed to the Nasser Hospital from the strike in the al-Amal neighbourhood.


  • 7:04 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Hamas commander killed in an Israeli strike

    Gaza’s government press office says the commander of the Hamas-led National Security Forces, Maj. Gen. Jihad Muheisen, was killed in an Israeli strike on his home in Gaza City along with some of his relatives.
    It wasn’t immediately clear how many of his relatives were killed in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in northern Gaza City. The National Security Forces is a paramilitary organization in Gaza taken over by Hamas after its 2007 seizure of the strip.

  • 7:04 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Gaza hospital shuts off lights to conserve fuel

    Gaza’s second-largest hospital has switched off the lights in the majority of the facility as staff try to conserve energy amid fuel shortages. Lights are still on in Nasser Hospital’s intensive care unit, but in many other departments, doctors are using cellphones and flashlights to illuminate procedures.

  • 7:04 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    European Parliament calls for ‘humanitarian pause’ in Gaza

    The European Parliament has called for a “humanitarian pause” in Gaza to make sure aid can reach the needy and stressed that Israel’s right to defend itself can only be done within the strictures of international law.

    In the nonbinding resolution adopted on Thursday in a 500-21 vote, with 24 abstentions, European lawmakers also called for the immediate release of all hostages kidnapped by Hamas.

  • 7:04 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Hamas says no aid or road repair equipment has entered Gaza

    Hamas’ spokesman for the Rafah crossing, Wael Abu Omar, said that no aid or road repairing equipment has entered Gaza from Egypt as of Thursday afternoon.
    Egypt and Israel reached a deal Wednesday evening that would allow aid to enter the Palestinian territory through the Rafah crossing.

  • 7:03 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Israel’s Supreme Court postpones hearing on judicial overhaul

    Israel’s Supreme Court is postponing a flashpoint hearing on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s contentious judicial overhaul because some of the government’s representatives in the case have been called up for reserve duty, according to the court postponement order.
    The hearing, originally set for Sunday, has now been moved to Nov. 5.

  • 5:58 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Israel-Hamas war: 1200 people including 18 Nepali evacuated, will fly more flights if demanded', says MEA

    Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, India has evacuated at least 1,200 people stranded in the war-torn country. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, they were taken back on five flights under "Operation Ajay", including 18 Nepali nationals. Responding to a question by India TV, MEA Spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, while addressing a weekly press briefing on Thursday, said, "A total of 1200 people special flight carrying Indian nationals and 18 Nepalese citizens wanting to leave Israel amidst the Israel-Hamas conflict left for India on Tuesday as part of 'Operation Ajay'."


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  • 5:41 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Israel conducts a raid in the West Bank

    The Israeli military has conducted an extensive raid in the West Bank, arresting more than 80 Palestinians. The latest in a series of stepped-up Israeli operations in the territory since the outbreak of war, the raid on Wednesday night provoked violent clashes and left three Palestinians dead, including two children.

  • 5:40 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Palestinian death toll in Gaza increases to 3,785

    The death toll in Gaza since Israel declared war has risen to 3,785 Palestinians killed, including 1,524 children, 1,000 women and 120 older people, the Gaza Health Ministry said.


  • 5:18 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Iran-backed groups said to target US bases with drones in Syria

    Syrian opposition activists say a drone attack has been conducted on an oil facility in eastern Syria housing American troops and a US base in a nearby area. There was no immediate word on casualties and the US military didn’t immediately respond to requests for confirmation.

  • 4:41 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    WATCH: Statements by Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak


  • 4:35 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    'I am sorry to be here in such terrible circumstances': Sunak tells Netanyahu I WATCH


  • 4:12 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    US missions can lower flags if host countries declare mourning: Blinken

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sends a cable to all American diplomatic and consular posts around the world, authorizing them to lower flags to half-staff “to observe national periods of mourning following an official proclamation by the host government with respect to the loss of innocent lives at the Al Ahli hospital blast on October 18", Times of Israel reported.


  • 3:47 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    WATCH: Sunak holding 'priavte' meeting with Israeli PM


  • 3:33 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Netanyahu begins meeting with Sunak

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins his meeting with British premier Rishi Sunak in Jerusalem, Times of Israel reported. The two embrace, then walk together to begin their one-on-one meeting

  • 3:03 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Sunak is holding talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    Sunak is holding talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog before travelling to other regional capitals. After landing at Ben Gurion Airport, Sunak said the people of Israel had “suffered an unspeakable, horrific act of terrorism, and I want you to know that the United Kingdom and I stand with you.”

  • 2:26 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Liverpool and Egypt star Salah urges leaders to prevent more bloodshed, get humanitarian aid to Gaza

    Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Salah, arguably the most celebrated Arab footballer, called on world leaders to “come together to prevent further slaughter of all innocent souls” and for the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza.

  • 2:25 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Airstrike kills 7 small children in Gaza home, residents and doctors say

    Residents and doctors in this southern Gaza town said an airstrike slammed into a home, killing seven small children.
    The news spread quickly on social media, as grisly images of dead and bloodied toddlers lined up side by side on a hospital stretcher stirred outrage in Gaza and the West Bank.

  • 1:51 PM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Evidence shows Hamas militants likely used some North Korean weapons in attack on Israel

    Hamas fighters likely fired North Korean weapons during their October 7 assault on Israel, a militant video and weapons seized by Israel show, despite Pyongyang's denials that it arms the militant group. South Korean officials, two experts on North Korean arms and an Associated Press analysis of weapons captured on the battlefield by Israel point toward Hamas using Pyongyang's F-7 rocket-propelled grenade, a shoulder-fired weapon that fighters typically use against armored vehicles.

  • 1:24 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Australian lawmaker accuses Israel of ‘collectively punishing’ Palestinians

    Australian government minister Ed Husic has accused Israel of collectively punishing Palestinians in its war on Hamas. Husic told Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Thursday: “I feel very strongly that Palestinians are being collectively punished here for Hamas’ barbarism.” He added: “I really do feel there is an obligation on governments, particularly the Israeli government, to ... follow the rules of international law and to observe in particular that innocents should be protected.”

  • 1:11 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    WATCH: Israel demands proof of people killed in hospital attack


  • 1:09 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    WATCH: IDF shares videos of how social media used to blame Israel for hispital attack


  • 12:40 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Current US assessment is Israel was ‘not responsible’ for Gaza hospital blast, White House says

    The White House said Wednesday that a current intelligence assessment shows Israel was “not responsible” for the explosion at a Gaza hospital, but that information was still being collected.


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

    Members of Jewish advocacy group reaches Capitol to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas

    Members of Jewish advocacy groups, including Jewish Voice for Peace and If Not Now, gathered at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.


  • 12:10 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    UNHCR says it has 3,000 tons of aid for Gaza ready in Egypt

    The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a Wednesday news release that an estimated 3,000 tons of humanitarian assistance are awaiting entry to Gaza from Egypt.


  • 12:09 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Protesters around the world berate Biden for Israel support

    US President Joe Biden, who defended Israel during his visit to Tel Aviv, has become a target of angry protests in support of Palestinians. Biden’s visit Wednesday came a day after a blast caused massive carnage at a Gaza hospital. Hamas said it was from an Israeli airstrike while Israel blamed a rocket misfired by other Palestinian militants. Biden sided with Israel, saying the explosion appeared to be the work of the “other team.

  • 12:09 PM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    UN officials warn over Gaza health system, risk of conflict expanding

    U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that the deadly destruction of a hospital has heaped further pressure on Gaza’s crumbling health system, depriving the territory of a facility that cared for 45,000 patients every year.

  • 11:49 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    Israel allows Egypt to deliver 'some aid' to Gaza after Biden's visit to Tel Aviv

     After US President Joe Biden visited the war-torn nation on Wednesday, Israel was ready to allow Egypt to deliver limited humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. The first crack in a punishing 10-day siege on the territory came one day after a blast at a hospital killed hundreds and put immense strain on Gaza’s struggling medical system. 

    Read full story here

  • 11:49 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    WATCH: Huge mobilisation of tanks and troops seen along Gaza Border in south Israel


  • 11:48 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

    After Joe Biden, UK PM Rishi Sunak lands in Tel Aviv amid war

    UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in war-torn Israel on Thursday following the visits of US President Joe Biden and Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Middle East as part of a broader visit to the region, which may include stops in Jordan and Egypt.


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