Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians rose after Hamas fighters launched more than 5,000 missiles from Gaza into Israel on Saturday. In response, Israel declared war. This battle has claimed the lives of almost 2000 people on both sides and injured many more, sending off air raid sirens across the country and increasing the prospect of a fresh round of violent fighting.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Wednesday that Hamas militants murdered troops and raped women in their attack on Israel, and he warned that in return, Israel will “crush and destroy” Hamas. US Vice President Joe Biden described the Hamas attack as “the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust,” as well as a campaign of “pure cruelty.” Israel’s energy minister, Israel Katz, reiterated the country’s blockade on Gaza, saying that Israel will “continue to tighten the siege until the Hamas threat…is removed.” In addition, the Indian government has initiated Operation Ajay to repatriate back Indian people from war-torn Israel.
Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates:
Here are the top ten Updates on the Israel-Hamas conflict that you should be aware of.
1. In the midst of a war-like scenario with Palestine, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to “crush and destroy” Hamas. “Every Hamas terrorist is a dead man,” Netanyahu stated at a late-night conference, accompanied by Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and Israel’s opposition leader, Benny Gantz.
2. In terms of the most recent death toll, Gaza’s health ministry said that at least 1,100 Palestinians, including 326 children, had been killed since Saturday, with a total of 5,339 injured. The number of Israelis killed during Hamas’ weekend assault of southern Israel soared to 1,200 on Wednesday morning, as the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) continued to attack Palestinian terror assets in Gaza.
3. India declared the commencement of “Operation Ajay” on Wednesday to facilitate the repatriation of Indians who seek to return home from Israel, as a series of daring attacks on Israeli communities by Hamas terrorists over the weekend heightened regional tensions.
4. According to the Foreign Ministry, Nepal plans to remove 250 people from Israel, while the corpses of ten Nepali students murdered would be returned later.
5. The White House reported on Wednesday that up to 22 Americans were killed in Hamas’ attack on Israel, with 17 still missing, and that the tally is expected to rise in the coming days.
6. On Wednesday, the US State Department raised its travel advisory for Israel and the West Bank to Level 3, which means “reconsider travel.” It maintained the department’s highest warning level for Gaza, Level 4, which means “do not travel.”
7. As the battle between Israel and Hamas enters its fifth day, Joe Biden talked with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed on Wednesday about ensuring humanitarian aid reaches those in need, according to the White House. The UAE was the first Gulf country to normalize relations with Israel via the Abraham Accords, which were negotiated by the US and saw Bahrain and Morocco establish diplomatic ties with Israel.
8. On Wednesday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, during which they discussed “the current military situation in Gaza and its environs,” according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA). According to the Saudi Press Agency, Prince Mohammed assured Raisi that Riyadh is “communicating with all global and regional parties to stop the ongoing escalation.” He also emphasized “The kingdom’s firm stance towards supporting the Palestinian cause,” stated the statement.
9. British Airways has banned flights to Tel Aviv after returning a flight to the Israeli city to London on Wednesday owing to security concerns.
10. Air-raid sirens wailed in northern Israel, and inhabitants were advised to seek refuge in bomb bunkers, but authorities subsequently declared claims of a “airspace intrusion” from Lebanon were a hoax. Following Hamas’ fatal strikes from Gaza in the south over the weekend, Israelis have been on high alert for any indication that Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon to the north would ratchet up attacks.