Israel-Palestine Escalation
Israel was hit by an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on October 7, with Hamas movement's troops infiltrating border areas. On October 8, the Israeli government announced that it had invoked Article 40 of the Basic Law, which means the country was officially in a state of war.
Destruction from Israeli aerial bombardment is seen in Gaza City on October 11, 2023. - Sputnik Africa

Live Updates: IDF Says Killed Deputy Head of Hamas Intel Responsible for Planning Oct 7 Attack

On October 7, Palestinian movement Hamas launched a large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip. Tel Aviv launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food and fuel.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Thursday its tanks had carried out a "targeted raid" in the northern Gaza Strip over the night amid preparations for a potential ground offensive to counter Palestinian group Hamas in the area.
"Overnight, the IDF conducted a targeted raid using tanks in the northern Gaza Strip, as part of preparations for the next stages of combat. The activity was commanded by the Givati Brigade. During the activity, soldiers located and struck numerous terrorists, terror infrastructure and anti-tank missile launch posts, and operated to prepare the battlefield," the IDF said on Telegram.
Upon completing activities the IDF's troops left the area, the statement read.
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18:23 26.10.2023
IDF Says Killed Deputy Head of Hamas Intelligence, Responsible for Planning Oct 7 Attack
MOSCOW, October 26 (Sputnik) - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Thursday that it killed the deputy head of Hamas' Intelligence Directorate, Shadi Barud, who is allegedly responsible for planning the October 7 attack.
"The IDF and ISA [Israel Securities Authority] killed the Deputy Head of Hamas’ Intelligence Directorate, who was responsible for planning the October 7th massacre together with Yahya Sinwar. Based on precise IDF and ISA intelligence, IDF fighter jets struck the Deputy Head of the Hamas’ Intelligence Directorate, Shadi Barud," the IDF said on Telegram.
18:23 26.10.2023
Israel's Ambassador Says UN 'So Broken, So Morally Corrupt'
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Israel's ambassador to the UN declared Thursday at the UN General Assembly that the United Nations was "so broken, so morally corrupt" that he did not think it was a sustainable organization.
"This week, the UN celebrated its 78th birthday. Yet looking at this resolution and the honorary guests hosted today in these halls, this organization has shown that it is so broken, so morally corrupt that I do not have high hopes that it will make it to 90, let alone 100," Gilad Erdan said.
Erdan was speaking at an emergency special session on the Israel-Palestine conflict at the UN General Assembly, amid a deadlock in the Security Council on the wording of a resolution.
18:20 26.10.2023
Iran Warns US of 'Uncontrollable Consequences' of Israel Support – Foreign Minister
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian warned the US of “uncontrollable consequences” of its financial and military support to Israel during his speech Thursday at an emergency session on the Israel-Palestine conflict at the UN General Assembly
"We strongly warn against the uncontrollable consequences of the unlimited financial arms and operational support by the White House to the Tel Aviv regime, which have led to the expansion and added to the severity of the bombardment of the civilians…in Gaza and the West Bank," Amir-Abdollahian said in translated remarks.
18:19 26.10.2023
Israeli Drone Attacks 'Terrorist Cell' in Lebanon
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An Israeli drone attacked a "terrorist cell" in Lebanon on Thursday after it attempted to launch anti-tank missiles, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.
"IDF: A short while ago, a terrorist cell attempted to launch anti-tank missiles from Lebanon toward an IDF post. An IDF UAV struck the cell," the IDF wrote on its Telegram channel.
18:19 26.10.2023
Russia's & Iran’s Deputy FMs Discuss Necessity to End Hostilities in Gaza
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Deputy Foreign Mikhail Bogdanov and his Iranian counterpart, Ali Bagheri, on Thursday discussed the escalation of the Middle East conflict and agreed on the necessity to end hostilities in the Gaza Strip, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"During the conversation, the regional agenda was discussed in detail with an emphasis on the unprecedented escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone. At the same time, the need for a cessation of hostilities in and around the Gaza Strip and the prompt provision of humanitarian assistance to the affected Palestinian population was confirmed. The constant commitment of Moscow and Tehran to continue close coordination of efforts in the interests of stabilizing the situation in the Middle East was confirmed," the ministry said in a statement.
17:38 26.10.2023
Diplomats From States Supporting Israel Demanded to Leave Libya by Parliament
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Diplomats From States Supporting Israel Demanded to Leave Libya by Parliament
16:06 26.10.2023
Representatives of Hamas Visiting Moscow: Russian Foreign Ministry
Representatives of the Palestinian Hamas movement are visiting Moscow, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
"I can also say and confirm that representatives of the Palestinian movement are on a visit to Moscow. As for contacts, we will inform you further," she said during a briefing on Thursday.
15:10 26.10.2023
About 600 Hamas-Linked Palestinians Arrested in Israel Since October 7: IDF
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli security forces have detained about 660 people with links to Hamas since the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities, the Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday.
"To date, the West Bank divisions have arrested around 1,000 wanted persons, 660 of whom are linked to the terrorist organization Hamas, since the start of the war," the IDF said.
Over 60 wanted Palestinians, 46 of whom are linked to Hamas, were detained last night alone, according to the IDF.
13:34 26.10.2023
Death Toll in Gaza Strip From Israeli Strikes Exceeds 7,000: Reports
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The death toll from Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has exceeded 7,000 and over 18,000 people have been injured, the Al-Arabiya broadcaster reported on Thursday, citing the enclave's Health Ministry.
13:05 26.10.2023
Palestinian Mission to UN Says Israel Allegedly Used White Phosphorus in Attacks on Gaza
GENEVA (Sputnik) - Israel allegedly used munitions containing white phosphorus during strikes on the Gaza Strip, Ambassador of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi said on Thursday.
The ambassador told a briefing that Israel used white phosphorus during its strikes on the enclave, adding that this was also established by Human Rights Watch.
Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch said that Israel allegedly used white phosphorus weapons against the Gaza Strip and Lebanon during hostilities following Hamas' incursion on October 7 and subsequent rocket attacks.
12:10 26.10.2023
Palestinian Foreign Minister Calls on Israel to Completely Cease Fire in Gaza Strip
THE HAGUE (Sputnik) - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called on Israel to completely cease fire in the Gaza Strip, AFP reported on Thursday.
On Wednesday, media reported that al-Maliki visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and met with the ICC's chief prosecutor Karim Khan.
"This time, the war that Israel is waging is different. This time it's a war of revenge... First we need to end this one-sided aggression and then we need to call for a ceasefire," al-Maliki was quoted as saying by AFP.
11:50 26.10.2023
Russian, Egyptian Diplomats Discuss De-Escalation in Gaza, Russian FM Says
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin and Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Nazih el Nagari have discussed de-escalation of the Israel-Hamas conflict as well as the current situation in Syria and Libya, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
"Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin has received Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Nazih el Nagari at his request. An exchange of opinions on topical regional issues on the UN Security Council and General Assembly agenda took place. Special attention was paid to the efforts within the UN platforms to de-escalate violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict zone, including in the context of resumption on October 26 of the 10th Extraordinary Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the protection of Palestinian people," the ministry's statement read.
Additionally, the diplomats discussed other regional issues. Namely, the situation in Libya due to the extension of UN Support Mission mandate and the current state of affairs in Syria amid the rise in tensions due to an increase in "arbitrary Israeli air attacks."
11:36 26.10.2023
Situation in Gaza Strip Catastrophic, Can Get Even Worse With Ground Operation: Kremlin
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is catastrophic and get even worse with the start of a ground military operation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
"Unfortunately, there is a humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip, and humanitarian aid needs to be delivered there ... It may worsen even more, although it is difficult to imagine to what extent, when a ground operation begins," Peskov told reporters.
11:25 26.10.2023
Senior Russian Diplomat Says Discussed Hostage Situation With Hamas Political Leadership
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Thursday that he met with the political leadership of the Palestinian Hamas movement during his recent visit to Qatar and discussed the situation with the hostages.
"Of course. [We discussed this] with the Palestinian leadership," Bogdanov told a briefing, answering a question whether he had met with Hamas representatives and whether the issue of hostages was discussed during the meeting.
11:04 26.10.2023
At Least 7 Killed as Israel Shelled City in Southern Gaza Strip: Interior Ministry
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least seven people were killed and dozens were injured as a result of Israeli shelling of the city of Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

"So far, seven are dead and dozens were wounded as a result of Israeli shelling of [...] Khan Yunis," the ministry said in a statement.

10:31 26.10.2023
Abbas Will Soon Pay Official Visit to Russia, Constructive Talks on Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Planned: Russian Foreign Ministry
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will soon pay an official visit to Russia, with the agenda including constructive talks on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Thursday.
"He [Abbas] will soon pay an official visit to Moscow, there will be negotiations with [Russian President] Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin]. We will tune in to a constructive conversation about what will happen next, because every day the number of people killed is growing, innocent children are dying," Bogdanov told a roundtable on the crisis in the Middle East.
10:31 26.10.2023
Biden Says Israel Has Right to Defend Nationals From 'Terrorism': White House
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden has held a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reiterating Washington's stance that the Jewish state has a right to defend its nationals from "terrorism" but should comply with international law, the White House said.
"The President reiterated that Israel has every right and responsibility to defend its citizens from terrorism and to do so in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law," the White House said in a statement late on Wednesday.
The leaders discussed developments in the Gaza Strip and efforts to "locate and secure the release of hostages" to include US citizens believed to be held by Palestinian group Hamas. The discussion also focused on the issue of US support for civilian population in Gaza and welcomed efforts to increase the assistance in the near future.
10:26 26.10.2023
Israeli Army Denies Hamas Was Able to Intercept Its Helicopter With Surface-to-Air Missile: Reports
10:09 26.10.2023
Hamas's Military Wing Says It Shot Down Israeli Helicopter With Missile
DOHA (Sputnik) - Hamas's military wing, the Qassam Brigades, said on Thursday it had shot down an Israeli helicopter with a Sam7 surface-to-air missile above central Gaza Strip.
"The fighters of Al-Qassam Brigades have launched a Sam7 missile toward the enemy to the east of the Bureij refugee camp. The hit was recorded," the group wrote on its Telegram channel.
08:12 26.10.2023
Russian Draft Resolution on Israeli-Palestinian War Not Adopted at UN Security Council
The Russian draft resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian war was not adopted at the UN Security Council given that it did not gain enough votes for it to be approved, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
Four countries voted in favor of the draft resolution, two countries voted against and nine countries abstained, the correspondent said on Wednesday.
Russia expressed disappointment over the UN Security Council's failure to adopt the resolution, which had raised hopes to bring about a ceasefire and prevent the expansion of the conflict.
"We regret the fact that the Security Council did not meet the hopes pinned upon it. We sought to do everything we could to help this," Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said.
The Russian ambassador said the challenge of preventing further escalation of the conflict now lies with the UN General Assembly and the efforts of Jordan.
"We support the draft resolution proposed by Jordan on behalf of the Arab group. Russia is one of its co-sponsors," Nebenzia added.
China affirmed its support for Russia's draft resolution prior to the vote and reiterated Beijing's steadfast commitment to peace.