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.
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Live Updates: UN Chief Says Gaza Becoming 'Graveyard For Children'

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Recently, the Middle East has been the focus of world attention due to the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. On October 27, Israel announced the expansion of ground operations in the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas militants and rescue hostages.
The military wing of Palestinian movement Hamas has called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday to create an international committee to inspect hospitals in the Gaza Strip to refute Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) statements that the buildings are being used for military purposes.
In late October, IDF spokesperson LTC Jonathan Conricus and the country's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Meirav Eilon Shahar, said that international organizations such as the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East should condemn the military use of Shifa Hospital in Gaza by Hamas.
"We call on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to form an international committee to visit hospitals in the Gaza Strip to check the false version ... that they are being used as shelters," the movement said in a statement.
The statement added that all hospitals in the enclave are open to visits by journalists and international organizations.
On October 7, Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise attack against Israel from Gaza, killing and abducting people in neighboring Israeli communities. Israel retaliated with missile strikes and a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million. On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion into Gaza with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas and rescuing the hostages.
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18:29 06.11.2023
UN Chief Says Alarmed That West Bank, East Jerusalem at 'Boiling Point'
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed concerns about the expansion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and noted that the Israel-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are at a "boiling point."
"I remain gravely concerned about rising violence and an expansion of the conflict. The occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is at a boiling point," Guterres said.
18:23 06.11.2023
Israel Drops Over 35,000 Tonnes of Explosives on Gaza Strip Since October 7, Hamas Says
Israel has dropped more than 35,000 tonnes of explosives on the Gaza Strip during the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict ongoing since October 7, Hamas political bureau member Osama Hamdan said on Monday.
On October 24, the Hamas-affiliated government of the Gaza Strip said that Israel had dropped more than 12,000 tonnes of explosives on the exclave, which was already equivalent in total to the power of the nuclear bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
"Over 35,000 tonnes of explosives have already been dropped on Gaza, which means more than 1,000 tonnes are being dropped on Gaza every day," Hamdan told a press conference.
18:23 06.11.2023
UN Chief Says Gaza Becoming 'Graveyard For Children', Humanitarian Ceasefire More Urgent
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday Gaza is becoming a graveyard for children and the the need for a humanitarian ceasefire is bigger than ever.
"Gaza is becoming a graveyard for children. Hundreds of girls and boys are reportedly being killed or injured every day," Guterres told journalists. "The unfolding catastrophe makes the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent with every passing hour."
The parties to the conflict face responsibility for expanding the humanitarian aid to Gaza, he added.
16:27 06.11.2023
Hamas’ Military Wing Says Shells Tel Aviv in Response to Killings of Palestinian Civilians
Hamas' military wing, the Qassam Brigades, said on Monday that it is shelling Tel Aviv in response to the killings of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.
"The Qassam Brigades fired rockets at Tel Aviv in response to the mass killings of civilians in the Gaza Strip," the statement said.
16:20 06.11.2023
Hamas Military Wing Says Its Lebanese Units Fired Rocket at Israel's Nahariyya, Haifa
The military wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, said on Monday that its Lebanese units fired rockets at the cities of Nahariyya and Haifa in northern Israel.
"The Al-Qassam brigades fired 16 rockets at the occupied cities in northern Palestine (Nahariya and the southern part of Haifa) in response to the massacres and aggression of the occupying forces against our people in the Gaza Strip," the Palestinian movement said in a statement.
15:34 06.11.2023
IDF Calls Deployment of US Nuclear Missile Submarine in Middle East 'Deterring Aspect'
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Monday welcomed the deployment of a US nuclear missile submarine in the region, calling it a "deterring, stabilizing aspect."
Earlier in the day, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the Ohio-class strategic nuclear submarine of the Unites States had arrived in the Middle East.
"It's always good news to see that the Americans are moving in more assets … We see this [the deployment of the submarine] as sort of a deterring, stabilizing aspect in the region," IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht was quoted as saying by the media.
15:31 06.11.2023
Moscow Says Supports Collective Efforts to De-Escalate Situation in Middle East
Russia supports the collective efforts to de-escalate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
"Against the background of an unprecedented escalation of violence in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone, calls for collective efforts to de-escalate the situation in the Middle East, including the holding of an international conference, are becoming more insistent. Russia actively supports this and has always defended the need for a multilateral approach to the problems of the Middle East settlement," the statement said.
Moscow believes that attempts to "monopolize" the mediation role do not lead to conflict resolution, but to their aggravation, the ministry added.
"The priority task today is the speedy cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip, ensuring the protection of civilians, delivering the necessary humanitarian aid to those in need, and freeing all hostages," the ministry said.
Otherwise, there are risks of radicalization and the build-up of terrorist activities, the danger of spreading of the conflict, the ministry said, noting that the states of the Middle East have a central role in solving the problems of the region.
14:26 06.11.2023
Death Toll From Israeli Strikes in Gaza Strip Exceeds 10,000 - Reports
The death toll from Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip exceeds 10,000, the Al Arabiya broadcaster reported on Monday, citing the enclave's Health Ministry.
"The death toll from air raids on the Gaza Strip has reached 10,022, including 4,104 children," the broadcaster reported, citing the health ministry.
12:56 06.11.2023
South Africa to Recall Ambassador to Israel for 'Consultations' Over Conflict Escalation, Gov't Says
Israeli military in ground operation in the Gaza Strip - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 06.11.2023
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South Africa to Recall Ambassador to Israel for 'Consultations', Gov't Says
12:37 06.11.2023
Chad recalls its ambassador from Israel over Gaza escalation
09:50 06.11.2023
Two Israeli Police Officers Injured in Knife Attack in Jerusalem - Reports
Two Israeli police officers were injured in a knife attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday, the Times of Israel reported.
The incident happened outside the Herod’s Gate of the Old City. According to the Times of Israel, a female police officer was seriously hurt, while a male officer suffered minor injuries.
The police reportedly shot dead the 16-years-old attacker from East Jerusalem.
09:49 06.11.2023
IDF Says Struck 450 Aerial Targets, Took Over Hamas Compound in Past 24 Hours
The Israeli military struck 450 aerial targets in the Gaza Strip and took over a compound belonging to the Hamas movement over the past 24 hours, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Monday.
“IDF activities over the last 24 hours: IDF troops took control over a Hamas compound, struck 450 aerial targets, and killed Hamas commanders in cooperation with the ISA [the Israel Securities Authority],” the IDF wrote on its Telegram channel.
09:49 06.11.2023
A video released by the Israel Defense Forces regarding its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, in which the army states that it has taken control of settlements and compounds belonging to Hamas
08:23 06.11.2023
Israeli Military Says Cut Gaza Strip in Half, Surrounded Gaza City
The Israel Defense Forces has surrounded Gaza City and effectively split the Palestinian exclave into northern and southern halves, IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari said Sunday.
"Today, IDF forces from the Golani infantry brigade surrounded Gaza City, reached the sea and are standing their ground. Gaza City has also been surrounded from the south, de facto creating a northern and southern Gaza Strip," he told reporters.
"We are maintaining the corridor open that allows citizens in the northern part of the enclave and in Gaza City to move southward," Hagari added.
08:22 06.11.2023
Israel Reportedly Intensifies Air Strikes on Gaza
The Israeli air forces intensified strikes against Gaza City on Sunday night, Israeli media reported.
The Israeli newspaper reported that the IDF air force was carrying out "extensive" attacks in the city after the Israeli military said that its ground assault had encircled the city and split the Palestinian exclave in two.
08:21 06.11.2023
Blinken Says US Supporting Creation of Palestinian State
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, during which he emphasized Washington's determination to promote the creation of a Palestinian state, the State Department said.
"Secretary Blinken reiterated that the United States remains committed to advancing equal measures of dignity and security for Palestinians and Israelis alike. The Secretary also expressed the commitment of the United States to working toward the realization of the Palestinians’ legitimate aspirations for the establishment of a Palestinian state," the department said in a statement.
In addition, Blinken noted that Palestinians should not be forcibly displaced, the statement read.
"Secretary Blinken and President Abbas discussed efforts to restore calm and stability in the West Bank, including the need to stop extremist violence against Palestinians and hold those accountable responsible," the statement said.
Abbas, in turn, stressed the need for a ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, Sky News Arabia reported.
08:20 06.11.2023
Israel Intensifies Use of White Phosphorus Over Past 2 Days: Palestinian Ministry
Israel has increased the use of white phosphorus munitions in the past two days, causing fires and clouds of toxic gasses, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said on Sunday.
"Over the past 48 hours, the occupiers have intensified the use of internationally banned white phosphorus bombs, and last night the highest levels of phosphorus were recorded in the Al Shati camp, causing the formation of clouds of toxic gasses and the outbreak of fires," the ministry said in a statement.
08:19 06.11.2023
CIA Director Reportedly to Visit Israel Next Week to Discuss Fight Against Hamas
US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns will visit Israel next week to discuss Israel's armed clash with Hamas, The Times of Israel newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a source.
Burns will also visit Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to discuss efforts to free hostages held in the Gaza Strip, the report added.
08:18 06.11.2023
IDF Says 347 Israeli Soldiers Killed Since Start of Hostilities With Hamas
The number of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers killed since the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on October 7 has risen to 347, IDF spokesperson RDML Daniel Hagari said.
"We have informed families of 347 fallen soldiers who have fallen in battle in defense of Israel," Hagari said in a statement.
08:16 06.11.2023
Death Toll of UNRWA Staff in Gaza Strip Increases to 88, IASC Says
Palestinians evacuate families from their homes following an Israeli airstrike - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 06.11.2023
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Death Toll of UNRWA Staff in Gaza Strip Increases to 88: IASC