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.
Palestinians flee to northern Gaza as Israeli tanks block the Salah al-Din road in the central Gaza Strip on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, as the four-day cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war begins as part of an agreement that Qatar helped broker.  - Sputnik Africa

Live Updates: IDF Says Tuesday Most Tense Day of Fighting in Gaza Since Start of Ground Operations

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - On October 7, Hamas launched an attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip. Some 1,200 Israelis were killed in the attack. Israel declared war on Hamas and launched retaliatory strikes as well as imposed a complete blockade of Gaza, cutting off water, food, medicines, electricity and fuel.
Conditions for delivering humanitarian aid in Gaza are very challenging but it can get even worse with humanitarian assistance not being able to respond at all, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory Lynn Hastings said on Monday.
"The conditions required to deliver aid to the people of Gaza do not exist," the statement of Lynn Hastings said. "If possible, an even more hellish scenario is about to unfold, one in which humanitarian operations may not be able to respond."
The health system is "on its knees," and the people are on the verge of collapse physically and mentally, she added.
Table of contents
New firstOld first
15:53 05.12.2023
Lebanese Soldiers Killed After Israeli Shelling - Armed Forces
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon on Tuesday killed one Lebanese soldier and injured three more, the armed forces of Lebanon said.
"On December 5, 2023, an army military post in the area of Nabi Oweida - Adaisa was shelled by Israeli opponents, as a result of this, one soldier was killed, three more were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment," the military said in a statement.
15:53 05.12.2023
IDF Says Tuesday Most Tense Day of Fighting in Gaza Since Start of Ground Operations
15:52 05.12.2023
IDF Says Troops Reached Center of Khan Yunis, Largest City in Southern Gaza
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israeli troops have reached the center of Khan Yunis, the largest city in the southern Gaza Strip, Commander of the southern group of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Yaron Finkelman, said on Tuesday.
"We are in the heart of Jabaliya, in the heart of Shejaiya and from this evening, also in the heart of Khan Younis," Finkelman said in a statement, published by The Times of Israel newspaper.
The fighting that took place on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip was the most intense since the start of the ground operation in the enclave, the official said.
"This is the most intense day [of battles] since the start of the [ground] maneuver, in terms of terrorists killed, the number of engagements and the use of fire from the ground and the air... We plan to continue attacking to deepen achievements," Finkelman said.
13:50 05.12.2023
Putin to Discuss Middle East Conflict During Trip to UAE - Kremlin Aide
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Middle East conflict and regional issues during his trip to the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said on Tuesday.
“It will be important to talk not only about bilateral affairs, but also to look at the development of the Middle East conflict and, in particular, to discuss other pressing issues of the international situation, regional problems,” Ushakov told reporters.
The Kremlin aide also said that the UAE is Russia’s “main trading partner” in the Arab world.
“In January-September of this year, it [trade] has already reached the level of $8.8 billion, it increased by 63% [year-on-year] compared to last year’s figures for the same period,” Ushakov said.
13:40 05.12.2023
Rocket Hits House in Ashkelon in Israel, Several People Injured - Reports
12:10 05.12.2023
IDF Says Conducting Operations Against Hamas in Jabalia Refugee Camp Area in Northern Gaza
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israeli army is operating in the area of the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after conducting encirclement operations and destroying infrastructure of Palestinian armed movement Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Tuesday.
"IDF troops are operating in the area of Jabalya, after completing the encirclement of the Jabalya camp. Over the past day, IDF troops operated in Hamas strongholds and destroyed terrorist infrastructure in the area. During the activity, the IDF took control of key military posts from which attacks on IDF troops have been carried out," the IDF said on Telegram.
Meanwhile, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said that the Israeli forces had eliminated approximately 5,000 Hamas fighters and obtained intelligence data on the whereabouts of Israeli hostages being held in the Gaza Strip.
"I know that there are estimates out there accredited to Israeli officials of 5,000 enemy combatants killed … the short answer would be that yes, we have [the intelligence data on Israeli hostages] and, as you assumed correctly, I am not at liberty to share those details," Conricus told a briefing broadcast on X, formerly known as Twitter.
12:07 05.12.2023
At Least 3,200 People Injured in West Bank Since October 7 - Palestinian Health Ministry
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people injured in the Israeli strikes in the West Bank has reached 3,200 since the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on October 7, Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said on Tuesday.
"The number of injured in the West Bank since October 7 has reached 3,200," the minister told a press conference.
Earlier in a day, the ministry said that the death toll in the West Bank has reached 256 since the conflictescalated in October.
09:22 05.12.2023
Russian Sends Over 288 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid for Gaza Residents
In this handout video grab released by Russia Emergencies Ministry on October 19, 2023, trucks of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry carrying humanitarian aid for civilians in the Gaza Strip are seen near an Il-76 cargo plane before its transportation to El-Arish in Egypt, at the Ramenskoye airport near Moscow, Russia. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 05.12.2023
Israel-Palestine Escalation
Russia Sends Over 288 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid for Gaza Residents
09:01 05.12.2023
Gaza’s Karem Shalom Crossing May Reopen to Screen Humanitarian Aid - US State Dept.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Progress has been made to allow for the reopening of the Karem Shalom crossing into the Gaza Strip to screen humanitarian assistance entering the Palestinian enclave, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Monday.
"We have been trying very hard to get that aid back up not just to the levels that was that it was at during the pause, which was around 200 trucks a day, but to actually increase it and to change the nature of what's coming in," Miller said during a press briefing. "I think we're making progress on that. We have urged that the Kerem Shalom be reopened not as a crossing, but for screening."
09:01 05.12.2023
US State Dept. Says Expects Civilian Casualties in Southern Gaza Operation
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States expects Israel’s operation in southern Gaza to result in civilian casualties but hopes that the number will be fewer than in the north, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Monday.
"We do expect to see civilian casualties as a result of this campaign," Miller said during a press briefing.
The US made clear to Israel that it does not want to see the same civilian casualty and displacement levels in southern Gaza as there was in the north, Miller said.
It is no secret that the US believes that too many Palestinians were killed in the opening weeks of the conflict, Miller added.
08:22 05.12.2023
Death Toll of Israeli Troops Since Start of Gaza Ground Operation Rises to 78, Reports Say
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of Israeli soldiers killed since the beginning of a ground operation against Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip has reached 78, The Times of Israel newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
In late November, the newspaper reported that the death toll among IDF soldiers since the start of the ground operation in Gaza had reached 70.
08:22 05.12.2023
WHO Says Registered Over 200 Attacks on Health Sector in Gaza
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of attacks on medical facilities and health workers in the Gaza Strip recorded from October 7 to November 28 has reached 203, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
"From 7 October to 28 November, WHO recorded an unprecedented number of attacks on health care: 203 attacks on hospitals, ambulances, medical supplies, and the detention of health-care workers. This is unacceptable … The only viable solution is a sustained ceasefire," the organization said on X.
08:22 05.12.2023
IDF Says Continuing to Expand Its Ground Operation in Gaza Strip
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continues to expand its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, as well as carry out bombardments of the enclave, IDF spokesperson RDML Daniel Hagari said on Monday.
"IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip are continuing to expand their ground operations. Today, fighter jets struck across the Gaza Strip. These were very significant, precise, and intelligence-based strikes. In addition, we are expanding our ground operations against Hamas strongholds throughout the Gaza Strip. Today, ground forces along with the Air Force completed a number of joint missions which led to the elimination of terrorists and terrorist infrastructure," Hagari told a briefing.
08:20 05.12.2023
IDF Orders WHO to Leave Its Warehouse in Southern Gaza Within 24 Hours, WHO Head Says
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has ordered the World Health Organization (WHO) to leave one of its warehouses in the southern Gaza Strip within 24 hours due to the Israeli ground operation in the area, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
"Today, the WHO received notification from the Israel Defense Forces that we should remove our supplies from our medical warehouse in southern Gaza within 24 hours, as ground operations will put it beyond use," Ghebreyesus said on X.
The organization calls on the IDF to "withdraw the order, and take every possible measure to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure," Ghebreyesus added.
Later on Tuesday, Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) refuted Ghebreyesus’ statement.
"The truth is that we didn't ask you to evacuate the warehouses and we also made it clear (and in writing) to the relevant UN representatives. From a UN official we would expect, at least, to be more accurate," the COGAT said on X in response to Ghebreyesus’ post.
08:19 05.12.2023
UN Agency Warns Gaza Crisis Restricts Them From Addressing Residents' Needs
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has warned that the prevailing conditions in the Gaza Strip restrict its ability to meet the residents' needs, leading to a significant pause in aid distribution, United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.
"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair warned that the current situation does not allow them to address the people's needs in Gaza," Dujarric said during a press briefing.
The spokesperson said that humanitarian aid distribution significantly ceased due to heightened hostilities amid Israel's invasion and continued bombardment of the Palestinian enclave.
"Gaza's middle area was largely disconnected from the south following the Israeli forces preventing movements, including humanitarian supplies," Dujarric added.
08:18 05.12.2023
Communications, Internet Services Completely Shut Down in Gaza Strip: Telecom Company
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The communication and Internet services have been completely shut down in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian telecommunications company Paltel said on Monday.
Earlier in the day, Paltel said the communication services have been shut down in the Gaza City and the north of the enclave.
"We regret to announce that all telecom services in Gaza Strip have been lost due to the cut off of main fiber routes. Gaza is blacked out again," Paltel said on X, formerly known as Twitter.