Israel-Hamas war LIVE: IDF troops ‘will enter Gaza City within 48 hours’ after ‘splitting territory in two’ – as UN agencies call for ceasefire
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Breaking: Turkey presses Blinken to support ‘immediate’ ceasefire in Gaza

Turkey’s Foreign Minister today pressed visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to support an ‘immediate’ ceasefire, a Turkish diplomatic source has said.

‘Minister [Hakan] Fidan requested an immediate ceasefire in Gaza,’ the source said, according to AFP news agency. They adding that the sides agreed ‘on the need to prevent civilians from being harmed in Gaza.’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks to the press after his meetings with Turkish counterparts, as he departs from Ankara Esenboga Airport in Ankara, on November 6, 2023. Blinken's first visit since Israel went to war with Hamas in reprisal for the militants' October 7 attack comes with fury at both Israel and the West boiling over on the streets of Turkey and in the palace of Turkish President. (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

MAP: Northern Gaza

Amid reports that Israeli forces could move into Gaza City within the next 48 hours, here is a look at the territory held by the IDF (shown in blue) around the city.

The map shows how Israeli forces have split Gaza in two by cutting across the coastal strip from the border fence to the sea, south of Gaza City and just north of the Nuseirat Camp.

The red line dotted line shows the Wadi Gaza river, which is also the evacuation boundary.

The more than 1.1 million Palesinians living north of this line have been told to flee south in anticipation of the IDF assault on the city.

Hamas-run government says IDF carried out ‘intense bombings’ around hospitals

As the IDF once again accused Hamas of using hospitals in their military campaign, Gaza’s Hamas-run government said the Israeli army carried out ‘intense bombings’ on Sunday evening around several hospitals in the north of the Gaza Strip.

This was shortly after telecommunications were cut, they said.

‘For more than an hour, intense bombings have been taking place around hospitals,’ said Salama Marouf, the head of the Hamas government’s media office.

The vicinity of the Palestinian territory’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa, saw particularly heavy strikes, according to Marouf.

epa10960272 Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, 06 November 2023. More than 9,700 Palestinians and at least 1,400 Israelis have been killed, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Palestinian health authority, since Hamas militants launched an attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip on 07 October, and the Israeli operations in Gaza and the West Bank which followed it.  EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

IDF ‘exposes network of Hamas tunnels, command centres and rocket launchers’ underneath and around Gaza hospitals

Yesterday, the IDF said it had exposed a network of Hamas tunnels, command centres and rocket launchers beneath and adjacent to hospitals in northern Gaza.

‘Hamas systematically exploits hospitals as part of its war machine,’ Israel’s chief military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told reporters.

Hamas denies doing so and has accused Israel of spreading lies.

  • During a media briefing, Hagari presented videos, photographs and audio recordings that he said demonstrated Hamas’ strategy of using hospitals as cover and preventing civilians from leaving combat zones.
  • He also said that over 800 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel during the war fell short and landed inside the territory, killing many Palestinians.
  • It was not possible to verify Hagari’s statements.
  • Israel has for weeks focused attention on Gaza’s main hospital, al-Shifa, accusing Hamas of using it as a shield for underground operational centres.
  • Hagari has now made similar allegations for two other hospitals in northern Gaza.
  • Two of the videos of the Qatari hospital showed an opening to Hamas tunnels and Hamas gunmen firing at Israeli soldiers from within the hospital, Hagari said.
  • One satellite image shows rocket launchers located across the street from the Indonesian hospital, he said.
  • ‘They launch rockets on Israel 75 meters from a hospital. Why? They know precisely that if Israel will air strike a launch pad like that, the hospital would be damaged,’ he said.

The IDF says this video shows them capturing a Hamas outpost in Gaza on Sunday night. It said the outpost had observation posts, tunnels and training facilities for terrorists, a number of whom were ‘eliminated’ in the operation.

Israeli forces ‘could enter Gaza City in 48 hours’

Israeli media has reported troops are expected to enter Gaza City within 48 hours.

The large, densely packed city – home to 1.1 million people before the conflict – has been surrounded by the IDF and cut off from the south of the territory.

Casualties on both sides are expected to rise as Israeli troops advance into the city’s narrow streets and dense residential neighborhoods.

Analysts predict steet fighting will be akin to urban warefare seen in the battles of Bakhmut in Ukraine, Mosul in 2017 and Stalingrad in 1942.

‘Today there is north Gaza and south Gaza,’ Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told reporters, calling it a ‘significant stage’ in Israel’s war.

A tank manoeuvres inside Gaza Strip, as seen from the city of Sderot, Israel, November 6, 2023. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
epa10960265 Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, 06 November 2023. More than 9,700 Palestinians and at least 1,400 Israelis have been killed, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Palestinian health authority, since Hamas militants launched an attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip on 07 October, and the Israeli operations in Gaza and the West Bank which followed it.  EPA/MOHAMMED SABER
epa10960237 Smoke billows from buildings in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Isrel, 06 November 2023. Over the last day, IDF forces struck over 450 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 06 November. More than 9,700 Palestinians and at least 1,400 Israelis have been killed, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Palestinian health authority, since Hamas militants launched an attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip on 07 October, and the Israeli operations in Gaza and the West Bank which followed it.  EPA/NEIL HALL

WHO: Over a third of Gaza’s hospitals are not functioning amid dire fuel shortages

Over a third of Gaza’s 35 hospitals are not functioning and those still in service report dire fuel shortages that have severely reduced their electricity supply, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

The generators of two hospitals (Shifa and Indonesian Hospital) have stopped working due to lack of fuel and are running on secondary generators for a few hours a day and for critical services only, OCHA said.

However, Israeli officials have disputed the warnings of fuel shortages.

Israel’s envoy to the UN posted a video on X of what he described as a film screening next to Shifa hospital by Hamas.

Windows of the building appear illuminated in the clip, although it was not possible to verify where or when the video was recorded.

The WHO says it has documented at least 93 attacks in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began, killing 16 on-duty health care workers and damaging or destroying 28 ambulances. Ambulances were struck in a deadly attack on Friday.

Mourneres gather around covered bodies at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 6, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. Israeli forces pushed on with intense strikes targeting Palestinian militants in Gaza on November 6, as the war neared one month and the Hamas-run health ministry's death toll approached 10,000 inside the besieged territory. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP) (Photo by BASHAR TALEB/AFP via Getty Images)

A British surgeon among the first to flee wartorn Gaza on an evacuation flight has shared the horror of working in a warzone he says is a ‘disaster beyond imagination’.

Dr Abdel Hammad, 67, a consultant at Royal Liverpool Hospital, was working on behalf of the World Health Organisation, who directed him to safety after Israel announced a ‘complete siege’ of the war-weary enclave in October.

The surgeon – who had travelled to Gaza to train doctors last month – was finally able to leave the Strip on Friday night after escaping through the southern Rafah crossing into Egypt. He told The Times it had not yet sunk in that he had left.

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IN PICTURES: Palestinians gather at site of Israeli airstrike in Gaza

We’re seeing photos showing the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on a building in Deir Al-Balah, central Gaza Strip.

The city is south of the northern region that the IDF has told all civilians to evacuate from as Israeli forces carry out an air and ground offensive against Hamas.

Pictures show a residential building reduced to rubble, with dozens of Palestinians standing in the adjacent street, looking on in shock.

Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 200 people were killed overnight in airstrikes on Gaza City alone, around nine miles north of Deir Al-Balah.

Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Deir Al-Balah, in central Gaza Strip, November 6, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Fayq Abu Mostafa
A view shows the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Deir Al-Balah, in central Gaza Strip, November 6, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Fayq Abu Mostafa
DEIR AL-BALAH, GAZA - NOVEMBER 06: People gather around the debris of the house of Abu Issa family which was destroyed after Israeli attacks on 31st day in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on November 06, 2023. The attack reportedly resulted in deaths and injuries. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images)
DEIR AL-BALAH, GAZA - NOVEMBER 06: People gather around the debris of the house of Abu Issa family which was destroyed after Israeli attacks on 31st day in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on November 06, 2023. The attack reportedly resulted in deaths and injuries. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Breaking: EU to increase aid to Gaza by €25m

The European Union is increasing its aid to Gaza by 25 million euros, president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has announced.

The increase will bring the EU’s humanitarian aid to Gaza to €100 million, she said in a speech in Brussels.

Footage released by the IDF on Saturday, November 4, shows tanks and soldiers advancing into Gaza, as well as targets being hit by air strikes.

MAP: The situation on the ground in Gaza

War heroes today joined calls for pro-Palestine supporters to ‘show some respect’ and call off a march coinciding with Armistice Day commemorations in London. – as Met chief Sir Mark Rowley came under pressure to request a ban.

The latest ‘Day of Action’ ended in ugly scenes as protesters surrounded British Legion poppy sellers during a sit-in protest at Charing Cross over the weekend.

Meanwhile, families leaving a McDonald’s in the capital were hounded amid a row over Israeli franchised restaurants giving free and discounted food to IDF soldiers.

There are now concerns remembrance events this Saturday could be disrupted by a major march in London calling for a ceasefire.

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Humza Yousaf’s in-laws safely arrived back in Scotland after fleeing the conflict in the Gaza Strip, Scotland’s First Minister confirmed yesterday.

He shared a family photo on X, formerly Twitter, which included his wife Nadia, and her parents, Elizabeth and Maged El-Nakla, and said they had endured ‘a traumatic few weeks’. He said his father-in-law had broken down as he described how heart-wrenching it had been to leave other family members behind in Gaza.

The El-Naklas, from Dundee, were named among 92 British nationals permitted to pass through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt on Friday morning.

They became trapped in Gaza, where they had been visiting relatives, when the conflict with Israel erupted.

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Breaking: Ireland’s Justice Minister says government is supporting family of Irish-Israeli girl believed to have been kidnapped by Hamas

Ireland’s Justice Minister, Helen McEntee, has said the Government is doing everything it can to support the family of an Irish-Israeli girl believed to have been abducted by Hamas, PA reports.

Emily Hand was originally feared dead after the assault on Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7. However, it was reported in Israel on Sunday that the eight-year-old’s family have been informed she may still be alive and being held hostage in Gaza.

Emily’s father, Thomas, is originally from Dublin. He said in the aftermath of the attack that he was relieved to learn she had been killed as he felt it would be worse for her to have been taken hostage.

Ms McEntee told RTE: ‘This is a hugely traumatic situation for her family and for every family who finds themselves with their loved one held hostage.

‘We are doing everything that we can to support this family and others to make sure that people can be returned home safely to their families.

‘We have called from the very beginning for Hamas to release any hostages that they might have. And, of course, where Irish citizens are involved here every effort has been made to support them.’

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IDF ‘finds weapons in residential area’ of Gaza

The IDF last night said its forces had seized weapons and intelligence material from a residential area in Beit Hamsun, Gaza when carrying out raids.

‘Type weapons and a submachine gun, cartridges, grenades, explosives, protective equipment, armed drones and RPG missiles were found,’ the Israeli military said.

It also released pictures of several weapons including what appeared to be AK47s and RPGs, as well as a half-dismantled drone.

Rare joint UN statement calls for ceasefire

In a rare joint statement by more than a dozen UN agencies, the organisation has called for a ceasefire to the on-going conflict.

  • We renew our plea for the parties to respect all their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law.
  • We renew our call for the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians held hostage.
  • Civilians and the infrastructure they rely on – including hospitals, shelters and schools – must be protected.
  • More aid – food, water, medicine and of course fuel – must enter Gaza safely, swiftly and at the scale needed, and must reach people in need, especially women and children, wherever they are.
  • We need an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. It’s been 30 days. Enough is enough. This must stop now.

Signatories included officials from 18 agencies, including UNICEF, OCHA, OHCHR, Save the Children, UNHCR, WFP and the WHO.

Palestinian authority refuses to accept partial tax transfer from Israel

The Palestinian Authority will not accept a partial transfer of tax funds from Israel that withholds sums earmarked for administration expenses in Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday, Reuters reports.

He said he hoped international pressure would bring a speedy transfer of the funds, which are collected by Israel in areas of the West Bank and paid to the Palestinian Authority under a longstanding arrangement between the two sides.

Part of the funds go to pay for expenses in Gaza, including the salaries of health workers, that are still covered by the Palestinian Authority even though the Islamist movement Hamas controls the blockaded enclave.

Israeli army arrests prominent 22-year-old Palestinian activist, cites ‘Hitler’ post

The Israeli army says it has arrested the prominent 22-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi during a raid in the West Bank.

‘Ahed Tamimi was arrested on suspicion of inciting violence and terrorist activities in the town of Nabi Salih’ near the city of Ramallah, an army spokesman told AFP.

‘Tamimi was transferred to Israeli security forces for further questioning.’

The activist was arrested during an Israeli army raid ‘aimed at apprehending individuals suspected of being involved in terrorist activities and incitement to hatred’ in the north of the West Bank, the spokesman added.

When AFP news agency inquired about the reasons for her arrest, a security source forwarded an Instagram post, which has circulated widely on social media and is attributed to the young activist, the agency reported.

According to the post, written in Arabic and Hebrew, she called for the massacre of Israelis in explicitly violent terms, referring to Hitler.

But the activist’s mother, Nariman al-Tamimi, denied she wrote the post.

‘There are dozens of (online) pages in Ahed’s name with her photo, with which she has no connection,’ Tamimi told AFP.

(FILES) Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi waits to speak at a rally calling for justice for Palestinians amid a growing threat of further war in the Middle East, in central London on May 11, 2019. The Israeli army said on November 6, 2023, it had arrested the prominent 22-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi during a raid in the occupied West Bank. "Ahed Tamimi was arrested on suspicion of inciting violence and terrorist activities in the town of Nabi Salih" near Ramallah, an army spokesman told AFP. "Tamimi was transferred to Israeli security forces for further questioning." (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

These dramatic clips graphically reveal the intensity of the battle now raging between the Israelis and Hamas in war-torn Gaza.

They revolve around one incident during the ground war inside the enclave when a squad of Israeli armoured personnel carriers were ambushed by Hamas terrorists emerging from their tunnels and fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at the vehicles and tried to attach explosives.

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Efforts underway to resume evacuations over Rafah crossing

Efforts were under way on Sunday to resume evacuations of foreign nationals and injured Gazans through the Rafah crossing to Egypt, suspended since Saturday after a deadly attack on an ambulance, Egyptian, U.S. and Qatari officials said.

The crossing to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is the only exit point from Gaza not controlled by Israel.

Aid trucks were still able to travel into Gaza, two Egyptian sources said.

So far, roughly 1,100 people have left the Gaza Strip through the crossing since Wednesday under an apparent agreement among the United States, Egypt, Israel and Qatar, which mediates with Hamas.

It was not immediately clear on Monday if the crossing would reopen.

NORTH SINAI, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 6: Aid convoy trucks cross the Rafah border from the Egyptian side on November 6, 2023 in Rafah, Egypt. Since the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas on October 7, the crossing at the Gaza-Egyptian border has been heavily restricted, limiting the number of aid vehicles entering Gaza and the people who can leave. (Photo by Mahmoud Khaled/Getty Images)
NORTH SINAI, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 6: Ambulances queue to cross the Rafah border from the Egyptian side to transport the injured from Gaza to receive treatment on November 6, 2023 in Rafah, Egypt. Since the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas on October 7, the crossing at the Gaza-Egyptian border has been heavily restricted, limiting the number of aid vehicles entering Gaza and the people who can leave. (Photo by Mahmoud Khaled/Getty Images)

Britain’s Foreign Office has declared it will withdraw some British embassy staff from Lebanon amid concerns that fighting between Israel and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah would spiral out of control.

The FCDO said this morning it had already advised Britons against all travel to Lebanon due to the conflict between neighbouring Israel and Gaza, and encouraged any Britons still in the country to leave while commercial flights remain.

But the temporary withdrawal of embassy staff marks a ramping up of safety precautions as Israel’s Defence Forces (IDF) traded fire with Hezbollah militants at the border over the weekend.

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Knife-wielding Palestinian is shot dead after stabbing female Israeli soldier

A knife-wielding Palestinian assailant stabbed and seriously wounded a female Israeli soldier before being shot dead in east Jerusalem today, police said.

‘A terrorist armed with a knife arrived at Shalem police station and stabbed a female soldier… border police forces neutralised the terrorist by shooting,’ police said.

Police said a female soldier was seriously wounded and another suffered light injuries. The Israeli emergency services said they had provided medical treatment to the wounded, both aged 20.

The assailant was identified by police as a young Palestinian from the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya.

It added that ‘another suspect’ had been arrested near the scene of the attack, which has been cordoned off.

The attack marks the latest violence to flare up in the area as Israel deepens its military offensive in Gaza.

On October 30, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli police officer before being shot dead in east Jerusalem, the police said.

JERUSALEM - NOVEMBER 06: Israeli Security forces take intensive safety measures after 2 Israeli policemen were wounded in a knife attack in Al-Sahira Gate of East Jerusalem on November 06, 2023. Two Israeli border police officers were injured in a stabbing attack in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, police said. A police statement said the suspected attacker was shot dead. (Photo by Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images)
An Israeli official works at the scene of an incident in Jerusalem November 6, 2023. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Recap: Blinken’s unannounced visit to Iraq

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday, as he tours the Middle East attempting to tamp down tensions.

After an earlier visit to the West Bank, Blinken landed in Baghdad on Sunday evening for his first visit to the country as the US top diplomat and held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani.

Blinken said he had a good, candid conversation with the Iraq government.

Washington wants to prevent a wider regional conflict from spilling over and has stepped up diplomacy with regional countries whose populations have been angered by Israel’s assault on Gaza.

But Iran-backed group Kataib Hezbollah issued a warning on Saturday night that the expected Blinken visit would be met with ‘an unprecedented escalation.’

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken returns to Baghdad International Airport from the International Zone via helicopter after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani in Baghdad, Iraq, November 5, 2023. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool

IN PICTURES: Palestinians search through the rubble after Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Actor Jon Voight has ripped anti-Israel posts by his famous daughter Angelina Jolie – branding them ‘lies’ and saying ‘the Israeli army must protect thy soil.’

Jolie has strongly condemned the IDF’s response to the October 7 Hamas terror attacks that killed 1,400 people, the majority of whom were civilians.

But in a video posted online, Voight, 84, did not hold back in his criticism of his daughter Jolie, saying: ‘I am very disappointed that my daughter, like so many, has no understanding of God’s honor, God’s truths.’

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More than 200 people killed in airstrikes overnight, Hamas-run ministry says

Intense Israeli strikes killed more than 200 people overnight in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-run health ministry in the besieged Palestinian territory has said.

‘More than 200 martyrs were reported in the overnight massacres,’ the ministry said in a statement, adding the death toll only covered Gaza City and the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and not the southern region.

Israel said this morning its fighter jets struck 450 Hamas targets and its troops seized a militant compound in the past 24 hours.

TOPSHOT - This picture taken from a position near Sderot along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on November 5, 2023, shows flares dropped by Israeli forces above the Palestinian enclave amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP) (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

King of Jordan says ‘urgent medical aid’ air-dropped into Gaza

Jordan’s air force air-dropped vital medical supplies to a field hospital in the besieged Gaza Strip, King Abdullah II said early Monday.

‘Our fearless air force personnel air-dropped at midnight urgent medical aid to the Jordanian field hospital in Gaza,’ he said on X, formerly Twitter.

‘This is our duty to aid our brothers and sisters injured in the war on Gaza,’ he said, adding: ‘We will always be there for our Palestinian brethren.’

  • Israel later said it coordinated with Jordan on the air drop, a vital injection of supplies as the territory runs low on food, water, fuel and medicines.
  • The air drop was announced as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken carried out a regional diplomatic tour, holding talks in Amman on Saturday with his counterparts from Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
  • A slow trickle of aid has been passing through the southern Rafah crossing. The number of trucks has increased in recent days, with Blinken saying on Saturday that 100 trucks were now entering Gaza each day.
  • He said that was still not nearly enough for the population of 2.3 million.
A hand out image made available by the Jordanian Armed Forces Media office on November 6, 2023, shows humanitarian aid being loaded into a Jordanian military cargo plane. Jordan's air force air-dropped vital medical supplies to a field hospital in the besieged Gaza Strip, Jordan's King Abdullah II said early November 6, as fighting raged in Gaza on Sunday for the 30th day since Hamas militants stormed across the Israeli border and, according to Israeli officials, killed more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and abducted over 240 others. (Photo by Jordanian Armed Forces / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JORDANIAN ARMED FORCES MEDIA OFFICE AND ROYAL COURT  " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by -/Jordanian Armed Forces/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Today there is north Gaza and south Gaza’: Israeli military says territory is split in two

Gaza lost communications in its third total outage of the Israel-Hamas war, while Israel’s military said it encircled Gaza City.

The IDF says it has divided the besieged coastal strip into two.

‘Today there is north Gaza and south Gaza,’ Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told reporters, calling it a ‘significant stage’ in Israel’s war against the Hamas militant group ruling the enclave.

Israeli media reported troops were expected to enter Gaza City within 48 hours, and strong explosions were seen in northern Gaza after nightfall.

IDF: Our hostages remain top priority

IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari has said freeing the hostages inside Gaza remains the Israeli military’s top priority.

‘We are going to defeat Hamas. We are going to free our hostages,’ he said during a press briefing, shown below.

Is it believed around 240 hostages are currently in Gaza. Hamas officials in the territory claims a number have been killed in IDF airstrikes.

IDF soldiers were marching through Gaza when they were attacked by terrorists who sprang out of a nearby underground hatch.

Video shows the Israeli troops pushed the enemy back through the opening but rather than follow them inside, they called in an airstrike.

An eight-year-old girl who was believed to have been slaughtered in Israel by Hamas terrorists is now thought to be alive and among those held hostage in Gaza .

Emily Hand, a young Irish-Israeli girl, was reported to have been one of the at least 130 people killed in the deadly massacre at Kibbutz Be’eri, where she spent the night of October 6 to October 7 at a sleepover at her friend’s house.

In the aftermath of the attack, in an interview that went around the world, her Irish-born father Thomas Hand said that he was glad to hear that she was dead as he was terrified of how she would have been treated by Hamas terrorists.

But after a month of mourning thinking she had been killed, her family today revealed Israeli authorities had told them the schoolgirl is a hostage of Hamas, and is likely being held somewhere in in the besieged Gaza Strip.

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Britain withdraws some staff and family members from embassy in Lebanon due to ‘security situation’ in region

Britain’s Foreign Office has said some staff and family members have been temporarily withdrawn from the British embassy in Lebanon due to the ‘security situation’ in the region.

Guidance on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website said: ‘FCDO advises against all travel to Lebanon due to risks associated with the conflict between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

‘There are ongoing mortar and artillery exchanges and air strikes in South Lebanon, on the boundary with Israel. Tensions are high and events could escalate with little warning, which could affect or limit exit routes out of Lebanon.

‘There is also a risk of civil unrest. There have been large protests outside embassies, including outside the US and French embassies on October 17. Further protests are expected. British nationals should exercise caution and avoid areas where demonstrations may be held.

‘Due to the security situation, some staff at the British embassy and all family members of staff have been temporarily withdrawn. The embassy continues with essential work including services to British nationals.’

Israel has clashed with Lebanese terror group Hezbollah since the October 7 attack, raising fears the war in Gaza could spread to the wider region.

A picture taken from southern Israel along the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli army buldozers crossing the border into Gaza, on October 29, 2023 amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. One month after Israel was wracked by Hamas attacks, life has been upended for both the Palestinians and Israel after it launched a war of reprisal in the Gaza Strip. The October 7 attacks by Hamas militants who stormed across from Gaza and struck kibbutzim and southern Israeli areas killed 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and deeply scarred the nation. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says nearly 9,500 have been killed, two-thirds of them women and children, and mostly civilians. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)
Israeli army soldiers patrol an undisclosed area in northern Israel bordering Lebanon on October 15, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. One month after Israel was wracked by Hamas attacks, life has been upended for both the Palestinians and Israel after it launched a war of reprisal in the Gaza Strip. The October 7 attacks by Hamas militants who stormed across from Gaza and struck kibbutzim and southern Israeli areas killed 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and deeply scarred the nation. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says nearly 9,500 have been killed, two-thirds of them women and children, and mostly civilians. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP) (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel-Hamas war: What you need to know on Day 31 of the on-going conflict

Israel continued its massive bombing campaign after the Palestinian militants staged the worst attack in the country’s history a month ago.

In their October 7 attack, Hamas gunmen killed more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and took more than 240 others hostage.

The health ministry in Gaza, which is run by Hamas, says more than 9,770 people, many of them women and children, have been killed in Israeli strikes and the intensifying ground campaign since the war began.

Israel now says it has split Gaza in two, encricling Gaza City in the north. The IDF says it plans to see the whole of the north free of civilians, who it has repeatedly urged to flee to the south of the territory.

As the bombardment continues, UN aid agencies have released a rare joint statement calling for a ceasefire to the conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has remained firm on his position, vowing that ‘there won’t be a ceasefire until the hostages are returned’.

Meanwhile, Britain’s foreign office has said it is withdrawing some embassy staff from Lebanon amid fears the conflict could broaden.

Here’s what else you need to know of day 31 of the conflict:

  • Israel on Monday pounded Gaza with ‘significant’ strikes, while IDF troops and Hamas fighters engaged in house-to-house combat in the north.
  • Israeli officials have continued to ignore ceasefire calls by UN aid agencies who condemned surging civilian deaths in the month-long conflict.
  • Since Israel sent ground forces into the north of Gaza late last month, ‘over 2,500 terror targets have been struck’ by ‘ground, air and naval forces’, IDF says
  • ‘We will take the fight to Hamas wherever they are, underground, above ground’, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said at a briefing Monday.
  • He repeated calls for civilians to leave the urban war zone in the north of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to the south.
  • The war has sent 1.5 million people fleeing to other parts of the territory in a desperate search for cover.
  • Conricus again accused Hamas of building tunnels underneath hospitals, schools and places of worship in Gaza to hide fighters, plan attacks and store ammunition – a charge the militant group has repeatedly denied .
  • Israel has resisted calls for a halt in the fighting, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken touring the region calling for ‘pauses’ while rejecting Arab countries’ demands for a ceasefire.
  • Israeli troops now encircle Gaza City, effectively splitting the territory in two, with ‘significant’ strikes carried out, army spokesman Daniel Hagari said late Sunday.
  • On Sunday, the health ministry said 45 people were killed in Israeli strikes on a refugee camp in central Gaza, leaving people searching through the rubble.
  • The sole border crossing into Egypt was closed Sunday for a second day in a row, with Hamas suspending the evacuation of foreign passport holders after Israel refused to allow some injured Palestinians to be evacuated.
  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed the closure, saying more than 1,100 people had been allowed out so far.
Israeli Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in central Israel, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Key Updates

  • 12:17

    MAP: Northern Gaza

  • 11:54

    Israeli forces ‘could enter Gaza City in 48 hours’

  • 10:51

    EU to increase aid to Gaza by €25m

  • 10:32

    MAP: The situation on the ground in Gaza

  • 09:27

    Rare joint UN statement calls for ceasefire

  • 08:12

    More than 200 people killed in airstrikes overnight, Hamas-run ministry says

  • 08:00

    ‘Today there is north Gaza and south Gaza’: IDF says territory is split in two

  • 07:46

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