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Sunak says he will hold Met commissioner ‘accountable’ for decision greenlight Armistice Day pro-Palestinian demo

Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he will hold London’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley ‘accountable’ for his decision to greenlight a pro-Palestinian demonstration on Armistice Day, PA reports.

The pair will meet later on Wednesday, he added.

Speaking during a visit to a school in Lincolnshire, the PM told broadcasters:

This is a decision that the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has made. He has said that he can ensure that we safeguard remembrance for the country this weekend as well as keep the public safe. Now, my job is to hold him accountable for that. We’ve asked the police for information on how they will ensure that this happens. I’ll be meeting the Metropolitan Police Commissioner later today to discuss this. More broadly, my view is that these marches are disrespectful and that’s what I’ll be discussing with the police commissioner later today.

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IDF video shows large explosion in ‘attack on Hezbollah target’

IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari has shared a video of what he said shows an Israeli attack on a Hezbollah target last night.

The landscape filmed from the air is quickly illuminated by a flash, followed by huge ball of fire that rises into the sky.

The blast is shown for a second time, this time with a thermal imaging camera.

It was not clear from Hagari’s post on social media what the target was, but the size of the explosion suggests it could have been ammunition or explosives.

IN PICTURES: Israel holds memorial ceremonies to mark one month since October 7

In Jerusalem last night, sobs pierced memorial ceremonies and crowds lit candles while mourning the victims of Hamas’s attack a month ago.

‘There’s not one person not impacted by these horrible attacks,’ said 52-year-old Sharon Balaban, one of thousands of Israelis attending the vigils.

‘Everyone knows somebody who was hurt, killed, murdered or impacted.’

Tel Aviv also hosted a candlelight vigil around photos of the hostages at Habima Square. Some people wept, some sang or prayed.

‘I came to look at the faces of the hostages, to feel part of it. … I want to be by the sides of the families whose loved ones are’ in Gaza, said Valeria Nesterov.

JERUSALEM - NOVEMBER 07: Protesters led by bereaved families and families of hostages demonstrate against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally and memorial on the one month anniversary of the October 7th attacks outside The Knesset on November 7, 2023 in Jerusalem. Following the memorial service bereaved families, and their supporters, will set up a permanent camp-site until the Netanyahu-led government resigns, and a new one is put in place. A month after Hamas's Oct. 7 attacks that left 1,400 dead and over 240 held hostage, Israel has maintained a relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip and launched a ground invasion to vanquish the militant group that governs the Palestinian territory. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said that over 10,000 people have died in Gaza during the war, while the IDF has reported the deaths of several dozen Israeli soldiers. (Photo by Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - NOVEMBER 07: Protesters led by bereaved families and families of hostages demonstrate against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally and memorial on the one month anniversary of the October 7th attacks outside The Knesset on November 7, 2023 in Jerusalem. Following the memorial service bereaved families, and their supporters, will set up a permanent camp-site until the Netanyahu-led government resigns, and a new one is put in place. A month after Hamas's Oct. 7 attacks that left 1,400 dead and over 240 held hostage, Israel has maintained a relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip and launched a ground invasion to vanquish the militant group that governs the Palestinian territory. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said that over 10,000 people have died in Gaza during the war, while the IDF has reported the deaths of several dozen Israeli soldiers. (Photo by Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images) *BESTPIX*
TOPSHOT - People stand in prayer before the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are allowed to pray, in the old city of Jerusalem on November 7, 2023 during a vigil for the victims of the October 7 attack and hostages abducted then by Palestinian militants and currently held in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP) (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - NOVEMBER 07: Families of Israelis who lost their lives in the attacks carried out on October 7 from Gaza Strip light candles as they gather for a call on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government to resign within the first month commemoration ceremony, outside the Israeli Parliament in West Jerusalem on November 07, 2023. (Photo by Enes Canli/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Blinken hints at support for ‘transition period’

In addition to his comments earlier (see update at 09:10) in which he said the White House did not support an Israeli reoccupation of Gaza, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has hinted at support for a ‘traistion period’ after the war.

‘Gaza cannot be continued to be run by Hamas,’ he said.

‘That simply invites repetition of 7 October. It is also clear that Israel cannot occupy Gaza. Now, the reality is that there may be a need for some transition period at the end of the conflict. We don’t see a reoccupation and what I’ve heard from Israeli leaders, is that they have no intent to reoccupy Gaza.’

Israel ‘kills top Hamas weapons manufacturer’ as it targets Gaza tunnel network

Air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed a top Hamas weapons maker and several fighters, the Israeli military said on Wednesday, as its air and ground offensive targeted the militants’ vast tunnel network beneath the besieged Palestinian enclave.

Gaza City, the Hamas militant group’s main stronghold in the territory, is encircled by Israeli forces. The military said troops have advanced to the heart of the densely-populated city while Hamas says its fighters have inflicted heavy losses.

The Israeli military statement said two separate strikes eliminated a leading Hamas armorer, Mahsein Abu Zina, and fighters engaged in anti-tank or ground-to-ground rocket fire.

ICRC says medical supply convoy came under fire in Gaza City

The International Committee of the Red Cross said a humanitarian convoy carrying medical supplies came under fire in Gaza City on Tuesday, AFP reports.

The incident leaving two trucks damaged and a driver lightly wounded. The ICRC did not specify who had fired at its convoy or from what direction the fire came.

‘These are not the conditions under which humanitarian personnel can work,’ said William Schomburg, the head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza.

Separately, medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday one of its employees was killed in Gaza along with several family members.

Mohammed Al Ahel, a laboratory technician, was killed in his home in the Shati refugee camp, MSF said.

epa10963848 Smoke billows from the ruins of destroyed buildings in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, as seen from Sderot, southern Israel, 08 November 2023. More than 10,000 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. On 08 November, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) reported ongoing military operations within the Gaza Strip, including direct airstrikes on Hamas infrastructure.  EPA/NEIL HALL

G7 foreign ministers support ‘humanitarian pauses and corridors’

G7 foreign ministers have said they support ‘humanitarian pauses and corridors’ in the Israel-Hamas war, but have refrained from calling for a ceasefire.

The ministers said in a joint statement after talks in Japan:

We stress the need for urgent action to address the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza… we support humanitarian pauses and corridors to facilitate urgently needed assistance, civilian movement, and the release of hostages.

The statement also said the ministers ’emphasise Israel’s right to defend itself and its people in accordance with international law as it seeks to prevent a recurrence’ of the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, and urged Iran to refrain from supporting Hamas and the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

We call on Iran to refrain from providing support for Hamas and taking further actions that destabilize the Middle East, including support for Lebanese Hezbollah and other non-state actors, and to use its influence with those groups to de-escalate regional tensions.

IDF says it has opened evacuation corridor for civilians from northern Gaza to move south

Breaking: Israel should not ‘reoccupy’ Gaza, Blinken says

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said Israel should not ‘reoccupy’ Gaza when the war with Hamas has ended.

His statement followed comments by Isreal’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night, who said Israel would maintain ‘overall security responsibility’ in Gaza for an ‘indefinite period’ after defeating Hamas.

The US state department also said it opposed any reoccuppation.

‘Generally speaking, we do not support the reoccupation of Gaza and neither does Israel,’ State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters.

‘Our viewpoint is that Palestinians must be at the forefront of these decisions and Gaza is Palestinian land.’

Israel removed its soldiers and settlers from Gaza in 2005.

WATCH: IDF continue to eliminate terrorist targets deep within the Gaza Strip

IN PICTURES: Smoke rises above Gaza as Israeli airforce continues its aerial bombardment

Thousands of Palestinians flee south on foot

Thousands of Palestinians are fleeing south on foot with only what they can carry after running out of food and water in the north, a United Nations agency said Wednesday, as Israel said its troops were battling Hamas militants deep inside Gaza City.

  • Over 70 per cent of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million have already fled their homes, but the growing numbers making their way south point to an increasingly desperate situation in and around Gaza’s largest city, which has come under heavy Israeli bombardment.
  • About 15,000 people fled northern Gaza on Tuesday – triple the number that left Monday – according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. They are using Gaza’s main north-south highway during a daily four-hour window announced by Israel.
  • Those fleeing include children, older people and people with disabilities, and most walked with minimal belongings, the U.N. agency said. Some say they had to cross Israeli checkpoints, where they saw people being arrested, while others held their hands in the air and raised white flags while passing Israeli tanks.
  • Residents reported loud explosions overnight into Wednesday across Gaza City and in its Shati refugee camp, which houses Palestinian families who fled from or were driven out of what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its establishment.
  • ‘The bombings were heavy and close,’ said Mohamed Abed, who lives in Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood. He said residents panicked when they heard the news late Tuesday that Israeli ground forces were fighting deep inside the city.
epa10962650 Evacuating residents pass a destroyed building following Israeli air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip, 07 November 2023. More than 10,000 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
This image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a close view of groups of people evacuating south from Gaza City, along Salah al-Din Road as part of the humanitarian corridor that was opened briefly today to enable civilians an opportunity to flee the fighting, in Gaza, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies via AP)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - NOVEMBER 8:  Children search through buildings, destroyed during Israeli air raids in the southern Gaza Strip on November 8, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza. Heavy fighting rages in the northern Gaza Strip as Israel encircles the area, despite increasingly pressing calls for a humanitarian truce. The leaders of the main UN agencies issued a rare joint statement to express their indignation. More than 40 per cent of the dead in Gaza after nearly four weeks of war are children. (Photo by Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images)

Israeli troops are battling Hamas terrorists deep inside Gaza City, according to the IDF, as thousands of Palestinians flee south on foot with only what they can carry.

Retaliating for a deadly October 7 attack by Hamas gunmen, Israeli soldiers have been advancing towards the heart of the city, which was home to 650,000 people before the war and is Hamas’ stronghold in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Underlining Israel’s determination to destroy Hamas, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant described Gaza City as ‘the largest terrorist base ever built’. Israel says Hamas has its central command and a vast labyrinth of tunnels built under the city.

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What you need to know as Israel-Hamas war enters its 33rd day

Hello and welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog covering the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. As the conflict enters its 33rd day, here’s what you need to know:

  • Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says more than 10,300 people have been killed in the territory since the war began on October 7, when the group attacked Israel and killed over 1,400 people and took 240 more hostage.
  • Israeli troops are now battling Hamas terrorists deep inside Gaza City as they continue with their ground operation into the strip. The dense metropolis is home to Hamas’s stronghold in the north of the coastal strip.
  • Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said soldiers ‘are in the heart of Gaza City,’ adding Israel was ‘tightening the noose’ on the terror group. Hamas’ most senior leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, was isolated in his bunker, Gallant said.
  • Thousands of Palestinians evacuated from the north of Gaza to the south of Tuesday, heeding Israel’s warning to move to the safer part of the territory
  • The Hamas-run interior ministry said 900,000 Palestinians were still sheltering in northern Gaza, including in Gaza City, as troops close in
  • The UN says the north has been without running water for weeks, and hospitals running low on supplies are performing surgeries – including amputations – without anaesthesia
  • Palestinian health officials said at least 23 people were killed in two Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday in the southern Gaza
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that Israel would maintain ‘overall security responsibility’ in Gaza for an ‘indefinite period’ after defeating Hamas
  • The US is opposed to Israel’s reoccupation of the territory
  • Meanwhile, in Israel, Israelis marked one month since the Hamas attack with candlelit vigils around photos of the hostages taken by Hamas
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - NOVEMBER 8: People search through buildings, destroyed during Israeli air raids in the southern Gaza Strip on November 8, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza. Heavy fighting rages in the northern Gaza Strip as Israel encircles the area, despite increasingly pressing calls for a humanitarian truce. The leaders of the main UN agencies issued a rare joint statement to express their indignation. More than 40 per cent of the dead in Gaza after nearly four weeks of war are children. (Photo by Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images)
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