Israel-Hamas War Live Update: Bombing rocks Gaza through night, Saudi Arabia continues to stand by Palestinians, toll tops 1500
Israel has gone a war footing against Hamas after the latter launched a surprise attack last Saturday (Oct 7). As per media reports on Monday, the death toll due to the war has surpassed 1,300 and over 5,400 people have been injured so far. Amid fears that the fighting could escalate, the Israeli military said it had called up 300,000 army reservists and was imposing a total blockade of the Gaza Strip.
🥀🕯️The Deputy Commander of the 300th Brigade, LTC Alim Abdallah—from the Druze village of Yanuh-Jat—was killed yesterday (Monday) when confronting terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 9, 2023
The IDF sends its heartfelt condolences to his family and will continue to support…
Israel-Hamas War Live Update:
Israel-Hamas war death toll tops more than 1,500 as Gaza Strip is bombed and gun battles rage for a third day
Israel names deputy commander killed in border clashes
We have more on the Israeli deputy commander who was killed in clashes near Israel’s border with Lebanon.
The Israeli military has identified the soldier as Lieutenant Colonel Alim Abdallah.
“The Deputy Commander of the 300th Brigade, LTC Alim Abdallah – from the Druze village of Yanuh-Jat – was killed”, the Israeli military said in a post on X.
More than 900 people killed in Israel: Medical services
More than 900 people have been killed in Israel since the Hamas attack on southern Israel began on Saturday, according to Israeli medical services.
This includes more than 100 bodies found in Beeri after a hostage standoff between Hamas fighters and Israeli forces.
Seven Argentines killed in Israel
Seven Argentines were killed during the attacks by Hamas militants in Israel over the weekend, and 15 more are still missing, Argentina’s foreign minister Santiago Cafiero said Monday.
Around 625 nationals still in Israel have also requested repatriation, he added.
Hamas armed wing threatens to kill captives if Israel continues its attacks
Hamas’ armed wing said on Monday it will begin executing an Israeli civilian captive in return for any new Israeli bombing of civilian houses without pre-warning.
Hamas armed wing spokesman Abu Ubaida said they have been acting in accordance with Islamic instructions by keeping the Israeli captives safe and sound, blaming the intended move on Israel’s stepped-up bombing and killing of civilians inside their homes in air strikes without warning them.
Netanyahu calls Hamas ‘savages’, says Israel will win war
Israel’s prime minister has called Hamas “savages” in a video posted on X and said his country will “win this war” against the Palestinian armed group.
Hamas has made a “mistake of historic proportions” by “slaughtering families in their homes, massacring hundreds of young people at an outdoor festival, kidnapping scores of women, children and elderly, even Holocaust survivors”, Netanyahu said.
Israel will “exact a price” on Hamas “that will be remembered by them and Israel’s other enemies for decades to come”, he added.
The Israeli leader also thanked Biden and the US Congress for their “unequivocal support”.
Israel is at war.— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) October 9, 2023
We didn’t want this war.
It was forced upon us in the most brutal and savage way.
But though Israel didn’t start this war, Israel will finish it.
Once, the Jewish people were stateless.
Once, the Jewish people were defenseless.
Hamas will… pic.twitter.com/eVECGnzLu3
US, EU powers ‘green-lighting Israeli war crimes’: Analyst
Omar Rahman, a fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs, says the joint statement from the US and four European powers backing Israel amounted to a green-lighting of Israeli war crimes in Palestine.
“I think the space for mediation is unfortunately very slim at the moment. Opinions on all sides are polarised and entrenched,” he told Al Jazeera from New York.
“It’s been a total green light, no trying to limit what Israel is trying to do, despite clearly committing war crimes right now on the ground, dropping bombs indiscriminately, blowing up schools, hospitals, mosques and civilian infrastructure – places that people are sheltering in. And [officials] openly calling for the committing of war crimes, using of white phosphorus, dehumanising Palestinians, calling them human animals and declaring openly what they are planning on doing here,” he said.
“So, there’s been no even pushing for restraint, no pushing for mediation, and that is very unfortunate.”
Saudi Arabia ‘continues to stand by’ Palestinians: MBS
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, has spoken on the phone with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
During the call, MBS said Saudi Arabia “is making every possible effort to engage with all international and regional parties to halt the ongoing escalation”, according to a statement issued by his office.
It added that the kingdom “continues to stand by the Palestinian people in their pursuit of their legitimate rights, striving for a dignified life, realising their hopes and aspirations, and achieving a just and lasting peace”.
France, Germany, Italy, UK and US pledge support to Israel in joint statement
The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States reiterated their support for Israel and “for a peaceful and integrated Middle East region” during a call earlier today.
“We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned. There is never any justification for terrorism,” the leaders wrote in a joint statement.
“Our countries will support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities. We further emphasize that this is not a moment for any party hostile to Israel to exploit these attacks to seek advantage,” wrote French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and American President Joe Biden.
(With Inputs From Agencies)