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Israel-Hamas LIVE: President Biden says there is ‘no possibility’ of a ceasefire as Israel agrees to four-hour daily pauses to let Gaza civilians flee


Western nations stress need for peace as Israel agrees four-hour humanitarian daily pauses

Western and Arab nations, international agencies and non-governmental groups stressed the urgent need for aid for Gaza civilians at a Paris conference on Thursday.

The gathering ended a few hours before the White House said Israel has agreed to put in place four-hour daily humanitarian pauses in Gaza, starting today.

The French presidency said the participants’ pledges reached over 1 billion euros (£870 million) in additional funding, stressing that the global amount still remained to be finalised.

Scores of international aid charities call for ceasefire

Aid organisations said today that a full ceasefire is needed between Israel and Hamas to meaningfully help civilians in Gaza, with one announcing the death of a doctor in the fighting.

Maysara Rayyes, a 28-year-old emergency doctor with Medecins du Monde (Doctors Without Borders), was killed with his family on Sunday when their Gaza apartment building was bombed, the French group said.

Scores of aid workers are among thousands killed in the conflict since the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7.

About 10 non-governmental organisations told a press conference on the sidelines of a humanitarian summit hosted by France that a simple pause in the fighting would not alleviate what they called a humanitarian “catastrophe”.

Israel military: ‘No ceasefires in Gaza, just brief local pauses’

Israel has not agreed to any ceasefires during its military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, but will continue to allow brief, localised pauses to let in humanitarian aid, the Israeli military said today.

‘There’s no ceasefire, I repeat there’s no ceasefire. What we are doing, that four-hour window, these are tactical, local pauses for humanitarian aid,’ army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hecht said.

Earlier, the White House said Israel would begin daily four-hour pauses in the northern Gaza Strip to enable Palestinians to flee hostilities in the coastal enclave.

Palestinians flee to the southern Gaza Strip along Salah al-Din Street in Bureij, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. ( AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Drone hits school in southern Israel

A unidentified drone has hit an elementary school in the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat, causing damage and panic, the Israeli military said.

No one was physically hurt in the explosion but paramedics were treating seven people for shock, said an army spokeswoman at the scene, details that were separately confirmed by emergency services.

Local residents clustered around the school complex, which was cordoned off by dozens of soldiers and police officers, an AFP reporter saw.

The Israeli military did not confirm the origin of the drone and no group has so far claimed responsibility.

White House says daily pauses are ‘significant first steps’

As we previously reported, the White House said Israel has agreed to put in place four-hour daily humanitarian pauses in its assault on Hamas in northern Gaza starting on Thursday.

White House security spokesperson John Kirby said: ‘We’ve been told by the Israelis that there will be no military operations in these areas over the duration of the pause and that this process is starting today.

‘We understand that Israel will begin to implement four-hour pauses in areas of northern Gaza with an announcement to come three hours in advance.’

Kirby described the news as ‘significant first steps’ and that the US would ‘want to see them continued for as long as they are needed’.

WATCH: IDF destroy Hezbollah post where terrorists were launching bombs from in Lebanon

White House: Israel to begin daily four-hour pauses in northern Gaza

The White House said Israel has agreed to put in place four-hour daily humanitarian pauses in its assault on Hamas in northern Gaza starting on Thursday, as the Biden administration said it has secured a second pathway for civilians to flee fighting.

  • President Joe Biden had asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to institute the daily pauses during a Monday call.
  • U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that the first humanitarian pause would be announced Thursday and that the Israelis had committed to announcing each four-hour window at least three hours in advance.
  • Biden also told reporters that he had asked the Israelis for a ‘pause longer than three days’ during negotiations over the release of some hostages held by Hamas, though he ruled out the chances of a general cease-fire.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had warned Israel last week that it risked destroying an eventual possibility for peace unless it acted swiftly to improve humanitarian conditions in Gaza for Palestinian civilians as it intensifies its war against Hamas.
  • In a blunt call for Israel to pause military operations in the territory to allow for the immediate and increased delivery of assistance, Blinken said the situation would drive Palestinians toward further radicalism and effectively end prospects for any eventual resumption of peace talks to end the conflict.

Breaking: Biden says ‘no possibility’ of Gaza ceasefire

US President Joe Biden said on Thursday there was currently ‘no possibility’ of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

‘None. No possibility,’ Biden told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Illinois when asked about the chances of a ceasefire.

This is a breaking news update, more to follow…

Cyprus outlines plan for maritime corridor to get aid to Gaza

The president of Cyprus outlined a proposal on Thursday to open a maritime corridor to help deliver more aid to Gaza, a plan which he said could be operational quickly but which diplomats said faced challenges.

Under the plan presented by President Nikos Christodoulides at a humanitarian conference in Paris, aid would be sent by sea to Gaza from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the closet European Union member state about 370 km (230 miles) away.

‘We hope immediately to implement it,’ he said of the 25-page proposal.

The plan is aimed at expanding capacity for humanitarian relief to the Gaza Strip beyond limited deliveries being made through the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Palestinian enclave since Israel began it air and ground offensive in Gaza.

Diplomats cautioned that the plan faced logistical, political and also security challenges.

Palestinians killed in West Bank today rises to 10, Palestinian health ministry says

Ten Palestinians were killed Thursday in an Israeli raid on Jenin in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, up from six reported earlier.

AFP journalists in the West Bank reported intense fighting.

They saw black smoke rising over Jenin and heard multiple explosions and gunfire.

A statement from the Palestinian health ministry said the current death toll in Jenin stood at 10, with more than 20 others wounded.

The Israeli army said its forces were operating in the northern West Bank city, but did not provide further details.

epa10966310 Palestinians watch as smoke rises from burning tires during clashes with Israeli troops following an Israeli raid at the Jenin refugee camp, in the West Bank city of Jenin, 09 November 2023. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least nine Palestinians were killed and around 15 others were injured during heavy clashes with Israeli troops. Since 07 October 2023, more than 160 Palestinians have been killed, while over 2,000 have sustained injuries in the West Bank.  EPA/ALAA BADARNEH
JENIN, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 09: Smoke rises after Israeli Forces raid to Jenin Refugee Camp in Jenin, West Bank on November 09, 2023. After the raid, a conflict broke out between the local people and Israeli forces. Tensions have been running high across the West Bank since Oct. 7 amid Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Breaking: Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll hits 10,812

At least 10,812 Palestinians, including 4,412 children, have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7, the health ministry in Hamas-controlled Gaza said on Thursday.

Breaking: Meeting hosted in Qatar to discuss deal that could see hostages exchanged for pause in fighting

A meeting has been hosted by Qatar to agree the parameters and sequencing of a deal that would see Hamas release some hostages in exchange for Israel pausing its attacks on Gaza, according to a source briefed on the meetings.

The trilateral meeting was held in Doha on Thursday between CIA and Mossad chiefs and the Qatari prime, according to Reuters source.

The advantage of the trilateral meeting was to bring all three parties together at one table in real time to speed up the process, the source told Reuters. The talks also included a discussion over allowing humanitarian imports of fuel into Gaza.

The outcome of the talks was unclear.

Starmer reiterates call for ‘humanitarian pause’

In the UK, opposition party Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has reiterated his call for a ‘humanitarian pause’ to allow medicines and food into Gaza, describing it as the only realistic option in the face of a desperate situation.

Speaking after a Q&A session with students and members of the public at the offices of the Express and Star newspaper in Wolverhampton, Sir Keir said:

Across the Labour Party we are united in condemning the terrorist attack by Hamas, in being clear about Israel’s right to self-defence. There is a division on whether we should call for a humanitarian pause, which is my position as I have set out very, very clearly, and some who think we should have a ceasefire. What people are yearning for is a reduction of the terrible events that we are seeing, the innocent deaths we are seeing in Gaza. That’s why a humanitarian pause is so important. That is the only realistic, credible way now to get the food, the water, the medicines, and yes the fuel that is desperately needed, into Gaza. I think it’s so important now that we put our shoulder to the wheel to make sure that that humanitarian pause comes about just as fast as humanly possible. It’s getting desperate now.

NATO chief supports humanitarian pauses, calls for international law to be respected

NATO allies support humanitarian pauses in the war between Israel and Hamas to allow aid to reach Gaza, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said.

International law must be respected and civilians be protected in the conflict, he told reporters in Berlin as he addressed the media before a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

‘The war in Gaza must not turn into a major regional conflict. Iran and Hezbollah must stay out of this fight,’ he added.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a press conference with the German Chancellor at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 9, 2023. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

No10 did NOT sign off Suella Braverman’s bombshell article slamming Met chief for ‘playing favourites’ by allowing pro-Palestinian march on Armistice Day – as she faces probe over defying Rishi Sunak with Tories at war on whether she should be sacked

No10 today dramatically confirmed it did not sign off a bombshell article by Suella Braverman accusing police of ‘playing favourites’ by allowing a pro-Palestinian march on Armistice Day.

Downing Street has launched a probe after the Home Secretary suggested Scotland Yard commissioner Mark Rowley would be tougher if the protests were in a different cause.

In a piece for the The Times, she also risked enraging the DUP by comparing the situation to protestant marches in Northern Ireland, saying the Gaza ceasefire demo included ‘Islamists’ who were ‘asserting primacy’ and could be linked to terrorism.

A Home Secretary publicly attacking operational decisions by the Met chief is extremely rare, and a former inspector of constabulary warned it ‘crossed the line’.

Read the full report by clicking on the link below.

Hamas terrorists gang-raped an Israeli woman before one shot her in the back of the head as he was still having sex with her, according to horrifying witness testimony to the Palestinian group’s attack on October 7.

Israel ‘s Lahav 433, a crime-fighting umbrella organisation known as the ‘Israeli FBI ‘, has been working to gather evidence of sexual assaults during the incursion.

Investigations are part of the force’s effort to prosecute Hamas terrorists who were captured during the attack, which left more than 1,400 people in Israel dead.

Click the link below to read the full story…

Egypt condemns ‘international silence on violations of the law’ by Israel

Egypt on Thursday condemned ‘international silence on violations of international humanitarian law committed by Israel’ at a Paris conference on humanitarian aid for Gaza, under bombardment by Israel since the October 7 attack by Hamas.

‘What the Israeli government is doing far exceeds the right to self-defence,’ Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry told the conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, complaining of an ‘imbalance’ in ‘the international conscience’.

IN PICTURES: Smoke rises above the Gaza Strip as Israel’s aerial bombardment continues

Reuters and AP news agencies deny report suggesting they had prior knowledge of October 7 attack

International news organisations Reuters and Associated Press have denied any suggestion they had prior knowledge of the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israeli civilians and soldiers, in a statement responding to a report by media group HonestReporting.

In a statement released over the wires, Reuters said:

We are aware of a report by HonestReporting and accusations made against two freelance photographers who contributed to Reuters coverage of the Oct. 7 attack. Reuters categorically denies that it had prior knowledge of the attack or that we embedded journalists with Hamas on Oct 7. Reuters acquired photographs from two Gaza-based freelance photographers who were at the border on the morning of Oct. 7, with whom it did not have a prior relationship. The photographs published by Reuters were taken two hours after Hamas fired rockets across southern Israel and more than 45 minutes after Israel said gunmen had crossed the border. Reuters staff journalists were not on the ground at the locations referred to in the HonestReporting article.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for AP said:

The Associated Press had no knowledge of the October 7 attacks before they happened.

HonestReporting’s article was titled: ‘AP (Associated Press) & Reuters Pictures of Hamas Atrocities Raise Ethical Questions.’

The article suggested photojournalists hired by the news agencies could have had advanced knowledge of the 7 October incursion by Israel.

The organisation says it ‘monitors the media for bias against Israel’ and has been described in the past by other news organisations as a ‘pro-Israel media watchdog group’.

Chancellor Scholz vows to protect Germany’s Jews

Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged today to protect Germany’s Jews against a ‘shameful’ upsurge in anti-Semitism in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war, on the anniversary of the Nazi pogrom that began the Holocaust.

Speaking in a Berlin synagogue that assailants targeted with two Molotov cocktails last month, Scholz intoned: ‘Essentially this is about keeping the promise given again and again in the decades since 1945… the promise “never again”.’

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a central commemoration ceremony for the 85th anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) taking place in the Beth Zion Synagogue in Berlin on November 9, 2023. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Six killed in Israeli raid on West Bank, Palestinian health ministry says

Six Palestinians have been killed today during an Israeli raid on Jenin in the north of the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

A statement from the ministry said the current death toll in Jenin stood at six, up from five announced in a previous statement. The Israeli army said its forces were operating in Jenin but did not provide further details.

Since the beginning of the war triggered by attacks on October 7 by Gaza-based Hamas militants, which Israeli officials say killed more than 1,400 people, more than 150 Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Israeli forces have arrested more than 1,000 Palestinians in the West Bank in that time, the army said, most of them affiliated with Hamas.

Clashes have often erupted during such operations.

Palestinians wait in front of a hospital during an Israeli raid in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank November 9,2023. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

WHO warns of ‘worrying trends’ in disease spread in Gaza

The Gaza Strip faces an increased risk of disease spreading due to Israeli air bombardments that have disrupted the health system, access to clean water and caused people to crowd in shelters, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday.

  • ‘As deaths and injuries in Gaza continue to rise due to intensified hostilities, intense overcrowding and disrupted health, water, and sanitation systems pose an added danger: the rapid spread of infectious diseases,’ WHO said. ‘Some worrying trends are already emerging.’
  • It said that the lack of fuel in the densely populated enclave had caused desalination plants to shut down, which increased the risk of bacterial infections like diarrhoea spreading.
  • While there have been extremely limited deliveries of food, water and medicine to Gaza, Israel has refused to let fuel in due to concerns about its possible diversion by Hamas despite calls from the United Nations and humanitarian aid groups.
  • WHO said that more than 33,551 cases of diarrhoea had been reported since mid-October, the bulk of which among children under five.
  • It said the number of children affected marked a significant increase compared to an average of 2,000 cases monthly in that age group throughout 2021 and 2022.
Palestinians fleeing north Gaza walk towards the south, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the central Gaza Strip, November 9, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
epa10965937 Smoke rises during combat between the Israeli army and militants of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of the Hamas movement, western Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip, 09 November 2023. More than 10,500 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

Top US general cautions over risks of a long Gaza war

A faster resolution to the fighting in Gaza could help limit civilian strife that might spur people to join the ranks of Palestinian militants, US President Joe Biden’s top military adviser said.

General Charles Q. Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Israel’s stated aim for its military campaign in Gaza – the complete destruction of the Hamas terrorist group that runs the territory – was ‘a pretty large order’.

But he also said Israel was focused on targeting the senior leadership of Hamas, which might be achieved more quickly.

‘I think the longer this goes, the harder it can become,’ Brown told reporters before arriving in Japan on Thursday, in his first detailed remarks on the month-old conflict.

Asked whether he was concerned a high Palestinian civilian death toll could push people to join the ranks of the militants, Brown said: ‘Yes, very much so. And I think that’s something we have to pay attention to.’

WATCH: Israeli airstrikes kill Hamas head of anti-tank missile system

The IDF said its airstrikes ‘eliminated’ the terrorist Ibrahim Abu Ma’zib, head of the anti-tank missile system of the Central Camps Brigade of Hamas.

‘As part of his role, he directed and carried out many anti-tank attacks Towards the citizens of Israel and the IDF forces,’ the Israeli military said.

Aid groups call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza, say there are no safe zones

Jan Egeland, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, told a conference in Paris on Thursday that an immediate ceasefire in Gaza was an absolute necessity.

‘We cannot wait a minute more for a humanitarian ceasefire or lifting of siege which is collective punishment,’ he said.

‘Without a ceasefire, lifting of the siege and indiscriminate bombarding and warfare, the haemorrhage of human lives will continue.’

Medecins Sans Frontieres chief Isabelle Defourny called southern Gaza safe-zones ‘fake zones’.

IDF official claims there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza as UN calls for more aid

An Israeli military official has claimed there is ‘no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,’ according to France’s AFP news agency, even as he acknowledged the Palestinian territory faces several challenges amid the ongoing war.

‘We know the civil situation in the Gaza Strip is not an easy one,’ said Colonel Moshe Tetro, head of coordination and liason at COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry body handling civil affairs in Gaza.

‘But I can say that there is no humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip,’ he told reporters.

Tetro said the Israeli military was facilitating aid transfer to Gaza in sectors such as ‘water, food, medical supplies and humanitarian aid for shelters’.

The official’s comments came after UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini said there was need for a meaningful continuous humanitarian aid to Gaza including fuel.

He said aid coming in through Rafah was inadequate for Gaza’s 2.3 million people, adding that all crossings into Gaza should be opened.

Lazzarini also said he was concerned about the spillover risk of the situation in Gaza, adding that the West Bank ‘is boiling’.

The UN and other aid agencies have been warning of a deepening humanitarian crisis since the Israel-Gaza conflict began on October 7.

They say tens of thousands of people have been forces to flee their homes, and vital supplies are either running dangerously low or have run out entirely.

Health officials in Hamas-run Gaza say more than 10,500 people have been killed in the coastal strip since the outbreak of the war. Israel says more than 1,400 people were killed in the October 7 attack.

Palestinians fleeing north Gaza walk towards the south, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the central Gaza Strip, November 9, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
RAFAH, GAZA - NOVEMBER 8: A Palestinian woman washes clothes among the rubbles of demolished houses due to the attacks in Shabure Refugee Camp as thousands of Palestinian families are left homeless during the ongoing Israeli attacks in Rafah, Gaza on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Breaking: Macron calls for ‘ceasefire’ in Gaza

France’s president Emmanuel Macron has called for a ‘ceasefire’ in Gaza.

He said this morning that there must be a humanitarian pause very quickly in the coastal strip and that countries must also work for a ceasefire.

‘Civilians must be protected, that’s indispensable and non negotiable and is an immediate necessity,’ Macron said at the start of a humanitarian conference on Gaza that is being held today in Paris.

‘In the immediate term, we need to work on protecting civilians. To do that, we need a humanitarian pause very quickly and we must work towards a ceasefire,’ Macron told delegates in Paris.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said there will be no fuel delivered to Gaza and no ceasefire with Hamas unless the hostages are freed.

Macron spoke to Netanyahu on Tuesday and the pair will talk again once Thursday’s aid conference is over, the Elysee Palace said.

epa10965860 French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks next to Commissioner General of UNRWA Philippe Lazzarini during an international humanitarian conference for the civilian population in Gaza, at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, France, 09 November 2023. Key international players will gather at the conference to determine a concrete plan of action to support civilians in Gaza. Thousands of Israelis and Palestinians have died since the militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip on 07 October, and the Israeli strikes on the Palestinian enclave which followed it.  EPA/LUDOVIC MARIN / POOL  MAXPPP OUT

Defective drone strike on US airbase may have prevented escalation

A defective drone in Iraq may have helped keep America from being dragged deeper into a widening Middle East conflict, Reuters reports.

The drone was was launched at the Erbil air base by an Iranian-backed militia on October 26, according to the news agency, citing official familiar with the matter.

They say it then penetrated US air defences and crashed into the second floor of the barracks housing American troops at about 5am.

But the device laden with explosives failed to detonate and in the end only one service member suffered a concussion from the impact, said the officials, who asked to remain anonymous to speak freely about the attack. The US had got lucky, they added, as the drone could have caused carnage had it exploded.

The incident was among at least 40 separate drone and rocket attacks that have been launched at US forces by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria over the past three weeks, in response to America’s support of Israel.

David Schenker, a former US assistant secretary of state at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think-tank, cautioned that while neither Iran and its allied groups nor the US appeared to want a direct confrontation, the risks were growing.

The possibility of a major strike that draws America into a conflict is ‘a very realistic concern,’ he told Reuters.

Aerial view of Harir Air Base, an airbase located near to Harir, Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.The base was previously known as Bashur Air Base and was seized during Operation Northern Delay as part of 1991 Iraqi uprisings.

Family of Palestinian activist arrested over online post say her account was hacked

The family of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi insists she didn’t write the words for which she now sits in an Israeli jail, AP reports

Israeli authorities burst into the Tamimi home in the occupied West Bank on Monday and arrested the 22-year old for ‘inciting terrorism’ on her Instagram account.

Tamimi gained worldwide fame in 2017 after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier went viral on social media. She later said the soldiers had shot her cousin in the head just before the video was taken. After being released from prison, she wrote a book and crisscrossed Europe and the Middle East on tour.

Tamimi’s recent arrest has prompted criticism of an Israeli crackdown on Palestinian online speech in the wake of the Hamas attack October 7. Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli authorities, fired by Israeli employers and expelled from Israeli schools for online speech deemed incendiary, rights groups say.

The Israeli military alleges Tamimi posted a statement reading ‘we are waiting for you in all the West Bank cities from Hebron to Jenin – we will slaughter you and you will say that what Hitler did to you was a joke, we will drink your blood and eat your skulls, come on, we are waiting for you.’

But Nariman Tamimi, Ahed’s mother, says the account was hacked – a common occurrence for the fiery and divisive activist.

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi stands inside the Ofer military prison near Jerusalem. Israeli authorities arrested Tamimi this week for online speech that her family insists wasn't hers. Israeli authorities say that Tamimi is suspected of incitement to terrorism for an Instagram post under her account. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
TOPSHOT - Nariman Tamimi, mother of detained Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, holds a framed painting depicting her daughter as she sits in their family home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank on November 6, 2023. The Israeli army said on November 6 it had arrested the prominent 22-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi during a raid in the occupied West Bank. (Photo by Jaafar ASHTIYEH / AFP) (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images)

Videos showed fights between protestors outside the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, where actress Gal Gadot organized a screening of footage of the brutal Hamas terror attack atrocities committed during the October 7 invasion of Israel.

The 47-minute video, provided by the Israeli Defence forces, was aired to a select audience of celebrities and influential personalities in LA and New York last night.

About 200 people attended the screening, though Gadot was not in attendance, nor were any major Hollywood stars, according to the LA Times.

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Israel opens evacuation corridor

The IDF has announced it has again opened the north-south evacuation corridor in Gaza. It will remain open from 10am to 4pm local time (0800GMT-1400GMT).

Avijaa Adraei, the IDF’s Arab media spokesperson, said 50,000 people fled from northern Gaza to the south yesterday. Tuesday saw 15,000 flee, Monday say 5,000 and Sunday 2,000, showing that the pace is picking up.

Israel has now for weeks urged Palestinians in northern Gaza to move south, which is considered slightly safer.

However, aid groups have said many in the north are unable to make the journey.

Western and Arab officials are gathering in Paris to find ways to provide aid to civilians in Gaza

Officials from Western and Arab nations, the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations are gathering Thursday in Paris for a conference on how to provide aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s war with Hamas, including proposals for a humanitarian maritime corridor and floating field hospitals.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron, who has called for a ‘humanitarian pause’ in the war, wants the conference to address the besieged Palestinian enclave’s growing needs including food, water, health supplies, electricity and fuel.
  • Over 50 nations are expected to attend, including several European countries, the United States and regional powers such as Jordan, Egypt and the Gulf countries, the French presidency said. Also attending is Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.
  • Israeli authorities won’t participate in Thursday’s conference, the Elysee said.
  • The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, the U.N.’s top aid official and the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross are expected to provide details about urgent needs in the Gaza Strip.
  • Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides will present his plan for a humanitarian sea corridor to Gaza which he has said aims for a “sustained, secure high-volume flow of humanitarian assistance to Gaza in the immediate, medium and long term.” Ships would deliver the aid from Cyprus’ main port of Limassol, about 255 miles away.
  • French officials said they are also considering evacuating injured people to hospital ships in the Mediterranean off the Gaza coast. Paris sent a helicopter carrier off the Cyprus coast and is preparing another with medical capacities on board for that purpose.
  • Thursday’s discussions will also include financial support and other ways to help Gaza’s civilians.
TOPSHOT - --PHOTO TAKEN DURING A CONTROLLED TOUR AND SUBSEQUENTLY EDITED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE ISRAELI MILITARY Israeli troops are pictured during operations in northern Gaza on November 8, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by Daphné LEMELIN / AFP) (Photo by DAPHNE LEMELIN/AFP via Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA - NOVEMBER 8: A Palestinian man collects empty bottles in front of a demolished house due to the attacks in Shabure Refugee Camp as thousands of Palestinian families are left homeless during the ongoing Israeli attacks in Rafah, Gaza on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu via Getty Images)
epa10965793 Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip, 09 November 2023. More than 10,500 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

IN PICTURES: Palestinians search for casualties at the site of Israeli strikes on houses in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip

IDF says Israeli soldiers uncover stockpile of drones and weapons belonging to Hamas in north Gaza strip

The IDF said Israeli troops uncovered a site for the production and storage of drones and weapons belonging to Hamas in the heart of the Sheik Radwan residential neighbourhood in the north of the Gaza Strip and near schools.

UN human rights chief accuses Israel and Hamas of war crimes

The UN human rights chief has said collective punishment by Israel of Palestinian civilians and their forced evacuation amount to war crimes.

He also said atrocities committed by Hamas on October 7 and their continued holding of hostages were also war crimes.

Volker Türk, standing in front of Egypt’s Rafah border crossing into Gaza, told reporters Wednesday: ‘These are the gates to a living nightmare.’

‘We have fallen off a precipice. This cannot continue,’ he said later in Cairo.

Türk said international human rights and humanitarian law must be respected to help protect civilians and allow desperately needed aid to reach Gaza’s beleaguered population of some 2.3 million people.

He said the UN rights office received reports in recent days about an unspecified orphanage in northern Gaza with 300 children who need urgent help.

However, he said communications were down and access was impassable and unsafe, so ‘we cannot get to them.’

‘I feel, in my innermost being, the pain, the immense suffering of every person whose loved one has been killed in a kibbutz, in a Palestinian refugee camp, hiding in a building or as they were fleeing,’ Türk said.

‘We all must feel this shared pain – and end this nightmare.’

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk speaks during a press conference in Cairo on November 8, 2023, following a visit to Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

IDF claims capture of key Hamas stronghold in Gaza City after 10-hour battle

The IDF has claimed it has captured a key Hamas stronghold after a 10-hour battle in Jabalia, Gaza City.

Israel’s military said it took ’10 hours of fighting, during which they eliminated terrorists, captured many weapons, uncovered terrorist tunnel shafts, including a shaft located near a kindergarten and leading to an extensive underground route’.

The IDF shared footage on social media, saying: ‘The fighters of the Nahal Brigade’s combat team completed an operation to take over Outpost 17, a military stronghold of the terrorist organization Hamas in western Jabaliya’.

Palestinian news agency Wafa reporters earlier that Israeli war planes had bombed and destroyed a house in Jabalia refugee camp.

MailOnline was exclusively invited to join IDF forces taking the fight to Hamas. Read the full story by clicking the link below:

Israel-Hamas war day 34: Here’s what you need to know

Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s live blog covering the on-going war between Israel and Hamas, which today enters its 34th day.

After more than a month of intense bombardment, hundreds of thousands of people remain trapped in a ‘dire humanitarian situation’ in battle zones without enough food and water, the United Nations has said.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said yesterday that his forces were ‘tightening the stranglehold’ around Gaza City, as they pressed an offensive launched in response to the Hamas attacks on October 7 that killed 1,400 people in Israel. More than 240 people were also taken hostage, among them babies and elderly people.

Vowing to destroy Hamas, Israel retaliated with a relentless bombardment and ground invasion that the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says has killed more than 10,500 people, many of them children.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly rejected a ceasefire unless the hostages Hamas holds in Gaza are released.

Today, here’s what you need to know:

  • Israeli forces have been operating in the very heart of Gaza City, fighting Hamas terrorists and clearing the extensive tunnel network.
  • According to a source close to Hamas, talks are underway for the release of 12 hostages, including six Americans, in return for a three-day ceasefire.
  • National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said US has ‘a way to communicate with Hamas’, but giving details could jeopardise process.
  • The US has backed Israel’s rejection of a ceasefire, and G7 foreign ministers in Japan said Wednesday they supported ‘humanitarian pauses and corridors’.
  • Discussions on the possible future of Gaza once conflict ends have grown, after Netanyahu said Israel would assume ‘overall security’ of the territory.
  • Kirby said Wednesday that it was plausible that ‘for at least some period of time’ Israeli forces would remain in Gaza in a transition period.
  • The Israeli army said 50,000 people had fled their homes in the main battle zone of northern Gaza on Wednesday, a sharp increase in numbers.
  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed the figure, and warned that conditions were ‘dire’ in battle zones north of the central Wadi Gaza district. OCHA said ‘hundreds of thousands’ remain.
  • UN rights chief Volker Turk – on a visit to the region – condemned Israel over its bombardment and its orders for Gazans to flee.
  • ‘The collective punishment by Israel of Palestinian civilians amounts also to a war crime, as does the unlawful forcible evacuation of civilians,’ he told reporters in Egypt. He also accused Hamas war war crimes.
  • Efforts continue to resume the crossing into Egypt of wounded Palestinians and dual nationals after departures were stalled Wednesday.
  • More than 100 trucks carrying aid crossed into Gaza from Egypt yesterday, OCHA said, taking the total to 756 since fighting began last month, fewer than what would normally have entered Gaza in two days before the war.
MERON, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 8: An artillery unit moves near the Israeli northern border with Lebanon on November 8, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. 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. (Footage by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers stand amid the rubble, during the ongoing ground invasion against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, November 8, 2023. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Lt. Col. Ido stands in a damaged bedroom, amid the ongoing ground invasion against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, November 8, 2023. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun EDITOR'S NOTE: REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHS WERE REVIEWED BY THE IDF AS PART OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE EMBED. NO PHOTOS WERE REMOVED.
Key Updates

  • Biden says ‘no possibility’ of Gaza ceasefire

  • Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll hits 10,812

  • WHO warns of ‘worrying trends’ in disease spread in Gaza

  • Top US general cautions over risks of a long Gaza war

  • Macron calls for ‘ceasefire’ in Gaza

  • Israel opens evacuation corridor

  • IN PICTURES: Palestinians search for casualties at the site of Israeli strikes on houses in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip

  • UN human rights chief accuses Israel and Hamas of war crimes

  • IDF claims capture of key Hamas stronghold in Gaza City after 10-hour battle

  • Israel-Hamas war day 34: Here’s what you need to know

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