Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Hamas Says It Freed 2 More Hostages, Days After It Released 2 Americans

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: The Israeli military said Monday it had hit "over 320 military targets in the Gaza Strip" over the past 24 hours.

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Hamas Says It Freed 2 More Hostages, Days After It Released 2 Americans

Israel-Hamas Updates: An Israeli flag flutters from a self-propelled howitzer near its border with Gaza

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Israel bombarded Gaza with air strikes early today killing at least 70 people, Hamas officials said as the military said it had struck some 320 targets in the Palestinian enclave in 24 hours.

The Israeli military said Monday it had hit "over 320 military targets in the Gaza Strip" over the past 24 hours.

"The terror targets struck included tunnels containing Hamas terrorists, dozens of operational command centres... and Islamic Jihad terrorists, military compounds, and observation posts," the army said in a statement.

Israel's attacks concentrated on the Gaza Strip's centre and north, Palestinian media reported. A strike on a house near the Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza, killed several Palestinians and wounded others, according to media reports.

Health authorities in Gaza said at least 4,600 people were killed in Israel's two-week bombardment that began after a Hamas Oct. 7 rampage on southern Israeli communities in which 1,400 people were killed and 212 were taken into Gaza as hostages.

Here are the live updates on the Israel-Hamas war:

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Oct 24, 2023 06:08 (IST)
Barack Obama Warns Some Of Israel's Actions In Gaza May Backfire

Some of Israel's actions in its war against Hamas, like cutting off food and water for Gaza, could "harden Palestinian attitudes for generations" and weaken international support for Israel, former U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday.

In rare comments on an active foreign policy crisis, Obama said any Israeli military strategy that ignores the human costs of the war "could ultimately backfire." 

Oct 24, 2023 05:47 (IST)
"Must Never Lose Sight Of How Essential Two-State Solution Is": UK PM Rishi Sunak
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday said Hamas terrorists care more about their paymasters in Iran than the children they hide behind, adding that Hamas was "not only a threat to Israel but to many others across the region".

Taking to his official handle on X, Sunak shared a personalised video message saying, "We will work together with the international partners to bring renewed energy and creativity to this effort."

"We must never lose sight of how essential the two-state solution is. So we'll work together with our international partners to bring renewed energy and creativity to this effort," the UK PM said. 

Oct 24, 2023 05:24 (IST)
Israeli Minister Says Won't Hold Off On Ground Offensive In Gaza Over Hostages
Israel will not hold off on a possible ground invasion of Gaza over the issue of captives being held there, Israel's energy minister told German tabloid newspaper Bild.
Oct 24, 2023 05:05 (IST)
Several Killed In Israeli Strike On Gaza's Refugee Camp: Health Ministry
The Hamas-run health ministry said that Israel bombarded a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip late on Monday, saying that dozens of people had either been killed or wounded.
Oct 24, 2023 04:42 (IST)
Freed Israeli Grandmother Is A Peace Activist Who Helped Sick Gazans, Grandson Says
ocheved Lifshitz, an Israeli grandmother released by Hamas militants on Monday, is a peace activist who together with her husband helped sick Palestinians in Gaza get to hospital for years, her grandson told Reuters.

The Palestinian militants said they released Lifshitz, 85, and a second woman Nurit Cooper, 79, on health grounds, after taking them and more than 200 others hostage during an Oct. 7 gun rampage in Israel in which the militants killed 1,400 people.

Lifshitz and her 83-year old husband, Oded, were kidnapped from their home at the Nir Oz kibbutz, close to the border with Gaza in southern Israel, the Israeli prime minister's office said late on Monday. Oded remained captive, it added. 
Oct 24, 2023 03:56 (IST)
Israel Says Will Not Hold Off On Ground Offensive Over Hostages
 Israel will not hold off on a possible ground invasion of Gaza over the issue of captives being held there, Israel's energy minister told German tabloid newspaper Bild.

Hamas gunmen killed 1,400 people and took more than 200 hostages in cross-border assault on Oct. 7.

In an interview published on Tuesday, energy minister Israel Katz said everything would be done to bring the hostages home. "But that cannot hinder our actions including the ground offensive, if we decide on it," he was quoted as saying.

"Hamas wants us to deal with the captives and wants the military to not go in to eliminate their infrastructure. That will not happen," Katz added.
Oct 24, 2023 02:02 (IST)
UN Rights Chief Calls For "Immediate Humanitarian Ceasefire' In Gaza
The United Nations' rights chief called Monday for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as its residents face Israeli bombardments in response to the lightning Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.

"The first step must be an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, saving the lives of civilians through the delivery of prompt and effective humanitarian aid," rights chief Volker Turk said in a statement.

Oct 24, 2023 01:18 (IST)
Can "Talk" About Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Only After Hostages Released: Biden

US President Joe Biden said on Monday that any discussions about a Gaza ceasefire could only take place if Hamas frees all hostages seized from Israel in its October 7 attack.

"We should have those hostages released and then we can talk," Biden said at a White House event when asked if he would support a "hostages-for-ceasefire" deal. 

Oct 24, 2023 00:15 (IST)
Hamas Says It Freed 2 More Hostages, Days After It Released 2 Americans
Palestinian militant group Hamas said on Monday that two more hostages seized to the Gaza Strip during the October 7 attacks had been freed. Read here
Hamas Says It Freed 2 More Hostages, Days After It Released 2 Americans
Oct 24, 2023 00:13 (IST)
US Rejects Gaza Ceasefire Calls, Says Would Benefit Hamas
The United States warned Monday that any Gaza ceasefire by Israel would benefit Hamas, as the European Union considers a call for a humanitarian pause.
Oct 23, 2023 23:59 (IST)
US Has Sent "Few" Military Advisors To Israel: White House
The United States has sent a "few" military advisors to Israel following the October 7 Hamas attacks, the White House said.

National security spokesman John Kirby told reporters the officers have experience in "the sorts of operations that Israel is conducting, and may conduct in the future" and were "over there to share some perspectives."
Oct 23, 2023 23:56 (IST)
France's Macron To Discuss Creation Of Palestinian State On Israel Visit
French President Emmanuel Macron will call for the "resumption of a genuine peace process" for the creation of a Palestinian state and "halting the colonisation" of the West Bank while visiting Israel on Tuesday. 

"The only way to be useful is to one, show solidarity to Israel; two, make commitments against terrorist groups very clear; and three, to open up a political perspective," Emmanuel Macron's office said ahead of the trip.
Oct 23, 2023 23:28 (IST)
Russian, Iran, Turkey Urge End To "Targeting Civilians" In Gaza
Russian, Iran and Turkey on Monday urged an end to "targeting innocent civilians" during the conflict between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip.

The foreign ministers of the three countries, along with those of Armenia and Azerbaijan, "exchanged views on the situation in Gaza" and "emphasised the need for immediate termination of targeting innocent civilians" during a meeting in Tehran, a joint statement said.
Oct 23, 2023 23:25 (IST)
Israel Finds Hamas Operatives' Bodycam Footage, Calls Them "Wild Terrorists"
The terrorist group Hamas should not be called fighters but "wild terrorists" for giving orders to slaughter and burn civilians, Israel Defence Forces spokesperson Major General Michael Edelstein said. 

Michael Edelstein made these remarks while revealing raw and unedited visuals gathered by IDF personnel during the war from Hamas body cameras GoPro CCTV, Hamas smartphones and local phones.

An instruction manual was also found on the bodies of Hamas terrorists after the massacre, detailing the offensive plans of the organisation.

"It is not their fighters...Those are wild terrorists...not terrorists. They can give orders to slaughter, to burn citizens, not military personnel...simple citizens. They were looking for families in some of the Kibbutz and they simply decided to burn families within their homes. They took hostages...For example, in Kibbutz Be'ri, they were aiming to take dozens of three-year-olds to Gaza," he added.

Oct 23, 2023 23:20 (IST)
Extremists Will Raise Their Heads If We Don't Defeat Hamas: Israeli Envoy

Ambassador of Israel to India, Naor Gilon, emphasised the global importance of defeating Hamas to prevent the resurgence of extremism, echoing the sentiment that the fight against terrorism, especially terror groups like Hamas, remains a paramount concern for international security.

Addressing a symposium titled 'Terror Strikes Israel: Implications for National & International Security,' Ambassador Gilon said, "The bigger picture here is that if we don't defeat Hamas, extremists in the world are going to raise their head, and it's going to be unbearable for all of us."

Oct 23, 2023 23:03 (IST)
Israel Evacuates Protected Animals From Endangered Areas
Dozens of protected wild animals were evacuated from the animal corner in Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, located near the border with Lebanon in the north of Israel - by teams from the Nature and Parks Authority, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Agriculture under military and police escort.

Oct 23, 2023 22:18 (IST)
West Gives Israel "Licence To Kill" In Gaza, Says Palestinian PM
Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on Monday accused Western nations of giving Israel a "licence to kill" in its war against the Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas.

"What we hear from the mouth of the occupation (Israeli) leaders on preparations for a land invasion means more crimes, atrocities and forced displacement," Shtayyeh said.

"We condemn the statements that constitute a licence to kill and give Israel political cover to commit massacres and spread destruction in Gaza," he added.

Oct 23, 2023 21:02 (IST)
Hospital Blast Likely By Missile Fired From Gaza, Says Rishi Sunak
"The British government judges that the explosion was likely caused by a missile, or part of one, that was launched from within Gaza towards Israel," Rishi Sunak told parliament.

"The misreporting of this incident had a negative effect in the region, including on a vital US diplomatic effort and on tensions here at home."

Palestinian officials said 471 people were killed in the blast at Al-Ahli al-Arabi Hospital on Tuesday. Gaza's health ministry blamed an Israeli air strike, while Israel said the blast was caused by a failed rocket launch by militants.
Oct 23, 2023 20:56 (IST)
Will Lose Babies "Within Minutes" If Electricity Is Out: Gaza Hospital
Doctors at a Gaza neonatal intensive care unit are scrambling to find fuel and basic medicines for their tiny patients who could die within minutes if their incubators lose power in the Palestinian enclave under Israeli siege.

"If the electricity is out, in these departments, where there are 55 babies, we will lose all those who need electricity within five minutes." Read here
Will Lose Babies 'Within Minutes' If Electricity Is Out: Gaza Hospital
Oct 23, 2023 20:49 (IST)
PM Modi Dials Jordan King, Discusses Terror, Violence, Loss Of Civilian Lives
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Jordan's King Abdullah today and "exchanged views on the developments in the West Asia region"
Oct 23, 2023 20:45 (IST)
Rishi Sunak Announces Extra £20 Million Aid For Gaza Civilians
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak set out further aid for the Palestinian people on Monday, saying the government would provide an additional 20 million pounds ($24.4 million) of humanitarian support for Gaza.

"We need a constant stream of aid pouring in, bringing the water, food, medicine and fuel that is so desperately needed," Rishi Sunak told lawmakers in an update on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Oct 23, 2023 20:42 (IST)
Students Detained While Trying To March To Israeli Embassy In Delhi
Police on Monday briefly detained over 200 students as they tried to hold a protest near the Israeli embassy In Delhi in support of Palestine, officials said.

Hundreds of students from JNU, Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University had gathered near the Taj Mansingh Hotel to take part in the protest. Police had put up barricades to stop them from reaching the embassy at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road.

When the students tried to march towards the embassy, many of them were detained as the group did not have the required permission to hold the protest, said a police officer, adding that "no one was allowed to violate law and order".

The demonstrators raised slogans in favour of Palestine demanding justice to them, as the policemen swung into action and tried to disperse them. 
Oct 23, 2023 19:13 (IST)
19,000 Displaced In Lebanon Amid Tensions On Israeli Border: UN Agency
More than 19,000 people have been displaced in Lebanon amid an uptick in tensions between Israel and Hezbollah at the country's southern border, figures released by a United Nations agency showed.

"An increase in cross-border incidents" has resulted in the displacement of 19,646 people in Lebanon, "both within the south and elsewhere within the country", said the International Organization for Migration.

Oct 23, 2023 18:54 (IST)
Israel Says 2 Gaza Drones "Thwarted"
The Israeli army said it had "thwarted" an attack from Gaza by two drones that was claimed by Hamas.

"Two UAVs were identified crossing from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory" at Nir Oz and Ein HaBesor near the border, the army said. "Both UAVs were thwarted," a statement added, without stating whether they were shot down.
Oct 23, 2023 18:22 (IST)
"Israel Failed On Various Fronts During Hamas Attack": Army
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) representative Major Doron said that Israel had failed on multiple fronts of security, including intelligence, military, and many others.

"There is no question that Israel failed here on many levels. The intelligence spheres, the military spheres, and many others," he said.

The IDF Major said, "For us as a country, we will do the investigations, but not now. After a few months, we will tear open our hearts and our minds and investigate every single layer so that we get better and never allow this to happen again."
Oct 23, 2023 17:07 (IST)
Israel Has Eliminated 20 Hezbollah Cells In Lebanon: Report
Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari has said the military has carried strikes to eliminate 20 Hezbollah cells in southern Lebanon since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, The Times of Israel reported.

The Hezbollah terror group has been carrying out daily missile attacks from Lebanon against IDF positions and towns in northern Israel since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7.

Oct 23, 2023 16:45 (IST)
Israel Strikes On Gaza Kill Over 5,000: Hamas Health Ministry
Israeli strikes have killed at least 5,087 people in Gaza since war erupted on October 7, triggered by massive attacks on Israel, Hamas officials in the Palestinian enclave.

Some 2,055 children and 1,119 women are among the dead, while 15,273 people have been injured in the relentless bombardments, the Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip added in a statement.

Oct 23, 2023 14:44 (IST)
Gaza attacks shatter sense of safety in Israel's Tel Aviv

Hamas rockets fell on Tel Aviv during the October 7 attacks, and alert sirens still send residents rushing to shelters daily -- and the strain on Israel's commercial hub is starting to show.

Runners and cyclists still exercise in the sun on Tel Aviv's seafront promenade and in its parks. But back at home, some are boarding up their windows or getting armed.

"I've never felt this vulnerable," said Ravit Stein, a 50-year-old insurance agent who was walking her dog in the city centre.

"After that terrible attack, the idea that they could do it again here won't leave me. So I try to do normal things, like walk my dog," she said.

Tel Aviv is about 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of the Gaza Strip, well within the range of rockets launched by armed groups in the blockaded enclave.

Oct 23, 2023 14:37 (IST)
European Union debates Gaza truce call, as top diplomat urges more aid

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday urged faster aid deliveries to Gaza, and said the bloc was debating calling for a "humanitarian pause" in Israel's conflict with Hamas.

"What's important (is) more, quicker, and in particular to enter the basic things that make water and electricity supply being restored," Borrell said, ahead of a meeting of European Union foreign ministers. 

Borrell said that the few dozen trucks of humanitarian aid that had been allowed into Gaza from Egypt was "not enough" and said fuel to produce power and drinking water was particularly needed. 

He said ministers would discuss calls from United Nations' secretary-general Antonio Guterres for a "humanitarian ceasefire" and the issue would be on the table at an EU leaders summit on Thursday. 

Oct 23, 2023 14:36 (IST)
'Target on my back': French parliament speaker in Israel visit row
The speaker of the French parliament accused hard-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon on Monday of having put "a new target on her back" after she made a solidarity visit to Israel this weekend.

Yael Braun-Pivet, 52, travelled to Israel in the aftermath of the Hamas assault on the country this month. 

The speaker, who is Jewish, says she has been the target of a number of anti-Semitic insults and threats over the past years. 

On Sunday, Melenchon accused Braun-Pivet, a member of President Emmanuel Macron's ruling party, of "camping in Tel-Aviv to encourage the massacre" in Gaza.

"Not in the name of the French people!" he said on X, formerly Twitter. 

Oct 23, 2023 12:43 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Updates: Hamas says at least 60 killed in overnight Israel strikes on Gaza
Israeli overnight strikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip have left at least 60 people dead, Hamas officials said Monday.

A statement from the Hamas government media office said "more than 60 were martyred in the (Israeli) raids" during the night, including 17 who were killed in a single strike that hit a house in Jabaliya, in northern Gaza.
Oct 23, 2023 10:13 (IST)
Video: Hamas Leaves Behind Booby-Trapped Israeli Children's Bags
The IDF's Yahalom Unit, a combat engineering special forces unit, is continuing with the dangerous and painstaking task of collecting explosives and weapons that Hamas terrorists used for the October 7 massacre.

The IDF released images of a child's school bag its forces found lying in a field that was booby-trapped, containing a remote-activated explosive device--weighing 7 kg.

Oct 23, 2023 08:46 (IST)
From New York To London, Israeli Reservist Soldiers Return To Fight Hamas
The flights keep coming - from New York and London, Los Angeles and Paris, Bangkok and Athens.

Even as several global airlines cancel services to Tel Aviv, Israel's far-flung diaspora of reservist soldiers and volunteers are finding their way back.

More than 10,000 people have already traveled from the US on commercial and charter flights, according to Israel Bachar, the Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Southwest. Many are part of a group of 360,000 reservists called up globally by Israel's military, while others are volunteers.

Oct 23, 2023 08:41 (IST)
"Total Disregard": US Claims Hamas Stopping Civilians From Leaving Gaza

The United States has recently informed that Hamas group is preventing the Americans stuck in Gaza from leaving as Israel continues to carry out airstrikes in the region.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a recent interview to an American news channel said that Hamas is blocking Americans in Gaza from leaving.

"To date, at least, Hamas has blocked them from leaving, showing once again, its total disregard for civilians of any kind who are stuck in Gaza," Blinken said.

'Total Disregard': US Claims Hamas Stopping Civilians From Leaving Gaza
Oct 23, 2023 07:55 (IST)
Israel Steps Up Strikes On Gaza As Ground Assault Looms
Israel stepped up strikes on Gaza which is suffering a "catastrophic" humanitarian situation in the war sparked by Hamas' attack, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting of his top generals and his war cabinet. Read more

Israel Steps Up Strikes On Gaza As Ground Assault Looms: 10 Facts
Oct 23, 2023 06:56 (IST)
Key Moments In Israel-Hamas War As Air Strikes Continue In Gaza Strip
Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers are fighting a war which erupted after the group launched a major attack on Israel, which has hit back with an ongoing bombing campaign. Read more

Key Moments In Israel-Hamas War As Air Strikes Continue In Gaza Strip
Oct 23, 2023 06:51 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israel Army Says "Accidentally" Fired At Egyptian Post Near Gaza Border
The Israeli military said Sunday that one of its tanks had "accidentally fired and hit an Egyptian post" near the border with Gaza as the army bombards the Palestinian enclave.

The Egyptian military said the blast had caused "minor injuries" but did not give details.

"The IDF (Israeli military) expresses sorrow regarding the incident" near the Kerem Shalom area, an army statement said.

Oct 23, 2023 06:50 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Updates: Senior Hamas Leader Who "Executed Fire Plans" Killed In Israeli Airstrike

Israeli aircraft killed Muhammad Katamash, the deputy head of the Hamas terrorist organization's regional artillery array in Gaza on Sunday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) announced.

Katamash was responsible for fire and artillery management in the terror group's Central Camps Brigade and played a significant role in the planning and execution of the organization's fire plans against Israel in all rounds of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Other targets of Israeli strikes included the head of a rocket firing squad and a Hamas operative who approached the Gaza border fence in the northern part of the Strip.

Senior Hamas Leader Who 'Executed Fire Plans' Killed In Israeli Airstrike
Oct 23, 2023 06:49 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israel strikes Gaza, Lebanon overnight
  • Israel bombarded Gaza with air strikes early on Monday and its aircraft struck southern Lebanon overnight
  • Israel's attacks concentrated on the Gaza Strip's centre and north, Palestinian media reported. 
  • A strike on a house near the Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza, killed several Palestinians and wounded others, according to media reports.