Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israeli Drone Strikes Palestinians During West Bank Raid, Says Military

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: The strike was at least the third use of Israeli air power in the West Bank since violence in the territory surged after Hamas' Octoer 7 gun rampage in southern Israel.

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Israeli Drone Strikes Palestinians During West Bank Raid, Says Military

Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Some 220 hostages are still in Hamas' captivity.

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Israeli forces on an overnight raid in the occupied West Bank came under fire by a group of Palestinians whom the military then targeted with a drone strike, the Israeli military said today, and medics said two Palestinians were killed.

The military said armed Palestinians "fired and hurled explosive devices" at its forces in Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank. The military then struck them with a drone, and "hits were identified", it added.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military has requested Gaza Strip residents to share actionable information about the locations where Hamas has kept Israeli hostages.

Hamas stormed into Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, and killed at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians who were shot or burnt to death on the first day of the raid, according to Israeli officials.

Hamas also took 222 people hostage, among them elderly people and young children, according to the Israeli authorities' latest count. The hostages include dozens of dual nationals and foreigners.

More than 5,000 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed across the Gaza Strip in retaliatory Israeli bombardments, according to the latest number of dead from the Hamas health ministry in Gaza.

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

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Oct 26, 2023 05:35 (IST)
Netanyahu Says Israel Is Preparing Ground Invasion Of Gaza
Israel is preparing a ground invasion of Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised statement on Wednesday, but he declined to provide any details on the timing or other information about the operation.

He said the decision on when forces would go into the Palestinian enclave, controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas, would be taken by the government's special war cabinet, which includes the leader of one of the centrist opposition parties.

"We have already killed thousands of terrorists and this is only the beginning," Netanyahu said.
Oct 26, 2023 05:13 (IST)
Israel Hamas War: Joe Biden Says "Hamas Hiding Behind Palestinian Civilians"
Amid Israel's military response to the October 7 terror attacks, US President Joe Biden on Thursday said the terrorist group Hamas was hiding behind Palestinian civilians, stressing that they are despicable and cowardly.
Oct 26, 2023 05:04 (IST)
Israel Has Right To Respond To Slaughter Of Their People: Biden
 Israel has the right to respond to the slaughter of its people and it will be ensured that the country has what it needs to defend itself, US President Joe Biden said in a joint news conference with visiting Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Israel has launched a massive counter-offensive against Hamas after unprecedented attacks by the militant group on October 7 killed more than 1,400 people.

"Israel has the right, and I would add responsibility, to respond to the slaughter of their people, and we will ensure Israel has what it needs to defend itself against these terrorists. That's a guarantee," Biden said at the Rose Garden joint news conference with Albanese on Wednesday.

Oct 26, 2023 04:15 (IST)
New US House Speaker Announces Resolution Supporting Israel As First Bill
Speaker Mike Johnson called up a resolution supporting Israel in his first action as leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, after a three-week leadership vacuum that left the Republican-led chamber unable to respond to the Middle East crisis.
Oct 26, 2023 02:36 (IST)
WHO Urges Hamas To Release All Hostages On "Health Grounds"
The World Health Organization on Wednesday called for Hamas to provide proof of life of the hostages it is holding and release them all on health grounds.

The WHO said the International Committee of the Red Cross should be allowed immediate medical access to ascertain their health status, while it stands ready to provide the ICRC with any health support required for the hostages.
Oct 26, 2023 02:21 (IST)
Israel Hamas War: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu Says Will Have To Answers On Hamas Attacks Lapses
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time that he would "have to give answers" for security lapses exposed in the deadly October 7 attacks by Hamas.
Oct 26, 2023 01:50 (IST)
Russia, China Veto US Push For UN Action On Israel, Gaza
Russia and China vetoed on Wednesday a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on the war between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The draft aimed to address a worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, calling for pauses the violence to allow aid access. The United Arab Emirates also voted no, while 10 members voted in favor and two abstained. 
Oct 26, 2023 01:46 (IST)
Biden Says Israel Must Do "Everything" To Protect Civilians
US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Israel has the right to respond to the October 7 Hamas attack but must do everything it can to protect civilians.

As international pressure mounts for a ceasefire, Biden told a press conference with visiting Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese that he "did not demand" that Israel delay a ground invasion of Gaza.

"Israel has a right, and I would add responsibility, to respond to the slaughter of its people," Biden told reporters in the Rose Garden at the White House.
Oct 25, 2023 23:49 (IST)
Israeli Ground Incursion Into Gaza "Would Be An Error": France's Macron

A "massive" Israeli ground incursion into Gaza would be "an error", French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday, warning it would harm civilians without ensuring Israel's long-term security.

The warning came as Macron held talks in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who also urged efforts "to avoid a ground invasion" in Gaza, where Israel is locked in a deadly confrontation with Hamas militants.

Israel has been relentlessly bombing the tiny Palestinian territory since October 7 when Hamas gunmen poured across its border, killing more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and seizing more than 220 others, officials say, in the worst attack in Israel's history.
Oct 25, 2023 22:59 (IST)
Al Jazeera Journalist's Family Killed In Israeli Air Strikes In Gaza

Gaza Air Strikes: The pan-Arab Al Jazeera TV said the family members of its correspondent in Gaza - his wife, daughter and son - were killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza on Wednesday night.
Oct 25, 2023 22:37 (IST)
Time For India To Declare Hamas As Terror Organisation, Says Israel Envoy

The time has come for India to proscribe Hamas as a terrorist organisation like many other nations have done, Israeli ambassador Naor Gilon said on Wednesday.

The Israeli envoy, at an interaction with journalists, also thanked India for its "100 per cent" support to Israel in its anti-terror operations against Hamas.

Mr Gilon said Israel conveyed to relevant Indian authorities to declare Hamas as a terrorist organisation following its brutal attack on Israel on October 7.
Oct 25, 2023 21:39 (IST)
Israel Agrees To US Request To Delay Invasion Of Gaza: Report

Israel has agreed to delay the invasion of Gaza for now, so the U.S. can rush missile defences to the region, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Israel is also taking into account in its planning the effort to supply humanitarian aid to civilians inside Gaza, as well as diplomatic efforts to free hostages held by Hamas militants, the report said.
Oct 25, 2023 20:41 (IST)
Israel War, Gaza, Hamas, Palestine: "Specific Pauses" Are Needed In Israel's War With Hamas, Says UK PM

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Wednesday that "specific pauses" are needed in Israel's war with Hamas to allow aid into Gaza, but again stopped short of calling for a ceasefire.

Facing calls from some opposition lawmakers during weekly questions in parliament to urge Israel to hold a ceasefire, Sunak reiterated it "has the right to defend itself under international law".
Oct 25, 2023 20:29 (IST)
"Shocked By Misrepresentations By Some": UN Chief On Row Over Hamas Remark

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said he was "shocked" by what he called "misrepresentations" of his remarks a day earlier on Hamas that infuriated Israel.
Oct 25, 2023 19:12 (IST)
Gaza Families Wear Identification Bracelets To Avoid Burial In Mass Graves

With so many bodies, Palestinians in Gaza are burying the unidentified dead in mass graves, with a number instead of a name, residents say. Now some families are using bracelets in the hope of finding their loved ones should they be killed.

The El-Daba family has tried to reduce the risk of being struck down during the heaviest-ever Israeli bombardment of Gaza. Israel launched the air strikes after Hamas militants attacked Israeli towns on Oct. 7 in a rampage that killed 1,400 people and hostages were taken.
Oct 25, 2023 18:28 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War - Hamas Not A Terror Outfit, It's A Liberation Group: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in his strongest comments yet on the Gaza conflict, said on Wednesday the Palestinian group Hamas was not a terrorist organisation but a liberation group fighting to protect Palestinian lands and people.

Speaking to lawmakers from his ruling AK Party, Erdogan also called for an immediate ceasefire between Israeli and Palestinian forces and said Muslim countries must act together to secure a lasting peace in the region.
Oct 25, 2023 17:27 (IST)
US "Directing" Israeli Air Strikes In Gaza, Alleges Iran's Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday accused the United States of "directing" strikes Israel has been carrying out on Hamas in Gaza in response to the October 7 attacks.
Oct 25, 2023 16:46 (IST)
Hamas health ministry says 6,546 killed in Gaza during wa
The health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip said Wednesday that 6,546 people have been killed in the territory since the outbreak of war with Israel.

The death count includes 2,704 children. A total of 17,439 people have also been wounded since the conflict erupted on October 7.
Oct 25, 2023 16:07 (IST)
Erdogan says cancelling plans to visit Israel
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday he was cancelling plans to visit Israel because of its "inhumane" war against Hamas militants in Gaza.

"We had a project to go to Israel, but it was cancelled, we will not go," Erdogan told ruling party lawmakers in parliament, adding that he viewed Hamas as "liberators" fighting for their own land.

Ankara's relations with Israel froze over an Israeli raid on a Turkish ship carrying aid into Gaza, which killed 10 civilians in 2010.

Oct 25, 2023 15:59 (IST)
Israel-Hamas war already hitting regional economies: IMF chief
The raging war between Israel and Hamas is already battering the economies of nearby countries, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund told a Saudi investor forum on Wednesday. 

Israel's neighbours are feeling the effects, especially those that rely on tourism, Kristalina Georgieva said at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in the Saudi capital Riyadh. 

"You look at the neighbouring countries -- Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan -- there the channels of impact are already visible," Georgieva told an audience that included global banking elites.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas mounted a shock attack on Israel on October 7, killing more than 1,400 people and taking 222 hostages, according to Israeli authorities. 

Oct 25, 2023 15:36 (IST)
Qatar's PM hopes for breakthrough on hostages' release 'soon'
Qatar's prime minister said on Wednesday there was some progress on hostage negotiations after Palestinian militant group Hamas abducted more than 200 hostages during its Oct. 7 rampage in southern Israel.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who is also the minister of foreign affairs, said at a press conference with his Turkish counterpart that he hoped there would be breakthroughs on hostage releases "soon".

Wealthy gas-producer Qatar has had an open dialogue with both Israel and Hamas, which has brought about the release of four hostages held by Hamas, including two Israeli women on Monday.

The Gulf state, in coordination with the U.S., is leading mediation talks with Hamas and Israeli officials over the hostages' release as Israel prepares a ground assault on the enclave.
Oct 25, 2023 15:02 (IST)
Qatar PM: only way to reach peaceful solution in Gaza is to keep communication channels open
Qatar's prime minister said on Wednesday that the only way to reach a peaceful solution in Gaza is to keep communication channels open.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who is also the minister of foreign affairs, added in a press conference with the Turkish foreign minister in Doha that Qatar will continue coordinating with Turkey and regional partners to de-escalate the crisis.

He added: "Qatar condemns the collective punishment policy" on Gaza.


Oct 25, 2023 14:26 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Updates: Pope urges release of hostages and humanitarian aid access in Gaza

Pope Francis on Wednesday renewed his calls for the release of hostages held by Palestinian militants and for humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Gaza Strip.

"I am always thinking about the grave situation in Palestine and Israel. I encourage the release of hostages and the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza," he said during his weekly audience.

Francis recalled that he will lead on Friday special prayers for peace in St. Peter's Basilica, in what he said last week would be a "a day of fasting, prayers, penance".

Oct 25, 2023 14:20 (IST)
At Least 80 Killed In Israel's Night Strikes On Gaza: Hamas Government
Gaza's Hamas government said Wednesday that Israel's latest night-time air strikes on the besieged Palestinian territory killed at least 80 people.

A government media office statement said "more than 80 people were martyred and hundreds wounded" in the overnight raids.

The Hamas health ministry said Tuesday that 5,791 people had been killed in air and artillery strikes since Hamas staged cross-border raids on October 7 that Israel says left 1,400 dead. Most of the dead on both sides have been civilians.

At Least 80 Killed In Israel's Night Strikes On Gaza: Hamas Government

Oct 25, 2023 13:12 (IST)
"Your Son Killed Jews...": Hamas Operative's Call To Father Released By Israel
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has released an audio recording that it claims is a conversation between a Hamas operative and his family - where he is allegedly bragging about killing Israelis during the October 7 mass breach.

In the audio, the man - believed to be a Hamas operative - is heard bragging about killing Israelis while talking to a man who he addresses as his father.
He refers to the Israelis killed in the attack as Jews.

"Look how many I killed with my own hands! Your son killed Jews!," he is heard saying.

'Your Son Killed Jews...': Hamas Operative's Call To Father Released By Israel
Oct 25, 2023 12:08 (IST)
Israel-Hamas war already affecting regional economies: IMF head

The raging war between Israel and Hamas is already battering the economies of nearby countries, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund told a Saudi investor forum on Wednesday. 

"You look at the neighbouring countries -- Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan -- there the channels of impact are already visible," Kristalina Georgieva said at the Future Investment Initiative in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Oct 25, 2023 11:46 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Live Updates:

Israeli air strikes kill eight Syria troops, says state media: news agency AFP

Oct 25, 2023 11:40 (IST)
Israeli Flyers Offer Cash, Protection To Gazans For Intel On Hostages
The Israeli military began offering cash and protection for anyone who shares accurate information on the whereabouts of hostages held by militant group Hamas. Read more

Israeli Flyers Offer Cash, Protection To Gazans For Intel On Hostages
Oct 25, 2023 11:09 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Hamas government says at least 80 killed in Israel night strikes on Gaza

Gaza's Hamas government said Wednesday that Israeli air strikes on the besieged Palestinian territory during the night killed at least 80 people.

A statement from the government's media office said "more than 80 people were martyred and hundreds wounded in massacres committed by the occupation (Israel) raids" overnight. 

Thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war between Israel and Hamas since it erupted on October 7.

Oct 25, 2023 09:13 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: World leaders seek pause to Israel-Hamas fighting to allow aid into Gaza

The United States and Russia led international calls for a pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas to allow aid into the besieged Gaza Strip, as Israel maintained its bombardment of the enclave where Palestinians are living in harrowing conditions.

A total of 704 Palestinians, including 305 children, were killed on Tuesday, the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza said, a toll the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said was the highest reported in a single day since the conflict began nearly three weeks ago.

Reuters could not independently verify these figures.

Israel launched the strikes on Gaza after Hamas militants attacked southern Israeli towns on Oct. 7 in a rampage that killed 1,400 people, most of them civilians.

World leaders are now seeking to prevent the conflict from spreading across a region key to global energy supplies.

Oct 25, 2023 09:09 (IST)
Oct 25, 2023 08:18 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Updates: UN agency warns of 'halt' to Gaza aid operations

A UN agency warned it could be forced to stop aid operations in war-riven Gaza on Wednesday due to dwindling fuel supplies, as calls mounted for a humanitarian "pause" in fighting.

After 18 days of withering Israeli air strikes and a near-total land, sea and air blockade of the Palestinian territory, UN refugee agency UNRWA warned operations were at breaking point.

"If we do not get fuel urgently, we will be forced to halt our operations in the Gaza Strip," said the UN agency, which provides aid to 600,000 displaced Gazans.

Israel launched its campaign in response to an unprecedented cross-border attack by Hamas militants on October 7.

Gunmen from the Palestinian group poured into Israel from Gaza, killing more than 1,400 people and taking 222 hostages, according to Israeli authorities.

Oct 25, 2023 08:18 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Updates: UN chief alleges law violations in Gaza, angering Israel

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday alleged violations of international law in Gaza and urged an immediate ceasefire as Israel pounds the Palestinian territory in response to Hamas attacks, with the crisis deeply dividing the Security Council.

Israel voiced anger over the UN chief's plea before a high-level session of the Security Council, where the Palestinian foreign minister in turn denounced what he described as inaction in the conflict that has killed thousands on both sides, mostly civilians.

Opening the session, Guterres said there was no excuse for the "appalling" violence by Hamas militants on October 7 but also warned against "collective punishment" of the Palestinians.

"I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza. Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law," Guterres said, without explicitly naming Israel.

Oct 25, 2023 08:10 (IST)
US Warns Iran Of "Decisive" Response If Americans Are Attacked
Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the US would respond "decisively" if Iran or its proxies attack Americans, the sternest warning yet as the Biden administration tries to keep Tehran from joining the war between Israel and Hamas.

"The United States does not seek conflict with Iran," Blinken told a UN Security Council meeting Tuesday. "We do not want this war to widen. But if Iran or its proxies attack US personnel anywhere, make no mistake: We will defend our people, we will defend our security, swiftly and decisively."

Blinken also urged others on the 15-member Security Council, including Russia and China, to tell Iran not to open another front against Israel or attack its partners, and to hold them accountable if it does so.

US Warns Iran Of 'Decisive' Response If Americans Are Attacked
Oct 25, 2023 07:46 (IST)
700 Palestinians Killed In Overnight Israeli Strikes, Says Gaza
More than 700 Palestinians were killed overnight by Israeli air strikes, Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry said on Tuesday, the highest 24-hour death toll in Israel's two-week-old "total siege", as pressure grew for aid to be allowed into the enclave unimpeded. Read more

700 Palestinians Killed In Overnight Israeli Strikes, Says Gaza
Oct 25, 2023 07:34 (IST)
US Says Gaza Ceasefire "Only Benefits Hamas"
A full ceasefire in Gaza would only help Hamas as Israel wages an air campaign against the militant group, but humanitarian "pauses" should be considered to let vital aid in, the White House said Tuesday. Read more

US Says Gaza Ceasefire 'Only Benefits Hamas'

Oct 25, 2023 07:09 (IST)
Israel-Hamas War Live Updates: Why Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza Is Delaying

Israel has not launched a ground invasion of Gaza, despite announcing its imminence, a delay media reports and experts attribute to international pressure, political-military divisions and concerns over hostages.

Eighteen days after the deadliest attack ever launched into Israel by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas that rules Gaza, the Israeli military is relentlessly pounding the territory.

But apart from some relatively minor incursions, the much-vaunted land offensive has not been unleashed.

Why Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza Is Delaying
Oct 25, 2023 07:01 (IST)
"We Have Only One Task To Crush Hamas": Israel PM Netanyahu
Israel Defence Forces (IDF) on Tuesday announced that the ground personnel massing on the southern border were ready to 'invade' Gaza, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Briefing reporters at the country's southern border, IDF Chief-of-Staff, Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi said, "I want to be clear, we are ready to invade."

He added that the IDF was in the process of deciding on the 'exact timing' of the ground invasion of Gaza in coordination with the country's political echelons.

'We Have Only One Task To Crush Hamas': Israel PM Netanyahu
Oct 25, 2023 06:42 (IST)
US Preparing For Possible Mass Evacuation If Israel-Hamas War Escalates: Report
The Joe Biden administration in the United States is preparing for the possibility of carrying out a mass evacuation of hundreds of thousands of American citizens from the Middle East if the ongoing conflict in Gaza isn't contained, the Washington Post reported citing officials.

This comes as Israeli forces, aided by US weapons and military advisers, prepare for a ground offensive against Hamas terrorists responsible for the horrific cross-border attack on October 7 that killed over 1400 people.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to detail internal deliberations, said Americans living in Israel and neighbouring Lebanon are of particular concern, though they stressed that an evacuation of that magnitude is considered a worst-case scenario and that other outcomes are seen as more likely, Washington Post reported.

US Preparing For Possible Mass Evacuation If Israel-Hamas War Escalates: Report
Oct 25, 2023 06:42 (IST)
"If Your Will Is To Live In Peace...": Israel's Offer For Info On Hostages
The Israeli military has requested Gaza Strip residents to share actionable information about the locations where Hamas has kept Israeli hostages. Read more



Oct 25, 2023 06:41 (IST)
  • Israeli forces on an overnight raid in the occupied West Bank came under fire by a group of Palestinians whom the military then targeted with a drone strike, the Israeli military said on Wednesday, and medics said two Palestinians were killed.
  • The military said armed Palestinians "fired and hurled explosive devices" at its forces in Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank. The military then struck them with a drone, and "hits were identified", it added.
  • The Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service said two Palestinians were killed, with others injured.
  • The strike was at least the third use of Israeli air power in the West Bank since violence in the territory surged after Hamas' Oct. 7 gun rampage in southern Israel.
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