In the latest updates regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict, President Joe Biden expressed confidence in Israel’s adherence to the rules of war and emphasized the need for a path to a Palestinian state. Amid the escalating violence, here are the significant developments:
- Pakistan Extends Humanitarian Aid to Gaza
- On October 14, 2023, the Pakistani government announced its decision to provide humanitarian relief assistance to Gaza as the conflict continues. This move is a response to the ongoing human tragedy in the region.
- France Urges Lebanon to Stay Out of Conflict
- French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna stressed the importance of Lebanon taking measures to prevent involvement in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. She emphasized the need for responsible action from Lebanese officials.
- German Chancellor’s Visit to Israel and Egypt
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced his upcoming visits to Israel and Egypt to express solidarity and support in the aftermath of the deadly attacks by Hamas militants.
#Pakistan to dispatch aid to #Gaza, “In view of the human tragedy unfolding in Gaza, the Government of Pakistan has decided to immediately dispatch humanitarian relief assistance to Gaza. Government is coordinating with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, relevant UN agencies,…
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) October 16, 2023
- UK Increases Palestinian Aid
- British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged to increase humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people by an additional $12 million. This aid includes essential relief items and services such as food, water, and emergency shelter.
- UN Agency Accuses Hamas of Stealing Gaza Aid
- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) shared and later deleted a post accusing Hamas militants of stealing food and medical supplies from its Gaza City premises.
🚨Sirens sounding in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem🚨
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 16, 2023
- Israeli Soldiers’ Identities Revealed
- The Israeli army disclosed the names of eight more soldiers killed during the conflict, bringing the total number of slain soldiers to 299.
- UK Citizens Affected by Hamas Attack
- Prime Minister Rishi Sunak revealed that at least six British citizens have been killed, and ten more are missing following Hamas’ attack on Israel. The UK government will increase its humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people by one-third.
- Israeli Response to Rocket Attacks
- Rockets fired toward Jerusalem and Tel Aviv prompted the temporary closure of the Knesset session. The parliament session resumed after a 40-minute delay. The Israeli military responded to rocket attacks in southern Lebanon after their troops came under fire.
- Internally Displaced Israelis
- Approximately 100,000 Israelis may be internally displaced due to the ongoing conflict with Hamas. This includes those evacuated from their homes and those temporarily accommodated in state-subsidized guesthouses.
- Israel’s Commitment to Aid Gaza
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that Israel is committed to allowing aid to reach Gaza, though no specific timeline was provided.
- UN Security Council to Discuss Conflict
- The United Nations Security Council scheduled discussions on the Israel-Hamas war. The council is considering draft resolutions, including one urging a ceasefire and humanitarian aid delivery, and another branding Hamas attacks as an act of terrorism.
- Israeli PM’s Address to Knesset
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for global unity against Hamas, likening the group to a terrorist organization like ISIS. He warned Hezbollah not to test Israel’s resolve and reiterated Israel’s commitment to securing the release of individuals held by Hamas in Gaza.
These updates reflect the ongoing developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict and the international response, including humanitarian aid efforts and diplomatic initiatives.