War death toll nears 1,900
An Israeli military official reported that the death toll resulting from Hamas’ unexpected attack over the weekend has now surpassed 1,000 casualties. According to the health ministry in the Gaza Strip, a tragic toll of 900 lives has been lost, comprising 260 children, 230 women, and leaving 4,600 individuals injured since Saturday, local media reported.
WFP targets food help for extra 600,000 Palestinians
On Tuesday, the World Food Program (WFP) announced its intention to extend food assistance to an additional 600,000 individuals in Gaza and the West Bank in response to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The United Nations agency, headquartered in Rome, is currently providing support to approximately 200,000 individuals in the Palestinian territories, AFP reported.
Iran says Tehran was not behind Hamas attack on Israel
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority, stated on Tuesday that Tehran had no involvement in the recent weekend attack on Israel by the militant Hamas group. However, he did express satisfaction with what he described as Israel’s significant setback in terms of its military and intelligence capabilities.
Israel shells Lebanon after rocket fire: army
On Tuesday, Israeli military forces initiated artillery strikes in Lebanon following rocket attacks aimed at Israel, according to an official statement from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF’s response was prompted by the rockets launched from Lebanese territory towards Israel.
X promises ‘highest level response’ amid barrage of misinformation
The social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, says it is trying to take action on a flood of posts sharing graphic media, violent speech and hateful conduct about the war between Israel and Hamas.
X says it’s treating the crisis with its highest level of response.
Indian PM express support to Israel
Indian Prime Minister Narendra expressed his support to Israel during a call with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who had a discussion with the Indian leader on the Hamas terror attack and subsequent conflict.
Taking to social media platform X, Modi, who is known to share great camaraderie with Netanyahu, said that India stands “firmly with Israel in this difficult hour”, and condemned the terrorist attack.
“I thank Prime Minister @netanyahu for his phone call and providing an update on the ongoing situation. People of India stand firmly with Israel in this difficult hour. India strongly and unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”, the prime minister posted.
In response, the Israel embassy in India said, “Thank you, Prime Minister @narendramodi, for your unwavering support for #Israel. We extend our gratitude to all our Indian friends for standing firmly with Israel during these challenging times.”
Netanyahu assures to wipe out Hamas
Meanwhile, Israeli troops have intensified attacks in Gaza in response to an all-front assault launched by the Palestine-based Hamas terror group.
Netanyahu said that he would make all efforts to end this war and added that Israel has mobilised 300,000 troops, the largest since the 1973 Yom Kippur War when Israel called up 400,000 reservists.
“Israel is at war. We didn’t want this war. It was forced upon us in the most brutal and savage way. But though Israel didn’t start this war, Israel will finish it,” said Netanyahu on October 9.
The Israeli leader lashed out at Hamas, saying that they will pay the price and will remember the same for a long time.
“Hamas will understand that by attacking us, they have made a mistake of historic proportions. We will exact a price that will be remembered by them and Israel’s other enemies for decades to come,” he said.
Hamas threatens to kill hostages
The Palestinian militant group has threatened to execute some of the around 150 hostages it abducted in a weekend assault as it warned on Monday that it could start killing them. Hamas said that Israeli strikes killed four of its hostages.
“Every targeting of our people without warning will be met with the execution of one of the civilian hostages,” said the Hamas armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.
Unacceptable blackmail, says French President
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday denounced “unacceptable blackmail” by Hamas.
He told reporters on a visit to Germany: “The blackmail by Hamas after its terrorist acts is odious and unacceptable.”
The French president added that he considered it “likely” that Hamas had received outside “help” in its attack against Israel.
But he stressed there was “no formal trace” of any “direct involvement” by Iran, at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
(With inputs from agencies)
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