Israel’s Deadline for Palestinian Evacuation
As Israel’s deadline for Palestinians to leave the combat zone approaches, families have been desperately fleeing, using any available means such as cars, carts, and even on foot.
They are heeding warnings that they could be caught in the crossfire if Israel launches a full-scale ground assault into Gaza.
Hamas’ Claims and Urgent Calls to Stay
Hamas has claimed that a fleeing convoy has already witnessed the loss of 70 lives.
Despite this, they have been urging citizens to stay in their homes, potentially exposing themselves to grave danger.
The 2 pm Deadline
Civilians were given until 2 pm (UK time) to move to safety. With the presence of up to 300,000 Israeli soldiers amassed at the border, hundreds of thousands are expected to heed the advice.
Death of Hamas Commander Ali Qadhi
In the midst of the conflict, Israel’s air force reported the killing of Hamas commander Ali Qadhi, who led a cross-border attack on Israeli settlements, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians.
The strike was executed via a drone.
Captives in the Gaza Strip
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed that over 120 civilians are still being held captive in the Gaza Strip by Hamas militants, adding another layer of complexity to the ongoing crisis.
Human Toll and Displacement
The airstrikes on Gaza have taken a devastating toll, with at least 2,215 people killed and another 330,000 displaced, according to the Palestinian Health Authority.
In Israel, the conflict has resulted in an estimated 1,300 deaths. Additionally, the Palestinian health authority reported that 53 people have died in the West Bank since last Saturday.
International Diplomatic Efforts
Amid the escalating conflict, international diplomatic efforts are underway, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken engaging with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss containing the Israel-Hamas conflict.
China has called for an “international peace meeting” to address the crisis.
Israel’s Response: Attacks on Lebanon
Israel has also launched attacks on locations in Lebanon in response to reports of multiple rocket launches from the south of the country.
The situation remains tense, with exchanges of fire and shelling occurring.
Protests and Demonstrations
Pro-Palestine protests and marches have taken place in various parts of the world, including London.
Demonstrators express their concerns about the conflict’s impact on civilians and call for a just resolution to the crisis.
In the UK, counter-terror police are actively reviewing 55 new cases related to potential terrorist content online in response to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
The public’s role in reporting such content is emphasized to prevent the incitement of terrorist violence.
Lebanon’s Complaint to UN
Lebanon has announced its intention to file a formal complaint with the UN Security Council, alleging “Israel’s deliberate killing” of Reuters journalist Issam Abdullah.
The journalist lost his life when missiles fired from the direction of Israel struck a group of journalists in southern Lebanon.
Pro-Palestine Demonstrations in London
Hundreds of protesters gathered in London for a pro-Palestine march, expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Tensions flared at times during the demonstration, highlighting the deep emotions surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict.