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Hostilities have been raging in the Middle East since early October after Hamas launched a large-scale surprise attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip. Israel responded with retaliatory strikes and a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip.
On 27 October, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion into the Gaza Strip with the stated goal of eliminating Hamas. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has warned that it will advance wherever Hamas is found, including the southern part of the Palestinian territory.
The civilian death toll in Gaza has exceeded 13,000 since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict. The Israeli attacks are believed to have left an estimated 6,000 people trapped under the rubble, including more than 4,000 children and women who remain unaccounted for, Gaza officials said.
The IDF, for its part, said at least 378 Israeli soldiers had been killed since this latest wave of hostilities between Palestine and Israel started.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, most hospitals and medical clinics in Gaza have been closed because of damage from Israeli strikes or lack of fuel.
The risk of the conflict spilling over into neighboring countries continues to grow, with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah launching a rocket attack on the Israeli army.
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03:32 GMT 21.11.2023
Israeli Strike on Residential Building in Central Gaza Kills 17 People - Reports
At least 17 people were killed in Israeli shelling of a residential building in the central Gaza Strip, media reported on Monday. The building was said to be located on the territory of the Nuseirat refugee camp.
03:06 GMT 21.11.2023
Hamas Leader Says Truce Agreement With Israel Approaching
The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, said on Tuesday that a ceasefire agreement was close to being concluded, as the movement handed over its response to Qatar and other mediators in negotiations with Israel.
"The movement has conveyed its response to the brothers in Qatar and the mediators, we are approaching the conclusion of a truce agreement," the movement said on Telegram.
Last week, US media reported that the United States, Israel and Hamas were close to an agreement on a five-day pause in fighting in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the release of hostages.
01:48 GMT 21.11.2023
Canada Urges Israel to Take Action Against Extremist Settler Violence - Foreign Ministry
Ottawa calls on the Israeli government to take steps to halt the settler violence against Palestinians, Global Affairs Canada said in a release.
"Canada strongly condemns the extremist settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank and is also gravely concerned by reports of Palestinian communities being forcibly removed from their lands in the West Bank," the release said on Monday. "Canada, along with partners, calls on the Government of Israel to take immediate action to stop such further occurrences of extremist settler violence."
Canada also calls on Israel to protect the Palestinian population and hold those responsible for the violence accountable under the law. The violence, the release added, negatively impacts efforts to achieve a negotiated two-state solution.
"As has been the position of successive Canadian governments, Canada does not recognize permanent Israeli control over territories occupied in 1967, and strongly opposes illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank. The settlements constitute a serious obstacle to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East," the release said.
The US over the weekend said it was ready to issue visa bans against Israeli extremists attacking civilians in the West Bank.
01:46 GMT 21.11.2023
German President to Visit Israel on Sunday - Office
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will pay an official visit to Israel from November 26-27 to hold talks with his Israeli counterpart, Isaac Herzog, the presidential office said on Monday.
"During his official visit to Israel from November 26-27, the federal president will meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and hold political talks. Meetings are also planned in southern Israel and East Jerusalem," the office said in a statement.
The statement added that Steinmeier would also visit Oman on November 28 and Qatar on November 29.
00:06 GMT 21.11.2023
Iran to File Lawsuit With ICC Over Israel’s Actions in Gaza Strip - Foreign Ministry
Iran plans to file a lawsuit with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Monday.
"In the view of many lawyers and international experts, the Israeli regime has committed ... a number of war crimes in Gaza. There is ample evidence. As part of its proposal to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation ... Iran has called for the creation of a committee to submit these documents to international courts, including this court [ICC], and we hope that the International Criminal Court, within the framework of its inherent mission, will prove that it acts impartially and fairly and will take measures to bring war criminals to trial," Kanaani was quoted as saying by media.
Kanaani added that during a recent trip to Geneva, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian raised this issue at a meeting with UN representatives.
23:05 GMT 20.11.2023
Smoke rises during an Israeli military bombardment of the northern Gaza Strip on November 15, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.11.2023
US Democratic Senators Urge Biden to Press Israel on Need for Gaza Aid - Letter
21:58 GMT 20.11.2023
Gaza Health Ministry: 100 People Evacuated From Indonesian Hospital to South of Gaza
Evacuation of wounded from the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip has begun, with about 100 people being transported to the southern part of the enclave, the Gaza Health Ministry said on Monday.
"About 500 wounded were in the Indonesian hospital ... We tried to evacuate these people in coordination with the UN authorities and the Red Cross, it took a long time, some of the injured people were evacuated to Al Nasr hospital in Khan Younis, about 400 wounded remain in the hospital now," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told media.
20:35 GMT 20.11.2023
US Expects Palestinian Authority to Play Role in Governing West Bank, Gaza - State Dept.
The United States expects the Palestinian Authority to play a role in the governance of the West Bank and Gaza after the Israeli military operation is over, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Monday.
"The Palestinian Authority right now is the representative of the Palestinian people and we would fully expect it to play a role in governance both in the West Bank and Gaza," Miller said during a press briefing.
Miller underscored that the United States remains committed to its goal of the establishment of a united Palestinian state of the West Bank and Gaza where the Palestinian people plays a role in self-determination.
20:34 GMT 20.11.2023
Israel to Extend Monday Evacuation Time for Gaza's Indonesian Hospital - Defense Ministry
Israel will extend the evacuation time by four hours on Monday for people to leave the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, the Israeli Defense Ministry's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said.
Earlier in the day, media reported, citing eyewitnesses, that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was encircling the hospital in the enclave and heavily shelling it.
"Today, the times will be extended until 20:00 [18:00 GMT] in order to facilitate the evacuation of the Indonesian hospital," COGAT said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
COGAT added that thousands of Gaza residents were heading south for safety through IDF evacuation corridors.
18:57 GMT 20.11.2023
Israeli Forces Capture Key Facilities of One of Main Hamas Battalions in Gaza City - IDF
The Israeli forces have captured key targets of the ‘Zaytun’ battalion of Hamas in the Gaza City, including central headquarters and a command center, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Monday.
The IDF said that "Zaytun" is one of the main battalions of Hamas that is operation in the Zaytun area of the Gaza City.
"The soldiers of the 188th Brigade [of the IDF] took operational control of several key targets of the 'Zaytun' Battalion, including the command center of the Commander of the Gaza City Brigade and the battalion's central headquarters," the IDF wrote on its Telegram channel, adding that Israeli soldiers "eliminated many terrorists."
17:14 GMT 20.11.2023
Schools in Tel Aviv to Reopen on Tuesday - Reports
All schools in Tel Aviv will reopen from Tuesday, the Haaretz newspaper reported.
On October 11, the Israeli Education Ministry said that all classes in Israeli schools would be held remotely due to the ongoing escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
16:59 GMT 20.11.2023
Death Toll in Gaza Strip Since Escalation of Conflict Exceeds 13,300, Over 31,000 Injured - Authorities
The death toll in the Gaza Strip has surpassed 13,300 since the Palestinian-Israeli conflict began on October 7, the enclave’s authorities said on Monday.
“The death toll exceeded 13,300 people, among them more than 5,600 children [killed]...the number of injured exceeded 31,000,” the Gaza Strip government's press office said.
16:55 GMT 20.11.2023
Biden Believes Hostage Deal Between Israel and Hamas is Near
16:39 GMT 20.11.2023
Doctors Without Borders Says Its Clinic in Gaza Comes Under Fire, Four Cats Burned Down
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Monday that its clinic in the Gaza Strip came under fire, and four cars of the humanitarian organization were burned down.
"In #Gaza City, our clinic came under fire this morning. Our colleagues saw that a wall was torn down and part of the building was engulfed by fire, as heavy fighting took place all around it. An Israeli tank was seen in the street," the MSF wrote on X, adding that four MSF cars were "burned down".
The organization added that its staff member remains in the clinic "in extreme danger" along with 20 relatives.
"We don’t know their status," the MSF said.
15:34 GMT 20.11.2023
Israel to Continue Operation Against Hamas in Gaza Even After Release of Hostages - Gantz
Benny Gantz, a minister in Israel's emergency war cabinet, said on Monday that Israel would continue its operation in the Gaza Strip to eliminate the Hamas group even after the temporary ceasefire and the release of all hostages.
"Even if there is a pause to release the hostages, we will strike at our enemy as hard as we can. The operation is currently expanding, deepening and gaining momentum," Gantz was quoted as saying by the army radio.
Last week, Al Arabiya reported that Israel and Hamas were close to agreeing on the release of 50 civilian hostages held by Hamas in exchange for a three-day or a five-day humanitarian pause, the release of an equal number of Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons and the delivery of fuel and humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that no agreement on the release of hostages had been reached at the moment.
14:42 GMT 20.11.2023
700 People Still Trapped at Al-Shifa Hospital – Gaza’s Health Ministry
Ashraf al-Qedra, the health ministry's representative in Gaza, commented on the situation at Al-Shifa hospital:
700 people, including 259 wounded and sick, still remain at Al-Shifa hospital;
a UN committee has visited the Al-Shifa complex, but there is still nothing new about the evacuation of those stuck there;
those who remain there are in a catastrophic situation without water, electricity or food supplies.
14:27 GMT 20.11.2023
Russia’s Patrushev, Head of Iraq’s PMF Discuss Security, Middle East - Council
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev on Monday held a meeting with Falih Alfayyadh, the head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), in Moscow to discuss security and the situation in the Middle East, the Russian Security Council stated.
"Nikolai Patrushev and Falih Alfayyadh discussed some issues of Russian-Iraqi cooperation in the field of security, as well as the situation in the Middle East," the council said in a statement.
14:20 GMT 20.11.2023
Over 8,000 People Evacuated From Gaza Via Rafah Crossing - Egypt's Information Service
Palestinians pick up drinking water bottles that reportedly ended up on the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip following a windy and rainy night, on November 20, 2023, amid deteriorating humanitarian circumstances as the battles between Israel and the militant group Hamas continue - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.11.2023
Over 8,000 People Evacuated From Gaza Via Rafah Crossing - Egypt's Information Service
13:54 GMT 20.11.2023
Twenty-Eight Premature Infants Transported to Rafah Crossing - Palestinian Red Crescent
The Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) movement said that it had transported 28 premature infants from the Emirates Hospital in southern Gaza Strip to the Rafah border crossing, from where they will be transferred to Egyptian hospitals for treatment.
“The PRCS emergency medical services teams evacuated today 28 premature infants from the Emirates Hospital to the Rafah Crossing, to be transferred to receive medical treatment in Egyptian hospitals,” the organization wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The PRCS added that the operation has been conducted in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The step has been taken “due to the poor health conditions of the children caused by power outages in nurseries and their consumption of contaminated water and milk,” the organization said.
On Sunday, the WHO said that 31 premature and low-birthweight infants were evacuated from the Shifa hospital in the northern Gaza Strip to southern Gaza. The babies were suffering from “serious infections due to lack of medical supplies,” the organization said, citing doctors. The WHO said that six medical workers and 10 members of their families were also evacuated from the hospital.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) entered Gaza's largest hospital complex, Shifa, last Wednesday, after air strikes and a ground operation against Hamas. According to IDF, a Hamas tunnel was found under the complex.
13:44 GMT 20.11.2023
Israeli Shelling of School in Gaza Where Refugees Sheltering Kills at Least 12 - Reports
Israeli artillery shelling of a school of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip, where refugees were sheltering, kills at least 12 people, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Monday.
Israel shelled the school near the Al Bureij camp in the central part of the Gaza Strip, where displaced persons from the northern part of the enclave are sheltering, the news agency reported, adding that there were about 2,000 people in the school at the moment of the strike.
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