Israel Palestine Conflict: Israel has consented to a four-hour break in its attacks on the Gaza Strip, more than one month after the conflict broke out on October 7. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the move, stating that his goal was to “enable a safe passage of civilians away from the zone of fighting.”
Battle Continues Amid Ceasefire
Benjamin made it clear that the battle would not end completely, though. In the meantime, Gaza officials said that Israel had conducted airstrikes on or close to three hospitals on Friday, underscoring the precarious health system in the Palestinian enclave as it strains to care for thousands of injured or displaced people as a result of Israel’s fight against Hamas terrorists.
239 Held, Including Children and Elderly
Israeli sources claim that 239 hostages, including children and the elderly, are still being held by Hamas militants after the massacre, which claimed 1,400 lives in Israel. According to US sources, the number of Americans kept captive is less than ten, as reported by the Associated Press. The Health Ministry in the Hamas-controlled region of Gaza reports that over 10,800 people have died there.
Israel Agrees to Daily Four-Hour Suspension
Israel has consented to a four-hour daily suspension of military operations in certain areas of northern Gaza. According to White House national security spokeswoman John Kirby, the pauses were important initial moves because they would let civilians to evacuate along two humanitarian corridors and may be utilised to free captives. Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, has indicated that any respite would be brief, and there has been no formal announcement of a strategy for regular pauses. Netanyahu responded, “No,” when asked if there will be a “stoppage” in violence on Fox News Channel. We want to make it easier for people to leave the combat zone safely, therefore we’re doing that even as the fighting against the Hamas enemy—the Hamas terrorists—continues, although temporarily in certain areas for a few hours here or there.”
Netanyahu Denies Goal of Displacing Palestinians
In response to concerns raised by an increasing number of regional officials that Jerusalem’s true goal in the fight against Hamas is to drive out Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Israel does not aim to do so. Speaking to Fox News, Netanyahu said, “We don’t seek to displace anyone. What we’re trying to do is get the Gazans in the northern part of the Gaza Strip where the fighting has taken place to move one to four miles south where we have established a safe zone. We want to see field hospitals. We’re encouraging and enabling humanitarian help to go there. That’s how we’re fighting this war.”
Netanyahu Outlines Israel’s Goals for Gaza
Benjamin also offered fresh information on Israel’s idea of what Gaza will look like following the conflict. “What we have to see is Gaza demilitarised, deradicalised and rebuilt. All of that can be achieved. We don’t seek to conquer Gaza. We don’t seek to occupy Gaza. And we don’t seek to govern Gaza. In the foreseeable future, we have to have a credible force that if necessary, will enter Gaza and kill the killers. That’s what will prevent the emergence of another Hamas-like entity. But what I expect to see is a rebuilt Gaza for the Gazans,” Netanyahu said.
Israel Targets Three Medical Facilities
According to Gaza officials, Israel conducted airstrikes on or close to three hospitals on Friday, underscoring the frail health system in the Palestinian enclave as it tries to treat thousands of injured or displaced people as a result of Israel’s fight against Hamas militants. The largest hospital in Gaza, Al Shifa, was one of the medical facilities. Israel claimed that Hamas had tunnels and covert command headquarters there; Hamas disputes these claims. Qidra stated that there were casualties and that Israel had attacked the courtyard of the Gaza City medical facility, but he did not elaborate.
Calls Out “Weakness” Amid Gaza Casualties
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called out Western countries for their “weakness” in the face of civilian casualties in Gaza. Erdogan has been a vociferous opponent of Israel’s activities in Gaza. Erdogan also urged Muslim countries to show solidarity in opposition to Israel’s activities. The Turkish president made these remarks on Thursday during a meeting of the 10 member Economic Cooperation Organisation in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Erdogan said Western nations and organisations are observing these “massacres by Israel” from afar but are “too weak to even call for a ceasefire, let alone criticize child murderers. If we, the Economic Cooperation Organisation, as Muslims, are not going to raise our voices today… when will we raise our voices?” Erdogan added that Turkey will keep up its diplomatic efforts to impose a cease-fire and stop the fighting from getting worse.
Two Israelis Shot and Injured in Drive
Driving in the northern West Bank on Thursday night, two Israelis were shot and injured, according to Israeli media. According to the story, a baby in the back seat of their automobile was unharmed. In the past week, there have been two gun attacks in the West Bank targeting Israeli drivers. An Israeli guy was shot at, wrecked, and overturned in his automobile on November 2.
Israeli Military Confirms Civilian Building Hit
The Israeli military confirmed that an unidentified drone struck a civilian building in the southern Israeli city of Eilat on Thursday, causing some damage. Meanwhile, the Houthi movement in Yemen claimed to have fired ballistic missiles into the port city of the Red Sea, according to news agency Reuters. Since the confrontation between Israel and Hamas began on October 7, the Houthi movement, which is affiliated with Iran, has repeatedly attacked Israel with missiles and drones. With the exception of Thursday’s drone strike, every one of them was shot down or failed. The drone’s identify was reportedly being investigated, according to the military, after it damaged the Eilat building. There were no injuries reported.