Israel Palestine Conflict: Following a seven-hour debate, leaders of the European Union (EU) at the EU summit in Brussels released a common statement on the Israel-Hamas conflict. The leaders of the EU reaffirmed their calls for a “humanitarian pause” in the war in their joint statement.
Palestinian Health Ministry Discloses Names of 7028 Israeli Strike Victims
In the meantime, the names of 7,028 victims of Israeli strikes were made public by the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza. This was in response to US President Joe Biden casting doubt on the death toll disclosed by the Gaza health ministry, which is operated by Hamas. Cross-border combat between Syria, Lebanon, and Israel was reported.
Al Jazeera Reports Over 60 Palestinian Arrests in Israeli West Bank Operation
Al Jazeera claimed that during an Israeli operation in the West Bank overnight, more than sixty Palestinians were arrested, and during another search in East Jerusalem, further arrests were reported. There is pressure on Israel to allow life-saving supplies into the Palestinian enclave since the war is still going strong and because a ground invasion by Israel would likely have disastrous effects.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Warns of Consequences for U.S. as Gaza Conflict Persists
Conversely, at an extraordinary UN General Assembly meeting, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian forewarned the United States that Washington would “not be spared from this fire” if Israel continued to strike Gaza. Iran’s threat gained prominence after the Wall Street Journal revealed that 500 Hamas and Islamic Jihad members had received training from Iran’s top military personnel on Iranian territory.
Hamas Claims Loss of Fifty Hostages in Israeli Strikes
According to AFP, Hamas asserts that around fifty hostages have perished as a result of Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip, which it controls. Al-Qassam Brigades, the group’s armed unit, made the allegation following an alleged “targeted raid” carried out by Israel overnight, which the military said destroyed numerous locations before it withdrew.
Hamas Delegation Travels to Moscow for Hostage Negotiations
According to Russian media, Reuters, a delegation from Hamas travelled to Moscow on Thursday to negotiate the release of international hostages, including Russian people, that the organisation is detaining in Gaza. TASS said that senior Hamas member Abu Marzouk was present at the negotiations, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry. “Contacts were held with him in continuation of the Russian line on the immediate release of foreign hostages in the Gaza Strip. Issues related to ensuring the evacuation of Russian and other foreign citizens from the territory of the Palestinian enclave were also discussed,” TASS said.