Saturday marks two weeks since the terrorist attack carried out by Hamas in Israel, and thus two weeks since the beginning of the war.
This happened today:
● The United Nations hopes that more trucks loaded with emergency aid will be sent to Gaza on Sunday, Reuters reported.
– I heard this afternoon – and we’re negotiating this now – that we could deliver more shipments tomorrow which could be somewhat larger, 20 to 30 trucks, says the head of UN emergency aid, Martin Griffiths, in an interview. . .
● Israel must immediately escalate its attacks in Gaza to increase pressure on Hamas, army spokesman says in a press conference on Saturday evening.
We must enter the next phase of the war under the best conditions and not according to what anyone tells us. Daniel Hagari, a spokesman for the Israeli army, said, “Starting today, we will increase attacks and reduce the danger.”
● Hezbollah’s deputy leader, Sheikh Naim Qassem, warned Israel on Saturday evening against carrying out the announced ground invasion of Gaza. He says, according to the Associated Press: You have to pay a heavy price.
Qassem also said that Hezbollah was already “in the heart of the battle.” These statements come after several days of clashes between militia fighters and the Israeli army near Israel’s border with Lebanon.
– We are trying to suppress the Israeli enemy and let him know that we are ready, says Hezbollah’s deputy leader, according to the Associated Press.
The news agency refers to a statement issued by Hamas stating that Hezbollah will participate in the fighting if Israel launches a ground invasion of Gaza.
Qassem said something similar during a pro-Palestinian demonstration on October 13 in Beirut The Times of Israel. The deputy commander then reportedly said that Hezbollah was ready to join Hamas in the war against Israel, when the time was right.
● Disagreements between participants in today’s international summit in Cairo are said to have led to a joint statement not being issued, he wrote. Sky News Arabia. The meeting was about the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.
The media organization did not mention the names of high-level diplomatic sources.
– There will be no final statement due to differences between the Arab group and Western representatives, according to one of the sources, according to Sky News Arabia.
The same source stated that the Western representatives wanted the statement to include a condemnation of the Hamas movement, but they did not want to condemn Israel for killing thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip, or demand an immediate ceasefire, according to the Media House.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet commented on this information to Dagbladet.
● Hamas said on Saturday afternoon that it was out of the question to discuss the fate of military hostages, unless Israeli attacks on Gaza stopped, Reuters news agency wrote.
Our position on the kidnapped Israeli soldiers is clear: The matter is related to a (possible) exchange of prisoners, and we will not discuss it until after Israel stops its aggression against Gaza and the Palestinians, says Hamas representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.
● There were reports of skirmishes between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah militia on the border with Lebanon throughout the day. Shortly before 3 p.m., the Israeli army said in a statement that it attacked militants who fired rockets and anti-tank shells near the border.
The Israeli army confirmed that deaths were recorded in both attacks.
At seven in the evening, a US State Department spokesman stated that US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, spoke by phone with Acting Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati. Blinken is said to have stressed the need to respect the interests of the people, and that the Lebanese people will be affected if Lebanon is dragged into the war between Israel and Hamas.
● Newly appointed Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide (AFP) participated in an international summit in Cairo on Saturday.
He requested a humanitarian truce, among other things, to enable emergency aid to enter Gaza, the ministry stated in a press release.
Humanitarian access must therefore be maintained and expanded. The needs are enormous. It is a requirement of international law to ensure that the population has access to humanitarian assistance and is protected from the worst effects of war, even while fighting continues. Eddy says the most important measure that will prevent residents’ suffering is restoring access to water and electricity from Israel.
● 20 trucks loaded with medical equipment, food and water were allowed to enter through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.
20 trucks loaded with medical equipment, water and food from the Egyptian Red Crescent participated in this operation, the organization said in a statement published, among other things, on the X – Twitter website previously.
The arrival of 20 trucks today is a welcome sign of hope, but minimal assistance represents a drop in the ocean. “We ask the international community to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza, including through Israeli border crossings,” they wrote.
So far, only residents of the southern areas of Gaza have benefited from humanitarian aid.
Fuel is not included in deliveries. The Red Crescent warns of:
Without fuel, they will not be able to generate electricity, and thousands of Palestinians are at risk of death in hospitals. Ambulances won’t be able to save lives either, they wrote.
According to a CNN correspondent on the Egyptian side of the border, the border crossing should have been closed again after the trucks passed.
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