As the carnage continues: Death toll in Israeli bombardment of Gaza climbs over 10,000 civilians - Day 31 as it happened

Ahram Online , Monday 6 Nov 2023

Jordan has air-dropped humanitarian aid to the Jordanian field hospital in Gaza as the Israeli war on the strip entered its 31st day. Israeli strikes have killed 10,022 Palestinians, including 4,104 children, more than 2,600 women, and 600 elderly.

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Palestinians check the rubble of a building following an Israeli strike in Khan Yunis on November 6, 2023. AFP


23:10 Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters calling for a cease-fire in Gaza blocked traffic Monday at the Port of Tacoma, where a military supply ship had recently arrived.

Organizers said they opposed the war on Gaza and targeted the vessel — the Cape Orlando — based on confidential information that it was to be loaded with weapons bound for Israel.

Those claims could not immediately be corroborated. In an emailed statement, Air Force Lt. Col. Bryon J. McGarry, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense, confirmed that the vessel is under the control of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command and is supporting the movement of U.S. military cargo.

“Due to operations security, DoD does not provide transit or movement details or information regarding the cargo embarked on vessels of this kind,” McGarry said.

The Cape Orlando drew similar protests in Oakland, California, where it docked on Friday before it sailed to Tacoma. About 300 protesters delayed its departure, and the U.S. Coast Guard detained three people who climbed onto the ship.

21:50 U.S. President Joe Biden did not reach an agreement during his call Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the need for a humanitarian pause in the Israel-Hamas war. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. would “continue to advocate for temporary, localized pauses in the fighting.”

The Palestinian death toll has surpassed 10,000, including more than 4,100 children and 2,640 women.

Asked whether the toll gave the U.S. pause for its staunch support for Israel, Kirby said, “I think we all need to remember who they’re fighting.”

He insisted “no country” would tolerate such an attack “without a swift and aggressive response,” but said the U.S. having “frank” conversations with Israelis about trying to reduce the civilian death toll.

21:45 A total of 100 Egyptians has been evacuated from the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, Egyptian news channel Al-Qahera News reported.

20:15 In a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Egypt’s Minister Sameh Shoukry underscored the need of preventing the expansion of the conflict scope in the Gaza Strip.

19:40 Hamas will not accept a puppet government in the Gaza Strip and will remain in the territory, said on Monday the leader of the Palestinian Islamist group in Lebanon.

"To those who think that Hamas will disappear, Hamas will remain entrenched in the conscience of our people, and no force on Earth can annihilate or marginalise it," Osama Hamdan told a news conference.

The senior Hamas official said Israel ally the United States planned to replace its rule in Gaza, likening such a move to Nazi Germany's puppet state in France during World War II.

"Our people will not allow the United States to impose its plans to create an administration that suits it and that suits the occupation (Israel), and our people will not accept a new Vichy government," he said.

18:55 Israeli airstrikes hit close to Al Jazeera reporter again.

18:30 Israeli occupation forces killed four Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Palestinian health ministry reported, as deadly violence surges there since the start of the war on Gaza.

Three Palestinians were killed and a fourth injured by Israeli occupation army fire in Tulkarem, in the northwest of the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, the ministry said.

Witnesses in Tulkarem told AFP that the three men killed were in a car when they were intercepted by undercover Israeli agents.

The agents "shot at them in a street in the north of the city and the three men died", one of the witnesses said on condition of anonymity.

17:00 Palestinians who fled southward on Monday reported a heavy Israeli bombardment overnight of the Shati refugee camp. They said the Israeli military pounded the camp and the area around al-Shifa hospital during a communications blackout.

Houses across the sprawling camp were reduced to the ground, leaving many dead or wounded under the ruble, they said. First responders and medics worked overnight to retrieve the dead and wounded, they said.

Ghassan Abu Sitta, a surgeon at al-Shifa hospital, said the bombardment of the camp shook the hospital's buildings.

“They pounded the camp all night. The buildings of the al-Shifa hospital were shaking all night, and we started getting the bodies and the wounded. It was horrendous,” he told The Associated Press.

15:50 The Palestinian health ministry said the death toll in one month of Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip has reached 10,022 civilians and the figures for the wounded are over 24,000.

Those killed include 4,104 children, more than 2,600 women, and more than 600 elderly.

The ministry said it has also received 2,660 reports of individuals missing under the rubble, with 1,270 of them being children.

15:00 The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip reopened Monday to allow the evacuation of foreigners and dual nationals from the under-bombardment strip, according to Palestinian authorities in Gaza.

The terminal was opened for three days on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday last week to allow dozens of wounded Palestinians and hundreds of foreign passport holders to cross before closing on Saturday and Sunday amid a dispute over the passage of ambulances.

14:30 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Washington was working "very aggressively" to substantially expand the amount of aid reaching civilians in Gaza.

"We have made good progress in recent days on expanding the aid getting into Gaza," Blinken said following talks in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan.

13:30 The South African government said it would recall all its diplomats from Israel to "signal" its concern over the situation in Gaza.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, a minister in the president's office, told a press briefing that all diplomatic staff in Tel Aviv would be asked back to Pretoria for consultations, without providing further details.

"We are... extremely concerned at the continued killing of children and innocent civilians in the Palestinian territories and we believe the nature of response by Israel has become one of collective punishment," Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor told a later press conference.

"We felt it important that we do signal the concern of South Africa while continuing to call for a comprehensive cessation (of hostilities)".

13:15 European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Monday said that the EU is increasing its humanitarian aid for Gaza by 25 million euros ($27 million), bringing the total EU humanitarian aid for Gaza to 100 million euros.

13:00 Israeli jetfighters continued airstrikes on various parts of the Gaza Strip leaving tens of killed and injured in central Gaza.

12:40 The French Ministry of Defence said on Monday that it is talking to Egypt about establishing a field hospital for the wounded in Gaza, according to Al-Arabiya.

In late October, President Emmanuel Macron said France plans to send a navy ship to the eastern Mediterranean to support hospitals in Gaza. 

12:30 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) announced an emergency Islamic summit in Riyadh on 12 November to discuss the situation in Palestine.

The OIC said the summit came at the request of Saudi Arabia.

An Arab League summit is scheduled to be held in Riyadh on 11 November to discuss responses to the Israeli war in Gaza.

12:00 CIA director Bill Burns is visiting Israel and other countries in the region this week for talks on the war in Gaza and the efforts to release captives, two Israeli officials confirmed to Axios.

Burns will meet with several of his intelligence counterparts and leaders in the Middle East to "discuss issues of mutual concern including the situation in Gaza, support for captives’ negotiations, and the US commitment to continuing to deter state and non-state actors from widening the conflict, " a US official told Axios.

Burns is expected to visit Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt, according to Axios.

On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a $14.5 billion military aid package to Israel as the US continues to pledge unconditional support to Tel Aviv in its war on Gaza.

11:30 The heads of 11 UN agencies and six humanitarian organizations issued a joint plea for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, the protection of civilians, and the swift entry to Gaza of food, water, medicine, and fuel.

"The horrific killings of even more civilians in Gaza is an outrage, as is cutting off 2.2 million Palestinians from food, water, medicine, electricity, and fuel," the heads of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory said.

"An entire population is besieged and under attack, denied access to the essentials for survival, bombed in their homes, shelters, hospitals, and places of worship," the joint statement said.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is the highest-level humanitarian coordination forum of the United Nations system. It brings together the executive heads of 18 organizations including UNICEF, the World Food Program, and the World Health Organization, as well as members from outside the United Nations.

11:00 Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, announced the destruction of 4 Israeli armoured vehicles near the Al-Shati camp and the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood in Gaza.

Heavy clashes between Qassam fighters and Israeli forces were taking place in several areas in Gaza amid a communications outage in the strip.

Meanwhile, Palestinian factions continued shelling Israeli settlements in the Gaza Envelope.

Sirens blared Monday morning in Nahal Oz, Netiv Hatara, and Nir Am in southern Israel.

10:45 The UN Security Council scheduled closed consultations on the war in Gaza on Monday afternoon at the request of China, which holds the council presidency this month, and the United Arab Emirates, the Arab representative on the council.

Earlier, the Chinese foreign ministry said China will seek restoration of calm in Palestine as council president, according to Al Arabiya.

10:30 In a dawn raid, Israel arrested well-known Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi #عهد_التميمي in a raid in Nabi Saleh in the West Bank as part of its ongoing widespread arrest campaign in the occupied territory since the start of its war on Gaza.

In 2015, Ahed, then 14, made international news for her bravery after a picture of her biting the arms of an Israeli soldier during clashes between members of her family and the Israeli army gained global attention.

On Monday, the Israeli army said it arrested Ahed on the grounds of inciting terrorism.

Israel has arrested more than 2,200 Palestinians in the West Bank since 7 October as it carries out a violent crackdown in the occupied territory, killing at least 150 and destroying multiple homes and streets.

10:00 The Israeli army said Monday it had "coordinated" with Jordan to air-drop vital medical supplies to a field hospital in the besieged Gaza Strip.

9:45 A Palestinian man stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli soldier before being shot dead in occupied east Jerusalem on Monday, Israeli police said.

9:30 In one of the bloodiest nights since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza a month ago, intense airstrikes killed more than 200 Palestinians and injured hundreds more in various parts of the Gaza Strip in what the Palestinian health ministry described as new massacres.

9:15 The US military has acknowledged positioning a nuclear-capable submarine in the Middle East, AP reported.

US acknowledgement of an Ohio-class submarine location is incredibly rare as they represent part of America's so-called “nuclear triad” of atomic weapons — which also includes land-based ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs aboard strategic bombers.

The submarine "Ohio" will join the aircraft carriers "Eisenhower" and "Gerald Ford" and a group of warships that were previously deployed by the US military in the region after the war on Gaza erupted.

9:00 In a phone call on Sunday evening, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen that Egypt's extensive international humanitarian relief coordination efforts should not be seen as a substitute for the immediate necessity of a ceasefire

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