Israel relentless bombardment continues on Gaza, Netanyahu hints at prolonged governance- DAY 32 as it happened

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Oct 2023

Israel initiated a deadly bombardment in southern Gaza, encircling Gaza City in the north, on the 32nd day of the conflict, with over 10,000 Palestinians killed. The United Nations Security Council failed to pass a resolution, due to the US's opposition to demanding a cease-fire for the delivery of essential aid and to prevent further civilian loss of life.

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Palestinian walk away after Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. AP

23:00 As many as 526 trucks carrying humanitarian aid have crossed into Gaza through the Rafah crossing since 21 October but no fuel has entered the strip so far, according to a statement released by the UN after briefing on Tuesday.

“Every day, you think it is the worst day and then the next day is worse,” UN health agency spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said, quoting a colleague in Gaza, which remains under almost complete blockade. 

Additionally, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the Egyptian government has agreed to the deployment of a UN technical humanitarian team to provide advice to the Egyptian Red Crescent Society on the delivery of aid to Gaza, which will be based close to the Rafah crossing at Al-Arish airport.

22:30 The Red Cross said two of its trucks were damaged when a convoy of its vehicles in Gaza came under fire on Tuesday.

The ICRC vehicles were hit as they were transporting vital medical supplies to hospitals and health facilities in the besieged enclave but were able to deliver medical supplies to Al Shifa Hospital. A driver was lightly wounded, the aid group said.

“These are not the conditions under which humanitarian personnel can work,” said William Schomburg, the head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza. 

22:10 Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, in his first interview with a foreign media outlet since the start of the war on 7 October, said Israel has no desire to impose a civilian administration on Gaza. 

Once Hamas is toppled, Israel is looking at turning over responsibility for governing the territory to an international coalition, including the US, the European Union, and Muslim-majority countries, or to local political leaders in Gaza, he said.

21:30 The United States said it opposed a new long-term occupation of the Gaza Strip by Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed "overall security" of the territory following the war.

"Our viewpoint is that Palestinians must be at the forefront of these decisions and Gaza is Palestinian land and it will remain Palestinian land," State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters.

"Generally speaking, we do not support the reoccupation of Gaza," he said.

20:35 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in a televised statement marking the first month of the war on Gaza, there will be no fuel delivered to the Gaza Strip ... no ceasefire unless all the captives seized by the Palestinian resistance are freed.

19:00 A month after the Israeli war on Gaza erupted, the Red Cross demanded Tuesday an end to the horrific suffering of civilians, and especially children, decrying a "moral failing".

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) president Mirjana Spoljaric, said in a statement that she had been particularly shocked to see the suffering that children have had to endure.

"Children have been ripped from their families and held hostage. In Gaza, ICRC surgeons treat toddlers whose skin is charred from widespread burns," she said.

Adding, "The images of suffering, dead and wounded children in Gaza will haunt us all. This is a moral failing."

17:40 More than 100 French nationals and their dependents have been evacuated from the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing to Egypt, the foreign ministry in Paris said Tuesday.

"Two groups of French nationals, officials and rights holders were able to leave" on Monday and Tuesday from Gaza and are now "in safety in Egypt," the ministry said in a statement.

17:15 Israeli air attack kills Palestinian journalist Mohammad Abu Hasira along with 42 family members near Gaza City.

16:15 Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency William Burns on Tuesday.

During their meeting, the two sides discussed the ongoing Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip.

El-Sisi emphasized Egypt's position on this matter, particularly the need for an immediate ceasefire to protect civilians and facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid without hindrance.

On his part, Burns reaffirmed his commitment to continue intensive coordination with the Egyptian side to resolve the ongoing crisis.

15:40 The Foreign Press Association has issued a statement criticising the Israeli military for harassing reporters while they are working in the occupied West Bank.

In the statement, it writes the AP "is alarmed by several incidents in which reporters on assignment in the West Bank were harassed by soldiers. We call on the Israeli army to ensure the safety of reporters and to facilitate and not impede the access of GPO-accredited journalists working in the area."

In a series of incidents, reporters were stopped at checkpoints, barred from crossing despite showing their press cards, and harassed and threatened by settlers, some of whom wore army uniforms. These incidents have taken place despite repeated pleas to the army spokesperson for assistance during the current Israeli war in Gaza.

The media outlets include: CNN, Germany’s ARD, Austrian ORF team, Netherland’s NOS team and an Al Jazeera team.As well as issues gaining access to the occupied West Bank, journalists have repeatedly been prevented from reporting on the Israeli war in Gaza by communications blackouts imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel.

15:25 The Hezbollah lawmaker, Ali Fayyad said that the Lebanese resistance group would respond “double” to any Israeli attacks on civilians after a strike that killed three children and their grandmother in south Lebanon.

Fayyad was speaking at the funeral of the four Lebanese people killed in the south on Sunday, Reuters reported.

At the funeral, the family cried over four coffins draped in the flags of Lebanon and of a local scouts organisation. A banner of the three girls, who were aged between 10 and 14, said they were martyrs and featured the emblem of Hezbollah.

Lebanese authorities said an Israeli strike hit the car the family was travelling in on Sunday. Israel’s military claim its troops engaged a vehicle in Lebanon which was “identified as suspected” and it was looking into reports there were civilians inside.

Lebanese security officials say more than 60 Hezbollah fighters and 10 civilians have been killed in the skirmishes across the blue line, with at least seven Israeli soldiers killed on the Israeli side.

15:05 Al Jazeera reports, citing the Al-Qassam brigades Telegram channel, that Hamas was ready to release 12 of the nearluy 240 Israelis held in captivity, but that “the occupation obstructed that”, referring to Israeli military attacks on the ground within Strip. 

14:05 Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub emphasized the need for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza during their meeting today. 

Shoukry also called for an end to Israeli violations and aggressions, urging the importance of describing Israeli actions accurately without misleading justifications, and without being disguised as self-defense or counterterrorism.

He emphazised that Israel should adhere to international humanitarian law as an occupying power.


Summary of the day so far …

In 31 days of the war on Gaza, 10,328 Palestinians, including 4,237 children, have been killed by Israeli airstrikes. The number of wounded individuals has risen to 25,965.

Israel ordered the administration of Al-Rantisi Children’s Hospital to evacuate the facility in preparation for its bombing.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that two Israeli rockets hit near al-Quds hospital in Gaza City. The hospital is at risk of running out of fuel, which would affect life-saving equipment.

Over 160 healthcare workers have been killed on duty in Gaza, according to the World Health Organization. Some doctors are performing operations without anesthesia due to restrictions on medical aid.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, is visiting the Middle East to engage with government officials and civil society on human rights violations during Israel's war on Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that Israel may govern Gaza for an "indefinite period" after the war ends.

The Israeli army arrested 56 Palestinian civilians, including journalists and minors, in various parts of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub, emphasized the need for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza. Shoukry also called for an end to Israeli violations and aggressions.

The UN Security Council failed to agree on a resolution regarding the Israeli war on Gaza. The majority of council members are demanding a "humanitarian cease-fire" for aid delivery and to prevent civilian deaths.


13:50 Medical sources in Gaza reported that in 31 days of brutal war on Gaza 10,328 Palestinians, including 4,237 children, have been killed by Israeli airstrikes.

The number of wounded individuals has now risen to 25,965, as reported by Ashraf Al-Qudra, the spokesperson of the Health ministry.

Additionally, 231,200 homes have been destroyed.  

Ahram Online published a collection of vignettes from ordinary Gazans illustrating the reality of life in the 41-kilometer (25-mile) long strip.


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12:45 Israel has ordered the administration of Al-Rantisi Children’s Hospital to evacuate the facility in preparation for its bombing.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf Al-Qudra, said "we are awaiting international intervention to dissuade Tel Aviv from bombing the hospital."

Notably, this hospital serves as the primary medical facility for pediatric cancer patients and those in need of renal failure treatment in Gaza.

Additionally, the hospital serves as a shelter for thousands of displaced Palestinians.

12:40 A World Health Organization spokesperson said on Tuesday that over 160 health care workers had been killed on duty in Gaza while taking care of those injured and diseased. 

Christian Lindmeier called for a lifting of restrictions on medical aid, saying some doctors were performing operations, including amputations, without anaesthetic.

On Monday night, the Secretary-General of the United Nations said that more UN aid workers have been killed by Israel in recent weeks "than in any comparable period in the history of our organization."

12:08 Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Cairo today.

Shoukry affirmed to Türk the need for increased international efforts to facilitate the entry of adequate humanitarian aid by removing the "deliberate" obstacles imposed by the Israeli authorities in this regard.

Shoukry called for the immediate intervention by the international community to halt the Israeli aggression on Gaza's population, highlighting the "double standards" that some international parties are dealing with regarding armed conflicts in different regions.

12:00 The Israeli occupation army says that a military tank "attacked a squad" in Lebanon, which it says "tried to launch an anti-tank missile" towards the Shatula area.

Cross-border fire between northern Israel and southern Lebanon has been frequent since 7 October. Both Hamas and Hezbollah say they are attacking Israel from Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the Al-Qassam Brigades have announced the destruction of two tanks, a troop carrier, and a bulldozer used by Israeli forces on the outskirts of Al-Shati camp in Gaza.

Al-Qassam also released images that "depict the bombardment of Israeli forces attempting to penetrate into Gaza with heavy-caliber mortar shells."


11:10 The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, began a five-day visit to the Middle East on Tuesday to engage with government officials and civil society on the human rights violations taking place amid Israel's war on Gaza.

"It has been one full month of carnage, enduring suffering, bloodshed, destruction, outrage, and despair," Turk stated in a press release. "Human rights violations are fundamental to this escalation, and human rights play a crucial role in finding a path out of this cycle of pain."

Turk is currently in Cairo and is scheduled to visit Rafah, located on the Gaza border, on Wednesday. He will then travel to the Jordanian capital of Amman on Thursday, as announced by his office.

11:05 Following Jordan's announcement that any attempt to displace Palestinians would be viewed as a "declaration of war," Israel expressed regret on Tuesday, characterizing the remarks from the Jordanian leadership as "inflammatory."

The Jordanian Prime Minister, Bisher Al-Khasawneh, stated on Monday that "any Israeli attempts or the creation of conditions aimed at displacing the Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank is a red line, and Jordan will consider it a declaration of war" on his country.

Al-Khasawneh made these remarks during a meeting with several parliament members in the capital, Amman, as reported by the official news agency "Petra."

He added, "all options are on the table for Jordan, within the framework of a graduated approach, in dealing with the Israeli aggression on Gaza and its consequences."

On Wednesday, Jordan had recalled its ambassador from Israel and told the Israeli ambassador to stay away in protest at the Israel brutal war.

"We recalled our ambassador, as a very blunt and direct message that we are totally opposed to what's happening. It’s a message that this has got to stop," Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told Christiane Amanpour on CNN.

He also said "Hamas is an idea that was born in the conditions of misery that the occupation and the failure by the whole International community to solve this crisis have put us on." 

"This is not a Muslim Jewish war, this is a war between an occupier and an occupied people," he further added while condemning Israel forces violence and settlers terrorism in the West Bank an Jerusalem.

11:00 The Israeli army arrested 56 Palestinian civilians early Tuesday from various parts of the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

In Hebron, 22 were arrested, among them at least 1 journalist, 11 citizens were arrested in Ramallah, including two recently freed prisoners.

While four were arrested in Jericho and Jenin, including a 19-year-old boy 

In Bethlehem, four were arrested among them two brothers; 20 years and 15 years old, respectively.

In Jerusalem, 15 citizens were arrested. Among them at least 4 journalists and a 19-year-old boy.

10:40 Russia says that Heritage Minister Amihai Eliyahu’s remarks appearing to consider the use of nuclear weapons in Gaza raise “a huge number of questions.”

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, adds that Israel seems to have admitted to the possession of nuclear weapons, a matter on which it has been intentionally ambiguous for decades.

“So we are hearing official statements about the presence of nuclear weapons? Accordingly, the next questions that everyone has are – where are the international organisations, where is the IAEA, where are the inspectors?” she asks.

On sunday, Israeli Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu said that one of Israel’s options in the war could be to drop a nuclear bomb on the Gaza Strip.

Israel has never conducted a public nuclear test or stated in public that it has possession of nuclear weapons. However, international observers believe it has a stockpile of 80-90 warheads.

10:30 The government Media Office in Gaza reported that Israel carried out over 250 airstrikes last night, resulting in multiple casualties.

10:15 The UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza is "of colossal proportions".

"For a month, people across Gaza have been denied aid, killed and bombed out of their homes", the UNRWA said 

The UN organization reported "daily struggles to find bread and water. Blackouts cut people off from loved ones and the rest of the world".

The UNRWA spokesman told Al Jazeera that there are approximately 716,000 displaced Palestinians in the agency sites in Gaza.

10:00 Egypt started receiving children with cancer from Gaza, shortly after Turkey announced plans to take cancer patients for treatment as per an agreement with Egypt, Al-Qahera News reported on Monday.

On Sunday, Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said he agreed with his Egyptian counterpart Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar on transferring nearly 1,000 civilians who need urgent treatment through the Rafah crossing to Egypt.

This especially includes cancer patients who were being treated at the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in Gaza, the only cancer treatment hospital in Gaza, which had gone out of service recently after running out of fuel as reported by its director Subhi Skaik on Wednesday, Koca said on X (formerly Twitter).

9:20 Hundreds of protesters calling for a cease-fire in Gaza blocked traffic on Tuesday at the Port of Tacoma in Washington, where a US military supply ship had recently arrived.

Organizers say they targeted the vessel loaded with weapons bound for Israel. 

The US Defense Department confirmed that the ship is supporting the movement of U.S. military cargo. The Cape Orlando drew similar protests in Oakland, California, on Friday before it sailed to Tacoma.

9:15 The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said two Israeli rockets hit around 50 metres from the al-Quds hospital in Gaza City overnight.

Earlier the PRCS had issued an urgent appeal to international relief organisations saying the hospital would run out of fuel within 48 hours, meaning “life saving equipment, neonatal incubators and intensive care units will cease to function”.

It said the hospital was also housing 14,000 people displaced by Israeli airstrikes and evacuation orders.

Hospitals including al-Quds had been “continusously shelled” over the past week, with strikes hitting no more than 50 metres away, it said.

At least 60 hospital staff, patients and displaced people had been injured in the attacks, while hospital buildings and ambulances had also sustained “significant damage”. It continued:

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the northern region is worsening day by day due to the increased intensity of military attacks and airstrikes by the Israeli occupation forces.

The situation is exacerbated by the ongoing and indiscriminate targeting and destruction of residential homes infrastructure and public facilities.

9:17 Israel’s military has issued its latest operational update, in which it claims to have captured a Hamas military stronghold and detonated a Hamas weapons depot “in a civilian area” adjacent to al-Quds hospital. 

In a statement posted to Telegram, the Israeli occupation military said, itd troops secured a military stronghold belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza. Anti-tank missiles and launchers, weapons, and various intelligence materials were located.

In addition, the occupation army claims it located a number of Hamas fighters who barricaded themselves in a building adjacent to the Hospital.

The claims have not been independently verified.

Earlier, the military spokesman for the Al-Qassam Brigades said that they "responded to the invading forces with mortar shells and engaged in direct clashes with the ennemy (Israeli military)."

9:05 Indonesia denied Israeli claims made on Monday that a hospital built in the Gaza Strip using Indonesian funding sits atop a network of Hamas tunnels and is located near a launchpad for rocket attacks.

“The Indonesian Hospital in Gaza is a facility built by the Indonesian people entirely for humanitarian purposes and to serve the medical needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza,” says Indonesia’s foreign ministry in a statement Tuesday.

9:00 Israel may govern Gaza for an “indefinite period”, after the war ends, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested in an interview with the US’ ABC News.

Netanyahu said Israel would consider “tactical little pauses” in fighting to allow the entry of aid or the exit of captives from the Gaza Strip, but he again rejected calls for a ceasefire, as Israel marked a month of deadly attacks on Palestinians.

U.S. President Joe Biden had raised the need for humanitarian pauses directly with Netanyahu on a call earlier Monday, but no agreement was reached, the White House said.

The U.N. Security Council has failed again to agree on a resolution on the Israeli war.

Despite more than two hours of closed-door discussions Monday, differences remained. The U.S. is calling for “humanitarian pauses” and the majority of council members are demanding a “humanitarian cease-fire” to deliver desperately needed aid and prevent more civilian deaths in Gaza.

“We talked about humanitarian pauses and we’re interested in pursuing language on that score,” U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood told reporters after the meeting. “But there are disagreements within the council about whether that’s acceptable.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier Monday told reporters he wanted an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza and a halt to the “spiral of escalation” already taking place from the occupied West Bank, Lebanon and Syria to Iraq and Yemen.

Guterres said international humanitarian law, which demands protection of civilians and infrastructure essential for their lives, is clearly being violated in Gaza and stressed that “no party to an armed conflict is above” these laws. 

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