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    Israel-Palestine conflict: Latest updates

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    Somali Magazine October 12,2023-The conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas enters its sixth day with a humanitarian disaster looming in Gaza amid continued air strikes by Israel as the US engages in talks for a safe passage for Gazans.

    Humanitarian situation

    GAZA CITY – The number of displaced people in Gaza has exceeded 338,000, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    • Hospitals in Gaza have run out of beds, say Palestinian authorities.
    • Thousands in need of medical and healthcare services, says Gaza Health Ministry.
    • Complete electricity outage in the Gaza Strip, says Palestinian Energy Authority.
    • The Gaza Strip’s sole power plant is out of service due to lack of fuel.

    The fighting

    GAZA CITY – At least seven Palestinians have been killed and several wounded early Thursday in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis, southern Gaza.

    JENIN – The Israeli army raided on Thursday the city of Jenin in the north of the occupied West Bank.

    WASHINGTON – A second US aircraft carrier is heading to the Mediterranean for a “long-scheduled deployment,” the White House said.

    GAZA CITY – The Palestinian group Hamas released a captured Israeli woman and her two children.

    • Hamas says Operation Al-Aqsa Flood is ‘defensive’ as it denies slaughtering Israeli civilians.
    • JERUSALEM – The sound of air-raid sirens from southern Lebanon was a “false alarm,” says Israel.

    Conflict in numbers​​​​​​​

    • GAZA CITY- The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks has climbed to around 1,200, with nearly 5,000 wounded, says Palestinian Health Ministry.
    • At least 11 UN staff and personnel and 30 students at UN schools have been killed in the Gaza Strip due to Israeli airstrikes.
    • JERUSALEM – At least 1,300 Israelis have been killed in the Hamas attack, say Israeli authorities.
    • Israel’s Health Ministry announced Wednesday that 3,268 wounded Israelis have been treated in hospitals since conflict began.
    • At least 220 Israeli soldiers have been killed, says army.
    • GENEVA – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) confirmed that five staffers have been killed in armed hostilities in Israel and Gaza.

    Diplomatic and political front

    • The US is in active talks with Israel and Egypt to establish a “safe passage” for civilians in Gaza, says White House.
    • Egypt says it is eager to keep the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip open to deliver humanitarian aid to the territory.
    • US, UAE presidents discuss Israel-Palestine conflict as Biden condemns Hamas ‘terror.’
    • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke over phone on efforts aimed at restoring calm in Gaza.
    • Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in Palestine in their first phone call since ties resumed.
    • Bombing civilian settlements unacceptable, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a phone call.
    • NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday said Israel has the “right to defend itself” but added that any response was expected to be “proportionate.”

    International reaction

    • BRUSSELS – Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Tuesday in the heart of Brussels, the capital of Belgium, in a powerful show of support for Palestine.
    • The crowd carried Palestinian flags and chanted: “Freedom for Palestine.”

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