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Israel-Palestine War LIVE: Israel Demands UN Chief Quits After He Appeared To Blame Their Policies For Hamas Terrorism – As IDF Claims To Have ‘thwarted’ Three Hamas Deputy Commanders

By Elena Salvoni and Summer Goodkind

Published: 08:16, 24 October 2023 | Updated: 01:31, 25 October 2023

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IDF hits Syrian military sites after rocket launchesThe Israel Defense Forces says it struck several Syrian military targets, after rockets were fired from Syria toward Israeli communities in the Golan Heights.

The IDF says fighter jets hit ‘military infrastructure’ and mortar launching sites.

Australia sending troops to the Middle EastAustralia is deploying more of its military forces to the Middle East.

Acting PM Richard Marles said two aircraft and number of personnel have been sent to the region as a precautionary measure.

Marles didn’t say how many troops were being sent, but confirmed it was a ‘significant number’, the BBC reports.

Pictured: Israeli soldiers open a container filled with bodies killed during at the Hamas attack as the process of identifying deceased individuals continuesBiden declines comment on Israel ground invasion advicePresident Joe Biden deflected when asked if he is ‘urging Israel to delay its ground invasion’.

At an event to welcome the prime minister of Australia to Washington DC on Tuesday evening, Biden responded: ‘The Israelis are making their own decisions.’

For days, Israel has signalled that its massed forces are poised to go into Gaza with the aim of eliminating Hamas as a military force following its raid into southern Israel on 7 October.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel’s PM appeared to hint that the ground invasion was coming soon.

‘We stand before the next stage, it is coming,’ Benjamin Netanyahu told troops, according to a press release from his office.

Israel calls for the UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres to resignIsrael has called for the UN’s Secretary General to resign for saying the Hamas attacks cannot justify the ‘collective punishment of the Palestinian people’.

In a major diplomatic row, Israel’s UN ambassador said Antonio Guterres was ‘not fit’ to lead the body after he claimed the 1,400 murders did not happen ‘in a vacuum’.

The UN chief made the incendiary comments in a high-level meeting of the 15-member Security Council ahead of an expected ground invasion of Gaza.

Read the full story here:

Gaza hostages to be released in exchange for greater aid and free passage for HamasAll the remaining hostages in Gaza will be released in exchange for greater aid and free passage for Hamas leaders and their families, a report has claimed.

Moti Kahana, an American-Israeli entrepreneur, is working on an ‘extraordinary plan’ to secure all hostages in the Gaza Strip, as well the bodies of fallen Israeli soldiers that have been held by the terrorist group since 2014, Jewish News reported.

The two-stage plan allegedly involves sending medical supplies, baby and hygiene provisions to Gaza for ‘civilian use’. It would also allow ‘Hamas leaders in Gaza, not those involved in the slaughter of Israelis’ to leave the Strip.

Read the full story here:

White House: ‘prudent contingency planning’ is underway to evacuate Americans from Middle EastThe White House says ‘prudent contingency planning’ is underway to evacuate Americans from the Middle East in case the Israel-Hamas war spreads into a broad regional conflict.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stressed there are currently no ‘active efforts’ to evacuate Americans from the region beyond charter flights the U.S government began operating earlier this month out of Israel.

‘It would be imprudent and irresponsible if we didn’t have folks thinking through a broad range of contingencies and possibilities,’ Kirby said.

‘And certainly evacuations are one of those things.’

US looking to rally international sanctions against Hamas – reportWashington aims to build an international coalition to target the financing of Hamas, a top US Treasury official says.

‘Our goal is to build a coalition with countries both in the region but also around the world to go after their financing’ Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo says on the sidelines of an event in Washington, AFP reports.

The United States unveiled fresh sanctions last week on Hamas members, operatives and financial facilitators.

Army publishes audio of Hamas terrorist calling parents to brag of killing JewsCambridge debate in chaos after motion calling for solidarity with Palestine stoppedA Cambridge University debate descended into farce after a motion calling for solidarity with Palestine was prematurely stopped amid concerns its proposer risked ‘inciting violence’.

The Students Union President, Fergus Kirman last night said he was ‘astonished and appalled’ by the motion and has completely edited the wording, following a mammoth backlash from Jewish students.

The motion, which was heard at the Cambridge Student Union on Monday, blamed the war between Israel and Hamas on ‘decades of violent oppression of the Palestinian people by the Israeli state’.

Israel’s foreign minister refuses to meet UN chief after criticismIsraeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said Tuesday he will not meet with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres after the UN chief criticized Israel’s bombing of Gaza.

‘I will not meet with the UN Secretary-General. After the October 7th massacre, there is no place for a balanced approach. Hamas must be erased off the face of the planet!’ Cohen wrote in a social media post on Tuesday.

Addressing the UN Security Council chamber in New York on Tuesday, Guterres said he is ‘deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza.’

‘Protecting civilians does not mean ordering more than one million people to evacuate to the south, where there is no shelter, no food, no water, no medicine and no fuel – and then continuing to bomb the south itself,’ Guterres said.

‘Let me be clear: no party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law,’ he added.

Cohen, who was also present in the chamber, responded to Guterres: ‘In what world do you live? Definitely, this is not our world.’

U.S. planning to evacuate more than 600,000 Americans from Israel and Lebanon if war spiralsWith Israel preparing for a possible ground invasion of Gaza and exchanging fire with Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, the U.S. is making contingency plans for a possible massive evacuation to get Americans out of the region.

The U.S. Navy has dispatched two aircraft carrier strike groups to the region, along with additional aircraft and deployments intended to discourage the any parties from expanding the situation into a wider regional conflict.

But the administration is still engaged in ‘prudent’ planning for worst case scenarios that would involve evacuating potentially hundreds of thousands of Americans, with an administration shaped by the botched U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

PICTURED: Israeli mourners gather for funeral of innocent victims of Hamas massacreHamas divers trying to sneak onto Israeli shore killed, IDF saysA number of Hamas terrorists who were attempting to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip via the sea have been killed by Israeli Navy forces, the military says.

The Israel Defense Forces did not specify how many divers had made the attempt, but Hebrew-language media reports say at least 4 terrorists were killed.

One report puts the number of Hamas terrorists killed at 8.

During the incident, a suspected infiltration alarm sounded in the border communities of Zikim and Karmia.

The IDF says a fighter jet also carried out an airstrike against a compound from which the terrorists set out.

Forces are continuing to scan the area, the IDF adds.

Aid workers forced to stop operations in Gaza tomorrow due to lack of fuel, UNRWA saysThe United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, says they will be forced to stop operations in Gaza tomorrow night if they do not get fuel urgently.

IDF drops leaflets in Gaza asking for information about hostages, it saysThe Israel Defense Forces said it dropped leaflets in Gaza on Tuesday, appealing to residents for any information about the hostages being held by Hamas.

‘As part of the extensive efforts to free the hostages held by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, the IDF today used multiple channels to communicate with the residents of Gaza and ask for information about the hostages, offering protection and compensation in return’ said the IDF in a social media post.

According to a CNN translation, the leaflet said: ‘If you want a better future for you and your children, do good and share verified and valuable information about hostages being held in your area.

‘And the Israeli military promises you that it will invest maximum effort in providing security for you and your home, and you will receive a financial reward. We guarantee you complete confidentiality. The Israel Defense Forces.’

Israeli foreign minister says he will not meet with UN chief after comments on HamasEli Cohen said on X he would not be meeting with Antonio Guterres after the UN chief said Hamas’s terror attack on October 7 ‘did not happen in a vacuum’

Israeli ambassador to the UN calls for Antonio Guterres to ‘resign immediately’The Ambassador’s criticism of the UN chief comes after he suggested Hamas’s October 7 attack ‘did not happen in a vacuum’IDF ‘is ready for ground operations’ says chief of staffThe IDF’s chief of general staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi said in a six-minute address, posted on Telegram this evening:

I want to make this clear: the IDF is ready for ground operations and will take a decision together with the political echelon regarding the manner and timing of the next stage.IDF claims to have killed three Hamas deputy commanders in airstrike

Israeli airstrike hits refugee camp in central Gaza, killing several peopleAn airstrike hit a bustling marketplace in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, killing several shoppers and wounding dozens, witnesses saidMen used sledgehammers to break up concrete and dug with their bare hands through the wreckage to save anyone they couldThose killed and wounded had been buying meat and vegetables when the explosion hitBreaking: Emmanuel Macron meets Palestinian President – making him the first western leader to meet Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah since start of warThe French President has been pictured meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in RamallahEmmanuel Macron earlier made a solidarity visit to Israel after the October 7 attacks by HamasHis visit to the West Bank makes him the first western leader to go to the Palestinian Authority headquarters during the crisisBritish PM Rishi Sunak last week met with Abbas in Egypt

UN Chief says Hamas’s October 7 attack ‘did not happen in a vacuum’ – sparking outrage from IsraelUN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has sparked outrage in Israel after saying the Hamas attacks on Israel ‘did not happen in a vacuum”The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation,’ he saidHe stressed: ‘the grievances of the Palestinian people cannot justify the appalling attacks by Hamas”And those appalling attacks cannot justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people,’ Guterres addedIsrael Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan attacked the remarks, calling them ‘shocking’ and saying they ‘constitute a justification for terrorism and murder’

A further 20 aid trucks set to arrive in Gaza today, UN official saysA further 20 aid trucks set to arrive in Gaza today, according to a senior UN official.

The supplies will come in from Egypt, they said, where humanitarian aid has been piling up in recent days.

The third convoy of aid trucks came in on Monday, though it was smaller than the previous two which came via the Rafah crossing over the weekend.

Pictured: Israeli soldiers prepare for a possible ground invasion of Gaza as tanks and armoured vehicles mass on the borderUS issues warning to ships transiting through the Red Sea after Navy shoots down missilesThe US Maritime Administration is warning ships traveling through the Red Sea to ‘excercise caution’ after a drone and missile attack launched from Yemen.

The US Navy says it shot down missiles and drones believed to have been launched by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in recent days.

UN chief decries ‘clear violations’ in Gaza and urges ceasefireUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has alleged violations of international law in GazaHe did not name Israel but his comments come as Gaza is pounded by Israeli airstrikesGuterres urged an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to bring in relief as he spoke at a Security Council sessionHe welcomed the crossing of three aid convoys so far through the Rafah crossing but said ‘it is a drop of aid in an ocean of need’I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza. Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law

Dozens of siren alerts appear on phones across central Israel amid Hamas rocket barrageHamas official calls for halt to war on Gaza and for humanitarian aid crossings to be openedHamas official Osama Hamdan urged Arab countries and the UN to try to halt Israel’s assault on Gaza, in a press conference held in Beirut on TuesdayHamdan also called on Arab countries to end any normalisation of diplomatic relations with IsraelThe official called for humanitarian aid crossings to be opened, allowing fuel, aid and rubble removal equipment into GazaPictured: Aid piles up on Egypt’s border with Gaza as international donors send planes filled with suppliesRocket sirens blare in Tel Aviv as Hamas barage hits regionRocket warning sirens have been heard across the Tel Aviv region and in the city itself amid a significant rocket barrage.

Two further rocket attacks, which were also aimed at Israel’s most populated areas, were claimed by Hamas earlier today.

UN agency for Palestinian refugees warns Gaza operation could end tomorrow if they don’t get fuelThe UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has warned that it could be forced to end its aid work in the Gaza Strip tomorrow due to fuel shortages.

Juliette Touma told BBC Radio 4 that ‘if we do not get fuel urgently, we will be forced to halt our operations in the Gaza Strip as of tomorrow night’.

Hospitals in Gaza ‘have completely collapsed’, health authority warnsThe Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza has said that 12 hospitals of the territory’s 32 health centers are not functioning’We fear that more will be out of service in the coming hours due to targeting and running out of fuel,’ a statement saidIt also warned that the hospitals that remain open may be unable to provide a service to the ‘flood of wounded people’ coming through their doorsWorld Health Organisation calls for safe passage for fuel and supplies ‘as Gaza’s health system disintegrates’Pictured: Israeli families bury loved ones killed in Hamas’s bloody October 7 attackGood afternoon, here are the key updates so far todayIf you are just joining this live blog, here is what has happened so far on the 18th day of the conflict:

The number of Britons confirmed to have been killed by Hamas terrorists since October 7 has risen to 12, with five missing, the government has saidFamilies of Israelis taken hostage and killed by Hamas have spoken of the ‘nightmare’ they have facedAlmost two-thirds of Gaza health facilities are ‘not functioning’, according to the World Health OrganisationThe death toll in Gaza is nearly 5,800, according to Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministryPalestinian authorities said 704 people had been killed in the last 24 hours alone – the biggest jump in the daily death toll so farAn 85-year-old hostage freed by Hamas described the ‘hell’ she went through but said she wished the terrorists ‘shalom’ because ‘they treated us very nicely’Almost two-thirds of Gaza health facilities are ‘not functioning’, according to the World Health OrganisationThe World Health Organisation (WHO) has said 46 out of 72 healthcare facilities have stopped functioning across the Gaza Strip.

This includes 12 out of 35 hospitals across the territory.

IDF carries out airstrike on Lebanon saying it ‘eliminated’ a terrorist who tried to launch a rocket towards Israeli territoryAerial footage released by the IDF is said to show on a target in southern Lebanon.The military said it ‘eliminated’ a terrorist who tried to launch a rocket from Lebanese territory towards the northern Israeli community of Bar’am.Pictured: Smoke surrounds Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza City after shelling nearby as Israeli strikes continue to shake the enclave throughout the dayVideo: Gazans run for their lives as smoke rises from shelling near a hospital in southern city of Khan YunisFresh airstrikes hit southern Gazan city throughout the day, reports sayThe southern Gazan city of Khan Yunis has come under fresh bombardment from Israel.

At around 12.30 local time (10:30 BST), more airstrikes hit buildings in the area, the BBC reports.

Pictures this morning have shown the horrific aftermath of strikes overnight and into today.

People who have fled the bombing in the north, under instruction by the Israeli military, have been killed while sheltering in the south, according to reports.

Nearly 5,800 Palestinians killed, health ministry in Gaza saysThe number of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes since 7 October now stands at 5,791, according to Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry.

It added that 704 people had been killed in the last 24 hours alone – the biggest jump in the daily death toll so far.

Pictured: Scenes of devastation in the southern Gaza Strip as Palestinians pick through the rubble of their homes to find dead and injured after Israeli strikesIsrael drops leaflets over Gaza urging Palestinians to come forward with information on hostagesBreaking: Number of Britons killed by Hamas terrorists rises to 12The number of British nationals confirmed to have been killed by Hamas terrorists has risen to 12, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister has said.

A further five Britons remain missing, they said.

British-Israeli teacher who lived through terror attack said it was easier to bury loved ones than know they were taken by HamasTeacher David Barr, who moved to kibbutz Alumim from Leeds in 1991, described living through Hamas’s attack on his area and losing loved ones.

His sister-in-law was out for a run when Hamas terrorists shot her at point-blank range in the head and the back. It took the family four days to identify her body.

‘It’s horrible to say but the relief that came through when we found out she had been shot four days later… it was a relief.’

‘It was easier to bury our loved ones than to live through what they’re going through’.

David’s children and grandchildren live in nearby villages and told him and his wife to stay inside their safe house during the October 7 attack.

He said there were ‘moments when you think your whole family is going to be wiped out, your whole life goes in front of you in seconds.’

He said his son, who stayed behind to help, told him Hamas ‘could not be of this world’. All that remained to be buried of his son’s best friend was his teeth, David said.

Aunt of young boys taken by Hamas says she has been ‘living in a nightmare’ since October 7Ofri Bibas Levi, whose brother Yarden Bibas and his wife Shiri were taken by Hamas terrorists with their two young sons, said she has been living in a ‘nightmare’ since October 7.

Video of Shiri Silberman Bibas and her two redheaded sons, Ariel, 4, and Kfir, 9-months-old, being taken by the terrorists from Kibbutz Nir Oz have shocked the world.

Ofri said this footage, along with pictures of her brother bleeding profusely and surrounded by Hamas fighters, were the last proof of life they had seen.

‘Its been like living in a nightmare ever since’

‘The terrorists shot the family dog in front of their eyes, he was trying to protect them coming from the safe house’

Knowing the suffering her young nephews have faced, Ofri said: ‘I feel guilty playing with my children, covering them up at night.’

She added: ‘Just days before the attack Ariel was telling his mom he wanted to leave the Kibbutz and come live next to us to play with my daughter’

Woman whose brother was killed by Hamas and mother and other sibling taken hostage speaks to press conference in LondonA British-Israeli woman whose family members were killed and kidnapped by Hamas terrorists says pictures of her mother and brother were uploaded to her Facebook when they were taken hostage.

Ayelet Svatitzky said her mother’s neighbour saw the pair being led away by Hamas fighters.

‘Maybe the pictures were proof of life… I didn’t know what was better, being killed or being kidnapped by Hamas.’

She revealed that her diabetic mother ‘needs insulin shots. I don’t know if she’s getting them and how long she can survive without them.

She has also been working to identify her other brother, who is believed to have been killed by Hamas.

‘I am chasing dental records… so I can identify my other brother and bring him to rest… This has been my life for the last 18 days.

‘My life stopped on October 7. I try not to deal with my loss of my brother at the moment because I find it too painful. If I start thinking about that it will break me, and I don’t have the privilege of breaking because I have a mission.’

She showed a picture of her mum and brother and said: ‘She was supposed to be in London now, for shows, a hotel. I had to cancel everything because she is still in Gaza.’

Pictured: Vigil held in Parliament Square for Palestinian children killed in Israeli airstrikesA vigil is being held by Medical Aid for Palestinians at Parliament Square in central London to mourn the children killed in Israeli airstrikes on GazaAttendees have written the name of a Palestinian child on the palm of their handThey say this emulates Gazan children who write their own names on their hands, terrified that if killed in the bombing, their bodies would not be identified or buried with their loved ones

Number 10 says minister’s claim that six British nationals are being held hostage by Hamas is ‘incorrect’Treasury minister Victoria Atkins earlier said that it was understood the six missing Britons were being held captive by the terrorists, but Number 10 later said that this was ‘incorrect’.

The government said it does not know whether the missing are among the over 200 hostages being held by Hamas, Downing Street clarified.

Video: British daughter of freed hostage Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, reveals her mother’s ‘hell’ at the hands of HamasYocheved Lifshitz says the IDF ‘didn’t take Hamas threat seriously’ when her area was targeted before October 7 attackYocheved Lifshitz, 85, told a press conference: ‘We were the scapegoats, they had warned us three weeks before but the masses came to our roads and burnt our fields, they sent balloons with fire and they burnt our fields – the IDF didn’t take that seriously.’On Saturday morning, everything was quiet and then there was huge shelling on our community. It exploded the huge fence that was there, they opened the gates of the kibbutz and entered on masses, that was very very tough, I have all these images in my mind.’*Translated from Hebrew

Hostage freed by Hamas was ‘hit by sticks’ as she was abducted, as 85-year-old speaks outside hospitalYocheved Lifshitz, one of the two hostages freed by Hamas last night, is speaking to the press outside hospital in Tel Aviv alongside her daughter.

British citizen Sharone Lifshitz, 52, briefly broke into English to explain what her mother was saying in Hebrew about her traumatic experience.

‘My mum is telling the horrific stories, she is saying many, many people came through the fence.

‘She was taken on the back of a motorbike with her legs on one side and head on another side.

‘As she was taken she was hit with sticks.’

She added her elderly mother was forced to walk for a few kilometres on wet ground over a ‘spider web’ network of tunnels.

The terrorists took off Lifshitz’s watch and jewellery during the journey, her daughter said.

Pictured: French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks in JerusalemIsrael’s universities to delay the start of term until after reserve call-up endsUniversities in Israel will delay the start of the academic year until the call-up of reservists soldiers ends, the Committee of University Presidents has announcedThe autumn term, which had been due to begin on October 15, had already been pushed back to November 5 and will now not start until December 3Some 360,000 reservists have so far been called up to fight, including thousands of university staff and studentsAround 30 per cent of all university students are among those now serving, The Times of Israel reportsVideo: Dramatic moment a loud explosion interrupts a BBC journalist’s live report from GazaPictured: Israeli tanks and infantry massed on the border with Gaza as the IDF says it is ready for ‘the next stage of the war’Gaza death toll rises to 5,300, Hamas-run health ministry saysThe death toll in Gaza has risen to 5,300, according to the enclave’s Hamas-run Health Ministry.

It also said that about 18,000 people have been injured since Israel’s airstrikes on the territory began over two weeks ago.

Pictured: Hostage Yocheved Lifshitz reunites with loved ones at hospital in Tel Aviv after being freed by Hamas terroristsVideo: Israel says releasing hostages is a ‘good tactic’ for Hamas and that the terror group wants a ceasefireIsraelis ‘must not be complacent’ despite reduction of rocket attacks from Gaza, IDF spokesperson saysIDF Spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari has warned Israelis not to become complacent despite an apparent slowing of rocket fire in recent days.

‘Complacency must not be shown in the home front. This is an attempt by the enemy to put us to sleep,’ Hagari said.

Emmanuel Macron to be the first world leader to meet Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah since start of war, Palestinian leader’s office saysFrance’s President will meet Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah today, the Palestinian Authority leader’s office has saidEmmanuel Macron is the latest Western leader to make a solidarity visit to Israel after the October 7 attacks by HamasIf he goes to the West Bank today, he would become the first world leader to visit the Palestinian Authority headquarters during the crisisRishi Sunak last week met with Abbas in EgyptThe French presidency did not immediately confirm the meeting

Pictured: Palestinians despair at the devastation to their homes as families are ripped apart by relentless Israeli bombing across the Gaza StripIsrael’s President Isaac Herzog tells Lebanon it is ‘playing with fire’ while Emmanuel Macron said France ‘will be here today, tomorrow and the day after’ at joint briefing in JerusalemIsaac Herzog has told Emmanuel Macron that Israel is committed to ‘destroying’ its enemies’We demand the immediate release of all our citizens,’ Herzog also saidHe said of fighting between Hezbollah and the IDF in the north of Israel: ‘We are following very closely the situation,’ he saidHe added that while Israel is not looking for a confrontation, Lebanon was ‘playing with fire’ and ‘will pay the price’ if Hezbollah ‘drags us into war’France’s President said his country would ‘be here today, tomorrow and the day after for peace and stability’He added that Israel would not be ‘left alone in the war against terrorism’

Israeli military spokesperson says the army is ready ‘for the next stage’ but is awaiting political instructionIDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari said Israel’s military was ‘ready and determined’ for the next stage in the war and was awaiting political instruction.He said Israel was learning from US experience in the Middle East but ‘our war is on our borders, not thousands of miles from Israel’Hagari said that he is expecting weeks of fighting aheadHe said Egypt was playing a key role in negotiations for the release of hostages from GazaIsrael Defence Forces say they hit ‘over 400 terrorist targets’ overnight including an underwater tunnel and Mosques ‘used by operatives’Video: Two elderly Israeli women released by Hamas after being taken hostage on October 7 arrive at hospital in Tel AvivPictured: French President Emmanuel Macron visits Israel where he meets with families of hostages taken by Hamas and Isaac HerzogMore than 270 people remain in hospital after Hamas terror attack on October 7, Israel saysIsrael’s health ministry says 278 people are still in hospital after the Hamas terror atrocity of October 7.

Of those being treated it said, 40 have suffered ‘severe’ injuries.

Pictured: Palestinians pull people from the rubble and mourn their dead as authorities say the death toll tops 5,000 and Israel steps up its airstrikes on Gaza overnightGood morning and welcome to our live blogWhat you need to know this morning as the Israel-Palestine war enters its 18th day:

Hamas has released two Israeli women, Yochved Lifshitz aged 85 and Nurit Cooper, 79At least 10 British nationals have been killed in the conflict between Israel and HamasA further six remain missing and are likely being held hostage by Hamas, a minister has saidIsrael’s military said it had hit more than 400 militant targets in Gaza overnight and killed dozens of Hamas fighters, including three deputy battalion commandersFrench President Emmanuel Macron is visiting Tel Aviv and has met with families of hostage victimsThe Palestinian health ministry says the Gaza death toll has topped 5,000, with the majority of those killed being civiliansKey Updates

Nearly 5,800 Palestinians killed, health ministry in Gaza says

Israel drops leaflets over Gaza urging Palestinians to come forward with information on hostages

Number of Britons killed by Hamas terrorists rises to 12

Hostage freed by Hamas was ‘hit by sticks’ as she was abducted, as 85-year-old speaks outside hospital

Israeli military spokesperson says the army is ready ‘for the next stage’ but is awaiting political instruction