🔴 Live: Israel says over 600 targets hit in Gaza over 24 hours

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Israel’s military said Monday it had struck over 600 targets in Gaza in the past 24 hours, one of the heaviest bombardments yet in its war on Hamas. The militant Palestinian group said Sunday it was engaged in “heavy fighting” with Israeli troops inside northern Gaza, as Israel again warned besieged residents to flee south. Follow our live blog for the latest updates. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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  • Israel’s military on Sunday released footage that purported to show a significant number of tanks, infantry and artillery operating in Palestinian territory. After weeks of deadly air strikes on Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday declared that the military was opening a “second stage” in a war he warned would be “long and difficult”.   
  • The UN said 33 trucks carrying water, food, and medical supplies had entered Gaza from Egypt on Sunday. It is one of the largest deliveries to date, but still far short of the 100 trucks per day that aid groups say are needed.
  • International Criminal Court lead prosecutor Karim Khan warned Israel on Sunday that preventing access to humanitarian aid could be a “crime”. “Impeding relief supplies as provided by the Geneva Conventions may constitute a crime within the court jurisdiction,” Khan told reporters in Cairo after visiting Egypt’s Rafah crossing with Gaza. 
  • The Israeli army said on Sunday that it would be increasing its troop numbers inside the Gaza Strip and repeated calls for civilians to move to the south, where it said humanitarian aid efforts will be “expanding”.
  • Phone and internet services were gradually returning to Gaza after an almost complete communications blackout that began late Friday evening following intense Israeli air strikes.

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Key developments on Sunday, October 29:

A mob looking for Israelis and Jews stormed an airport in Russia’s Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Sunday after rumours spread that a flight was arriving from Israel. Russia’s aviation agency Rosaviatsiya announced shortly afterwards that it had closed the airport to incoming and outgoing flights and that security forces had arrived. A statement from the republic’s health ministry said there had been injuries, but did not elaborate on how many or who had been hurt.

US President Joe Biden and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi committed to the significant acceleration of assistance flowing into Gaza beginning Sunday, the White House said. The White House said Biden briefed Sisi on US efforts to ensure the conflict does not expand in the region.

The death toll in Gaza from the Israel-Hamas war rose to 8,005 people, and the injury toll stood at 20,242 people, according to the official health ministry spokesperson in the Hamas-run Palestinian territory on Sunday. The dead include 3,324 children, 2,062 women and 460 people among the elderly, the spokesperson said.

Read our blog to see how yesterday’s events unfolded.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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