The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said Thursday that at least 7,028 people have been killed by Israeli strikes in the Palestinian territory since the militant group’s deadly October 7 attack on Israel. Some 2,913 children are among the dead, the ministry said. Earlier today, Israel’s army said its forces conducted a “targeted raid” using tanks in northern Gaza overnight “as part of preparations for the next stages of combat”. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
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- Speaking at the White House, US President Joe Biden denied reports he had asked Israel to delay a ground invasion of Gaza. He also urged Israel to protect innocent civilians in Gaza and offered a rare rebuke of “extremist settlers” targeting Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank.
- Nearly 600,000 internally displaced Gazans are sheltering in 150 UN facilities in the enclave, according to the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA. Israeli operations have impacted at least 40 UNRWA installations, said the UN.
- The death toll in Gaza rose to 7,028, including some 2,913 children, the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said Thursday. The Israeli military updated the number of people confirmed taken hostage by Hamas on October 7 to 224. The official number of people killed in the Hamas attack has not been revised since Saturday; it remains at 1,400.
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Key developments of Wednesday, October 25:
A “massive” Israeli ground incursion into the Gaza Strip would be “a mistake”, French President Emmanuel Macron said in Cairo, warning it would harm civilians without ensuring Israel’s long-term security.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was “shocked” at fierce Israeli criticism of a statement he made on Tuesday about the war between Israel and Hamas. After condemning Hamas’s deadly October 7 attack, Guterres said Tuesday it “did not happen in a vacuum”, and that “the Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation”.
The UN warned that it is on the verge of running out of fuel in the Gaza Strip, forcing it to sharply curtail relief efforts in the blockaded territory.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Palestinian militant group Hamas is not a terrorist organisation but a liberation group waging a battle to protect its land. In a speech to his party’s lawmakers in parliament, Erdogan said Israel had taken advantage of Turkey’s good intentions and that he would not go to Israel as previously planned.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)
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