Fighting in the south of the Gaza Strip
Hamas fighters attacked Israeli soldiers on Sunday morning in the south of the Gaza Strip. That’s what the Israeli army says. The fighting has so far been mainly concentrated in the north of Gaza.
According to the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post Hamas militants early Sunday, anti-tank rockets were fired at Israeli forces in the south of the Gaza Strip, near the border with Israel. The Israeli army fired back.
Since the beginning of the conflict, the Israeli army has been calling on Gaza residents to flee to the south of the area, because fighting is mainly taking place in the north. But air raids also regularly take place in those safer areas.
The Israeli army will give civilians in Gaza a time slot of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time) on Sunday during which they can flee to the south via a pre-designated route.
Egypt and Jordan call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and Jordan call for one “immediately and unconditionally” ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. They did this during a joint press conference after a meeting in the Jordanian capital Amman, which also included the American Secretary of State. Anthony Blinken was present.
“We emphasize the need for one immediate and comprehensive stand-fire in Gaza without conditions,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry noted. “What happens in Gaza is possible cannot be condoned.”
His Jordanian counterpart Ayman al-Safadi stated that the ceasefire is necessary to deliver humanitarian aid. “The killing and war crimes must stop and Israel’s immunity from international law must end,” he said. The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as a representative of the Palestinian Authority, were also present at the meeting in Amman.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized on Friday during a meeting with Blinken that Israel does not want a ceasefire as long as the Palestinian extremist organization Hamas does not release the Israeli hostages in Gaza. Washington calls for a “humanitarian pause” in the conflict to allow aid to flow in and civilians to flee.
Blinken emphasized on Saturday that there more humanitarian aid should go to Gaza. According to the American Secretary of State, almost 100 aid convoys now enter the area every day, but much more is needed.
Tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators on the streets of Washington
According to the organization, it will almost be in the American capital Washington on Saturday 300,000 people took to the streets to express their support for the Palestinians. They called for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas and called on the US government to end financial and military support to Israel.
The police do not yet have an official number of participants, but according to the organization, at least 300,000 people took to the streets. The demonstrators also included celebrities such as actress Susan Sarandon and rapper Macklemore.
A number of demonstrators marched to the White House. Images that a New York Post journalist posted on X show her working on dhe shakes the fences around the official residence of the American president and smears the pillars of the fence with red paint.
US President Joe Biden was not at the White House on Saturday but in Delaware, where he has a country residence. Saturday’s demonstration was organized by an alliance of human rights and pacifist groups.
Gaza administration reports at least 30 deaths after Israeli bombardment of refugee camp
According to Gaza’s Hamas leadership, Saturday evening At least thirty people died at one Israeli bombardment of the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip.
According to it Ministry of Health of Gaza controlled by the militant Palestinian movement Hamas, which communicated via Telegram, most of the victims are children and women. An eyewitness confirmed this to the French news agency AFP several homes were hit by an air raid.
The Palestinian news agency WAFA reports 51 fatalities. The messages could not be independently verified. Israel says it is avoiding civilian casualties in Gaza, but accuses Hamas of using residents as human shields.
Israel gives Gaza residents time slot for flight to the south
The Israeli army gives the residents of Gaza Strip Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to flee towards the south of the area. The Israeli army will leave a road to the south untouched during that time period, a spokesperson reported on X on Saturday evening.
Israel has been calling on Gaza residents for weeks to move to the south of the Gaza Strip for their safety. After all, the Israeli military operations against the militant Palestinian organization Hamas would especially in the north to concentrate. But many residents do not dare to flee for fear of the continued bombings in the area. Others cannot get away due to a lack of vehicles and fuel.
The Israeli army will on Sunday allow traffic on a southbound road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time. The army is also distributing a map showing the designated road and calling on people to take the opportunity to flee to the south of the Gaza Strip for their own safety.
According to the Israeli military, approx 700,000 people have already fled from the north to the south of the Gaza Strip in recent weeks. The United Nations speaks of 1.4 million internal refugees. A total of 2.2 million people live in the Gaza Strip.
Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators on the streets of London again
In London thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday to celebrate their to express support for the Palestinians and to demand an immediate ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. People also took to the streets in other European cities on Saturday.
The demonstrators converged on Trafalgar Square in the heart of the British capital. A few climbed the famous fountain on the square and set off fireworks. The former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and British comedian Alexei Sayle addressed the demonstrators from a podium.
The demonstration was all in all peaceful, although, according to London’s Metropolitan Police, there were some eleven people arrested. There were also possible anti-Semitic messages. At least one person was seen with one banner with an Israeli flag that ends up in the garbage bin with ‘Let’s keep the world clean’ (let’s keep the world clean, ed.). The Israeli ambassador to Poland mentioned a similar banner at a previous rally in Warsaw “blatantly anti-Semitic“.
Other demonstrators chanted ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ (from the river to the sea Palestine shall be free, ed.), a controversial slogan which, according to British Home Secretary Suella Braverman, is anti-Semitic and which she says is “commonly known” to called for the destruction of Israel. Pro-Palestinian protesters contradict that claim.
There were also pro-Palestinian demonstrations in other European cities on Saturday. According to the police, 17,000 people turned out in Düsseldorf, Germany. Thousands of people also took to the streets in Berlin and several other German cities, as well as in the French capital Paris.
According to Biden, there is progress in talks on a humanitarian ceasefire
According to US President Joe Biden, progress is being made in the talks a “humanitarian pause” in the Gaza conflict. He indicated this when he left a church in Delaware, America, on Saturday.
Asked if there was any progress on the file, Biden gave a thumbs up and replied “yes.” Then he got into his car.
The international pressure on Israel for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza has been increasing for days. Washington mediates between Israel and Hamas for this purpose. Such a pause – actually a ceasefire, but short and only for humanitarian reasons – should allow aid caravans to enter the Gaza Strip and civilians to flee.
Hundreds of Israelis on the streets for the release of hostages and against Netanyahu
Hundreds of Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to demand the release of Israeli Hamas hostages in the Gaza Strip. Ask in Jerusalem hundreds of demonstrators then the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Almost a month after the attack by terrorist organization Hamas in Israel, there are still Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip. The terrorist movement took over some 240 Israelis to Gaza.
Many hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday in front of the official residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. According to the demonstrators Netanyahu responsible for the failure of the security services that allowed Hamas terrorists to enter Israeli territory on October 7 and he must resign.
In Tel Aviv, relatives of the Israeli hostages in Gaza and their sympathizers came to demonstrate to the Ministry of Defense. Netanyahu must do more to free the hostages, was the gist. Many demonstrators want to camp in front of the ministry until the hostages are released.
Hamas: “More than 60 hostages missing due to Israeli airstrikes”
According to the armed wing of the terrorist organization Hamas more than sixty hostages missing due to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Aba Ubaida, the spokesman for the Al-Qassa Brigades, also said on the Hamas Telegram channel that 23 bodies of Israeli hostages are under the rubble.
“It seems we will never reach them due to the occupation’s continued brutal aggression against Gaza,” he said. Reuters news agency could not immediately verify the armed wing’s statement.
It is estimated that according to Israel 240 hostages held in the Gaza Strip after the Hamas attack on October 7. It is not known exactly how many people are involved. Hamas has one number of hostages released. Hostages are also said to have been killed by Israeli bombardments in the Gaza Strip.
Group of twenty Belgians landed in the Netherlands and transferred to Belgium
The first group of about twenty Belgians who were able to leave the Gaza Strip on Thursday arrived at the Gaza Strip airport on Saturday by plane from Cairo, Egypt. Dutch Eindhoven landed and was transported from there by bus to Brussels. This was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Hadja Lahbib (MR), who was present in Brussels this evening to welcome the compatriots.
According to Minister Lahbib, the operation shows that “European solidarity is once again bearing fruit”. The MR minister thanks her Dutch colleague from Foreign Affairs Hanke Bruins Slot for allowing the Belgians on board the Dutch flight. “This return home is a real relief for them,” said Lahbib, who also thanked all the teams, diplomats and military attachés involved.
“We remain committed to our compatriots and rights holders who are currently blocked and we remain committed to helping them leave Gaza as quickly as possible,” the minister concluded.