Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations called for a ‘humanitarian cease-fire’ in the Gaza Strip and Israel on Friday, while blaming the United States for the ongoing conflict. Meanwhile thousands of protesters rallied in New York calling for an end to ‘Israeli occupation’. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
9:49am: Plane with medical supplies lands in Egypt, says WHO chief
A plane loaded with medical supplies to support urgent health needs in Gaza has landed in Al Arish, Egypt, near the Rafah crossing, the chief of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday in a post on the messaging platform X.
“We’re ready to deploy the supplies as soon as humanitarian access through the crossing is established,” he said.
We’re ready to deploy the supplies as soon as humanitarian access through the crossing is established.
We continue our plea to Israel to…
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 14, 2023
9:34am: More than 1,300 buildings destroyed in Gaza, says UN
More than 1,300 buildings in the Gaza Strip have been destroyed, the United Nations said Saturday, after nearly a week of fierce bombardment by Israeli forces.
The UN’s humanitarian agency OCHA said “5,540 housing units” in those buildings were destroyed and nearly 3,750 more homes were so badly damaged they were uninhabitable.
9:12am: Israel says it killed ‘terrorists’ trying to cross from Lebanon
Israeli forces on Saturday killed several “terrorists” trying to cross the border from Lebanon, a military spokesman said.
The military “identified a terrorist cell which attempted to infiltrate from Lebanon into Israeli territory”, the spokesman said, adding that a drone strike “targeted the terrorist cell and killed a number of the terrorists”.
7:59am: Israeli air strikes kill senior Hamas military commander, says army
A senior military commander of Hamas who headed the Islamist group’s aerial operations in Gaza City has been killed in Israeli air strikes, the military said Saturday.
Murad Abu Murad was killed over the past day when fighter jets struck an operational centre of Hamas from where the group carried out its “aerial activity”, the military said. There was no immediate confirmation from Hamas.
7:10am: Thai death toll in Israel-Gaza conflict hits 24, says PM
Three more Thai nationals have died in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, bringing the death toll to 24, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said Saturday.
“I have been informed that there are three more people who died, making it a total of 24,” Srettha told reporters.
Two additional Thai nationals have been wounded, the Thai foreign ministry said, bringing the total to 16.
About 30,000 Thais are working in Israel, mostly in the agriculture sector, according to the kingdom’s labour ministry.
6:08am: Israel says more than 120 civilians held hostage in Gaza
The Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed that more than 120 civilians were currently being held hostage in the Gaza Strip. Their families have been notified.
5:58am: EU foreign policy chief says Gaza evacuation ‘utterly impossible’
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Saturday that a plan by Israel to evacuate more than one million people out of northern Gaza in a single day was “utterly impossible to implement”.
“I am saying that, representing the official position of the European Union,… (the evacuation plan) is utterly, utterly impossible to implement,” Borrell told a press conference in Beijing on the final day of a three-day diplomatic visit to China.
“To imagine that you could move one million people in 24 hours in a situation like Gaza can only be a humanitarian crisis,” he added.
3:17am: 16 Palestinians killed in West Bank on Friday
The Palestinian Health Ministry reported 16 Palestinians killed Friday in the occupied West Bank, bringing to 51 the total number of West Bank Palestinians killed since Hamas waged its brutal assault on Israel last Saturday.
The United Nations says attacks by Israeli settlers have surged there since the Hamas assault.
1:48am: Russia calls for ceasefire during UN Security Council meeting
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations called for a “humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza Strip and Israel on Friday, while blaming the United States for the ongoing conflict.
The Russian draft resolution, presented to the Security Council and seen by AFP, calls for an “immediate” ceasefire and the secure release of all hostages, and “strongly condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism.”
The document did not specifically name Hamas, the militant group that governs Gaza and on Saturday burst through the heavily militarized border into Israel and killed 1,300 people, mostly civilians.
Here’s the latest from FRANCE 24’s Washington correspondent Fraser Jackson.
1:30am: Protesters in New York call for a ‘free Palestine’
Cries of “Free Palestine” rang out in New York on Friday, as thousands of protesters took to the streets to denounce Israeli bombings in the Gaza Strip.
Calling for an end to “Israeli occupation” and the “liberation” of the Palestinian territories, protesters took up multiple blocks in a city that serves as a crossroads for religions and nationalities spanning the world.
The largely youthful protest – which drew demonstrators of all origins, some sporting Palestinian flags and keffiyehs – accused Israel of “genocide” and called for the US to withdraw support for its Middle Eastern ally.
Key developments from Friday, October 13:
The Israeli military on Friday dropped flyers on Gaza warning residents to flee “immediately” to the south, AFP correspondents in the Palestinian territory said. “Evacuate your homes immediately and go south of Wadi Gaza,” read flyers dropped by drones and seen by AFP.
Hezbollah deputy chief said on Friday that the powerful Iran-backed group was “ready” and would “contribute” to confrontations against Israel according to its own plan, despite foreign powers asking them to stay on the sidelines.
The Reuters news agency has said that one of its journalists was killed during shelling in southern Lebanon that also injured several other reporters. “We are deeply saddened to learn that our videographer, Issam Abdallah, has been killed,” Reuters said, adding that, he “was part of a Reuters crew in southern Lebanon.”
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)