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British families of Israeli captives seized by Hamas terrorists have claimed the gunmen ‘raped girls over their friends’ bodies’ as they ‘carried out a second Holocaust’

  • British nationals Noam Sagi and Sharon Lifschitz spoke of how their elderly parents were torn from their beds and taken to Gaza by Hamas
  • ‘I shouldn’t be here today, I was supposed to Heathrow to pick up my mum who’s coming to celebrate her 75th birthday here today in London,’ Sagi, 53, said of his mother Agi Sagi, who was kidnapped when Hamas invaded Nir Oz Kibbutz.
  • ‘I’m here because of pure evil,’ Sagi added.
  • He told how the families living in the kibbutz were ‘gassed, burned, slaughtered, killed and kidnapped’.
  • ‘Mostly young kids and elderly people. They burned the place to the ground, shot the dogs, nothing left,’ Sagi, a London-based psychotherapist said.
Sharon Lifschitz, left, and Noam Sagi sit down for a press conference of British children of Israeli hostages at a hotel in London, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. Noam Sagi, 53, is a London-based psychotherapist who grew up on Kibbutz Nir Oz. His 75-year-old mother, Ada Sagi, was taken hostage on October 7. Sharon Lifschitz, 52, is an artist and academic whose parents are peace activists aged 85 and 83 and were taken hostage too.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

At least 100 people from the UK have travelled to Israel to fight Hamas: IDF

At least 100 people are believed to have travelled from the UK to Israel to serve in the Israeli military as it mounts a retaliatory campaign against Hamas.

  • The Israeli Embassy in the UK said it was understood those who travelled were ‘reservists and active duty soldiers’ in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).
  • ‘The Embassy of Israel understands that at least 100 reservists and active duty soldiers have gone back to Israel from the UK to serve in the IDF,’ a statment said.
  • Israel is understood to be preparing to launch an assault into Gaza.

Former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal has called for protests to take place across the Muslim world on Friday in support of Palestinians.

  • Khaled Meshaal, who led Hamas from 2004 to 2017 and now lives in Qatar, said: ‘[We must] head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday.’
  • Meshaal said the governments and peoples of Jordan, Syria , Lebanon and Egypt have a bigger duty to support the Palestinians.
  • He declared Friday 13 ‘The Friday of the Al-Aqsa Flood’

A devastated father has said he welcomed the news that his eight-year-old daughter had been killed by Hamas terrorists because it was better than her being taken hostage during the barbaric attack on the Be’eri Kibbutz.

Breaking: Death toll rises to 1,354 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes

A total of 1,354 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the local health ministry has said.

A further 6,049 people have been injured.

Blinken tells Netanyahu: ‘We’re not going anywhere’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

‘We’re here, we’re not going anywhere,’ Blinken told the Israeli leader, signalling America’s support following the Hamas terrorist attack.

UK orders diplomats’ families to leave Israel

The British government has ordered families of its diplomats in Israel to leave the country as a ‘precautionary measure’ amid the on-going conflict.

A foreign office statement said British diplomats would remain on active duty in the country after it was plunged into chaos by the Hamas terrorist attack on Saturday.

‘We are temporarily drawing down dependants of staff at our Embassy in Tel Aviv and our Consulate in Jerusalem as a precautionary measure,’ the statement said.

‘Our Embassy and Consulate remain fully staffed and continue to provide consular services to those who require assistance.’

Gaza could run out of fuel ‘in a few hours’, IRC says

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday that the blockaded Gaza Strip still had some fuel to operate generators, including in hospitals, but that it could run out in a few hours.

‘Our understanding is that there is still fuel – but probably only for a few hours – to allow generators to work, including in hospitals,’ said Fabrizio Carboni, ICRC’s regional director for the Near and Middle East, told reporters.

Israel focusing on ‘taking out’ senior Hamas leaders in Gaza, army says

Israel’s military assault against Hamas is focusing on ‘taking out’ the terrorist group’s senior leadership in the Gaza Strip, including chief Yahya Sinwar (pictured below), an army spokesman has said.

‘Right now we are focused on taking out their senior leadership, not only the military leadership (but) also their governmental leadership, all the way up to Sinwar,’ Richard Hecht told journalists, referring to Hamas’s chief in the enclave.

‘They were directly connected’ to the attack that Hamas launched on Israel over the weekend that left more than 1,300 people dead, he added.

epa05874421 The new leader of Hamas movement in Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar attends the memorial service for Mazen Faqhaa, senior leader of Ezz-Al Din Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, 27 March 2017. Mazen Faqhaa was killed on 24 March 2017 after gunmen shot dead him near his home in the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City.  Faqhaa was freed by Israeli in 2011 prisoner swap with more than 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier Hamas had detained for five years. Hamas officials have said the killing bears the hallmarks of Israel's intelligence service Mossad, but Israel has not commented on the shooting.  EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

UN experts say Israel’s strikes on Gaza amount to ‘collective punishment’

A group of independent United Nations experts on Thursday condemned violence against civilians in Israel and deplored the ‘collective punishment’ of reprisal strikes against Gaza.

While condemning the ‘horrific crimes committed by Hamas’, the group said that Israel had resorted to ‘indiscriminate military attacks against the already exhausted Palestinian people of Gaza’.

‘They have lived under unlawful blockade for 16 years, and already gone through five major brutal wars, which remain unaccounted for,’ the group, which includes several U.N. special rapporteurs, said in a statement.

‘This amounts to collective punishment. There is no justification for violence that indiscriminately targets innocent civilians, whether by Hamas or Israeli forces. This is absolutely prohibited under international law and amounts to a war crime.’

The group said that taking hostages in the context of hostilities also constituted a war crime.

‘The civilians taken by Hamas must be immediately released, pending which their fate and whereabouts must be disclosed,’ the experts said.

The Israeli death toll had risen to more than 1,300 people since Saturday. Most were civilians gunned down by Hamas in their homes, on the streets or at a dance party.

Scores of Israeli and foreign hostages were taken back to Gaza.

Israel said on Thursday there would be no humanitarian break to its siege of the Gaza Strip until all its hostages were freed.

Palestinians inspect the rubble of buildings hit by an Israeli airstrike at Al Shati Refugee Camp Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. Israel's retaliation has escalated after Gaza's militant Hamas rulers launched an unprecedented attack on Israel Saturday, killing over 1,200 Israelis and taking captive dozens. Heavy Israeli airstrikes on the enclave has killed over 1,200 Palestinians. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / TOPSHOT - People gather by the bodies of victims of Israeli air strikes outside the morgue of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on October 12, 2023 as raging battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continue for the sixth consecutive day. Thousands of people, both Israeli and Palestinians have died since October 7, 2023, after Palestinian Hamas militants based in the Gaza Strip, entered southern Israel in a surprise attack leading Israel to declare war on Hamas in Gaza on October 8. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP) (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Beijing confirms three Chinese nationals killed in Gaza war

Three Chinese nationals have been confirmed dead in the latest Israel-Palestinian war,’ Beijing has said today.

Two others are missing and several have been injured, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.

He urged authorities to make every effort to search for and rescue the missing.

The Chinese Embassy in Israel reported earlier in the week that a young woman of Israeli and Chinese heritage was among the scores of hostages taken by Hamas fighters.

Breaking: Hamas holding at least 97 people hostage in Gaza, Israel says

Israel’s military spokesperson has said that Israel has been able to confirm the identities of 97 people taken hostage into Gaza during the attack by Hamas.

Israel had earlier said up to 150 people had been kidnapped and taken across the border on Saturday, suggesting more people are yet to be identified.

Hamas says it has hidden the hostages in ‘safe places and tunnels’ within Gaza, but has threatened to execute one every time Israel strikes civilian targets in the enclave without warning.

The offensive Israel launched on the blockaded Palestinian enclave since was meant to eliminate the ability of the Islamist group to govern, Daniel Hagari said in a televised press briefing.

‘The military is preparing for the next stage of the war,’ he said, adding that 222 soldiers had been killed since Saturday.

Israel today warned it wouldn’t let any food, medicine or electricity reach the Palestinians stranded in the Gaza Strip until Hamas terrorists release the 150 Israeli hostages they captured.

‘Humanitarian aid to Gaza? No electrical switch will be turned on, no water hydrant will be opened and no fuel truck will enter until the Israeli abductees are returned home,’ Israel’s Energy Minister Israel Katz vowed in a sinister threat.

‘Humanitarian for humanitarian. And no one will preach us morals,’ Katz added.

The stark warning comes as Israeli airstrikes continued to obliterate entire neighbourhoods and the IDF encircled Gaza with 300,000 troops ahead of an expected ground offensive that will see fighting in the streets.

But the airstrikes, which have killed 1,200 civilians in Gaza, and the total siege of the enclave has prompted the US to warn Israel to ‘uphold the laws of war’.

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / People stand by the bodies of victims of Israeli air strikes outside the morgue of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on October 12, 2023 as raging battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continue for the sixth consecutive day. Thousands of people, both Israeli and Palestinians have died since October 7, 2023, after Palestinian Hamas militants based in the Gaza Strip, entered southern Israel in a surprise attack leading Israel to declare war on Hamas in Gaza on October 8. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP) (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)
epa10914352 A destroyed house following an Israeli air strike in the western Shati refugee camp, western Gaza Strip, on October 12, 2023. More than 1,200 Palestinians were killed and more than 5,000 injured, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. After Israel began bombing the Palestinian Strip in response to the attacks carried out by the Islamic movement Hamas on Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7. More than 3,000 people, including 1,500 Hamas militants, have been killed and thousands wounded in Gaza and Israel since October 7, according to Israeli military sources and Palestinian officials.  EPA/HAITHAM IMAD
TOPSHOT - Smoke plumes billow during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on October 12, 2023 as raging battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continue for the sixth consecutive day. Washington urged Israel to show restraint in its response to Hamas's surprise attack -- the worst in the country's 75-year history -- which Israeli forces said killed more than 1,200 people, mostly civilians. In Gaza, officials have reported more than 1,200 people killed in Israel's uninterrupted campaign of air and artillery strikes, while the UN said more than 338,000 people have been displaced. (Photo by IBRAHIM HAMS / AFP) (Photo by IBRAHIM HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

Blinken to hold talks with Palestinian and Jordanian leaders

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks with the Palestinian and Jordanian leaders in Amman, a US official has said.

Blinken arrived for a solidarity visit to Israel on Thursday.

‘Tomorrow (Friday) in Amman, Secretary Blinken will have meetings with Palestinian president (Mahmud) Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II,’ the official told an AFP correspondent travelling with Blinken.

Head of Australia’s intelligence agency warns of violence ahead of another planned pro-Palestinian protest

The head of Australia’s domestic intelligence agency has today warned about the potential for opportunistic violence and called for calm as tensions rise ahead of another planned pro-Palestinian protest in response to the Israel-Hamas war.

In rare public statement, Mike Burgess, who is head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), said protests and rallies following the attacks by Hamas are likely to continue.

He said he remained concerned about the potential for opportunistic violence.

‘In this context, it is important that all parties consider the implications for social cohesion when making public statements,’ Burgess said. ‘Words matter. ASIO has seen direct connections between inflamed language and inflamed community tensions.’

Organisers said those filmed were a fringe group of ‘vile’ antisemites who had been told to leave.

Leaders across the political spectrum have denounced the comments and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said the protest should never have gone ahead.

Participants of a pro-Palestinian rally react outside the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, October 9, 2023. AAP Image/Dean Lewins via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT 12617309
Police look on during a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, October 9, 2023. AAP Image/Dean Lewins via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT

Red Cross pleads for fuel to prevent Gaza hospitals from ‘turning into morgues’

The Red Cross has pleaded for fuel to be allowed into the besieged Gaza Strip to prevent overwhelmed hospitals from ‘turning into morgues’.

The sole electric power station in the enclave switched off yesterday after it ran out of fuel, and hospitals are running out of fuel for emergency generators.

‘The human misery caused by this escalation is abhorrent, and I implore the sides to reduce the suffering of civilians,’ Fabrizio Carboni, regional director of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said in a statement on Thursday.

‘As Gaza loses power, hospitals lose power, putting newborns in incubators and elderly patients on oxygen at risk. Kidney dialysis stops, and X-rays can’t be taken. Without electricity, hospitals risk turning into morgues.’

The organisation has said it is in contact with Hamas and Israel to try and negotiate the release of hostages. Israel has said it will not lift the siege on Gaza until they are freed, while Hamas has said they will not be released until the bombardment stops.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have said five of its members have been killed in the conflict.

GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 10: A view of destroyed Red Cross building as the Israeli airstrikes continue on its fourth day at the Gaza Strip in Gaza City, Gaza on October 10, 2023. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu via Getty Images)
Palestinians gather for a vigil outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Beirut on October 11, 2023, in support of the Palestinians in Gaza. The death toll from five days of ferocious fighting between Hamas and Israel rose sharply overnight as Israel kept up its bombardment of Gaza on October 11, after recovering the dead from the last communities near the border where Palestinian militants had been holed up. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP) (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s MBS speaks to Iranian leader by phone to discuss Israel-Hamas war

Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and Iran’s president spoke by phone about the war between Israel and Hamas, Saudi state media said this morning, their first call since a surprise rapprochement in March.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a call on Wednesday from the Iranian leader, Ebrahim Raisi, during which they discussed ‘the current military situation in Gaza and its environs’, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

Prince Mohammed told Raisi that Riyadh is ‘communicating with all international and regional parties to stop the ongoing escalation’, SPA said. He also stressed ‘the kingdom’s firm position towards supporting the Palestinian cause’, it said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today condemned ‘all acts of terrorism and brutality’ following the Hamas attack on Israel.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex added that they were ‘supporting our partners and organisations on the frontlines in Israel to provide the urgent aid needed’.

In a message posted on their Archewell website under the title ‘with heavy hearts’, the couple said: ‘At The Archewell Foundation, with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, we stand against all acts of terrorism and brutality.

‘We are supporting our partners and organisations on the frontlines in Israel to provide the urgent aid needed, and to help all innocent victims of this unconscionable level of human suffering.’

Britain's Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, participate in The Archewell Foundation Parents' Summit

Israel ‘targeting tunnels in Gaza with airstrikes’

Israel is targeting an underground system of tunnels in Gaza with its airstrikes, according to Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman.

The network was built and populated by Hamas, enabling them to hide from Israeli forces in the event of an attack.

‘What Hamas has done since they took control almost 20 years ago was to build a network of tunnels from Gaza City and under Gaza City all the way down to Khan Yunis and Rafah,’ Conricus said, according to the BBC.

He explained that the Gaza Strip needs to be thought of in two layers – one for civilians at ground level, and a subterranean level underneath. ‘What we are trying to do now is get to that second layer that Hamas has built,’ he said.

His comments come as Israel gears up to launch an offensive into the enclave, and a rescue mission to free Israeli hostages.

The Hamas -run Gaza Strip is a tiny enclave, measuring 25 miles long and no more than seven miles wide, surveilled continually by Israel, surrounded by its guns.

But rescuing – or even locating – more than 150 hostages hustled there by Palestinian terrorists who overran Israel’s southern border on Saturday will be a daunting task.

Gaza’s densely populated terrain, its network of underground tunnels and the sheer numbers of men, women and children taken captive present Israel with the most complex hostage crisis that the country has ever faced.

An Israeli army officer walks on July 25, 2014 during an army-organised tour in a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip for cross-border attacks. Israel launched its military offensive aiming at destroying tunnels used by Gaza militants. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JACK GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz blames Iran for Hamas growth, calls Palestinian president’s silence on attacks ‘shameful’

Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz has weighed in on the conflict, blaming Iran for backing Hamas to grow into the terrorist body that carried out the attack on Israel.

He also attacked Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas for his ‘shameful’ silence on the attacks – that left at least 1,300 Israelis dead – and urged him to clearly condemn Hamas’ actions.

‘Where is the clear condemnation of the terrorist violence by the autonomous (Palestinian) Authority and by its president, Mahmoud Abbas?’ Scholz said in an address to parliament. ‘Their silence is shameful,’ he said.

On Iran, Scholz said: ‘While we have no firm proof that Iran operationally supported this cowardly attack, it is clear to us all that without Iranian support Hamas would never have been able to launch this unprecedented attack.’

He also pledged Germany’s full support to Israel, pointing to his country’s history and ‘responsibility stemming from the Holocaust’.

‘For Germany at the moment, the only place is at Israel’s side,’ he said. ‘Our own history, our responsibility stemming from the Holocaust, make it an everlasting duty to stand up for the existence and security of the state of Israel.’

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a government statement on the situation in Israel during a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

Israeli official: Siege of Gaza will not end until hostages are freed

A top Israeli official has said the siege of Gaza will not end until hostages – taken into the enclave by Hamas terrorists – are freed.

Energy Minister Israel Katz said no ‘electrical switch will be turned on, no water hydrant will be opened and no fuel truck will enter’ until those who were kidnapped on Saturday are returned home.

Israel stopped the supplies into the Gaza Strip after Hamas attacked on Saturday, and has vowed to wipe out the group.

All signs are pointing to an immanent Israeli invasion of the territory, home to two million people, which is it also shelling.

British airline easyJet says it wants to restart flights to Israel as soon as possible after suspending them on Sunday

The chief executive of easyJet has said the British airline wants to restart flights to Israel as soon as possible, but that it could not currently say when this would happen.

‘That is obviously something that we want to do as soon as possible but we cannot say now,’ CEO Johan Lundgren told reporters on Thursday.

The airline suspended its Tel Aviv routes on Sunday.

Breaking: Blinken arrives in Israel

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has arrived in Israel in a show of American support for the country after Saturday’s Hamas terrorist attacks.

Blinken is expected to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Washington closes ranks with its ally that has launched a withering air campaign against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip since the attacks.

The top US diplomat will also try to help secure the release of hostages kidnapped by Hamas – some of whom are Americans – and safe passage of Gaza civilians out of the densely-populated enclave ahead of a possible Israeli ground invasion.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he boards a plane, October 11, 2023, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, en route to Israel. President Joe Biden is dispatching his top diplomat to Israel on an urgent mission to show US support after the unprecedented attack by Hamas militants. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks before boarding a plane, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2023, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Israel. President Joe Biden is dispatching his top diplomat to Israel on an urgent mission to show U.S. support after the unprecedented attack by Hamas militants. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Four of Britain’s top lawyers have complained to Ofcom over the BBC‘s refusal to label Hamas ‘terrorists’ after its attacks on Israel.

The corporation last night defended its decision not to describe Hamas militants as ‘terrorists’ in its coverage of the deadly attacks in Israel, despite receiving a huge backlash from politicians and those within the Jewish community.

The broadcaster’s refusal continues despite King Charles condemning the ‘barbaric acts of terrorism’ while the Prince and Princess of Wales spoke of their distress following ‘Hamas’s terrorist attack’.

Instead, the BBC refers to Hamas as a ‘militant’ group and described the slaughter of civilians as a ‘militant’ attack.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis accused broadcasters of trying to ‘wilfully mislead’ by not using the word terrorist, while Defence Secretary Grant Shapps called on the corporation to ‘get the moral compass out’ and Labour leader Keir Starmer urged the broadcaster to ‘explain’ its reasoning.

Lord Wolfson KC, Lord Pannick KC, Lord Grabiner KC and Jeremy Brier KC have now accused the BBC of failing to show impartiality ‘beyond doubt’ by describing Hamas in ‘more sympathetic terms’ as ‘militants’.

The four senior lawyers signed a letter calling on Ofcom to investigate. In a letter seen by the Telegraph, they said: ‘On 7th October 2023, Hamas launched a large invasion of the State of Israel which resulted variously in the slaughter, rape and abduction of over a thousand Israeli citizens. There is nothing controversial about that. It is a fact.

An aerial view shows damage caused following a mass infiltration by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip, in Kibbutz Beeri in southern Israel, October 11, 2023. REUTERS/ Ilan Rosenberg
KFAR AZA, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 10:  Israeli soldiers patrol near burned and desroyed houses after an attack by Palestinian militants on this kibbutz near the borde with Gaza on October 10, 2023 in Kfar Gaza, Israel. Israel has sealed off Gaza and conducted airstrikes on Palestinian territory after Hamas attack killed hundreds and took nearly 100 hostages. On October 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel from Gaza by land, sea, and air, killing over 700 people and wounding more than 2000. Israeli soldiers and civilians have also been taken hostage by Hamas and moved into Gaza. The attack prompted a declaration of war by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and ongoing retaliatory strikes by Israel on Gaza killing hundreds.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s live coverage of the sixth day of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Israel continued to pound Gaza on Thursday, vowing to ‘destroy’ Hamas after the groups’ unprecedented surprise attack on Saturday, slaughtering civilians.

Thousands of people on both sides have died, with Israel responding to the killings with a massive bombardment of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Israel has massed its military forces around the besieged Palestinian enclave in what appears to be preparation for a possible ground invasion, and an attempt to rescue Israeli hostages who were taken back across the border by terrorists.

Here’s what you need to know this morning:

  • Israel says Hamas gunmen have killed more than 1,300 people and wounded over 2,700 in Israeli cities, towns and kibbutz communities
  • In Gaza, health officials said 1,200 people had been killed and 5,600 wounded
  • Israel launched an ‘extensive attack’ on Hamas targets in Gaza overnight, which carried on into Thursday morning
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to ‘crush and destroy’ Hamas with the support of a new war cabinet that includes a longtime opposition critic
  • Israel’s military appears to have confirmed reports that babies were beheaded by Hamas terrorists in a Kibbutz close to the Gaza Strip where some 108 bodies were found
  • Hamas claimed that four captives died in Israeli strikes and threatened to kill the others if civilian targets were bombed without advance warning from Israel
  • Hamas claimed that four captives died in Israeli strikes and threatened to kill the others if civilian targets were bombed without advance warning from Israel
  • It said it fired 5,000 rockets in an offensive it branded ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ and ruled out negotiating a prisoner swap with Israel as ‘the military operation is still ongoing’
  • US President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the attack by Hamas the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust as the number of U.S. citizens killed in the fighting ticked up to at least 22
  • Other countries have also seen casualties, including Britain, with 17 UK nationals either missing or confirmed dead
  • Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrived in Israel
Smoke plumes billow during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on October 12, 2023 as raging battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continue for the sixth consecutive day. Washington urged Israel to show restraint in its response to Hamas's surprise attack -- the worst in the country's 75-year history -- which Israeli forces said killed more than 1,200 people, mostly civilians. In Gaza, officials have reported more than 1,200 people killed in Israel's uninterrupted campaign of air and artillery strikes, while the UN said more than 338,000 people have been displaced. (Photo by Mahmud HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)





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