Continuous attacks near Al-Quds Hospital
The Palestine Red Crescent Society has been updating about the incessant artillery and air strikes in the Tal al-Hawa area in northern Gaza in the area where Al-Quds Hospital is situated.
“The building is trembling and the displaced civilians and the working crews are experiencing fear and panic,” they reported on social media.
Hundreds of patients and more than 12,000 displaced Gazans are being sheltered in Al-Quds.
Israel has called for the evacuation of the hospital as they are likely to attack it — which human rights experts deem as a blatant war crime.
Continuous artillery and air strikes in Tal-Alhwa area in #Gaza where the Al-Quds Hospital is located. The building is trembling and the displaced civilians and the working crews are experiencing fear and panic. #Gaza_under_bombardment #AlQudsHospital #NotATarget— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) October 30, 2023
Israel using white phosphorus in attacks in South Lebanon: Amnesty
Rights group, Amnesty International has confirmed that “the Israeli army indiscriminately, and therefore unlawfully, used white phosphorous in an attack on Dhayra, in south Lebanon, on October 16.”
“The attack must be investigated as a war crime,” Amnesty International posted on X.
A new Amnesty investigation has found that the Israeli army indiscriminately, and therefore unlawfully, used white phosphorous in an attack on Dhayra in south Lebanon on 16 October.— Amnesty International (@amnesty) October 31, 2023
The attack must be investigated as a war crime. pic.twitter.com/RyK1CePSGj
Countries in conversation
Saudi defence minister Khalid bin Salman Al Saud stressed the need for “an immediate ceasefire in Gaza” as he met with US National Security adviser Jake Sullivan in Washington on Monday.
The White House, on the other hand, reportedly said Sullivan “confirmed President [Joe] Biden’s commitment to support the defence of US partners against threats from state and non-state actors, including those backed by Iran”.
Met with @JakeSullivan46 to discuss the Saudi-US partnership. I stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, protection of civilians, allowing humanitarian aid, and resuming the peace process. We also discussed the Kingdom’s efforts in Yemen to end the crisis and achieve… pic.twitter.com/C7jRCnzfII— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) October 31, 2023
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also spoke with Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani about increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza on an emergency basis.
So far, at least four captives have been released from Gaza through Qatari mediation.
According to the Axios news, the head of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, Mossad, visited Doha, to discuss the possible release of more hostages.
Spoke with Prime Minister @MBA_AlThani_ about Hamas’ terrorist attacks in Israel, the situation in Gaza, and the need to increase humanitarian assistance for Gaza. We appreciate Qatar’s work to secure the exit of our people from Gaza and the release of hostages held by Hamas.— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) October 30, 2023
31 journalists killed
The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 31 journalists have been killed in Israel-Palestine escalation.
Among the killed are 26 Palestinians, four Israelis and one Lebanese.
Eight journalists have been said to be injured, nine journalists are reported missing or detained.
As per the report, more journalists have died in the current escalation than in any other conflict since 1992.
300 targets attacked in Gaza
About 300 targets have been attacked overnight in Gaza, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have reportedly claimed.
Over the last day, during ground operations:— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 31, 2023
🔻Numerous Hamas terrorists have been eliminated.
🔻The IAF struck terrorist targets and infrastructure.
🔻IDF combat forces struck approximately 300 targets, including:
• Anti-tank missiles posts.
• Rocket launch posts.
60 Palestinians arrested in occupied West Bank
At least 60 Palestinians have been arrested across the occupied West Bank, according to the Commission of Detainees’ Affairs and the Palestinian Society Prisoner’s Club.
Al Jazeera quotes that they have claimed “Arrests are accompanied with torture and abusive attacks against detainees and their families, as well as the policy of collective punishment, destroying property,”
Since October 7, 1,740 arrest cases have been documented in the occupied West Bank.