Blinken meets Abbas
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas called for an “immediate ceasefire” and allowing humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.
While Blinken reassured America’s commitment to ensure humanitarian assistance and resuming essential services in the besieged Gaza, he did not call for a ceasefire.
Arab world versus the US on ceasefireA press conference was held in Amman on Saturday where US Secretary of State Blinken dismissed his Jordanian and Egyptian counterparts, Ayman Safadi and Sameh Shoukry, calling to urge Israel for an immediate ceasefire.
“We don’t accept that this is self-defence,” Safadi said. “It cannot be justified under any pretext and it will not bring Israel security, it will not bring the region peace.”
But Blinken believes that a ceasefire would “leave Hamas in place to regroup and repeat attacks”.
Attack on Maghazi refugee camp
According to Wafa news, 51 Palestinians have been killed as Israel bombed Gaza’s Maghazi refugee camp.
Infectious diseases reported in UNRWA shelter
The UN’ has revealed that overcrowding in UNRWA shelters is leading to diseases.
“Overcrowding conditions continue to create severe health and protection risks,” the UN stated.
More than 530,000 Palestinians are said to be seeking refuge.
A number of cases of acute respiratory infections, diarrhoea and chicken pox have been reported in UNRWA shelters.
Additionally, due to overcrowdedness in the shelters, people are sleeping in the streets around UNRWA shelters.
Israel bombs Azhar University in Gaza
Israel has bombed Al-Azhar University in Gaza.
A video was posted by Palestine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Amal Jadou on X (formerly Twitter).
URGENT: This is not a nuclear test. This is Israel bombing the campus of Al-Azhar University in #Gaza.— Amal Jadou (@AmalJadou7) November 4, 2023
Since yesterday Israeli attacks involved ambulance convoys, 3 hospitals, and 5 UN schools-turned shelters, causing scores of innocent casualties. No place is safe #Gaza_Genocide pic.twitter.com/399y1TanaG
Israeli army attacked 2,500 targets in GazaThe Israeli army has claimed to have attacked more than 2,500 targets inside the Gaza Strip since October 7.
Chad cuts ties with Israel
Chad is the latest country to recall its ambassador from Israel in the light of “the unprecedented tide of deadly violence” inside Gaza.
“In front of such tragedy, Chad condemns the loss of numerous innocent civilians and calls for a ceasefire for a durable solution to the Palestinian issue,” the statement read.
Thousands take to streets in Washington DC
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington DC to protest against US President Joe Biden’s support for Israel’s attacks on Gaza.
“Biden, Biden, you can’t hide; we charge you with genocide,” the protesters chanted on Saturday.