Israel’s military spokesperson says army is ‘awaiting political instruction’; Gaza’s health authority says 5,791 Palestinians have diedThe US has advised Israel to hold off on a ground assault in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and is keeping Qatar – a broker with the Palestinian militants – apprised of those talks, sources have told Reuters.Echoing reports in other media including the New York Times, the newswire reported:After Hamas attacked Israel on 7 October and killed some 1,400 people, the United States stood by its ally and stressed that Israel has the right to defend itself. It has also publicly stressed that Israel will decide its own timetable for retaliation.But the White House, Pentagon and State Department have now stepped up private appeals for caution in conversations with the Israelis, two sources familiar with discussions said, as Israel’s blockade of Gaza worsens a humanitarian crisis and the death toll from its bombardment of the enclave passes 5,000. Continue reading…
Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2023/oct/24/israel-hamas-war-live-news-conflict-biden-netanyahu-aid-gaza-hostages-latest-updates
Author : Martin Belam (now) and Helen Livingstone (earlier)
Publish date : 2023-10-24 14:23:57
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