Latest Developments in Israel-Hamas Conflict: Iran’s Warning and China’s Take on Gaza Offensive

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees issued a warning, saying that unless additional supplies are permitted into the confined enclave, its assistance workers will no longer be able to carry out humanitarian activities in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military persisted in advising locals to relocate from northern Gaza to the southern part of the territory while pledging to confront Hamas with “an even greater force.” The Israel Defence Forces announced that from 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) to 1 p.m. Sunday, no military activities would be conducted along the evacuation route.

Israel-Hamas war live updates: Iran warns war could expand; China says Gaza offensive is ‘beyond self-defense’
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However, the evacuation directives have drawn criticism from various relief organisation. Israel’s Energy Minister Israel Katz declared on Sunday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Joe Biden had discussed the decision to restore water supplies to some southern Gazan areas. The UN warned that Gaza was in danger of running out of water and fuel late on Saturday.

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China urged Israel to stop punishing Palestinians in the Gaza Strip collectively on Sunday, claiming that “Israel’s actions have gone beyond self-defense. In a series of phone discussions over the weekend, international leaders discussed how to prevent a wider Middle East crisis, and China’s foreign minister Wang Yi made some remarks.

The U.S. Senate will promptly advance a military aid package to aid Israel in its conflict with Hamas, according to Chuck Schumer, the majority leader in the chamber and a Democrat from New York.

The Israeli authorities made it plain to us that the aid was urgently needed, therefore we will endeavour to get it through the senate as soon as possible.

Israel-Hamas war live updates: Iran warns war could expand; China says Gaza offensive is ‘beyond self-defense’
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Separately, the American Embassy in Israel announced that it will assist Americans and members of their immediate families in leaving the northern Israeli port city of Haifa on Monday to travel by sea to Cyprus. With a limited number of seats available, boarding will take place in order of arrival.

After meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will fly back to Israel. The top American diplomat is also scheduled to arrive in Egypt later today to negotiate an agreement allowing Americans who are currently in Gaza to travel freely through the Rafah gate, which serves as the only crossing point between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli soldiers have bombarded Gaza, a small area of land wedged between Egypt, Israel, and the Mediterranean Sea, in retaliation for last weekend’s horrific attack on Israel by Hamas. At least 1,400 people have died in Israel and close to 2,700 have died in Gaza, and the death toll is rising. According to IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagar, the militants now reportedly have 155 hostages in their possession.

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