Iran said it will intervene if the Israeli operation in Gaza continues, two diplomatic sources told the Axios news agency.
The threat, which was made in a message to Israel through the UN, raises the prospect of a regional war and follows earlier warnings from Iran’s foreign minister.
Hossein Amir Abdollahian said the Lebanese militant group had scenarios “designed” and “prepared” if Israel does not stop its attacks on Gaza and that “their finger is on the trigger to shoot.”
The warnings come as Israel said its forces are at full readiness to launch a ground invasion in the north of Gaza.
The Israeli Defence Forces said the army was preparing to “expand the offensive” with a “joint and coordinated attack from the air, sea and land.”
02:29 AM BST
What happened today
Israel is preparing to attack Hamas ‘by land, air and sea’
Iran said it would intervene if the Israeli operation in Gaza continues
A third repatriation flight carrying Britons departed Israel
An Israeli airstrike targeted the airport of Syria’s government-held city of Aleppo
Tens of thousands of protesters chanted an anti-Israel slogan in London
Continue following the latest news and developments on the war in Sunday’s live blog.
12:29 AM BST
US sends second aircraft carrier to defend Israel
The United States was sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean “to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas’s attack”, Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin said.
The USS Eisenhower and its affiliated warships will join another carrier group led by the Gerald R. Ford already deployed to the region in the wake of a Hamas attack on Israel a week ago and Israel’s ongoing response.
The deployment signals Washington’s “ironclad commitment to Israel’s security and our resolve to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war”, retired general Austin said in a statement.
12:26 AM BST
Hamas says three fighters killed after crossing from Lebanon
Hamas said three of its fighters from Lebanon were killed on Saturday in an Israeli air strike after they detonated a section of the Israel-Lebanon border fence, crossed over and clashed with Israeli troops.
Israel’s military said earlier its aircraft had struck a group of people who it believed had intended to launch anti-tank missiles towards Israel.
12:12 AM BST
Preparations for ground invasion could take days: US ex-general
A former US security co-ordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority says an Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip is probably days away, though he conceded it could be ‘‘hours away’’.
Retired US lieutenant general Mark Schwarz told the BBC an Israeli ground invasion into Gaza was unlikely to be imminent because of the degree of preparation required for such an operation.
The Israeli military’s final preparations are probably “a few days away, if not hours away”, he said.
An operation into Gaza such as the one being planned would take “several weeks, but I believe it’s going to be months”, as the stated aim of wiping out Hamas’s military capabilities would take that long, Mr Schwarz said.
11:49 PM BST
Third repatriation flight carrying Britons departs Israel
A third Government-facilitated flight has now departed Israel carrying Britons, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: “The UK is committed to supporting British nationals in Israel and Gaza following this brutal terror attack by Hamas.
“The safety of all British nationals is our priority and we urge everyone to continue to follow our advice and register their presence so we can get in touch.”
10:38 PM BST
US working to ensure water, food, medicine for civilians, says Biden
The US is working with the UN to “to ensure innocent civilians have access to water, food, and medical care”, Joe Biden told Benjamin Netanyahu.
The phone call between the leaders came as Israel appeared poised for a ground offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, where an Israeli blockade had cut off basic necessities to the crowded enclave.
“President Biden affirmed his support for all efforts to protect civilians,” the White House said in a statement about the phone call between the leaders, which did not specifically mention Gaza.
10:29 PM BST
Watch: South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa pledges support for Palestinians
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) October 14, 2023
10:22 PM BST
US defence chief discusses adhering to law of war with Israeli counterpart
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin stressed the importance of adhering to the law of war as the people of Gaza face a humanitarian crisis.
“During the call he discussed the importance of adhering to the law of war, including civilian protection obligations, and addressing the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza while Israel continues its operations to restore security,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
10:04 PM BST
'Israeli strike hits Syrian airport'
An Israeli airstrike targeted the airport of Syria’s government-held city of Aleppo, a war monitor said, days after a similar strike hit Aleppo and Damascus airports.
“An Israeli air strike coming from the direction of the sea struck Aleppo airport,” Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.
09:40 PM BST
Biden reiterates US support for Israel in call with Netanyahu, urges protection for civilians
Joe Biden reiterated unwavering US support for Israel in a call on Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said.
“President Biden discussed with Prime Minister Netanyahu U.S. coordination with the United Nations, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and others in the region to ensure innocent civilians have access to water, food, and medical care,” the White House said in a statement.
“President Biden affirmed his support for all efforts to protect civilians.”
09:19 PM BST
Latest photos from the war in Israel and Gaza
09:14 PM BST
Israel's forces 'at full readiness' to launch ground invasion
Israel’s forces are at full readiness to launch a ground invasion in the north of Gaza, Israel’s military spokesman has said.
His comments follow those of the Israeli Defence Forces which said the army was preparing to “expand the offensive” with a “joint and coordinated attack from the air, sea and land.”
Israel has drafted a record 360,000 reservists in its response to Hamas’s terrorist attack last week.
Earlier, Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli soldiers at the Gaza Strip that “the next stage is coming”.
The IDF said: “In recent days, the tools required for combat have been transferred to the assembly areas, and at this stage the various units of the Technological and Logistics Directorate are working to complete the qualification of the tools and equipping them with advanced combat means, as needed.”
08:44 PM BST
'Israel strikes back after shooting from Syria sets off sirens'
Israel shelled Syria on Saturday after air raid sirens sounded in settlements on the annexed Golan Heights, the army said, amid its war on Gaza.
“Following the initial report regarding sirens sounded in the communities of Avnei Eitan and Alma, IDF (Israeli) artillery is currently striking the origin of the shooting in Syria,” an army statement said.
08:37 PM BST
Israel prepares to attack Hamas ‘by land, air and sea’
Benjamin Netanyahu declares ‘the next stage is coming’ as ground offensive in Gaza is imminent, writes Nataliya Vasilyeva and Edward Malnick
Israel is preparing an assault on Hamas “from the air, sea and land”, as Benjamin Netanyahu declared that “the next stage is coming”.
The Israeli prime minister signalled that a ground offensive in Gaza was imminent as he visited infantrymen close to the border on Saturday.
A video showed Mr Netanyahu, clad in military body armour, asking Israeli troops: “You ready for the next stage? The next stage is coming.”
Shortly afterwards, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said it was preparing for a “significant ground operation” in the Gaza Strip as part of a “wide range of offensive operational plans”, including a “joint and co-ordinated attack from the air, sea and land”.
08:10 PM BST
Lebanon's Hezbollah says fighter killed by Israel fire
Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group said one of its fighters in south Lebanon was killed on Saturday by Israeli fire, as cross-border tensions rise over Israel’s war with Hezbollah’s Palestinian ally Hamas.
Hezbollah and other Palestinian factions in Lebanon have exchanged cross-border fire with Israel since Hamas’s surprise October 7 attack from Gaza ignited a war that has killed more than 1,300 people in Israel.
07:55 PM BST
Watch: Netanyahu visits Israeli soldiers ahead of ground invasion
07:39 PM BST
Two German flights to take materials to Israel, bring citizens back
Two German air force planes will fly to Israel with materials and bring back German citizens who want to leave the country, a spokesperson for the defence ministry said on Saturday, adding the planes were not part of a military evacuation.
The air force did not giving details on how many Germans would be flown out but said the A400M planes were expected to land at Germany’s Wunstorf air base at 3 am and 4:30 am Sunday morning, respectively.
07:18 PM BST
Foreigners killed, abducted or missing in Hamas attack
Scores of foreigners were killed, wounded or taken hostage in Hamas’s attack on Israel last week, which left more than 1,300 dead in Israel.
Gaza Strip health authorities have reported that more than 2,200 people have been killed in retaliatory Israeli strikes.
According to an AFP count, more than 140 foreigners have been confirmed dead by their national authorities, many of whom also held Israeli nationality.
06:53 PM BST
Pictured: Son of Turkish leader joins protest for Palestine in Istanbul
06:36 PM BST
US advises its citizens in Gaza to move closer to Egypt's Rafah crossing
The US government has advised its citizens in Gaza to move south toward the Rafah border crossing with Egypt to be ready for its possible reopening amid the humanitarian crisis in the coastal enclave after a Hamas attack in Israel drew Israeli military retaliation.
Washington worked with Egypt, Israel and Qatar to try to open the Rafah crossing for limited hours on Saturday afternoon to allow Palestinian-Americans to leave, a senior State Department official told reporters travelling with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
But it was unclear whether Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, would allow access to the crossing, or whether any US citizens were able to exit, the official said later. It was not immediately known whether the US would make another attempt to get Rafah opened on Sunday.
06:21 PM BST
The Israeli army faces uncharted warfare in Gaza
As the IDF gears up for a ground invasion, Hamas is deploying drones and other threats, creating unprecedented challenges for both sides, writes Edmund Bower
As the generals of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) ready their troops for the first ground invasion of Gaza in almost a decade, they will have one question on their minds: what don’t we know?
The Israeli military fought a bloody war in Gaza in 2014, losing 73 soldiers over a seven week-confict that saw more than 2,000 Palestinians killed, and the Shin Bet intelligence service has a nuanced understanding of where Hamas’ military bases lie.
But military technology has evolved rapidly in the years since and analysts note that the soldiers entering the strip may face new threats, new traps and new ways of war.
Unlike in previous bouts with Israel, Hamas presides over what John Spencer, chair of urban warfare studies at the Modern Warfare Institute at Westpoint, calls “a poor man’s air force”.
06:12 PM BST
Louvre Museum and Versailles Palace evacuated after bomb threats with France on alert
The Louvre Museum in Paris and Versailles Palace evacuated visitors and staff Saturday after receiving bomb threats, police said.
The French government started deploying 7,000 troops to increase security around the country after a fatal school stabbing by a suspected Islamic extremist.
The evacuations of two of the world’s most-visited tourist sites come amid heightened vigilance around France following Friday’s school attack, and global tensions linked to the war between Israel and Hamas. President Emmanuel Macron’s government is worried about fallout from the war in France.
05:56 PM BST
A Reuters videographer killed in southern Lebanon by Israeli shelling is laid to rest
A Reuters videographer killed in Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon was laid to rest in his hometown Saturday in a funeral procession attended by hundreds of people.
Draped in a Lebanese flag, Issam Abdallah’s body was carried on a stretcher through the streets of the southern town of Khiam, from his family’s home to the local cemetery.
Dozens of journalists and Lebanese lawmakers attended the funeral.
Abdallah was killed Friday evening near the village of Alma al-Shaab in south Lebanon when an Israeli shell landed on a gathering of international journalists covering exchange of fire along the border between Israeli troops and members of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group.
05:32 PM BST
‘Next stage is coming’, Netanyahu tells Israeli soldiers
Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli soldiers that “the next stage is coming”, ahead of an expected ground offensive of Gaza.
The Israeli prime minister was visiting infantrymen outside the Gaza Strip when he asked them if they were ready for the next stage in Israel’s stated aim to crush Hamas.
Centrist opposition leader Benny Gantz has said Israel was ready to “wipe this thing called Hamas off the face of the Earth”, following a brutal attack by the terrorist group last week.
On Saturday, Iran’s foreign minister warned that Hizbollah has scenarios “designed” and “prepared” if Israel does not stop its attacks on Gaza and that “their finger is on the trigger to shoot.”
05:00 PM BST
Palestinians will not leave Gaza, says Hamas leader
Palestinians will not leave Gaza or the West Bank and migrate to Egypt, said Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas.
“Our decision is to remain in our land,” Haniyeh added, while addressing Egypt in that part of a televised speech.
04:45 PM BST
Pictured: Netanyahu meets fighters at the Gaza strip ahead of an expected ground invasion
04:39 PM BST
'Saudi pauses talks on normalisation with Israel'
Saudi Arabia has suspended talks on potentially normalising ties with Israel, a source told AFP on Saturday, amid the war raging between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Hamas launched a large-scale attack on Israel on October 7 which killed 1,300 people, sparking a retaliatory bombing campaign that has killed at least 2,215 in the Gaza Strip ahead of a potential Israeli ground invasion of the territory.
“Saudi Arabia has decided to pause discussion on possible normalisation and has informed US officials,” a source familiar with the discussions told AFP.
04:07 PM BST
Hizbollah 'have their fingers on the trigger to shoot', says Iran
Iran’s foreign minister has warned from Beirut that Hizbollah has scenarios “designed” and “prepared” if Israel does not stop its attacks on Gaza and that “their finger is on the trigger to shoot.”
“I know about the scenarios that Hizbollah has put in place,” Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters. “Any step the resistance (Hizbollah) will take will cause a huge earthquake in the Zionist entity.”
“I want to warn the war criminals and those who support this entity before it’s too late to stop the crimes against civilians in Gaza, because it might be too late in a few hours,” he added.
He said that he will be contacting UN officials in the Middle East because “there is still an opportunity to work on an initiative (to end the war) but it might be too late tomorrow.”
04:02 PM BST
'Highest regard' for Gaza humanitarian plight needed, says Germany
Germany’s foreign minister said Saturday that Israel’s war against Hamas must be carried out with the greatest care for the humanitarian situation in Gaza, so that the suffering of the population does not foment further hate.
“In the fight against Hamas, highest regard must be placed on the humanitarian situation of innocent women, children and men,” foreign minister Annalena Baerbock told journalists after talks in Cairo with her Egyptian counterpart.
03:37 PM BST
Watch: Tanks mass around Gaza ahead of expected ground invasion
03:21 PM BST
Washington Post verifies video showing Israeli strike on civilian convoy
The Washington Post says it has verified a video of an Israeli strike on a convoy of civilians trying to escape north Gaza.
The graphic video, which has been geolocated, shows bodies, including several young children, lying in the road amid burning vehicles.
The strike was part of a wave of attacks that killed dozens and injured more than 200 people fleeing northern Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.
It followed an order by Israel for northern Gaza’s 1.1 million residents to leave the area within 24 hours ahead of an expected ground invasion.
— Heidi Pett (@heidipett) October 14, 2023
03:03 PM BST
Roundup of the main stories so far
Thanks for following our live blog so far. My name is George Styllis and I will be taking over from my colleague Abbie Cheeseman until late this evening.
Here are some of the day’s main stories:
Thousands of people protested in support of Palestine in London today
Iran’s foreign minister has warned that Hizbollah’s “finger is on the trigger to shoot” if Israel does not back down
The Israeli military said it had seen a “significant movement” of Palestinian civilians heading south, a day after ordering Gaza City residents to flee
Israel is acting in accordance with international law, an IDF spokesperson has insisted to the BBC
Doctors Without Borders says hospitals are facing a chaotic situation in the north of the Gaza Strip where Israeli forces have ordered an evacuation
02:47 PM BST
Graphic: The Washington Post verifies the Israeli strike on Palestinians evacuating yesterday
The Post verified this video of a horrific strike on a convoy of civilians trying to escape north Gaza after Israel's order to evacuate, which reportedly killed dozens. It was first geolocated by @GFLocating & @ChrisOsieck. https://t.co/B0C3FCvyU9 https://t.co/PfFZGlQ465
— Evan Hill (@evanhill) October 14, 2023
02:40 PM BST
Reports suggest Egypt won't let foreigners in unless they can send aid into Gaza
We reported earlier today that Egypt and Israel had come to a deal to allow foreigners and dual-nationals out of Gaza through the Rafah crossing today. Sky News Arabia is now reporting that Cairo has blocked the move unless an agreement is made to allow aid into Gaza.
The Telegraph can not immediately verify the news. More than 500 Americans – not including any hostages taken by Hamas – are thought to be stuck in the Gaza Strip, which could bring pressure from the US to secure their release.
02:33 PM BST
Israel says its acting within international law
Israel is acting in accordance with international law, an IDF spokesperson has insisted to the BBC, following accusations that the forcible evacuation of people from northern Gaza amounts to a war crime.
Richard Hecht was responding to comments from Jan Egeland, a former diplomat who was involved with the Oslo Accords and facilitated talks between the Palestinians and Israel, and now runs the Norwegian Refugee Council.
“We’re not putting people in trucks,” Hecht said on BBC News. “We’re telling people to move south. Hamas could move them if they cared about them - it’s their responsibility.”
He also suggested that fleeing Gazans stay with relatives or take a tent, saying that he is sure they will “find places to stay”.
The UN has warned desperate Gazans against sleeping in the streets due to the extent of air strikes. There are no bomb shelters in the Gaza Strip.
Hecht added: “We will not lose our humanity. We are not them – we are not them.”
02:02 PM BST
Hizbollah hits Israeli positions in disputed territory, it says
Hizbollah has put out a statement saying that it has attacked five Israeli positions in the disputed Shebaa Farms.
The statement said that they carried out the attack at 3:15pm (13:15 UK time) using guided missiles and mortar shells.
The IDF put out a statement saying that it is striking the “origin of the launches” in response.
01:56 PM BST
Watch: Palestinian supporters march in protest against Israel in London
01:26 PM BST
Pictured: The funeral of slain Lebanese journalist Issam Abdullah, killed in an Israeli strike on journalists yesterday
Maher Nazeh, a Reuters journalist who was one of the six injured said that they were filming missile fire coming from the direction of Israel when one struck Abdallah as he was sitting on a low stone wall near the rest of the group. Seconds later, another missile hit the car being used by the group, setting it aflame.
The Associated Press and Al Jazeera, who also had reporters injured in the attack, said the shells were Israeli.
The Lebanese Army also said that Abdallah was killed by an Israeli missile strike.
01:25 PM BST
The build up of tanks grows around Gaza for the expected ground incursion
— قناة الغد (@AlGhadTV) October 14, 2023
01:22 PM BST
France deploys 7,000 troops and closes Louvre after teacher stabbed in act of 'Islamist terrorism'
France will mobilise up to 7,000 soldiers to increase security after a teacher was killed and three others wounded in an attack that Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, described as “Islamist terrorism”.
The country was moved to its highest terrorism alert, triggering extra security deployments after a French literature teacher, Dominique Bernard, was killed whilst trying to “protect” pupils at lycée Gambetta-Carnot in Arras.
Paris’s Louvre museum closed on Saturday for “security reasons”. Museum staff allegedly told visitors that they had received a bomb threat.
According to the French press, up to 15,000 visitors had to be evacuated.
It was not immediately clear if the incident was related to the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Read more here.
01:06 PM BST
Pictured: London's Palestinian solidarity march
12:53 PM BST
Warnings of potential for infectious disease outbreak in Al Shifa hospital in northern Gaza Strip
Ghassan Abu Sittah, a British-Palestinian doctor in Gaza has warned of the possibility of an infectious disease outbreak in Al Shifa hospital has the conditions grow more dire by the day.
“Shifa hospital is overwhelmed with internally displaced families. There are people sleeping on the floors everywhere even inside the hospital. The crowding is going to lead to an infectious disease outbreak. The doctors have brought their families into the hospital for safety,” he posted on X.
12:42 PM BST
Moscow's deputy foreign minister hopes to meet Hamas
Russia has renewed its offer to mediate the conflict between Israel and Hamas, with the deputy foreign minister today saying that he hopes to meet the Hamas leadership in Doha next week to negotiate the release of hostages.
Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported Mikhail Bogdanov as saying: “If they are willing, we always are in favour of contact. Especially in this situation (the meeting) would be useful for solving practical issues, including the freeing of hostages.”
12:25 PM BST
Egypt erects 'temporary' concrete blast walls on Rafah crossing to stop Palestinian exodus
Egypt has erected “temporary” blast walls on its side of the Rafah crossing – which has been closed for days because of Israeli air strikes – two Egyptian officials have told AP, to avoid a mass exodus of Palestinians fleeing.
🔴 Breaking: Egypt places concrete barriers in front of its Rafah border crossing gate
Egypt closed the road linking the Egyptian and Palestinian terminals at the Rafah border crossing on Friday night, placing concrete barriers in front of the gate to the Egyptian terminal,… pic.twitter.com/bANeuJrdMk
— Mada Masr مدى مصر (@MadaMasr) October 14, 2023
It is not immediately clear how this will affect reported plans to allow foreigners to leave Gaza today.
12:15 PM BST
Watch: How the first week of war unfolded, according to The Telegraph
12:08 PM BST
Lebanon to submit a formal complaint to UN over Israel's deliberate killing of Issam Abdullah
Lebanon will submit a formal complaint to the UN security council over Israel’s “deliberate killing” of journalist Issam Abdullah yesterday.
Just after 5pm yesterday Israel directly hit a group of journalists who were reporting from the south of Lebanon, eyewitnesses, the injured and live streamed footage show.
They were all clearly marked as press and were in a place they deemed safe to film from, some distance from where an exchange of fire between Israel and Hizbollah was happening.
One strike hit Issam’s exact position while another hit an Al Jazeera car.
Lebanon’s state media carried the news of the complaint and called it a “crime against freedom of opinion and the press, human rights, and international humanitarian law.”
Israel said that it is investigating the incident, did not take responsibility for it but said it was “very sorry” for the death of Abdullah. Six other journalists were injured, some still hospitalised with serious injuries.
11:53 AM BST
Pictured: Rocket damage in southern Israel
11:34 AM BST
IDF colonel claims 'there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza'
A Colonel in the Israeli Defence Forces has claimed that “there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza” as hospitals report that they are overwhelmed, the UN reports that there is no clean drinking water and electricity has been cut by Israel.
“Israel maintains contact with international organisations, fulfilling legal obligations,” Colonel Moshe Tetro, head of Israel’s Gaza Coordination & Liaison Administration continued.
International organisations have been calling for a humanitarian corridor to be opened as the crisis inside blockaded Gaza reaches “life or death,” as the UN put it this morning.
11:26 AM BST
'At time of writing the hospital is still standing'
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has shared an update on the chaotic situation that hospitals are facing in the north of the Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces have ordered an evacuation – likely as a precursor to a ground invasion – but where doctors say it is an impossibility.
Last night MSF said that Israel had given Al Awda Hospital just two hours to evacuate as their staff were still treating patients.
“We unequivocally condemn this action, the continued indiscriminate bloodshed and attacks on health care in Gaza,” they said. The Israelis then delayed it until 6am this morning, they updated.
“At time of writing the hospital is still standing, they updated 20 minutes ago, anticipating an air strike against it.
“After spending part of the night in the street with bombs landing in close proximity, we understand that some medical staff and all patients have been able to move...but the situation remains extremely complicated and chaotic.”
Below we have reported testimonies from other doctors who have explained how impossible it is to evacuate people from hospitals – not only just because of the lack of beds in hospitals in the south – but because many would die en route.
11:17 AM BST
Pictured: Israeli air strikes in Khan Yunis
11:16 AM BST
All of the northern Gaza Strip has six hours to leave
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has ordered civilians north of Wadi Gaza to move south between 10am and 4pm local time, claiming they will be able to do so “without harm.”
The IDF first told civilians to flee to the south of the Gaza Strip yesterday, as preparations for a ground incursion ramped up. They later bombed a road being used by evacuees according to the Palestinian health ministry, geolocated videos and footage from hospitals in the aftermath, killing at least 70 and injuring more than 200.
Hospitals in the north of the Gaza Strip – the most densely populated – have said they cannot evacuate. Some civilians said they simply have no other place to go.
Hospitals in the area have warned they will not be able to evacuate because critically-ill patients cannot be moved.
“It’s really a new Nakba here and even it’s worse than the first one,” said Yusuf Abu Rish, the head of Shifa hospital in northern Gaza. “For the evacuation of Shifa, it is something impossible. No one can evacuate Shifa hospital... Most of the cases are unstable and if we want to transfer them, even if there are extra beds, in other hospitals, which is not true, they [patients] will die because they are unable to be transported.”
11:02 AM BST
More than 120 hostages inside Gaza, IDF says
The IDF has confirmed that there are at least 120 hostages – both civilian and military – being held by Hamas inside Gaza, a spokesperson told reporters.
They have been carrying out “small” and “contained” raids over the past 24 hours, mainly to look for hostages and to take out anyone who approached the border, the spokesperson continued.
10:59 AM BST
IDF claims to have killed Ali Qadi, commander in Hamas' elite Nukhba forces
The IDF has claimed that it has killed Ali Qadi, a company commander in Hamas’ elite Nukhba forces who they said “led the terror attack in Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip last weekend.”
The statement from the IDF added that he had been “apprehended following the kidnapping and murder of Israeli civilians” in 2005 “and was released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.”
כלי טיס של חיל-אוויר, בהכוונה מודיעינית של שב"כ ואמ"ן, חיסלו את עלי קאצ'י, מפקד בכוח הנח'בה של ארגון הטרור חמאס, שהוביל מתקפת טרור ביישובי עוטף עזה בסוף השבוע האחרון. בשנת 2005 עלי נעצר בעקבות חטיפה ורצח של ישראלים והוחזר כחלק מעסקת גלעד שליט. pic.twitter.com/BpfqdxEUeT
— Israeli Air Force (@IAFsite) October 14, 2023
10:37 AM BST
Rescue efforts in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip
10:36 AM BST
Foreigners can leave Gaza Strip today, Egypt and Israel agree
Egypt and Israel have agreed to let foreigners and dual nationals leave the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing on Saturday as Israel carries out strikes against Hamas, a US official told AP.
The two agreed to keep the sole crossing from Gaza to Egypt open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, a US official accompanying Antony Blinken in Saudi told AFP.
There are an estimated 500-600 Palestinian-Americans in Gaza, many of whom are in touch with US officials, according to the Washington Post.
10:31 AM BST
An aid worker in the north of Gaza describes the horror
“I’m lucky that I have a generator and that I can pump water from my water tanks,” said Mahmoud Shalabi, a programme manager at Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). “This morning I went outside to buy bread for my family. All of the bakeries are closed, even the ones that are closed there are plenty of people waiting outside for them... I went to the ATM to try and get some cash but the bank had been partially destroyed due to the bombardment. So we can’t withdraw cash.”
“Last night was horrific, bombardments were everywhere, every minute and of all kinds: artillery, shells, air raids, you name it – gun powder was everywhere and we were breathing it heavily.”
Shalabi lives in Beit Lahia and is not evacuating the north despite the warnings from the IDF. “It could be the last message I send,” he said in a voice note. “I am not leaving my home. I am not going to be a refugee again... I will die standing, my existence on this land is itself a form of resistance.”
Another MAP colleague’s house had been bombed, he said, and the scene at Al Shifa hospital that was relayed to him was “horrific”.
“It is full of internally displaced people, the nurses come and they stop the bleeding and say wait for a doctor,” he relayed. “He wasn’t able to bring someone to even give them painkillers.”
The aid worker said that because ambulances are being targeted, people are now transporting dead bodies with their own cars.
To die, he concluded, would be more merciful at this point than being injured because of the collapsing hospital system.
10:10 AM BST
Pictured: BBC Broadcasting House after red paint was used on the entrance overnight
09:57 AM BST
324 killed and 1000+ wounded in Israeli air strikes over past 24 hours
Gaza’s health ministry has said that 324 people were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the past 24 hours with more than 1,000 people injured.
09:13 AM BST
Plane with medical supplies lands in Egypt, WHO chief says
A plane carrying medical supplies has landed in Egypt, where it will wait until a humanitarian crossing is opened, the head of the World Health Organisation has said.
“We’re ready to deploy the supplies as soon as humanitarian access through the crossing is established,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus posted on X.
The plane has landed in Al Arish, Egypt, near the Rafah crossing.
The Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing is “non-functional” after Israeli air strikes pounded it this week.
09:07 AM BST
Israel says it is 'looking into' death of Reuters journalist
In a briefing with reporters, IDF spokesperson Richard Hecht said that they were “looking into” the fact that an Israeli shell hit a group of journalists yesterday evening, killing one and injuring six others.
“We have visuals and we’re doing cross-examination,” he said, adding that they were “very sorry” about the death of Issam Abdullah, without confirming that it was an Israeli strike that hit them.
Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati condemned the Israeli shelling against the journalists.
08:44 AM BST
Israel is pushing the Middle East to the 'abyss' of a new conflict, Jordan says
Jordanian foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, has said that Israel’s move to impose new displacement on Palestinians is pushing the region to the “abyss” of new conflict.
08:37 AM BST
1,300 buildings in Gaza destroyed, UN says
In a separate update the UN has said that more than 1,300 buildings in Gaza have been destroyed by Israeli air strikes over the past week.
More than 5,500 housing units within those buildings have been destroyed and nearly 3,750 more homes were so badly damaged they are uninhabitable.
08:15 AM BST
Most people in Gaza left without drinking water, UN says
According to an update at midnight last night, most people in Gaza no longer have access to clean drinking water, the UN has said.
“Most people have no access to clean drinking water after supply through the water network and the operation of water desalination/purification plants came to a halt,” the update read. “As a last resort, people are consuming brackish water from agricultural wells, triggering serious concerns about the spread of waterborne diseases.”
08:09 AM BST
More Palestinians killed in West Bank this week than any monthly total since records began
We reported earlier that the Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed the deaths of 16 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank this week, as the world’s attention focuses on Gaza.
This brings the total number of West Bank Palestinians killed since Oct. 7, when Hamas waged its brutal assault on Israel to 51.
According to statistics from UN OCHA, who started recording in 2005, this week’s deaths alone are higher than any monthly figures they have ever recorded.
07:43 AM BST
IDF claims to have killed militants that infiltrated from Lebanon
The IDF says it has “identified a terrorist cell” that attempted to infiltrate the Lebanese border into Israel.
“An IDF UAV targeted the terrorist cell and killed a number of the terrorists,” it claimed in a statement.
There was no mention of the incident in Hizbollah-affiliated media.
A week into the conflict the Lebanese border with Israel is heating up, with fears growing that an Israeli ground incursion could force Hizbollah to act.
07:22 AM BST
Tributes pour in for Issam Abdullah, the Reuters cameraman killed by an Israeli shell in Lebanon
Abbie Cheeseman here, taking over the live blog from Lebanon – where last night we tragically lost a member of the Beirut press corps in an Israeli strike. Tributes to Issam Abdullah have been pouring in.
Issam was the sweetest colleague. He let me take a kitten I was nursing on assignment once, and made it a bed in his helmet. But he always reminded me, whenever I got careless: “Our goal is to cover the news, not become it”. I am so sorry this happened to you my dear Issam. RIP. pic.twitter.com/IhsmLWC5xL
— Erika Solomon (@ErikaSolomon) October 13, 2023
07:01 AM BST
Entering the age of darkness?
As in 1914, this week’s attacks have the power to reshape the world – we must be wary that the worst lessons of history are not repeated, Peter Frankopan says in a special essay.
06:31 AM BST
‘Significant movement’ south of Palestinians
The Israeli military said on Saturday it had seen a “significant movement” south of Palestinian civilians, a day after ordering Gaza City residents to flee.
Israel has put the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, under siege and bombarded it with unprecedented air strikes. Gaza authorities say 1,900 people have died.
On Friday, more than one million residents of northern Gaza received a notice from Israel to flee south within 24 hours, a deadline that passed at 5am (3am BST).
“We have seen a significant movement of Palestinian civilians towards the south,” Israeli military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus told a video briefing earlier.
He did not mention the deadline and did not take questions.
05:45 AM BST
Pictured: Pro-Palestine protest in New York on Friday
05:24 AM BST
Israel: ‘Regrettable’ that media outlets are focusing on us
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus hit back at claims Israel could be targeting or disregarding the safety of Palestinians in Gaza.
He said: “Palestinian civilians in Gaza are not our enemies. We don’t assess them as such and we don’t target them as such.
“It is extremely sad and regrettable that so many media outlets are focusing on our actions instead of putting the responsibility on the entity that governs the Gaza Strip, and that is Hamas.
“They are the ones who initiated this war. They are the ones who targeted our civilians”.
He also confirmed that more than 120 Israeli civilians are being held captive by Hamas.
UPDATE: As of this time, the IDF has confirmed that over 120 civilians are being held captive in Gaza by the Hamas terrorist organization. pic.twitter.com/AT75iC8TmY
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 14, 2023
05:19 AM BST
Our soldiers are ready – IDF
A spokesperson for the Israeli military has criticised Hamas for telling citizens of Gaza to stay put, accusing the group of using “civilians as their human shields”.
On Friday Israel ordered more than one million people in north Gaza to move within 24 hours for their “safety”.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, in a briefing on X – formerly known as Twitter – said the Israel Defence Forces are “are not trying to kill or injure any civilians”.
He said Israeli soldiers have been taking positions around the Gaza Strip over the past few days and are “preparing themselves for whatever target they will get, whatever task”.
Lt Col Conricus added: “The end state of this war is that we will dismantle Hamas and its military capabilities, and fundamentally change the situation, so that Hamas never again has the ability to inflict any damage on Israeli civilians or soldiers.”
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 14, 2023
05:14 AM BST
EU: Evacuation order is ‘utterly impossible’
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Saturday that a plan by Israel to evacuate more than one million people out of northern Gaza in a single day was “utterly impossible to implement”.
Israel warned residents in the area to evacuate before an expected ground offensive against Hamas in retaliation for the deadliest attack in Israel’s history.
“I am saying that, representing the official position of the European Union, [the evacuation plan] is utterly, utterly impossible to implement,” Mr Borrell told a press conference in Beijing on the final day of a three-day diplomatic visit to China.
“To imagine that you could move one million people in 24 hours in a situation like Gaza can only be a humanitarian crisis,” he added.
04:22 AM BST
Teacher tells Jewish students to stand in a corner
A Stanford University lecturer ordered his Jewish students to stand in a corner and told them “this is what Israel does to Palestine”, according to reports.
The teacher is understood to have said “only” six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust and labelled students as “colonisers” or “colonised” depending on their heritage.
He also claimed the Hamas massacre of hundreds of Israelis was “legitimate” and described the terrorists as “freedom fighters”, according to The Forward, an American newspaper aimed at a Jewish audience.
03:47 AM BST
Russia calls for ceasefire at UN
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations called for a “humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza Strip and Israel on Friday, while blaming the United States for the conflict.
The Russian draft resolution, presented to the Security Council and seen by AFP, calls for an “immediate” ceasefire and the secure release of all hostages, and “strongly condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism.”
The document did not specifically name Hamas.
“We’re convinced that the Security Council must act to put an end to the bloodshed and restart peace negotiations with a view to establishing a Palestinian state as it was supposed to do so long ago,” Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the closed-door meeting of the Security Council on Friday.
03:22 AM BST
Sixteen people killed in the West Bank
The Palestinian Health Ministry reported 16 Palestinians were killed on Friday in the occupied West Bank, bringing to 51 the total number of West Bank Palestinians killed since Hamas waged its brutal assault on Israel last Saturday.
The UN says attacks by Israeli settlers have surged there since the Hamas assault.
Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli forces in Nablus on Friday.
02:26 AM BST
Government charter flight leaves Israel
A Government charter flight left Israel on Friday night with more expected to follow in the coming days.
According to FlightRadar24, a Royal Air Force A400M left from Tel Aviv to Cyprus just after 10pm on Friday.
The Ministry of Defence and The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) did not confirm the A400M flight was the charter flight.
A Foreign Office statement said: “A UK Government charter flight has now left Israel (October 13), with further flights expected to leave in the coming days while commercial options are limited.”
01:50 AM BST
Hamas make Al-Qaeda look ‘pure’, says Biden
Joe Biden said his call with family members of the 14 missing Americans, some of whom are presumed held hostage by Hamas, was “gut wrenching”.
He vowed to do all he could to find them, saying “we’re not going to stop until we bring them home.”
He added of Hamas: “These guys make Al-Qaeda look pure. They’re pure evil.”
01:43 AM BST
How Israel targets the Hamas tunnels
Hamas has spent two decades building a labyrinth of deep, defensive tunnels to resist any ground assault by Israeli troops, Ben Farmer and Nataliya Vasilyeva write.
The extensive network is believed to be as much as 100ft (30m) beneath the surface in some places and makes up a central part of defences the terrorist group has spent years preparing.
Tunnel entrances are hidden in the bottom floors of houses, mosques and schools, while the territory’s narrow streets and alleyways are expected to have been laid with booby traps and homemade bombs in preparation for any Israeli attack.
01:39 AM BST
Good morning and welcome to our coverage of day 8 of the crisis in Gaza.
Here’s a summary of the top stories:
Israel has sent the first elite troops into Gaza with its defence minister warning of a “protracted, powerful” ground offensive to permanently destroy Hamas
Yoav Gallant said his defence forces would take Hamas “out of Gaza and out of the Earth”
Israel gave 1.1 million people 24 hours to leave northern Gaza before it would begin an offensive
The IDF said on Friday night it was already engaged in an “extensive attack” on Gaza after it pounded more than 750 targets from the air
Lloyd Austin, the US defence secretary, expressed his country’s “iron-clad” support for Israel on a visit to the country
Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, who held talks with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president in Jordan on Friday, urged Israel to avoid civilian deaths
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, called for a humanitarian corridor, as Rishi Sunak called on Israel to “protect ordinary Palestinians”
The Israeli military action prompted huge pro-Palestinian protests in the Arab world, including in Baghdad
Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group, said it was “ready” and would “contribute” towards the fight with Israel
Iran’s foreign minister warned of “new fronts” opening against Israel if its “war crimes” in Gaza continue
The Metropolitan Police said there had been a “massive” increase in anti-Semitic incidents in London since the conflict began
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said police had stepped up patrols in the capital
Palestinian sympathisers also tore down posters of Israeli hostages put up by their relatives in London