News

Five Palestinians killed in occupied West Bank: ministry

UN chief says Gaza ceasefire 'more urgent with every passing hour'

By AFP

November 6, 2023 11:04 PM


 

Israeli forces on Monday killed five Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry reported, as deadly violence surges there since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

Four people, aged 20 to 25, were killed and a 14-year-old injured by Israeli army fire in Tulkarem, the ministry said.

The Israeli army said the fatalities were "terrorists", accusing them of being behind attacks on Israelis.

The Palestinian ministry condemned the "assassinations carried out by the Israeli occupying forces" in the city in the northwest of West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.

The ministry had initially reported three deaths. Witnesses in Tulkarem told AFP that three armed men were killed when their car was intercepted by undercover Israeli agents.

The agents "shot at them in a street in the north of the city and the three men died", one of the witnesses said on condition of anonymity.

Social media images, which AFP was unable to independently verify, showed gun-wielding soldiers in military gear around an intercepted vehicle.

The Israeli army said "four terrorists from a terrorist network" inside Tulkarem, who were allegedly behind dozens of shooting attacks in the area, were killed.

Earlier, the Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces killed a young man and seriously injured three others in the town of Halhul, in the south of the West Bank.

According to the ministry, more than 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or in attacks by settlers in the West Bank since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a surprise visit to the West Bank where the pair discussed "the need to stop extremist violence against Palestinians", the State Department said.

UN chief says Gaza ceasefire 'more urgent with every passing hour'

 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict, as he warned that the bombarded Gaza Strip was becoming a "graveyard for children."

"The unfolding catastrophe makes the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent with every passing hour," he told reporters at the UN headquarters.

"The parties to the conflict -- and, indeed, the international community -- face an immediate and fundamental responsibility: to stop this inhuman collective suffering and dramatically expand humanitarian aid to Gaza," he said.

"The nightmare in Gaza is more than a humanitarian crisis. It is a crisis of humanity."

Militants from Palestinian group Hamas stormed into Israel on October 7, killing some 1,400 people, mostly civilians, including through targeting homes and revelers at a music festival.

According to the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza, 10,222 people have died including more than 4,000 children in the Gaza Strip since Israel launched its strikes in retaliation.

Guterres also deplored the killings of media workers. According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 36 journalists and media workers have been killed.

"More journalists have reportedly been killed over a four-week period than in any conflict in at least three decades," Guterres said.

Guterres was formally launching a recently announced $1.2 billion UN humanitarian appeal to help 2.7 million Palestinians over the entire Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Aid trucks have been coming into Gaza from Egypt through the Rafah crossing, but the level remains well below the level before October 7, with Israel saying it needs time for security checks of vehicles, and they are not bringing fuel.

"Without fuel, newborn babies in incubators and patients on life support will die," Guterres said.

"The way forward is clear. A humanitarian ceasefire -- now. All parties respecting all their obligations under international humanitarian law," he said.

Guterres again voiced alarm about the "clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing."

"Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law," he said.

Guterres did not name Israel. He outraged Israel on October 24 at a Security Council meeting where he alleged violations of humanitarian law and said that the Hamas attacks "did not occur in a vacuum," leading Israeli officials to accuse the UN chief of justifying violence.

Guterres denied that was his intention and on Monday repeated his condemnation of "the abhorrent acts of terror perpetrated by Hamas," and urged the Islamist militants to free hostages taken on October 7.


AFP


Most Read

  1. 'Underdogs' New Zealand vow to 'fight' in T20 series with Australia 'Underdogs' New Zealand vow to 'fight' in T20 series with Australia
  2. Saudi Airline flight makes emergency landing at Karachi Airport Saudi Airline flight makes emergency landing at Karachi Airport
  3. More than 8 million Pakistanis left abroad during 2023: FIA report More than 8 million Pakistanis left abroad during 2023: FIA report
  4. Arrest warrants for owner of Master Tiles issued Arrest warrants for owner of Master Tiles issued
  5. Jannat Mirza's sister responds to critics over 'groomless' Rukhsati Jannat Mirza's sister responds to critics over 'groomless' Rukhsati
  6. Bilawal Bhutto rules out ‘free vote’ for PML-N in govt formation Bilawal Bhutto rules out ‘free vote’ for PML-N in govt formation

Opinion

  1. The Dark Side of Generation Z
    The Dark Side of Generation Z

    By Dr Asif Channer

  2. THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923
    THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923

    By Syed Aun Mohammed Bokhari

  3. Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment
    Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment

    By Muhammad Asad Ayaz

  4. To Know and Not to Know
    To Know and Not to Know

    By Abdullah Bin Tahir

  5. Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society
    Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society

    By Mehak Sabir